Come, thou long-expected Jesus


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

In Advent we celebrate how Jesus comes to us as a baby in Bethlehem — as a victor at the end of time and each time we gather as a community around word and sacrament.

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Celebrating Renewal

Katherine von Bora Luther — Faith in the Home

The Northeastern Iowa Synod continues its focus on “Celebrating Renewal” in 2019 by recognizing Katherine von Bora, Martin Luther’s wife, and faith in the home. Katherine von Bora was a former nun who married Luther and became a mother. Their marriage was based on equality and mutual love of the church and family, setting a new standard for Protestant domestic life and faith in the home.

Read more about Katherine von Bora in the January 2019 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

Lutheran Services in Iowa helps families stay together

Your voice can encourage others to ministry

New Synod Profile to Serve as Bishop Election Resource

Generous matching gift will fund semnary scholarships

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