Last updated May 17, 2021

The Office of the Bishop is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular focus on the health and well-being of people in the Southeastern Iowa Synod congregations and communities. New resources and information will be posted on this page as it pertains to the pandemic and the ministry of the synod. Email your questions, comments, or resource suggestions about this page to Val Harlynn, Associate for Communications

Visit the eNews archives for the news and information emailed on Mondays

Looking for in-person worship? The Office of the Bishop is not maintaining a list of this type as the Office of Bishop continues to advocate for online worship or outdoor distanced worship alternatives. Please talk with a local pastor or leadership to learn what congregations may be doing.

As COVID numbers decrease and vaccination rates increase, some congregations may choose to follow local public health guidelines and begin to worship indoors with public health precautions in place. However, these congregations may also pause in-person gatherings again as numbers fluctuate. Check local congregation websites or social media pages for the most up-to-date information. 

Online Worship Opportunities with congregations in Southeastern Iowa

NEW! Worship Resource for Re-Gathering (ELCA Worship)

Resuming Care Filled Worship and Sacramental Life

Wisconsin Council of Churches Updates and Resources

ELCA: Worship Resources for Worship in the Home (posted weekly)

Free re-gathering, renewal resource for your congregationThriving Beyond Covid, a scripture-based small and large group study. The days ahead will be challenging but they can be managed with faith and a plan. Check out this two-minute video ( and the website to see if this resource is something your congregation might want to use. A leader guide, small and large group participant guides, and videos, are available for free download at

ELCA: Livestreaming starter guide

Blog post about technology and livestreaming

Blog post about copyright and music resources

Return to In-person/Building Plans
PLEASE NOTE: These are examples of return plans. These are tentative plans and subject to change but are provided by these communities to serve as resources for other worshipping communities.

Other Resources

ELCA: Best Practices for Counting Money and Bookkeeping

ELCA preferred vendors for online giving, Vanco and