Adoration of the Magi, Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi

Season of Epiphany of Our Lord

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ ” ~Matthew 2:1-2

God’s glory is revealed to us through Jesus, who brings new life and salvation. We invite you to connect with a Northeastern Iowa Synod congregation where you can celebrate these gifts, strengthen your faith, and get involved. Visit us on Facebook.

The ELCA is an engaged, active body of people who put faith in God into action — in millions of ways, all over the world. Visit the ELCA website to learn more.

Celebrating Renewal

Johannes Bugenhagen, Parish Pastor of the Reformation

The Northeastern Iowa Synod wraps up its six-year theme of “Celebrating Renewal” in 2020 by recognizing Johannes Bugenhagen, Parish Pastor of the Reformation. Bugenhagen served as pastor and confessor for Martin Luther, as well as trusted friend and companion during the Reformation.

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After studying Luther’s writing, Bugenhagen moved to Wittenberg where he became part of Luther’s inner circle translating the Holy Bible from Greek and Hebrew to German. Recognized for his exceptional organizational abilities, Bugenhagen applied Luther’s theology to create new church orders and practices for religious services, and schooling and social issues of the church.

Read more about Johannes Bugenhagen in the January 2020 issue of the synod’s Star newsletter.



The 2020 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly is set for June 12-14 at Wartburg College in Waverly with the theme “Celebrating Renewal: Johannes Bugenhagen, Parish Pastor of the Reformation.”

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The ELCA Churchwide Assembly met Aug. 5-10, 2019, in Milwaukee to discuss and make decisions about how to go about God’s work as a church. View videos and learn more about the actions taken during this assembly.

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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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Star Newsletter Headlines

Encourage youth to explore their ministry gifts

Changes can come with hope and joy

Rostered Women’s Gathering 

Remembering Herbert Chilstrom

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