Synod Calendar

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.
13   Endowment Fund Investment Committee, Synod Office, 9 a.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
15-17   Rostered Women’s Gathering, Camp Ewalu Stone Center
21   Synod Council, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
29   WIYLDE Video Chat, 7-8 p.m.

April 2020
2 m 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

May 2020
1 m Candidacy Committee, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
7   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
17   WIYLDE Video Chat, 7-8 p.m
25   Office Closed, Memorial Day 


Upcoming Dates

June 12-14, 2020 mm Synod Assembly, Wartburg College, Waverly  
June 14-17, 2020    WIYLDE (Wholly Iowa Youth Leadership Discipling Event), 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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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

Rostered Women’s Gathering

March 15-17, 2020
Camp Ewalu Stone Center
Strawberry Point, Iowa


Stretch, Yield, Yearn
Rostered women ministers of the Northeastern Iowa Synod are invited to attend the Rostered Women’s Gathering set for March 15-17 at Camp Ewalu Stone Center. With the theme, “Stretch, Yield, Yearn,” this event is an invitation to wholeness in community with one another. Women will have the opportunity to rest, renew, be encouraged and collaborate.


The event is co-sponsored by women rostered ministers of this synod and the synod’s Fall Conference Coordinating Committee.


The retreat begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday with dinner and ends with a noon lunch on Tuesday. Meals and lodging are provided. Please bring snacks to share. Cost to attend is $200. Registration is due by Sunday, March 1. The Stone Center is located north of Strawberry Point, Iowa at 35124 Hwy 13.


To register, email and mail a check payable to Ewalu to Amy Larson, 701 Iowa Ave, Decorah, IA 52101.


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Day of Renewal

The Rev. Dr. Kurt K. Hendel

April 2, 2020
Nazareth Lutheran, Cedar Falls


Rostered ministers are invited to attend the Day of Renewal on Thursday, April 2, to learn more about the reformer Johannes Bugenhagen and his influence on parish pastor ministry.


The featured speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Kurt K. Hendel, who is the Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor Emeritus of Reformation History at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. The event will take place at Nazareth Lutheran, Cedar Falls. Watch for more information in the Star newsletter and on the synod website.

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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