The ordination of Pastor Perry Aalgaard at First Lutheran Church of Milford on Saturday, August 1st! Congratulations Pastor Perry!!
Confronting Racism-Thurs. Aug. 6th

Join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., for a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. (CDT).

Through its social statement – “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” – ELCA members have expressed this church’s calling to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people.

Position Opening
The Western Iowa Synod ELCA Mission Center in Storm Lake, IA is seeking applicants for an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. We seek an individual who has general office skills, is willing to learn, is flexible, and will be a contributing member of a six person team. Experience with Google apps, social media, website management, or any IT experience is a plus. The Administrative Assistant/Receptionist will work a 37.5-hour week, and will be eligible for full benefits. Applicants may call or email Lynn Egesdal (712-732-4968 x 448 or A resume is welcome but there is a required Application for Employment that can be found on our website at
Retirement: What Does It Mean...This Third Chapter of Life?

An invitation for pastors & spouses to join us.....
When: August 13-14 (1:30 pm Thursday - Noon Friday)
Where: St. Mark Lutheran Church, 5200 Glen Ave, Sioux City
What: A time of worship, conversation, discovery, listening & planning 
Cost: $25 and includes Thursday dinner, snacks and materials

More Info HERE >                    Please register by August 7th!
Senior High Mystery Road Trip
August 21-23
Register soon; you don't want to miss this great experience!!
Register Here
Seminarian Scholarships Available
Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church of Sibley, IA has available this fall three “Western Iowa Synod Seminarian Scholarships” of approximately $3,000 each for seminary students enrolled in the 2015-16 school year.  If you would like an application form or more info, contact Trinity at  Applications are due in by September 1, 2015, to be awarded by October 1. - Pastor Barb Kopperud​
Church Administrative Assistants Conference - Sept 22nd
Iowa District West Professional Office Workers

Early Registration fee $35.00 ($40.00 after September 1, 2015) 
includes food (continental breakfast, refreshments during breaks, and lunch)
speaker's devotion book from Linda Gillis, and Insight Learning "color" materials.

First English Lutheran Spencer,Iowa.
The conference committee has a block of rooms reserved at a special conference rate of $82.00 for a double queen room at the AmericInn call 712-262-7525 for reservations by August 21st. 
Please check out more information in the attachment. 
Lay School of Ministry
New Class to begin soon!! Sign up now!

​The Lay School of Ministry is a program designed by the Western Synod of Iowa to assist lay people in deepening their faith in Jesus Christ and expanding gifts for ministry. Potential participants are recommended by their pastors and congregational leadership. Congregations are encouraged to assist with tuition costs.
Building a Stewardship House

The Southeastern and Southwestern Minnesota Synods, along with Gustavus Adolphus College, have partnered to offer "Building a Stewardship House," a stewardship event on growing generosity. 

The event is available to any location on Thursday, Aug. 27 using a live Internet stream. There is no charge for this event. Upon registration, you will be sent a link to the website. Congregations or individuals who participate via internet are invited to make a donation of any amount to the sponsoring Synods.
Register Here
Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Workshops

This core EQ HR Center workshop is an intensive four or five-day session designed to enable participants to learn about, build and practice emotional intelligence skills in a small group setting. Skilled facilitators provide tools and feedback to enable participants to learn about themselves and to immediately practice emerging skills.

Pilgram Heights Conference Center in Montour, IA, August 24-28, 2015. 
This workshop delves deeply into those "people" skills that are so vital to congregational leadership. 

Register Here
Why Are Our Health Care Costs
Going Up?
Join Portico Benefit Services for a look at what drives ELCA health contribution rates, such as market trends and our faith community’s use of care. This live, 30-minute webinar will include an opportunity to ask questions. Organizational decision-makers are invited to attend, such as congregation presidents, treasurers, senior pastors, or others who help shape their ministry’s budget. 

Please register in advance since space is limited!
More Info & Registration Here
Join the Hunger Fight!
The 2015 Annual Hunger Fight which will take place in Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines August 26-29.  Our goal is to package five million meals in four days, which takes over 15,000 volunteers.  Many hands make light work and all hands are needed.  Children as young as five can package and training will be provided on sight.

Martin Luther
as portrayed by Rev. Don E. Rothweiler.... available for programming at your
              congregation or gathering as part of the...
Reformation 500 celebration
Contact him at
or at (515) 975-9225
Dates to Remember
8/13-14 3rd Chapter Pre-                 Retirement Seminar 
8/21 Bishops 3rd Annual Golf                    Tournament, Lakeside Municipal                 Golf Course, Ft. Dodge
8/21-23 Sr. High Mystery Trip
8/28-29 Lay School Retreat
9/12 Companion Synods Fair
9/27-29 Fall Convo
10/14 ConFest
10/21 ConFest
10/23-24 Shared Ministry Seminar
10/29-31 Region 5 Global
Mission/Hunger/YAGM Gathering
11/13-15 Jr. High Youth Gathering
11/20-22 Sr. High Youth Gathering

We will continue to update our website with more information on these events as it becomes available.
Useful Links
Mission Center Summer Hours

The Mission Center will be closing at 3 PM on Fridays through the summer. For the remainder of June and most of July, there may be times we have limited office hours - any closings will be announced on Facebook. We will resume normal hours after Labor Day.
Western Iowa Synod Office
318 East 5th Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588
Phone: 712-732-4968   |  Fax: 712-732-6540