Synod News

2017 Tri-Synodical Conference
"The Reformation: What's at Stake? Then and Now"

  • Bishop Guy Erwin
  • Anna Madson
  • Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

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The 2017 Tri-Synodical Conference focusing on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be held September 24-September 26 at the Sheraton-West Des Moines.
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Synod Restructuring Proposal
Synod Deans
By Bishop Michael Burk

Deans have a long and valued history in this synod and most likely, in every synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The responsibilities or expectations of a dean varies from synod to synod as does the mechanism by which they are selected. Our history has been to elect deans at conference assemblies with the expectation that they will facilitate and chair the annual conference assembly, function as an “intentional colleague” to fellow rostered ministers within the conference, and be in touch with the bishop and the staff within the Office of the Bishop. 

The proposal for revision within this synod includes a different model or vision for the office of dean. Where we currently have “conference deans,” it is more helpful to think about “synod deans” who serve within ministry cohorts. 
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Hunger Grants 

The first Southeastern Iowa Synod Hunger Grant has been awarded to the Johnson County Hunger Dialogue and First Lutheran Church, Fairfield.  The grant will enable their "Come to Supper" program to expand serving meals to guests from twice a month to weekly.

Applications are now being accepted from congregations, ecumenical groups and organizations on the territory of the synod that to be engaged in efforts to feed hungry people. Grants range from $100 to $1,000 and applications will be accepted through November 1, 2017, or until all funds have been distributed. 
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Portico releases 2018 rates

Portico Benefit Services released 2018 rates and changes last week. 
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Churchwide News
500th anniversary of the Reformation Livestream
Save the to join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on Tuesday, Oct. 31 on livestream, as she co-hosts a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at an event, which will meet under the theme “Looking Back and Called Forward.” 

The event, which will include speakers and a service, will be at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Bishop Eaton will be joined by co-hosts Indiana-Kentucky Synod Bishop Bill Gafkjen, ELCA Vice President Bill Horne and Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod Bishop Richard Graham.

Please note this date on your calendar. More details will be available in the near future.
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Global Church Sunday
This October, as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us for Global Church Sunday by celebrating and supporting our church’s missionaries! No matter who they are or where they serve, every missionary needs your prayers, support and gifts to live out their ministry. 
"God's work. Our hands." Sunday
"God's work. Our hands." Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The suggested date for the 2017 dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 10. Mark your calendars today! If your congregation cannot participate on this date, please consider another day.

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ - every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life - flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God's grace.

You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2017! 
Upcoming Events

Join the Southeastern Iowa Synod and The Center for Progressive Renewal for 12 months of becoming a better leader. Throughout the year there will be five in-person and online learning times simultaneously at Faith Lutheran Church - Clive and St. John Lutheran Church - Ely. Gather at 9 a.m. and learn from 9:30-11:30 a.m. An hour will be spent watching an online webinar together and end with an hour or more live question and answer session simultaneously in both locations

  • October 19: Preaching Advent
  • November 16: Boundaries with people who have no boundaries
  • January 4: Preaching Lent
  • March 8: Team Building: Challenges of incorporating young adults to your leadership team
  • April 26: Prioritizing Ministry: don't get swamped with the small stuff

Can't make one or two? Don't worry, with a one-time registration fee of $135 per person, you will have access to all five webinars for a whole year to share with your congregation's leadership teams.

To register email Pastor Erika Uthe at or call the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry with any questions at 319-338-1273.
Southeastern Iowa Synod Retired Ministers' Gathering
The 2017 Southeastern Iowa Synod Retired Ministers' Gathering will be Tuesday, September 12, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 325 Mormon Trek Blvd. in Iowa City. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with worship at 10:15 a.m. "Conversation with the Bishop" will follow worship and we will conclude with a luncheon.

We are pleased to host this even for retired pastors, deacons and their spouses. The widows/widowers of retired rostered ministers are also welcome.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Lorraine Jordan by calling 319-338-1273 or by emailing by Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
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LSC 2017 Middle School Lock-in
The Middle School Lock-in (open to students in your middle school ministry and the grades you consider to be middle school.) will be held October 13-14, 2017.

This event is sponsored by the partnership of the Lutheran Student Center at UNI in Cedar Falls and the Northeastern Iowa Synod (ELCA). College students of UNI are there to help staff the event. You or other adults are welcome to accompany your youth at the lock-in free of charge. 

This year we will be welcoming the amazing Rachel Kurtz as a special guest! She will be providing a short concert at the start of the event and will be sharing her musical gifts with us in worship at midnight.

The registration deadline is September 29th. This year, each student will receive a t-shirt if registered by then. 
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500th Anniversary of the Reformation Events

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
513 Sycamore Street, Muscatine, IA 52761

September 17, 2017--10:30 a.m.
Dr. Kurt Hendel, the Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will be giving a presentation entitled, "Martin Luther: Witness of Christ."

September 17, 2017 -- 3 p.m.
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and will be held at Muscatine Lutherans and Roman Catholics will join together for Common Prayer, a liturgy approved by both the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican. Fr. Troy Richmond of Sts. Mary and Mathias Catholic Church preaching. A time of food and fellowship will immediately follow.
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September 24-26 
West Des Moines
Just and merciful God, we lift before you the city of Charlottesville, especially victims of violence and those gathered in support of peace and equality. By your might, break the bondage that bigotry, hatred and violence impose on their victims and their perpetrators. May your kingdom come on earth as in heaven; through Jesus Christ, crucified and risen for the life of the world. Amen.
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Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship Resources for the bulletin: 

August 20: Let your way be known upon earth, your saving heath among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you. Psalm 67:2-3 This week’s readings offer two good reminders for us. Our first reminder is that our God is for all people. As God’s stewards, we are called to extend God’s mission to include the outsider and those on the fringe. Our second reminder is to be unrelenting in our prayers-prayers for God’s saving health among all nations and prayers of praise for all God’s mercy to us. Who can you reach out to in need of God’s saving health through you?

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