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Please join the synod team in prayer:
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders as they prepare for a busy fall
  • Rostered leaders dealing with health issues, struggling with loneliness, and many other issues
  • Those people discerning a call to ministry
  • Congregation of the week - St Mark, Storm Lake and Pastor Ben McIntire; also on Pastor Ben and Monica's travels to Tanzania
  • Synod of the week - Greater Milwaukee Synod, Bishop Jeff Barrow
  • Fate of 160 Christians taken by ISIS in Syria
  • Interiews in progress to fill the Admin Asst/Receptionist/Communicator position, may we find the right fit for the team
 
 
 
 
 
Young Adult in Global Mission 2015-2016
The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program has called 76 young adults into service for the 2015-2016 year of service. Among those one has named the Western Iowa Synod as a faith home and Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rock Valley, IA. Chad Nelsen will begin his service in Rwanda this month. 

Each volunteer commits to raising $4,000 to support their year of service, and the ELCA is seeking sponsors for the remaining $7,000 needed for their support package. (For further information click here)

YAGM volunteers are often very eager to share newsletters, Skype calls, and post-service presentations with the wider church. Please consider supporting Chad, financially and prayerfully, as he volunteers his services in Rwanda. 
 
 
 
 
 
Confronting Racism... 
If you missed the webcast last week about racism, get a group together and you can watch it here:  Confronting Racism

 
 
 
 
 
God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday - September 13th
​The date for the 2015 dedicated day of service is Sunday, September 13. Mark your congregation’s calendar today! In speaking about his congregation’s 2014 experience, a 10-year-old member from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Whittier, Calif., puts it best: “It feels good to give.” There is a toolkit and more resources to help you get ready for this day of service.  More info here...
 
 
GWOH Video
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
 
There's still time to sign up!!
Bishop's Charity Golf Outing
Join us for a morning of golf on August 21st.
We will be golfing at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course,
1417 Nelson Ave, Fort Dodge. 


Shotgun start at 10 AM and lunch will be served at 12:30.

The $50 registration fee includes green fees for 9 holes, cart rental and lunch.

This year's beneficiary will be The Church of the Damascus Road.

Registration for the event is required and payment is requested prior to Wednesday, August 19th.

Checks can be mailed to: Western Iowa Synod, 318 E 5th St, Storm Lake, IA 50588.
Please note "Bishop's Charity Open" in the memo line. 
We hope you will form a team and make plans to join us!!
 
 
Register Here
 
 
 
Tell your youth about this fun Adventure!! There is still time to join us!!
Senior High Youth Mystery Road Trip

When: August 21-23, 2015  (Begins at 4 pm on Friday and ends on Sunday)
 
Where: 4:00 pm - Begin in Storm Lake at the Western Iowa Synod Mission Center, 
             318 E. Fifth St
 
Cost: $75/person + extra spending money
 
What: ???????? (It's a mystery trip!)
 
 
Flier
Register Here
 
 
 
 
Fall Convocation

Join rostered leaders from throughout the synod, and their spouses, for a time of worship, learning, conversation and restoration September 27-29 at Lutheran Lakeside Camp. Dr. Craig Nessan, Wartburg Theological Seminary, will be this year's keynote speaker.


Presentation & discussion will include:
Raising up leaders today.
What does it mean to be Church?
What about the Priesthood of All Believers?

When: September 27-29, 2015
Where: Lutheran Lakeside Bible Camp
Cost: $165/person and covers meals, snacks, facility and presenter costs.
Registration is available online. 

Housing reservations must be made separately.
Options include: Lutheran Lakeside, (712) 336-2109 or AmericInn Okoboji, (712) 332-9000 (make sure to ask for the group rate for the Western Iowa Synod). 

Please register by Monday, September 21.
More information can be found in the brochure below.

We look forward to seeing you!

 
 
Fall Convo Brochure
Register Online
 
 
 
ConFest 2015 - 2016
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.
 
 
 
 
 
Jr and Sr High
Youth Gatherings
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

  • 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!


When: September 12th, 2015
Registration: 9:00 am
Programing: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: St. Mark Lutheran Church, Storm Lake

 
 
Register Here
 
 
 
Travel to the Holy Land....
The Western Iowa Synod Peace Not Walls network warmly invites you to join in its transformational travel opportunity to the Holy Land...


Travel Logistics/Parameters:
Dates:
  March 28-April 13, 2016 (14-17 days total, final dates yet to be confirmed)
Cost:    approximately $3,500-4,000 per person
More information will be available soon on our website!
 
 
 
 
 
  2016 Youth Mission Trip to Tanzania
Have you ever thought about or dreamed 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!
 
 
 
 
 
​Looking Ahead....

Western Iowa Synod Assembly
June 10-12, 2016
Omaha Marriott, Omaha 
   
2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly
August 8-13, 2016
New Orleans, LA
 
 
 
 



Grace Gathering
August 10-13, 2016
New Orleans, LA
 


2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
June 27-July 1, 2018
Houston, Texas 
  
 
 
        
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