Synod Calendar

June 2020
4 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Zoom Meeting  
4   Youth Ministry Network, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Zoom Meeting
20   Synodical Women’s Organization Board, 9 a.m., Zoom Meeting 

July 2020
2 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Zoom Meeting
3   Office Closed, Independence Day Observance

August 2020
6 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
14   Candidacy Committee, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

September 2020
3 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
3   Youth Ministry Network, location TBD, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
7   Office Closed, Labor Day
13   “God’s work. Our hands.” ELCA Service Day
19   Fall Leadership Event, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
19   Synod Council, 1-4 p.m.

October 2020
1 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
1   Youth Ministry Network, (location TBA), 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  Colleague Leaders Gathering, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
9-10    Middle School Lock-In, UNI Wellness Center, Cedar Falls
18-20   Fall Theological Conference (location TBA)

Upcoming Dates

June 29-July 3, 2021 M ELCA Youth Gathering, Minneapolis, Minn.  
Aug. 8-13, 2022   Churchwide Assembly, Columbus, Ohio  



Presiding Bishop’s Trinity Sunday Sermon

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s sermon for Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020.

 Word of Service Liturgy



2019 Synod Assembly Recap

Celebrating Renewal: Katherine von Bora Luther — Faith in the Home

The 2019 Synod Assembly gathered at Wartburg College, Waverly, June 14-16, for business surrounded by word and sacrament, with the theme, “Celebrating Renewal: Katherine von Bora Luther — Faith in the Home.”

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Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly Postponed

The Northeastern Iowa Synod Council has postponed the 2020 Synod Assembly until 2021.


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Ascension Worship Service

The Northeastern Iowa Synod staff offered a recorded worship service for Ascension Sunday, May 24, to give rostered ministers, musicians and other worship planners a week of respite and opportunity to be fed while worshipping with family, without the responsibilities of preparing or leading worship.


The recording is available below for congregations that want to use it on another date or for individuals and families to view on their own. The service features Bishop Steven Ullestad preaching the sermon, with synod staff and others also participating. An Order of Service is also available to download.


Ascension Service Video (50:37)

Order of Service and Sermon (pdf)


Bishop’s Sermon Video (13:14)

Ascension Sermon by Bishop Steven L. Ullestad (pdf)

ELCA Churchwide Assembly Recap

Aug. 5 – 10, 2019
Wisconsin Center • 
Milwaukee, Wis.



The ELCA Churchwide Assembly met at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee Aug. 5-10, 2019, to discuss and make decisions about how to go about God’s work as a church, with the theme “We are church.” Some 17 voting members represented the Northeastern Iowa Synod.


Actions taken during the assembly by the more than 900 voting members:

  • Re-elected Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton to a second six-year term.
  • Elected Deacon Sue Rothmeyer as Churchwide Secretary.
  • Adopted the new social statement, “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: a Lutheran Call to Action.”
  • Approved Constitutional change for Deacons (rostered ministers of word and service) to be ordained, from the previous practice of consecration.
  • Approved a resolution to endorse the World Council of Churches’ “Thursdays in Black” movement for a world without rape and violence.
  • Adopted “A Declaration of Inter-religious Commitment.”
  • Voted to commemorate June 17 as a day of repentance and remembrance of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9 — the nine people who were shot and killed June 17, 2015, during a Bible study in Charleston, S.C.
  • Adopted a resolution to condemn white supremacy.
  • Presented a declaration of apology to people of African descent.
  • Approved a memorial that declares the ELCA a sanctuary church.
  • Celebrated the milestones of 50 years of women’s ordination.


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