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Bishop Lorna's Installation

Saturday, August 17th, First Lutheran,  Sioux City, hosted the installation service.  Bishop Elizabeth Eaton preached and installed Bishop Lorna.

We are grateful for presence of all the ELCA rostered leaders, our ecumenical partners, the performance of Jive for Five, and the many WIS youth who participated and bore witness to this historical time in our synod's history.  Thank you to all the guests who joined us and celebrated with us.  For those who could not be with us, thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. You were with us in spirit!  Many thanks to both St. Mark Lutheran who hosted an evening meal and Holden Evening Prayer Friday night prior to installation, and to First Lutheran for their generous hospitality on Saturday. 

The offering is going toward Seminarian Support.  Preliminary total is approximately $2,000.

Pictured below are all the ELCA Rostered Ministers and Ecumenical guests in attendance.  What a great witness!!  As more pictures come in, they will be posted on the website and facebook.
Installation Bulletin
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  Western Iowa Synod Discipleship Academy            invites you to "Take the Plunge!

Come join us for a time to expore and consider your own personal call from God or just explore ways to simply grow in your relationship with God!

  • Do you have a desire to learn more about the Bible, Lutheran theology, God’s mission and the work of Christ’s church?
  • Do you wonder how you can use your God-given gifts to impact God’s mission in the    church, community and world around you?
  • Do you feel called to serve in a deeper and broader way?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Discipleship Academy is right for you! Classes start with a retreat on August 24!!  

When: Saturday, August 24                      Where: Lutheran Lakeside Camp                        
           11:00 am - 3:00 pm                                     2491 - 170th St.
Cost:  FREE                                                          Spirit Lake, IA
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The Tri-Synodical Fall Conference will be held in West Des Moines, September 22-24, 2019. Deacons Jeremy Myers from Augsburg University and Chelle Huth from United Seminary will serve as keynote speakers under the theme “Faith Formation as Shared Mission.” Additionally, ELCA Secretary Chris Boerger will also be present and will both present at a session and preach and preside at the Monday evening worship service.

The Southeastern Iowa Synod is handling registration.  If paying by check, make sure it is payable to Southeastern Iowa Synod.         Please register soon!
Fall Convo Flier
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Save the Date

Next Winds of Hope Conference meeting for Pastors: 

When:  Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2019 

TIme:   Coffee at 9:30am

            Worship at 10am 

Where: Immanuel, 251 Main St. Akron, IA 

Topic/discussion/speaker following worship.  Lunch together after?? 

Contact Pastor Eric Alm with questions, or 712-541-5035.

We wiil meet the second Tuesdays of the month, Sept-May, place TBD.
TEEM, Collaborative M. Div. & Mentors

All TEEM and Collaborative M. Div. candidates serving in congregations and their mentors will be meeting Friday, September 13 in Cherokee.  More details will be coming soon!
Joining Together in Prayer

  • For our President and US leaders
  • Congregations and rostered leaders in transition
  • Pr. Carroll Lang-health concerns
  • Marilyn Berka & Pr. Jim--Marilyn battling cancer
  • Barbara Derby, mother of Melissa Munsen, organist and administrative assistant, Trinity Lutheran, Akron, Iowa.

Our Common Witness

In her August column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the Lutheran movement. As we move forward as a church, she wonders: “What will our Lutheran identity be in the ELCA?”

Read her column in English here and in Spanish here

New ELCA Bishops

The week of July 8th, 13 new ELCA bishops elected in 2019 attended Bishop Formation Week at Churchwide in Chicago.
        HOME GROWN
     Local Responses to Food Insecurity

Unique Hunger Summit in Storm Lake.  Visit local gardens, sample produce, and hear Farm to Folk Tales.

When: Thursday, September 5th
                                         Time:  1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
                                         Where: Storm Lake, IA

            Reserve Tickets with Stacie Hewett, ISU Extension, at 712-732-5056 or email   For more information, see flier link below.                   
Flier Here
Iowa Hunger Summit
THE IOWA HUNGER SUMMIT is held each year in October, is free and open to the public, and gathers hundreds of leaders from across Iowa who lead and participate in projects to eradicate hunger.

  • Share information of efforts of Iowans toward ensuring adequate food for all
  • Encourage Iowans to continue and expand these efforts
  • Increase statewide awareness of hunger, poverty, and related issues

       When: October 14                      Where: Des Moines Marriott Hotel Downtown
       Time: 8 am - 4 pm                      Cost: FREE

For more information and to register, click here.
Companion Synod News
Asante Sana!!
From the Southern Diocese

Greetings from Njombe. As the Secretary of Education in our Southern Diocese, I would like to give a word of acknowledgement and thanks to the Western Iowa synod assembly which has approved this important fund and also to the esteemed  western Iowa synod leadership for their love and ceaseless efforts to support the girls of which without such scholarship would have been unable to get education. We do extend our thanks for the more support to the Masai boys. This is very important because if only girls get this educational chance, in near future, there will also be a big line separating them. We know that the girls have more challenges comparing to boys, but it is important to know that the boys of this Masai communities are also still lagging behind. They also need this privilege of education. Thank you so much. 

Convey our sincere heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed this scholarship and other many previous scholarships. God bless you all. Shalom. 

Rev Seth Yona Mlelwa 
Education Secretary 
Job Opportunities

St. Olaf Lutheran Church of Fort Dodge is seeking a Youth Leader....person to lead their young people (high school youth) in their faith development through discipleship, fellowship, bible study and service; encouraging them to be committed followers of Jesus Christ.  They are looking for the person who can work effectively toward the goal of growing our young people in life-giving relationships with God and one another.

This is a part-time position, envisioned as approximately 15 hours per week.  One need not be a member of St. Olaf, but Christian faith is prerequisite.  For job description contact Pastor Len Halvorson at 605-359-8344.  To apply, send cover letter and resume to


Immanuel Lutheran Church, Forest City, IA is looking for a new Coordinator of Youth Ministry. 
If you are comfortable with your faith and have a passion for working with our youth 6th grade-12th grade, this may be what you are looking for. This includes working with Confirmation and leading Middle School and High School youth group. You are guiding our youth as they grow in their faith and leadership. If interested, please contact Pastor Zech Anderson or the church office (641-585-3152). Or check us out online at and look under employment opportunities which can be found on our home page.
Upcoming Events in and Around the Synod
More info can be found on the website at

          Iowa District West Administrative

        Assistants Conference CANCELLED!

We regret to share with you that the 2019 Administrative Assistants Conference at Mission Central on September 17 in Mapleton has been cancelled.  Unfortunately, their keynote speaker, Annetta Dellinger is unable to attend due to health concerns of her husband.  

SAVE THE DATE: Next year's conference will tentatively take place on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in Fort Dodge.  We hope you will be able to attend!  

'Just love' Gathering 2020 
...logo and theme remind us that we are all part of one body.

Following Jesus is messy. Loving one another is justice. We are not perfect, we are often broken, sometimes we don’t fit. Sometimes our edges are rough—but we are one body in Christ.

The 2020 Gathering theme was unveiled at the Conference of Presidents, Feb. 22-24, along with the art accompanying the theme. You can learn about the artist and event here!

Discipleship Academy Retreat        August 24th

Tri-Synodical Fall Convocation      Sept. 22-24
Check out the continuing ed opportunities at Luther Seminary through the Kairos program

eSpirit Submissions
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