Another Synod Assembly has come and gone.  Another chance to get together with our Christian brothers and sisters from around the synod for fellowship, learning, worship and business has come and gone and left us with new ideas, new reasons to be grateful and new challenges to tackle.   It’s not possible to write about […]


  With service as the theme for our whole weekend, today’s theme centered around the strength and witness of our service together. It began with morning prayer and a message from Dan Gerrietts, Senior Pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Mason City who reminded us of the importance of imagination when it comes to service. “Imagination […]


“Service” is the theme of this year’s Synod Assembly and our role model is Elizabeth of Hungary.  As Wartburg College President Darrel Colson said when he welcomed us to the campus, “Martin Luther and Elizabeth of Hungary are two residents of Wartburg Castle that we remember with affection” (To learn more about Elizabeth of Hungary […]


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 […]


The 2015 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly is in the books.   Bishop Ullestad describes this one as one of the most joyful of his 23 assemblies he has presided over. Here were some of the highlights: Celebration of 45th Anniversary of Ordination of Women in ELCA   Women clergy were asked to stand during liturgy celebrating […]


  Midwesterners are not known for putting themselves forward or pointing out their accomplishments. We just keep moving and do what needs to be done. Every once in a while, however it’s not a bad idea to just take a moment to take a look at how far we’ve come. This can be helpful especially […]


Volunteers set up displays and hand out candy and pens. Old friends and colleagues greet one another. College students cheerfully direct lost guests.   Worship leaders go over last minute details. Energetic teens gather and joke with one another.  Hugs and handshakes are exchanged.   No one seems to mind the light mist falling outside. […]