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Synod Calendar

Candidacy Meeting 
Friday, Jun. 10
Iowa City

 
 
 
 
 
Event Registrations

June 11, 2016
Faith Lutheran Church
Eldridge

June 14, 2016
Iowa City
 
 
 
 
 
Remember in Prayer
For God’s attentiveness to our prayers of joy, praise, sorrow and desperation, we give thanks and welcome with humility God’s constant, undeserved love and concern. More prayers...  
 
 
 
 
 
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Synod News
 
 
 
 
Lunch and Learn – Understanding the Complexity and Implications of Racism
In an effort to continue understanding the complexity and implications of racism, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), invited congregations to participate in webcasts with William B. Horne II, a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Clearwater, Fla., and a member of the ELCA Church Council, serving as host. Eaton and Horne have had three on-camera conversations about the church’s efforts in defining and confronting racism, advancing racial justice and more. “Talking about race and racism is hard work for most of us,” said Horne. “Our Christian witness compels us to confront our sinfulness in all forms from within and outside of ourselves. It is more beneficial if we do it together.”

July 7 and 14, 2016; 11:30 – 1:00 at the Synod Center for Ministry in Iowa City. 

Bring a sack lunch and watch presiding bishop Eaton’s webcasts on confronting racism with conversation to follow.  This is a two-part series. RSVP here
 
 
 
 
 
Rooted: High School Trip
The Grand Canyon and Southeastern Iowa Synods of the ELCA are excited to announce Rooted, a partner synod journey aimed to strengthen one another for life and mission within the body of Christ.

Registration opens in October 2016. Learn more
 
 
 
 
Churchwide News
 
 
 
 
Word and Service roster unification
This summer a recommendation will come to the Churchwide Assembly to unite the present three lay rosters of Associates in Ministry, Deaconesses and Diaconal Ministers into one roster of Word and Service. Beginning in 2007, a series of consultations, study and dialogue began to examine the work and ministry of these three lay rosters. These conversations led the ELCA Church Council to form the Word and Service Task Force. The task force determined the central question is whether the mission of the ELCA would be strengthened by combining the three lay rosters into one.
Find out more about this recommendation through the Word and Service Task Force Frequently Asked Questions. Learn more.
 
 
 
 
 
Called Forward Together in Christ: A process to decide the ELCA’s future directions 
As we anticipate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, people across this church are reflecting on our history and thinking about our future. What kind of church is God calling us to become? How does the ELCA continue to be an inspiring and relevant church in our communities? Called Forward Together in Christ, an initiative led by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and other leaders, invites your congregation and synod to take part in the conversation this spring. Learn more at ELCA.org/future.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
Upcoming administration workshops
Administration and finance are important to the health of your congregation. Having a firm grasp on your congregation’s finances will have a positive impact on your local ministry; as well as the ministries that we do together as the ELCA.
 
In 2016 the Southeastern Iowa Synod will be offering several workshops to help with administration and finance in your congregation. The June workshop will be general information; the two workshops planned for later in the year will be more focused. 
These workshops are provided at no cost to congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod.   Pre-registration is encouraged.
 
June 14, 2016 – New Treasurer’s Workshop. 
9:30 – 12:00 at the synod Center for Ministry, Iowa City.
For anyone new to the position, or for anyone who has questions about finance, accounting, or administration. This workshop is returning at the request of past participants. We’ll be engaged around your areas of interest. Space is provided on the registration form for topics and questions. Facilitated by Treasurer, Jodi Schuman, and Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration. For questions contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, 
smith@seiasynod.org, 319-338-1273. Register Online
 
Also planned for 2016:
 
Fall, 2016 -  Improving Internal Controls and Security    
Date to be announced
Conversation facilitated by a trained non-profit fraud prevention specialist. 
We’ll discuss ways in which churches can effectively improve accounting practices, safeguard accounts, prevent data breaches, and keep business accounts free of fraud and risk.
 
October 20, 2016  - Clergy Taxes and Year-End Financial Responsibilities
9:30 – 12:00    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. 
 
 
 
 
 
Practice Discipleship Initiative
Join us for our first Practice Discipleship offering June 11 at Faith Lutheran in Eldridge from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as we engage in Wondering Through Service Learning and Wondering in Prayer. Training is FREE! Lunch is provided ($5 per person). Register for the June 11 training online. 

Wondering through Service Learning – Service learning moves service projects and mission trips from one-time events to experiences that open minds and hearts to new ways of thinking and acting. For example, youth might ponder tough questions about poverty in your hometown, notice the incredible artistry within God's creation, or glimpse the wisdom of a senior citizen in a simple conversation. By emphasizing adequate preparation, intentional reflection, and sharing stories with others, service experiences can be brought to life in profound, astonishing ways. (written by Mark Jackson, Professor & Chair of Children, Youth & Family Studies, Director, Center for Community Engagement, Trinity Lutheran College)

Wondering in Prayer – We teach children the Lord’s Prayer and prayers for meals and bedtimes, and we often teach children how to pray for friends and family. We often stop there. But we are called to worship God with all of heart and soul
and mind. So, in this session we will explore prayer forms that engage the senses and the imagination, opening a space for us both to dwell and to wonder in God. (written by Dr. Mindy Makant, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Lenoir-Rhyne University)
 
 
 
 
You're Invited
 
 
 
 
Join us for a discussion about faith, climate, and agriculture!

Faith, Climate, and Agriculture Forum
Christy 4-H Hall 
220 H Ave
Nevada, IA
Wednesday, June 15th at 6:30 PM
 
Come hear leaders from the farming, faith, and scientific community as they discuss and answer questions on how climate change is impacting agriculture in Iowa, how farmers are adapting today, and how their faith calls them to respond. After the event, attendees are invited to take home free pollinator seeds for your home or garden!

For more information click here. 
 
 
 
 
 
Save ther Date! Jr. High Student Lock-in at UNI
This year the LSC Lock-in is scheduled for Friday, October 14 at 7pm – Saturday, October 15 at 7am. Please add this event to your calendar, and promote it to your youth. This lock-in is a great opportunity to introduce Jr. High students to campus ministry, learn about Christ, & have fun. The Wellness & Recreation Center has a climbing wall, swimming pool, basketball courts, racquetball, & volleyball. We offer
midnight worship, pizza, games & activities throughout the night. Learn more...
 
 
 
 
 
The new ELCA Federal Credit Union will open soon
The new ELCA Federal Credit Union, with offices in the Lutheran Center Building in Chicago, will soon be open for business. The grand opening celebration will be Monday, June 6. ELCA members, congregations, synods and the churchwide organization—and their employees—are all eligible to join the credit union to take advantage of a portfolio of deposit accounts, loans and other services. This new ELCA-sponsored credit union supports the ELCA’s mission to promote responsible stewardship of members’ and congregations’ financial resources. Because this is a financial cooperative, credit union members will see more competitive rates on deposits and loans, fewer fees and enhanced services. Learn more by visiting the credit union website, elcafcu.org. As a financial institution rooted in your faith community, the ELCA Federal Credit Union looks forward to serving you. Read more...
 
 
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