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 secretaries and congregational members via your bulletin, facebook page, email, etc, and invite and encourage them to attend the events as We Are Church Together!! 

Synod of the week:  Delaware-Maryland Synod, Bishop William Gohl Jr.
Congregation of the week: Our Saviors, Rock Valley, Kandi Anderson (TEEM Candidate)
  • President & Government
  • Netherlands as they voted on Wed.
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Chris Lang - Recovering from surgery
  • Pastor Trudy Peterson - in acute care
  • Daniel Holste - recovering from surgery
  • Rev. Filemon Diaz, Señor de la Misericordia Ministry
  • James Rut, Thanksgiving Lutheran Ministry
  • Many (approx. 14) Bishops who were sick at the Bishop's academy last week, including Bishop Prois

In This Issue:

Spring Fling Administrative Assistant's Gathering
When: Wednesday, April 19th, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Western Iowa Synod Office
318 E Fifth St, Storm Lake
Who: Church Administrative Assistants
Cost: $20 on or before April 10th, $25 after April 10th
Pastors and Council Presidents, Administrative Assistant's Day is Wednesday, April 26th, why not register and send your admin. asst. to the Western Iowa Synod's Spring Administrative Assistants Gathering the week before. It will be a great day of learning, laughing, sharing ideas, and enjoying the fellowship of one another!! 
Flier w/registration
Register On-line Here
For Sale-
St. Paul's Lutheran in Atlantic, IA has Welcome/Sign in binders. Excellent condition, 30 available @ $2ea plus shipping.
Call April @ 712-243-3678 if interested
Just One Week
Invite your entire faith community to take a small health and wellness step together. Add three healthy practices into the life of your church — for just one week.
Just One Week is like a taste test. For seven days, invite your congregation to add a little movement, try a few centering opportunities, and gather to eat only healthy foods. One week isn't enough time to become healthier. But it is enough time to start meaningful health and wellness conversations. Begin on a Sunday with all the Sunday-related activities. Finish the following Sunday. More info here!
Collecting Medical Supplies in Memory of Dr. Jason
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:  We write to officially inform you with sad and heavy hearts on the sudden passing of Dr. Jason Mtokoma of a lung ailment at the young age of 42.  As you may be aware, the Western Iowa Synod worked diligently over a number of years to support Jason through medical school with the understanding of his return service to the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, at its Ilembula Lutheran Hospital, where a most dire need for medical professionals exists.  Decades of hoped for medical service are dashed in the place where life in general can be very fragile.  He leaves behind a wife and two young children.  His patients are grieving as well.  Let us please hold them all in prayer.

As you may also be aware, the Western Iowa Synod is having a drive for medical equipment and supplies that will be brought to our synod assembly in June and offered to Global Health Ministries in Minnesota.  GHM collects warehouses of such items for redistribution to Lutheran medical facilities in the global south.  It is the intention of the WIS to then collaborate with GHM to add medical supply and equipment to the Ilembula Lutheran Hospital in the year ahead.

Won't you please join us in honoring Dr. Jason Mtokoma by participating fully in this drive! Inform others!  Seek items from area clinics, hospitals, and medical supply outlets!

See assembly webpage for more details and list of desired items and kits.  Medical drive flier here!

Asante Sana (Thank you very much) & Mungu awabariki (God bless you all!)  
Cindy Wells, Director for Global Mission
Reformation 500
Reformation Resources
Please check out the Reformation 500 Facebook page for more ideas and upcoming events!!  You can also logon to the website here, for upcoming Reformation events, resources and news!! If your congregation is planning a Reformation event or activity please let us know!! Send pictures and information to Lynn at Lynn.egesdal@wisynod.org
Reformation Festival

Join us Oct. 27-28 for a Reformation Festival featuring speakers and workshops addressing key Reformation themes in theology and music.

Attend a performance on Friday evening by the National Lutheran Choir of "Holy Spirit Mass," a new choral work commissioned for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, at Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis. Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen has been commissioned to write this significant new work.

On Saturday afternoon, the festival will conclude with a worship service at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach and local church choirs will sing.

Register now for this historic celebration! Hosted by Luther Seminary and the National Lutheran Choir and sponsored by Central Lutheran Church  More info here!
Chrism Mass for Rostered Leaders
What is a Chrism Mass?
A Chrism Mass is a service held during Holy Week and presided over by a synodical bishop. At this unique liturgy, the blessing of oil is coupled with a renewal of vows for rostered leaders. The traditional day for this service is Maundy Thursday (when some traditions believe the first ordinations took place). In some places (especially in geographically large synods), bishops make provision for several chrism masses throughout the synod to enable all rostered leaders to participate. Here are the scheduled Chrism Masses for the Western Iowa Synod, all will begin at 10 am:

April 7      St. Paul, Treynor
April 10    Immanuel, Akron
April 11    Grace, Ft. Dodge

Following the Chrism Mass, we invite those interested, to eat together at a local restaurant!
The Fort Dodge Forum Spring 2017 Schedule
The Forum meets at Grace Lutheran Church, Fort  Dodge. 

Forums begin at 9:30 am with coffee and fellowship.  The program runs from 10 until noon.  A catered meal (about $8) is available to conclude the event at noon.The Forum costs $40 per session, payable at the time of the forum. Join us for another year of learning together as we strive to lead our congregations into God's future. Complete schedule can be found here!
Rostered Ministers Gathering - Registration is Open
August 7-10, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia
Early Registration is March 1- May 31 @ $245 (includes meals but not lodging)
Registration June 1- July 23 @ $295  (includes meals but not lodging)  More info here!
Assembly - June 9-11, 2017
Theme: We Are Lutheran: Opening Doors
The Western Iowa Synod's Annual Assembly will be here in just a little over three months. Please watch this area of the eSpirit for Assembly News and updates. You can also find many resources and information on our website! 

The Assembly Planning Committee is looking for networks, organizations, small businesses, etc. that would like to have a display table or vendor booth at the assembly. Please spread the word and if you or someone you know would like to have a display table or are a vendor, fill out the form here and return as instructed on the form.
  • Resolutions are due by April 7th; resolution information can be found here
  • Register your voting members on-line here!

Rostered Minister's Preassembly Gathering
When: Friday, June 9th
Time: 9:30 am - approx. 2:00 pm (lunch included, but must pre-register on assembly registration form)
Where: Augustana Lutheran Church, 600 Court St., Sioux City (within walking distance of the convention center)
All rostered leaders are encouraged to make their best effort to attend this event and the synod assembly!!
Faith, Science, and the Freedom to Serve
5th Annual Faith Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Speakers: Dr. Philip Clayton and Rev. Siri Erickson
This year's Faith Conference will explore the creative alliances being built between religion and science in order to address the world's most pressing challenges. More info and registration here!
57th Summer Institute for Church Leaders with Rev. Dave Daubert
When: July 10-13, 2017
Where: Gettysburg Seminary
Cost: Depends on option you choose
Renewal in our Congregations through Spiritually Grounded Change to be Re-Rooted in our Communities. More info and registration here!

July 21-23, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN
The BOLD GATHERING is a weekend for men to come together to learn, to worship, to network, and be equipped to BOLDY live out their faith! We are proud to announce our friend and artist who will be at the BOLD Gathering! William Butler, nationally known artist!!
ELCA Women's Gathering
The Tenth Triennial Gathering
When: July 13-16, 2017
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn
Theme: "All Anew"

*If you are interested in transportation to the Women's Gathering a bus has been secured and will make stops in Atlantic, Carroll, and Storm Lake. If you would like to participate please contact one of the coordinators as soon as possible!! More information and contact information can be found here!!
And Many More Upcoming Events:

25th Annual Festival of Homiletics, May 15-19, 2017

“Preaching on the Borders” is the theme for the 25th Annual Festival of Homiletics, which will be held in San Antonio, TX,May 15-19, 2017. Presenters include: Rob Bell; Nadia Bolz-Weber; Barbara Brown Taylor; Walter Brueggemann; Adam Hamilton; Rolf Jacobson; Bishop Craig Satterlee; Will Willimon; and more.  For details, visit www.festivalofhomiletics.com or call (651) 523-1645

WIYLDE, June 11-14, 2017, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
High school youth from ELCA congregations are invited to the Wholly Iowa Youth Leadership Discipling Event June 11-14 at Luther College in Decorah. This annual camp is designed to help high school youth learn how to become future leaders of the church. WIYLDE offers three tracks designed to give in-depth knowledge and training on a particular type of leadership. The teens will meet in small groups to discuss and put into action what they learn.  More info here!

“Rise, Remember Well the Future,” July 10-13
Celebrate the treasures of the last 500 years and look to the future and God’s covenant of faithfulness in all that is yet to be. Opening worship will be held at Saint Olaf College, site of the constituting ALCM convention in 1986. In plenaries led by Chad Fothergill, Daniel Schwandt, and Mary Louise Bringle, we will reflect on the changing role of the cantor—the leader of the church’s song—as we move confidently into a future blessed by our heritage and full of many changes in the church and its music. More info and registration here...

ELCA Rostered Leaders Gathering, August 7-10, 2017

The first ever ELCA Rostered Leaders Gathering will be held in Atlanta, GA, August 7-10, 2017. The theme will be “On the Way Together” and will feature worship, education and fellowship. For details, click here; or call 1 (800) 638-3522; ext. 2552.
Quick Links
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968