Synod News
Synod Council Brief-September 2016 
On Saturday, September 17, the Synod Council met at the Synod Center for Ministry in Iowa City. Following opening worship, the Council welcomed and oriented new members since elections at the May 2016 Synod Assembly. During this time the Council discussed the conflict of interest statement, the synod’s mission and vision as well as other council expectations. The executive committee recommended and council approved the appointment of Pastor Barbara Hayden to an unexpired term in Conference 5 and the election of Pastor Ryan Cosgrove to the Executive Committee of the council.  The council also received and acted on:
Roster changes including; changes in call, ordinations, consecrations, interim ministry, calls to other synods, leave from call, and retirements since the last meeting.
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Living Everyday as Disciples-Leadership Program
The Office of the Bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod equips and supports leaders and congregations to be witnesses to the good news of Jesus Christ. Along with our partners at LEAD, our goal is to support leaders as they develop the capacity for leading the church into deeper discipleship with a greater passion for sharing the Gospel in a changing world. Our experience has taught us that every leader and every congregation can grow; a choice that entails learning new behaviors.

A cohort of 8-10 congregations are beginning an exciting journey together in January 2017. Applications from congregations are dueNovember 30, 2016. Click on the LEAD Introduction Flyer and learn more about this exciting initiative. For more information, contact Pastor Erika Uthe ( 
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Churchwide News
ELCA presiding bishop issues statement addressing Dakota Access Pipeline
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has released a statement addressing the situation surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Sept. 9 a federal judge ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request to halt construction of the pipeline. Three federal agencies have issued a statement and have asked the pipeline company to pause construction.

Bishop Eaton's statement follows:
"As church together, we have been watching the situation regarding the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Several ELCA members have been present on the ground with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The ELCA American Indian Alaska Native Lutheran Association has issued a statement as have other local ELCA congregations. We have been in conversation with local synod bishops...
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Strong Center Open Door-ELW
In this 10th anniversary year of the publication of "Evangelical Lutheran Worship," you are invited to attend an event focusing on Lutheran worship in our current context.
Pastors, musicians, lay leaders, and worship committees: whether you have extensive experience with ELW, are exploring it for the first time, or use other materials for your community’s worship, you will find a place at these gatherings.

We will open anew the gifts of God at the strong center of worship in word and sacrament. We will explore how to open more widely the doors that welcome the world to these gifts and the doors that send us with these gifts into God’s beloved and needy world.
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Upcoming Events

Network Event
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Children/Youth Network is made up of adults who have a passion to walk with young people in Christ’s mission for the sake of the world! The purpose of the network is to make connections with people in children/youth ministries, and to share ideas and resources to enhance various ministries in congregations and throughout the synod.  Whether you are full-time, part-time, a rostered leader, staff, or volunteer, you are welcome!

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City
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Children's Ministry Fall Resource Day
Gain skills, knowledge and resources as you meet with church professionals and volunteers from around the synod who specialize in children’s ministry. Saturday, October 8th, 9:30AM-2:15PM at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Cost is $12, lunch is included. 
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Clergy Taxes and Year-End Financial Responsibilities  
October 20, 2016 from 9: 30am – 12:00pm This event is for Clergy and Congregation Treasurers. Conversation facilitated by Robert Joy, CPA, financial, and tax advisor with 22 years of experience in church and clergy taxes.  Held at the Synod Center for Ministry, Iowa City. This is a free event. 
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Starting the conversation about race...
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has called for ‘deep conversations’ about race.   But where do we begin?  Join others from the Southeastern Iowa Synod on Thursday, October 6 from 10:30 – 2:00 at the Synod Center for Ministry in Iowa City.  We will watch the webcast from Bishop Eaton and ELCA Vice-President Bill Horn, where they share their personal stories as a model for our conversation. 

Bishop Eaton casts a vision for the church that is both hopeful and embraces the theology of the cross.  Together we will explore ways in which congregations can become the neighborhood where God has placed them; as well as support communities that are hurting. 
Clergy are welcome as well as any members of your congregation that you would like to invite. Lunch will be provided. $10 per person to help offset the cost of lunch.  
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My Neighbor is Muslim
Norma Sisson and Retired Pastor Russ Melby will be co-facilitating an Adult Forum at Bethesda, Ames, on September 18, 25, October 2 and 9 on the topic “My Neighbor is Muslim:  Exploring the Muslim Faith.”  Our primary text booklets will be My Neighbor is Muslim: Exploring the Muslim Faith and What is the TRUTH About American Muslims? 

Both booklets are free to anyone who asks.  My Neighbor is Muslim is available from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service:  Tel.(844) 230-2736 or visit
“My Neighbor is Muslim: Exploring the Muslim Faith" was developed by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. 

What is the truth about American Muslims? is published by Religious Freedom Education Project of the First Amendment Center, and may be ordered by calling 202-292-6288  or by e-mail at  

You may request a course outline Russ and Norma constructed by e-mailing
Food, Faith, Climate: Connecting the Dots.
Join us at Iowa Interfaith Power & Light’s workshop to learn how our food practices contribute to climate change, and how our faith traditions call us to respond with practical solutions. We also look at our own food practices and create a plan for more climate-friendly choices. Sunday, Nov 6, 1pm-2:30pm, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon. Noon lunch optional at Cornell’s award-winning café.
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Hope Leadership Conference
Transforming lives. Transforming communities. Transforming the world. Strong Christian leaders are essential to the positive growth of teams, churches, organizations, communities… and the world! We invite you to join us for a conference where together we will help prepare church leaders to more effectively reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ! 
For Business Leaders:
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Bringing Faith into the Workplace

For Church Leaders
Thursday, Oct. 13 & Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
Church Leaders Envisioning the Future
Cost: $50 per person (Includes all three days) 
Students can register at no cost! Use promo code: STUDENTS 
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Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City

October 6
Synod Center for Ministry 
Iowa City
We ask God to teach us the differences between want and need, between greed and generosity, between self-interest and mutual care. 
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VBS Report
This summer more than 8,000 children attended VBS programs across our synod. They engaged in service projects, worked with other congregations and more. Pray that the seeds planted this summer grow.  

Sept. 11 Day of Service
Sept. 11 was the ELCA's "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday. Congregations all over southeastern Iowa packed food, collected item for shelters, made blankets, served first responders and more. 
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