Events

 

Synod Calendar

November 2020
5 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
5   Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.
12   New to Synod, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
26-27   Office Closed, Thanksgiving
     

December 2020
3 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
3   Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.
3-4   Candidacy Committee, Zoom Meeting
24-31   Office Closed, Christmas
     

January 2021
1   Office Closed, New Year’s Day
7 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
7   Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
9   Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster, Zoom Meeting, 8 a.m.-12 noon
9   Congregation Treasurers Meeting, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.-12 noon
18   Office Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
     

February 2021
4 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
4   Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
23   Lutheran Day on the Hill, Virtual Event
26   Candidacy Committee, Shalom Spiritual Center, Dubuque, 1-4 p.m.
26-28   Candidacy Retreat, Shalom Spiritual Center, Dubuque
     

March 2021
4   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
4 m Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
9   Executive Committee, Location TBD, 9 a.m.
20   Synod Council, Location TBD, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

 


Upcoming Dates

June 11-13, 2021   Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa  
June 24-28, 2022 M ELCA Youth Gathering, Minneapolis, Minn.  
Aug. 8-13, 2022   Churchwide Assembly, Columbus, Ohio  

 


Online Synod Worship Services

Videos produced by the Northeastern Iowa Synod can be found on the Northeastern Iowa Synod YouTube Channel.

 

All Saints Sunday Worship Service
Nov. 1, 2020

This service includes a sermon by Interim Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl, children’s sermon by Pastor Mark Anderson, music by choirs from Luther College and Wartburg College, and music and readings by others from throughout the synod.

 

Two videos are available: one of the entire service with a place to pause to remember friends and loved ones who have passed away; the other with only the Bishop’s sermon. 

 

All Saints Worship Service Full Video (46:20)

Bishop Andrea’s Sermon Video (8:33)

Worship Service Bulletin (pdf)

Transcript of the Bishop’s Sermon (pdf)

 


Ascension Worship Service
May 24, 2020
This recorded worship service for Ascension Sunday 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 Full Video (50:37)

Order of Service and Sermon (pdf)

Bishop’s Sermon Video (13:14)

Ascension Sermon by Bishop Steven L. Ullestad (pdf)

 

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Recap

 

 

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.

 

Read more and view videos

 

 

 

Advent Preaching Series

The Northeastern Iowa Synod staff will provide a recorded sermon for every Sunday in Advent, based on the ELCA World Hunger Advent Study God With Us.

 

The sermons can be used as part of a worship service, mid-week devotion, Bible study resource or however a congregation would like. 

 

Advent 1 – Nov. 29, 2020
“Keep Awake” by Pastor Joelle Colville Hanson, Director for Evangelical Mission

 

Advent 2 – Dec. 6, 2020
“Prepare” by Interim Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl

 

Advent 3 – Dec. 13, 2020
 “Comfort” by Pastor Steve Brackett, Assistant to the Bishop

 

Advent 4 – Dec. 20, 2020
“Presence” by Pastor Mark Anderson, Assistant to the Bishop

 

First Sunday of Christmas – Dec. 27, 2020
Interim Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl

 

Videos of the sermons will be posted each week on the Northeastern Iowa Synod YouTube Channel.

Virtual Christmas Concerts

This year’s Christmas concerts by Luther College and Wartburg College will be available online

 
CHRISTMAS AT LUTHER
The online premiere of “Christmas at Luther 2020: For Everyone Born” will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Newly formatted for this unique time in history, this magical performance will be available to view from the comfort of home, free of charge.
 
 
 

CHRISTMAS WITH WARTBURG
Christmas with Wartburg 2020 will premiere online Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. This year’s concert, Hope Awakens; Love’s New Dawn, will be on video for the virtual premiere or for watching on demand.

 
The virtual premiere of last year’s Christmas with Wartburg production, Behold the Mystery, is set for Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., and will also be available on demand for viewing at any time.
 

2021 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

June 11-13, 2021
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

 

 

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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.”

 

Read More About the 2019 Synod Assembly