The eSpirit is a weekly electronic newsletter for congregational leaders containing synodical news and events along with stories or articles on how we live out "We Are Church Together!" This information is intended to be dispersed to members of the congregations on a regular basis, via bulletins, facebook, newsletters and announcements. Thank you!!
Let us join together in prayer.....
Synod of the week: Sierra Pacific Synod, Bishop Mark Holmerud
Congregation of the week: St Paul Lutheran at Renwick
Congregations in transition
Pastor Jean Ziettlow
Pastor Marsha Smith
Bishop Rodger Prois, for a restful/rejuvenating vacation
Pastor Marsha Smith, health concerns
Those grieving or remembering their loved ones who have passed away
For a safe 4th of July weekend
A New Name -
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?
If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, then the Discipleship Academy may be for you!! Read the brochure below!
We encourage congregations to print the brochure and have available or e-mail to congregational members.
Bishop's annual charity golf tournament
July 29th, 2016
Even if you do not golf, you can support the Micah Project of Sioux City by sponsoring a hole. And if you are a beginning golfer- or just plain terrible at golfing, but want to have some fun, you can buy mulligans (another swing when things go bad!) You can buy golf indulgences (a piece of yarn that will allow you to mark your ball in a much better position!) And you can win prizes even if you are not a good golfer! With these handicaps you are sure to beat the good golfers! This golf outing is all for fun and the proceeds go to a good local charity- the Micah Project. This is a 4 person team best ball tournament that begins at 10 AM sharp. You can register as an individual or as a team. You can play 9 or 18 holes and enjoy a light lunch for the same low price. But please hurry and register now! If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Ungs at the mission center. (712) 732-4968 x449.
YOU ARE INVITED!! ELCA WORLD HUNGER LEADERSHIP GATHERING: JULY 14-17, 2016
WHO: Western Iowa Synod World Hunger leaders and advocates. WHAT: The 2016 ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering. The theme this year is “We Are Church for the Sake of the World.” WHERE: Chicago. Accommodations will be at the Chicago O’Hare Marriott, and the event be at the Lutheran Center and another location still to be determined. We will make all accommodation arrangements for you!
How does your congregation live out "We Are Church Together!"? Send your stories and pictures to Lynn.
Children Help to Tackle Hunger
from Grace Lutheran, Ft Dodge
On Sunday, May 22, 2016 our Sunday School Children met at our local Hy-Vee to purchase food items for a local food pantry. The children and adults were divided into small groups, given a list, and a shopping cart. The groups loaded up their carts with all items listed and then made their way to the check out. In all, the children purchased $560 in groceries which were donated to The Lord’s Cupboard here in Fort Dodge. The money used was from their Sunday School offerings collected throughout the year. These Children are doing their part in helping to tackle hunger and being a part of the Hunger Challenge.
We Are Church Together! Amen!
Western Iowa Synod Events
Mark Your Calendars
Youth trip to Tanzania July 21 - Aug 12
ABC Meeting July 27th @ 6 pm
Bishop's Charity Golf Tournament July 29th
Western Iowa Youth Leaders Gathering August 18th @ 11:30, Spencer