Synod News
Southeastern Iowa Synod Retired Ministers' Gathering
The 2017 Southeastern Iowa Synod Retired Ministers' Gathering will be Tuesday, September 12, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 325 Mormon Trek Blvd. in Iowa City. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with worship at 10:15 a.m. "Conversation with the Bishop" will follow worship and we will conclude with a luncheon.

We are pleased to host this event for retired pastors, deacons and their spouses. The widows/widowers of retired rostered ministers are also welcome.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Lorraine Jordan by calling 319-338-1273 or by emailing by Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

2017 Tri-Synodical Conference
"The Reformation: What's at Stake? Then and Now"

  • Bishop Guy Erwin
  • Anna Madson
  • Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Follow along using the hashtag: #3synodIA17

The 2017 Tri-Synodical Conference focusing on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be held September 24-September 26 at the Sheraton-West Des Moines.
More information and registration
Responding to Charlottesville 

Last week Bishop Michael Burk wrote a reflection in response to the violent and tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Read the letter
The Office of the Bishop has compiled a list of tools for congregations that wish to engage more in anti-racism efforts.
See resources
Portico releases 2018 rates

Portico Benefit Services released 2018 rates and changes last week. 
See more
Churchwide News
Hurricane Harvey Relief 
Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the United States on Aug. 25, 2017, threatening millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds and rising tides. While many have evacuated, significant damage is still expected, and thousands of people may be housed in shelters for an extended period of time. 

Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts. Together, we have a strong history of working with disasters in the Gulf Coast area. The road to recovery will be long, and Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to accompany those affected through every phase of this disaster. Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for "Hurricane Response – United States" will be used entirely (100 percent) for this disaster until the response is complete. 
Get the bulletin insert and more resources
Global Church Sunday
This October, as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us for Global Church Sunday by celebrating and supporting our church’s missionaries! No matter who they are or where they serve, every missionary needs your prayers, support and gifts to live out their ministry. 
"God's work. Our hands." Sunday
The 2017 dedicated day of service is coming up. If your congregation is participating there are resources available online for social media posts, bulletin inserts, door hangers and more. 

We'd also love to hear what you're doing for the day of service. Email any photos or stories to, we'd love to share your stories with other congregations! 
See the resources
Upcoming Events

Join the Southeastern Iowa Synod and The Center for Progressive Renewal for 12 months of becoming a better leader. Throughout the year there will be five in-person and online learning times simultaneously at Faith Lutheran Church - Clive and St. John Lutheran Church - Ely. Gather at 9 a.m. and learn from 9:30-11:30 a.m. An hour will be spent watching an online webinar together and end with an hour or more live question and answer session simultaneously in both locations

  • October 19: Preaching Advent
  • November 16: Boundaries with people who have no boundaries
  • January 4: Preaching Lent
  • March 8: Team Building: Challenges of incorporating young adults to your leadership team
  • April 26: Prioritizing Ministry: don't get swamped with the small stuff

Can't make one or two? Don't worry, with a one-time registration fee of $135 per person, you will have access to all five webinars for a whole year to share with your congregation's leadership teams.

To register email Pastor Erika Uthe at or call the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry with any questions at 319-338-1273.
You're Invited
Ecumenical Stewardship Center Conference

Generosity Next takes place November 29 - December 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. It explores how current culture informs faithful stewardship and generous giving.

This year's topic is Stewardship & Generosity: Are We Doing All We Can?  Engage with keynote speakers Steve Manskar and Anne Burkholder as we explore John Wesley's well-known sermons about money and their relevance for generous stewards of the 21st century.

• Connect with others who share a passion for faithful stewardship and generous giving
• Be inspired through meaningful worship, insightful presentations, and thoughtful conversation
• Become better equipped to lead others in their discipleship journeys of becoming faithful stewards and generous givers

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2018

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a longstanding expression of the ecumenical movement - a worldwide movement among Christians to heal divisions with the Church. It also promotes dialogue among churches and Christian communities and encourages Christians everywhere to better understand and reflect the implications of  "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." 

Each year from January 18-25, Christians are encouraged to pray together as a sign of the unity that is already theirs in Christ. Learn more about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. 

Please also visit the Ecumenical and Inter-Religious website of the ELCA for ecumenical events, news, resources, and other times of interest. 
Cedar Rapids area 500th Anniversary events

Lutheran-Catholic Dialog Join us 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids for an information meeting about a Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Father Chris Podhajsky and Pastor Craig Brown will co-lead a 4-week discussion at 4-5 p.m. on Sept. 10, 17, 24, & Oct. 1 This event is open to all Catholics and Lutherans.  Cost of materials is $10. 

Landmark Worship Service Among Catholics and Lutherans Following a worldwide initiative, Catholics and Lutherans in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area will gather for a landmark common worship at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. The service will start at Immaculate Conception. Halfway through participants will walk across the street and finish at First Lutheran Church. Refreshments following.

500th Anniversary of the Reformation events-Muscatine

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
513 Sycamore Street, Muscatine, IA 52761

September 17, 2017--10:30 a.m.
Dr. Kurt Hendel, the Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will be giving a presentation entitled, "Martin Luther: Witness of Christ."

September 17, 2017 -- 3 p.m.
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and will be held at Muscatine Lutherans and Roman Catholics will join together for Common Prayer, a liturgy approved by both the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican. Fr. Troy Richmond of Sts. Mary and Mathias Catholic Church preaching. A time of food and fellowship will immediately follow.
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September 24-26 
West Des Moines
Pray to God with humility as a servant and living sacrifice, asking for insight into the gifts and skills we each bring to the church and how ‒ together ‒ we can put them to use for the growth of the church and for the sake of our neighbors who cry out for good news, hope, comfort, connection and healing.
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