Don't miss out on the news, stories, opportunities and events in and around the synod that are listed below!  Please share this information with your congregational secretaries and congregational members via your bulletin, facebook page, email, etc, and invite and encourage them to attend the events as We Are Church Together!! 

Synod of the week: North/West Lower Michigan Synod, Bishop Craig Satterlee

Congregation of the week:
St. John Mineola and Rev. Luke Kuenzli
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Lorene Glant
  • IELCH as they approach May 20-21 special assembly and important decisions being made
  • Rev. Lyle Lutz & family as they mourn the death of his wife, Lavon Lutz, who  passed away on Thursday, May 11th, in Centerville, Minnesota.
  • Rev. Arlyn and Wanda Norris

In This Issue:
Lavon Lutz (wife of Rev. Lyle Lutz)
Memorial service will be at 11:00 Saturday, May 20th at Emanuel, Fontanelle.  

Lavon Evelyn Queck, was born 9-3-1937. She and Lyle met in Fontanelle.  The were married on 6-8-1957.  Lavon had Parkinson's and her brain has been donated for research of that disease.  In lieu of flowers, Lyle asks that memorials be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the National Parkinson Foundation, Iowa Parkinson's Disease Association, or the ELCA's Katie's Fund.
Martin Luther Feature Film Release
Dear Friends in Christ,
Martin Luther triggered a seismic upheaval that shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years.
Now, in a new movie created for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, your congregation can further explore Luther and the impact of his teachings. "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World" is a feature-length film that revisits the dramatic moments that shaped Luther’s life while examining his quest to share the good news of the freeing love of Jesus Christ. The film, sponsored by Thrivent and in collaboration with the ELCA, is available for use as a Reformation anniversary activity. More info here.
Join us for a summer set apart from all others to serve the Lord. Share the good news about Jesus with kids and families and have a blast at Ingham and Okoboji. We want you to join our team of friends you’ll always remember for a summer you’ll never forget! We have Junior and Senior Counselor positions still available. Current juniors and seniors in high school are eligible to apply as a junior counselor, and college-age young adults can apply as a senior counselor. For those with culinary and serving gifts, we also have positions available in the kitchen. Please spread the word to any young adults.  APPLY TODAY or tell someone else who would be the perfect fit. - www.okoboji.org/apply or give us a call at 1-800-OKOBOJI.

How to Earn Up to $400 Wellness Dollars

If you have ELCA-Primary health coverage, follow these three steps to earn up to $400 wellness dollars by completing Portico’s Live Well Challenge. Find everything you need to get started at PorticoBenefits.org/livewell

  1. Take stock of your physical and emotional health via the health assessment ($100 wellness dollars)
  2. Take stock of your retirement readiness via Portico’s Retirement Planning Tool; at the end of step 4 in the tool, you can either implement changes or save the plan for future consideration to earn your wellness dollars ($200)
  3. Identify and work towards a positive lifestyle change, and report your progress on myPortico ($100)
ELCA and Episcopal Church issue call for prayer, fasting and advocacy

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, have issued a joint statement calling for prayer, fasting and advocacy addressing cuts to public programs that are vital to hungry people who are living in poverty.

The statement "For Such a Time As This" calls for fasting on the 21st of each month through December 2018, at which time the 115th Congress will conclude. The 21st of each month is targeted because by that day about 90 percent of Supplemental Nutrition Benefits Program (SNAP) benefits have been used. More info here.
Assembly - June 9-11, 2017
21 Days till Assembly!!!

Theme: We Are Lutheran: Opening Doors

Assembly Offering
Assembly offering will be split between two ministries:
1. Señor de la Misericordia, Latino Ministry in Denison
2. Thanksgiving Lutheran, Sudanese Ministry in Council Bluffs
Assembly Offering Bulletin Insert
We are hopeful that each congregation will take a special offering and present it at the Friday afternoon or Sunday worship service. 
WIS Assembly Guidebook App
You can start checking out the WIS Guidebook app for assembly here. The app is accessible ON THESE PLATFORMS  iOS, Android, Web  

Everyone is Welcome!!....Come Worship with us on Sunday, June 11th at the 2017 Western Iowa Synod Assembly closing Worship. It will begin at 10:30 am at the Sioux City Convention Center!!

  • Rostered Leaders - please note that the Pre Assembly Event location has changed. The event will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1122 Jackson St. and starts at 9:30 pm.

Click here to access the assembly webpage!!


Read about the Assembly Theme on the Living Lutheran Insert below!!
Living Lutheran Insert, includes an article from Bishop Prois, Churchwide Rep Kenneth Inskeep, and more information about the 2017 Western Iowa Synod assembly!!
Collection of Medical Supplies
The Western Iowa Synod has committed to collecting medical supplies for Global Health Ministries at the Synod Assembly in June. Do you have medical equipment and supplies from a previous procedure or condition cluttering up the garage that could be repurposed?  An alternative may be purchase canes, walkers, etc. at garage or auction sales to donate.  Contact the voting delegate or pastor from your congregation to arrange transportation of these items to Sioux City. A list of needed supplies is attached.

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.
Rostered Ministers Gathering - Registration is Open
August 7-10, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia
Early Registration is March 1- May 31 @ $245 (includes meals but not lodging)
Registration June 1- July 23 @ $295  (includes meals but not lodging)  More info here!

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.

One Body, Many Members: A journey for Christians across race, culture and class

Dear Friends in Christ,
What does it mean to be the one body of Christ, and how do we work together toward multicultural congregations? 

Please join me on Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m. CDT, for a 45-minute webinar. We will explore these questions, and I will share an important resource for synod and congregational leadership. 
More info here!
Embodied Freedom
Who: Pastors, laypeople, professors, students – all are welcome!
What: An interactive conference focusing on the relationship between Luther’s dynamic understanding of Christian freedom and our bodies – individual, social and global.
When: June 4-6
Where: Augsburg College, Minneapolis
Cost: $75 registration fee and $50 for students. This includes two breakfasts, one lunch and one banquet dinner. Scholarships are available on a rolling application basis. More info here
Elderversity - Camp for kids 55+
June 5-6 at our Okoboji site

Elderversity is a great chance for those 55 or older to be young at heart and enjoy camp. This two-day event provides opportunities to listen to engaging speakers, get together with new and old friends, and meet our summer staff during their training time! We hope you can join us for a wonderful time of fellowship, learning, and laughing together. Register by calling us at 1-800-OKOBOJI or email at registrar@okoboji.org.           Flier here!
CONNECT Family Camp 
June 25th - 30th 
Join us at Lutheran Lakeside for our exciting new family camp! CONNECT Family Camp will be a cross generational camp that will be an enriching experience for the whole family, with space to play, learn, and grow together in faith. More info here!

Invitation to a Storm Chasers Game
from Andy Baker
Lutheran Night 2017 celebration at the ballpark on June 5th
Recognizing the 500th reformation of the Lutheran Church

Outfield Box Seats - $7
Infield Box Seats - $11

We will have special appearances throughout the game from important Lutheran figures, so sign up now to secure your spot! For any ticket purchases or questions on tickets, please give me a call at 402-738-5137 or send me a reply email to andyb@omahastormchasers.com.
Interim Ministry Education Opportunities
June 1 we will hold a one-day Advanced Training in Transitions event in Santa Ana, CA.  This event will be held at the offices of the Pacifica Synod.  The event is co-sponsored by the Pacifica Synod (ELCA), the Pacific Southwest District(LCMS), and NALIP.   

ANNUAL CONFERENCE  on June 22-24, 2017 and....
Several dates and locations for Basic Education for Intentional Interim Ministry, the dates and locations can be found at the link below.
For details on these events check their website at www.nalip.net
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!
ELCA Women's Gathering
The Tenth Triennial Gathering
When: July 13-16, 2017
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn
Theme: "All Anew"

*If you are interested in transportation to the Women's Gathering a bus has been secured and will make stops in Atlantic, Carroll, and Storm Lake. If you would like to participate please contact one of the coordinators as soon as possible!! More information and contact information can be found 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!!
And Many More Upcoming Events:
WIYLDE, June 11-14, 2017, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
High school youth from ELCA congregations are invited to the Wholly Iowa Youth Leadership Discipling Event June 11-14 at Luther College in Decorah. This annual camp is designed to help high school youth learn how to become future leaders of the church. WIYLDE offers three tracks designed to give in-depth knowledge and training on a particular type of leadership. The teens will meet in small groups to discuss and put into action what they learn.  More info here!

“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...

ELCA Rostered Leaders Gathering, August 7-10, 2017

The first ever ELCA Rostered Leaders Gathering will be held in Atlanta, GA, August 7-10, 2017. The theme will be “On the Way Together” and will feature worship, education and fellowship. For details, click here; or call 1 (800) 638-3522; ext. 2552.
Quick Links
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968