Last updated April 1, 9:00 am

The Office of the Bishop is actively monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, with particular focus on the health and well-being of people in the Southeastern Iowa Synod congregations and communities. Synod staff are working to ensure the continuity of synod operations and events. New resources and information will be posted frequently on this page as it pertains to the outbreak and the ministry of the synod.

Your feedback will help us develop future guidance and communications to be shared through the synod’s official communications channels, including email, social media, and this website. Email your questions, comments, or resource suggestions to Val Harlynn, Associate for Communications

Visit the eNews archives for the news and information emailed on Mondays


Weekly Check-in
Pastors and Deacons are invited to come to a 30-minute weekly drop-in with Bishop Burk, Wednesdays at 11:00 am
Join online via Zoom (link is the same each week and won’t be live until the meeting time)

Call in by phone: 1-312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 459 853 193

Drop-ins for Communications and Technology help
Join Val Harlynn, Associate for Communications, for communications and technology Q&A, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm

Join online via Zoom  (link the same for Tues. and Thurs. each week and won’t be live until the meeting time)

Call in by phone: 1-312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 907 555 262

Holy Week Worship 
Join Bishop Burk for Worship on Monday, April 6th at 11:00 am

Join online via Zoom (link will not be live until the event starts)

Call in by phone: 1-312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 957 994 723

Synod Assembly 
Synod Assembly has been scheduled for August 7th and 8th, 2020 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. If you had previously registered for the Assembly in May more information will be coming soon. Thanks for your patience.

Stewardship in Unprecedented Times (Zoom meeting)

Join Pastor Erika Uthe for a Zoom conversation where she will share information and resources about the ins and outs of stewardship in this unprecedented time. You will have the opportunity to respond and ask questions or concerns about what you are experiencing in your local congregation. While there is a lot that we don’t know, one thing for certain is that we are #inthistogether.
Thursday, April 2, 6:30 pm
Join via Zoom  (link will not be live until the meeting time)
Call in by phone: 1-312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 224 884 160
Other Resources 
Stewardship in Unprecedented Times (Saint Paul Area Synod)

Read the Thursday Communication Updates for news and tips on ministry at a distance.

ELCA: Livestreaming starter guide

Using your church bell a resource from the NWMN Synod

Zoom information and tutorials