eSpirit         Sept. 22nd, 2017
Making a Difference in Communities Around Western Iowa
First Lutheran in Algona was one of many congregations that made a difference in their community and their congregation as they participated in the national ELCA God's Work Our Hands Sunday! Here are some of the projects their members accomplished in two days (those who couldn't participate on Sunday, participated on Monday):
  • 10 Flood Buckets assembled
  • Care Center Songfest 
  • Senior Center window cleaning 
  • 150 Hospital Gift Bags assembled
  • Painted railings around the fishing dock at the Water’s Edge Nature Center
  • Cookie Care Package for Public Emergency Personnel 
  • Weed and Mulch the berms 
  • Several trees were trimmed, fluorescent lights were replaced in the Sunday school rooms
  • Cookie dough preparation 
  • Egg bake and fruit preparation to facilitate the brunch
  • Baking, serving, cleaning up the brunch
  • Over 80 people were served quickly and efficiently

Thank  you to First Lutheran and the many other congregations who participated in God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday!! Well done good and faithful servants!!
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Don't miss out on the many great stories, opportunities and events in and around the synod that are listed below! Please share this information with your congregational members and invite them to register and come!! 

Synod: Southwestern Texas Synod, Bishop Ray Tieman
Congregation: Trinity Lutheran, Rutland, Rev. Gene Broughton
  • Congregations in transition
  • Wanda Norris, wife of Rev. Arlyn Norris, recurring cancer
  • Rev. Duane Olsen, on hospice
  • Julie Cook's daughter Jessica, surgery today
  • Refugees
  • Rev. Tonna Parson's mother
  • Rev. Trudy Pedersen
  • First Lutheran, Algona
  • Rev. Marsha Smith
  • The Church of the Damascus Road
ELCA webinar on new overtime rules
The U.S. Department of Labor adopted new overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act that go into effect Dec. 1. Among other changes, these regulations increase the minimum salary for exempt employees from $23,000 to $47,476. Learn how these regulations apply to congregations, synods and other ministries of the church and their employees with a free ELCA webinar on Oct. 18 at noon CDT. The webinar will discuss the new regulations, and there will be opportunity to ask questions via live chat. Reserve your spot by Oct. 14.  Register today.
Physical Well Being
While we are not all born perfectly healthy or able to live life without injury or illness, we can live well by tending and nurturing our body as a gift from God. Feed it healthy foods, keep it hydrated, build physical endurance through regular exercise, and respect your body’s need for rest. What are you doing to be physically well? Check with your insurance about paying part of a membership fee to a fitness center. More info here...
Info & Registration
Engaging Adults (adult Faith Formation) is coming to our area!

When: Wed., October 5
Where: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, IA
Cost: $69 / person. $59 / person for teams of three or more.
Full Story Here
Blessing a Blessing Box
The Rev. Jay Denne concluded the 10 a.m. church service at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Sioux City Sunday morning by doing something he's never done before: He blessed a "Blessing Box." "It's part of a 'God's Work Our Hands Day' at church," said Lisa Franco, a parishioner at St. Luke Lutheran Church. A Blessing Box contains food and nonperishable items available for anyone to pick up, at any time. 
More info here
Joyful Autistic Children!
A book called "What We Love Most About Life" consists entirely of contributions from children who have autism. The book is designed to show that kids with autism have the same joys and likes as other children. Nessa, daughter of Rev. Shawn Brooks and Tami Groth, Deacon, contributed to the book. Many church libraries could benefit from a book like this.
ConFest Events - Fall 2016 
October 5th - St Paul, Atlantic
October 12th - Estherville Lutheran, Estherville
More info here!
Synod Thankfulness Events (more info here)
Four Dates & Locations:
Tuesday, October 18th - Washington Lutheran, Duncombe - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 20th - Immanuel Lutheran, Sioux City - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 23rd - Trinity, Estherville - 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Thursday, October 27th - Exira Lutheran, Exira - 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Leadership Development
Cupcakes & Conversations @ Camp
Join us at Lutheran Lakeside for 3 more leadership development days packed full of conversation sharing, workshop learning, camp exploring and cupcake eating!! Each session is from10:00 am - 2:00 pm; Only $15 per session/person; includes lunch and materials. More info here!

Racism Conference
The Western Iowa Synod is willing to provide several synod sponsored event registration fees on a first come basis via confirmed intent to attend to Cindy Wells.We do ask that you provide your own transportation. Please take a moment to look at the detailed information here!


Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968