Sermon for Closing Worship at 2016 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly Molly Beck Dean, Program Director, ELCA Youth Gathering   Luke 7:36–8:3 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, […]

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 […]