Synod News
Lutheran Day on the Hill
300 Lutherans gathered on February 21 to advocate for refugees, clean water and child and family support services.

After opening devotions by Bishop Michael Burk, The Rev. Andrew Genszler, president and CEO, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, reminded us "justice is important but it does not come before Jesus."

Before making their way to the state capitol, participants gathered at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church to learn more about advocacy and the issues at hand. Once at the capitol, participants teamed up to talk to their legislatures to advocate on behalf of our vulnerable neighbors. The Rev. Paul Ostrem has been participating in Lutheran Day on the Hill for eight or nine years now. Ostrem said, "It's a matter of witness. It's a matter of loving and serving our neighbors in need. The mission statement of Lutheran Services in Iowa is a mission statement for all of us - namely that we 'respond to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service.'"

To view pictures from the event click the button below.

LDH Pictures
Pigs with a Purpose
As of Friday, February 24, thirty congregations, individuals and organizations have received their plywood pigs! If you, your congregation or organization would like a pig of your very own, contact Coco Lyons, associate for communications at Or, if you haven't yet, send a picture of your pig and friends to Coco so she can share with the synod. There's still time!

For more information click the button below to read more about Pigs with a Purpose to fight world hunger.

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Churchwide News
Reformation 500
The ELCA is one church body organized in three expressions - congregations, synods and the churchwide organization. Each expression has its particular functions, but all three share a common mission of doing God's work in the world and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Congregations, members, synods and other institutions of the ELCA will be observing the 500th anniversary of the reformation by a variety of events and activities in the coming years. Many of the local activities will reflect the magnitude of work being done on a national and international scale. 

Follow the link below to find more events and resources surrounding the 500th anniversary of the reformation.
ELCA 500
Upcoming Events
2017 Synod Assembly Registration
The 2017 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will be held on May 19-20 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. 

At this year's assembly, we will be talking about what it means that God so Loves the World. Bishop Burk says, "I am especially looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts about the ways God continues to call us into a hope-filled future and I am anxious to hear and learn from you too."

To read the welcome letter, find more information and to register click the button below.

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Bread for the World Offering of Letters
The 2017 Offering of Letters: Doing our Part to End Hunger will help you and your church urge Congress to make funding decisions that put us on track to end hunger by 2030. We have made substantial progress against hunger and poverty in recent decades.

Printed Offering of Letters kits will be available in March and can be ordered from the Bread store. However, you can start learning about the issues and planning your letter-writing event now. 

Congress has already started making decisions through the budget process on issues that affect our goal to end hunger and poverty by 2030. It is important for your members of Congress to hear from you early and often throughout the year. So don't delay and start planning today.
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Lutheran Men in Mission: Bold Gathering
Every couple of years, men from all over the country gather together for a weekend huddle that is called the BOLD Gathering.

In 2017, join us in Minneapolis to be encouraged, to worship, and to connect and serve.

Hundreds of men will be gathering in the Minneapolis Marriott City Center to celebrate being bold daring followers of Jesus Christ!

Join Lutheran Men in Mission, July 21-23 in Minneapolis MN. To register, click the button below.
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This month's blog is all about incorporating prayer stations into your children's ministry. Check out the post by clicking the button below.
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As Nicodemus approached Jesus under cover of night with his questions, we, too, often come to God when we feel safe and concealed from others with our questions, confessions and thoughts. Thank God for listening to our every prayer and plea, and for friends, people of faith and communities that engender trust and offer refuge when needed.
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