Western Iowa Synod Weekly eSpirit
The eSpirit is a weekly electronic newsletter for congregational leaders containing synodical news and events along with stories or articles on how we live out "We Are Church Together!" This information is intended to be dispersed to members of the congregations on a regular basis, via bulletins, facebook, newsletters and announcements. Thank you!!
Let us join together in prayer.....

  • Our 12 Tanzania travelers beginning their journey home
  • Congregations in transition
  • Olympic Athletes 
  • ELCA Churchwide Assembly in session & WIS Voting members

Those attending the Churchwide Assembly:
Bishop Rodger Prois
Brian Campbell, VP
Rev. Jay Denne
Karen Post
Rev. Carla Johnsen

Paul Abbott
Haley Abbott
Rachel Smith
Edna Karisa
Rev. Katie Russell
Rev. Chris Lang
Denise Kramer Tolzmann
John Jorgensen
Daniel Holste
Discipleship Academy (formerly known as Lay School of ministry)
Last Call for registrations!!  Deadline extended!!
Call 712-732-4968 for more information and to get your name on the class list!
ELCA Churchwide Assembly via Livestream
Thursday morning at 8 am CDT the Churchwide Assembly will reconvene. Watch it here!!

"Declaration on the Way" passes at today's vote!! 

Today the Churchwide Assembly voted to receive "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist" – an ecumenical document that makes visible a pathway to Christian unity between Catholics and Lutherans. Read more about this document here!!

Pictured to the right in the green shirts are part of the Western Iowa Synod voting members!
ConFest Events - Fall 2016 & Spring 2017
Western Iowa Synod's annual ConFest events will be held again, twice in the fall and twice next spring. ConFest is a confirmation festival of sorts. It is an evening for confirmation students, along with their leaders, to come together for worship, learning, fellowship and experience being Church Together! 
  • October 5th - St Paul, Atlantic
  • October 12th - Bethany, Spencer
  • February 15th - Trinity, Moville
  • February 22nd - TBD (Gowrie or Ft. Dodge Area)
Registration for the fall events will begin on September 1st!
Spring event registration will begin on January 5th!
Sioux City "Tour of Churches" Has Begun

Sunday, July 31 began a "Tour of Churches" in Sioux City/Sergeant Bluff.  More than 50 participants in the first tour heard the stories of St. Mark, St. Luke, and New Life congregations.  And in grand Lutheran fashion, food and more stories were shared at the Pizza Ranch in Sergeant Bluff.  The early phases of the "Tour of Churches" will be a cooperative effort by ELCA congregations.  We each bring unique aspects of life to the work we share - Pastors, Leaders, Art, Culture, History, and on and on.....continued below...
The second Tour will be on August 28 and participants will visit Trinity, St. John, and First Lutheran congregations.  Later phases will branch out to include the other partners at the Faith Table in Siouxland.  All invited to learn about where we've been, where we are currently, and dream together about where we will be Church Together in the years to come.
For the Health of It
Be Still
Open Your Heart to God’s Suggestion

One of Portico's featured wellness activity invites you to strengthen your emotional well-being through daily prayer practice. Intentional, daily practice can help us calm our minds, clarify our relationship with God, and restore our sense of self. Less encumbered by fear and anxiety, we’re more resilient people, better able to shape healthy, resilient communities.

How to Do This Activity
  • Strive to practice 5 – 10 minutes most days. Be gentle with yourself if you need to skip a day or shorten your practice.
  • Try each topic ― gratitude, strength & vulnerability, self-awareness ― for at least two weeks.
  • More here...
We Are Church Together!
VBS Helps Others Around the World!
Grace Lutheran Church, Ft. Dodge Pastor, Dan Kahl, and Vacation Bible School Coordinators Laura Walters and Ellyn Lemke are pictured here with a check to God's Global Barnyard. 80 energetic VBS students, their parents and congregation members, raised  $2000 in offerings to support sustainable development projects of ELCA World Hunger. The gift will purchase oxen & plow, cows, sheep, goats, fish, and other animals to help families become self-sufficient and escape the cycle of hunger and poverty. 
We Are Church Together!
Western Iowa Synod Events

Fall Convo 2016
for ELCA Rostered Leaders

FOCUS:  Preaching and Renewing Worship
Dates:     September 18-20, 2016

Begins with dinner at 6:00 pm on Sunday, Ends at 11:30 am on Tuesday (Tuesday lunch is on your own)
Location:   Lutheran Lakeside Camp – Spirit Lake, Iowa
Cost:          $170 for meals, speakers, meeting space (this cost does not include lodging)
                                     (payable to Western Iowa Synod)
                    *non-rostered spouses are welcome to attend, cost is $170
Register On-line Here
Mark Your Calendars
  • ​Youth trip to Tanzania                                            July 21 - Aug 12
  • Churchwide Assembly                                           August 8 - 13
  • Western Iowa Youth Leaders Gathering              August 18th @ 11:30, Spencer​​
  • Dean's Meeting                                                           August 24th @ 9:30 am
  • Synod Council Meeting/Network Meeting          September 17th
  • Rostered Leader Fall Convo                                  September 18-20
  • ConFest                                                                    October 5th, St Paul, Atlantic
  • ConFest                                                                    October 12th, Bethany, Spencer
  • WIS Assembly 2017                                                  June 9 - 11, 2017, Sioux City, IA
Events in and around the Synod
Tour of Churches, Sioux City, IA

When: Sunday, August 28th, 4:00 pm
Tour includes these churches:
Trinity Lutheran - Starting point, 1122 Jackson St.
St John Lutheran - 2801 Jackson St.
First Lutheran - Final destination w/dinner
3939 Cheyenne Blvd.
Cupcakes Conversations @ Camp
Join us at Lutheran Lakeside for leadership development days packed full of conversation sharing, workshop learning, camp exploring and cupcake eating!! Each session is from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm; Only $5 per session/person; includes lunch and materials.

  • September 17th - Wonder about how to "think theologically" with children and youth. Play and learn new games! Enjoy cupcakes and conversation!
  • September 24th - Wonder and discover through prayer. Lean how to develop "camp worship" opportunities. Enjoy cupcakes and conversation!
  • October 8th - Wonder and re-imagine creatively. Explore and rediscover God's creative presence and vision for our lives. Enjoy making camp creations. Enjoy cupcakes and conversation!
  • October 15th - Wonder and discover how to explore creation. Take time, walk around and learn how camp shares God's love of creation. Enjoy cupcakes and conversation!

All are welcome!! RSVP to Lutheran Lakeside at 712-336-2109
Additional questions email stmarkkandi@iw.net
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