Synod Calendar

September 2017
4   Office Closed, Labor Day
5   Executive Committee, 9 a.m.-12 noon
7   Interim Ministry Colleague Group,
9:30-11:30 a.m.
7   Youth Ministry Network, Zion, St. John, Sheffield,
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
10   “God’s work. Our hands.” ELCA Day of Service
16   Fall Leadership Event, St. Paul’s, Waverly, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
16   LYON, St. Paul’s, Waverly, 9:30 a.m.
16   Synod Council, St. Paul’s, Waverly, 12:45-4 p.m.
24-26   Tri-Synodical Fall Conference, Sheraton, West Des Moines

October 2017
3   Colleague Leaders Meeting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
5   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-
11:30 a.m.
5   Youth Ministry Network, St. Petri, Story City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
13-14   Middle School Lock-In, UNI Wellness Center, Cedar Falls
19   First Call Theological Education Meeting, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
21   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.

November 2017
2   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
2   Youth Ministry Network, Immanuel, Cresco, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
17-19   “One Year to Live” Men’s Retreat, Camp Ewalu, Strawberry Point
18   LYON, Synod Office, 10 a.m.
23-24   Office Closed, Thanksgiving

December 2017
1   Candidacy Committee, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
7   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
7   Youth Ministry Network, St. Timothy, Hudson, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
9   LYON, Synod Office, 10 a.m.
18-26   Office Closed


Synod Assembly Dates

June 8-10, 2018  m Wartburg College, Waverly
June 14-16, 2019   Wartburg College, Waverly
June 12-14, 2020   Wartburg College, Waverly


2016 Churchwide Assembly approves key actions

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Voting members from the Northeastern Iowa Synod at the 2016 Churchwide Assembly, New Orleans.

Some 945 voting members, including 17 from the Northeastern Iowa Synod, approved a number of key actions during the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the highest legislative authority of the church. The assembly gathered Aug. 8-13 in New Orleans

The assembly elected a new vice president, accepted the “Declaration on the Way” ecumenical document, approved a strategy to accompany migrant minors, approved the Ministry of Word and Service roster, and more.

Download the Legislative Update from the 2016 Churchwide Assembly.

Download the 2016 Model Constitution for Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the amendments approved by the 2016 Churchwide Assembly. 

View videos from the Churchwide Assembly.

Read Pastor Joelle Coville-Hanson’s recap of the 2016 Churchwide Assembly.



Surviving the Holidays Video

Our own Pastor Steve Brackett, assistant to the Bishop, is featured in the online “Surviving Bad Holiday Special” discussing how to survive the pressures of the holidays.  Surviving Bad is a video series on the MC22 YouTube Channel which explores ways to handle difficult issues.



God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday

Sept. 10, 2017


“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The suggested date for the 2017 dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 10. Mark your calendars today! If your congregation cannot participate on this date, please consider another day.




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Congregations from across the synod participated in the ELCA’s dedicated day of service — “God’s work. Our hands.” — on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. The day was an opportunity for congregations to extend the work they do in their communities every day. The 2016 event also mark the 15-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks on the United States.


View photos from 2015 & 2014.


View Photos from 2013 



Fall Leadership Event

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
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St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran, Waverly


PLEASE NOTE: This event has been moved to St. Paul’s due to construction.


Lay and rostered members are invited to attend the Fall Leadership Event to learn about synod ministries and networks, join a network, and plan projects for the coming year. The event will be Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at St. Paul’s, Waverly.


Network members connect throughout the year through emails, Facebook, Skype, and conference calls. Current synod networks are Companion Synod-Hungary, Companion Synod-Namibia, Disaster Response, Home Life, Hunger, Lutheran Youth Organization, Men’s Ministry, Generosity, AMMPARO, and a developing Anti-Racism Network. Other committees meeting at the event include the Compensation Committee and S.A.F.E. Ministry Team, followed by a Synod Council meeting.


There is no cost to attend. Lunch is included.


To register, call the synod office, 319-352-1414, by Sept. 8, or send an email to Kathy Liddle.


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Tri-Synodical Fall Conference

Sept. 24-26, 2017
West Des Moines, Iowa


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Anna Madsen


Mark your calendars for the Tri-Synodical Fall Conference in September. This event is an opportunity for church leaders and spouses from the three Iowa ELCA synods to join in theological discussions, worship services, group meals and designated free time.


Keynote speakers will be the Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen of OMG: Center for Theological Conversation, and Bishop Guy Erwin of the Southwest California Synod. They will address the theme “The Reformation: What’s at Stake? Then and Now.” Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will also be in attendance to give a presentation and to preach and preside at the Monday evening communion service.


Registration is open through Sept. 15.
The registration fee is $125 per person. The event will take place at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel. A group rate for hotel rooms is available until Sept. 8.




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2017 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

Celebrating Renewal:
Martin Luther — The Gospel


Some 359 people attended the 2017 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly at Luther College, Decorah, June 9 – 11, with the theme “Celebrating Renewal: Martin Luther — The Gospel.”


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