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Synod of the week: South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Bishop Mary Froiland

Congregation of the week: Nazareth Lutheran, Armstrong, Pastor Lauri Boysen
​Upcoming Fall events
​Congregations in transition    
Peace in the Holy Lands
​Kathy Petersen wife of Rev. Arlo (Pete) Petersen 
Brian Campbell - now home and receiving ongoing treatment
Rev. David Cox - recovering from surgery
Grace Nduye
Jen Henrichs & Family - Jen's father passed away last Thursday
Lorene & John Glant
Marilyn Zech - broken hip
Ron Ellefson
Kay Broichs family - her niece Riley and Kay's mom
Lynn Egesdal's sister-in-law - Jackie

Please take Note!!! The Western Iowa Synod Mission Center will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, November 9-10, as the synod mission team will be at a spirituality retreat.
Please Mark Your Calendars!!
The annual WIS Leadership Academy is scheduled for February 27th in Atlantic and February 28th in Storm Lake, with the theme of "Nuts and Bolts of Ministry"! 
Leadership Academy Workshop Topics We would like your assistance in choosing the topics for workshops offered. 
Please click here (if you haven't done so already) to access the form in which we would like you to choose the top three topics you would be interested in learning more about. Thank you!!
“Who came?”  “Will YOU come?”
Israeli-Palestinian tensions flair up anew.  Who came?  ELCA Peace Not Walls and Ecumenical Accompaniers came, among others, who stand strong and continual, seeking voices and avenues toward peace in this precious yet precarious region of the world where the United States has so much influence.
Will YOU come?  The Western Iowa Synod is offering a tremendous transformational travel opportunity to the Holy Land to learn first-hand about the many factors and obstacles to peace from various group voices and peace initiatives on the ground, all the while walking with our Lutheran brothers and sisters in Christ.  More Info...
​Reach for the Stars Receives Monetary award
Reach for the Stars, represented by Flor Johnsen and family of Laurens, received a grant  money award of $1,000.00 from Memorial Lutheran Church, Ministry Endowment Fund, Nevada, Iowa. There were 27 awardees that presented different projects within the congregation,local, and global ministries. The event took place at Memorial Lutheran Church, Nevada during their worship service on October 25, 2015.
Reach for the Stars was lucky to receive twice this award. The money grant will be used again to ship boxes of donated books to poor schools in the Philippines.  Reach for the Stars presented a plaque of appreciation to the MemoriaL Lutheran Church (ELCA) congregation for their continued support to their outreach. Flor Johnsen and her family are members of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Albert City. 
Photo: Flor Johnsen receiving the award from Kevin Gerlach (chairman Ministry Endowment Fund committee)
A bi-partisan coalition of Senate Judiciary members recently introduced and passed out of committee S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015. Both sides have credited the faith community for creating the political will to negotiate through our advocacy efforts in Iowa – home to Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley. Cont. Reading....

Mark your calendar and plan to attend next year's Ecumenical Advocacy Days event, April 15-18, themed Lift Every Voice:  Racism, Class and Power (
Get in the Reformation Spirit - Germany Travel Opportunity
Please come to St Peter Lutheran Church on Thursday,  Nov 19 and 5:30 p.m. St Peter Lutheran Church will be going to Germany in August 2016.  Only 30 seats are available. 

Fellowship travel is a specialty of Collette travel and their itinerary looks great!  "On the trail of Martin Luther, " will take us to Mainz, Worms, the Guttenberg museum,  Erfurt, Wartburg Castle, St Thomas church, Wittenberg and more! 
Can you picture yourself enjoying a brew at a pub in Wittenberg like Luther and his students did?  What would it be like to hear the organ where Johann Sebastian Bach played?  Wouldn't you like to see the doors on which Dr Luther nailed his 95 theses? What a great way to get in the spirit of Reformation 500!

RSVP for the informational meeting to St Peter Lutheran Church,  Pocahontas  (for refreshment purposes). 712-335-4202 or
Thankfulness Events 

Here is what Derald Goetz had to say about the event, "This Thankfulness Event brought some awareness as to the many programs that are being supported though our mission efforts when giving to the ELCA.  For me personally it was a reminder that we are part of a bigger church and there are many good things that are being accomplished through our joint efforts. Thank you everyone on the WIS mission team for sharing all those “good” things that are being done. It was something that I needed to hear. God's mission is good."
Derald A. Goetz - First Lutheran Church, Algona, IA   

Come and join us on November 5th at First Lutheran in Sioux City from 6 PM -8 PM for the next Thankfulness event! The meal will be provided.

For Upcoming Dates, Times and Locations click link below!
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Dear friends,
As many of you know the issues of food insecurity are close to my heart after spending years helping direct ELCA World Hunger.  In 1960 President John F Kennedy stated that hunger was a problem we can fix.  Fifty-five years later we continue to try. 

The following is an invitation to a gathering in Des Moines on November 8, sponsored by the major faith communities of Iowa, that will show our willingness to stand together to end hunger. Please plan to join me at Grand View University.

+Bishop Rodger Prois​                                           Flier & More Info
Christmas Craft Fair and Bake Sale
Saturday, November 14th
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sioux City
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Two full rooms of crafts - over 30 vendors - Door Prizes! - FREE ADMISSION
One Man's Story Inspires a Matthew West Song
New Roads Reentry Event
When: November 14th
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Christ Lutheran Church, 503 S. Washington, Remsen, IA

Come join us for an inspirational afternoon with Josh Shuskey from Worthington, MN. Josh is an ex-offender who served 10 years in prison; he was released in 2010. Josh's story was selected as one of the top 14 in which Matthew West, contemporary Christian singer, wrote a song about for his new album "Live Forever". Josh's song "Day One" went to the top of the chart for Matthew West. Please RSVP how many will be attending, or 712.540.6025
St Paul's- Holstein - 20th Annual NOVEMBERFEST
When: Sunday, November 15th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: Veterans' Memorial Hall, Holstein
What: Pork Loin Supper with all the trimmings
Cost: $10/adult - $10 all carry outs - $5 children age 5-12                                                            (children 4 & under free)
****We will continue to update our website with more information on these events as it becomes available.
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