Synod Calendar

May 2020
1 m Candidacy Committee, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., CHANGED TO ZOOM
7   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m., CHANGED TO ZOOM 
17   WIYLDE Video Chat, 7-8 p.m
25   Office Closed, Memorial Day 

June 2020
4 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
4   Youth Ministry Network, St. Paul’s, Waverly, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
14-17   WIYLDE (Wholly Iowa Leadership Discipling Event), TO BE RESCHEDULED – DATE TBA
19   Synodical Women’s Organizational Board, Phone/Video Meeting
20   Northeastern Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization Convention, TO BE RESCHEDULED – DATE TBA

July 2020
2 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
3   Office Closed, Independence Day Observance
20-23   ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering, CANCELLED

August 2020
6 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
14   Candidacy Committee, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
22   Synod Assembly, Nazareth Lutheran, Cedar Falls, (RESCHEDULED FROM JUNE)

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 13, 2020    “God’s work. Our hands.” ELCA Service Day  
Sept. 19, 2020   Fall Leadership Event, Waverly  
Oct. 18-20, 2020   Fall Theological Conference, Dubuque  
June 11-13, 2021   Synod Assembly, Luther College, Decorah  
June 29-July 3, 2021 M ELCA Youth Gathering, Minneapolis, Minn.  
Aug. 8-13, 2022   Churchwide Assembly, Columbus, Ohio  



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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Ascension Worship Service

Sunday, May 24, 2020


The Northeastern Iowa Synod staff offers a recorded worship service for Sunday, May 24, to give a break to pastors, worship leaders and planners, musicians, assisting ministers and technology specialists. A written service of order and Bishop’s sermon are also available to download and share. 


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)

2020 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020
Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls


The Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly has been postponed until Saturday, Aug. 22, for a one-day assembly at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls with the theme “Celebrating Renewal: Johannes Bugenhagen, Parish Pastor of the Reformation.”


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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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