Synod News
Rostered Minister's Reports to the Bishop
Each year, pastors and deacons are asked to complete a Rostered Minister Report to the Bishop and submit the form directly to Bishop Michael Burk. Reports are expected by February 15. If unable to meet that deadline, a late report is better than no report. Find helpful instructions and a link to all of the forms on the synod website. 
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Lutheran Day on the Hill
By Rev. Paul Ostrem, Assistant to the Bishop
Our faith in Jesus Christ who cared for the poor and the outcast calls us to speak for those who are left out or relegated to the edges of society. Lutheran Day on the Hill provides you with an opportunity to join a group of passionate, faith-filled advocates in making a difference for tens of thousands of Iowans. Your legislators want and need to hear from you about critical human services issues and needs – and our neighbors in need likewise need our voices and advocacy.

Lutheran Day on the Hill is February 19, 2019.  The morning will include a keynote address from Mikka McCracken from ELCA Hunger, and break out sessions on the three issues that will serve as the focus for conversations with legislators, including 1) Improving Iowa’s Medicaid Managed Care System, 2) Investing in a Strong Child Welfare Workforce, and 3) Supporting Refugee Community Services. 
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Resources available for Lent
One Bread. One Body. is a six-week Lent resource for your congregation that includes worship resources, reflections, and faith formation activities under one unifying theme, which is also the theme for the 2019 Synod Assembly.
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Churchwide News 
Portico Updates - New Year 2019

Welcome to 2019 Live Well!
2019 Live Well is a web-based tool that invites participants to choose their own path to wellness. It offers a wide variety of activities designed to help create meaningful change. Unlike secular alternatives, the tool recognizes that faith is central to daily life and can enhance overall wellness. That’s why 2019 Live Well focused on the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual dimensions of the Wholeness Wheel. Members and spouses with ELCA-Primary health benefits can each earn up to $400 wellness dollars. For a quick introductory tour of the 2019 Live Well tool:

Congregations - Get a January check up!
Please check your January bill carefully for any changes – and members, look at your first pay stub. Are the defined compensation, tax savings accounts, and retirement pre-tax all correct? The Customer Care Center is here to help: 800.352.2876

2019 Richard Hammar Guide Church & Clergy Tax Guide – is free and available online

Upcoming Events
Thursday Webinars
Join us online through your computer phone or tablet for a quick discussion on making a difference in your community with Pastor Carina Shiltz of St. John Preston. All are welcome!

Thursday, February 14, 2019
12:00-12:45 pm
Learn more and register online
ConFESt is a synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. This is an event for confirmation students and their leaders. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Zion Lutheran Church, Muscatine
1:00 – 6:00 pm
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Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
To report your congregation’s mission support intent for 2019. 
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February 10
Zion, Muscatine

Pray our long-standing congregations grow, adapt and thrive for God’s work in the world; ask that the Holy Spirit inspire, equip and renew their leadership and members for ministry and service in the midst of everchanging social, cultural, economic and technological contexts.
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Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship Snippet
Feb. 3, 2019
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It
does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but
rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

This passage provides a good roadmap of how to be good stewards of our loving relationships. Read this
over again, memorize it, print it out. Live it!

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