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Children and Youth Ministry Network Gathering 
March 3, 2016

May 6-7, 2016

Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
Remember in Prayer
For the sake of Christian unity, sharing the gospel, mutual encouragement and serving our neighbor, we ask God to help us move beyond our apprehensions and further our relationships and conversations with people of other denominations, faiths and traditions. More prayers...  
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Synod News
Annual Reports to Synod Bishop-A Word of Thanks

Thanks to all the rostered leaders who have submitted annual reports to the Bishop. I take them very seriously and find them to be beneficial in my own work. Every year as I read reports I catch a glimpse of the amazing work God is doing in and through your own ministry. I am so grateful for the ways you demonstrate that we really are “in this together.” 

It’s not too late. If you haven't already submitted your annual report you can find instructions and a fillable pdf here. 

-Bishop Michael Burk
Winter 2016 Newsletter Available
The newest edition is available for download on our website. It contains several stories highlighting Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI), news in the synod and a preview of the 2016 Synod Assembly. 
Wellness Reformation and 2016 Health Assessment
It's time for Portico health plan members and spouses to take their health assessments by logging into their My Portico accounts. Completion of the assessment earns you $150 in wellness dollars, with the opportunity to earn $250 more in follow up activities. Take yours today!
Churchwide News
ELCA to join International Women's Day celebration
On Tuesday, March 8, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will be joining with people around the world to celebrate International Women's Day. We celebrate this day knowing that the work toward gender equality still remains. Through ELCA Global Church Sponsorship’s International Women Leaders initiative, we are boldly investing in the education and future of women. In addition to a $100,000 matching challenge on International Women’s Day to support the International Women Leaders initiative, we have also created worship resources to use during services. Click here and find them under the “General” tab.

Save the Date for God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday 2016
Synod Events
Children and Youth Network Gathering
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Children and Youth Ministry Network will be holding a gathering on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Newton. The Network is made up of adults who have a passion to walk with young people in Christ’s mission for the sake of the world! The purpose of the network is to make connections with people in children/youth ministries, and to share ideas and resources to enhance various ministries in congregations and throughout the synod.  Whether you are full-time, part-time, a rostered leader, staff, or volunteer, you are welcome! Learn more and register online
2016 Synod Assembly
While the many reasons to celebrate may be overshadowed by any number of challenges facing the church, we are preparing for the 2016 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly filled with hope. We will gather under the theme, Drawn to the Light of God, with an eye toward how Christ, the Light shines in our varied ministries and in every corner of our lives.

This year’s assembly will include election of Synod Council members, Rev. Ruben Duran, Director for New Congregations, will serve as the churchwide representative providing updates and stories of the work we do together as the ELCA. 

Friday, May 6, 2016-Saturday, May 7, 2016
Coralville Marriott and Convention Center 
Coralville, IA
You're Invited
Pre-Retirement Seminar from Portico
While many adults over the age of 50 are thinking about retirement, everyone approaches this important stage in life differently. Some spend a lot of time in the planning stage, while others start planning with just months to spare. No matter where you are in the process, Portico’s day-long pre-retirement seminar can help. And, the good news is we’re coming soon to your area!
Take advantage of this opportunity and join us! We look forward to seeing you there.

Location: Bethesda Lutheran Church
                 1517 Northwestern Ave
                 Ames, IA 50010
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: Registration begins at 8:30AM, Seminar runs from 9:00AM-6:00PM
Register today! Once registered, we’ll email you an invoice for $35 per person. Please make your check out to Portico Benefit Services. Either mail the check to Portico or bring it to the seminar. To see other seminar locations and dates, go to the Events Calendar page on myPortico. Questions? Email Kelsey Bode, Portico Events Coordinator,
Debt Reduction Seminar from Portico
Join us for Portico’s first-ever “Road to Repayment” webinar, Monday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. ­­– 12:15 p.m. (Central). As a plan member, it’s free to you and your spouse or partner! Together, we’ll explore:

Ways to make loan repayment easier — such as income-based repayment options, loan forgiveness programs, and debt consolidation

How to tackle other important financial goals — like building an emergency fund, repaying credit card debt, buying a house, and saving for retirement while repaying your loans

Feel free to submit your student loan questions when you register. Since this is our first time offering this webinar, these questions will help us tailor the content to your needs and connect you with the right resources to stay on track. Register now for “Road to Repayment”
Hour of Hope
This 30 minute ELCA weekly radio program sharing God’s promises in word and music patterned after a traditional Lutheran worship service is available on the following stations heard in Iowa:

KFIL 1060 AM &101.1 FM Preston, MN Sundays 10:30 AM
WNAX 570 AM Yankton, SD Sundays 7:30 AM
KTOE 1420 AM Mankato, MN Sundays 5:25 PM
KWOA 730 AM Worthington, MN Sundays 8:00 AM
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