Synod News
Southeastern Iowa Synod Governance Proposal
At the February 2018 meeting of the Synod Council, they approved a final draft of the proposal for governance restructuring that reflects constructive changes prompted by input from throughout the synod. A comprehensive overview along with the proposed amendments to the Southeastern Iowa Synod Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions are now available. These will be considered for action by the 2018 Synod Assembly. Voting members of the assembly are encouraged to study these documents prior to the assembly beginning May 18th. 
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2018 Synod Assembly
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will meet May 18-19, 2018 at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, Iowa.
Synod Assembly Registration is available online.
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Churchwide News
April Fools
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
This article originally appeared in the April 2018 edition of Living Lutheran
It all started with such promise: The angel announcing to Mary that the child she would bear would be called Son of the Most High; Mary’s conviction that this child was the embodiment of God’s promised justice, that the powerful would be brought down from their thrones and the lowly lifted up, that the hungry would be filled with good things and the rich sent away empty; angels announcing his birth; Simeon and Anna declaring the fulfillment of God’s promise in the tiny child; the youth teaching in the temple; thousands being fed; the sick healed; the dead raised; wind and waves stilled; teaching with authority.

And his teaching! The kingdom of heaven has drawn near. Blessed are the poor, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst. God so loved the world that he gave his only son. We are no longer servants in the household, but children. Sin and its consequence, death, no longer have power. Love is stronger than hate. And all of this comes from the merciful and gracious will of God as a gift.
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Pre-Retirement Seminar

Date:  Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (additional dates and locations are listed at:

Location:  Bethesda Lutheran Church,  1517 Northwestern Ave,  Ames, IA

Time:  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost:  $35/person or $70/couple. Breakfast and lunch are included.

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Online giving options for congregations offers new online giving option for congregations
The ELCA has reached a preferred vendor agreement with, a company that offers online tools, including a mobile app, to enhance financial giving to ELCA congregations and ministries. Through, donation forms are integrated into the congregation's website and a mobile app instead of sending donors to third-party sites. Donors have the option to make one-time or recurring gifts to provide more consistent giving. can work with every ELCA congregation. 
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Upcoming Events
Add Your Input: Draft ELCA Inter-religious Policy Statement
From now until the end of June, individuals and groups across the ELCA are invited to participate in responding to the draft ELCA policy statement, "A Declaration of Our Inter-Religious Commitment." 

Please consider how you might take the lead in sharing this invitation and in convening people to participate in the process in your particular ministry setting. 

You can download the draft policy statement and participate in the online survey. On page 5 of the statement, you will find tips and ideas for participating.

For more information, visit the website.  

The Southeastern Iowa Synod will be holding an open conversation about this statement on Sunday, May 6th at 2 p.m. at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church in Windsor Heights. For information contact Rev. Chris Olkiewicz, 
Southeastern Iowa Synod ELCA Youth Gathering Webinar
The Gathering Synod Coordinator, Ellen Rothweiler, will host a webinar for all things related to the ELCA Youth Gathering on Thursday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. Ellen will provide updates and answer your questions. The webinar will be live, but will also be recorded for later viewing. 

Mark your calendar, and click here to tune in. Add to your Google calendar or add to your Outlook calendar

Questions? Contact Ellen at
Congregation Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop (just added, participate online)
Join us April 28 for help with accounting questions that arise in congregations, and help build collaboration and support among financial and administrative staff and volunteers. Workshop facilitators are Thomas Hammar, CPA; Molly Hammar - Shattuck, Accountant; and by webcam, Richard Hammar, author of the Church and Clergy Tax Guide.

Early bird registration $20 per person (includes lunch) before April 20 $25 (includes lunch) after April 20. There is also an online webinar option. 

Questions? Contact Kathy Smith,
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You're Invited

Seminary Sampler Night

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Wednesday, April 18th from 4 to 8.30 p.m.

Register online

You will get a taste for life as a seminary student and as a member of the LSTC community.

Dinner will be provided!

Housing, travel stipends, and childcare are available.

Visit to register.

Or if none of the Seminary Sampler dates works for you, contact us to schedule an individual visit!

Lutheran Men in Mission Live Stream
Lutheran Men in Mission will host a live-streamed event,  "The Bold Gathering" on Saturday, April 14. A group of men from around Southeastern Iowa Synod will gather at Grace Lutheran Church in Muscatine on Saturday, April 14th to watch. The event streaming begins at 11:00 A.M. and will conclude at 2:00 P.M. The cost for the event is $5.00 including a lunch. 

The topics to be presented are: "Creating Communities for Younger Men," "Building Communities Online and in Real Life," "Orphan to Slave to Son," "Tips and Strategies to Engage Men on a Deeper Level," and "Change Management: Why Change with Men's Ministry is Hard." 

Please contact Pastor Steve Cauley, Synod Men's Ministry Coordinator at 563-263-5074 for details. Or to read about speaker profiles and to self-register. 
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Youth Gathering Webinar
April 26

April 28

May 18-19
Thank God for the blessings and joys of living in community, and pray for grace, patience and mutual understanding when we encounter conflicts that challenge our unity.
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