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New Treasurer's Workshop
Thursday, June 11
9:00am – 11:30am
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA

Candidacy Meeting
Friday, June 12
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA
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We pray that the Holy Spirit fill us with compassion, acceptance and God’s sense of justice as we live the joys and challenges of being a diverse society and creation​ More prayers...  
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Synod News

2015 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
In The Name of Jesus

Synod Assembly was held May 29th-30th at Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines. A full recap, videos, and photos will appear in next week's E-News. To see some real-time updates please see our Facebook timeline here.
Domestic Hunger Grant Applications Available
Each year a portion of funds received through the ELCA Hunger Appeal are set aside to fight hunger in local settings through the Domestic Hunger Grant program. Grants are made for two years and can be used for efforts centering on relief, development, education or advocacy.  Information about the grants as well as grant applications for the 2016-2017 cycle are now available on-line at  The deadline for applications is July 10, 2015.
Vacation Bible School
Is your congregation holding a VBS or other youth program this summer? We'd love to know when it's happening this summer so we can pray for you and we would like to gather your ministry stories, hear about your volunteers and see how kid's are growing in faith. Photos, videos, and summaries are all welcome during/after your program. Contact Val Harlynn with your information and we'll share it with other congregations around the synod. 
Churchwide News

Lutheran Disaster Response to severe flooding in the southern plains
Texas, Oklahoma and now Arkansas are experiencing severe flooding that started due to heavy rainfall and flash floods in the region during Memorial Day weekend. This has been the wettest May, or even month, on record for most of the region. In Texas, it is estimated that 35 trillion gallons of rain have fallen during the past month. Some cities in Texas have received at least four inches of rain for the past 25 consecutive days. At least 27 people have died due to the flooding in the U.S., and several more people are still missing. Normally dry riverbeds are flooded, leaving 4,000 houses damaged or destroyed and many streets and interstates submerged. Read more and learn how to give
Synod Events
Save the Date!
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 27-29, 2015, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames.  The speakers for this year’s event will be Rozella White, Program Director for Young Adult Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and Jeremy Myers, Associate Professor in Youth and Family Ministry at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

The theme will be “Being Public in the Name of Jesus.” Here is what they say about their presentations: “Christendom is waning and that might be a good thing! The love of Christ frees us to serve our neighbors and neighborhoods. But our neighbors aren’t coming to church all that much anymore. So the locus of work might need to shift from the sanctuary to the public square. Together we will explore ways to make this move into the public square as congregations and as leaders.”

Registration information will be available in July.  Plan now to attend!
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. And understanding your congregation’s tax and reporting responsibilities will ensure that you remain in good standing as a non-profit corporation.   ​

The Southeastern Iowa Synod is offering four workshops to help with administration and finance in your congregation. These workshops are provided at no cost to congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod.  Pre-registration is encouraged. See the full list of dates and times.  ​

For questions, or to register contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration,, 319-338-1273.
You're Invited
Garden Party
Grace Lutheran Church, 1140 E. High St., Davenport, is having a Garden Party at the church on Sunday, June 28th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. that will feature vendors with perennials, annuals, hostas, vegetable plants, sculptures, paintings and artwork.  Garden art rummage sale items will also be available.  Mini workshops on sustainable gardens, butterfly gardens, and gardening tips will be available. Potting plants will be on hand for children to make their own creations with herbs and annual flowers.  Golick's Meat Market will be providing lunch on the church parking lot.

There will also be a garden walk in northwestern Davenport from 5:00-8:00 p.m. that will have 5 and possibly 6 gardens that will feature different varieties of gardening philosophy.  Each garden will have a featured flower or garden item that families can search for with clues that will be provided.  Maps for the garden locations will be available at Grace Lutheran Church until 5:00 p.m.

For information regarding the Garden Party at the church contact Ken Krumwiede at 563-391-4727 or  For information regarding the garden walk contact Ken Wellnitz at 563-386-7099
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