Synod Calendar

April 2018
5   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
5   Youth Ministry Network, First, Decorah, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
10   Assembly Planning Committee, 4-6 p.m.
14   Lutheran Men in Mission Bold Gathering Live Stream, Grace, Tripoli, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
14   LYON, Synod Office, 10 a.m.
15-17    FCTE Continuing Education, American  Martyrs, Cedar Falls
19-20         Youth Workers Retreat, Camp Ewalu, Strawberry Point

May 2018
3   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
3   Youth Ministry Network, Lutheran Student Center,
Cedar Falls, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
4   Candidacy Committee, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
11   Postville Immigration Raid 10th Anniversary, St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Postville, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
12   LYON, Synod Office, 10 a.m.
28   Office Closed, Memorial Day

June 2018
7   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
7   Youth Ministry Network, St. John, Guttenberg, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
8-10   Synod Assembly, Wartburg College, Waverly
10-13   WIYLDE (Wholly Iowa Leadership Discipling Event), 
Wartburg College, Waverly
11-12   Office Closed
16   Northeastern Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization
Wartburg College, Waverly
27-7/ 1    ELCA Youth Gathering, Houston, Texas

July 2018
1   ELCA Youth Gathering, Houston, Texas
4   Office Closed, Independence Day 
5   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 


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


Upcoming Events

June 8-10, 2018  m Synod Assembly, Wartburg College, Waverly
June 10-13, 2018   WIYLDE, Wartburg College, Waverly
June 27-July 1, 2018   ELCA Youth Gathering, Houston
Sept. 9, 2018   God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday
Sept. 22, 2018   Fall Leadership Event, Redeemer, Waverly, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Oct. 14-16   Fall Theological Conference, Best Western Midway, Dubuque


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.




Postville Immigration Raid 10th Anniversary

May 11, 2018
Postville, Iowa
10 a.m.


The public is invited to join an observance on Friday, May 11, of the 10th anniversary of the Postville Immigration Raid.


The day will begin with a 10 a.m. interfaith prayer at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Postville. At 11:30 a.m., participants will walk to Meyer Park for a noon rally to discuss immigration. Mass in Spanish will be offered at 7 p.m. at St. Bridget.


On May 12, 2008, 389 people were arrested in an immigration raid at Agriprocessors kosher meat production plant. The “Summons of 2008” ended in numerous imprisonments and mass deportation. Organizers of the “Summons of 2018” event hope it will end in a change of heart and a change in our immigration laws.


2018 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

June 8-10, 2018
Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa


Celebrating Renewal: Philip Melanchthon — Education


The 2018 Synod Assembly will gather at Wartburg College, Waverly, June 8-10, for business surrounded by word and sacrament, with the theme, “Celebrating Renewal: Philip Melanchthon — Education.”


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God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday

Sept. 9, 2018


Congregations from the Northeastern Iowa Synod will join others across the U.S. to do service work in their communities as part of “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. 






Read about the 2016 GWOH day.


View photos from 2015 & 2014.


View Photos from 2013 


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Mission project featured in Living Lutheran magazine


Check out pages 38-39 of the October 2017 issue of Living Lutheran magazine to read about how the sewing group from Trinity Lutheran of Hawkeye, Iowa, are giving unused canvas bags earmarked for a landfill new life in mission for the church.


Two Trinity members presented at the 2017 Northeastern Iowa Synod about how they are repurposing the bags into smaller bags and backpacks for Lutheran World Relief and other non-profit organizations. They have already given away hundreds of the bags for mission and have invited other congregations to join them in this project.


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