Synod News
2018 Synod Assembly 
The 2018 Synod Assembly was held May 18 and 19 in Coralville Iowa. Guest speakers included Mikka McCracken from ELCA World Hunger and Bishop Julian Gordy from the Southeastern Synod, ELCA. The Synod Governance proposal was adopted by the body on Friday morning during the first session. Video, photos, and more to be posted on this page in the coming days. Click the button below to see resolutions that were adopted and elections results.
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Relief to families affected by the Mount Pleasant Immigration Raid
“…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matthew 25:35

On May 9, 32 men were arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while working at their jobs at a local concrete plant in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The men, originally from Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and Honduras, leave behind families, including wives and 24 children. In many cases, the father was the sole wage earner, leaving families with no source of income. This has had a significant impact in the small town of Mount Pleasant, where the men live and their children attend school.

Because of the raids, peaceful, hard working families are torn apart. Children facing hunger in our community as a result of these raids is unacceptable. Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) and the three Iowa synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) stand together in support of our neighbors and friends.

At moments such as these, our faith calls us to wrap our arms around the children and families traumatized by the ICE raids. The Statewide Lutheran Disaster Response Team is mobilizing in support of the families affected by the raid, and we need your help. Donations will assist families with food and financial support. Won’t you stand with us?

To donate, visit If you prefer to mail your donation, please designate “2018 Immigration Raid Relief” in the memo line of the check, and mail it to:

Lutheran Services in Iowa
Attn: 2018 Disaster Relief
106 16th St. SW
Waverly, IA 50677

LSI and the three Iowa synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have organized a Statewide Lutheran Disaster Response Team to respond to unmet needs from a disaster in the state of Iowa. Following a disaster, this team considers the scope of the damage and determines an appropriate response.
New to the Synod: Daniel Pell
Daniel Pell, pictured here with his wife Chelsea, is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and was recently assigned to the Southeastern Iowa Synod. A native Californian, Daniel is a graduate of California Lutheran University with majors in religion and psychology. He has worked at a Bible Camp and as a security officer at Six Flags. He and Chelsea, currently an administrative assistant as PLTS, are anxious to move to Iowa. They were recently in the area for an interview and will likely be receiving a call in the very near future. Welcome to the Southeastern Iowa Synod.
Churchwide News
Bishop Eaton's pastoral response on Gaza
Like so many here in our country and around the world, I am appalled and saddened by yesterday's escalation of Israeli military action against protestors in Gaza. Many reports indicate that at least 60 Palestinians, including six children, have died and more than 2,000 have been injured as a result of Israel's disproportionate use of force. Our church will support a planned medical mission from The Lutheran World Federation's Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem to Gaza to assist the wounded...
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Continuing Education: Bridgebuilder Training
This training is for leaders to work with congregations that are stuck or in conflict. Based in systems theory it is designed to help congregations to move forward in the their ministry. The training is scheduled at Luther Seminary August 27-29.  For more information visit   
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Give thanks for the thousands of young adults beginning their training and service at ELCA camps and retreat centers across the country; pray their faith, enthusiasm and care inspire the lives and stir the faith of children, youth, adults and families.
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