Please join us in prayer:
Synod of the week: Western Iowa Synod Team Members
​Congregations in transition    
Peace in the Holy Lands
​Kathy Petersen wife of Rev. Arlo (Pete) Petersen 
Brian Campbell
Upcoming Fall events
Leadership Academy Workshop Topics
The annual WIS Leadership Academy is scheduled for February 27th and 28th, two different locations, with the theme of "Nuts and Bolts of Ministry"! We would like your assistance in choosing the topics for workshops offered.

Please click here and you will be taken to a link in which we would like you to choose the top three topics you would be interested in learning more about. 
With just days left until the Oct. 30th Employer Selection deadline, some congregations still haven’t submitted their ELCA-Primary health benefit option for next year.
All organizations that currently sponsor a plan member (pastor or other staff members) are required to submit a health benefit election, even if they want to keep their current health benefit option.
If any congregation can’t meet the Oct. 30 deadline, they need to call us immediately at 800.352.2876.
If you have questions about 2016 Annual Enrollment, please visit the Annual Enrollment Center on EmployerLink. I also invite you to contact me directly at or 612.752.4062. 
Thank you for your partnership during 2016 Annual Enrollment. Together, we’re helping our organizations and leaders steward their ELCA benefits wisely.
Peace, Ross Eichelberger
Portico Benefit Services  |  A Ministry of the ELCA

The ELCA Good Gifts Fair Planning Guide and additional resources for congregational action, bulletin inserts and other materials can be dowloaded or ordered at the resources page. Donations can be made through the new ELCA Good Gifts website.
Forming Faith Everyday, Everywhere
- Vibrant Faith Event

Join us on Saturday, October 31st we discuss and learn about forming faith everyday and everywhere. This Faith Formation event is being sponsored by Vibrant Faith Ministries and the Western Iowa Synod. We are excited to have Jim LaDoux join us as our presenter.
This event will be held at Our Savior's in Council Bluffs. It will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 12:00 pm. and it's free to all participants. 
The day will include:
  • Worship & Story Telling
  • The power of storytelling & familying Being the church 24/7/365
  • Building disciples “BE” different ”THINK” different “ACT” different
  • Embedding faith practices into our daily lives
  • Forming faith in the congregation
  • Forming faith in our households & communities
  • Forming faith online & on the go
  • Setting our compass Aligning our intentions withGod’sintentions
  • Developing a road map to guide our individual and congregational efforts

Learning to review, rethink, and reimagine who we are and what we do! 
Register Here
Rise Up Reunion
This Sunday, November 1st, there will be a Reunion held for all participants from the Western Iowa Synod who attended the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit last July. This is a time to get together with old friends and new, a time to worship together, a time to share stories and experiences, and a time to look at where do we go from here?!
Houston in 2018!!   

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! Grab a friend and bring a potluck dish to share and we'll look forward to seeing you all there! 

For Upcoming Dates, Times and Locations
click link below!
More Information

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
Jr & Sr High Youth Gatherings 
Jr High Recharge is November 13th - 15th 
Sr High Recharge is November 20th - 22nd

​These Recharges will both energize and equip youth to discover their gifts and passions, and give practical ideas for ways they can get out into the world and Do Something!
Please register soon to assist us in the planning!!

                          More info                               Register Online Here
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
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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