News from the Southeastern Iowa Synod – Summer 2019
In 2020 the Southeastern Iowa Synod will elect a new bishop. The Synod Ministry Profile Committee, appointed by the Synod Council, is conducting a survey to better understand the ministry setting of this synod.
The results of this survey will be used in the formation of the synod’s ministry site profile which will be made available to everyone in the synod. This profile will be used in the call process and the election of a new bishop at the 2020 Synod Assembly which will be held May 1-3, 2020.
The synod needs your help!
Let us know what you think by taking the 15-minute survey online (www.surveymonkey.com/r/SynodProfile). The survey will be open for responses from July 8 until August 9.
Other ways to help
- Pray for the synod and its congregations as we begin the election process
- Pray for people who are discerning the call to be bishop
- Stay informed and ask questions visit https://seiasynod.org/bishopelection/
From the Financial Officer
The average monthly amount budgeted for 2019 for Undesignated Donations (Anticipated Offerings) for MINISTRY INVESTMENT was $7,500. You donated $7935.00 in June, $435.00 more than the monthly budget requirement. The rolling average/month YTD is $44,392.00/6 = $7,398.67, still slightly below the required average. Thank you, again.
You donated $325.00 to mortgage reduction in June. Since inception, a total of $88,677 has been donated to the (Happy Hearts – Hopeful Future) debt reduction campaign.
The mortgage balance as of 06.30.2019 was $145,452.30.
Thanksgiving in July/Food Pantry
Once again, All Saints Lutheran Church is collecting nonperishable food for Thanksgiving in July! We encourage everyone to participate in this month-long food drive. Any items collected at All Saints Lutheran Church will stay at All Saints Lutheran Church’s own food pantry.
The food pantry has been extremely busy this summer so far and the patrons love to be able to get laundry detergent and other hygiene or cleaning items. These are things that cannot be purchased with food stamps. Please donate any of these items as you are able. Dollar Tree and Dollar General have laundry soap for $1/bottle. These bottles can do 32 loads. ❤️
The Worship Ministry Team is responsible for overseeing three committees – the Worship Committee, the Property Committee, and the Stewardship Committee (Continuing Resolutions, Page 19/26).
Although I accepted oversight responsibility for Stewardship in May, life has sped on; and, I have not made progress in forming a Stewardship Committee. However, recently, when visiting my aunt in an assisted living facility, the leader of the Christian band which was entertaining the residents reminded all in attendance that, “We are here for God’s Pleasure: to serve, praise, and worship God.” I believe that statement can be, is, or maybe should be, a great framework for “Stewardship.”
I am seeking three to four members for the Stewardship Committee to meet in early August. If you have specific desires for a Stewardship Committee, but are unable to participate, please let me know.
Roger Oliver, 563-343-1886.
Flat Jesus Sightings
Have you been taking your Flat Jesus with you where you go? Pastor Amy challenged us to do just that this summer. If you need a copy of Flat Jesus, there are some copies on the cart at the back of the sanctuary or email Kristen at the office and she can email you a pdf of the document. Send your photos with Flat Jesus to the office email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here are Ryan, Tyler, and Craig with their Flat Jesus!