Synod News
Resources for Lent 2018
The office of the Bishop has prepared resources for Lent as a way to more fully engage the synod assembly theme. Resources include:
  • worship planning resources
  • faith formation resources-engaging water projects
  • daily devotionals

We invite your congregation to take part in these activities during Lent. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Erika Uthe, Assistant to the Bishop,
Get the resources
Mission Link Bulletin Insert 
Download the latest bulletin insert from the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Available in full page and half page sizes.
Upcoming Events
conFEST 2018
conFEST is a synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. For confirmation students and leaders. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the Five Gifts of Discipleship and how to live these out in their lives. 

Same Event – Two Locations, 1– 6 p.m.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Zion Lutheran Church

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

$10 per person
Register online
Nurturing Hope in Bethlehem and the West Bank
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Friday, February 23, 2018
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Ames, IA

$25 Registration Fee includes lunch
Free-Will Offering will be received for Bright Stars of Bethlehem. The day will include keynote presentations from The Rev. Dr. Raheb, workshops and worship.
Learn more and register online
Join others from congregations around the Southeastern Iowa Synod for a day of workshops given by real people making a difference in their community. Get ideas. Be inspired. Renew the church.

February 24, 2018

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m 

First Lutheran Church - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cost: $25 per person with discounts for groups of 4 or more from the same congregation. For more information contact Rev. Erika Uthe, 
Register online
Save the Date: Lutheran Day on the Hill
Thursday, February 8
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Training session at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church with Keynote Speaker, Rev. Amy Reumann, Director ELCA Advocacy

This free event, sponsored by LSI and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA, is open to anyone who wants to learn more about citizen advocacy.
You're Invited
Looking for an awesome summer activity for your youth group?
Come on out to Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp and hike in the Sangre De Christo Mountains! Sign up today for a Compass Points charter on our website or by emailing Charters are for groups with ten or more people. Enjoy two guides, 3-5 days of backpacking, and all group backpacking equipment for $460 per person.  

Want to come on your own? Individuals can register to be a part of our Senior High, Pre-College, Junior High, Adult, or Youth Director trips! We're excited to enjoy the beautiful mountains of Colorado with you next summer!
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Peer Ministry Leadership Conference
The 2018 Peer Ministry Leadership Conference (PMLC) is a great opportunity for you or your group to grow as Christian leaders. The PMLC is a casual, group learning environment focused on participants gaining the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to not just be Peer Ministers, but also to teach the curriculum to others. We are blessed to have Lyle Griner, the author of Peer Ministry with us to lead us for the weekend.

February 17th- 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
February 18th 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Grand View University-Des Moines
Light refreshments provided during the conference.  Participants will be responsible for their own meals. There are several dining options available on and near campus.

Thanks to a wonderful donor the conference is only $40 for the first person from your congregation and $20 for each additional person. Bring a whole team of staff, leaders, and youth! The PMLC is open to anyone high school age and older.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Angie Larson (, the Director of Peer Ministry at Luther Memorial Church and Grand View University.
Register online
Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
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Mission Support Intent for 2018 

Upcoming Events

Muscatine - January 11
Ankeny - February 11

February 23

February 24
We remember in our prayers people who labor and serve throughout the holidays, giving thanks and recognition for their work and long hours. Pray they find time for rest, renewal, connecting with family and friends, and reflecting on the meaning of the holidays.
More prayers
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December 24-Fourth Sunday of Advent

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for you, Lord, have looked with favor on your lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed; ~Luke 1: 46b-48

As faithful stewards, do we answer God’s call to us with a spirit that rejoices? Scripture does not relate a story of Mary telling Gabriel that she needs some time to think about God’s call, weigh the options, see if it fits her own plan. No, even though she is unsure of what this will mean for her future, she says, “here I am.

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