Synod Calendar

February 2017
2 Interim Colleague Group,
9:30-11:30 a.m.
2 Youth Ministry Network, St. Paul’s,
Waverly, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
3 Anti-Racism Workshop, Wartburg
Theological Seminary, Dubuque
7 Assembly Planning Committee,
Luther, Decorah, 4-6 p.m.
8 Confest, Upper Iowa Conference,
TBA, Decorah, 6:30-8 p.m.
10-12 Lutheran Men in Mission “One Year
to Live” Retreat,
Ewalu Camp &
Retreat Center, Strawberry Point
21 Lutheran Day on the Hill
24-25 Candidacy Retreat, American Martyrs,
Cedar Falls
28 Executive Committee,
9 a.m.-12 noon

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, TBA
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.
11 Assembly Planning, Luther College,
Decorah, 4-6 p.m.
14 Office Closed, Good Friday
19 Confest, Shepherd of the Hills,
St. Paul, Volga, 6:30-8:30 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.

May 2017
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,
Guttenberg, 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.





Lutheran Day on the Hill

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa


Join Lutheran Services in Iowa and the three ELCA synods of Iowa to meet with Iowa legislators at the Capitol to advocate for Iowa families and children.


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Rural Ministry Conference

March 5-7,2017
Dubuque, Iowa


This ecumenical conference includes worship, keynote speakers, workshops and Bible study, and an opportunity to network with others who are active in and concerned about rural ministry.


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Day of Renewal

Day of Renewal

March 16, 2017
Nazareth Lutheran, Cedar Falls


Rostered leaders are invited to step away from Lenten activities for a “Day of Renewal” with colleagues from the Northeastern Iowa Synod. This year’s theme will focus on Martin Luther’s Large and Small Catechisms, with the Rev. Dr. Kathryn “Kit” Kleinhans presenting.


To register by the March 9 deadline, call the synod office at 319-352-1414 or send an email.


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.


Reservations are due by Feb. 1, 2017.


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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 



2017 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

June 9-11, 2017

Celebrating Renewal: 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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2016 Synod Assembly


Some 316 voting members and 49 visitors attended the 2016 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly at Wartburg College, Waverly, June 10 – 12, with the theme “Celebrating Renewal: St. Elizabeth of Hungary — Service.”


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