Synod Calendar

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, CANCELLED
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, CANCELLED
2   Youth Ministry Network, Trinity, Mason City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 m Office Closed, Good Friday
21   Assembly Planning Committee, Wartburg, Waverly, 4-6 p.m.
23-24   Youth Ministry Network Retreat, CHANGED TO ZOOM
26-28   First Call Theological Education Retreat, CANCELLED AND CHANGED TO ZOOM MEETINGS
28   Vocation Day, CANCELLED

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 

June 2020
4 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
4   Youth Ministry Network, St. Paul’s, Waverly, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
12-14   Synod Assembly, RESCHEDULED TO AUG. 22
14-17   WIYLDE (Wholly Iowa Leadership Discipling Event), RESCHEDULED – DATE TBA
15-16   Office Closed
19   Synodical Women’s Organizational Board, Wartburg College, Waverly, 7-9 p.m.
20   Northeastern Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization Convention, Wartburg College, Waverly 

July 2020
2 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  
3   Office Closed, Independence Day Observance
20-23   ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering, Phoenix

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 13, 2020    “God’s work. Our hands.” ELCA Service Day  
Sept. 19, 2020   Fall Leadership Event, Waverly  
Oct. 18-20, 2020   Fall Theological Conference, Dubuque  
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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Day of Renewal is cancelled

Due to concerns of the coronavirus, this year’s Day of Renewal, which was scheduled for  April 2, has been cancelled. Have a blessed Lenten season!

2020 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020
Wartburg College, Waverly


The Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly has been postponed until Saturday, Aug. 22, for a one-day assembly at Wartburg College in Waverly 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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