Weekly E-News and Events from the Southeastern Iowa Synod

Southeastern Iowa Synod Weekly E-News 

February 14, 2013   

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In This Issue   

CTIM Books in Your Mailbox

National Workshop on Christian Unity

Postal Changes

Free Lecture by Eboo Patel

Remember in Prayer

Event Registration

Boundaries Workshop
February 28, 2013
St. James Lutheran Church
Johnston, IA 

Click here for more information and to register 


Called Together in Mission
"Improve the Generosity
in your Church!"
Saturday, March 9, 2013 
Cedar Rapids, IA 
Lutheran Day on the Hill
Monday, March 11, 2013
Des Moines, IA 

Click here for more information and to register

Love Like Jesus
-High School Youth Event

June 20-23, 2013   
Des Moines, IA       


Synod Calendar

February 16, 2013
Synod Council
9:30am - 2pm
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA

February 28, 2013
Boundaries Workshop
9am - 4pm
St. James Lutheran Church
Johnston, IA

March 9, 2013
8:30am - 3pm
First Lutheran Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

March 11, 2013
LSI Lutheran Day on the Hill
9:30am - 2pm
Des Moines, IA

March 25, 2013
Holy Week Worship for
Rostered Leaders
Bethany Lutheran Church
West Branch, IA

Save the Date

Synod Assembly Resolutions
must be in to the Synod Center for Ministry by
April 16, 2013

Called Together in Mission (CTIM) Books in Your Mailbox

Arriving in your congregation's mailbox this week is the 2013 CTIM Book.  The book is information-packed with classes that will help you grow stewardship in your congregation.  Share the CTIM Book with your church council, stewardship team, and the rest of your fellow church members.   Visit the CTIM event page by clicking here to view class offerings, learn about the guest speaker Chick Lane, and register online. 
National Workshop on Christian Unity
April 8 - 11 in Columbus, OH


Celebrate the spirit of ecumenism and gain insights that will enrich your work with local ecumenical and interfaith partners by participating in the National Workshop on Christian Unity, April 8-11, in Columbus, OH. In addition to offering presentations on a wide range of topics, this year's Workshop will focus on the far-reaching ecumenical legacy of Vatican II. For more information and to register, go to nwcu.org or contact Pr. Chris Olkiewicz -- (515) 277-6277 or revchris@whlc.org.


Postal Changes Lead Congregations to New Communications 

Janelle Bidne, Coordinator of Communications
The recent changes in mailing requirements and increase in postage rates have caused some congregations to move towards new ways of creating and sending the church newsletter.  If this is the case for your congregation or if you are looking to improve your congregation's existing communications, use these helpful resources below.

Effective Communication - ELCA

New Self-Mailers Postal Regulations - Mailrite
*Note: While this is a business website, it had the best diagrams and summary of postal changes.

Send Great E-mails People Will Read - Living Lutheran


Free Lecture by Eboo Patel Kicks off
Two-Day Interfaith Conference at LSTC



On Sunday, March 10 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Eboo Patel will give a free lecture based on his recent book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with a free concert by The Salaam Shalom Music Project, made up of members of Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and distinguished artists from the Chicago Arabic music community.


At 9 a.m. on Monday, March 11, Dr. Mark Swanson will present the keynote lecture, "Entertaining Angels: The Whys and Wherefores of Interfaith Hospitality," at the conference Faithful Living in an Interfaith World. Afternoon workshops will provide skills and practices in interfaith interaction. Cost of the conference is $75. To register, email  leadershipconference@lstc.edu.


Read more here:  www.lstc.edu 



Remember in Prayer - Installation



Pastor Mark Youngquist will be installed as pastor at Swedesburg Lutheran Church, Swedesburg, Iowa, on Sunday, February 24, 2013. 


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