Weekly E-News and Events from the Southeastern Iowa Synod

Southeastern Iowa Synod Weekly E-News 

January 13, 2012  

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In This Issue 

Event Registration  

Lutheran Day on the Hill 

March 12, 2012 

Synod Calendar

January 14
Youth Leadership Team

Synod Center for Ministry

Iowa City, IA

January 16  
Synod Center for Ministry
Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20 
Commission for
Global Mission
10 am
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA 

January 21
Wayne Zion Council Retreat
9 am
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA


January 23-24
Spirituality Retreat
Cedar Rapids, IA


January 26
Macedonia Working Group
10 am
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA 

Hunger Working Group
St. John's Lutheran Church
Grinnell, IA

January 30
Commission for
Vocation and Faith Formation
10 am
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA  


February 2
Commission for Rostered Leadership Support
10 am
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA

February 11
Lutheran Men in Mission
Town Hall Meeting
10 am
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA 





 Glimmers of Hope at the Iowa Caucus                  

ELCA Health


ELCA Pastor Russ Melby, Regional Director for Church World Service in Des Moines, reflects on his experience as an advocate in the fight against hunger and poverty at the recent Iowa caucus.  His experience is one example of the ways people of faith involve themselves in the work of advocacy not necessarily by prescribing a solution but by raising the issue so that the needs of people who are among the most vulnerable in our society may be seen as a priority by our elected leaders.     


Click here to read Pr. Russ Melby's blog post on the Bread for the World Blog 



Synod Assembly Resolutions   

Pr. Eric Carlson, Assistant to the Bishop 



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 2012 Synod Assembly, resolutions must be in the synod office by Tuesday, April 17, 2012.  Read More


 Join Us for Lutheran Day on the Hill                    



Join a group of passionate advocates and make a difference for tens of thousands of Iowans. Your legislators want and need to hear from you about critical human services, so please register today for Lutheran Day on the Hill. This event gives you the opportunity to share your voice with your legislators.   


Click here for a bulletin insert with more information   


Click here to register 


Youth Across the Country Tackle Hunger        

ELCA World Hunger         

ELCA Health


Each NFL Super Bowl Sunday, many people host or attend parties with abundant food, friendship, and fellowship. At the same time, over 1 billion people around the world go hungry.  On Super Bowl Sunday, please join more than 2,000 Lutheran youth groups to do something to change all of that.  The Souper Bowl of Caring is a youth-led ecumenical and grassroots movement that unites youth under a single cause: to end hunger.     


Click here for more information, bulletin inserts, and how your congregation can join

Educational Opportunities        


  • Monkey Business: A First Third Dialogue on the Confirmation Process
    February 27 - 29, 2012

    Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN 

"Monkey Business." That's what Martin Luther called the rite of confirmation. The numbers of young people that the church is losing after, and possibly through, the confirmation process, are rising annually. Join ongoing conversations about deep and adaptive change in our churches in confirmation preparation and the rite itself.  This event is for pastors, confirmation directors, and confirmation volunteers. Click here for more information and to register.  


  • 31st Annual Rural Ministry Conference
    March 4-6, 2012

    Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA  

The Center for Theology & Land at Wartburg Theological Seminary hosts the annual Rural Ministry Conferences that have been held in Dubuque since 1982. Each year's conference addresses issues and themes pertinent to the well-being of rural communities and the ministry of rural churches. This year's theme is Care, Share, Dare:  Courage in a Caring Community.  Keynote speakers include the Rev. Dwight DuBois, Director of the Center for Renewal and the Rev. Dr. Craig Nessan, author of The Shalom Church and From Maintenance to Mission.Click here for more information and to register. 


  • Holden Village
    August 17-29, 2012
    Chelan, WA 

Travel with Lutheran Lakeside Bible Camp to Holden Village, a center for renewal and Lutheran ministry welcoming all people into the wilderness to be called, equipped and sent by God.  Enjoy time for Bible study, workshops, creative activities as well as sight-seeing in Seattle.  Click here for more information and to register.  

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