Western Iowa Synod Weekly eSpirit
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: Southwest California Synod, Bishop Guy Erwin
Congregation of the week: Faith Lutheran, Odebolt - Pastor Trish Underberg

  • Our 12 travelers in Tanzania
  • Congregations in transition
  • Pastor Trish Underberg's sister, Helen, recovering from a transplant
  • Churchwide Assembly August 8th - 13th
  • Turmoils in the USA--social, political, racial, etc.
  • Our Churchwide assembly members preparing for Churchwide assembly August 8th -13th
Discipleship Academy (formerly known as Lay School of ministry)
Still time to register for classes!!  Deadline extended!!
Call 712-732-4968 for more information and to get your name on the class list!
God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday - September 11th
Thank you for considering participating in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Sept. 11. This dedicated day of service celebrates who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbor.

Because the 2016 “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday also marks the 15-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, we especially remember our first responders who serve our communities, helping keep us safe. More resources here!!
ELCA presiding bishop joins Christian leaders in letter to presidential candidates
Posted on August 3, 2016 by ELCA Advocacy
CHICAGO (July 18, 2016) – In a July 15 letter addressed to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), joined more than 90 national Christian leaders with the Circle of Protection asking to meet with the candidates to discuss “plans for offering help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.” Read letter and how you can be involved here!
REFORMATION 500 BOOKSTORE...at your church!

Host a Reformation 500 Bookstore and get free books 
on the Reformation – a $300 Value! plus 50% off for your church members; 
More information on how to do sign up here!!
Bishop's Annual Charity Golf Outing - Success!!
Approximately 30 people participated in this tournament last Friday. The proceeds of approximately $1400 will go towards the Micah Project in Sioux City. The winning team, by one stroke, was from Grace Lutheran Church in Ft. Dodge. Members of the team were Jim Blocker, Rev. Dan Kahl and Rod Kern. Thank you to all who participated.
Event"Full" Weekend at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp
August 5th - 6th, 2016

  • Scandinavian Feast August 5th -5:30-7:30pm
  • Silent Auction - August 5th - 5-7pm 
  • Glenn Henriksen Concert August 5th - 7:30pm 
  • Quilt Auction - August 6th 1pm - 9:30am for quilt viewing.
  • Lunch in our dining hall is from 11-1pm (free-will offering).
  • 5K/Fun Run/kids .5k - August 6th 10:30am 

August 28th
Ingham  Hog Roast
Ingham Lake Bible Camp
with concerts by Peder Eide and Swen and Dean. Free will offering
Looking for a job in Ministry? If so, check out the positions open at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp here!!!
View Quilts and Event Info Here
OLBC Event Flier
Churchwide Assembly - August 8-13, New Orleans, LA
The ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the church, is a process of communal spiritual discernment. Finding ourselves in Christ, the fourteenth Churchwide Assembly will be a time for us to be the living body of Christ guided by the Spirit and conformed to God’s will.

We will meet at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 8-13, 2016 to discuss and make decisions about how to go about God’s work as a church. 

This year the assembly will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ” and the accompanying tagline “500 years of God’s Grace in Action.” The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is an opportunity to rejoice in the life-giving, liberating power of the gospel. More info here...

Those attending from the Western Iowa Synod:
Bishop Rodger Prois
Brian Campbell, VP
Rev. Jay Denne
Karen Post
Rev. Carla Johnsen

Paul Abbott
Haley Abbott
Rachel Smith
Edna Karisa
Rev. Katie Russell
Rev. Chris Lang
Denise Kramer Tolzmann
John Jorgensen
Daniel Holste
For the Health of It
Just One Week

Invite your entire faith community to take a small health and wellness step together. Add three healthy practices into the life of your church — for just one week.
Just One Week is like a taste test. For seven days, invite your congregation to add a little movement, try a few centering opportunities, and gather to eat only healthy foods. One week isn't enough time to become healthier. But it is enough time to start meaningful health and wellness conversations. Begin on a Sunday with all the Sunday-related activities. Finish the following Sunday. More info here!
We Are Church Together!
Please Join Us for the Installation of........Rev. Russ Crouthamel!

When: Sunday August 28, at 4 PM
Where: Emanuel Lutheran Church, 208 2nd Ave NW, Dayton IA, with a meal to follow
Pastor Lorna Halaas will be preaching and presiding at the installation. Clergy and rostered leaders are invited to vest and process; color of the day is green.
Living out and celebrating "We Are Church Together!"

The 2016 Assembly theme was "We Are Church Together! This theme will continue throughout the year and we would like to hear how your congregation is living out We Are Church Together in your community and even in the world. Please send stories and photos to Lynn to be included in this section of the eSpirit.
Gisela Masika
Our Tanzania Friend, Experiencing the USA

Gisela Masika will be in the Western Iowa Synod Aug 4-11 sharing her experiences, working on financials, understanding USA lending and entrepreneurial standards, seeing USA ag production, storage, and value-added projects, meeting with CAD Operations Committee, and more!  We are blessed to have her here among us as we partner to uplift the vital Center for Agricultural Development project, whose mission is to enhance the livelihood and dignity of Tanzanian smallholder farmers! 

Gisela spent almost a month at Cambridge College before coming to Iowa. You can read the article from the Boston Globe here!!
Western Iowa Synod Events
Mark Your Calendars
  • ​Youth trip to Tanzania                                            July 21 - Aug 12
  • Churchwide Assembly                                           August 8 - 13
  • Western Iowa Youth Leaders Gathering              August 18th @ 11:30, Spencer
  • Synod Council Meeting/Network Meeting          September 17th
  • Rostered Leader Fall Convo                                  September 18-20
  • ConFest                                                                    October 5th, St Paul, Atlantic
  • ConFest                                                                    October 12th, Bethany, Spencer
  • WIS Assembly 2017                                                  June 9 - 11, 2017, Sioux City, IA
Events in and around the Synod
Tour of Churches, Sioux City, IA

When: Sunday, August 28th, 4:00 pm
Tour includes these churches:
Trinity Lutheran - Starting point, 1122 Jackson St.
St John Lutheran - 2801 Jackson St.
First Lutheran - Final destination w/dinner
3939 Cheyenne Blvd.
ELCA - "Seeds Monthly" e-Newsletter
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