eSpirit         Oct. 27th, 2016
Thanks for Your Leadership Bishop Prois
October 17th was National Bosses Day! The team at the Western Iowa Synod Mission Center said "thank you" to the Bishop and presented him with a fun little gift. A Mr. Potato Head with a crown, cross and rubber duck. Some of you may understand the meaning, especially if you have traveled to Tanzania. It is there that the Bishop is referred to as the big potato. The assistants to the Bishop received a bag of chips (the little potatoes)! Just having a little fun!!
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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 members and invite them to register and come to the events!! 

Synod: Saint Paul Area Synod, Bishop Patricia Lull
Congregation of the week: Trinity, Linn Grove, Lay Leader Rhonda Wykoff
  • Congregations in transition
  • Kelli Ungs, recovering from foot surgery
  • Jess, Julie's daughter, still recovering from Surgery
  • James Rut and his family as they mourn the death of his cousin, John Dat.
Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement
The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ invites you to join a growing conversation and to add your input. After receiving feedback from more than 100 Listening Events and hearing from several dozen specialists, the task force has written the study “Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement” as way to invite broad engagement with the questions and issues.

This modular study includes a range of topics that can be used in different combinations to meet the learning needs and interests of different groups or individuals. The response period runs until Aug. 31, 2017. Below you will find links to the complete study or to each individual piece as well as the response forms. Printed copies can be ordered at or call 800-638-3522. Cost is $4.00 per copy plus shipping. 
Stories of Faith in Action

The publication Stories of Faith in Action and the resources that go along with it are designed to share how important your weekly offering in your congregation is in sustaining and growing God’s mission. The portion of your offerings that support the ELCA’s synodical and churchwide ministries is called Mission Support. The publication and resources found here help explain and answer questions about Mission Support and tell the story of those gifts in action.
Healthy Holiday Eating Strategies
as we near the holiday season

The Strategy: Bring Your Own Food
Contribute a healthy dish to a gathering to ensure there’s something you can indulge in.

Tricks to Try
Eat the best-for-you offerings first. For example, hot soup as a first course―especially when it's broth-based, not cream-based―can help you avoid eating too much during the main course.

Stand more than an arm's length away from munchies, like a bowl of nuts or chips, while you chat so you're not tempted to raise your hand to your mouth every few seconds.

Concentrate on your meal while you're eating it. Focus on chewing your food well and enjoying the smell, taste, and texture of each item. Research shows that mealtime multitasking (whether at home or at a party) can make you pop mindless calories into your mouth. Of course, dinner-party conversation is only natural, but try to set your food down until you're finished chatting so you are more aware of what you're taking in.  More great tips here!
Plan now to take part in these great opportunities to be
"Church Together"!
Rostered Ministers Gathering
Mark your calendars for Aug. 7-10, 2017, when the ELCA will host its first ever Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta. This will be an opportunity for our Rostered Ministers to assemble for worship, education, and fellowship. We will gather under the theme, “On the Way ... Together,” using the Emmaus Road story (Luke 24:13-35) to guide our time together. More info here... or keep up to date via Facebook!
The Next ELCA Youth Gathering is only 18 Months Away!!!

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. More info here...   Looking for another congregation to join with or to find out ways your congregation can be involved? If so, contact Lynn or Tracy Gayer!! Registration opens in just 12 months!!!
Advent Devotions...
will be offered again this year from our own people in the Western Iowa Synod!!! Advent begins a month from today!!!

Middle School/Jr High Gathering
When: Nov. 11th-13th
Where: Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp

New to Synod Gathering
For rostered leaders new to the synod in the last couple years!
When: Thursday, December 1st
Where: WIS Mission Center

Winter/Early Spring ConFest Events:
Wednesday, February 15th @ Trinity, Moville
Wednesday, February 22nd @ Zion, Gowrie

​​​​​​​Mark Your Calendar - Leadership Academy 2017
When: Saturday, February 18th              Snowdate: Saturday, February 25th
Where: St Olaf Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge
For all congregational members!!
Other Events...
Youth Opportunities:
Weekend Recharges @ Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp
Theme: One Direction – Proverbs 3:5-6

November 18-20: 9th -12th grade

When Jesus said, "Follow me," He didn't give a detailed map of what our journey would look like. He simply promised to provide what we need to do what He called us to do. We are challenged to fix our eyes on Jesus, but we encounter so many distractions in life. It's hard to have a single minded focus in life and not wander off the path of discipleship. Sometimes it's unclear exactly what God wants us to do and where He wants us to go. However, when we put our trust in Him, He will guide us in ONE DIRECTION- towards Him! More info and registration here!!

Okoboji Outreach Night - Secret Agents
When: Sunday, Nov. 6th, 5-8 pm
Where: Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, 1203 Inwan St, Milford
Who: Grades 6-12
Cost: $3 for food

“Earth to Earth: Natural Burial as Spiritual Practice”
Where:Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
When: November 4-5, 2016
With the help of a diverse group of experts and practitioners, we will pursue a number of questions:
• how is natural burial being practiced, and what are the spiritual and theological interpretations it is given?
• what resources do individuals need to plan both practically and meaningfully for natural burial?
• what steps can communities of faith take to develop or deepen ministries of natural burial?
• how can hospice, funeral providers, cemeteries, and land trusts offer services for natural burial?
• how do the spiritualities of natural burial connect to wider concerns of justice, environmental care, inter-religious dialog, theology, and human meaning?
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Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968