Synod Calendar

August 2019
 1 m Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
1   Youth Ministry Network, St. Paul’s, Postville, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
5-10   ELCA Churchwide Assembly, Milwaukee, Wis.
16   Candidacy Committee, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

September 2019
2 m Office Closed, Labor Day 
3   Executive Committee, Synod Office, 9 a.m.
5   Interim Ministry Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
5   First Call Theological Education Executive Committee, Synod Office, 10-11 a.m.
5   Youth Ministry Network, Bethlehem, Cedar Falls, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
8   “God’s work. Our hands.” ELCA Day of Service
12   New to Synod, Synod Office, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
21   Fall Leadership Event, St. Paul’s, Waverly, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
21   Synod Council, St. Paul’s, Waverly, 12:45-3 p.m.
22-24 m Tri-Synodical Fall Conference, West Des Moines

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
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
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.
6   Candidacy Committee, Synod Office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
16-25   Office Closed


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 29-July 3, 2021 M ELCA Youth Gathering, Minneapolis, Minn.  



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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‘God’s work. our hands.’ service day

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019


Congregations from the Northeastern Iowa Synod will join others across the U.S. to do service projects in their communities, for mission ministries or for other organizations. 


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Fall Leadership Event

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
St. Paul’s Lutheran, Waverly, Iowa


Lay and rostered members are invited to learn about synod ministries and networks, join a network, and plan projects for the coming year. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran, Waverly.


Network members connect throughout the year through emails, Facebook, Skype, and conference calls. The synod networks are Companion Synod-Hungary, Companion Synod-Namibia, Disaster Response, Home Life, Hunger, Lutheran Youth Organization, Men’s Ministry, Generosity, AMMPARO Welcoming, and Racial Justice Advocacy. Committees meeting at the event include the Compensation Committee and S.A.F.E. Ministry Team.


There is no cost to attend. Lunch is included. To register, call the synod office, 319-352-1414, by Wednesday, Sept. 11, or email Kathy Liddle.

Tri-Synodical Fall Conference

Sept. 22 – 24, 2019
West Des Moines, Iowa


Rostered ministers and spouses from the three Iowa ELCA synods are invited to gather for fellowship, worship, learning and group meals at the Tri-Synodical Fall Conference. The event will feature the theme “Faith Formation as Shared Mission.” Featured speakers will be Deacon Dr. Jeremy Myers, associate professor for Augsburg University, Minneapolis; and Deacon Chelle Huth, director of Lifelong Learning and Certificate Studies for United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, Pa. They will look at how faith formation should go beyond the congregation and into the communities.


ELCA Secretary Chris Boerger will present at one of the sessions and will preach and preside at the Monday evening worship service. 


The event will take place at Faith Lutheran Church, Clive, and at the Sheraton, West Des Moines. A group rate at the Sheraton of $102 per person is available to book until Sept. 8. 


Learn more and register online at these links:
Conference Schedule

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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 include: 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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