2016 Synod Assembly


Celebrating Renewal: St. Elizabeth of Hungary — Service

Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
June 10-12, 2016
Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa

A total of 316 voting members and 49 visitors attended the 2016 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly at Wartburg College, Waverly, June 10 – 12. The theme for the event was “Celebrating Renewal: St. Elizabeth of Hungary — Service.”

BishopSermon smDr. Susan Kosche Vallem, retired Professor of Social Work, Wartburg College, presented the keynote address about the life and service of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Bishop Steven Ullestad‘s sermon on Friday night demonstrated the power of positive thinking.

MollysmMolly Beck Dean, Program Director, ELCA Youth Gathering, delivered greetings from the churchwide organization, with special mention that the Northeastern Iowa Synod gave approximately $535,000 in mission support last year, which is about 40 percent of the gifts the synod received.

H George AndersonThe Rev. Dr. H. George Anderson, who served as the second Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, made a surprise appearance at the assembly to urge congregations to support the campaign to fully fund the synod’s H. George Anderson Fund for Leaders Endowment. The endowment will provide full scholarships for seminary students frm the Northeastern Iowa Synod as a way to encourage more people to answer the call to ministry. The fund has grown to a value of more the $510,000 and will begin awarding scholarships this fall in the amount of $55,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Voting members passed a resolution to thank our companion synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary, for their work and dedication to Syrian refugees in their country. Afte
r passing the resolution, the assembly rose to sing “Now Thank We All Our God.” Assembly participants had the opportunity to attend three of the 19 forums and seminars offered on topics ranging from service dogs to digital ministry.

The Assembly celebrated renewal Saturday night by recognizing the works of some of its members:

  • Pastor Jay Ilten of St. John, Dubuque, for his work establishing a shelter for homeless men.
  • The Rev. Dr. Burton Everist for his Living Loehe award from Wartburg Theological Seminary for distinguised service toand through the church.
  • Cross Roads Lutheran Parish for their “Feed the Farmers” God’s Work. Our Hands. Project and other remarkable new ministries over the past three years.
  • Big Canoe Church, Decorah for tripling their gifts to Mission Support in one year
  • Trinity, Mason City, for giving the top gift of $40,155.75 for World Hunger.
  • St. Peter, Saint Ansgar, for giving the highest amount per baptized member to World Hunger, $44.29.
  • Edwin Schick 70th Anniversary of Ordination

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2016 Assembly Resources

Adopted Resolutions

Election Results

Sermon by Bishop Steven L. Ullestad
Bishop’s Sermon Slideshow

Bishop’s Report to Assembly
Bishop’s Report Slideshow

Keynote Address by Dr. Susan Kosche Vallem

Churchwide Report by Molly Beck Dean
Churchwide Report Slideshow

Fund for Leaders Slideshow

Saturday Evening Celebrations

Celebrations Slideshow

Friday Daily News

Saturday Daily News

Sunday Daily News


2016 Assembly Attendance

Voting Members 316
Visitors 49
Total Registered 365


Synod Assembly Dates

  • June 9-11, 2017
    Luther College, Decorah
  • June 8-10, 2018
    Wartburg College, Waverly
  • June 14-16, 2019
    Luther College, Decorah
  • June 12-14, 2020
    Wartburg College, Waverly

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World Hunger mascot available

Kevin BaconsmThe Hunger Network invites congregations to borrow the synod’s wooden pig mascot to help promote ELCA World Hunger. Contact the synod office to reserve.