Synod News
The Water and The Witness
Last year, our synod raised more than $60,000 for hunger projects through our assembly offering and our "Pigs with a Purpose."

This year, The Water and The Witness, the theme for the upcoming 2018 Synod Assembly. We hope you will join us in supporting water-related ministries of the ELCA with your commitment of at least $500, we will supply you with one of these buckets.

Buckets are available to any group or individual that will commit to raising or contributing at least $500 toward a special offering at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, May 18-19. ALL of that offering will support water ministries of the ELCA.
Learn more and request your bucket
Annual Reports to the Bishop
Each year, pastors and deacons are asked to complete a Rostered Minister Report to the Bishop and submit the form to the synodical bishop. If you have not already completed and submitted your annual report they are available online at the link below. Since these reports are treated as confidential communication between you and your bishop, please send them to directly via email or via mail to the Synod Center for Ministry. 
Download report forms
Resources for Lent 2018
The office of the Bishop has prepared resources for Lent as a way to more fully engage the synod assembly theme. Resources include:
  • worship planning resources
  • faith formation resources-engaging water projects
  • daily devotionals

We invite your congregation to take part in these activities during Lent. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Erika Uthe, Assistant to the Bishop,
Get the resources
Upcoming Events
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.
Register online
conFEST 2018
conFEST is a synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. For confirmation students and leaders. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the Five Gifts of Discipleship and how to live these out in their lives. 

1– 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

$10 per person
Register online
Nurturing Hope in Bethlehem and the West Bank
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Friday, February 23, 2018
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Ames, IA

$25 Registration Fee includes lunch
Free-Will Offering will be received for Bright Stars of Bethlehem. The day will include keynote presentations from The Rev. Dr. Raheb, workshops and worship.
Learn more and register online
Join others from congregations around the Southeastern Iowa Synod for a day of workshops given by real people making a difference in their community. Get ideas. Be inspired. Renew the church.

February 24, 2018

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m 

First Lutheran Church - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cost: $25 per person with discounts for groups of 4 or more from the same congregation. For more information contact Rev. Erika Uthe, 
Register online
You're Invited
Rural Ministry Conference-Wartburg Theological Seminary
Cooperating Congregations in Ministry: Where leaders in rural communities and congregations gather to gain insight and inspiration, to network and neighbor that our ministries might be empowered. This ecumenical conference includes worship, keynote speakers, workshops, and Bible study, and offers participants a unique opportunity to network with others who are active in and concerned about rural ministry. March 4-6, Dubuque. Learn more online
Cedar Rapids Concert: Hans Peterson and Nelson Morlock

Live at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

153 Cherry Hill Rd. NW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.

Free will offering

More info?

LSTC Seminary Sampler

Seminary Sampler this Spring at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Register online for either our multi-day Seminary Sampler, Saturday, February 24th through Monday, February 26th, or for one of our Seminary Sampler Nights on Monday, March 19th or Tuesday, April, 18th.

Whether it’s for an evening or several days, you will get a taste for life as a seminary student and as a member of the LSTC community. Housing and meals are provided! Travel stipends and childcare are available.

Visit to register.

Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
View the Synod Calendar Online
Mission Support Intent for 2018 

Upcoming Events

February 8

ConFEST Ankeny 
February 11

February 23

February 24

May 18-19
Pray God continues to influence our lives and guide us through the teaching and example of prophets, teachers, leaders and Scripture and that we have the wisdom to discern what is true and flows from the word of God.
More prayers
Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Daily Lent Devotions
Sign up for daily lenten devotions delivered to your inbox. These are written by leaders in our synod and are for everyone. Visit to sign up. 

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