Pastor Jerry Collell to begin FreeIndeed New Start July 17

We are excited to welcome Pastor Jerry Collell and his wife Nancy to the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Pastor Collell’s ministry will begin on Monday, July 17 at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.
He writes:

I feel like Free Indeed in Anamosa State Penitentiary is what God has been shaping me for since High School in Redmond, Oregon where parish ministry was first suggested by the pastor and other members of Zion Lutheran.  I was an MP and worked in the Fort Ord stockade; got an MA in Special Education; directed residential treatment of delinquent and emotionally disturbed adolescents; got my MDiv in Berkeley, CA; pastored three years in Oregon’s capitol, six years  in the California mountains, three in their vineyards, and the last fifteen in Washington—the geographic center of the “None Zone.” 

In Washington I’ve served as Kairos clergy and spiritual director for fourteen years in five different prisons and volunteered and been pulpit supply for ten years in our Living Stones PCA congregation inside WCC  Shelton.  Twelve members of Emanuel, my Yelm congregation and community, are photo ID red badge volunteers at Shelton prison and 50 are Via de Cristo graduates (the pan-Lutheran version of Cursillo, Walk to Emmaus, Tres Dias). 

I enjoyed meeting folks at the South East Iowa Synod assembly, have spent a day and a half in the penitentiary, have bought a house built in the 1800’s within walking distance of there–and St. Paul Lutheran where I’ve worshiped three times and feel like part of their family.  I plan to be boots-on-the-ground Monday July 17th in Anamosa and have three Sundays calendared already in Iowa congregations to share the Good News that God loves us and invite folks to be instrumental in bringing Free Indeed to fruition!  Feel free to call or text me at (360)480-4997 or e-mail me at ABeggarsFeast@gmail.com !

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2017 Synod Assembly Recap

 

Summary of Actions

The Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the synod, met May 19-20, 2017 at Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines. The assembly gathered under the theme, “God So Loves the World.”

Bishop Michael L. Burk invited the assembly to join in singing “All Are Welcome” and then led the Order for Opening of an Assembly. He declared the thirtieth Southeastern Iowa Assembly to be open at 10:08 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2017

Guests:
Guests present who brought a report or greeting to the assembly included:

  • William Horne, Vice President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Bishop Laurie Haller, Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • The Rev. Jeff Thiemann, President and CEO of Portico Benefits Services
  • John Twardos, CEO, Lutheran Services in Iowa

Assembly Musicians and Worship Leaders, Members of Dakota Road Music
Larry Olson, Hans Peterson, Nelson Morlock

Worship
Holy Communion was held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Bishop Michael Burk served as preacher and presider. Synod Council member, Ms. Suah Borsay, was the assisting minister. Holly Knouse was the reader. An offering was received to support Hunger Ministries of this church, totaling more than $48,000. The offering reflects the culmination of a hunger awareness effort called “Pigs With A Purpose.” Congregations were invited to pledge at least $500, at which time they were given a plywood pig to be decorated and brought to the assembly. Over 50 congregations and individual donors participated.

Morning Prayer was held at 8:30 am on Saturday. Pastor Ritva Williams, St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, served as preacher. Mr. Bill Horne, ELCA Vice President was the assisting minister.

Actions of the Assembly
Voting members of the 2017 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly took the following actions:

  • Adopted the Standing Rules, Agenda and Credential Report.
  • Elected the following members to the Synod Council.
    • Marita Rouse – Conference One. Three-year term.
    • Donna Darnall – Conference Six. Three-year term.
    • Pastor Maureen Howard – Conference Seven. Three-year term.
    • Jonathan Fry – Conference Ten. Three-year term.
    • Chris Scott – Lay Male At-Large. Three-year term.
    • Noah Aanestad – Youth Male. Two-year term.
  • Adopted the 2018 budget.
  • Adopted the 2018 Minimum Compensation Guidelines.
  • Approved constitutional amendments, primarily related to the Ministry of Word and Service roster.
  • Adopt the following resolutions, which can be found in their entirety at seiasynod.org/assembly/ :
    • Resolution #1: 1,000 Days
    • Resolution #2: Refugees
    • Resolution #3: Immigrants

Recognitions
Bishop Burk introduced those who were new to the Southeastern Iowa Synod since the 2016 Synod Assembly. Those recognized included:

  • Five newly ordained Ministers of Word and Sacrament
  • Two newly consecrated Ministers of Word and Service
  • Six Ministers of Word and Sacrament received into the synod
  • Four candidates newly assigned to the synod
  • Eight interns from four seminaries serving on the territory of our synod

 The following congregational anniversaries were recognized.

  • Elvira Zion Lutheran Church, Clinton; 125 years
  • Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Madison; 125 years
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Malcom; 150 years

 Congregations that closed in the past year were recognized with a “Thanksgiving for Ministry.”

  • Salem Lutheran Church, Spragueville
  • John Lutheran Church, Hopkinton

 Twenty-three Rostered Ministers celebrating significant anniversaries were recognized during the Friday evening banquet.

Four Pastors who have died since that 2016 Synod Assembly were honored In Memoriam.

Credentials
The final report of the Credentials Committee:

Lay Voting Members                               209
Deacons                                                         5
Retired Deacons                                           2
Pastors                                                       134
Retired Pastors                                           20
TOTAL VOTING MEMBERS                  370
Visitors                                                         59
TOTAL PRESENT                                     429

Of Voting Members Present:
Lay Voting Members                       58%
Of Lay Voting Members Present:
Male                                                   56%
Female                                               44%