Synod News
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 available online.

Preparing for Assembly: Synod Governance Proposal

Attending Synod Assembly? Organizing those who are attending from your congregation?

Voting members will consider action on a Synod Governance Proposal during the very first session at this year’s assembly. To help members of the assembly prepare to consider this action there are a variety of resources to help understand the proposal.

Flyer with links to these resources
Preparing for Assembly: pre-assembly materials online
Orientation materials, nominations, financial information, reports from conference and committees and other pre-assembly information is online. These electronic materials will also be available via Guidebook before and during the Assembly.
Assembly webpage
Churchwide News
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.

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, 
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,
Learn more and register online
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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Upcoming Events

Youth Gathering Webinar
April 26

April 28

May 18-19
Praise God for leading us to be faithful, fearless followers and bearers of the good news in the world and for comforting and restoring us when we stumble, grow weary or feel fragile.
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