"Joyfully called as servants to accompany congregations and leaders in God's mission: 
Praying. Encouraging. Serving. Equipping. Stewarding."  Eph 4:11-13
 
 
 
 
 





 
 
 
 
  • ​​Synod of the week: Upstate New York, Bishop John Macholz
  • Congregation of the week: St.John Lutheran Albert City & Rev. John Meyer
  • Chris Prois recovering from shoulder surgery
  • Chilean earthquake victims
  • Tanzania as they approach national elections               
  • Pope Francis visit to the USA                   
  • Lorinda Hoover (wife of Pastor James Mossman) prayers for healing and strength.
 
 
 
 
 
Facts and Ideas
  • Pastor Appreciation Day is always the second Sunday in October (Oct. 11, 2015), and October is celebrated as Clergy Appreciation Month.​
  • About 44,000 people serve as clergy in the United States. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2012)
  • Some 77% of Americans identify as Christian, according to Gallup research conducted in December 2012.
  • Christians made up nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion people. (Source: Global Christianity: A Report of the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population, Pew Research Center, Dec. 2011)
 10 Ideas for Pastor Appreciation Month
 
 
Ideas Click Here!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations Tami Groth!!!

On Monday night September 28 at Fall Convo Tami Groth, wife of Rev. Shawn Brooks was consecrated as a Diaconal minister and will be serving at St. Croix Hospice in Spencer. Please welcome and pray for Tami as she begins this call to service.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chile Earthquake

The Situation:
An 8.3-magnitude earthquake, the worst this year, hit off the coast of central Chile on Sept. 16, killing a dozen people and causing 1 million people to evacuate their homes. The earthquake likely caused billions in damage and lasted for more than three minutes. Following the shocks, tsunami waves hit the coast further north and south of the quake's epicenter. Hundreds of families are now without their homes, businesses, electricity and drinking water.

Our Response:
Lutheran Disaster Response is already in the process of assessing the urgent needs in areas impacted by the disaster. Communication with our companion church and partners on the ground has informed us of the current situation and a community-based support strategy is underway. As a church, we have a long history of standing with our brothers and sisters in Chile. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to stand with and support the needs of those greatly impacted by the earthquake. 

What you can do: 
Pray:
Pray for those who are affected by the earthquake and tsunami, that they may be granted peace and healing.
Give:
Your
gifts are needed now to help with immediate relief. Gifts designated for the Chile Earthquake will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted.
Connect:
To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:
  • Use this bulletin insert to inform your congregation and encourage support.
  • Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.
  • Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.
  • Like Lutheran Disaster Response on Facebook and follow @ELCALDR onTwitter.
 
 
Gifts Link
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City

Jaci Thorson from Immanuel was kind enough to share some of the "fun" her words exactly, of how Immanuel's congregation contributed to God’s work. Our hands. Day.

After a festive worship service we enjoyed a potluck brunch and service project opportunities for all.Some projects included: filling up the grocery cart for the Forest City Neighborhood Food Bank, folding & started filling boxes for Operation Christmas Child, provided a change to tie a quilt or a fleece blanket for LWR, offered prayer shawls. Signed up to be a ‘church mouse’ to college students, made cross gifts for Good Samaritan Society residents, did random act of kindness washing car windows, packed up ‘welcome care packages’ for Waldorf College international students… an awesome morning!
 
 
 
 
 
Today, for the first time since World War II, there are more than 50 million refugees in the world. Yet Lutherans are not discouraged: we continue to meet conflict, war, and persecution with God's love.

LIRS invites your congregation, your school, and your community to join us in celebrating the power of God's love to transform the lives of those fleeing horrifying danger. By setting aside one Sunday this year to consider the courageous and often perilous journey made by millions of refugees, we can prepare our hearts to welcome each newcomer in Christ's name and support their new life in America.

For more information and worship materials for you and your congregation please follow the link: Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service

Please share with us how your congregation celebrated your Refugee Sunday!
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
Starting soon!!!
 
 
 
 
Our first technology training class, Church Audio Basics, will be Saturday, October 3rd in Maple Grove, MN. This introductory course will provide participants a better understanding of how sounds systems work, how to use them effectively in worship, and teach basic troubleshooting. Send us your Sunday morning audio engineers! For more info and registration click here.
 
 
 
 
 
Churches' Week of Action on Food
 
 
 
 
What is it?
Churches’ Week of Action on Food is an opportunity for Christians all over the world to act and speak out together on food-justice issues. Together, we can raise awareness about food production and distribution systems, examine our own food consumption, call for policy changes that will ensure the right to food for everyone and raise money to support programs that help fight hunger. Our faith calls us to action, and through ELCA World Hunger, we commit to pursuing a world of justice where all are fed.
Learn moreDownload the toolkit

Save the date
Mark your calendar for the week of Oct. 11-18 as we join together for prayer, action and support around food justice. Special dates to consider observing:


How do I get involved?
ELCA World Hunger has a variety of ways you can get involved. Activate your congregation in urging Congress to support the Global Food Security Act of 2015. Consider fasting on World Food Day (Oct. 16) and pray for those who go hungry each day. Visit the ELCA World Hunger blog to find resources you can use with children, youth and adults in your congregation to learn more about faith, food, and caring for God’s world. Coordinate a food drive in your congregation with the help of ELCA World Hunger’s Road Map to Food Drives. Become informed through the Zero Hunger Challenge. Take a special offering on Sunday, Oct. 18, and support our commitment to fighting hunger in nearly 60 countries, including the United States.
 
 
 
 
 
What can we do now that we couldn't do when we were a solo congregation?

How can we envision our mission as a parish and not just congregation?


Join us for our First Annual Shared Ministry Conference on October 23 & 24
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday-Rostered Leaders      
Saturday-Congregation Councils                                                           
Location: St.John Lutheran Church in Pomeroy, IA
Cost is $20:person includes lunch​

Please use the link for more information and to RSVP
 
 
More Information
 
 
 
 Vibrant Faith Event
in the Western Iowa Synod
coming soon!!
 
 
 
 
Forming Faith Everyday, Everywhere
​​Join us on October 31st .....as 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. 
 
 
Register Here
Flier
 
 
 
Please visit our web site for information and upcoming dates:
 
 
Click Here
 
 
  • Thankfulness
  • ConFest
  • 2015 Hope Leadership Conference
  • SACCOS Update
  • ​Region 5 Global Mission and World Hunger Gathering​
  • Jr and Sr High
    Youth Gatherings
  • Travel to the Holy Land
  • 2016 Youth Mission Trip to Tanzania
​​****We will continue to update our website with more information on these events as it becomes available.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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