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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.
 
 
 
 
 

Preparing for Assembly: Synod Governance Proposal

Attending Synod Assembly? Organizing those who are attending from your congregation?


Voting members will consider action on a Synod Governance Proposal during the very first session at this year’s assembly. To help members of the assembly prepare to consider this action there are a variety of resources to help understand the proposal.


 
 
Flyer with links to these resources
 
 
 
Preparing for Assembly: pre-assembly materials online
Orientation materials, nominations, financial information, reports from conference and committees and other pre-assembly information is online and will continue to be updated this week. These electronic materials will also be available via Guidebook before and during the Assembly.
 
 
Assembly webpage
 
 
 
 
 
 
Churchwide News
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-Retirement Seminar

Date:  Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (additional dates and locations are listed at:  https://porticobenefits.org/NewsEvents/Events/Pre-RetirementSeminars

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.

Register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ames-pre-retirement-seminar-tickets-39098632061  

 
 
 
 
 
Online giving options for congregations
Tithe.ly offers new online giving option for congregations
The ELCA has reached a preferred vendor agreement with Tithe.ly, a company that offers online tools, including a mobile app, to enhance financial giving to ELCA congregations and ministries. Through Tithe.ly, 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. Tithe.ly can work with every ELCA congregation. 
 
 
Learn more
 
 
 
 
 
 
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, revcdo@gmail.com 
 
 
 
 
 
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 ellen@gracedm.org
 
 
 
 
 
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, smith@seiasynod.org.
 
 
Learn more and register online
 
 
DONATE TODAY!
Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
 
 
 
View the Synod Calendar Online
 
 
 
Mission Support Intent for 2018 



 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

Youth Gathering Webinar
April 26

April 28

May 18-19
 
 
 
 
 
Prayers
 It’s God’s love for us that identifies us unambiguously as children of God – forgiven, cherished, gathered in time and time again, and given the gift of life eternal with God.
 
 
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FOR THE BULLETIN
Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin


 
 
 
 
 
Announcements that appear in this newsletter may be copied and reproduced by congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod in whole or in part without permission. Please credit authors if they are credited within this newsletter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
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