Synod News
December Synod Newsletter

Read a reflection from Bishop Burk about baptism and see how people from congregations around the synod served for "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday. 

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Synod Mission Spending Plan 2020
The 2020 spending plan is now available. See the impact of your mission support and the plan for 2020. This plan is intended to help you plan your mission support gifts for 2020 and see at a glance the impact of your mission support from 2019. To request paper copies, a printable PDF or for questions email
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Synod Lenten Resources
The office of the bishop will again be providing worship and devotional resources for Lent based on the Synod Assembly theme. These resources will be available online in early January. For questions, contact Rev. Erika Uthe,
Churchwide News 
Midnight Stillness
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article appears in the December issue of Living Lutheran
On Christmas Eve, there always comes a time when everything is finally still. Once all the preparations and decorations, extra choir rehearsals and Christmas pageants, shopping and holiday parties have been completed, peace descends.
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Upcoming Events
Administrator's Network
Generosity Project – Developing a theological narrative and framework for generosity through your congregation’s financial reports. Facilitator Karen Kretschmann, Associate for Generosity, Delaware Maryland Synod
Thursday, January 23, 2020 (9:30 – 12:00)

Safety at your Worship Center – Protecting your congregation Thursday, February 13, 2020 (9:00 – 12:00)
John Aunan, Risk Control Specialist for Church Mutual Insurance will facilitate a two-part workshop on reducing risk. The focus will be on common property hazards and best practices for assessing the physical security of your building; as well as ALICE Intruder Mitigation which provides individuals with preparedness response and skills in the event of an aggressive intruder situation.

Both meetings will be held at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry, 2635 Northgate Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52245 and are provided at no cost for congregations of the
Southeastern Iowa Synod. Early registration is encouraged.

Questions? contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, Southeastern Iowa Synod,, 319-338-1273
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Save the Date- Lutheran Day on the Hill  
Join Lutherans from all over Iowa on February 25 for a rousing morning of advocacy training, then speak directly with legislators at the Iowa State Capitol in the afternoon. Whether you’re an advocacy pro or you’ve never talked with a legislator, you’ll gain new insights on important Iowa issues and faith-grounded outreach to our policymakers. This event is presented by Lutheran Services in Iowa and the three Iowa Synods of the ELCA. Registration will be open by January 14 at
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Live Nativity - Quad Cities
St James Lutheran Church, 1705 Oak Street in Bettendorf, is holding their 6th annual Live Nativity Event on Saturday, December 14 from 4-7 pm. The public is invited to come at any time during this free outdoor event to witness the retelling of the Nativity story complete with actors, live animals, and carolers.  Free soup & dessert supper and crafts for all inside our fellowship hall. They are accepting donations of canned goods for the St James food pantry; hats, mittens, and coats for our sister parish, All Saints of Davenport.
Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
Submit your congregation's 2020 Mission Intent Form
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 Give thanks that we are freed by our faith to serve our neighbor and affect change in our communities, nation and world — change that is grounded in the gospel and God’s vision of justice, compassion, healing and peace for all people.
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