Synod Assembly 2017

June 9-11, 2017
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa


Celebrating Renewal:
Martin Luther — The Gospel


The 2017 Synod Assembly will gather June 9-11 at Luther College, Decorah, for business surrounded by word and sacrament. with the theme, “Celebrating Renewal: Martin Luther ­— The Gospel.”

Keynote presenter

Rev. Dr. Jane E. Strohl

The Rev. Dr. Jane Strohl will give the keynote address, “Bold Sin and Bolder Faith.” She will also present the seminar, “Luther on Sex, Marriage and the Family.”

Strohl is a veteran pastor and theologian with several decades of teaching and pastoral experience. She grew up in Annapolis, Md. and holds degrees from Vassar College, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa., and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

Ordained in 1979, Strohl taught Reformation History and Luther Studies at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., from 1985-1996 and at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., from 1996-2013. She has served parishes in Brooklyn, Conn., and Indiana, Pa, and is currently the pastor for Community Lutheran Church of Enfield, N.H.


ELCA REpresentative

Rev. Linda Norman

The Rev. Linda Norman will bring greetings and a report from the churchwide organization. She will also present the seminar “Handling Financial Matters in the Congregation,” and she will preach at the Sunday worship service.

Norman is the treasurer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She joined the staff of the ELCA churchwide organization in 2006, serving first as controller and then chief financial officer for the ELCA Foundation. In February 2011, she became controller and assistant treasurer for the ELCA.

Norman also serves as an advisor to the Boards of Trustees for Portico Benefit Services and the Mission Investment Fund, and as treasurer of the ELCA Endowment Fund.

Norman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, where she also earned a master’s of science degree in accounting in 1998 and her CPA a year later. She received her master’s of divinity in 2006 from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and accepted a call at Bethel Lutheran Church in Chicago where she served until 2009.

“Called Forward Together in Christ” Video

Norman will present the ELCA video, “Called Forward Together in Christ” at the Synod Assembly.  The churchwide organization is asking for feedback on this video. Please take a few minutes to give your feedback through a short online survey.

Video Survey

The six-minute video can be viewed below:




Two forums and some 20 seminars will be offered in three break-out sessions on Saturday.

Topics include mission goals, ELCA strategic directions, financial matters, discernment, safe policies, resilient leadership, ELCA retirement benefits, congregation life-cycles, geographical Parishes, stewardship, finances, youth ministry, teaching skills, 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, companion synods, World Hunger and contemporary music.

Nearly 20 exhibitors will be at the assembly on Saturday, representing campus ministries, seminaries, ELCA colleges, partner organizations and ministries of the Northeastern Iowa Synod.



Elections & Resolutions

Voting members will elect synod council and committee members.

Business is presented in resolution form. Resolutions may be submitted to the Resolutions Committee by a voting member of a congregation in the Northeastern Iowa Synod, a congregation, or a conference.

Pre-Assembly Orientation An outline for hosting a pre-assembly orientation.

Parliamentary Procedure Guide An outline to follow parliamentary procedure.



Worship Offerings

Offerings from this year’s Assembly will support the Companion Synod Travel Fund and the H. George Anderson Northeastern Iowa Synod Fund for Leaders.





Registration is currently open and will remain open during the assembly at the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.


Voting members must be voting members of their congregations.


Congregations are encouraged to elect a youth voting member.


Visitors, both adults and youth, are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Fee categories are non-commuter (meals, housing), commuter (meals, no housing), and visitor (no meals, no housing). Voting members have the opportunity to request the pre-assembly report as a printed or digital copy.


A pre-assembly notebook was mailed or a digital copy emailed to registered voting members in early May.

Registration Information
Voting Member Registration
Visitor Registration


Assembly Schedule

Friday, June 9, 2017
4:30-8:30 p.m. M Registration
7 p.m. Holy Communion
8:15 p.m. Plenary Session I
9 p.m. Hospitality
Saturday, June 10, 2017
7-8:15 a.m. M Breakfast
7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
9-10:30 a.m. Plenary Session II
10:45-11:45 a.m. Forums, Seminars, Ministry Exhibits
12 Noon Deadline to submit Nominations & Resolutions to Synod Secretary
12 Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. Forums, Seminars, Ministry Exhibits
2:45-3:45 p.m. Forums, Seminars, Ministry Exhibits
4 p.m. Plenary Session III
5-6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:45 p.m. Plenary Session IV
7:45 p.m. Evening Prayer
8:30 p.m. Hospitality
Sunday, June 11, 2017
7-8:15 a.m. M Breakfast
7:30-11 a.m. Registration
8:30-9:30 a.m. Small Group Study
9:45-10:15 a.m. Plenary Session V
10:30 a.m. Holy Communion
12 Noon-1 p.m. Lunch



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Bring a Flood Bucket to Assembly

Flood_Bucket_supplies_webEach congregation attending the Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly is asked to bring a prepared flood bucket clean-up kit to share. Flood buckets contain essential cleaning supplies that can help families and communities affected by flooding, tornadoes or other disasters.

The buckets collected at Assembly will be divided into three groups and stored at locations in Mason City, Decorah and Waverly — three areas prone to flooding. The Disaster Response Network and the synod have set a goal to collect at least 150 buckets at Assembly so that 50 buckets or more can be on hand in each of the designated communities for quick distribution to families.

When a flood comes anywhere near these communities, plans are to get the buckets to a local church to distribute to help families respond to the disaster. Cleaning supplies are one of the first things lost during a flood because they are often stored in the basement. And when a flood hits, cleaning supplies are among the first items sold out.

The buckets must be assembled according to instructions, with all items listed.

The buckets can be brought to the Center for Faith and Life registration area on the Luther College campus where they will be displayed throughout Assembly. For more information, contact Anderson at 319-352-1414 or send an email.

Flood Bucket Contents List



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

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



Follow the Assembly Online

Find live updates and photos from the Synod Assembly online:

God’s Work. Our Blog — Pastor Joelle Colville-Hanson will be blogging every night from the 2017 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly beginning Friday.

Twitter — Follow #NEIASA17 for live Tweets from those attending the Synod Assembly.

Facebook — Find photos and posts from the Synod Assembly.