Twice monthly news update for the Western Iowa Synod-ELCA

As seasons change, be sure to update phone voice mail greetings. 

Include friendly greeting, church name and location, worship days/times, education/Bible study days/times.

TIP: Put a reminder in your church calendar "Update Voice Mail Greeting"
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In its simplest form, being a sanctuary denomination means the ELCA is publicly declaring that walking alongside immigrants and refugees is a matter of faith.In baptism, we are brought into a covenantal relationship with Jesus Christ that commits us to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.

Following the example of Martin Luther, we believe that advocacy is a crucial expression of baptismal identity. As a church, we have advocated for stopping the detention of children and families for decades....Find videos, talking points and other resources here.
NATIONAL | Justice for Women 
The Justice for Women program is shaped by the unique voices and experiences of a multitude of people across race, ethnicity, ability, class, sexuality and age. 

It is within this rich foundation that we work to: tap into Lutheran theological roots to address sexism; connect this theology with specific issues in the world; encourage people of all genders to work together.These priorities nourish the work and service of this church and society. Visit ELCA Justice for Women Program to learn more.

Winds of Hope Forum 
Meets monthly, 2nd Tuesday
September - May
Gathering - 9:30-10 a.m
Worship - 10 a.m.
Followed by presentation
Sioux City Forum 
St. Mark

Religion scholar    Dr. Cambria Kaltwasser will be the keynote speaker at Siouxland Forum, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, St. Mark Lutheran, Sioux City. Coffee at 9:30. A $20 registration fee, plus an optional noon lunch/$9. Preregister at david.halaas.rev@wisynod.org.
Fort Dodge Forum
Bishops Halaas & Burk to Present

Bishop Lorna H. Halaas, Western Iowa Synod; and Bishop Michael L. Burk, Southeast Iowa Synod, will be keynote speakers at the Oct. 10 Fort Dodge Forum, with updates from Churchwide Synod Assembly in July.

9:30 a.m. - Coffee & fellowship 
10 a.m.-Noon - Program
Noon - Catered lunch/approx.$8

Forum Fee is $45 per session/per person, payable at the door. Ask about our retired clergy rate. Preregister by calling Dan at 515-576-4106.

LOCAL | Congregations Engage in God's Work. Our Hands.
(Pictured above) Members of Christ Lutheran, Jefferson, volunteer at Lutheran World Relief assembling school kits and helping at Greene Co. ARC food Pantry.

(Pictured below, left) Members of Trinity answered the call to do God's work with their hands by trimming trees, pulling weeds and general yard clean up at the home of one of their members. (Pictured below, right) Trinity women, joined by Synod Staff Member Kay Broich, far left, tie quilts for newborn babies at area hospitals.
LOCAL | Celebrations
(Pictured above) Bishop Lorna H. Halaas with Pastor Kelley Pedersen, joined in worship and celebration of 125 years of ministry at Ebenezer Lutheran, Audubon. "We are excited to see what God will do next," said Bishop Halaas of the momentous day.
Following the 125th Anniversary Worship service at Ebenezer Lutheran, Audubon, a luncheon spread of delicious and ornate dishes continued more than a century of Danish tradition at the church.
Full Tuition for ELCA Candidates
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University has launched Freed to Serve program to eliminate tuition costs for ELCA seminarians.To learn more about Freed to Serve scholarships, email The Rev. Jennifer L. Shimota, coordinator of seminary enrollment, at jennifer.shimota@lr.edu, call 803.461.3297 or visit Apply for Scholarship.
How to Engage Youth | Tips & Resources


Because we believe God is calling us into the world together, ELCA Youth Ministry partners with the ELCA Youth Ministry Network, are a group dedicated to renewing, educating and connecting those who work in youth ministry and with synod youth ministry leaders. For tips and tools on how to engage youth, click here.

LOCAL | Lifting Hearts & Hands in Prayer

"I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
    incline your ear to me; hear my words."- Psalm 17:6 
Together, we prayerfully consider...

-Rev. Jean McCartney, Missouri Valley
-Marilyn Berka, wife of Pastor Jim Berka
-Barbara Derby, mother of Melissa Munsen, Trinity Lutheran, Akron.

Synod of Week
North/West Lower Michigan Synod, Bishop Craig Satterlee and Staff

Congregation of Week
Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Rembrandt, Rhonda Wykoff

Sep 22 - Sep 24
For more information and to register, click here.
Recommended Reading...

One Coin Found, Emmy Kegler
A Tree Full of Angels, Macrina Wiederkehr
Dear Church, Lenny Duncan
Send congregational events, ministries, celebrations for consideration to paula.damon@wisynod.org or julie.cook@wisynod.org.
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Storm Lake, IA 50588