El Greco, The Pentecost (1596‐1600), Oil on canvas, 275 x 127 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid

God came to us
at Pentecost

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.” ~ John 15:26-27

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Synod Office Closed

In light of the COVID-19 virus, the Northeastern Iowa Synod office will be closed until further notice. Staff will be working from home, phone messages will be checked a few times daily and responded to as we are able, and email will function as normal. Thank you for your understanding.


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.


An Invitation to Prayer

The Disaster Response Network invites congregations to ring their church bells every evening at 8 p.m. as a call for members to pray for our neighbors, both near and far, as we face the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Scheduled Events


Find resources to help leaders and members stay connected and resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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 ELCA Churchwide Assembly met Aug. 5-10, 2019, in Milwaukee to 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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Star Newsletter Headlines

Bishop moves into retirement surprised and grateful

It is time to embrace the mystery

Little Free Pantries bring blessings to Denver families

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