Synod News
The office of the bishop will again be providing worship and devotional resources for Lent based on the Synod Assembly theme. These resources will be available online in early January. For questions, contact Rev. Erika Uthe,
Thursdays in Black buttons still available
At the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, a resolution was adopted in support of the World Council of Churches Thursdays in Black Campaign. This campaign encourages people to wear black on Thursdays to raise awareness about gender-based violence and the need to stand in solidarity against rape and violence. The Office of the Bishop has buttons available for congregations or groups who participate.
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December Synod Newsletter

Read a reflection from Bishop Burk about baptism and see how people from congregations around the synod served for "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday. 

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Synod Mission Spending Plan 2020
The 2020 spending plan is now available. See the impact of your mission support and the plan for 2020. This plan is intended to help you plan your mission support gifts for 2020 and see, at a glance, the impact of your mission support from 2019. To request paper copies, a printable PDF, or for questions email
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Churchwide News 
Midnight Stillness
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article appears in the December issue of Living Lutheran
On Christmas Eve, there always comes a time when everything is finally still. Once all the preparations and decorations, extra choir rehearsals and Christmas pageants, shopping and holiday parties have been completed, peace descends.
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Upcoming Events
Administrator's Network
Generosity Project – Developing a theological narrative and framework for generosity through your congregation’s financial reports. Facilitator Karen Kretschmann, Associate for Generosity, Delaware Maryland Synod
Thursday, January 23, 2020 (9:30 – 12:00)

Safety at your Worship Center – Protecting your congregation Thursday, February 13, 2020 (9:00 – 12:00)
John Aunan, Risk Control Specialist for Church Mutual Insurance will facilitate a two-part workshop on reducing risk. The focus will be on common property hazards and best practices for assessing the physical security of your building; as well as ALICE Intruder Mitigation which provides individuals with preparedness response and skills in the event of an aggressive intruder situation.

Both meetings will be held at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry, 2635 Northgate Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52245 and are provided at no cost for congregations of the
Southeastern Iowa Synod. Early registration is encouraged.

Questions? contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, Southeastern Iowa Synod,, 319-338-1273
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Save the Date- Lutheran Day on the Hill  
Join Lutherans from all over Iowa on February 25 for a rousing morning of advocacy training, then speak directly with legislators at the Iowa State Capitol in the afternoon. Whether you’re an advocacy pro or you’ve never talked with a legislator, you’ll gain new insights on important Iowa issues and faith-grounded outreach to our policymakers. This event is presented by Lutheran Services in Iowa and the three Iowa Synods of the ELCA. Registration will be open by January 14 at

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Presentation on AMMPARO Ministry -Cedar Rapids

Mary Campbell, Director of AMMPARO Ministries (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) will present at the Cedar River Theological Education Forum on January 9th at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 4420 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


9:00 a.m. Coffee, refreshments, and fellowship

9:30 a.m. Devotions

10:00 – 11:45 a.m. Presentation

So we can plan to welcome additional attendees, if you are not a regular forum participant, please RSVP to Pr. Trish Decker

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 
Individuals, congregations, and neighbors are invited to join in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25. The 2020 theme is “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (cf. Acts 28:2). Annually, leaders of faith communities throughout the world gather together to arrive at the theme for the annual celebration of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year the theme finds its origins in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 27:18-28:10).
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Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
Submit your congregation's 2020 Mission Intent Form
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Pray that wherever the weather turns cold and damp, all people will have the warmth and safety of shelter, and that where shelter is absent or difficult to find, the love and generosity of God dwelling in us will move us to create and open shelters in our congregations, community spaces and homes.
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