Western Iowa Synod
God's work. Our hands.
Twice monthly news update for the Western Iowa Synod-ELCA

Installation of Pastor Yeske
Bishop Lorna H. Halaas recently officiated the installation of Pastor Jennifer Yeske, newly called to serve at Bethlehem Lutheran, Red Oak, and Faith Lutheran Church, Griswold.
LSI Selected for Refugee/Immigrant Welcome Center
Lutheran Social Services in Iowa has been selected to develop and oversee a new welcome and empowerment center for refugees and immigrants in Central Iowa. LSI was the successful applicant in a competitive bid process by Polk County, the City of Des Moines and the Greater Des Moines Partnership.This project is designed to fill a community need: to assist and support refugees and immigrants who call Iowa home. Read more in this Des Moines Register article
Retreats & Eats
On Oct. 19,  one-day away women's retreat,Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, offers rest, relaxation along with learning, worship, great food and free time. Keynote speaker Pastor Nicole Woodley, pictured left, will present “It’s a Brut-if-al Life - Finding signs of hope in the midst of life’s struggles."
800-OKO-BOJI for details and to register.
Noon, Sunday, Oct. 20
315 Hamilton
Adults - $7
Ages 4-7 - $3
Ages 3-Under - Free


"Thankful/Grateful for Women Who Have Encouraged Us in Our Ministries" 
 Gathering of Rostered Women of Word & Sacrament
10 am - 2 pm
Oct. 28, 2019 
To register, email Trish Underberg at
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Global Companions
Conference of Bishops Stance...
The Conference of Bishops of the ELCA continues to stands with
and holds up in prayer the people of Venezuela during the current multifaceted crisis within their nation. We care about the consequences of this crisis as already felt in neighboring countries and about its wider impact on international peace and security. Read more at Chile - 2019 Conference of Bishops Statement/Venezuelan Crisis.
Tanzania at a Glance...
  • The school continues to have a very good reputation and could admit more students, but the campus dorms and classrooms are maxed out.Girls school is at capacity with roughly 320 girls attending.
  • CAD is having a promising year growing tea. They have also raised maize on a couple of acres and with prices strong looking forward to a good return.
  • The well water team is doing a good job. Ten wells were budgeted for and to date seven wells have been attempted. Five have been successful and two ran into rock and didn't produce. The final three wells should be drilled by the end of November.
  • SACCOS are doing well in the Southern Diocese. Money from WIS was forwarded to Iranga Hope to strengthen the current sites.
Elected to assist in doing the work of the Synod, the Western Iowa Synod Council met on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Trinity Lutheran, Alta. The gathering was hosted by Dean and Barb Christiansen, Deb and Eldon Peterson, Beth and Russ Winterhof, all of Trinity. Synod Council members were nominated by Conferences and elected at Synod Assembly. Pictured: Synod Council and Alta-Trinity hosts. Thank you, Trinity-Alta, for your amazing hospitality!

Winds of Hope Forum 
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Back Room, The Fruited Plain Cafe 
172 N. Main Ave, Sioux Center 51250
Gather 9:30-10 am
Text study 10-12 pm
12 pm- Lunch /The Fruited Plain

Sioux City Forum 
Tuesday, Nov. 19 
St. Mark, Glenn Ave., Sioux CIty
10 am Coffee
10:30 am Forum
 12 pm - Lunch $10

This forum will feature 
 Bishop Brian Maas (Nebraska) &
Bishop Lorna H. Halaas (Western Iowa) addressing these topics...
-2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly
-Perspectives On Ministry from
Both Sides of the Missouri
 Lifting Hearts & Hands in Prayer
We wait for the Lord, lifting up in prayer...
-Trish Underberg, Pastor, St. Akron; St. John, Craig
-Kathy McEnelly, Synod Council Member
-Rev. Jean McCartney, Missouri Valley
-Marilyn Berka, wife of Pastor Jim Berka
-Retired Pastor Carroll and Judy Lang
-Barbara Derby, mother of Melissa Munsen, Trinity, Akron
Congregation of the Week - Emanuel Lutheran, Council Bluffs, hopefully calling pastor by this date
Synod of the Week - Northern Illinois Synod, Bishop Jeffrey Clements
Send congregational events, ministries, celebrations for consideration to paula.damon@wisynod.org or julie.cook@wisynod.org.