Synod Calendar

March 2017
2 Interim Colleague Group,
9:30-11:30 a.m.
2 Youth Ministry Network,
Holy Trinity, Dubuque, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
4 Synodical Women’s Organization
Board, 8 a.m.-noon
5-7 Rural Ministry Conference, Wartburg
Theological Seminary, Dubuque
11 Synod Council, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
16 Day of Renewal, Nazareth,
Cedar Falls, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
18 Synodical Women’s Organization
Board (Snow Date)
18 Resolution Committee, 9:30-11 a.m.
26 Safeguarding God’s Children,
St. Peter, Greene, 2-5 p.m.

April 2017
6 Interim Colleague Group, 9:30-
11:30 a.m.
6 Youth Ministry Network, First,
Northwood, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
14 Office Closed, Good Friday
19 Confest, Shepherd of the Hills,
St. Paul, Volga, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
22 Youth Gathering “Getting Ready”
Synod Office, Waverly, 4 p.m.
23 Youth Gathering “Getting Ready”
First Lutheran, Decorah,
4 p.m.
23-25 First Call Theological Education
Spring Retreat,
American Martyrs,
Cedar Falls
27 “How to Teach Generosity Through
Excellence in Fundraising” Workshop,
St. Paul’s, Waverly, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
27 Assembly Planning, Luther College,
Decorah, 4-6 p.m.

May 2017
1 Youth Gathering “Getting Ready”
Holy Trinity, Dubuque,
6:30 p.m.
2 Generosity Network, Synod Office, Waverly, 1:30 p.m.
4 Interim Colleague Group, 9:30-
11:30 a.m.
4 Youth Ministry Network, St. John,
Guttenberg, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
20 Synodical Women’s Organization
8 a.m.-12 noon
29 Office Closed, Memorial Day

June 2017
1 Interim Colleague Group, 9:30-
11:30 a.m.
1 Youth Ministry Network, St. John,
Charles City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
9-11 Synod Assembly, Luther College,
11-14 WIYLDE (Wholly Iowa Leadership
Discipling Event),
Luther College,
12-13 Office Closed


Tri-Synodical Fall Theological Conference

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

Mark your calendars for the Tri-Synodical Fall Theological Conference in September. This event is an opportunity for rostered ministers (pastors and deacons) and spouses from the three Iowa ELCA synods to relax, rejuvenate and be refreshed with their colleagues.

The 2017 event features keynote presenters Bishop Guy Erwin and Pastor Anna Madsen. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be in attendance. The conference includes theological discussions, worship services, group meals, and designated free time.

Check back for registration information.

Synod Assembly Dates

June 9-11, 2017 Luther College, Decorah
June 8-10, 2018 Wartburg College, Waverly
June 14-16, 2019 Luther College, Decorah
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.




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Safeguarding God’s Children

Sunday, March 26, 2017
St. Peter, Greene
2-5 p.m.


This free training session provides information to help church staff and volunteers learn how to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in their church ministries.


Call 641-816-5531 to register.


Excellence in Fund Raising Workshop

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St. Paul’s Lutheran, Waverly
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


“How to Teach Generosity through Excellence in Fund Raising”


Congregational leaders are invited to learn financial development and fund-raising strategies at a workshop set for Thursday, April 27, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly. This workshop will share basic skills for how to write effective letters, visit with donors, speak to congregation members about estate planning, and receive bequests to the congregation.


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2017 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

June 9-11, 2017

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Martin Luther — The Gospel


Make plans to attend the 2017 Synod Assembly June 9-11 at Luther College, Decorah. The event will focus on the theme “Celebrating Renewal: Martin Luther — The Gospel.”


The assembly will include elections, voting on resolutions, seminars, forums, ministry exhibits, worship and communion services, meals, opportunities to connect with old and new friends from the synod, and more.


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Read about the 2016 Synod Assembly
Read about past Synod Assemblies, 2009-2015


Companion Synod Eastern Europe & Hungary Trip

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Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary


The Northeastern Iowa Synod and Wartburg College invite you to join a memorable trip to Eastern Europe to explore our Lutheran connections and to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.


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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