Synod News
Meet the Bishop's Pig
Mitten is the first of what we hope will be many pigs popping up across the Southeastern Iowa Synod between now and the synod assembly in May. These will be pigs with a reinforce that ours is an anti-hunger synod and to raise funds to fight hunger.

The Bishop is encouraging groups and individual around the synod to contribute $500 toward anti-hunger efforts between now and the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, May 19-20, 2017. Decorate the pig, display it in your community and help us fight hunger!

To find out more click the button below. Do you want a pig? Contact Coco Lyons, associate for communications at She will help you get connected to your pig.

Get your Pig!
Lutheran Day on the Hill
Mark your calendars and plan to join a group of passionate advocates on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, for Lutheran Day on the Hill and make a difference for tens of thousands of Iowans. Your legislators want and need to hear from you about critical human services.

Lutheran Day on the Hill gives you the opportunity to share your voice with your legislators. As in years past, participants will be given information about important issues before the legislature and will be given suggestions about how best to visit with them concerning what is most important to you. The day will begin at 9:30 at Capitol Hill Lutheran Chruch before moving to the Statehouse.

Chartered buses offered at no cost to attendees will be stopping in Iowa City and Newton. Online registrations is available by clicking the link below. With additional information provided on that site.

This event has been made possible in part through a grant from ELCA World Hunger. Lutheran Services in Iowa is proud to be a partner in Lutheran Day on the Hill with the three Iowa Synods of the ELCA.

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Congregation Report Forms
2016 Congregation Report Forms were mailed to congregations the week of December 12. We encourage all congregations to file online. Built in calculators make it easier for the person in your congregation who is completing the form, and it saves time for synod and churchwide staff who must enter forms that are hand written. Online forms can be found by clicking the button below. You will need your Congregation ID number and Password (found in the upper corner of the mailed copy). The Synod Center for Ministry has a copy of the passwords if needed. We anticipate that online filing for 2016 will open on January 11. Completed forms must be submitted by February 15, 2017.
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Churchwide News
Upcoming Events
Beginning the Conversation about Race
Beginning the Conversation about Race - Rescheduled from January 16 to Saturday, January 28.
Due to the weather forecast for Monday, Jan. 16, the workshop scheduled for Martin Luther King Day at the Synod Center for Ministry has been rescheduled to January 28, in Cedar Rapids.
We are grateful for the hospitality of Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church for welcoming us on the 28th.  We will meet for conversation from 9-3 at the church, 720 Edgewood Road NW.  Participants from the MLK Day workshop are welcome, as well as any new registrants.  Questions?  Contact the Synod Center for Ministry at 319-338-1273, or
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ConFEST 2017: Act2Day 4 Tomorrow
A synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning and creating community. 

Act2Day 4 Tomorrow is ELCA World Hunger's event for youth in middle school and high school. Youth will build community with each other, learn more about hunger and ELCA World Hunger, and take time to reflect on how God is calling them to respond to need in their world. Based on Acts 2:42, Act2Day 4 Tomorrow draws on the seven faith practices of the ELCA (pray, study, serve, give, invite, encourage and worship).
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Rooted: Synod Partner Journey
The Grand Canyon and Southeastern Iowa Synods of the ELCA are excited to announce Rooted, a partner synod journey for youth aimed to strengthen one another for life and mission within the body of Christ. Registration is now open.
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You're Invited
Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective Among Lutheran - Reformed - Methodist
February 23 at 6:30pm through February 24 at 12:30pm

Join the Wartburg Seminary Community for this event as part of a series commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 

More information and registration can be found by clicking the button below.
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Christian Unity in the New Year
Join others for a time of prayer and conversation as we discern how we will be the church, together. It is the hope that this event will spark some new ideas and new relationships. This event is a joint effort of the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and many others.

Parent Hall North, Olmstead Center, Drake University
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Parking on campus requires a parking pass available at the following link for a nominal fee:
Parking Pass
Clergy Souse Conference
Join other ELCA Clergy Spouses from Region 5 for a weekend at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, WI.

The weekend will be an informal, fun time with interesting sharing from our speakers, workshop options, good food, lots of laughter, and the chance to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

Registration begins at 4:00pm on Friday and dinner is at 6:00pm. the conference concludes late Sunday morning after worship. The registration deadline will be January 23rd. Click the button below for more information. 
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Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
The 2017 Annual report to the bishops forms for rostered ministers have been posted. The forms have been modified slightly from previous years. Be sure to save the form to your computer before filling it out and sending it to by February 15th. 
Report Forms
Don't forget to submit your congregation's 2017 Mission Support intent. Click over to the synod's website for more information.
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View the Synod Calendar Online

Rooted: Youth Event
Summer 2017

Just as Jesus' disciples shared their experiences and introduced others to him as the promised Messiah, we pray that we are enthused to go out of our way to share with people our faith and the good news of Jesus Christ.
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Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Lutheran Men in Mission Gathering
A new hunger campaign is being rolled out. Groups and individuals have the opportunity to receive a plywood pig to decorate and display throughout their communities. The Bishop is encouraging groups and individual around the synod to contribute $500 toward anti-hunger efforts between now and the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, May 18-20, 2017. Decorate the pig, display it in your community and help us fight hunger!
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