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The Star newsletter features ministries and congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod, Bishop’s message, prayer calendar, call process updates, and information on upcoming events.

A printed copy is mailed to rostered ministers of the Northeastern Iowa Synod, Women of the ELCA synod leaders, congregational leaders, and synod council members. Electronic versions of the newsletter are available online and by signing up for email delivery.

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Star Newsletters

2021
February kkk New online groups help ministry leaders stay connected
March   Virtual Synod Assembly and Bishop Election set for June 12
April   Conversations can set the groundwork for the bishop election
May   Lutheran Chaplaincy Outreach supports pastoral ministry
June   Assembly theme highlights Reformation pastor and organizer
July/August   Bishop Elect Kevin Jones is ready to lead
September   Lutheran Campus Ministry can change lives
     
2020
January kkk Ecumenical activities can rejuvenate rural congregations
February   Encourage youth to explore their ministry gifts
March   Candidacy affirms and guides the call to rostered ministry
April   First call ministers and congregations learn together
May   Creative ministries bring people together
June   Scholarships help people answer the call to ministry
July/August   Bishop moves into retirement surprised and grateful
September   Interim bishop begins serving the synod Sept. 1
October   Conferences help ministers and congregations stay connected
November   Electronic giving can boost a congregation’s bottom line
December/January2021   New streamlined process helps candidates find their first call
     
2019
January kkk Katherine von Bora Luther — Faith in the Home
February   Shared ideas bring faith practices home
March   A life of faith begins at home
April   Families have the tools to nurture resilience
May   Families have fun growing in faith at family Bible camp
June   Proposed social statement seeks an abundant life for all
JulyAugust   Family customs can grow a life rooted in faith
September   Teaching faith can mean finding the answers together
October   Little Free Pantries help neighborhoods fight hunger
November   Community meals serve and build community
December   Lutheran Services in Iowa helps families stay together
     
2018
January kkk Philip Melanchthon — Education
February   Women of the ELCA
March   New VBS is a ‘Good Gift’ to congregations
April   ELCA colleges share a calling in faith and learning
May   Faith-based education shapes children’s well-being
June   Educational programs strengthen ministries
July/August   Education drives congregational renewal
September   Congregations build on community to transform confirmation
October   Candidates embrace non-traditional paths to ministry
November   Support and education strengthen new calls to ministry
December   Sunday schools reach out to the broader community
     
2017
January kkk Martin Luther — The Gospel
February   Small Group Bible studies are going places
March   Luther’s preaching advice still applies today
April   Vacation Bible school opens doors to the gospel
May   St. Paul’s Lutheran School nurtures baptismal promises
June   Rural congregations find new ways to grow
July/August   Confirmation classes offer hands-on learning
September    Campus ministries make the Gospel part of student life
October   Partnerships bring new beginnings in ministry
November   Communion brings Gods grace ‘for you’
December   Visual arts bring a fresh view of the gospel
     
2016
January kkk St. Elizabeth of Hungary — Service
February   Compassionate Service at LSI
March   ELCA colleges link service, learning with faith
April   Lutherans grow together as servant leaders
May   Lutherans invited to gather in New Orleans
June   Mission teaches seminarians real-life lessons
July/August   Social media and church are a good fit
September   Young Adults in Global Mission
October   Vocations carry out God’s work through service
November   Generations of women together make a difference
December   Home Life Network helps families pass on the faith
     
2015
December   Good intentions turn into service ministries
November   Congregations show thanks for their own
October   Young adults begin a new year of service in Hungary
September   Youth, leaders share about the 2015 Youth Gathering
July/August   Grateful Giving and Love of Stewardship
June   Leaders find spiritual renewal close to nature
May   Bold ministries help spread the word
April   Synod ministries offer leadership opportunities
March   Ethical choices can create bold leaders
February   Darrel Gerrietts Retires/Collegial Ministries
January kkk A Legacy of Bold Leaders
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