Gospel for this coming Sunday
Matthew 22:15-22
15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius. 20 Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" 21 They answered, "The emperor's." Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." 22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

*If humans bear the image of their creator, what does this parable teach us about ourselves?   #workingpreacher
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!!
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!!

Synods: Alaska Synod, Bishop Shelley Wickstrom and staff
Congregations: Washington Lutheran in Duncombe, Rev. Craig Miller

  • Our country and leadership
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • John Glant and family as they mourn the death of Rev. Lorene Glant
  • Rev. Trudy Peterson
  • All those affected by natural disasters
  • Bishop Prois and Chris as they mourn the death of Chris's sister-in-law
  • Austin Crew and family from Spencer
  • Thankfulness events beginning this week
  • ConFest events starting next week
Welcome to the Western Iowa Synod Pastor Stedge!!
Please help us welcome Pastor Kristine Stedge who was installed at First Lutheran Church in Sioux City on October 8th!!
Until We Meet Again!

A special moment as several rostered leaders joined together, paying their respect and honor as they said farewell to a friend and colleague at the funeral of Rev. Lorene Glant on Saturday,  October 7th at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Sioux City. Please keep her husband John and their family in your prayers. 
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


Still Time to earn $400 Wellness Dollars

You now have till November 30th  - earn up to $400 wellness dollars for ELCA-Primary members and spouses, here's how:

1.  Register & Complete Your Health Assessment by November 30 (new extended deadline): Earn $100 Each
2.   Save or Implement a Retirement Plan With Your Spouse by November 30: Earn $200 Each
3.  Report Your Healthy Change by November 30: Earn $100 each

For more information go to MyPortico and Log in at:  https://myportico.porticobenefits.org/
500 Food Item Challenge!! Are you participating?
We (At Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg) want to challenge the churches of the WIS.  Starting October 1st, we are collecting 500 food items by October 29th.  We will be giving the food to our local food pantry.  500 items in celebrating the 500 years since the Reformation.  So we challenge other churches to collect 500 food items for their local food pantry.  If your church accepts this challenge then we ask that you take pictures and tag the WIS Facebook page and/or send to Lynn. Let's do this!!
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.
Celebrating the Reformation - Worship Services
October 22nd - at First Lutheran in Sioux City w/meal to follow
October 29th - St John Lutheran in Mineola hosting a Lutheran-Catholic Reformation service @ 6:30 pm
October 29th - joint reformation worship w/Nebraska Synod at St John Parish, Creighton University Campus, Omaha at 2:00 pm w/two host sites livestreaming the event: St Mark in Storm Lake and Immanuel in Akron.
Last Call for Registrations!! Register NOW!!
ConFest 2017 - "Lutherfest"
ConFest is an evening for confirmation students and their leaders/pastors to come together for a time of worship, fellowship, learning and activities. 
Two dates and locations will be offered this fall:
  • Wednesday, October 25th - Our Saviours Lutheran in Humboldt - $5/person or $50/congregation whichever is less
  • Wednesday, November 1st - St Mark Lutheran in Sioux City - $50/congregation
ConFest Poster
Register Here
Western Iowa Youth Ministry Network Meeting
November 2nd at Bethany Lutheran Church, Spencer
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!!

Take a Women’s Day Away

Are you ready to get a little time away from the stresses of daily life? Join us for a wonderful day of relaxation, friendship, faith, and fun at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, a ministry of Ingham Okoboji! This one-day retreat, will include sessions, worship, great food, free time activities, and more. Our theme for Women’s Day Away is “Pressing On”. Each session throughout the day will cover one chapter of Philippians, with speaker Rebecca Meidinger. We hope you will be able to escape for a day away and join us! The Retreat will take place on October 21st from 9-5 pm. Find out more information at www.okoboji.org/womens-retreat and Register Today!        Flier Here!

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

October 20-22: 4th-6th grade
November 3-5: 6th-9th grade
November 10-12: 6th-9th grade
November 17-19: 9th -12th  grade
Recharge Flier
  THE NEXT 500 - A Festival of New Sacred Music

Call for singers: Bethany Lutheran Church of Spencer is marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with The Next 500: A Festival of New Sacred Music on Sunday, October 29th at 4pm. Singers are invited to participate in a community choir that will rehearse on Oct. 22nd and 29th at2:00 p.m. in Bethany’s  sanctuary. The concert is free and open to all. A potluck meal will follow in Bethany’s dining hall. For more info contact Stephen Baker at musicdirector@bethluthspencer.com                   


Healthy Congregations Event in Omaha

When: November 10-11, 2017 
This event is a follow-up to the Peter Steinke presentations in May of this year.  The upcoming event will be led by the Rev. Leigh Beasley Gillis, a trained facilitator with Healthy Congregations, Bridgebuilders, and other congregational programs.  This event will focus upon congregations that are addressing conflict, that may want to be proactive about managing conflict, and how to work through various issues.  Leigh has been trained by Pete Steinke, is a seasoned and experienced pastor and church executive.  Event flier here!
Nurturing Hope in Bethlehem and the West Bank
When: Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Where: Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave, Ames
Registration will open in December!! Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend!!
Nurturing Hope Flier
Word and Service J-Term Opportunity
Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality
When: January 14-19, 2018

The onsite component of the January 2018 course will begin the afternoon of January 14th and end the afternoon of January 19th at Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington, MN. There will be two online sessions prior to the onsite component.

Registration opened on October 19th; you can learn more on the Deaconess Community website.
ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering:  Until All Are Fed
Join other ELCA hunger advocates in Washington, DC from Jan. 21-24, 2018 to learn about ELCA hunger initiatives, the upcoming Farm Bill and realms of advocacy as you meet with Iowa Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill to uplift wise and moral policies that help all to be fed. Two per synod are invited with all major event costs covered by the ELCA and/or the Western Iowa Synod.  Participants are expected to serve on the WIS Global Mission/Hunger Network thereafter as we strive to increase awareness, advocacy and action in our synod on hunger issues.  Interested participants are to contact Cindy Wells, WIS Director of Global Mission, by Nov. 3 to submit their name for consideration (cindy.wells@wisynod.org; 712-732-4968 Ext. 441).  
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