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Synod Calendar
Called Together in Mission
Saturday March 14, 2015
First Lutheran Church
Cedar Rapids

Event Registrations

Breathe-Renewal Event
April 13-14, 2015

Companions in Christ
April 18, 2015

A Framework for Understanding Poverty
April 18, 2015

Synod Assembly
May 29-30, 2015
Remember in Prayer
We give thanks for the declining number of new Ebola cases and the progress of recovery work being done in West Africa, especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
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Synod News
Our chance to earn $44,000 in savings
ELCA-Primary health plan members have until April 30 to take the Mayo Clinic health assessment. By taking the health assessment you will receive $150 in wellness dollars and will help our synod earn $44,000 in savings. In order to receive the synod-wide 2% discount, 65% of the eligible health plan members and their spouses must fill out the health assessment no later than April 30.

Go to MyPortico today to take your health assessment.
Feed Our Children
Bread for the World 2015 Offering of Letters
Through the 2015 Offering of Letters, Bread wants to urge Congress to continue the strong investments in national child nutrition programs and to improve children's access to feeding programs. For every seven low-income children getting a lunch at school, only four get breakfast, and only one receives meals during the summer, a time when children are most at risk for hunger. Improvements for these programs should not be paid for by cuts to other vital safety net programs.

The 2015 toolkit to help plan and organize an offering of letters event can be found on Bread for the World's website. The toolkit includes how-to information on planning an event, explanation of the issue in easy-to-understand language, promotional videos and presentations.
Faith in Action
“Sharing The Weight” one blanket at a time
The story of Sharing The Weight began a little over two years ago when Adam and Marci Proes’s third child, David, was born. David had trouble sleeping and on most nights only slept for fifteen minutes at a time. On a good night David might sleep for an hour. “We knew something was different but we figured it was because of the other health issues David had,” explains Marci.

After two years of constant screaming and little to no sleep Adam and Marci finally reached the point where they were in need of answers. “Our pediatrician referred us to the AEA where David started receiving therapy. Six months into therapy David’s screaming was reduced but he still wasn’t sleeping,” said Marci. The Proes’s occupational therapist gave them a weighted blanket to try and the first night David slept through the night for the first time ever. Keep reading
Churchwide News
Subtle shift to works righteousness
Jesus didn’t die to change behaviors, political systems, institutions
By: Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

We are in the middle of Lent—the season of spiritual warfare, or at least really good intentions. Many of us now engage in some form of Lenten discipline. We give up something: chocolate or coffee or FreeCell. Or we add something: Scripture reading, midweek worship or service projects. This seems normal and familiar to us just as the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday or crossing ourselves has become normal and familiar in many of our congregations. Continue reading...

This column by Bishop Eaton first appeared in The Lutheran's March issue.
ELCA World Hunger's Walk for Water
Did you know that there is a global water crisis? Globally, 1.8 billion people - that's about 1 our of every 4 people - drink from contaminated water sources. Unsafe water leads to illnesses that claim the lives of 840,000 people each year, almost half are children under the age of 5. 

Sunday, March 22, is World Water Day. Your congregation can observe this day and impact the lives of those who struggle daily to find clean water resources by participating in ELCA World Hunger's Walk for Water - a year-long and youth driving challenge to support the water related projects of ELCA World Hunger. Learn more at 
Synod Events
2015 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
In The Name of Jesus

We are used to praying “in the name of Jesus.” But what does it mean to live and serve “in the name of Jesus?” Join us for the 2015 Assembly of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, as we worship, sing, share stories of our faith, and act… In the Name of Jesus. 

Friday, May 29-Saturday, May 30, 2015
Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines

Registration is now open. Learn more at
A Framework for Understanding Poverty
Is poverty a problem in your community? Interested in helping but you don't know where to start? 

The first step to helping make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty is to understand the obstacles they encounter everyday. This insight can help provide the support others need to break the cycle of generational poverty.

To learn more about the effects of living in poverty and what you can do to help, attend A Framework for Understanding Poverty on Saturday, April 18 in Marshalltown, IA. Using Ruby Payne’s  book, Bridges out of Poverty, as a reference this 7-hour course is designed to give participants insight into the challenges that people face to improve their lives.

This event is sponsored by the Southeastern Iowa Synod and the Marshall County ELCA Hunger Ministries Team. Click here for more information and to register.
Companions in Christ
Companion Synod/Diocese Celebration
All are welcome to attend the Companion Synod/Diocese Celebration on Saturday, April 18 at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive. Participants will learn about the companion relationship between the Pare Diocese and the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Along with Bishop Michael Burk, the keynote speakers for this year’s event are Bishop Charles Mjema and Pastor Nahana Mjema of the Pare Diocese. More information and registration can be found at
Breathe: A Renewal Event
In the Southeastern Iowa Synod, we are intentional about health and wholeness among leaders and entire communities of faith. We are called to bring our best selves to the mission of Jesus Christ. Rostered leaders and ministry program staff are invited for a two-day retreat April 13-14. The primary goal of this event is for participants to relax, refresh, and breathe. Find more information here
You're Invited
Upcoming events at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp

New at Riverside, this special sleepover program, March 21-22, girls from 1st grade through high school and their mother, grandma, aunt, or special friend to come and experience a night and day full of fun and learning about what God says about how unique He made each and every one of us. We will be talking about true inner beauty, having bible studies, and so much more. The event is $60 for 1 adult and youth together and $25 for each additional person.

Register online or by calling Riverside at 515-733-5271

Spring Men's Retreat
The Spring Men’s Retreat, April 17-18, at Riverside has become a great annual retreat! You can expect great teaching, fellowship, worship, prayer, fun times, small groups, and a steak fry! The retreat is open to all men age 18 and over, or 14 and over if accompanied by a father, guardian, or grandfather. This is a great event for men of all ages to grow in their faith and continue to seek after God in all they do. The weekend begins on Friday at 7pm and will conclude Saturday around 8pm. More information and registration 
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