Companion Synods Fair
All are Welcome!
Youth, Seasoned and Newbies!
Let every congregation send representatives!

Companion Synods Fair
Join us for a day of learning & fun!!

  • Learn more .... about the key model of accompaniment
  • Learn about companion synod and congregation relationships
  • Fellowship and fun: Tanzanian style auction, Chilean Wine and   snacks!

When: September 12th, 2015
Registration: 9:00 am
Programing: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: St. Mark Lutheran Church, Storm Lake
Cost: See admission section below


Keynote Speaker

Rev. David Wunsch
ELCA Global Missions

Breakout Sessions:
Hatua Kwa Hatua/
Paso a Paso Companion Synod Relationships: Overviews on history, culture, and ministries.
Companion Congregation Relationships: For those in a relationship and those considering the possibility.
South American Lutheran Church and Chile: early and recent historical contexts and how they formulate the current life and ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile. 
Travel Value: importance of travel to/from and shared learning, hospitality, giving and receiving of gifts, within accompaniment. 
SACCOS Value: learn about the immense need for and impact of micro-financing on the lives of smallholder farmers and village shop keepers. 
Multicultural Value: multicultural awareness, ministry, and worship in our shared companion lives!

HKH Partner Projects: information and updates on well-drilling, girls secondary education, medical, and CAD;smallholder farmers.

Youth Rise Up!Youth ministry here and there and the impacts on our lives. Learn more about the 2016 Youth Trip to Tanzania. 
Fair Auction Item Admission
Carvings, kangas or other African or Chilean artifacts, etc.
Baked goods, fresh produce, homemade items, etc.
Health or Wellness items, Christian music, religious books etc.
Fair Auction Item Admission: Please bring an auction item as you register for the event, as well as your wallet to join the spirit of bidding! 

In Tanzania, church members often do not have monetary means to share an offering.  Instead of money, an offering may be whatever tangible items they have--whether it be a woven basket, wood carving or utensil, agricultural produce, even livestock—as a sign of their thanksgiving and service to God.  Some, having neither money nor tangible items, simply put their hand in the offering basket as an offering of themselves to God.  After the worship service, outside the church, the tangible items are converted to cash by way of an auction performed by the area pastor.  It is a lively, joyful time of oneness and coming together for the common good of God’s church.

As a unique and refreshing way to engage in fun and fellowship, to walk in financial support and in cultural accompaniment with our Tanzanian and Chilean companion synods, and to cover our event costs, you are asked to please supply an auction item as you register for the event.  An individual contribution or a more significant congregational item/package may be offered.  Let the Spirit lead!

Ideas for consideration include Tanzanian or Chilean crafts, spiritual books/music, fair trade items, baked goods, health and wellness items, Luther paraphernalia, stationery and craft materials, sporting equipment, etc.  Many of the items will be arranged for a silent auction throughout the day, with a handful being reserved for a lively Tanzanian-style auction at the end of the day as we enjoy Chilean snacks and wine!  Auctioneer will be our own beloved Bishop Rodger Prois!

​So, be creative and generous as you prepare to offer an item for any/all to bid on and ultimately enjoy! 

Please register by September 9th
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Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588

CALL Cindy at 712-732-4968