Synod News
Pigs with a Purpose
As of Friday, February 24, thirty congregations, individuals and organizations have received their plywood pigs! If you, your congregation or organization would like a pig of your very own, contact Coco Lyons, associate for communications at Or, if you haven't yet, send a picture of your pig and friends to Coco so she can share with the synod. There's still time!

For more information click the button below to read more about Pigs with a Purpose to fight world hunger.

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Resolution Information for 2017 Synod Assembly
One avenue of access for congregations, conferences, synod organizational units and voting members to address issues and propose a plan for action is the resolution. Resolutions help organize the work of the assembly by clarifying important issues or concerns. Resolutions are first reviewed by the Reference and Counsel Committee, which will make recommendations to the assembly to facilitate its work, but the resolutions belong to the assembly and may be amended, rejected or adopted after consideration by the voting members. Resolutions may be submitted until 45 days prior to the first day the assembly meets. For the 2017 Synod Assembly, resolutions must be in the synod office by April 4, 2017. Please read the Writing a Resolution  Guide 2017 by clicking the button below. 

Please send resolutions to:
Lorraine Jordan
Southeastern Iowa Synod
2635 Northgate Dr
Iowa City IA 52245

or at

Resolution Guide
Churchwide News
ELCA Presiding Bishop Responds to Attacks on Jewish Community
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a letter in response to recent attacks and threats on the Jewish Community.

Bishop Eaton said, "In the face of anti-Semitism, we are called to speak out - as an expression of our love of neighbor and as our faithful response to the love of God in Jesus. In doing so, we become ambassadors of hope in the face of despair, imitators of Christ."

To read the full statement visit the ELCA website by clicking the button below.
ELCA 500
Reformation 500
The ELCA is one church body organized in three expressions - congregations, synods and the churchwide organization. Each expression has its particular functions, but all three share a common mission of doing God's work in the world and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Congregations, members, synods and other institutions of the ELCA will be observing the 500th anniversary of the reformation by a variety of events and activities in the coming years. Many of the local activities will reflect the magnitude of work being done on a national and international scale. 

Follow the link below to find more events and resources surrounding the 500th anniversary of the reformation.
ELCA 500
Upcoming Events
2017 Synod Assembly Registration
The 2017 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will be held on May 19-20 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. 

At this year's assembly, we will be talking about what it means that God so Loves the World. Bishop Burk says, "I am especially looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts about the ways God continues to call us into a hope-filled future and I am anxious to hear and learn from you too."

To read the welcome letter, find more information and to register click the button below.

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You're Invited
Bread for the World Offering of Letters
The 2017 Offering of Letters: Doing our Part to End Hunger will help you and your church urge Congress to make funding decisions that put us on track to end hunger by 2030. We have made substantial progress against hunger and poverty in recent decades.

Printed Offering of Letters kits will be available in March and can be ordered from the Bread store. However, you can start learning about the issues and planning your letter-writing event now. 

Congress has already started making decisions through the budget process on issues that affect our goal to end hunger and poverty by 2030. It is important for your members of Congress to hear from you early and often throughout the year. So don't delay and start planning today.
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stewardCast 2017
Where are the "bright spots" for stewardship ministry in your congregation? Recognizing the bright spots reminds us where God's abundance is present. Across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, there are many bright spots, and we want to share some of them with you through stewardCast 2017. You are invited to join us for this special online event on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. 

Featured presentations include:

Stewards of God's Varied Grace
Live and Give Generously - Pastor Taryn Montgomery
If Stewardship is Boring, Somethings Missing - Rev. Greg Meyer
Growing Giving Online - Richard Bauer
Nurturing Generosity in the Home - Ms. Linda Staats

No registration is required. On the morning of March 4 simply click the button below.
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Wartburg College Graven Award
You are invited to attend the Wartburg College Graven Award Ceremony honoring Dr. Diane Jacobson, Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Luther Seminary. Dr. Jacobson will accept this year's Graven Award and deliver an address at 11:30 am on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Wartburg College Chapel, Waverly, Iowa.

The annual Graven Award, now in its 28th year, is presented to a person "whose life is nurtured and guided by a strong sense of Christian calling and who is making a significant contribution to community, church and society." It is named for the late Judge Henry N. and Helen Graven, natives of Greene, whose lives reflected those same commitments.

Jacobson was the Bible Study leader for the 2008 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly while she was the Director of the Book of Faith Initiative.

If you have questions, contact Pastor Ramona Bouzard, Dean of the Chapel, and Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair at or 319.352.8234
Feed Greater Des Moines Conference
Join us for the 8th Annual Feed Greater Des Moines Conference. Come learn from top hunger fighting and local food organizations in Greater Des Moines about how they are combining efforts to make a difference. Choose 2 workshops to attend, and learn how you can volunteer, donate, and advocate for positive change.
Register Now
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The 2017 Annual report to the bishops forms for rostered ministers have been posted. The forms have been modified slightly from previous years. Be sure to save the form to your computer before filling it out and sending it to by February 15th. 
Report Forms
This month's blog is all about incorporating prayer stations into your children's ministry. Check out the post by clicking the button below.
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Give thanks to God for revealing to us Jesus Christ as Son of God and Son of Man, our Lord and Savior, the promised Messiah, our salvation and light. Pray we not keep the good news to ourselves or become arrogant as Christians but willingly respond to God's sending us into the world to share the gospel.
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