Synod Calendar

December 2019
5 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
5 m Youth Ministry Network, St. Petri, Story City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
5   Candidacy Committee, Synod Office, 1-5 p.m.
6   Candidacy Committee, Synod Office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
15   WIYLDE Reunion (potluck), St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School, Waverly, 3-5 p.m.
16-27   Office Closed

January 2020
1 m Office Closed, New Year’s Day
2   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
2   Youth Ministry Network, St. John, Sumner, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
11   Congregation Treasurers, Redeemer, Waverly, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
12   WIYLDE Video Chat, 7 p.m.
18 m Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster, Synod Office,
9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
20   Office Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
25   Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster (Snow Date)
26   WIYLDE Video Chat, 7 p.m.
Feb. 3
  Extravaganza, Anaheim, Calif.

February 2020
6 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
6   No Youth Ministry Network Meeting (Due to Extravaganza)
7-8   Candidacy Retreat, Shalom Spiritual Center, Dubuque
11   Assembly Planning Committee, Wartburg, Waverly, 4-6 p.m.
16 m WIYLDE Video Chat, 7 p.m.
25   Lutheran Day on the Hill, Des Moines

March 2020
1-3 m Rural Ministry Conference, Wartburg Theological Seminary
3   Executive Committee, Synod Office, 9 a.m.
5   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
5   Youth Ministry Network, Bethesda, Jewell, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
7   Synodical Women’s Organization Board, Synod Office, 8 a.m.-12 noon
8 m WIYLDE Video Chat, 7 p.m.
14   (Snow Date) Synodical Women’s Organization Board
21   Synod Council, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
29   WIYLDE Video Chat, 7-8 p.m.

April 2020
2   Day of Renewal, Nazareth, Cedar Falls, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
2   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
2   Youth Ministry Network, Trinity, Mason City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 m Office Closed, Good Friday
14   Assembly Planning Committee, Wartburg, Waverly, 4-6 p.m.
23-24   Youth Ministry Network Retreat, Ewalu, Strawberry Point
26   WIYLDE Meeting, Location and Time TBD
26-28   First Call Theological Education Retreat, Ewalu (Stone Center), Strawberry Point


Upcoming Dates

June 12-14, 2020   Synod Assembly, Wartburg College, Waverly  
July 20-23, 2020   ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering, Phoenix  
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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Congregation Treasurers Meeting

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020
Redeemer Lutheran, Waverly


Congregation treasurers, pastors, financial committee members, and others are invited to attend the Congregation Treasurers Meeting set for Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Redeemer Lutheran, Waverly.


Guest speakers will be:
Keith D. Oltrogge, CPA, Denver, on W-2s and related forms, church payrolls, and contributions.
The Rev. Stephen P. Brackett, assistant to the Bishop, with information about the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s 2020 minimum Compensation Guidelines.
Jennifer Prinz, regional representative with Portico Benefit Services, with information about the resources available to effectively sponsor and understand the fullness of their benefits and retirement through Portico Benefit Services.


There is no charge to attend. A light lunch will be served. To register, send an email to Linda J. Hudgins, assistant to the Bishop, or call 319-352-1414 by Thursday, Jan. 2.


Lutheran Day on the Hill

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020
Des Moines, Iowa


Join Lutherans from all over Iowa on Feb. 25 for a rousing morning of advocacy training, then speak directly with legislators at the Iowa State Capitol in the afternoon.


Whether you’re an advocacy pro or you’ve never talked with a legislator, you’ll gain new insights on important Iowa issues and faith-grounded outreach to our policymakers.


This event is presented by Lutheran Services in Iowa and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA. Registration will open by Jan. 14 at


2020 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

June 12-14, 2020
Wartburg College, Waverly


The Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will gather at Wartburg College in Waverly June 12-14 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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