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We Are Lutheran: Opening Doors
Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls Celebrate -
            Bold Women’s Day – Sunday, February 25, 2018

Celebrate the bold women in your life!

Bold Women’s Day—observed annually on the fourth Sunday of February—celebrates all Lutheran women who have acted or are acting boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. Some women are bold in their unceasing prayers. Other women are bold in their service to those in need. Still other women are bold in their advocacy or through their hospitality. Whether we live out our bold story of faith in the workplace, family home or community, our faith compels us to make a difference in the lives of others. It’s all about living out our baptismal call, about being a disciple of Christ. Are you bold?

Honor and celebrate the bold women in your congregation and community with this resource on Bold Women’s Day, Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Visit for ideas to celebrate in your congregation.
Lutheran Day on the Hill - February 8th

Lutheran Services in Iowa's Lutheran Day on the Hill is a day of advocacy for Iowa's most vulnerable populations. This year's event is on Thursday, February 8. Join us in Des Moines at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church and learn about the social issues affecting Iowa and talk to your legislators about keeping the social safety net secure for all Iowans.                 Register Here
Marking One Year of Ministry
TEEM candidate Kandi Anderson marks one year of ministry and study at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Rock Valley.
TEEM candidate John Jorgensen marks one year of ministry and study at New Life Lutheran Church, Sergeant Bluff.

Lifelong Learners from the Western Iowa Synod Discipleship Academy .... gather for two days at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque.

Western Iowa Synod Discipleship Academy gathers at Wartburg Seminary for a winter retreat.
Front Row - Terry, Sibley;  Elizabeth, M.Div candidate, Sioux City; Margaret, Storm Lake; Rev. Dr. Troy Troftgruben, Wartburg Seminary
Back Row - Lorna Halaas, Director for Missional Leadership, Western Iowa Synod; John, TEEM candidate, Sergeant Bluff; Dagna, Sioux City; Al, Sioux City; Barb Spaulding, Pastor Trinity Lutheran, Moville
Lutheran Lakeside Camp in Search of an Executive Director
The Executive Director of Lutheran Lakeside Camp provides management and oversight for all operations to include: implementing its vision, guiding its planning, managing its staff, practicing fiscal stewardship, fundraising and marketing. A list of responsibilities and qualifications can be found here! For More Information Contact:
Tom Egts, LLC Board President – e-mail –  or phone 563-484-9233. Applications are due February 29th. 

Wallingford is looking for a new organ....something used and in good condition. 
An Allen organ is preferred but they would consider others. 
If anyone might be looking to upgrade their organs and getting rid of their current organ please contact Rev. Chris Lang!!
Submit your Parochial Report!
2017 parochial reports are due on Feb. 15. These reports are vital to the ELCA’s commitment to improving its efforts to spread the good news and are used in allocating the ELCA’s resources to synods and congregations. Did you know that the information you submit (or do not submit) in your parochial report goes into your congregation’s trend report, which is publicly available online? Seekers looking for your congregation can see not only the information you submit but also whether the congregation has submitted parochial reports. Please submit the report so that visitors can learn more about you. >More
For the Health of It
                                  Let Go, Find Peace
But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. Jude 20-21
A fork in my road of life appeared. Continuing on the same path was not an option. How would I pick a new path, especially one I did not wish to take? With a deadline looming, I made my choice. But even after making a decision, I found it challenging to feel at peace.
Finally it dawned on me: Despite my effort to focus on living in the present — which was my 2017 wellness work — I had regressed. Wanting to hang on to the familiar left me knotted and tight. I was unable to open myself to new possibilities, unable to move forward into a new, unknown reality. I needed to let go of the fear and grief so I could become unstuck. Continue reading....
What is the Mission Team Up To?
  • Assembly Planning Meeting (ABC meeting)
  • Mobility Conference
  • Bishop Cooking for Youth Gathering Fundraiser
  • Youth Leader Extravaganza
  • Youth Leader Meeting
  • Meetings w/pastor/leaders
  • ​​​​​​​Faith Formation Event Meeting
  • Meetings with congregational councils
  • Leadership Academy
2018 Leadership Academy
Register Here                          Flier Here
Travel Opportunity
Travel Opportunity to Tanzania-Deadline Feb. 15th
Make plans to join us next summer as we take another group to visit the Southern Diocese of Tanzania. Meet amazing people and witness the many projects in which we walk step by step with our brothers and sisters in Tanzania!!
Deadline is February 15th!!
Joining Together in Prayer
Synod: Rocky Mountain Synod, Bishop Jim Gonia & staff
Congregation: Salem Lutheran, Correctionville, Tami Groth, Deacon
  • Our country and leadership
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Trudy & Rev. Kim Peterson
  • Rev. Pete Peterson & Kathy
  • Our Companion Synods
  • Rev. Paul Stone, upcoming surgery
  • Victims of school shootings
  • Immigrants, Dreamers and Refugees, hoping in limbo for a path to safety, sustainability family unity and citizenship
  • Palestinians experiencing mounting dismay and hopelessness at this time
  • Rev. David & Rev. Lorna Halaas and family as they mourn the death of David’s father.
  • ELCA Advocacy Priorities (just released)
  • Upcoming Leadership Academy
Looking for something to read? 
- consider what a few rostered leaders in western Iowa are reading this winter.
Here is a random sampling of what pastors around the synod are reading.

  • "Canoeing the Mountains - Christian Leadership in Uncharted Terriotry"  - Tod Bolsinger

  • "Let Your Life Speak" - Parker Palmer

  • "Where God Meets Man" - Gerhard Forde

  • "There's A Woman in the Pulpit "  Edited by Rev. Martha Spong

  • "Spiritual Direction- Beyond the Beginnings" - Janet Ruffing

  • "Understanding the Enneagram" -  Don Richard Riso

  • "What Happened" - Hilary Clinton

  • "The Age of Innocence" - Edith Wharton

  • "Sing, Unburied, Sing" - Jesmyn Ward

  • "Defectors" - Joseph Kanon

  • "House of Names" - Cokm Toibin

  • "Martin Luther: An Ecumenical Perspective" - Cardinal Walter Kasper

  • "The Church in a Postliberal Age" - George Lindbeck

  • "The Thin Book of Trust" - Charles Feltman

  • "On B...S..." - Harry G. Frankfort

  • "The Blue Zones of Happiness" - Dan Buettner

  • "Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Resistance" - Sabine Dramm

  • "End Game"  - David Baldacci
Upcoming Synod Events
More details about these events can be found on the website at
  • February 2-3      Men's Retreat at Lutheran Lakeside
  • February 3         ABC Committee Meeting
  • February 10       Leadership Academy 
  • February 15       Congregation Treasurer/bookkeepers
  • February 25       Bold Women's Day
  • March 1              Youth leader meeting 
  • March 17            Synod Council
  • March 26            Chrism Mass in Storm Lake
  • April 8-10            Spirituality Retreat
  • April 27-28          Faith Formation Summit 
  • June 8-10           WIS Synod Assembly
eSpirit Submissions
If you have a story, article or pictures to share from your congregation's ministry,
please send to Lynn by Tuesdays at noon!
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Storm Lake, IA 50588