eSpirit         Oct. 13th, 2016
ConFest 2016 - "You Belong"
Our two Fall ConFest events were well attended, a little over 200 people! Our theme was "you belong" using Romans 12:3-6. Above Bishop Prois is explaining at the event in Estherville how we are all church together and all a part of the body of Christ. Besides worshiping together the youth had an opportunity to get to know others in attendance and also attended a session on Bullying. What in the world does our faith have to do with bullying? Two more ConFest events are planned for February in Moville and Gowrie.

More pictures can be found on the Western Iowa Synod Facebook page!!
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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: Western Iowa Synod, Bishop Prois
Congregation of the week: Your congregation
  • Congregations in transition
  • The Church of the Damascus Road
  • Eastern Iowa Flood victims
  • For those in the path of or affected by the hurricane, and those assisting in the aftermath
  • Jessica Cook (Julie Cook's daughter) recovering from surgery
  • ConFest events, spirit continue to work through those in attendance
  • Pastor Filemon Diaz's installation on Sunday
  • Rev. Dr. Gabriel Nduye's mother, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor
World Food Day -
this Sunday, Oct. 16th
World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On Sunday, Oct. 16, people around the world will come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because, when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero. 
Join people from around the world to mark World Food Day as a special occasion to take action, learn more and join together to fight hunger. Consider taking a special offering for ELCA World Hunger in your congregation and support our church’s work in sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty. Read more...                              Resources and more info here!! 

This will assist in our synodical challenge to raise another $150K for World Hunger between now and Jan. 31. 2017!  
October is Pastor Appreciation Month 
Here are 5 ways you can support your leader throughout the year:
It takes intention to choose to live well. Whether through discussion with others or mulling it over on your own, use these tools to shape your focus as you identify a goal or two you'd like to work on.

Get the Conversation Started
How is your faith community encouraging its staff and members to be well? Use 5 Ways You Can Do Your Part to start a conversation with those most invested in creating a culture of health and wellness. It might be your personnel team, church council, parish nurse, or others. More here...

5 Ways to Care for Your Leader:
  1. Take your pastor for a stroll, not a donut.
  2. Respect your leader’s day off. Try not to text, email, message, Snapchat, or call (unless the church is on fire).
  3. Find all 5 ways here....
God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday is NOT Enough
St. Paul's Sunday school, Rockwell City, decided God's Work Our Hands Sunday once a year was not enough. Each month they now have a "Hands and Feet" service Sunday, partnering with different community ministries organizations. This day they were making casseroles and apple crisp for serving a meal and worshipping that next Tuesday at the Beacon of Hope Homeless shelter in Fort Dodge.
Installation for Pastor Diaz in Denison!

Join us this Sunday for the installation of Pastor Filemon Diaz, the minister of the new Latino ministry development in the Western Iowa Synod. 

Installation services will be held at 4 PM on Sunday, October 16th at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 14 S. 16th Street in Denison, Iowa. Clergy are invited to vest.  Reception to follow at local restaurant (those attending will cover their own meal cost).
“VOTE FAITHFULLY SUNDAY”: ELCA Advocacy has joined with our United Church of Christ and The Episcopal Church ecumenical advocacy partners in observing the Sunday before Election Day as "Vote Faithfully Sunday." This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and lift up every voice in our community, reflect on our commitment to the common good and prepare to cast our ballots. In October, ELCA Advocacy will provide a #votefaithfully toolkit for congregations that includes our #ELCAvotes resources and jointly created worship resources. More info here!                Monthly Advocacy updates here!
Synod Thankfulness Events (more info here)
All are welcome!! Come and hear about amazing ways we are being church together!!
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
Please bring a potluck dish to share!

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 27th
Join us at Lutheran Lakeside for leadership development days packed full of conversation sharing, workshop learning, camp exploring and cupcake eating!! One final session is on a Wednesday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Only $15 per session/person; includes lunch and materials. More info here!

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

Hymn Fest
When: Sunday, October 16th - 7:00 pm
Where: Augustana Lutheran Church, Sioux City
Cost: Freewill Offering
Rev. Del Olivier will present a hymn fest entitled "Praise God with Music". This event is for the whole family and there will be a freewill offering. Proceeds will go to the Augustana Lutheran Restoration Fund. 

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

Event for Spiritual Care Week
October 27, 2016
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn, 701 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa
Musician Richard Bruxvoort Colligan leads us in: 
    The Psalms:  Prayer Book of Despair, Disappointment, Healing and Hope
A time of teaching, singing, story-sharing and small groups. Flier here!

Richard Bruxvoort Colligan Concert
October 27, 2016 @ 7 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1122 Jackson Street, Sioux City
Free Will Offering will be taken  Poster here!

“Earth to Earth: Natural Burial as Spiritual Practice”
Where:Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
When: November 4-5, 2016
With the help of a diverse group of experts and practitioners, we will pursue a number of questions:
• how is natural burial being practiced, and what are the spiritual and theological interpretations it is given?
• what resources do individuals need to plan both practically and meaningfully for natural burial?
• what steps can communities of faith take to develop or deepen ministries of natural burial?
• how can hospice, funeral providers, cemeteries, and land trusts offer services for natural burial?
• how do the spiritualities of natural burial connect to wider concerns of justice, environmental care, inter-religious dialog, theology, and human meaning?

Quick Links

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