Synod Calendar

January 2021
1   Office Closed, New Year’s Day
6   Active Rostered Ministers, Zoom Meeting, 12 noon
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
12   Church Council Presidents, Zoom Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
14   Congregation Administrative Assistants, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.
14   “COVID, Public Health and the Church” Webinar, Zoom Event, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
16   Synod Council, Zoom Meeting, 9 a.m.-12 noon
18   Office Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
19   Rostered Ministers Town Hall – ELCA Future Church, Online Meeting with Presiding bishop Elizabeth Eaton, 11:30 a.m. 
31   “Faith and Mental Health – Three Tough Talks,” Zoom Event, 7 p.m.

February 2021
4 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
4-6   Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza, Online Event
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.
8   Rural Ministry Conference, Online Event, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
9   Executive Committee, Location TBD, 9 a.m.
20   Synod Council, Location TBD, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
21   “Faith and Poverty – Three Tough Talks,” Zoom Event, 7 p.m.


Upcoming Dates

June 11-13, 2021   Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa  
June 10-12, 2022   Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, Wartburg College, Waverly, 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)





2021 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

June 11-1, 2021
Online Assembly



The Northeastern Iowa Synod Council has moved the 2021 Synod Assembly to an online event based at Luther College in Decorah.


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Advent Preaching Series

The Northeastern Iowa Synod staff recorded five sermons for the 2020 Advent season, based on the ELCA World Hunger Advent Study God With Us. 


Advent 1 — “Keep Awake” by Pastor Joelle Colville Hanson, Director for Evangelical Mission. Download Transcript.


Advent 2 — “Prepare” by Interim Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl. Download Transcript.


Advent 3 —  “Comfort” by Pastor Steve Brackett, Assistant to the Bishop. Download Transcript.


Advent 4 — “Presence” by Pastor Mark Anderson, Assistant to the Bishop.
Download Transcript.


First Sunday of Christmas — Sermon by Interim Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl.


All synod videos can be viewed on the Northeastern Iowa Synod YouTube Channel.


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.


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