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Synod Calendar
February 14, 2015
Synod Council Meeting
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry

Event Registrations

February 7 and 8, 2015

March 14, 2015

Breathe-Renewal Event
April 13-14, 2015

Companions in Christ
April 18, 2015
Remember in Prayer
Raise up, in every country, all who herald the gospel and who make the good news known, especially Timothy, Titus and Silas, missionaries whom we commemorate today​.
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Synod News
2015 Health Assessment is now open
It is that time of year again and Portico is once again offering synods the opportunity to earn a 2% discount on ELCA health contributions this year if our synod has at least 65% participation in the health assessment. 

Portico health plan primary members and eligible spouses can take the health assessment by signing into MyPortico. Those who participate by taking the health assessment will also earn $150 in wellness dollars. Sign in to MyPortico for more information.
Rostered Leader and Congregational Reports
Each year, rostered leaders are asked to complete a Rostered Leader Report to the Bishop. You can access the forms online by clicking here and selecting the synods tab. Please use the appropriate form that matches your roster category and status. 

If you experience technical difficulties with the online form or prefer a paper copy, you may request a blank form to be mailed to you by contacting the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry at 319-338-1273Please submit your completed form to Bishop Michael Burk by February 13, 2015.

Congregational reports can be found here. If you do not know your congregation's ID or password, please contact the Synod Center for Ministry at 319-338-1273.
Important - New guidance regarding employer reimbursements for individual health policy premiums and out-of-pocket medical expenses under the Affordable Care Act. 
Employer reimbursement plans have been popular with small businesses and churches who might otherwise be unable to offer health care coverage for employees. As of January 1, 2014 these reimbursements can no longer be made on a tax-free basis. And recent new guidance from the Department of Labor indicates that these may be subject to tax penalties of $100 per day per employee whether they are pre- or post-tax.  Churches that may be impacted are encouraged to contact their professional tax advisors regarding these changes.  For more information, click here. 
Churchwide News
Small changes can make a PIG difference
Just $30 can provide a piglet to a family in need. When this little piggy grows up, she will give birth to as many as 16 piglets each year. Pigs help fertilize fields, provide food to eat and can be sold at market for much-needed income. What a BIG difference a pig can make! Distribute these coin boxes to your Sunday school classes, youth group, or entire congregation to collect your offerings.
ELCA response to Ebola outbreak totals $275,000
Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has provided $275,000 to support the work of Lutheran companion churches in both African countries. 

The funds were disbursed through Lutheran Disaster Response International to ELCA companion churches and partners responding to the immediate needs of people impacted by the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 8,500 people have died due to Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Keep reading...
Synod Events
Called Together in Mission: People of the Spirit 
This year, CTIM is excited to welcome Dr. Troy Troftgruben, assistant professor at Wartburg Theological Seminary, as the keynote speaker. Troy will engage and inspire conference participants around the topic - what it means to be people of the Spirit. Join us on March 14th for a day that will leave you with a fresh understanding of our identity as children of God, led by the Spirit. Workshop information and registration is available at
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
ConFest 2015

A high-impact, low-cost, event for junior high youth who are involved in confirmation ministry across the Southeastern Iowa Synod. We invite all middle school students and adult advisors to come and discover their place in God's Story!

The same event will be held on two dates at two locations 

Saturday, February 7

Bethany Lutheran Church

West Branch

Sunday, February 8

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ankeny

Click here for more information and registration.

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
Lutheran Men in Mission: One Year to Live Retreat at EWALU
Join men of all ages who yearn for real friendships and a closer relationship with Christ. Join us and be…
• Adventurous and courageous
• Genuine and spiritual

More information
LSTC Seminary Sampler
The Seminary Sampler is a three-day visit event being held March 1-3, 2015 and designed to give prospective students a taste of LSTC life. Here they will have the opportunity to discern with other prospective students a call to ministry and how LSTC might be the place for them. Participants will meet students, faculty and staff, receive an introduction to our programs and have the opportunity to really experience what life is like for seminarians in Hyde Park and Chicago.  Housing and meals are covered, and travel reimbursement are available.
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Considering Your Call Weekend
Wartburg Theological Seminary - March 14-16, 2015
Considering Your Call is a time for people who are discerning a call to ministry to be on campus and talk with current students, faculty, staff, and others also in the midst of discernment. It is a full and fun weekend of fellowship, conversation, and worship. Come and spend a weekend with others who are also asking the questions: "What does God need me to do? How is God calling me?" Learn more or register for Considering Your Call.
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