Weekly E-News and Events from the Southeastern Iowa Synod

Southeastern Iowa Synod Weekly E-News 

April 27, 2012  

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In This Issue 

Young Adults in Global Mission

Synod Candidate Wins
Homily Contest

Revitalize Church Library
Removal of Congregation

Events Registration  

Round Table Events

May 3, 6, 7, 14

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2012 Synod Assembly

June 1-2, 2012

*Assembly registrations after May 1 subject to a late fee.
Synod Calendar

April 30

Last day to take
2012 ELCA Health Assessment
to earn 2% Discount
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May 3
Stewardship Round Table

6:30 pm - 8 pm
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, IA


May 5  

Church in Society Commission 

10 am 

Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA

May 6

Stewardship Round Table   

6 pm - 7:30 pm
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Indianola, IA


May 6 - May 8  

FCTE Spring Gathering 

Sinsinawa Mound, WI


May 7  

Stewardship Round Table  

6:30 - 8 pm
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Davenport, IA


May 14   

Stewardship Round Table 

6:30 - 8 pm  

Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA


May 17
Rostered Leadership
Support Commission

10 am - 2 pm
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA  


May 21
Macedonia Team
9 am - 1pm
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA


May 22
FCTE Committee
10 am - 2:30 pm
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA  




Young Adults in Global Mission Announces a Volunteer
from the Southeastern Iowa Synod 


Sarah Clark-Bridges will be serving in Mexico.  She is a Wartburg College student and daughter of Pr. Dan Clark-Bridges (Hope Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids) and Robyn Clark-Bridges.    The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program invites youth to step out of their comfort zone and challenges them to a one year international mission service and learning opportunity. Almost sixty young adults will be spending a year of service with YAGM program. Beginning in August 2012, they will serve for one year in a congregation, school or social service ministry in Argentina / Uruguay, Central Europe, Jerusalem / West Bank, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.  



Southeastern Iowa Synod Candidate Wins Homily Contest          

Wartburg Theological Seminary (Apr. 2012 e-Life Together)


Southeastern Iowa Synod ministry candidate and Junior MDiv student at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Jennifer Dahle, submitted the winning homily for the National Workshop on Christian Unity student contest.  The contest was sponsored by the Lutheran Ecumenical Representatives Network (LERN). Click here to learn more about the contest and click here to read Jennifer's winning homily.  Jennifer Dahle is the daughter of Pr. Richard Dahle (Augustana Lutheran Church, Boone) and Gloria Dahle. 



Revitalizing Church Libraries: So Many Books...So Little Time!      Beth Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress      


beth lewis

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at three worship services on "Generational Differences in the Church" and leading a Sunday morning adult forum on "Gutenberg to Google:  Effective Use of Technology for Congregations" at Cross of Life Lutheran Church near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I had a blast!  What a dynamic congregation!  


A few days after I was there, I received an email from one of their members who asked for advice on how to revitalize their congregational library and encourage people to use it...This made me realize that we needed to update our list of "essential titles for congregational libraries" published by Augsburg Fortress, Fortress Press and sparkhouse


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Removal of a Congregation



On Saturday, April 21, 2012 the Southeastern Iowa Synod Council removed St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Marion, from the roster of congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


This difficult decision follows more than two years of consultation between St. Mark's and the Office of the Bishop, about which the council was regularly updated. The congregation is being served by a pastor of LCMC, a church body considered to promote separation (schismatic) from the ELCA.


A letter from Bishop Michael Burk and Vice President Martha Bonte to the St. Mark's congregation council concludes with:


"Even as we part, we wish you the best in your life together and we remain open to the possibility that one day we may again find ourselves serving side by side.


Jesus Christ is the source of our hope and our unity, and we remain confident in the Holy Spirit's power to bring healing and reconciliation."


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