Synod Calendar

September 2018
3 m Office Closed, Labor Day 
6   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
6   Youth Ministry Network, Zion/St. John, Sheffield,
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
9   “God’s work. Our hands.” ELCA Day of Service
11   Safeguarding God’s Children, Nazareth, Cedar Falls,
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
12   Executive Committee, Synod Office, 9 a.m.
15   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
16   Safeguarding God’s Children, St. Paul, Volga, 1-4 p.m.
22   Fall Leadership Event, St. Paul’s, Waverly, 9:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.
22   Synod Council, Synod Office, 12:45-3 p.m.

October 2018
4   Colleague Leaders Gathering, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
4   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
4   Youth Ministry Network, Decorah (location TBD),
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
12-13   Middle School Lock-In, UNI Wellness Center, Cedar Falls
14-16   Fall Theological Conference, Best Western Midway,
25   First Call Theological Education, Synod Office,
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
27   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.

November 2018
1   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
1   Youth Ministry Network, St. Petri, Story City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
2-4   LMM Men’s Retreat “One Year to Live,” Camp Ewalu
Strawberry Point
3   Synodical Women’s Organization Board, Synod Office,
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
10   (Snow Date) Synodical Women’s Organization Board
17   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
22-23   Office Closed, Thanksgiving
29   New to Synod, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

December 2018
6   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
6   Youth Ministry Network, Immanuel, Cresco, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
7-8   Candidacy Committee, Synod Office
8   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
17-25   Office Closed, Christmas
29   New to Synod, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

January 2019
1   Office Closed, New Year’s Day
3   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
3   Youth Ministry Network, TBA, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
12   Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster, Synod Office,
9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
19   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
19   (Snow Date) Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster
21   Office Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
25-28   Extravaganza, Jacksonville, Fla.


Synod Assembly Dates

June 14-16, 2019   Wartburg College, Waverly  
June 12-14, 2020   Wartburg College, Waverly  


2018 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

Celebrating Renewal: Philip Melanchthon — Education

The 2018 Synod Assembly gathered 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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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

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Fall Theological Conference

Rev. Dr. Samuel Giere

Oct. 14-16, 2018

Best Western Midway Hotel, Dubuque, Iowa


Incarnation, Subversive Faith, Public Word

Rostered ministers and spouses are invited to step away from their everyday ministry contexts to relax, rejuvenate and refresh with their colleagues at the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s Fall Theological Conference. The event takes place at the Best Western Midway Hotel in Dubuque, beginning with 4 p.m. check-in on Sunday, Oct. 14, and ending at 12 noon Tuesday, Oct. 16 with lunch.


The conference will feature theological discussions, workshops, worship services, group meals, time with the Bishop, and designated free time. Spouses will have their own breakout session for conversation with Bishop Steven Ullestad and Jennifer Prinz of Portico on Sunday afternoon.


The Rev. Dr. Samuel Giere, associate professor of Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation at Wartburg Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker. He will lead four sessions on Monday and Tuesday mornings to speak about “Incarnation, Subversive Faith, Public Word.” The presentations will look at the erosion of trust in the political climate and how it impacts the church and how people speak and hear the Word. Biblical texts will be from Advent and Christmas of the upcoming Year C lectionary. In addition, Giere will offer an optional session on Monday afternoon on “Jesus, Prayer, Bagpipes, and Communio.”


Special room rates of $79.99 per night are available if reserved through the hotel by Friday, Sept. 14. Registration for the conference is $95 per person, which includes three meals. Conference registration is due Friday, Sept. 28.


God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday


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, Sept. 9, 2018. 


Check back for photos from this year’s event.


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Read about the 2016 GWOH day.

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View Photos from 2013 


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