You may be thinking “It’s a little late now for this,” but church leaders have a lot to plan for Lent.  Sunday themes, midweek themes, Holy Week coming up.  There are still group devotions and bibles studies and you may find yourself in a pinch to come up with materials for other meetings and events. […]

Lutherans have always observed Lent.  If you’ve always been a Lutheran you may take this for granted.  If you are new to Lutheranism you may wonder what this is all about.  There are things about the history and meaning of Lent that may be new to both longtime and newish Lutherans. Lent is not unique […]

Now that we have recovered from Christmas, it is time to look ahead towards Lent.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, this year so it’s not too soon to begin planning your themes.   The ELCA has a resource called Living our Baptism, Five Gifts of Discipleship that can be used in many settings […]

 Christmas decorations are going up, Christmas songs can be heard at the store, Christmas cards are being mailed, so I guess you know what time of year it is… It’s time to plan for Lent. You should have recently received the “Action Guide for Congregations” from ELCA World Hunger. This guide has lots of ideas […]

The Northeastern Iowa Synod has joined with other synods to create a Lent Photo a Day project.  What is a Photo a Day?  Each day in Lent, a word with a prayer is shared and others are invited to share an image which reflects that word. For example, the word for Ash Wednesday is “Dust”. […]

At our 2015 Synod Assembly in June, the Northeastern Iowa Synod celebrated the successful completion of our participation in the ELCA Malaria Campaign, where we far surpassed our goal of raising $250,000, and gave a whopping total of $474,660.22. It’s clear the people of the Northeastern Iowa Synod are generous and have a heart to […]