Synod Happenings
Events Happening in and around the Western Iowa Synod, biweekly publication

Please share this information with your congregational secretaries, leaders and congregational members via your bulletin, facebook page, email, etc, and invite/encourage them to attend the events/ opportunities to Open Doors to others!

These events can also be found on the WIS Website by clicking here!!
Please Note: If you would like an event added to this list, please email it to Lynn at least two weeks in Advance to go in this bi-weekly Synod Happenings news. 
Synod Events
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! 1Chron.16:34

Final Thankfulness Event is
 *Thursday, November 9th – Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1101 East Summit St., Red Oak, IA - 5:15 PM registration, 5:30 PM meal, 6 PM – 8 PM event
Youth Leader Network Meetings
Youth leaders from around the synod will be gathering together monthly for a time of learning, sharing, and supporting one another. All adults who work with youth are invited to join us. The next few meetings will be from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Meeting locations after December have not been set yet. If you would like to host one in your area please contact Lynn. We could even possibly meet over an evening meal for those who serve part time and are not available during the day. The dates, locations and topics chosen are listed below:

December 7th - Bethlehem Lutheran in Cherokee - Fundraising/Service Project Ideas
January 11th - TBD - Volunteers: recruiting/equipping
February 1st - TBD - Youth Gathering/Mission Trip
March 1st - TBD - Boundaries/Self Care/Health
April 12th - TBD - Curriculum
May ?

Youth Leaders, please also join the Western Iowa Youth Ministry Network page on Facebook!! The notes from the meetings will be posted here!!
Safeguarding God's Children Training

Safeguarding God’s Children, is a training for all church personnel who regularly work with or around children or youth. 

When: Saturday, December 2nd; 10 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Bethany Lutheran Church, Emmetsburg
Cost: $5 to cover lunch
Register Here
Fort Dodge Forums Fall/Early Winter Schedule Set
The fun begins at 9:30 am at Grace Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge Iowa.  Forums begin at 9:30 am with coffee and fellowship. The Program runs from 10 until noon.  A catered meal (about $8) is available to conclude the event at noon. The schedule can be found here on the left hand side of the events page.
An opportunity to fulfill the resolution passed in June!
We lift up the following event in response to the 2017 Resolution, Encouraging a Culture of Diversity, that was passed at assembly - 

RESOLVED, that each congregation of the Western Iowa Synod engage in a historical study of the Lutheran Church to caring for immigrants, and how they could continue that ministry by becoming a “Welcoming Congregation”; and be it further
RESOLVED, that at least 65 Western Iowa Synod congregations vote to be designated as a “Welcoming Congregation.”
AMMPARO/Guardian Angels Training
When: January 13th, 9:30 - 4
Where:St Thomas Lutheran, Omaha
The ELCA’s strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The Nebraska and Western Iowa Synods are partnering together to work for justice and love our neighbors in engaging this strategy in some specific ways. One of those strategies includes being the church in the courtroom through being trained to be a Guardian Angel for migrant minors and their families. You can learn more here. Please share this event and encourage others to attend. All are welcome! More information and registration here!
Nurturing Hope in Bethlehem and the West Bank
Where: Bethesda Lutheran Church 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames
When: Friday, February 23, 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
A Day With The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb And Bright Stars of Bethlehem
Mark your calendar and make plans to attend!!  Flier here!!
Youth Gathering Registration cost goes up on NOV 17th!!!
ELCA Youth Gathering June 27 - July 1
Is your congregation taking youth to Houston in 2018? If so registration is now open!! It's an awesome opportunity and formative opportunity for the faith of our youth!! Getting Ready materials are also available....check it out here along with many other resources!!

If your group is interested in or planning on using synod busing, please contact Lynn ASAP with your congregation & city and the number of youth and adults!!

Faith Formation Summit

When: April 27-28, 2018

Where: Carol Joy Holing Camp, Ashland, NE

We invite you to join with other faith formation leaders and the Vibrant Faith team as we spend two days living into the how-to’s of generating and sustaining a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ for today’s world. We believe effective, transformational ministry will happen by focusing on these two key areas :
  • Transforming Relationships
  • Digital Engagement

Sponsored by the Western Iowa, Nebraska and Central States Synods!

Faith Formation Summit Flier

Travel Opportunities for 2018

Tanzania, Southern Diocese - July 15th - August 15th (approx. dates)
Holy Lands - Two opportunities - April 1-16 or April 16-28
More information and applications can be found here!!
Events in and around the synod
Okoboji Recharges

Recharges are weekend youth retreats for 4th-12th grade at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp PACKED with fun, fellowship, and growing in faith. Come discover the great God we serve, learn more about the Bible, and have a blast with others at camp! Our fall theme is Unshakeable from Psalms 62:2.  We hope you are able to join us for one of the weekend listed below! Check out more information on the theme or how you can register at www.okoboji.org/recharges

November 10-12: 6th-9th grade
November 17-19: 9th -12th  grade
Recharge Flier
Fall Crafting Retreat at Okoboji

Set aside some time this fall just for you to do what makes you happy. Fill up your car with all the materials and tools you need and come to camp for a weekend of creativity, relaxation and spiritual growth. Join the fun with our Fall Crafting Retreat November 17-19th at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp. Find out more information or register today at www.okoboji.org/crafting-retreat.         Flier Here!
Help Ingham Okoboji with Pampered Chef

Do you love Pampered Chef?? Do you want to support the ministry of Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps? Here's your chance to do just that! Just shop through this special link: pamperedchef.com/go/inghamokoboji and when you do, Molly Lujan will donate her commission to the camp!! The final order date will be Nov. 26 all items will ship as soon as they have been ordered. ORDER TODAY or join us at this facebook group to learn more ideas on recipes and gift giving: https://www.facebook.com/groups/162988477617725.

When: Saturday, November 11; 9 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 315 Hamilton Blvd., Sioux City
Cost: Free
Over 35 tables of goods to browse and/or buy!! From handmade crafts to Christmas cookies, floral bouquets, Door Prizes, etc!! You won't want to miss this!!
Thanksgiving Bazaar in Estherville
Trinity Lutheran Church at 721 18th Avenue North in Estherville is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Bazaar on Saturday, November 18, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Homemade potato lefse and other Scandinavian specialties will be offered, along with Greek baklava, pies, breads, cakes, cookies, garden and gourmet items. There will also be Christmas gifts, unique crafts and a Silent Auction. Pork Chow Mein will be available for take-out. Caramel and cinnamon rolls, coffee and cider will be served. Everyone welcome. Proceeds to Outreach and Missions.

Scandinavian Tea at Bethany Emmetsburg

The annual Scandinavian Tea at Bethany Lutheran Church, 703 Broadway, Emmetsburg will be held on Wednesday, November 29th from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The event will feature Scandinavian foods. There will also be a bake sale. $7.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. All are welcome.
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968