Three international students, two from Namibia and one from Hungary, have been invited to travel with Northeastern Iowa Synod youth to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas this summer. Marian Torodis will be coming from the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Republic of Namibia (ELCRN). Bishop Ernst GAMXAMUB from ELCRN was a guest of the Northeastern […]

Day of Renewal18

Last Thursday, as they have for many years, Rostered Ministers of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gathered at Nazareth Lutheran for a time of learning, worship, fellowship and renewal.  Bishop Ullestad remembers that when he first proposed this idea, there was some resistance to asking church leaders to take time out during Lent.  Even now occasionally […]


You wouldn’t think of Elkader, Iowa as a center for fostering interfaith dialogue and a better understanding of Islam. And yet, in 1845 its founder, land developer Timothy Davis decided to name the town after Abd el-Kader, a religious and military leader who led the fight for Algerian independence. Although his story is not well […]


God’s call to neighborly love for the sake of those in need is unequivocal. Migrants and refugees are our neighbors. Exodus 22:21 – “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” and Romans 12:13 – “…Extend hospitality to strangers…” are two of many exhortations to […]


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 […]


Among the 315 voting members at the 2017 Synod Assembly, 17  were youth voting members. This was the first Synod Assembly for Matthias Letsche, member of Redeemer Lutheran in Waverly.  It was a very positive experience for him.  “It was a very unifying experience,” observes Letsche, who plans to become a pastor.  “All the best […]


We’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  It takes a village to preach the Gospel. This past weekend, the rostered ministers and members of the congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gathered to do the work that is necessary to ensure that the Gospel is proclaimed in response to Christ’s […]