Synod Calendar

October 2019
3 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
3   Youth Ministry Network, First, Decorah, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
8   Colleague Leaders Gathering, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
11-12   Middle School Lock-In, UNI Wellness Center, Cedar Falls
24 m First Call Theological Education Orientation, Synod Office, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
31   Conference Deans and Chaplains, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

November 2019
2   Synodical Women’s Organization Board, Synod Office, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
3   WIYLDE Video Chat, 7 p.m.
7 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
7   Youth Ministry Network, St. Petri, Story City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
8-10   “One Year to Live” Men’s Retreat,” Camp Ewalu, Strawberry Point
9   Synodical Women’s Organization Board (Snow Date)
14   Living Waters Conference Visit, 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
16   Preparing for Disaster FEMA Workshop, Nazareth, Cedar Falls, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
24   WIYLDE Video Chat, 7 p.m.
27   Office Closed, 12 Noon-4:30 p.m.
28-29   Office Closed, Thanksgiving

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.


Upcoming Dates

April 2, 2020   Day of Renewal, Nazareth, Cedar Falls  
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 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

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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One Year to Live Men’s Retreat

Nov. 8 – 10, 2019
Strawberry Point, Iowa


This “spiritual boot camp” is a unique opportunity for men of all ages to band together to examine their lives, make decisions for their future, and experience spiritual and personal growth as part of a special fellowship of brothers. 


The retreat starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov.8, and concludes at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. at Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center, Strawberry Point.


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National Donor Sabbath

Nov. 15 – 17, 2019


Congregations are invited to observe National Donor Sabbath to raise awareness about the need for organ donors and to encourage people to sign up as organ, eye and tissue donors.


In 2015, the Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly adopted a resolution to encourage congregations to observe National Donor Sabbath, which this year is Nov. 15 – 17.


Resources about National Donor Sabbath and organ donation are available for download, including a guide to help faith leaders reach out to their congregation members and communities. 


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ELCA Churchwide Assembly

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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