Good evening youth and family ministry leaders! I hope you all had a great summer and are looking forward to a fall filled with many ministry opportunities! 
Within this email are several events that are upcoming in the synod in which we hope you and/or your youth will take part. It is always great when we can come together as the Church for these awesome opportunities!! If you're having an event you would like to invite others to, please let me know and I will gladyly help you get the word out!! You can send it to me, Lynn, at 

If you are not the youth or family ministry leader, please pass this on to the appropriate person!!
Youth Leaders....Let's Get Together!!!
When: Sept. 24th, Noon - 2:30 pm
Where: Western Iowa Synod Office
Why: To network together and be a support for one another. 
Grab a lunch, brown bag, McDonalds, etc. and come join us!!
We hope to see many of you there!! Please RSVP to Lynn!!
Practice Discipleship Initiative

  • Youth resources based on the seven faith practices
  • Practice Discipleship webinars available
  • Adult training resources

Western Iowa Synod's Practice Discipleship Coach is Kandi Anderson. You may contact her at
Check out these helpful sites and links: - Vibrant Faith Ministries
​ - Key Resources from Virginia Theological Seminary - - A lot of great ideas
Upcoming Youth & Leader Events
Casting Crowns 
- will be at the Clay County Fair on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:30 pm.
Gate admission is free after 5:00 pm. - Tickets range from $23 - $33 - Great event to take your family or youth group to!!
More info here...
ConFest 2015
Be Faithful Friends

Oct. 14th: Emanuel, Council Bluffs
Oct. 21st: First, Algona ...and in the Spring:
April 6th: St John, Carroll
April 13th: St John, LeMars

This year we will be offering 4 locations for our Confirmation Festival which is for confirmation students grade 6-9: 2 in the Fall and 2 in the Spring. 
The meal and registration is from 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm w/ program to follow
from 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm. Cost: $5/person

Registration will open on September 1st;
registration is limited at each location.
Event Flier
"Forming Faith Everyday, Everywhere"
Vibrant Faith and the Western Iowa Synod are partnering together to offer a half day event entitled "Forming Faith Everyday, Everywhere". Our Savior's in Council Bluffs is the host congregation and we hope that you will gather at least 2 or 3 from your congregation and attend this great event. This event is an extension of the resolution that was passed at the assembly in June. Please spread the word, grab a couple others and make plans to attend. You can register online, quick and easy!! And to top it off.....the event is free!!!
Event Flier
Register Here
Western Iowa Synod
Jr and Sr High
Youth Gatherings
partnering with and to be held at:
Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp

Nov. 13-15: 6th-9th grade
Nov. 20-22: 9th -12th grade

Christian faith begins with God’s gracious gift of salvation through believing in Jesus Christ. However, it was never intended to remain just a set of ideas or beliefs. God gives us gifts, talents, time, and resources so that we can serve the people around us. This Recharge will both energize and equip youth to discover their gifts and passions, and give practical ideas for ways they can get out into the world and Do Something!

Mark your calendars and watch for upcoming
registration information!!
Companion Synods Fair
- Everyone is invited

  • Learn more .... about the key model of accompaniment
  • Learn about companion synod and congregation relationships
  • Fellowship and fun: Tanzanian style auction, Chilean Wine and snacks!
  • A great time for youth to learn more about other countries and hear information about a youth trip to Tanzania in 2016!!

When: September 12th, 2015
Registration: 9:00 am
Programing: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: St. Mark Lutheran Church, Storm Lake
Register Here
  2016 Youth Mission Trip to Tanzania

Have you ever thought about or dreamt about going to Africa? If so, here is an opportunity you don't want to pass up!!

It's time to apply now!!
More information here!