Synod News
Resources available for Lent
One Bread. One Body. is a six-week Lent resource for your congregation that includes worship resources, reflections, and faith formation activities under one unifying theme, which is also the theme for the 2019 Synod Assembly.
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Churchwide News 
Happy New Year! 
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of Living Lutheran
Ah, a new year! It opens up before us with infinite possibilities like brand new notebooks at the beginning of the school year or the beginning of football season in Cleveland—everyone has a 4.0, everyone is undefeated!

At the turn of the new year, it seems possible to slough off the failures and disappointments of the past, leave one’s old self behind and start a new life. In this glow, we begin to make all kinds of resolutions, not just for the amendment of our lives but for the perfection of our future. It’s a wonderful space of hope and potential. It’s also ephemeral—morning dawns on Jan. 2. Continue reading...
Congregational Reports
All congregations should have received Congregations Reports forms via mail. You will also be able to fill these out online filing system in the next week or so. 

The password to file online was included in the physical copy sent to your congregation at the end of December.  Contact  Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration at the Southeastern Iowa Synod if you have any questions or need your password,
ELCA World Hunger VBS Curriculum
It’s never too early to start daydreaming of summer! Get started by exploring ELCA World Hunger’s new vacation Bible school curriculum for 2019, “Who is My Neighbor?” This free resource is now available to order and download. The curriculum invites children and youth to reimagine what it means to be neighbors in Christ. Based on the Good Samaritan story, this full five-day program contains skits, games, crafts, snacks and activities for participants to enjoy and learn how our faith calls us into the world to love and serve our neighbor.
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Upcoming Events
Join the Southeastern Iowa Synod Children and Youth Ministry Network digital network drop-in every 2nd Tuesday each month from 12-1:00 pm.

It’s a simple way for those who work with children and youth to stay connected, support and encourage one another. The first 20 minutes will be dedicated to checking in with each other followed by a conversation about a specific topic. Grab your lunch, your headphones, and smartphone, tablet, or computer and get connected.
See all the dates and get connected
ConFESt is a synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. This is an event for confirmation students and their leaders. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Zion Lutheran Church, Muscatine
1:00 – 6:00 pm
Get flyer and register online
Community Listings and Careers
Worship Musician- Ely
St. John Lutheran Church, Ely is seeking a part-time worship musician to provide music through the piano and/or organ. See position listing

Worship Musician-Clinton
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clinton seeks an organist/pianist. See position listing

Youth Choir Robes Available
Immanuel Lutheran Church of Ogden has 22 Youth Choir Robes available to any church that can use them. They are crimson and are in lovely condition. Included are neck crosses to go with the robes. Please contact us at 515-275-2164 if you would like to learn more or arrange to receive them. You may also inquire at
You're Invited
LSTC- Seminary Sampler
Come and see for yourself or share with someone who is considering ministry! Perhaps you are considering a call to public ministry. Perhaps someone is urging you to consider a call to public ministry. Perhaps you are simply wondering how you might continue to serve this world in need.

If you find yourself wondering any of the above or beyond, consider attending the LSTC Spring Seminary Sampler.

Saturday, February 23rd through Monday, February 25th.
Housing and meals are provided!
Travel stipends and childcare are available.

Individuals are always welcomed to schedule an individual visit if you can’t make it to Seminary Sampler! Contact the Admissions Office ( for more information. Register for the sampler online
Explore the Legacy of Bonhoeffer -Rock Island
In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, there will be a performance of "A View from the Underside" which is a one-person stage play on the life and writing of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This event is free and open to the public. 

Sunday, January 27
2:00 p.m.
Tri-City Jewish Center
2715 30th Street 
Rock Island

Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
To report your congregation’s mission support intent for 2019. 
Download the fillable PDF
View the Synod Calendar Online

January 17 
First Call Theological Education
Winter Gathering

Synod Center for Ministry Closed-Martin Luther King Day

First Lutheran Church

Give thanks that God is with us in every situation, disaster, uncertainty and difficulty and that we can trust God’s promise and reassurance: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” 
More prayers
Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship Snippet
Jan. 20, 2019

1 Corinthians 2:4 –"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone."

Everybody has strengths and talents. Steward/disciples know that we find optimal joy, peace and fulfillment when we are using them for Godly purposes. What are your gifts? How are you using them?
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