Synod News
Apply Now: Domestic Hunger Grants
The application process for the 2018-2019 cycle for Domestic Hunger Grants is now open on the ELCA website by clicking the button below. Applications must be in by June 30, 2017. Congregations and organizations that seek to alleviate hunger and its root causes are encouraged to apply. If you have questions about the process or possible projects, contact Pastor Paul Ostrem at the Office of the Bishop.
Grant Application
Synod Assembly Questionnaire 
Did you attend synod assembly? Please fill out the questionnaire by clicking the link below. Tell us what you loved about synod assembly.

Thank you to everyone who attended and did the work of the church in West Des Moines. Check back next week for a recap of the weekend.
Churchwide News
ELCA Youth Gathering Volunteers

Would you like to volunteer at the Gathering and help our young people grow in faith and encounter Christ? Serving the youth of this church is a vocational calling that requires careful discernment. Every volunteer must agree to follow the terms of a volunteer code of conduct and submit to a background check by the ELCA. There are four volunteer categories: local volunteers, community life, gathering volunteer corps, and servant companions. The responsibilities vary, and all volunteers (except local volunteers) must commit to being in Houston for one week. Volunteers arrive on Monday, June 25, 2018 and depart Sunday, July 1, 2018. 

Apply at the link below!
Volunteer Application
Upcoming Events
Administrative Workshop
Improving Internal Controls and Security - Top 10 things you can do to protect your congregation
June 8, 2017

What are the top 10 things you can do to protect your congregation? Surprisingly, several simple and inexpensive routine tasks will significantly cut your risk! With an emphasis on prevention and awareness, we'll discuss ways in which churches can effectively improve accounting practices, safeguard accounts, and keep business accounts free of fraud and risk. We'll also discuss the responsibilities of church councils and clergy, proper governance, and allow time for any questions you may have. This workshop is designed for pastors, church councils, congregation audit committees, and administrators.

This will be facilitated by Pamela Druger, a Certified Fraud Examiner with extensive non-profit fraud prevention experience, Professor Emeritus of Augustana College's Accounting Department, and member of Grace Lutheran Church, Davenport

This workshop is provided without cost to congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. To register, click the button below. Questions? Contact Kathy Smith, Southeastern Iowa Synod, 319-338-1273,
Register Here

God's Work, Our Hands Sunday
"God's work. Our hands."  Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The suggested date for the 2017 dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 10. Mark your calendars today! If your congregation cannot participate on this date, please consider another day.

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ - every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life - flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God's grace.

You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2017! For more resources please click the button below.

You're Invited
Become a Pastoral Care Specialist
Classes begin this fall at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries. For more information click the button below.
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Eastern Iowa Refugee Summit
The Eastern Iowa Refugee Summit is open to all Iowans, regardless of citizenship status, interested in learning more about refugees and services available in Eastern Iowa. 

The summit is Friday, June 16 - Saturday, June 17, and will begin with a keynote panel addressing how refugees come to and are resettled in Iowa and end with activities bringing together an array of cultures and traditions.

To register and learn more information click the link below.
More Information
Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
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Day of Pentecost: Give thanks and a sigh of relief, for no matter where we are, how we feel, what we are doing, where we hide or what circumstances we find ourselves in, God's Spirit is with us and working in us - for our comfort, guidance and encouragement.
More prayers
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Stewardship: "All these [apostles] were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers." - Acts 1:14

We all devote ourselves to a variety of things, for a variety of reasons. The things to which we are devoted say a lot about our own stewardship. How are you stewarding your time? How are you using your God-given gifts to make a positive impact in your community and in the world?

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