Kathy Smith, who has served the Southeastern Iowa Synod for 22 years will be retiring on July 15, 2021. Her expertise, kindness, attention to detail and dedication to serving this church will be greatly missed. We are grateful for Kathy’s ministry and celebrate her many years of service and support to the synod office, rostered…

By Rev. Chris Olkiewicz, Windsor Heights Lutheran Church I was privileged recently to participate on behalf of our synod in the annual gathering (virtually, of course) of the Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network. Here are a few highlights of how Lutherans continue to be engaged with ecumenical and inter-religious partners: Globally ALICUM brings together…

Southeastern Iowa Synod Digital Ministry Grants The Southeastern Iowa Synod has received a grant from the ELCA COVID-19 Fund for another round of digital ministry grants. These grants will be made to congregations and ministries that demonstrate need and are looking toward digital or hybrid ministry even when returning to in-person activities. Digital ministry grant…

The Synod Council gathered over Zoom for a regular meeting on Saturday, April 24. The agenda was organized into three parts: worship, education, and business. Pastor Erika Uthe, Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop offered worship centering the council on 1 John 3:16-24. Pastor Uthe also led the Education Session which began…

By Pastor Erika Uthe, Director for Evangelical Mission, Assistant to the Bishop I was six when the video of Rodney King being beaten by LA police officers surfaced. My parents tried to shelter my sister and I from the news as much as possible, so I never saw the video at the time. But my…

Pastor Sonja Gerstenberger ordained and began her call to St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Ames in early March of 2021. Where are you from originally? I spent the bulk of my childhood in the Des Moines area, northside, West Des Moines, then LeMars for high school, Waverly for college (GO KNIGHTS!), and California to teach….

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