Events

 

Synod Calendar

February 2021
2 M Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
3   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
4 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
4-6   Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza, Online Event
9   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
9   Church Council Presidents, Zoom Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
10   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
14   Three River Annual Conference, Zoom Meeting, 2 p.m.
16   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
17   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
21   Water of Life Annual Conference, Zoom Meeting, 12:30 p.m.
21   Shechem Annual Conference, West Clermont, Clermont, 1:30 p.m.
21   Shepherd of the Hills Annual Conference, Zoom Meeting, 2 p.m.
21   Upper Iowa River Annual Conference, Zoom Meeting, 2 p.m.
21   Jubilee Annual Conference, Zoom Meeting, 3 p.m.
23   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
24   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
26   Candidacy Committee, Zoom Meeting, 1-4 p.m.
26   Candidacy Retreat, Zoom Meeting, 4-6 p.m.
28   Riverside Annual Conference, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
28   Tree of Life Annual Conference, Zoom Meeting, 2 p.m.
     

March 2021
2   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
2   Rural Residency Webinar, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
3   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
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   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
9   Rural Residency Webinar, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
10   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
11   Lutheran Day on the Hill, Virtual Event, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
16   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
16   Rural Residency Webinar, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
17   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
18   Assembly Planning Committee, Zoom Meeting, 10:30 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.
23   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
23   Rural Residency Webinar, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
24   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
30   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
31   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
     

April 2021
1   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
2   Office Closed, Good Friday
6   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
7   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
8   Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.
13   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
14   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
20   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
21   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
27   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
28   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
29   First Call Theological Education Continuing Ed Event, Location TBD, 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
     

May 2021
4   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
4   Church Council Presidents, Zoom Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
5   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
6   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, Zoom Meeting, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
6   Youth Ministry Network, Zoom Meeting, 10 a.m.
7   Candidacy Committee Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
10   Registration Deadline for 2021 Virtual Northeastern
Iowa Synod Assembly
11   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
12   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
18   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
19   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
25   Women Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 1 p.m.
26   Rostered Clergy, Zoom Meeting, 12 Noon
31   Office Closed, Memorial Day
     


Upcoming Dates

June 12, 2021   Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, Virtual Event  
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  

 

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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Rural Residency Webinar Series

March 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2021

 

Farm families and those who work with them as consultants or neighbors are invited to join in a free webinar series called “Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours,” from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays in March.

 

The Rev. Dr. Larry Tranel, pastoral psychologist and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy specialist, will be the featured speaker on topics to help families manage the day-to-day stresses of rural life:

 

March 2 – Farm Stress Resiliency and Grief 

March 9 – Personality Keys When “Married” to Farm Stress 

March 16 – Dealing with the Stresses of Men, Women and Children 

March 23 – Brain and Behavioral Health “Hacks” to Mitigate Distress 

 

Local congregations or ag businesses are encouraged to host a community site, following COVID restrictions, to allow farmers and interested rural associates to come together for group discussion and support.

 

The series is sponsored by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team, University Extension in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin; and in cooperation with the Dioceses of Madison, Rockford, St. Cloud, Sioux City, New Ulm, Davenport, the Archdiocese of Dubuque; the Synods of Northeastern, Southeastern, and Western Iowa, ELCA; the Wisconsin Council of Churches; and other rural church organizations. 

 

For more information and to register for the series, visit  http://www.aep.iastate.edu/stress . Questions about the program can be directed to Larry Tranel at 563-583-6496 or tranel@iastate.edu.

2021 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

Saturday, June 12, 2021
Online Assembly

 

 

The Northeastern Iowa Synod Council has moved the 2021 Synod Assembly to a one-day online event based at Redeemer Lutheran in Waverly.

 

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Online Synod Worship Services

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

 

2020 ADVENT PREACHING SERIES
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 SAINTS SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
Nov. 1, 2020

All Saints Worship Service Full Video (46:20)

Bishop Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl’s Sermon Video (8:33)

Worship Service Bulletin (pdf)

Transcript of the Bishop’s Sermon (pdf)

 

ASCENSION WORSHIP SERVICE
May 24, 2020
Ascension Service Full Video (50:37)

Order of Service and Sermon (pdf)

Bishop Steven Ullestad’s Sermon Video (13:14)

Ascension Sermon by Bishop Ullestad (pdf)