Wednesday evening strong storms swept across northeast Iowa, causing damage and at least one injury.  McGregor was the hardest hit as an EF-1 tornado touched down, bringing down trees and damaging or destroying several buildings.  There was also flooding in the area. While congregations in the areas affected are being contacted and needs will be […]

When severe flooding affected most of the Northeastern Iowa Synod last fall, our neighbors in the Western Iowa Synod were quick to respond with donations flood buckets which had already been assembled. The lesson of being prepared was not lost. Now the Northeastern Iowa Synod wants to be ready for the next flood with flood […]

In late August Decorah, Spillville, Elkader, and surrounding areas were hit with heavy rains that caused flash flooding. The onslaught was swift and unexpected but Northeastern Iowa Synod congregation leaders and members were just as swift to respond with shelter, food, volunteers as well as working with Lutheran Services in Iowa to develop a relief […]

September is National Preparedness Month. Disaster preparedness might not be the first thing a congregation thinks about, but as Bethany Lutheran in Kensett discovered last February, congregations are often called upon to help in an emergency.  Read more about how they were able to respond. Perhaps this is the time for you to review how […]

Last Thursday morning began as any other morning in Northwood, Iowa.   That changed when a chemical explosion at Northwood AG Products fertilizer storage led to a mass evacuation of the entire town due to sulfuric acid in the air. Herb Thompson, president of Bethany Lutheran, in the nearby town of Kensett, just happened to be […]