Gospel for this coming Sunday
Matthew 21:33-46 (NRSV)
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
33 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34 When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35 But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Continue reading here. 

*What fruits of the kingdom do you think Jesus was referring to, and what do they look like today? (Matt 21:43)  #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:

*Blog: The Pianoman.....the story continues!! I invite you to follow along, check it out here!!
Oct. 32 and beyond. 
With the 500th anniversary, it’s been “All Reformation All the Time.” But Reformation Day is over—now what? In her October column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that in Christ we are set free for loving and serving others—so let us now live in that freedom. Read her column in English here or in Spanish here
Altar Paraments for Free

Emanuel Lutheran in Council Bluffs has five altar paraments that they are willing to give to a new home. They are red, blue, green, white, and purple. Each one is 84" long and 25" wide with a 12" overhang to go over the front of the altar. Contact the church office if you could use these.
Picture is NOT the actual paraments!
Youth Gathering Registration is OPEN!!!
Is your congregation taking youth to Houston in 2018? If so registration is now open!! It's an awesome opportunity and formative opportunity for the faith of our youth!! Getting Ready materials are also available....check it out here along with many other resources!!

If your group is interested in or planning on using synod busing, please contact Lynn ASAP with your congregation & city and the number of youth and adults!!

Synods: Oregon Synod, Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke & staff
Congregations: St John, Akron, Rev. Lil Johnston

  • Our country and leadership
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • John Glant and family as they mourn the death of Rev. Lorene Glant
  • Rev. Trudy Peterson
  • Flood victims and those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma
  • For the community of Las Vegas and the family and friends of those killed and hurt in the shooting
Lutheran Lakeside Camp in Search of an Executive Director
The Executive Director of Lutheran Lakeside Camp provides management and oversight for all operations to include: implementing its vision, guiding its planning, managing its staff, practicing fiscal stewardship, fundraising and marketing. A list of responsibilities and qualifications can be found here! For More Information Contact:

Tom Egts, LLC Board President – e-mail – tompamegts@msn.com  or phone 563-484-9233

10th Anniversary of Ordination
Rev. Lorna Halaas with Rev. Grant VanLishout at St Paul in Atlantic as he celebrates the 10th Anniversary of his ordination on September 17th. 
Farewell and Godspeed to
Pastor Jerry Crow
On September 24th at St Luke Lutheran Church, Sioux City the Rev. Jay Denne and Rev. Lorna Halaas wish Pastor Crow farewell and Godspeed prior to his move to Windom, MN .

PORTICO Annual Enrollment:

Employer Selection:  October 2 – October 27

Plan Member Selection:  October 30 – November 13

500 Food Item Challenge!!
We (At Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg) want to challenge the churches of the WIS.  Starting October 1st, we are collecting 500 food items by October 29th.  We will be giving the food to our local food pantry.  500 items in celebrating the 500 years since the Reformation.  So we challenge other churches to collect 500 food items for their local food pantry.  If your church accepts this challenge then we ask that you take pictures and tag the WIS Facebook page and/or send to Lynn. Let's do this!!
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.

Discipleship Academy

- 2 New Classes - Sign up NOW!!

  • Interested in learning more about worship planning and leadership? 
                How hymns are selected?
                   Why the paraments are different colors during the year?
                   How you can be involved in worship leadership?  etc. 

1. The Worship Planning and Leadership Class will be at Augustana Lutheran Church and will begin on October 14. Anyone interested can contact Pastor Del Oliveir at pastordel@augustanasc.org or 712-490-6510. He will then send you the syllabus and any other information you might need --- 4 sessions -- One Saturday per month 9:00 – 2:00 pm. Cost is $395 (scholarships are available)


  • Who are the people in your congregation that would love to be visited?

                Do you have people in your congregation who love to talk, to listen, to visit?

                  Pastors – would you like someone to assist with homebound communion?

2.  The Congregational Care Class will begin on October 14th, site yet to be determined4 sessions - One Saturday per month 9:00 – 2:00 pm -  Cost is $395 (scholarships are available)

Sign up today –  Email   Julie.cook@wisynod.org or call Western Iowa Synod Office 712-732-4968

Celebrating the Reformation - Worship Services
October 22nd - at First Lutheran in Sioux City w/meal to follow
October 29th - St John Lutheran in Mineola hosting a Lutheran-Catholic Reformation service @ 6:30 pm
October 29th - joint reformation worship w/Nebraska Synod at St John Parish, Creighton University Campus, Omaha at 2:00 pm w/two host sites livestreaming the event
WIS Clergy Spirituality Retreat
When: October 15th - 17th
Where: Lutheran Lakeside Camp
What: A time to come away with colleagues for prayer, rest, food, fellowship and holy conversation on our faith journey. We will be using the book, Red Fire by Paula D’Arcy, as the basis for our conversation.         Flier Here!
Fort Dodge Forums Fall/Early Winter Schedule Set
The fun begins at 9:30 am at Grace Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge Iowa.  Forums begin at 9:30 am with coffee and fellowship. The Program runs from 10 until noon.  A catered meal (about $8) is available to conclude the event at noon. The schedule can be found here on the left hand side of the page.
ConFest 2017 - "Lutherfest"
ConFest is an evening for confirmation students and their leaders/pastors to come together for a time of worship, fellowship, learning and activities. 
Two dates and locations will be offered this fall:
  • Wednesday, October 25th - Our Saviours Lutheran in Humboldt - $5/person
  • Wednesday, November 1st - St Mark Lutheran in Sioux City - $50/congregation
ConFest Poster
Register Here
Travel Opportunities for 2018

Tanzania, Southern Diocese - July 15th - August 15th (approx. dates)
Holy Lands - Two opportunities - April 1-16 or April 16-28
More information and applications can be found here!!
Western Iowa Synod Women are hosting         Hands to Work - Heart to God
When: October 7th
Where: Bethany Lutheran in Spencer
Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Nancy Raska from Design Masters will speak about the benefits of aromatherapy and massage. Personal Care Kits will also be assembled for LWR.  Flier Here!

Celebrating the Reformation

Ames area Lutheran churches of all synods have organized a program to provide an opportunity for you to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 

The celebration will be held
When: 2 pm on Sunday, October 15
Where: C.Y. Stephens Auditorium on the campus of Iowa State University. 

The program will feature Pati Kachel of The Parable Fund in Minnesota, Rev. Don Rothweiler, retired Lutheran pastor in Ankeny, Dr. Paul Maier, professor emeritus of ancient history and former campus pastor at Western Michigan University, and Simon Estes,  world-renowned opera singer. Local choirs will participate as well.  Come and join in the celebration of the Reformation that occurred 500 years ago! 

A Day with Dr. Thomas Long
Lakeshore Center at okoboji presents...
A Day with Dr. Thomas Long

When: Friday, October 13th, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $50 (includes lunch)
Registration at 8:30 am
9 am - Preaching in a Disenchanted Age
Noon - Lunch
1 pm - Ending Well, Beginning Well: Developing Sermons for the End of the Christian Year and for Advent/Christmas
Jive for Five!

As a part of Grace Lutheran Church’s on-going Reformation 500 celebration, Jive for Five! Brass Quintet and organist Bruce Perry will present A Mighty Fortress at 3 pm, Sunday, October 15, at 211 South 9th Street, Fort Dodge. The concert features festive arrangements of Luther’s most famous hymn, as well a Felix Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony arranged for brass and organ.  All are invited to share in the celebration. Admission is by free-will donation.


Take a Women’s Day Away

Are you ready to get a little time away from the stresses of daily life? Join us for a wonderful day of relaxation, friendship, faith, and fun at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, a ministry of Ingham Okoboji! This one-day retreat, will include sessions, worship, great food, free time activities, and more. Our theme for Women’s Day Away is “Pressing On”. Each session throughout the day will cover one chapter of Philippians, with speaker Rebecca Meidinger. We hope you will be able to escape for a day away and join us! The Retreat will take place on October 21st from 9-5 pm. Find out more information at www.okoboji.org/womens-retreat and Register Today!        Flier Here!

Recharges are weekend youth retreats for 4th-12th grade at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp PACKED with fun, fellowship, and growing in faith. Come discover the great God we serve, learn more about the Bible, and have a blast with others at camp! Our fall theme is Unshakeable from Psalms 62:2.  We hope you are able to join us for one of the weekend listed below! Check out more information on the theme or how you can register at www.okoboji.org/recharges

October 20-22: 4th-6th grade
November 3-5: 6th-9th grade
November 10-12: 6th-9th grade
November 17-19: 9th -12th  grade
Recharge Flier
  THE NEXT 500 - A Festival of New Sacred Music

Call for singers: Bethany Lutheran Church of Spencer is marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with The Next 500: A Festival of New Sacred Music on Sunday, October 29th at 4pm. Singers are invited to participate in a community choir that will rehearse on Oct. 22nd and 29th at2:00 p.m. in Bethany’s  sanctuary. The concert is free and open to all. A potluck meal will follow in Bethany’s dining hall. For more info contact Stephen Baker at musicdirector@bethluthspencer.com                   


Healthy Congregations Event in Omaha

When: November 10-11, 2017 
This event is a follow-up to the Peter Steinke presentations in May of this year.  The upcoming event will be led by the Rev. Leigh Beasley Gillis, a trained facilitator with Healthy Congregations, Bridgebuilders, and other congregational programs.  This event will focus upon congregations that are addressing conflict, that may want to be proactive about managing conflict, and how to work through various issues.  Leigh has been trained by Pete Steinke, is a seasoned and experienced pastor and church executive.  Event flier here!
Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course
This Parish Nursing course is being offered February 5th - March 26th, 2018 on-line, followed by two days on-site, March 22-23
The purpose of this educational event is to prepare the nurse to initiate and maintain a faith community nurse ministry within a given congregation and to function in the leadership role for the faith community's health ministry.  For more information regarding contact hours contact: Paula Lubeck, paula.lubeck@avera.org or 605-322-3384
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