Synod News
Statement on Mount Pleasant ICE Raid
Bishop Michael Burk has issued a statement on the Mount Pleasant Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid that took place in Mount Pleasant on May 9, resulting in 32 arrests.
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New to the Synod: Daniel Pell
Daniel Pell, pictured here with his wife Chelsea, is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and was recently assigned to the Southeastern Iowa Synod. A native Californian, Daniel is a graduate of California Lutheran University with majors in religion and psychology. He has worked at a Bible Camp and as a security officer at Six Flags. He and Chelsea, currently an administrative assistant as PLTS, are anxious to move to Iowa. They were recently in the area for an interview and will likely be receiving a call in the very near future. Welcome to the Southeastern Iowa Synod.
Supplement to Living Lutheran Available online
Read Bishop Michael Burk's reflection on the Synod Assembly theme and a story about how Living Lutheran Senior Campus in Muscatine is staying involved in the ministry and the global church.
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Churchwide News
God Loves
By Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, this article originally appeared in May edition of Living Lutheran 
During a recent chapel service at the Lutheran Center, Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director for Global Mission, shared his favorite Bible verse with us: “Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1).

Jesus was in Jerusalem in the upper room praying with his disciples, modeling selfless service as he washed their feet, and preparing them for his glorification that would take place on the cross.

“He loved them to the end.” To his bitter end on the cross, but to the end of so much more—to the end of the deadly grip of sin, to the end of everything that would try to mar the image of God borne by every human being, to the end of death.
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You're Invited
Professional Development and Cultural Immersion Trip with Grand View University
Explore and enjoy two very different and diverse cultural and historical experiences by joining a Grand View University sponsored professional development and cultural immersion trip to Dubai and India in March 2019. The estimated cost of this all-inclusive trip is approximately $4,800.

Tour leaders are GVU professors, Mark Mattes, Dmitry Yarushkin, and Hugh Stone.  Please contact Dr. Mark Mattes, Professor of Philosophy and Theology, at to indicate your interest in attending our first orientation meeting and to reserve your spot on this trip. The first orientation meeting for this trip is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm at Krumm Auditorium on the Grand View University campus. More info

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Pray the Spirit is with us and in us as we live our faith together and embrace our church’s values of forgiveness and reconciliation; dignity, compassion and justice; inclusion and diversity; courage and openness to change; and faithful stewardship of God’s creation and gifts – values grounded in faith, our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor.
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