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It is Jesus Christ, the son of God, in whom we trust to defeat all evil and death. For this we give thanks to God, and pray for confidence to share the good news and do God’s will in the world. 

Kids and volunteers at Zion Lutheran Church in Muscatine as they hold a VBS with several other congregations from June 8-12

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2015 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
In The Name of Jesus

Dear Friends in Christ,

When planning synod assemblies, we are very intentional about setting the stage for the year ahead. In our staff meeting to “de-brief” and reflect on this year’s synod assembly, there was joy for the way things had come together. Thank you to the many volunteers and thank you to all of you who participated. There spirit of the gathering was a gift to me.

To be sure, the stage is set for what lies ahead. I look forward to opportunities to be together with many of you throughout the coming year.

For now, as I head out for a time away on sabbatical, I go already refreshed from having been together with so many faithful people from across the Southeastern Iowa Synod. While I will be stepping away from my day-to-day responsibilities, I will continue to hold the leaders and congregations of this synod in my prayers, trusting that our whole lives, including our varied ministries, are held “In the Name of Jesus.”

Bishop Michael Burk

Synod Assembly highlights
Death of Pastor Mo Johnson
Pastor Mo Johnson who served as deployed staff for stewardship in the three Iowa synods in the early days of the ELCA died on Monday, June 1. Funeral services will be held at Lutheran Church of Peace in Maplewood, Minnesota, on Tuesday June 9, at 2:00 PM.  We give thanks for the life and ministry of Pastor Mo Johnson.
Churchwide News
Luther's quote got it right
This article originally appeared in The Lutheran

The account of the Ascension in Acts has two great questions. The disciples ask Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” (1:6). Then, as the disciples watch the Lord ascending to heaven, the angels ask the disciples, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven?” (1:11).

The disciples had walked with Jesus, they had experienced the crushing defeat of his crucifixion, they had seen the risen Christ, and yet they seem to be afflicted by nearsightedness and farsightedness at the same time. They are looking for a restored kingdom and a vanishing Messiah.

I wonder what we as the church want to have restored. Do we get a little nearsighted or shortsighted about the church and about the earth-shattering, life-changing power of the death and resurrection of Christ? When we long for some remembered golden age are we blind to this new thing that God is doing in the church? Read the rest 
Update on the Campaign for the ELCA
Watch the video highlights from the first year of the Campaign for the ELCA including new ministries, progress and financial updates. Click the photo below to watch the video. 
Synod Events
Save the Date!
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 27-29, 2015, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames.  The speakers for this year’s event will be Rozella White, Program Director for Young Adult Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and Jeremy Myers, Associate Professor in Youth and Family Ministry at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

The theme will be “Being Public in the Name of Jesus.” Here is what they say about their presentations: “Christendom is waning and that might be a good thing! The love of Christ frees us to serve our neighbors and neighborhoods. But our neighbors aren’t coming to church all that much anymore. So the locus of work might need to shift from the sanctuary to the public square. Together we will explore ways to make this move into the public square as congregations and as leaders.”

Registration information will be available in July.  Plan now to attend!
You're Invited
Rev. Lonnie L. Branch to speak in Cedar Rapids
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, will host the Rev. Lonnie L. Branch one of the first black Lutheran pastors ordained in America, 83 year-old Branch, will return to Cedar Rapids to share his personal journey.

Author of the book published just last year; Reflections of Light, The Odyssey of a Black American Lutheran Pastor During the Civil Rights Years he will host a conversation about his book over breakfast.  

Our Savior's Luther Church, 3634 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids 

All public and media are welcome; Saturday, June 13; 5:30 p.m. Sermon during Worship Service Sunday, June 14; 8:30-9:30 a.m. Conversation about book over continental breakfast. Books will be for sale. 10 a.m. Sermon during Worship Service. Questions? Contact: Associate Pastor Lynn L’Abbe (lab-A) 319.365.9159
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