Synod News
Southeastern Iowa Synod Governance Proposal
At the February 2018 meeting of the Synod Council, they approved a final draft of the proposal for governance restructuring that reflects constructive changes prompted by input from throughout the synod. A comprehensive overview along with the proposed amendments to the Southeastern Iowa Synod Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions are now available. These will be considered for action by the 2018 Synod Assembly. Voting members of the assembly are encouraged to study these documents prior to the assembly beginning May 18th. 
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Been thinking about getting a bucket?
Only a few left
There's only a few The Water and The Witness buckets left for groups, congregations, individuals, anyone who wants to pledge $500 or more for water-related ministries of the ELCA.
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Churchwide News
Unite to End Racism
Can't join them in Washington D.C.? There are other ways to participate. Consider sharing through your networks other ways to participate in the rally with those who cannot make it to Washington DC. Feel free to adapt and share these ideas as you see fit, and to share your ideas.

Pray as individuals, congregations, and with ecumenical and inter-religious partners, 
Set Free by Truth, Lenten Devotions prepared by the four heads of communion of the Anglican/Episcopal and Lutheran Churches in North America, reflecting on matters of truth-telling and racial justice.

In Times Like These…A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement, an ecumenical collection developed by Bread for the World on the occasion of the 50thanniversary of the martyrdom of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Poor People’s Campaign.

View the events live as individuals or in groups. The events will be made available live through the ELCA Facebook page and other social media, through NCC social media, and at

Engage as ELCA and with ecumenical and inter-religious partners in ongoing acts of truth-telling and racial justice.

ELCA Racial Justice Ministries Resources:

Pre-Retirement Seminar

Date:  Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (additional dates and locations are listed at:

Location:  Bethesda Lutheran Church,  1517 Northwestern Ave,  Ames, IA

Time:  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost:  $35/person or $70/couple. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Register online:  

Online giving options for congregations offers new online giving option for congregations
The ELCA has reached a preferred vendor agreement with, a company that offers online tools, including a mobile app, to enhance financial giving to ELCA congregations and ministries. Through, donation forms are integrated into the congregation's website and a mobile app instead of sending donors to third-party sites. Donors have the option to make one-time or recurring gifts to provide more consistent giving. can work with every ELCA congregation. 
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Upcoming Events
Add Your Input: Draft ELCA Inter-religious Policy Statement

From now until the end of June, individuals and groups across the ELCA are invited to participate in responding to the draft ELCA policy statement, "A Declaration of Our Inter-Religious Commitment." 

Please consider how you might take the lead in sharing this invitation and in convening people to participate in the process in your particular ministry setting. 

You can download the draft policy statement and participate in the online survey. On page 5 of the statement, you will find tips and ideas for participating.

The draft policy statement was developed by an inter-religious task force appointed by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton in 2016 and chaired by Bishop Patricia Lull. It presents a common, theological basis and practical framework for this church's inter-religious relations, taking into consideration our varied ministry contexts, challenges and opportunities.
The input shared across the church over the next six months will inform revisions to the document before it goes to the ELCA Church Council for possible recommendation to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. If adopted, the policy statement would complement "A Declaration of Ecumenical Commitment: A Policy Statement of the ELCA," adopted by the second churchwide assembly in 1991.

For more information, visit the website.  

The Southeastern Iowa Synod will be holding an open conversation about this statement on Sunday, May 6th at 2 p.m. at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church in Windsor Heights. For information contact Rev. Chris Olkiewicz, 
2018 Synod Assembly
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will meet May 18-19, 2018 at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, Iowa.
Synod Assembly Registration is now available online.
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Southeastern Iowa Synod ELCA Youth Gathering Webinar
The Gathering Synod Coordinator, Ellen Rothweiler, will host a webinar for all things related to the ELCA Youth Gathering on Thursday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. Ellen will provide updates and answer your questions. The webinar will be live, but will also be recorded for later viewing. 

Mark your calendar, and click here to tune in. Add to your Google calendar or add to your Outlook calendar

Questions? Contact Ellen at
Congregation Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop (just added, participate online)
Join us April 28 for help with accounting questions that arise in congregations, and help build collaboration and support among financial and administrative staff and volunteers. Workshop facilitators are Thomas Hammar, CPA; Molly Hammar - Shattuck, Accountant; and by webcam, Richard Hammar, author of the Church and Clergy Tax Guide.

Early bird registration $20 per person (includes lunch) before April 20 $25 (includes lunch) after April 20. There is also an online webinar option. 

Questions? Contact Kathy Smith,
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You're Invited

Seminary Sampler Night

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Wednesday, April 18th from 4 to 8.30 p.m.

Register online

You will get a taste for life as a seminary student and as a member of the LSTC community.

Dinner will be provided!

Housing, travel stipends, and childcare are available.

Visit to register.

Or if none of the Seminary Sampler dates works for you, contact us to schedule an individual visit!

Lutheran Men in Mission Live Stream
Lutheran Men in Mission will host a live-streamed event,  "The Bold Gathering" on Saturday, April 14. A group of men from around Southeastern Iowa Synod will gather at Grace Lutheran Church in Muscatine on Saturday, April 14th to watch. The event streaming begins at 11:00 A.M. and will conclude at 2:00 P.M. The cost for the event is $5.00 including a lunch. 

The topics to be presented are: "Creating Communities for Younger Men," "Building Communities Online and in Real Life," "Orphan to Slave to Son," "Tips and Strategies to Engage Men on a Deeper Level," and "Change Management: Why Change with Men's Ministry is Hard." 

Please contact Pastor Steve Cauley, Synod Men's Ministry Coordinator at 563-263-5074 for details. Or to read about speaker profiles and to self-register. 
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

Youth Gathering Webinar
April 26

(just added, online webinar participation)
April 28

May 18-19
The body of Christ spans every nation and all people, without partiality. Ask God to make us bold witnesses of our faith and the good news of Jesus Christ – close to home and throughout the world.
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