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Synod Calendar

Office Closed-Good Friday
April 3
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City

Event Registrations

Breathe-Renewal Event
April 13-14, 2015

Companions in Christ
April 18, 2015

A Framework for Understanding Poverty
April 18, 2015

Synod Assembly
May 29-30, 2015
Remember in Prayer
While walking in the shadow of Jesus’ suffering and death, we pray that we not forget that this journey leads us to resurrection and new life.​
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Synod News
A call for racial equity
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton sent a pastoral message calling our 3.8 million-member church to talk about racism and racial justice, and to work toward reconciliation. “Because of God’s promise, we can and must have a deep, honest and even painful conversation about racism,” she says. The message is available in video format and as a PDF document, which includes a list of resources. 

The Southeastern Iowa Synod's anti-racism task force is available to help congregations enter into conversation about racism and racial justice. We cannot wait until more racial events are reported before we talk. The Southeastern Iowa Synod is equipped to help connect you with resources and facilitators trained in anti-racism and racial justice ministry. Together we can build up the community of Christ and take proactive steps in uniting people and bridging racial and cultural separations. Contact the synod office at 319-338-1273 or
Companion Synod/Diocese Celebration
Join us on Saturday, April 18 at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive for the "Companions in Christ" Companion Synod/Diocese Celebration. Learn about the companion relationship between the Pare Diocese and the Southeastern Iowa Synod. The keynote speakers are Bishop Charles Mjema and Pastor Nahana Mjema of the Pare Diocese. Register by April 10 at
Administration Matters newsletter
Administration Matters is an electronic newsletter for ELCA Church Leaders. The bimonthly newsletter addresses common, practical issues including finance, governance, risk management, tax, legal concerns and other topics of interest about a congregation's dat-to-day operations and management. Subscribe today!
Churchwide News
Daily Bread
Is your congregation interested in preparing and packaging meals for people who are hungry? Daily Bread: A Discussion Guide for Meal Packing Events was written with input from several large organizations that pack and distribute meals in the United States and overseas. The discussion questions, stories and Bible reflections are suitable for a variety of ages and settings and will help your group dig deeper into what the church can do to end hunger for good. Download your copy today. 

World Malaria Sunday
World Malaria Day is observed internationally on April 25. Congregations are encouraged to celebrate Wold Malaria Sunday, April 26. Together, we have already raised over 90 percent of our goal. If we join together during this special time, we have the opportunity to reach the $15 million mark. Our goal by the end of World Malaria Week is that we will have raised $1 million, enough to fully fund the rest of our country programs.

Find special World Malaria Day resources to help celebrate the day. 
Synod Events
2015 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
In The Name of Jesus

We are used to praying “in the name of Jesus.” But what does it mean to live and serve “in the name of Jesus?” Join us for the 2015 Assembly of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, as we worship, sing, share stories of our faith, and act… In the Name of Jesus. 

Friday, May 29-Saturday, May 30, 2015
Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines

Registration is now open. Learn more at
A Framework for Understanding Poverty
Is poverty a problem in your community? Interested in helping but you don't know where to start? 

The first step to helping make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty is to understand the obstacles they encounter everyday. This insight can help provide the support others need to break the cycle of generational poverty.

To learn more about the effects of living in poverty and what you can do to help, attend A Framework for Understanding Poverty on Saturday, April 18 in Marshalltown, IA. Using Ruby Payne’s  book, Bridges out of Poverty, as a reference this 7-hour course is designed to give participants insight into the challenges that people face to improve their lives.

This event is sponsored by the Southeastern Iowa Synod and the Marshall County ELCA Hunger Ministries Team. Click here for more information and to register.
You're Invited
Food, Faith, Climate...Connecting the Dots 
Our food choices are connected to climate change. When we sit down to dinner, we may not think about global warming, but as much as one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are connected to our food system. Each of us, at every meal, can make a real difference that ensures a more climate-friendly food system.

Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, and interfaith environmental group, is offerings its Food, Faith, and Climate workshop, on Monday, April 27, 7:00-8:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 3707 Eastern Ave, Davenport. The cost is $20. Register online.
Hymn Festival - We Sing the Year 'Round
St. James Lutheran Church, Johnston is having an organ transplant and is celebrating by hosting a Hymn Festival "We Sing the Year 'Round" with John Ferguson from St. Olaf College as organist and director. St. James is extending an invitation to anyone who would like to participate in the festival choir. Rehearsal will be on Saturday, May 16 at 10:00am-Noon. People are also invited to come and sing boldly as part of the assembly in the Hymn Festival,Sunday, May 17 at 3:30pm.
For questions contact Kathryn Duffy at
Job Openings
Director for Congregational Support
The Director for Congregational Support is responsible for directing churchwide development efforts that provide designated support for congregations in three areas: New and Renewing Congregations, Youth & Young Adult Leadership, and Disability Ministries. Applications (resume and cover letter) and inquiries about the position may be directed, in confidence, to Gaye Lindfors.
Administrative Assistant of Communications
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Liberty is seeking a Part-Time Administrative Assistant of Communications to serve our congregation for 20-25 hours/week! This position is responsible for general communications, clerical and reception duties as assigned by the Pastor and in partnership with the congregation. The work of the Administrative Assistant should support the overall mission of the church and facilitate the success of the staff.
 Learn more about this position and apply. 
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