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!!
Tanzanian Rafiki (friend)
Our travelers that recently returned from Tanzania brought back with them a few letters for some friends in the Western Iowa Synod. There was several from Ester Kitunda (pictured to the right) for the friends she had met here last summer and also a general letter to all. Ester is finishing her time at the Igumbilo Lutheran Girls Secondary School in Chimala Tanzania. The letter was accompanied by this great drawing of a flower along with some words of inspiration. She will be taking her final exams in November of this year. Please keep Ester, her future and her family in your prayers. 
The Western Iowa Synod Office Will Be Closed

The Western Iowa Synod Mission Center will be closed on August 29th-31st as all team members will be attending a quad-synod retreat in Nebraska.
Let us join together in prayer.....

Synod: Northeastern Minnesota Synod, Bishop Thomas Aitken
Congregation: Lost Island Lutheran, Ruthven, Pastor Peter Morlock
  • Pastor Tonna Parson traveling to Louisiana  with household items for her daughter's family and others affected by flooding.
  • Pastor Willie Rosin, health issues
  • Pastor Chris Lang, relief from back pain
  • Wanda Norris, wife of Pastor Arlyn Norris, recurring cancer
  • Congregations in transition
  • Congregations and challenges they face
  • Students and teachers as classes begin
  • South Sudanese and Thanksgiving Lutheran
  • Dima and Family: Pastor Joy Gonnerman's foreign exchange student from Gaza, trying to exit and current bombing going on there.
  • Rev. Duane Olsen, on hospice
  • Congregations in interview process
Reformation 500 Resources
The Together by Grace Study Guide is now available as a free digital download! Reading and discussing Together by Grace as a group provides an opportunity to look at Lutheranism from its roots in the Reformation to its realities 500 years later. Each of the six sessions offer a variety of exercises and questions from which to choose. 
 More information here!!
2016 Churchwide Assembly Sermons and Speakers

Throughout the days of the churchwide assembly there were several opportunities for worship and business and thus, several sermons,business sessions and speakers. Click here to take a listen!!

Elderberry - Retired Rostered Leader Retreat
Elderberry Retreat is a special opportunity for retired ELCA pastors, associates in ministry and spouses to gather in a community of renewal, fellowship, and fun. The theme for this fall's retreat is "The Reformation: Reflections on the Past and Implications for the Future," and features a highly regarded teacher from Luther Seminary, Mark Granquist. Professor Granquist did graduate study under Dr. Martin E. Marty. Bishop Jon Anderson and a representative from Portico will also join us. 
We will worship together, sing some of our favorite hymns, laugh a lot and share our stories. Come, relax!
Registration & More Info
ELCA Churchwide Assembly Key Actions....

Voting members of the ELCA approved a number of key actions during the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans Aug. 8-13. The 945 voting members elected William B. Horne II of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clearwater, Fla., vice president of the ELCA. They voted to accept "Declaration on the Way," a unique ecumenical document that marks a path toward greater unity between Catholics and Lutherans. The voting members approved AMMPARO – the ELCA's strategy for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. The assembly also voted to unify the three lay rosters into one Ministry of Word and Service roster.  
More Info Here
For the Health of It
Get Centered in Seconds
Set aside anxiety and frustration, and pause to center yourself in God’s loving presence. Watch the 2 minute video here!
We Are Church Together!
Joe Daiker Ordained at St Olaf Lutheran in Ft Dodge
Joe spent his year of internship at St Olaf in Fort Dodge. He was ordained on August 21st and was called to a congregation in the Northern Great Lakes Synod! Congratulations Joe!!!

We Are Church Together! Amen!
Helping Our Neighbors
If you want to help with disaster relief for those living in Louisiana, please donate to Lutheran Disaster response. 100% of your gift will be used for disaster response. If you are thinking about going to Louisiana to help, please know that flooded areas are still in rescue mode so the cleanup efforts are just now being planned. You can also get volunteer information here.  
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
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!
Synod Thankfulness Events
We are Church together. AMEN! Join us this year for one of our annual Synod Thankfulness events as we give thanks to the Lord for being Church together. This year, there will be four Thankfulness event opportunities for you to attend. Please bring something for a potluck meal, and just like Thanksgiving, there will be enough for everyone and a great variety of food for all to enjoy. The gathering will be a time to hear and share stories of faith and the positive impact of being Church together. Please mark you calendar and plan on joining in the fun!

Four Dates & Locations:
Tuesday, October 18th - Washington Lutheran, Duncombe - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 20th - Immanuel Lutheran, Sioux City - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 23rd - Trinity, Estherville - 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Thursday, October 27th - Exira Lutheran, Exira - 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Mark your calendars, invite others to attend with you and come join us......
We Are Church Together!!
Mark Your Calendars
  • 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
2016 Church Secretarial Conference
For ministry assistant professionals
Effective Communication: The Joy of God's Gifts

When: September 20th
This has been a great event in the past in which even the Mission Center administrative assistants attend. It is a great day and beneficial for all who attend. The brochure and more information can be found here! Registration fee goes up on Sept. 1st. The Western Iowa Synod Administrative Assistance Gathering is scheduled for April 19th, 2017.
Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us!!
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 $15 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
St Peter Celebrating 125 Years of Ministry
St. Peter Lutheran, Pocahontas, will be celebrating their 125th anniversary on Sunday, September 18th. You are welcome to join them in their celebration!!
Schedule for the day: 10:00 am Worship with holy communion   Son of the congregation, former Bishop Darold Beekman, will be preaching. Following worship, a dinner will be served in the fellowship hall.  This is free. At !:00 pm, there will be a short program, consisting of greetings from former pastors and some former members.  At 2:00 pm, the women of the congregation will serve coffee and bars and all will have a time of fellowship. If you wish to attend the meal, please call Alfrieda at 712-335-3171 by September 1.
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