Synod News
Southeastern Iowa Synod receives $40,000 grant for leadership school and network
The Southeastern Iowa Synod is the recipient of a $40,000 Renewing Congregations grant as part of the ELCA campaign Always Being Made New. The two-fold approach to enhancing leadership throughout the synod aims to identify, train, and coach talented congregational leaders through a leadership school and network so that, equipped with additional training and support, they can boldly and effectively work toward a broader Christian imagination and change concerning what it means to be the church in a rapidly changing context over the next two years. The leadership school, open to rostered ministers, will take place June 3-7 at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center.
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Been thinking about getting a bucket?
Only a few left
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.
Learn more and request your bucket
Southeastern Iowa Synod March Living Lutheran Supplement
Get it now to see a letter from Bishop Burk on congregational vitality, a story on Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge fighting hunger and a preview of Synod Assembly. 
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Churchwide News
God's irresistible call
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article first appeared in the March edition of Living Lutheran
When first elected presiding bishop, I was often asked what it meant to be the first woman entrusted with this call. I didn’t like that question then. I’m still ambivalent about it now.

Why, in the 21st century, did my gender matter? Why, in 2013, was the election of a woman historic? I didn’t understand all the fuss. My parents had raised me to believe that if I worked hard enough I could be whatever I wanted to be when I grew up. My maternal grandmother was a businesswoman in the 1930s. My pediatrician was a woman. My high school biology teacher had her doctorate. All in the last century. However, “the question” does draw me to reflect on my journey in Word and Sacrament ministry
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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, 
Upcoming Events
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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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
Wartburg Ritterchor Choir in concert 
On Sunday, March 18th, 2 p.m., Wartburg College's Ritterchor Choir will be giving a concert at Immanuel Lutheran, Washington. All are welcome to attend. A free-will offering will be received for the choir.
2018 National Workshop on Christian Unity 
The Workshop is the largest gathering of its kind. Presentations and working sessions on more than a dozen current topics and issues - including moving into communion, advocacy, ministry to refugees, confronting racism, civil dialogue. Speakers include several national church body leaders: J. Herbert Nelson (Presbyterian Church USA), Bishop Ken Carter (United Methodist Church), Bishops Denis Madden and Mitchell Rozanski (Roman Catholic Church), Jim Winkler (U.S. National Council of Churches), Alyson Barnett Cowan (Canadian Council of Churches). Lisa Sharon Harper (Evangelical Covenant Church) is the 2018 Theologian-in-Residence. Take the opportunity to engage with others committed to lifting up unity in carrying out Christ's mission.

Excursions available to sites in Washington, DC, including the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Immediately following the Workshop, plan to stay for Ecumenical Advocacy Days. For information, and to register, go to
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April 28

May 18-19
We ask God to help us be thoughtful and articulate in our witness and interactions with others, that we are comfortable in using our own words and imagery to respond to questions about our faith, describe God’s love and activity in the world, and talk about Jesus.
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Stewardship Snippet

March 18

John 12:21 – They came to Philip … and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." The visitors give voice to the faithful prayer of all steward-disciples. We wish to see Jesus. We wish to see Jesus in the many ways Jesus appears in the world around us. Most dearly, we want to see him in the eyes and lives of our brothers and sisters.

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