Gospel for this coming Sunday
Matthew 25:14-30
14 "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. Read entire scripture here!

*Which kind of slave are you, and which kind of slave is most common in your congregation? 
Bi-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!! check it out here!!
Congratulations Faith Lutheran - Celebrating 125 Years
Pastor Lorna Halaas, Pastor Trish Underberg and Pastor Vic Johnson  at 125 Anniversary Celebration Faith Lutheran,  Odebolt on November 12.

Synods: SE MN Synod, Bishop Steven Delzer & staff
               SE Pennsylvannia Synod, Bishop Claire Burkat
Congregations: St Paul, Northboro, Rev. Jeff Alvestad
                           St Paul, Renwick, Jim McColley

  • Our country and leadership
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Trudy Peterson
  • All those affected by natural disasters - especially those in Iran/Iraq
  • Denise Lindeman & family as they mourn her father's death
  • Father of Shari Schwedhelm who is having open heart surgery on the 15th
  • Bishop Prois & Chris, Cindy Wells and the rest of the group traveling to Chile later this week
Traveling Mercies for your Journey to Chile

The following group will be traveling to Chile on Friday to visit one of the Western Iowa Synod's companion synods. Please keep this group in your prayers for safe travels and open hearts and minds as they travel, learn and walk step by step with our brothers and sisters in Chile. 

Bishop Rodger Prois (Storm Lake)
Chris Prois (Storm Lake)
Roger Aegerter (Jefferson)
Jan Rosdail-Aegerter (Jefferson)
Kathy Leuwerke (Forest City)
David Hickman (Cherokee)
Rick Lampe (Storm Lake)
Maxine Lampe (Storm Lake)
Pr. Arlyn Norris (Carter Lake/Tuscon)
Paulina Dassé (ELCA Global Mission)
Cindy Wells (Storm Lake)
Thanks be to God!!!
Gifts to LSI from Western Iowa synod congregations for the first three quarters of 2017 (1-1-17 through 9-30-17) equal - 
$34,488.34 from a total of
31 congregations

      Way to go church of Western Iowa!!


What is this "Interculturality" I've Heard Bishop Talk About?

Accompaniment is a narrative, lens and methodology for mission engagement.
narrative that points to God in Christ’s story of reconciliation and restoration of relationships, a lens that sees the “other” in the image of God, a methodology that addresses the asymmetries of power in relationships to move us to interdependence and mutuality.

What For?

In the context of education for mission, Intercultural Competence builds our capacity to

  • Engage in faithful and healthy relationships to participate in God’s reconciling and restoring work.
  • Develop reciprocal relationships of mutuality to proclaim and service.
  • Build capacity to address the asymmetries in and move towards more just and equitable relationships.


Definition of Intercultural Competence: The capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities—what we define as intercultural competence.


Leadership Academy - Saturday, February 10th - Mark your Calendar!!

This year's Academy will focus on Interculturality - This event is open to all!!

Come and help us learn more about how we can all work together at changing hearts in the heartland!!

Get to Know Your Neighbor

Hola!  Kamwene!  Jambo! Alsalamu alaykum! Hello! I am Cindy Wells, Director of Global Mission of the Western Iowa Synod, and these are the various ways we say “Hello!” within the global mission and companion relationships we share synodically.  Global interest and willingness to explore other places, cultures, perspectives have been a part of my spirit for most of my life, and, through my service, the synod invites you into that realm as well!

I grew up on a farm in a small town in central Minnesota, the middle of 7 children in a predominantly Catholic area and have been a life-long Catholic.  My mom played a major part in my upbringing and my global grounding. Continued here...
Nov. 25th - International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women
Nov. 25 marks the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile (IELCH), our companion synod, has been very active in a national campaign surrounding this issue, in a country seriously afflicted by domestic violence and machismo.  A visitor group of 12 from the Western Iowa Synod, including Bishop Rodger and Chris Prois, are leaving for Chile in just a couple days.  They will partake in various activities surrounding this issue and in an ecumenical worship service sponsored by the World Council of Churches in Santiago, Chile.  The Nunca Más Mujer (Woman, Never Again) music video was created and recorded by many women of the IELCH (see attached lyrics in English).  Do take the time to view and do note the hopefulness contained within .  Note also the coming together of women AND men, young and old, as they battle this social ill collectively.  Please keep the IELCH, especially the affected women, in your hearts and prayers, and do all that you can to accompany them and others around the world in this battle against violence on women.  
November 28th
Help a Family in Tanzania
These are just a few of the many ways you can give!!! Thank you!!
This year's Advent Devotions will begin on December 3rd, 2017 and posted each day throughout the season. These devotions will be submitted by several pastors, deacons and TEEM candidates from around the synod. As our authors prepare their heart and mind for writing they will be considering the hymn, Lost in the Night, which can be found in the ELW Hymn #243. Each day's devotion will be pushed out on the WIS Facebook page and can also be found here!
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


Easy Money by November 30th!! Last Chance!!!

2017 Live Well Challenge - earn up to $400 wellness dollars for ELCA-Primary members and spouses
1.  Register & Complete Your Health Assessment by November 30 (new extended deadline): Earn $100 Each
2.  Save or Implement a Retirement Plan With Your Spouse by November 30: Earn $200 Each
3.  Report Your Healthy Change by November 30: Earn $100 each
For more information go to MyPortico and Log in at:  https://myportico.porticobenefits.org/

A Gift Card Challenge -

From First Lutheran Church to Congregations of the Western Iowa Synod

First Lutheran Church of West Okoboji has been communicating with leaders from the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA, asking how we might best respond to continued disaster relief needs of churches and communities in that area that were hardest hit by the devastating late summer/early fall hurricanes. 

As a result of those conversations, First Lutheran will be collecting gift cards to be sent to that synod that will then be distributed through Lutheran Disaster Response.  First Lutheran would like to challenge other congregations in the Western Iowa Synod to join with them in this collection. As Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays approach, will you please consider the purchase and donation of gift cards in any amount to the following:  Target, Walmart,  Home Depot, Lowes or just Visa or Mastercard gift cards that can be used anywhere.  If it is easier for your congregation, a check can be sent payable to Western Iowa Synod, memo: Lutheran Disaster Response….and WIS will ensure it is included in this overall gift that is spearheaded by First Lutheran Church. 

We will be concluding the gift card collection on December 4, so please have your donations to the synod office by that time.  If possible, tape the gift receipt to the card you purchase.  Let’s show the congregations and communities of the Gulf Coast Synod that we care.  Questions??? Contact: Jane Kruse, First Lutheran Church, 712-260-2065.  Thank you for your generosity! 
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.
Nov. 16              Interim Pastors Meeting @ Synod Office
Nov. 17-Dec 4,   WIS travel to Chile
Nov. 17-18         Congregation Vitality Retreat
November 30     ABC Meeting
December 7       Youth leader meeting - Cherokee - Fundraising/Service Project Ideas
December 9       Synod Council
January 11         Youth leader meeting - ? - Volunteers:Recruiting/Equipping
January 26-29, 2018 ELCA Youth Leader Extravaganza - Houston
February 1         Youth leader meeting - ? - Youth Gathering/mission trip
February 10       Leadership Academy (snow date on the 17th)
April 27-28         Faith Formation Summit - Carol Joy Holing Camp
Travel Opportunities for 2018

Holy Lands - Two opportunities - April 1-16 or April 16-28
Tanzania, Southern Diocese - July 15th - August 15th (approx. dates)
More information and applications can be found here!!
November 18th            Thanksgiving Bazaar at Trinity, Estherville
November 29th            Scandinavian Tea at Bethany Lutheran in Emmetsburg
December 9                 Christmas at Bethany Lutheran in Spencer 
December 15th            Christmas Mime at Bethany in Emmetsburg
December 16th            Christmas Mime at Bethany in Emmetsburg
January 14-19, 2018    Word and Service J-Term Opportunity
January 21-24              ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering
February 23rd, 2018    Nurturing Hope in Bethlehem and the West Bank

More detailed information about these events can be found here!!
Quick Links
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968