eSpirit         Sept. 29th, 2016
Reaching Out to the Community
St. John Lutheran, Sioux City hosted a Rummage/Concert/Parking Lot Party on Saturday, September 24.  Featured entertainment was Dakota Road, who played music on the parsonage back porch while local neighbors and community members filled grocery bags of clothes, toys, and household items.  The cost was $1/bag.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips were served during the beautiful morning event.  Approximately 200 residents of the area shared in this event.
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Don't miss out on the many great stories, opportunities and events in and around the synod that are listed below! Please share this information with your congregational members and invite them to register and come!! 

Synod: Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Bishop Samuel Zeiser
Congregation: Trinity Lutheran, Alta, Rev. Denise Parrello
  • Congregations in transition
  • The family of Rev. Rollin Olesen, who passed away last week and is a member at St Mark in Sioux City
  • The Church of the Damascus Road
  • St Peter, Pocahontas
  • Rev. Joy Gonnermann
  • First Lutheran, Algona
  • Rev. Marsha Smith
  • Eastern Iowa Flood victims
  • Safety for Farmers who are harvesting and for others on the roads with them
  • Abraham Ungs - broken arm'
  • Julie Cook's daughter, Jess, as she continues recovery from surgery
    Last call!!
Bishop Prois invites you to the important topic of RACISM in our midst at the Oct. 21 UCC Conference on Racism in Des Moines!  Bishop Prois also offers FREE registration to the first dozen confirmed attendees.  Join us!!  Contact Cindy Wells by Oct 5th,;  712.732.4968 Ext. 441 to participate.   Let us strive to combat racism together! More about the event here!!
ELCA webinar on new overtime rules
The U.S. Department of Labor adopted new overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act that go into effect Dec. 1. Among other changes, these regulations increase the minimum salary for exempt employees from $23,000 to $47,476. Learn how these regulations apply to congregations, synods and other ministries of the church and their employees with a free ELCA webinar on Oct. 18 at noon CDT. The webinar will discuss the new regulations, and there will be opportunity to ask questions via live chat. Reserve your spot by Oct. 14.  Register today.
Explore the Portico Website
You are encouraged to visit the Portico Website for just ten minutes, once a week, to explore the many benefits and opportunities that are afforded to you! Visit the website here!
Congratulations on 120 years of Ministry
On September 11th, St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Merrill celebrated 120 years of the founding of the church. The church is being served by Rev. Peter Boe. A small but faithful congregation!!
ConFest Events - Fall 2016 
October 5th - St Paul, Atlantic
October 12th - Estherville Lutheran, Estherville
More info here!
Synod Thankfulness Events (more info here)
Four Dates & Locations:
Tuesday, October 18th - Washington Lutheran, Duncombe - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 20th - Immanuel Lutheran, Sioux City - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 23rd - Trinity, Estherville - 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Thursday, October 27th - Exira Lutheran, Exira - 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Mark Your Calendar - Leadership Academy 2017
When: Saturday, February 18th
Where: St Olaf Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge
For all congregational members!!
Other Events...
Leadership Development at Camp
Cupcakes & Conversations @ Camp (Please note change these are now on Wednesdays!)
When: October 13th & October 27th
Join us at Lutheran Lakeside for 2 leadership development days packed full of conversation sharing, workshop learning, camp exploring and cupcake eating!! Each session is on a Wednesday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Only $15 per session/person; includes lunch and materials. More info here!

Engaging Adults 
(adult Faith Formation) is coming to our area!
 When: Wed., October 5
Where: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, IA
Cost: $69 / person. $59 / person for teams of three or more.

2016 Hope Leadership Conference
October 12-14th
The leadership for this conference combines leadership from Hope, leaders from three congregations, leaders from Wartburg Seminary and Luther Seminary, and leaders from nonprofit organizations. 
There are great keynote speakers and workshops focused on 12 different ministry areas: 
Worship & Music
Mission Outreach
Children’s Ministry
Youth Ministry
Response to the Most Asked Questions by Church Leaders
Ministry Cluster Groups
Urban Ministry
Spiritual Growth & Holistic Care
Everyday Essentials for a Leadership Toolbox
Leading the Now & Future Church
Small Church Leadership Network
Adult Education | Discipleship | Small Groups

Racism Conference
Friday, October 21st
The Western Iowa Synod is willing to provide several synod sponsored event registration fees on a first come basis via confirmed intent to attend to Cindy Wells.We do ask that you provide your own transportation. Please take a moment to look at the detailed information here!

Food for Thought for Youth Pastors, Directors and Volunteers
When: Wednesday, Oct. 19, noon
Lunch and words of wisdom from Andrew just for youth pastors, directors and volunteers
Where: DeWitt Dining Center, Vermeer South Dining Room, Northwestern College, Orange City
Lunch cost: $10/person
Register by Oct. 10

LYF (Living Your Faith) High School Youth Gathering
When: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Praise and worship and more words of wisdom from Andrew
DeWitt Learning Commons, Vogel Community Room, Northwestern College, Orange City
Free; refreshments will be provided

Friends - YES..... this is for real!!...a 17 piece BIG BAND playing in Sioux City...
the band is from Roseville Lutheran Church in the Twin Cities.
Free concert !!
When: Friday, October 21st, 7 pm
Where: St. Mark, Sioux City, 5200 Glenn Ave

Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968