Synod News
Southeastern Iowa Synod Governance Restructuring: A Proposal for Revision
Participants at the 2017 assembly of the Southeastern Iowa Synod caught the first glimpse of a proposal for changing some of the ways we organize for mission in this synod. The proposal was developed within the Synod Council and was forwarded to the assembly with an invitation to the whole synod: “Help us think and talk about this so that we can do what we do together both faithfully and well.” With that, we set upon a year of conversation and shared discernment regarding the proposal itself and whether or not it can be improved upon. This included listening posts in the fall of 2017, conversations in deans’ meetings, conference gatherings, and other colleague groups, together with web-based responses to resources. 

At the February 2018 meeting of the Synod Council, they approved a final draft of the proposal for governance restructuring that reflects constructive changes prompted by input from throughout the synod. A comprehensive overview along with the proposed amendments to the Southeastern Iowa Synod Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions are now available. Click here. These will be considered for action by the 2018 Synod Assembly. Voting members of the assembly are encouraged to study these documents prior to the assembly beginning May 18th. 

At the center of it all is the good news that in Christ Jesus, God so loves this world. All the things we do and the particular ways that we do them are geared toward experiencing and sharing that good news.
Resolutions for Synod Assembly 
One avenue of access for congregations, conferences, synod organizational units and voting members to address issues and propose a plan for action is the resolution.

Resolutions help organize the work of the assembly by clarifying important issues or concerns. Resolutions are first reviewed by the reference and counsel committee, which will make recommendations to the assembly to facilitate its work, but the resolutions belong to the assembly and may be amended, rejected,  or adopted after consideration by the voting members. Resolutions may be submitted until 45 days prior to the first day the assembly meets.  

For the 2018 Synod Assembly, resolutions must be submitted by April 3, 2018.
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Been thinking about getting a bucket?
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There's only a few The Water and The Witness buckets left for groups, congregations, individuals, anyone who wants to pledge $500 or more for water-related ministries of the ELCA.
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Churchwide News
Pre-Retirement Seminar

If you're over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, our pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. The seminar answers the important questions you may have about retirement, including:

• How much money will I need when I retire?

• What health care options will I have in retirement?

• As I approach retirement, how can I manage my investment risks?

• How can money be distributed from my ELCA retirement account to create a steady stream of income in retirement?

Date:  Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (additional dates and locations are listed at:

Location:  Bethesda Lutheran Church,  1517 Northwestern Ave,  Ames, IA

Time:  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost:  $35/person or $70/couple. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Register online:  

Online giving options for congregations offers new online giving option for congregations
The ELCA has reached a preferred vendor agreement with, a company that offers online tools, including a mobile app, to enhance financial giving to ELCA congregations and ministries. Through, donation forms are integrated into the congregation's website and a mobile app instead of sending donors to third-party sites. Donors have the option to make one-time or recurring gifts to provide more consistent giving. can work with every ELCA congregation. 
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Upcoming Events
Add Your Input: Draft ELCA Inter-religious Policy Statement

From now until the end of June, individuals and groups across the ELCA are invited to participate in responding to the draft ELCA policy statement, "A Declaration of Our Inter-Religious Commitment." 

Please consider how you might take the lead in sharing this invitation and in convening people to participate in the process in your particular ministry setting. 

You can download the draft policy statement and participate in the online survey. On page 5 of the statement, you will find tips and ideas for participating.

The draft policy statement was developed by an inter-religious task force appointed by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton in 2016 and chaired by Bishop Patricia Lull. It presents a common, theological basis and practical framework for this church's inter-religious relations, taking into consideration our varied ministry contexts, challenges and opportunities.
The input shared across the church over the next six months will inform revisions to the document before it goes to the ELCA Church Council for possible recommendation to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. If adopted, the policy statement would complement "A Declaration of Ecumenical Commitment: A Policy Statement of the ELCA," adopted by the second churchwide assembly in 1991.

For more information, visit the website.  

The Southeastern Iowa Synod will be holding an open conversation about this statement on Sunday, May 6th at 2 p.m. at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church in Windsor Heights. For information contact Rev. Chris Olkiewicz, 
2018 Synod Assembly
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will meet May 18-19, 2018 at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, Iowa.
Synod Assembly Registration is now available online.
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Southeastern Iowa Synod ELCA Youth Gathering Webinar
The Gathering Synod Coordinator, Ellen Rothweiler, will host a webinar for all things related to the ELCA Youth Gathering on Thursday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. Ellen will provide updates and answer your questions. The webinar will be live, but will also be recorded for later viewing. 

Mark your calendar, and click here to tune in. Add to your Google calendar or add to your Outlook calendar

Questions? Contact Ellen at
Congregation Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop
Join us April 28 for help with accounting questions that arise in congregations, and help build collaboration and support among financial and administrative staff and volunteers. Workshop facilitators are Thomas Hammar, CPA; Molly Hammar - Shattuck, Accountant; and by webcam, Richard Hammar, author of the Church and Clergy Tax Guide.

Early bird registration $20 per person (includes lunch) before April 20 $25 (includes lunch) after April 20.

Questions? Contact Kathy Smith,
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You're Invited

Seminary Sampler Night

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Wednesday, April 18th from 4 to 8.30 p.m.

Register online

You will get a taste for life as a seminary student and as a member of the LSTC community.

Dinner will be provided!

Housing, travel stipends, and childcare are available.

Visit to register.

Or if none of the Seminary Sampler dates works for you, contact us to schedule an individual visit!

Lutheran Men in Mission Live Stream
Lutheran Men in Mission will host a live-streamed event,  "The Bold Gathering" on Saturday, April 14. A group of men from around Southeastern Iowa Synod will gather at Grace Lutheran Church in Muscatine on Saturday, April 14th to watch. The event streaming begins at 11:00 A.M. and will conclude at 2:00 P.M. The cost for the event is $5.00 including a lunch. 

The topics to be presented are: "Creating Communities for Younger Men," "Building Communities Online and in Real Life," "Orphan to Slave to Son," "Tips and Strategies to Engage Men on a Deeper Level," and "Change Management: Why Change with Men's Ministry is Hard." 

Please contact Pastor Steve Cauley, Synod Men's Ministry Coordinator at 563-263-5074 for details. Or to read about speaker profiles and to self-register. 
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May 18-19
Pray our Holy Week and Easter traditions, worship and family activities are grounded in God’s word and the gospel and not distracted or diminished by the commercialization or popularization of this time of anticipation, reflection and celebration of Jesus Christ – our salvation and hope.
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