Synod Calendar

October 2018
2 m Colleague Group Leaders Gathering, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
4   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
4   Youth Ministry Network, Decorah (location TBD),
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
12-13   Middle School Lock-In, UNI Wellness Center, Cedar Falls
14-16   Fall Theological Conference, Best Western Midway,
25   First Call Theological Education, Synod Office,
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
27   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.

November 2018
1   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
1   Youth Ministry Network, St. Petri, Story City, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
2-4   LMM Men’s Retreat “One Year to Live,” Camp Ewalu
Strawberry Point
3   Synodical Women’s Organization Board, Synod Office,
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
10   (Snow Date) Synodical Women’s Organization Board
13   Deans and Chaplains, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
17   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
22-23   Office Closed, Thanksgiving
29   New to Synod, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

December 2018
6   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
6   Youth Ministry Network, Immanuel, Cresco, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
7-8   Candidacy Committee, Synod Office
8   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
17-25   Office Closed, Christmas
29   New to Synod, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

January 2019
1   Office Closed, New Year’s Day
3   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
3   Youth Ministry Network, TBA, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
12   Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster, Synod Office,
9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
19   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
19   (Snow Date) Synodical Women’s Organization Cluster
21   Office Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
25-28   Extravaganza, Jacksonville, Fla.
29   New to Synod, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

February 2019
1-2   Candidacy Retreat, American Martyrs, Cedar Falls
7   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
7   No Youth Ministry Network meeting due to Extravaganza
12   Assembly Planning Committee, Wartburg College, Waverly,
4-6 p.m.
14   Endowment Fund Investment Committee, Synod Office,
9 a.m.
16   LYON, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
19   Lutheran Day on the Hill
26   Executive Committee, Synod Office,
9 a.m.


Synod Assembly Dates

June 14-16, 2019   Wartburg College, Waverly  
June 12-14, 2020   Wartburg College, Waverly  


2018 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly

Celebrating Renewal: Philip Melanchthon — Education

The 2018 Synod Assembly gathered at Wartburg College, Waverly, June 8-10, for business surrounded by word and sacrament, with the theme, “Celebrating Renewal: Philip Melanchthon — Education.”


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2016 Churchwide Assembly approves key actions

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Voting members from the Northeastern Iowa Synod at the 2016 Churchwide Assembly, New Orleans.

Some 945 voting members, including 17 from the Northeastern Iowa Synod, approved a number of key actions during the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the highest legislative authority of the church. The assembly gathered Aug. 8-13 in New Orleans

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Fall Theological Conference

Rev. Dr. Samuel Giere

Oct. 14-16, 2018

Best Western Midway Hotel, Dubuque, Iowa


Incarnation, Subversive Faith, Public Word

Rostered ministers and spouses are invited to step away from their everyday ministry contexts to relax, rejuvenate and refresh with their colleagues at the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s Fall Theological Conference. The event takes place at the Best Western Midway Hotel in Dubuque, beginning with 4 p.m. check-in on Sunday, Oct. 14, and ending at 12 noon Tuesday, Oct. 16 with lunch.


The conference will feature theological discussions, workshops, worship services, group meals, time with the Bishop, and designated free time. Spouses will have their own breakout session for conversation with Bishop Steven Ullestad and Jennifer Prinz of Portico on Sunday afternoon.


The Rev. Dr. Samuel Giere, associate professor of Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation at Wartburg Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker. He will lead four sessions on Monday and Tuesday mornings to speak about “Incarnation, Subversive Faith, Public Word.” The presentations will look at the erosion of trust in the political climate and how it impacts the church and how people speak and hear the Word. Biblical texts will be from Advent and Christmas of the upcoming Year C lectionary. In addition, Giere will offer an optional session on Monday afternoon on “Jesus, Prayer, Bagpipes, and Communio.”


John Hermanson

Songwriter/composer/liturgist John Hermanson will lead the worship service. John grew up in Bozeman, Montana and graduated from St. Olaf College in 1993 with a self-designed Interreligious Dialogue major. He is a member of the acoustic duo Storyhill and co-owner of Egg Music, a music house specializing in creating original music for film, TV, advertising, and public art. 


Special room rates of $79.99 per night are available if reserved through the hotel by Friday, Sept. 14. Registration for the conference is $95 per person, which includes three meals. Conference registration is due Friday, Sept. 28.


One Year to Live Men’s Retreat

Nov. 2 – 4, 2018
Camp Ewalu, Strawberry Point, Iowa


Men of all ages are invited to attend the “One Year to Live” men’s retreat set for the weekend of Nov. 2-4 at Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center, Strawberry Point.


Check back for photos from this year’s event.


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National Donor Sabbath

Nov. 9–11, 2018


Congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod are invited to observe National Donor Sabbath to raise awareness about the need for organ donors and to encourage people to sign up in their state registry as organ, eye and tissue donors.


The 2015 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly adopted a resolution to encourage congregations to observe National Donor Sabbath, which takes place this year on Nov. 9-11.


Free 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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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan. 18-25, 2018


“Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue” — Deuteronomy 16:20


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a worldwide ecumenical movement to promote dialogue among churches and Christian communities and encourage Christians everywhere to pray together as a sign of the unity that is already theirs in Christ. 


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