Advent Season

St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness – Hieronymus Bosch, artist

Advent is a season of hope, expectation, preparation. It is also a time to receive God’s love and grace.

We invite you to connect with a Northeastern Iowa Synod congregation where you can celebrate these gifts, get involved, strengthen your faith, and help your community. 

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Celebrating Renewal

Philip Melanchthon — Education

The Northeastern Iowa Synod continues its six-year focus on “Celebrating Renewal” in 2018 by recognizing the role of Philip Melanchthon in the Reformation and his ministry of education, which continues to shape the church.

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Melanchthon worked in close partnership with Martin Luther, helping him translate the Bible and serving as a vital connection between the exiled Luther and the people of Wittenberg. An influential scholar and educator, Melanchthon is credited as the primary author of the “Augsburg Confession” and the follow-up “Apology of the Augsburg Confession,” which describes justification by faith alone and remains essential to the Lutheran faith and practice today.

Read more about Philip Melanchthon in the January 2018 issue of the synod’s “Star” newsletter.



Read about the 2018 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, which met at Wartburg College in Waverly with the theme “Celebrating Renewal: Philip Melanchthon — Education.

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Gifts to the Northeastern Iowa Synod support a variety of ministries, such as scholarships for students in seminary, leadership training, youth ministry, resources for congregations, Young Adults in Global Mission sponsorship, and much more.

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The Statewide Lutheran Disaster Response Team — a partnership of LSI and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA — has mobilized to support Iowans impacted by the tornadoes that hit Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant on July 19. Learn how to support this effort.

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Members of the Conference of Bishops of the ELCA shared a statement regarding reports that the U.S. government was planning to discontinue financial assistance to Augusta Victoria Hospital and five other East Jerusalem hospitals.

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