Synod Calendar

February 2019
1-2   Candidacy Retreat, American Martyrs, Cedar Falls
6-8   One Year to Live Men’s Retreat for Church & Camp
Camp Ewalu, Strawberry Pt.
7   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
7   No Youth Ministry Network meeting due to Extravaganza
9   Compensatin Committee Conference Call, 9 a.m.
12   Assembly Planning Committee, Wartburg College, Waverly,
4-6 p.m.
14   Endowment Fund Investment Committee, Synod Office,
9 a.m.
16   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
19   Lutheran Day on the Hill
26   Executive Committee, Synod Office, 9 a.m.

March 2019
2 m Synodical Women’s Organization Board, Synod Office,
8 a.m.-12 noon
3-5   Rural Ministry Conference, Dubuque
7   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
7   Youth Ministry Network, St. Peter, Greene, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Strawberry Point
9   (Snow Date) Synodical Women’s Organization Board,
Synod Office, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
14 m Day of Renewal, Nazareth, Cedar Falls, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
16   Synod Council Meeting, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
23   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
23   Resolution Committee, 10-11 a.m.

April 2019
4 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
4   Youth Ministry Network, Redeemer, Waverly, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
9   Assembly Planning Committee, Wartburg College, Waverly,
4-6 p.m.
19   Office Closed, Good Friday
25-26   Youth Ministry Network Retreat, Ewalu, Strawberry Point
27   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
28-30   First Call Theological Education Continuing Education Event, American Martyrs, Cedar Falls

May 2019
2 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
3   Candidacy Committee, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
27   Office Closed, Memorial Day

June 2019
6 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
6   Youth Ministry Netowrk, Immanuel, Independence,
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
14-16   Synod Assembly, Wartburg College, Waverly
16-19 m WIYLDE (Wholly Iowa Leadership Discipling Event),
Wartburg College, Waverly 
17-18   Office Closed
22   Northeastern Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization Convention, Wartburg College, Waverly


Upcoming Dates

June 14-16, 2019   Synod Assembly, Wartburg College, Waverly  
Aug. 5-10, 2019   2019 Churchwide Assembly, Milwaukee, Wis.  
Sept. 21, 2019   Fall Leadership Event  
Sept. 22-24, 2019   Tri-Synodical Fall Theological Conference, West Des Moines  
June 12-14, 2020   Synod Assembly, Wartburg College, Waverly  
July 20-23, 2020   ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering, Phoenix Ariz.  
June 29-July 3, 2021 M ELCA Youth Gathering, Minneapolis, Minn.  




Rural Ministry Conference

March 2-5, 2019
Dubuque, Iowa


The 2019 Rural Ministry Conference, hosted by Wartburg Theological Seminary, is set for March 3-5 with the theme “Building Resilience Among Leaders and Communities.” This ecumenical conference includes worship, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, Bible study and opportunities to network with others who are active in and concerned about rural ministry.


Elayne Werges

Day of Renewal

March 14, 2019
Nazareth Lutheran, Cedar Falls, Iowa


Katherine von Bora Luther
& Faith in the Home


Rostered ministers are invited to
learn about faith in the home at the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s Day of Renewal set for Thursday, March 14, at Nazareth Lutheran, Cedar Falls.


Deacon Elayne Werges of Cross Roads Lutheran Parish will present about faith practices in the home and the example set by Katherine von Bora Luther. Werges graduated from Luther College and worked as

a social worker helping families and children at risk for abuse and neglect. She decided to enter seminary and graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa., in 2008 with a Master of Arts degree in religion/religious studies. Werges is a long-time member of the synod’s Home Life Network and has based her own ministry on faith practices and baptismal promises.


While in seminary, Werges says she developed an interest in Katherine von Bora Luther from a professor who had done research on von Bora Luther. Werges and her husband, Dave, traveled to Germany in September and visited the house where von Bora Luther and her husband, Martin Luther, lived.


Register by March 7, 2019

The Day of Renewal event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Lunch will be provided. To register by the March 7 deadline, send an email to Linda Sue Hamilton or call the synod office at 319-352-1414.


2018 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

Celebrating Renewal: Philip Melanchthon — Education



The 2018 Synod Assembly gathered at Wartburg College, Waverly, June 8-10, for business surrounded by word and sacrament, with the theme, “Celebrating Renewal: Philip Melanchthon — Education.”


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ELCA Churchwide Assembly

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


We are church

The ELCA Churchwide Assembly will meet at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 5-10, 2019, to discuss and make decisions about how to go about God’s work as a church. This year the assembly will gather under the theme “We are church.” 


Among the responsibilities of the assembly will be the election of the Presiding Bishop and Secretary, as well as persons to the Church Council and to churchwide boards and committees. The Nominating Committee of the Churchwide Assembly is seeking the names of people who would be appropriate for positions on the Church Council, the boards of separately incorporated ministries, and churchwide committees. 


A 2019 Nominations Workbook is available to aid in recommending names to the Nominating Committee.


Download the 2019 Nominations Workbook


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