Gospel for this coming Sunday
Matthew 5:1-12
1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Weekly eNews for members and friends of the Western Iowa Synod

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!
In This Issue:

Reformation Resources:

*Blog: The Pianoman.....the story continues!! I invite you to follow along, check it out here!!
Reformation 500
- Joint Commemoration Service w/Nebraska Synod
St John's Parish, Creighton University

Synods: Indiana -Kentucky Synod, Bishop William Gafkjen and staff
Congregations: Bethel Lutheran, Graettinger; Pastor Chris Lang

  • Our country and leadership
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Trudy Peterson
  • All those affected by natural disasters
  • Bishop Prois and Chris as they mourn the death of Chris's sister-in-law
  • Upcoming Thankfulness events on Nov. 5th & 9th
  • ConFest - LutherFest event at St Mark on Wednesday
  • Deacon, Denise Lindemann and her family, whose Father passed away early Tuesday morning. 
Youth Gathering Transportation
Is your congregation taking youth to Houston in 2018?  Getting Ready materials are 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!!


Pre-Gathering Opportunities for Youth

The Multicultural Youth Leadership Event is a pre-event to the Gathering. It empowers young people of color and those whose primary language is other than English to claim their story as a part of God's story. MYLE 2018 will be held June 24–27, 2018.
MYLE’s core values include:
  • Culture is explored. Participants will experience an inclusive community that seeks to build understanding and appreciation of the various cultures and ethnicities that are a part of this church.
  • Leaders are formed. Youth and adults will learn about the issues in their communities and how to effect change.
  • Identity is claimed. Participants will be encouraged to uncover their story and live out their God-given calling in the world.
  • Faith is deepened. Youth and adults will explore the intersection of faith and life and how our faith calls us to act justly in the world.
  • Friends are made. Participants will connect with peers who are looking to build relationships and have a good time.

The tAble (formerly the Definitely-abled Youth Leadership Event or DAYLE) is a pre-event to the Gathering that blesses and empowers young people who live with a wide range of physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities so that they might grow as faithful, wise and courageous witnesses. The event also gives participants the opportunity to acclimate and orient themselves to Houston and the venues in which the Gathering are being held.
The tAble will gather under the theme: You Belong. A sense of “belonging” is not always a truth that the world and culture extend. We continuously wonder “where do I fit in?”, “why am I different than others?”, “what gifts could I possibly bring?”. And yet, we are reminded in Psalm 139, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” We are made – wonderfully – by the very God who names us and claims us as children. We belong to God! At The tAble: we believe in the promise that we all, and therefore, YOU belong – to God, at Christ’s Table, within the church, and, within our communities.
The tAble is open to youth ages 14-18 or engaged in a high school youth group or enrolled in high school or the vocational education equivalent. Youth who attend the tAble must be accompanied by an adult companion.
The tAble will be held June 24–27, 2018. The cost for the tAble is $190 per person (including caretakers) and includes all housing, program and some food expenses during the tAble. Caretakers who register for to attend the tAble will not be charged registration fees for the Gathering. More info here!

If you have any multicultural youth that would benefit from attending this event or the tABLE please let Lynn know. Bishop Prois is willing to drive down with youth for both pre-event activities!! Scholarship dollars are available for these two events.
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 – tompamegts@msn.com  or phone 563-484-9233

Youth and Family Ministry Director Wanted
Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Grand Rapids, MN is searching for a full-time Youth and Family Ministry Director. Located among the beautiful and serene lakes and woods of northern Minnesota, Grand Rapids is a vibrant, growing community with big city amenities and cultural opportunities. Our growing congregation is searching for candidates with training and experience working with youth in congregational and camp settings. Zion has 60 children enrolled in our Sunday School, 30 in our Middle School Youth Group, and 30 faithfully attending High School Youth Group. Zion offers a competitive salary and benefits package (Synod Guidelines). Candidates should have a Bachelors Degree or equivalent. For position description and application information, contact Pastor Paul Leslie – paul@ziongr.org. November 15, 2017 application deadline.

It's Annual Enrollment Time

Portico plan members - annual enrollment began yesterday, October 30th through November 13! Log into your 'myPortico' account today at www.porticobenefits.org

500 Food Item Goal Met!!

Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg challenged themselves and others in collecting 500 food items by October 29th and they did it!! They will be giving the food to their local food pantry.  500 items in celebrating the 500 years since the Reformation!! Well Done!!
Urge Congress: Support Palestinian unity; end the Gaza blockade
Last week the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Hamas authorities in Gaza signed a reconciliation deal to end the decade of division between the two groups. The text of the agreement has not been released, but the goal of the deal, as stated by both sides, is to reunite the West Bank and Gaza under the control of the Palestinian Authority, while reconciling the divisions between the political factions.
The new agreement is an important first step toward change in Gaza and a necessary move before larger issues between Palestinians and Israelis can be addressed. More information and ways you can take action can be found here!!
Share your congregation's story of Opening Doors
The theme for this year's assembly and throughout the upcoming year is We Are Lutheran: Opening Doors. Please share stories with us about how your congregation is opening doors to people, organizations, the community, or the world. Send your stories to Lynn so they may be shared with others through the eSpirit.
This past week The Christian Century published the annual Fall Books list.
To add to that list, here is a list of books Rostered Leaders in the Western Iowa Synod are reading -

Red Fire  A Quest for Awakending  
Paula D'Arcy

The Pastor as Minor Poet - Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life
M.Craig Barnes

Canoeing the Mountains - Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory
Tod Bolsinger

Al Franken - Giant of the Senate
Al Franken

The Great Spiritual Migration - How the World's Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian
Brian D. McLaren

Hillbilly Elegy - Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
J.D. Vance

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
Brene' Brown

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Patrick Lencioni

The Wounded Healer
Henri Nouwen

And since it is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation many are reading various works by Martin Luther and Dietrich Bonhoeffer!
November 1     ConFest in Sioux City
November 2     Youth leader meeting - Spencer - 1-3 pm - Communication/Advertising
Nov 3-4            Congregation vitality workshop session 1 (Location TBA)
November 5     Thankfulness event - St. Paul’s- Rockwell City
November 9     Thankfulness event - Bethlehem - Red Oak
Nov. 16             Interim Pastors Meeting @ Synod Office
Nov. 17-Dec 4,  WIS travel to Chile
December 7      Youth leader meeting - Cherokee - Fundraising/Service Project Ideas
December 9       Synod Council
January 11         Youth leader meeting - ? - Volunteers:Recruiting/Equipping
January 26-29, 2018 ELCA Youth Leader Extravaganza
February 1         Youth leader meeting - ? - Youth Gathering/mission trip
February 10       Leadership Academy (snow date on the 17th)
Travel Opportunities for 2018

Holy Lands - Two opportunities - April 1-16 or April 16-28
Tanzania, Southern Diocese - July 15th - August 15th (approx. dates)
More information and applications can be found here!!
November 10-11          Healthy Congregations Event in Omaha
November 29th            Scandinavian Tea at Bethany Lutheran in Emmetsburg
January 14-19, 2018    Word and Service J-Term Opportunity
January 21-24              ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering
February 23rd, 2018    Nurturing Hope in Bethlehem and the West Bank
Quick Links
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968