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!!
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: Upper Susquehanna Synod, Bishop Robert Driesen
Congregation: Faith Lutheran, Odebolt, Pastor Trish Underberg
  • Prayers of Thanks for our travelers arriving home safely from Tanzania
  • Pastor Tonna Parson's daughter and family affected by flooding, lost everything
  • Pastor Willie Rosin, health issues
  • Pastor Chris Lang, relief from back pain
  • Congregations in transition
  • Craig & Cindy Wells, 28th wedding anniversary on Saturday
  • College students, heading off to school - other students that will be starting soon
  • The many people affected by the flooding and forest fires
  • Those people beginning new jobs
  • Prayers & sympathy to Pam Gude, office staff at Lutheran Lakeside, on the death of her dad
Disaster Relief for Louisiana

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. To learn more, click here!

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. The ELCA disaster response coordinator in the state is Jessica Vermilyea, her email is jessica.vermilyea@upbring.org . She is in the state Emergency Operations Center and coordinating volunteer efforts. As you might imagine, Jessica is very very busy, so it might take a day or two before she is able to respond. You can also get volunteer information 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!
For the Health of It
Pre-Retirement Seminars and Webinars
If you're over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, our pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. Hosted by Portico and a certified Ernst & Young financial planner, the seminars and webinars answer the important questions you may have about retirement, including:
  • How much money will I need when I retire?
  • What health care options will I have in retirement?
  • As I approach retirement, how can I manage my investment risks?
  • How can money be distributed from my ELCA retirement account to create a steady stream of income in retirement?
In Person Seminars or webinars are available this Fall. Check out the schedule here!!
We Are Church Together!
Coon Rapids Bible School collects noisy offering to purchase bees & llama
This sprightly goat named “Harold” was an entertaining visitor to community-wide Vacation Bible School held the first week of August at Ascension Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids. His owner, Kristin Lair of rural Coon Rapids, brought him in to highlight to the campers what their daily “noisy offerings” could accomplish. By the end of the week, the campers’ loose change dropped noisily into metal offering buckets totaled $255. A local match doubled their contributions to $510.
The campers then voted on how to best use the money to assist Heifer International, a global charity that purchases animals for families to help them become self-sufficient. The campers opted to help six individual families by purchasing two sets of honey bees, a goat, pig, llama and flock of fowl.
In above photo, Bible Schoolers take turns petting the patient goat held by Kristin at Ascension’s front door. VBS is held each summer as a joint ministry of Annunciation Catholic, Ascension Lutheran, First Christian and United Methodist churches of Coon Rapids.
We Are Church Together! Amen!
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
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 - 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
Tour of Churches, Sioux City, IA

When: Sunday, August 28th, 4:00 pm
Tour includes these churches:
Trinity Lutheran - Starting point, 1122 Jackson St.
St John Lutheran - 2801 Jackson St.
First Lutheran - Final destination w/dinner
3939 Cheyenne Blvd.
End of Summer/Back to School Celebration

Where: St John, Sioux City
​2801 Jackson St.
When: Wednesday, August 24th
Time: 6:00 pm

Food and Fun for
Everyone!!! Bring a friend!!

...and it's FREE!
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 $5 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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