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 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northeastern Iowa Synod office remains closed to the general public until further notice. Staff will be working in the office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those coming to the synod office for a scheduled appointment are asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. 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.


COVID-19 Resources

Find resources to help leaders and members stay connected and resilient during COVID-19 and begin planning for the reopening of in-person worship.

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The three Iowa ELCA synods have partnered with Lutheran Services in Iowa to provide relief for communities affected by the Aug. 10, 2020, derecho line of storms. Congregations and individuals can donate and volunteer toward this effort.

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The Northeastern Iowa Synod Council has set the next Synod Assembly for June 11-13, 2021, at Luther College in Decorah.

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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

Electronic giving can boost a congregation’s bottom line

No Better Time to be Christ to One Another

Introducing ‘Safe Gatherings’ Training to Protect Children

Show thankfulness through grace to others

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