Weekly eNews for members 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 encourage them to attend the many events that can be opportunities to Open Doors to others!
In This Issue:

Synod of the week: Central States Synod, Bishop Roger Gustafson
Congregation of the week: Señor de la Misericordia, Rev. Filemon Diaz

  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Lorene Glant
  • Rev. Trudy Peterson
  • Rev Arlyn Norris & family as they mourn the death of Wanda
  • Carol Ellerbusch and family as they mourn the death of Rev. Steve Ellerbusch
  • Judah Jack, son of Rev. Brian Jack who'll be having open heart surgery on June 19th
Spiritual Renewal This Summer

If you need a change of pace this summer, consider scheduling a time for spiritual renewal at the Benedictine Peace Center, Yankton, SD.

A brochure is attached


If you've never made a silent, personal retreat, the attached "Frequently Asked Questions" flyer may help you plan your retreat.  

Contact us to help you design the retreat you need.

Sisters Jeanne, Doris, and Mary Jo

Serving the Neighbor in Charged Times
In her June column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on serving the neighbor in politically charged times. She reminds us that “active participation in public life and the duty of government to care for its people, especially the most vulnerable, have been part of the Lutheran movement since its beginning.”

Share your congregation's story
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.
Some Assembly Highlights...
  • LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) and LSI (Lutheran Services in Iowa) joined together for a forum in which attendees learned about the most recent refugee groups coming to our state and the communities they call home as well as what is happening with these populations at the national level.  They learned about LSI’s and LIRS’ programs and ways that their congregation can be a part of helping welcome these beloved ones to your community.
  • During opening worship on Friday afternoon attendees heard from Father Tim Friedrichsen, a representative of the Diocese of Sioux City, and priest at St Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Father Tim also took part in a meaningful vesper service to wrap up our evening.
  • Assembly goers also heard from many organizations from around the synod and locally in Sioux City. All shared opportunity to which we or our congregations can open doors to. Some of those organizations included: Mosaic, The Church of the Damascus Road, Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, Lutheran Lakeside Camp, Jackson Recovery Center, and many others.
  • The assembly passed a resolution that encourages all congregations in the Western Iowa Synod to reach out to those of ethnic and/or racial minorities in their own communities, seeking to increase mutual understanding and learning how to both welcome and offer appropriate support to and advocate for those who are most vulnerable. The resolution also strongly urged congregations to offer prayers in the Sunday assembly for those local ethnic and/or racial minorities, on a regular and ongoing basis, as a way to lift up the presence of these brothers and sisters among us, people whom it is otherwise too easy to overlook. 
  • Many assembly goers helped to construct the Luther Rose out of Legos, shown below
  • Kenneth Inskeep, Churchwide Rep, led two forums on congregational change

For those who attended the assembly and have not yet filled out an evaluation please do so by clicking here!!
Upcoming Travel Opportunities
Two Travel Opportunities to the Holy Land in 2018
The Western Iowa & Nebraska Synods Peace Not Walls Networks warmly invite you to join in transformational travel opportunities to the Holy Land… Let us go and know the living stones...for the sake of justice, peace and reconciliation for all in the land. 

Join us as we listen, learn, and live into the Spirit’s call: to experience and accompany the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land in its life and ministry to enhance and broaden our understanding of our Israeli and Palestinian brothers and sisters in their journey and struggle... to partner in the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls initiative and response toward justice and peace in the region... to recognize our personal and national roles in the regional situations... to visit many profound sites of Jesus’ life and ministry as we invite Him into our hearts and this peace-seeking goal... to be open and humble so as to allow the Spirit to move us in ways we may not expect or even comprehend...
Option 1: April 1-16, 2018, departing Easter Sunday (likely late evening flight from Minneapolis or mid-late afternoon flight from Omaha) under the direct leadership of the Western Iowa Synod. This option affords an add-on opportunity to spend Holy Week in Jerusalem that departs March 27. Estimated costs: $3,500-4000/person (plus $500 for Holy Week add-on) ~~ OR ~ ~ Option 2: April 16-April 28, 2018 under the direct leadership of the Nebraska Synod. Estimated costs: $4600/per person
Neb Synod Trip
PNW Trip Application
WIS Trip
Travel Opportunity to Tanzania in 2018
As we look ahead to 2018, be on the look out for information on WIS group travel to the Southern Diocese Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, 3 weeks sometime between mid-July and mid-August 2018!
Underwood Lutheran Job Opening:
Underwood Lutheran Church is currently accepting application for a part-time Faith Formation Coordinator. This position will have oversight of Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Junior High Youth Ministry Activities with a cross-generational focus. Review of applications/resumes will begin July 7th. From there the position will remain open until filled. Full job description and application instructions are available here.  

24 hours of triennial women's gathering costs about 12 cents a minute!!

What can you pack into 24 hours? A lot if you’re attending one day of the Tenth Triennial Gathering of Women of the ELCA.

Day registration—either Friday, July 14, or Saturday, July 15—at the triennial gathering is $175 or about 12 cents a minute. The event is at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn., July 13-16, 2017.

One-day registration gives you plenary sessions, including music and speakers, workshops and servant events, and full access to all the exhibitors and vendors. It also offers you fellowship with 2,500-3,000 other women of faith. Visit www.welcatg.org under the registration tab to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE! -                  

Fall Theological Conference

The 2017 Tri-Synodical Fall Conference for rostered leaders will be held at the Sheraton, West Des Moines from September 24-26, 2017.  Speakers Anna Madsen and Bishop Guy Erwin will address the:  the theme “The Reformation:  What’s at Stake?  Then and Now.”  Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will also be in attendance for a presentation and to preach and preside at the Monday evening communion service.  Registration will be available on-line beginning July 1.
It's Time for Summer Camp
Not Too Late to Register
It's not to late to register you kids for summer camp at Lutheran Lakeside Camp. Check out all of the camps we have to offer www.lutheranlakeside.com. All are welcome and we hope to see you this summer! 

Family Camp Welcomes Mike and Sue Blair 
Our theme, Generation to Generation, will engage creativity, humor, storytelling, music and spiritual practices to explore new ways of telling Biblical stories and sharing our faith stories. Psalm 79 sings, “from generation to generation we will recount your praise .” Sue and Mike invite participants to bring imagination, insight, prayer and playfulness to the Psalmist’s call of sharing faith from generation to generation. All are welcome! Register today or for more information visit our website www.lutheranlakeside.com/familycamp 

Quilt Auction July 1st! 
Come and support camp at our fun, annual Quilt Auction! Buy a beautiful quilt, adopt a staff member, eat some delicious food, and have fun with the Lakeside community! All donations and bids go toward supporting Lutheran Lakeside Camp this summer so we can keep doing what we do best! Join us on July 1st at Lutheran Lakeside. 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Silent Auction, Quilt Viewing, & Lunch then at 1:00 PM the Live Auction Starts
Mike and Sue Blair, Family Camp Speakers
57th Summer Institute for Church Leaders with Rev. Dave Daubert
When: July 10-13, 2017
Where: Gettysburg Seminary
Cost: Depends on option you choose
Renewal in our Congregations through Spiritually Grounded Change to be Re-Rooted in our Communities. More info and registration here!

July 21-23, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN
The BOLD GATHERING is a weekend for men to come together to learn, to worship, to network, and be equipped to BOLDY live out their faith! We are proud to announce our friend and artist who will be at the BOLD Gathering! William Butler, nationally known artist!!
“Rise, Remember Well the Future,” July 10-13
Celebrate the treasures of the last 500 years and look to the future and God’s covenant of faithfulness in all that is yet to be. Opening worship will be held at Saint Olaf College, site of the constituting ALCM convention in 1986. In plenaries led by Chad Fothergill, Daniel Schwandt, and Mary Louise Bringle, we will reflect on the changing role of the cantor—the leader of the church’s song—as we move confidently into a future blessed by our heritage and full of many changes in the church and its music. More info and registration here...
Quick Links
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968