Don't miss out on the news, 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!! 
In This Issue:

Synod of the week: Western Iowa Synod as they prepare for Assembly next weekend.

Congregation of the week:

  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Lorene Glant
  • Rev. Trudy Peterson
  • IELCH new leadership:  Bishop Oscar Sanhueza Rodriguez and President Ann and various council members
  • Rev Arlyn Norris & family as they mourn the death of Wanda
  • Rev. Steve Ellerbusch, on hospice
  • Many synods holding their assembly in the next two weeks​​​​​​​
Portico's New Approach -
Let a Care Coordinator Assist You
What will it be like to work with a Care Coordinator? Watch this 4-minute excerpt from our recent webinar presented by Stacy Kruse, Portico’s Chief Operating and Financial Officer.
New Leadership in Chile
New leadership at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile!  Please rejoice and hold in prayer the newly-elected bishop of our companion synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile, Rev. Oscar Sanhueza Rodriguez, and church President Annegret Hoffmann Schuler, amid other new council members.   May God's grace abound and His Spirit guide during this time of transition and hope for the future.  Blessings one and all!
Companion Synods Sunday!  
June 3/4, 2017
Let us open doors in worship to God and in celebration of one another!!  Annually, we take time to lift up our companion synods relationships with both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile and the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.  It is a time to recognize and give thanks for the many ways in which we accompany and bless one another while striving, per our companion synods verse, "...that they may all be One" (Jn 17:21).   Join in and find ways to bring this to life in your congregation!  Many worship resources, hymns, litanies, cultural connections, funding ideas, etc. are available on the Western Iowa Synod website for your planning and implementation needs. 

Mungu Awabariki/God Bless You All/Que Dios Les Bendiga!
Assembly - June 9-11, 2017
7 Days till Assembly!!!

Theme: We Are Lutheran: Opening Doors

All Assembly Attendees, please be watching for an email with assembly information. 
Come Worship with us Everyone is Welcome!!...on Sunday, June 11th at the 2017 Western Iowa Synod Assembly closing Worship. It will begin at 10:30 am at the Sioux City Convention Center!!

There is a possibility that the assembly will be live streamed. Please watch your email and/or Facebook for more information on this the beginning of next week!
Memorial Service for Wanda Norris
(wife of Rev. Arlyn Norris)
Wanda Lee (Schoon) Norris died on May 20, 2017 at her winter home in Tucson, AZ. In the weeks before her death, many friends and family members surrounded Wanda with their love through their visits, phone calls and messages of encouragement.

On Monday June 5 a family visitation will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Treynor, from 7 to 9 pm. A second memorial service will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at 10:30am also at St. Paul Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Western Iowa Companion Synod projects (www.wisynod.org).

24 hours of triennial women's gathering costs about 12 cents a minute!!

What can you pack into 24 hours? A lot if you’re attending one day of the Tenth Triennial Gathering of Women of the ELCA.

Day registration—either Friday, July 14, or Saturday, July 15—at the triennial gathering is $175 or about 12 cents a minute. The event is at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn., July 13-16, 2017.

One-day registration gives you plenary sessions, including music and speakers, workshops and servant events, and full access to all the exhibitors and vendors. It also offers you fellowship with 2,500-3,000 other women of faith. Visit www.welcatg.org under the registration tab to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE! -                  

Fall Theological Conference

The 2017 Tri-Synodical Fall Conference for rostered leaders will be held at the Sheraton, West Des Moines from September 24-26, 2017.  Speakers Anna Madsen and Bishop Guy Erwin will address the:  the theme “The Reformation:  What’s at Stake?  Then and Now.”  Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will also be in attendance for a presentation and to preach and preside at the Monday evening communion service.  Registration will be available on-line beginning July 1.

Free Peder Eide Concert - June 5th at IOLBC

Peder Eide, Christian Musical Artist/songwriter/singer will be in concert on June 5th at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp (1203 Inwan St, Milford) in the chapel from 6-8 pm. Peder has been the speaker and worship leader at the synod's Jr & Sr High youth gatherings in past years.
Peder's concerts are kid and family friendly. Bring your family and/or youth group for a great concert!! We look forward to seeing you there!!
It's Time for Summer Camp
Not Too Late to Register
It's not to late to register you kids for summer camp at Lutheran Lakeside Camp. Check out all of the camps we have to offer www.lutheranlakeside.com. All are welcome and we hope to see you this summer! 

Family Camp Welcomes Mike and Sue Blair 
Our theme, Generation to Generation, will engage creativity, humor, storytelling, music and spiritual practices to explore new ways of telling Biblical stories and sharing our faith stories. Psalm 79 sings, “from generation to generation we will recount your praise .” Sue and Mike invite participants to bring imagination, insight, prayer and playfulness to the Psalmist’s call of sharing faith from generation to generation. All are welcome! Register today or for more information visit our website www.lutheranlakeside.com/familycamp 

Quilt Auction July 1st! 
Come and support camp at our fun, annual Quilt Auction! Buy a beautiful quilt, adopt a staff member, eat some delicious food, and have fun with the Lakeside community! All donations and bids go toward supporting Lutheran Lakeside Camp this summer so we can keep doing what we do best! Join us on July 1st at Lutheran Lakeside. 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Silent Auction, Quilt Viewing, & Lunch then at 1:00 PM the Live Auction Starts
Mike and Sue Blair, Family Camp Speakers
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!
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!!

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!!
And Many More Upcoming Events:
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...
Quick Links
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968