“It is a good opportunity to gather with colleagues. Ministry is a lonely business without these kind of events to remind us we’re not in it alone,” observes Anita Nuetzman, pastor at Calmar and Springfield Lutheran Churches. Every fall, the rostered leaders of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gather for a few days of continuing education, […]

In 2017 congregations were invited to bring flood buckets to the Synod Assembly. Flood buckets contain essential cleaning supplies that can help families and communities affected by flooding, tornadoes or other disasters. Usually, by the time flooding has occurred, these items are in short supply and familaffected don’t have the time or means to shop […]

A few weeks ago congregations should have received their ELCA World Hunger Fall Action Guide for Congregations. This is a handy resource that belongs on your “Open right away” list. This packet is a valuable collection of resources to tell the story of the work of the church in feeding the hungry. Nearly all the […]

At the 2017 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, congregations were invited to bring filled flood buckets.   Flood buckets contain essential cleaning supplies that can help families and communities affected by flooding, tornadoes or other disasters. Pastor Mark Anderson, Assistant to the Bishop who coordinates disaster relief work in our synod notes: “When a family’s home […]

Guest Post by Lutheran Student Center Campus Minister, Jon Fry. How can you connect with Campus Ministry?   In Fall of 2011 I met a pastor who invited me to come check out campus ministry at the University of Northern Iowa. All it took was an email and a personal invitation. Little did I know […]

The following was published in a Lutheran Magazine in Hungary by Aron Czapek.  Aron was a guest from our Hungarian Synod Companion who traveled to Houston with Trinity Lutheran in Mason City.   Please close your eyes a little, imagine your average day. Only in big lines, with all the habits, with the swirling. And […]