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Theme & Highlights

The 2013 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA from May 31 – June 1, 2013.  The theme for this year is When Hungry Hearts Find Bread and will include the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.   The assembly will begin at 10:00 AM, Friday, May 31, 2013 and is scheduled to close at 3:00 PM, Saturday, June 1.  Onsite registration opens at 8:00 AM on Friday, May 31.

During assembly, be sure to follow social media outlets for updates and pictures from assembly:

Join us for opening worship at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly online.  Worship will be live streamed from 10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday, May 31st.  Please use the following link:  https://hopeonline.tv/assembly/


  • Online Registration is closed.  If you still need to register for either Synod Assembly or the Celebration Banquet & Program, please call the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry at 319.338.1273.
  • Voting members: Voting members to the assembly include rostered leaders in this synod, synod council members, and congregation lay voting members.Congregations are encouraged to begin the process of electing lay voting members to the assembly as early as possible using the guidelines from Chapter 7 of the Synod Constitution:S7.21.A99. Each congregation of this synod, whether it has fewer than 175 baptized members or 175 baptized members or more, shall be entitled to elect two lay members of the Synod Assembly. Congregations having a membership of 1250 baptized members or more shall be entitled to elect one additional member, plus an additional member for each 500 baptized members of the congregation above 1250. Each congregation shall elect an equal number of men and women to the Synod Assembly, except that an odd-numbered member may be either a man or a woman.
  • Youth Voting members:  At the 2011 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, a resolution was adopted that congregations of the synod be encouraged to send at least one youth or young adult as a voting member of the Synod Assembly, and that the Synod Council is to report to the 2012 Synod Assembly the progress toward a goal for at least 10% of the voting members of the assembly to be youth and young adults.  (The definition of ‘youth’ is a confirmed member 17 and younger.  It is recommended that a voting member be of high school age.  The definition of ‘young adult’ is a confirmed member between the ages of 18-30)  Youth who are 17 and younger are the legal responsibility of the congregation.  Permission and medical forms are the responsibility of the congregation.
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Child Care

Child care will be offered for children of voting members, and will be made available during worship and plenaries. For planning purposes, pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 per day which can be paid the day of assembly. When you arrive, please check in at the assembly information desk to receive medical information forms and additional communication. Child Care Schedule: Friday: 10:00 – 12:30; 1:30 – 6:15 Saturday: 8:30 – 12:30; 1:30 – 3:00 Children will eat meals with their parents.

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A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved for assembly participants under a block under the name Southeastern Iowa Synod at each of the following hotels.  Room types (king, double, etc) will be reserved by the hotel on a first-come, first-served basis. Hotel rooms will be held through Thursday, May 9, after which unreserved rooms will be released.

West Des Moines Marriott                                          Friday, May 31, 2013

1250 Jordan Creek Parkway                                       $92 + Tax

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266                                   515-267-1500


SpringHill Suites                                                          Friday, May 31, 2013

1236 Jordan Creek Parkway                                       $92 + Tax
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266                                   515-223-9005


Sheraton West Des Moines                                         Friday, May 31, 2013

1800 50th Street                                                               $92 + Tax

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266                                     515-223-1800


Photography/Video Notice
Please be aware that the worship portion of assembly will be webcast. This means you may end up on camera. We will also be taking photos of the event. It is likely your image will be taken and possibly used for publication or broadcast.

Resolutions were due Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
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Pre- Assembly Materials

To be good stewards of our environmental and financial resources, the pre-assembly book will only be available here.  Click the document title to view/download .PDF.  Information from the pre-assembly materials that’s essential to assembly business will be printed and provided at onsite registration.  They are noted with an asterisk (*).

Click the links below to view Pre-Assembly Materials.

Section I
General Information About 2013 Synod Assembly
Orientation Materials
Proposed Standing Rules*
ELCA Representative*
Letter from Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson*
Anniversaries & Roster Changes

Section II: Reports Part I
Bishop’s Report
Synod Vice President Report*
Synod Treasurer’s Report*
Synod Budget*
Mission Support*
Mission Spending*
Auditor’s Report

Section III: Reports Part II
Commissions’ Reports
Conferences’ Reports
Additional Reports (synodical organizations/partners, camps, colleges)

Section IV: Nominations
Report of Nominating Committee*

Section V: Constitution
Report of Constitution Committee*
Proposed Constitution Revisions*

-Note: Current Synod Constitution may be found on the Synod Council page or by clicking here.

Section VI: Resolutions
Report of Reference & Counsel and Resolutions*

Section VII: Minimum Compensation Guidelines
Summary of Proposed Minimum Compensation Guidelines for 2014*
Proposed Minimum Compensation Guidelines for 2014

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