Gospel for this coming Sunday
Matthew 14:13-21
13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15 When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves." 16 Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." Full Gospel reading...
Why does Jesus tell the disciples to feed the crowd when he knows they lack supplies to do so?  #Workingpreacher
Weekly eNews for members and friends of the Western Iowa Synod

Please share this information with your congregational secretaries, leaders and congregational members via your bulletin, facebook page, email, etc, and invite/encourage them to attend the events/ opportunities to Open Doors to others!
In This Issue:

Reformation Resources:

The Pianoman.....the story continues!!
Blog inspiration...we invite you to follow the story
  • Challenging Situations
  • School Days
I invite you to follow along on the Pianoman's journey, check it out here!!

Global Church Sunday

This October, as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us for Global Church Sunday by celebrating and supporting our church’s missionaries! No matter who they are or where they serve, every missionary needs your prayers, support and gifts to live out their ministry. 

Each year, more than 225 ELCA missionaries, including Young Adults in Global Mission, serve in more than 40 countries around the world. They are sent by the ELCA in response to invitations from our companion churches and serve in a variety of roles, working alongside our companions to proclaim the gospel, raise up leaders, care for those in need and develop new ways of being church together.

If each of the ELCA’s 9,300 congregations made a gift of $500 or more to Missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission in commemoration of the 500th anniversary, we could raise nearly $5 million for these life-changing ministries. This is a historic milestone for the Lutheran church and an exciting opportunity to participate in the ongoing Reformation. Will you join us?  

Your congregation received a packet with a Global Church Sunday booklet and other materials earlier this month. View the Global Church Sunday booklet, poster and bulletin insert to get started today! Have questions or looking for other ways to get involved? Contact the Global Church Sponsorship team at 800-638-3522 or globalchurch@elca.org. 
More info and resources are available here.
In God's peace,
Andrew G. Steele
Director, Global Church Sponsorship
Faith re-formation in the year of Reformation 500 by Bishop Prois
One of the pegs that Martin Luther hung his theological hat on was sole fide, faith alone. His understanding of God’s mission in the world changed when he realized that works don’t bring about a right relationship with God, but God brings it about through the faith we are given. The well-worn piece of Scripture goes: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God … (Ephesians 2:8). Grace is what God does on behalf of humans and all creation—but what exactly faith is remains a point of confusion.

Many will talk about our church as the Lutheran “faith,” or our neighbors as being of the Roman Catholic “faith,” the Methodist “faith” and so on. For the sake of this discussion, I would ask you to think of faith as...complete article and others from the Living Lutheran Insert here.

Synods: South Carolina Synod, Bishop Yoos & Staff
Northwestern Ohio Synod, Bishop Daniel Beaudoin & Staff

Congregations: St. Olaf Lutheran Fort Dodge and Pastors David Grindberg and John Sersland; Immanuel Lutheran, Kimballton and Sam Jacobs
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Lorene Glant
  • Rev. Trudy Peterson
  • Rev. Stephanie Sanborn, health concerns
  • Family of Rev. Floyd Olsen who passed away on June 6, he served at First, Sioux Rapids
  • Those traveling to Atlanta for the Rostered Ministers Gathering
102 Years Young this past Spring
Freda Brosamle is a lifetime member of St. John's Cushing and their oldest member currently! 
  • Born on Palm Sunday -- March 28, 1915
  • She still hates to miss church on Sundays and said "my week just isn't perfect until I've been to church."
  • When reminiscing with me she spoke of the chicken suppers and annual harvest festival at church as well as the long time ecumenical service held jointly with the Methodist church in the park in Cushing. She also spoke fondly of her Sunday school memories as well as later being very active in "Ladies Aid."
  • Freda lives one day at a time. 
  • Freda said many scripture verses and hymns go through her mind these days and she cites Amazing Grace and Away in the Manger as favorite hymns. 
  • She and her husband (Raymond "Tootie" Brosamle; Raymond died in 2005) farmed outside of town prior to moving into Cushing in 1977. Two children -- Rodney and Gail. 
  • Freda enjoys visits from her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren
  • Freda was also listed in the Living Lutheran Magazine; what amazing knowledge and stories Freda must have!!
The 10th Triennial Gathering
- Women of the ELCA

  • Nearly 3,400 participants attended the gathering, and more than 1,300 were first-timers.
  • $49,094.60 was raised in Thursday evening's Thankoffering service.
  • 404 participants ran in the Run, Walk and Roll, and $19,116 was raised for seed grants to support Women of the ELCA's health initiative, Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls. (If you didn't get a chance to contribute to the initiative at the gathering, you can do so here.)
  • In-kind gifts included more than $19,000 in gift cards, more than 27,000 items of hygiene products, clothing, quilt kits, and Days for Girls kits. 
  • 5,850 labyrinths were collected and given to gathering and convention participants. The remainder will be distributed to various ministries in the Twin Cities.
  • Nearly $64,000 was collected during Sunday's service of Holy Communion. The offering is being shared among PV for Phebe (25 percent); Cherish All Children (25 percent); and Women of the ELCA (50 percent). (To give regularly to Women of the ELCA, enroll in our Faithful Friends program.)
  • 97 people gave blood for a total of 81 good units. Each unit is separated into red cells, platelets and plasma, which could potentially help 243 people.
Healthy Meeting Starters
Get your committee, staff, or council meeting off to a grace-filled start by taking time to center your thoughts and connect with God and one another. This set of three healthy meeting starters was created by ELCA Wellness Manager Tammy Devine.
  • Forgiven & Sent engages our bodies in prayer
  • Quieting Body & Mind guides us to be present
  • Name Your State helps us share our state of mind
This information should not be considered or used as a substitute for professional health care advice. By providing this information, Portico Benefit Services is not providing any medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Each individual is responsible for his or her own health and medical treatment decisions. You should talk with your doctor to determine the lifestyle changes and health care treatment options appropriate for you.

Opening Doors to Haiti

Rev. Brian Jack assisting in worship at Redemption Lutheran in Pasquette near Jacmel (southern coast of Haiti). Pictured left to right, Pr. Olan, Looloo - translator, and Pastor Brian.
The image to the right shows construction progress on a church building from their travels in 2016 to this year's visit to the congregation of "God with us" in the mountainside of Petionville. Pr. Emmanuel stands on the newly constructed roof thanks in part to a grant from the WIS Mission Endowment Committee. 

Pastor Brian will be giving a presentation on For Daughters ministry in Haiti at Salem Lutheran, Creston on Wednesday, August 16th at 6:00 pm if anyone is interested in hearing more about this ministry. 

2017 Governor's Volunteer Award
St. Mark Lutheran Church in Sioux City has been named a recipient of the 2017 Governor's Volunteer Award by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. St. Mark was nominated by Jean Logan of the Community Action Agency (in appreciation for many years of monthly donations to the agency's food pantry, and involvement in other hunger-related ministries).

This award will be presented (to St. Mark and other numerous groups) on August 9th at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.
Women’s Empowerment in Chile!!
Reformation Theme: “Creation is not for sale!”
Help support participation at the National Evangelical Lutheran Women’s Convention in Chile in November of 2017!

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile kindly asks for Western Iowa Synod accompaniment and financial support as they strive to bring 10 women from each of 10 congregations together for 3 days of national gathering in Nov. 2017. Please send any/all support by Sept. 30, 2017. Flier w/more info here!
Share your congregation's story of Opening Doors
The theme for this year's assembly and throughout the upcoming year is We Are Lutheran: Opening Doors. Please share stories with us about how your congregation is opening doors to people, organizations, the community, or the world. Send your stories to Lynn so they may be shared with others through the eSpirit.

Register Now! -                  

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 and more information here!!
Western Iowa Synod Discipleship Academy For the Baptized
            Register Now!! Classes start with a retreat on August 25-26!!                                      
Deepening our life in Christ; flowing outward in our baptismal call to Discipleship
  • Do you have a desire to learn more about the Bible, Lutheran theology, God’s mission and the work of Christ’s church?
  • Do you wonder how you can use your God-given gifts to impact God’s mission in the church, community and world around you?
  • Do you feel called to serve in a deeper and broader way?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Discipleship Academy is right for you!
Fall classes will be starting soon!!! Don't wait, Sign up NOW!!!
Discipleship Academy Flier
Registration Form
Network Meeting - Saturday Sept 23rd - Save the Date
This year's network meeting will focus on Interculturality!!
The Interculturality Development Inventory can help each of us, and we as a group, determine where we are on the spectrum of intercultural denial to acceptance. More about the specifics of the inventory can be learned at https://idiinventory.com/ The agenda for the synod’s annual All Network meeting will be focused on this beginning step in our attempt to reduce systemic racism in our area. The Reverend Sunitha Mortha, Director for Mission Formation in the Global Mission Unit of the ELCA, will share how the results of the inventory can help establish plans for broadening our understanding of cultures. The Mission Center Team and the Synod Council will have already completed their inventories, and during this meeting members of any of the synod’s networks will learn how they can become part of this vital study and process of learning. Please plan to attend and accept the invitation to join us in “Changing Hearts in the Heartland”. This meeting will be held on September 23, noon to 3:30pm, starting with lunch, at the United Methodist Church, 211 E 3rd St., Storm Lake. Letter of invite and information here!
The public is invited to a free Christian concert at Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs, on Saturday, August 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring Rachel Kurtz, a Minneapolis-based songwriter, performer and recording artist.

A remarkable vocalist and magnetic stage presence, Kurtz has released a new 11-song collection of original soul, Americana, and gospel tracks backed by some of Minneapolis’ finest session musicians. More info here...


First Lutheran Church, Sioux Rapids, Iowa

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Please plan to attend the celebration of  500 years of the Reformation of the Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 23, 2017 with a 5K Walk/Fun Run and pork patty meal to follow. Flier w/more info here!


Camp for those who have had a Stroke!!

An exciting camp is coming to Siouxland! This unique camp is for adults of all ages who have had a stroke, along with their spouse or caregiver. It is a weekend full of usual camp experiences and relaxation with modifications that allow EVERY camper to enjoy their experience. The camp runs from Friday September 15th-Sunday September 17that Inspiration Hills, just outside Inwood Iowa. This location was specifically chosen because of its unique private, hotel like accommodation that provides both fun and privacy. For additional information please call Nicole Shea RN at 712-279-5879 or visit www.strokecamp.org. Join us and lets have FUN AT CAMP!

Celebrating the Reformation - Worship Services - Mark your calendar!
October 15th - at Grace Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge
October 22nd - at First Lutheran in Sioux City
October 31st - joint reformation worship w/Nebraska Synod at St John, Council Bluffs
Quick Links
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968