Synod Calendar

January 2018
1   Office Closed
4   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
4   Youth Ministry Network, Trinity, Mason City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
15   Office Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
20   LYON, Synod Office, 10 a.m.
20   Treasurers Meeting, Redeemer, Waverly, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
20   Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster,  Synod Office,
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
26-29    Extravaganza, Houston, Texas
27   Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster (snow date)

February 2018
1   Interim Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
8   Lutheran Day on the Hill, Des Moines 
13   Assembly Planning Committee, 4-6 p.m.
17   LYON, Synod Office, 10 a.m.
22   Day of Renewal, Nazareth, Cedar Falls, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
27   Executive Committee, 9 a.m.-12 noon

March 2018
1   Interim Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
1   Youth Ministry Network, Holy Trinity,  Dubuque,
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
3   Synodical Women’s Organization Board,  Synod Office,
8 a.m.-12 noon
4-6   Rural Ministry Conference, Wartburg Theological Seminary,
10   Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster (snow date)
10   Nominating Committee, Conference Call,  TBD
16-17   Candidacy Retreat, American Martyrs,  Cedar Falls
17   Synod Council, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
24   Resolution Committee, 9:30-11 a.m.
30   Office Closed, Good Friday


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.


Jennifer Prinz, Portico Rep

Congregation Treasurers Meeting

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
Redeemer Lutheran, Waverly
10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Congregation treasurers, pastors, financial committee members, and should mark their calendars for the Congregation Treasurers Meeting set for Saturday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Redeemer, Waverly.


Keith Oltrogge, CPA, will speak about W-2s and related forms, church payrolls, and contributions. The Rev. Stephen P. Brackett will provide information on the Minimum Compensation Guidelines and the Northeastern Iowa Synod H. George Anderson Fund for Leaders.


As the benefits administrator for your organization, your pastors, rostered laypersons, and lay employees rely on you to help them navigate their ELCA benefits. Jennifer Prinz, Portico Benefit Services regional representative for Region 5, will provide resources to help you effectively sponsor your employees in the ELCA Retirement and Other Benefits Program.


There is no charge to attend. A light lunch will be served. Register by Jan. 11 by calling 319-352-1414 or send an email.

The Rev. Dr. Martin J. Lohrmann

Day of Renewal

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Nazareth Lutheran, Waverly
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.


Rostered ministers are invited to take a break from their busy Lenten schedules and responsibilities to attend a “Day of Renewal” Thursday, Feb. 22, at Nazareth, Cedar Falls. 


The event will feature a presentation by the Rev. Dr. Martin J. Lohrmann about the reformer Philip Melanchthon and his influence on education in the church. Dr. Lohrmann joined the Wartburg Theological Seminary in 2014 and currently serves as assistant professor of Lutheran Confessions and Heritage.


Check back for more information about this event and how to register.

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.


See Article


God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday

Sept. 10, 2017


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




Read about the 2016 GWOH day.


View photos from 2015 & 2014.


View Photos from 2013 


Read More about GWOH



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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