Northeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA
April 2014
Events sponsored by our congregations
and other ministries of the ELCA

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

112 Second Ave NW, Waverly IA


Pancake Supper

April 22  5-7pm 

Pancakes, sausages, fruit and beverage served for a free-will offering to benefit Young Adult in Global Mission Ole Schenk in Svargas, Hungary.  Proceeds matched by a grant from Thrivent Bremer County Branch 31124


St. Paul's 5K STOMP and Walk-a-thon
April 26 9 am

It's a 5K race and 1 mile walk that will benefit the ELCA campaign to eliminate malaria throughout the world. The event begins Saturday morning at 9:00 AM. The 5K route begins in Kohlmann Park (adjacent to St. Paul's) and runs along the Cedar River and over the scenic Rail Trail bridge near downtown Waverly. An awards ceremony will follow the race with prizes, t-shirts, and medals being awarded to racers in various age brackets. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and help stomp out malaria permanently! Go here for more information and to register.


Faith Lutheran Church

422 N Prairie Street, Shell Rock, IA


Swing Show Suppers4/3, 4/4, 4/5, 4/10, 4/11, 4/12 from 5:00-10:00 pm, 

Sunday, 4/6 from 11:30 am - 6:00 pm.


Holy Week Events:  

4/13, 9 am Palm Sunday & Palm Processional; 

4/17, 7 pm Maundy Thursday Service;

4/18, 7 pm Good Friday Service; 

April 20, 6:30 am Easter Sunrise Service/Communion; 

7:30-8:30 am Easter Breakfast; 9:00 am Easter Worship/Communion.


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

701 Iowa Avenue, Decorah

During this Lenten season, Adult Forum programs at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will focus on Osvaldo Golijov's composition La Pasion Segun San Marcos (The Passion According to St. Mark).  


Brooke Joyce, Good Shepherd Organist and Interim Director of Music, coordinated this six-part series with other professionals in music and theology from Luther College including Michael O'Brien, Ethnomusicologist; David Vasquez, Campus Pastor; and, Germano Streese, Pastor and Librarian.  Joan Mau, Pastor of Good Shepherd, will also be a presenter.  During the first session, Streese, a native of Brazil, will discuss several works of liturgical music from Latin America that include indigenous pieces.  During the following five Sundays, segments of Golijov's work on DVDs will be shown and discussed. 


The schedule for the Adult Forums, held in the narthex of Good Shepherd at 11:00 am each Sunday, is below:


March 9:          Germano Streese (Part I)

March 16:        Brooke Joyce (Part II)

March 23:        Joan Mau (Part III)

March 30:        Michael O'Brien (Part IV)

April 6:            David Vasquez (Part V)

April 13:          Brooke Joyce (Part VI)


The public is welcome at all of these events.  Further information about the series may be directed to Brooke Joyce, Associate Professor of Music and Composer-in Residence, at Luther College

Helping Hands' Towel Drive

Donate your new or gently used towels to the

Helping Hands Clothing Closet!

Donations will be accepted until April 22


Drop-Off Locations:

Town & Country Real Estate

 215 N Railroad Street, Sumner


At The Helping Hands Clothing Closet 

  • 2028 Viking Avenue, 
  • Sumner 

    The 26th Annual LSTC Gospel Choir Concert

    Sun., April 13 at 4 p.m.

    The 26th Annual LSTC Gospel Choir Concert will  feature several area Gospel choirs and musicians as well as LSTC's own Gospel Choir under the leadership of Dr. Keith Hampton. A freewill offering at the concert supports the Grover Wright Scholarship Fund and the Rev. Carole A. Burns Scholarship Fund. For more information about the concert or how to support the scholarship funds contact Patricia Bartley at  773-256-0717, or visit


    News from Wartburg Seminary


    Women of the ELCA Bible Study 

    May 21-22, 2014 

    This annual seminar held at Wartburg Theological Seminary is designed to provide an in-depth introduction to the September through May study for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This year's speaker, Carol Schersten LaHurd, will speak on the theme "Transforming Life and Faith." For More information visit

    Luther Academy of the Rockies

    June 23 - July 3, 2014 

     We invite you to join us in the beautiful Colorado mountains for Luther Academy of the Rockies, Wartburg Theological Seminary's premier LifeLong Learning educational program for rostered leaders and their families. The daily rhythm of worship, mornings filled with insightful scholarly lectures and forums, afternoon free time to explore the incredible scenery, and evening fellowship opportunities will structure our time together. Meeker Park Lodge, where the Academy is held, is an old time, rustic, mountain lodge surrounded by housekeeping cabins; its natural setting lends itself well to outdoor recreation and relaxation, as well as spiritual and intellectual renewal.

    For more information visit:  


    News from Luther College

    Luther College Passover Celebration

    Thursday, April 24, 5:00 p.m., Peace Dining Room

    Interfaith Holiday Meal celebration. Join College Ministries and the Diversity Center for a model Seder, a Jewish tradition that celebrates the Passover theme of freedom from slavery and oppression. Cost: $3.00 for children and Luther students with a meal plan and $8.00 for all others. Space is limited.   Tickets available at the Luther College Ticket Office and must be purchased by  Thursday, April 17.  A service fee is applied to on-line and over the phone orders.  

     "A student performance of the Passion of Jesus." 

    Sunday, April 13 at 2pm in the Center For Faith and Life (CFL) on Luther's  It is free and open to the public.


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    Join us in celebrating LSI's 150th anniversary at a special dinner event, Rejoice! 150
    This statewide celebration and fundraising event will be held on Saturday, May 17 at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines. Visit Rejoice! 150
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    Congregations in the Northeastern Iowa Synod and ministries related to this synod may submit each month up to two announcements of their sponsored events.

    Publicity of synodically sponsored events is available through the Northeastern Iowa Synod website, STAR newsletter and electronic newsletter. 


    If you would like to share your event on the E-bulletin board, items must be submitted copy ready to Pastor Joelle Colville-Hanson by noon on the third Friday of each month. The bulletin board will be posted on the first Tuesday of each month.


    If you would like to have your event listed in the May 6 E-bulletin board please send it by Monday April 28 (Deadline extended because of Holy Week)


    Pastor Joelle Colville-Hanson Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA
     "God's Work. Our Blog." is the Northeastern Iowa Synod blog engaging conversations about ministry throughout our church.

    Northeastern Iowa Synod

    201 20th St. SW

    P.O. Box 804

    Waverly, IA 50677-0804




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