Synod Happenings
Events Happening in and around the Western Iowa Synod, biweekly publication

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 as we are church for the sake of the world!

These events can also be found on the WIS Website by clicking here!!
Please Note:
If you would like an event added to this list, please email it to Lynn at least two weeks in Advance to go in this bi-weekly Synod Happenings e-news. 
Synod Sponsored Events
Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls…for all women and girls!  Pastors, moms, confirmation students, grandmas.

Come and join us this Saturday, April 7th for a day of learning, service and lunch! We will meet at 9:30 at St. John Lutheran Church, 2801 Jackson Street, Sioux City.

After a time together for Morning Prayer we will proceed to CSADV (Council for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence) to see the shelter and discover the work being done in Sioux City and the surrounding area.

We will learn that often women and children who come to the shelter arrive with only the clothes they are wearing, or a very few things packed in a small bag.  As healing begins and lives are being rebuilt, the needs are many.  One of the needs often includes new clothes for school, job interviews, and new employment.  Part of the work of CSADV is the development of a small “shop” onsite to provide some of these necessities at an affordable price.  As part of our day we hope to be able to help move, unpack, arrange, and market items in this new “shop.”

Following our time at CSADV we will gather again for lunch and conversation. 
There will be a charge of $10/person for lunch.  We should finish shortly after 1:00 so that you may move into the rest of your day.

Please contact julie.cook@wisynod.org with your questions, or if you plan to attend. 

We hope that you, along with women and girls from your congregation, will join the new Western Iowa Synod Network Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls for this time together.

As you plan to participate on April 7th you are encouraged to bring an item to share.  The following items are always in great need at CSADV. 

•           *Underwear (kids/women/teens)                •           *Socks (kids/women/teens)
•           *shampoo/conditioner                                 •           *deodorant
•           *Feminine hygiene products
•           *Diapers (size 5/6 most common sizes)
•           *Wipes                                                          
•           *Desitin
Western Iowa Synod Clergy Spirituality Retreat
April 8th-10th
Creighton Retreat Center
16493 Contrail Ave,  Griswold

Feeling tired from the busyness of Lent, Holy Week and Easter then come and join us for a time away with colleagues for prayer, rest, food, fellowship and holy conversation on our faith journey.Feeling tired from the busyness of Lent, Holy Week and Easter then come and join us for a time away with colleagues for prayer, rest, food, fellowship and holy conversation on our faith journey.
Spirituality Retreat Flyer
Register Here
Food Summit Explores the Many Ways Volunteers Found Their Spark in Their Community
 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Buena Vista County, the Office of Civic Engagement-Buena Vista University, and SALUD! of Storm Lake invites all interested parties working with, supporting or interested in food insecurity issues to join individuals from Northwest Iowa to share ideas, learn about new and existing grass roots projects, program and funding opportunities, and learn about how you or your organizations can work together to spark a difference in your community.
The conference will be held at Buena Vista University, 610 W. 4th Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588 on Tuesday, April 10th with registration starting at 8:00am.   There is no charge to attend.
For more information click here
To register, click here.
Spring into Health
with Guest Speaker - Deacon Tammy Devine
Administrative Assistant Gathering
Thursday, April 12th
Begins at 9:30 am - Cost: $30
Topics: That you may be well & Healthy Boundaries
Register Here
Pastors & Congregational Leaders
Friday, April 13th
Begins at noon w/lunch - Cost: $10
Topic: Dependable Strengths
Register Here

Come and join us at Carol Joy Holing Camp in Ashland NE as we spend two days living into the how-to’s of generating and sustaining a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ for today’s world. We believe effective, transformational ministry will happen by focusing on these two key areas :

           Transforming Relationships-

We all know that ministry is relational, but have we truly explored that in a way that leads to people of all ages experiencing transforming relationships in our congregations and communities? Instead of creating programs to “get people to come” we can surround people with what they need so they are more likely to grow in their faith.

            Digital Engagement - There is deep opportunity in connecting in digital space too. This is about forming faith, making and sustaining disciples, building community, and following Jesus – when we gather face to face, and when we connect online.


We hope you will bring a team and join us!! Poster and Registration available below!!

Summit Poster
Register Here
Western Iowa Synod Assembly 2018
When: June 8-10, 2018
Where: Sioux City Convention Center, Sioux City
  • Wonderful Worship
  • GloCal Musicians
  • Meet new people
  • 5K Walk/Run
  • Ministries happening around the synod
  • Three expressions of the Wider church
  • Election of leaders
  • Forum Opportunities
  • Establish Western Iowa Synod policy

Check out more information and online registration on the
Fort Dodge Area Forum
The fun begins at 9:30 am at Grace Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge Iowa.   Hope to see you there!
April 12  Musings on Pentecost: The Forgotten Festival 
Dr. Barbara Lundblad 

May 10  Interculturality 
Bishop Roger Prois                   

Save the date!
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday 
....will be Sunday, September 9, 2018. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Resources Here!!
Other Events
Exploring Transitions
Especially designed for rostered leaders, but also anyone in the midst of a life transition

Exploring Transitions provides a time away to explore one’s personal life’s callings, passions, meaning, and purpose.  Times of transition offer unique opportunities for reflection and action.  Participants may be discerning a new call, facing a major life decision, loss of loved one or health, or thinking about retirement. Transitions are often made easier when time is spent listening, letting go, and trusting God’s guidance.  These retreats will incorporate liturgy (scripture, poetry, and music from a variety of sources), discussion, guided listening, Sabbath and walking together. 

Exploring Transitions was created and is co-facilitated by Tammy Devine and Michael Larson.  There are 4 Exploring Transition retreats: Exploring Transitions: Crossing Over, Exploring Transitions: True to Myself, Exploring Transitions: Life’s Detours and Roadblocks and Exploring Transitions: Living Well, each retreat is a stand-alone opportunity or participants have attended all four.   Attached please find information about two April offerings (the schedule for each retreat follows the same format).  These retreats are a safe space for individuals to go deeper, to reflect and walk with others in the midst of a life transition who are seeking to embrace a healthier transition.
Retreat Agenda
True to Myself - April 18-20

 As has been true of other past gatherings, this one will be done jointly with another Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) ethnic association, the Association of Asian and Pacific Islanders.  Arrival at Elim Lutheran Church in the suburb of Robbinsdale is anytime after 3 p.m. with the meal and worship together on Wednesday evening.  Throughout the 3 days together other meals, worship, a panel discussion, and a Talent Show will be done jointly.  We will meet for our own Business Assembly to elect officers and Board of Director members plus discussion of and action on other items related to our future.  However, the highlight may be introduction to most of the ELCA’s Transforming White Privilege (TWP) participant modules on Friday morning and afternoon plus Saturday morning.  TWP will be one tool available to synods for their use in helping fulfill the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly resolution that they provide some antiracism training.  Faculty, staff, and students from Luther Seminary, St. Paul are also expected to be present for Friday and Saturday plus some other times.

As previously announced registration including housing at Marriott Spring Hill Suites, Minneapolis West/St. Louis Park is $350 for a two person room, meals, and program materials or $550 for a single person room.  In addition a $125 commuter fee with meals, student registration of $50, and only Friday and Saturday TWP training with lunch for $30 are available.  As mentioned in earlier announcements, registrations with housing must be completed by March 10.  More information and registration can be found here!

Jazz reflects the Easter message:  
it is infectious, spirit-filled, and makes us want to dance and swing!  Come hear the Luther College Jazz Orchestra Thursday, April 12, 7:00 p.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa.  Under the direction of Juan Tony Guzmán, 21 talented student musicians-- including Spencer native Lauren Sather-- will perform a concert guaranteed to uplift and inspire. The concert is open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken.
Called to be a safe place
All forms of sexual misbehavior by clergy and lay leaders with church members are unacceptable within the life of the church. The church should be a safe place where people can worship, learn, work, love and receive care in a manner that is free from sexual misconduct.

Early in the life of the ELCA, this church expressed clearly its intention to take whatever measures it could to help prevent sexual abuse and misconduct within the ELCA. In other words, the church is called to be a safe place.

Barbara Keller, misconduct prevention in the ELCA, will be facilitating a sexual harassment response training on April 19 in Sioux Falls at Augustana University.
This event is open to all women (clergy and lay). 

The cost to register is $25 and it includes lunch. 

Mental Health Ministry Conference
Please save the date for our upcoming Mental Health in Ministry Conference on April 23-24th!  Attached is a postcard with all the details, and you may feel free to forward this on to members of your leadership team or congregation who may be interested.  Registration information will come out next week!  More information regarding the topics the speakers will cover can be found on our website.          Postcard Here!!

Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop 2018

This workshop is to help with accounting questions that arise in congregations; and help build collaboration and support among financial and administrative staff and volunteers.

April 28, 2018 
8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Memorial Lutheran Church
701 11th Street, Nevada, IA 50201
Guest Speakers:
Thomas Hammar, CPA
Molly Hammar-Shattuck, Staff Accountant
And by Web Cam, Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA, & Author of the Church and Clergy Tax Guide
Sponsored by the SE IA Synod
Register Here
Father & Kids Free Fishing Weekend
June 1-3 is a free fishing weekend for Iowa residents. Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps, along with Lutheran Men in Mission would like to invite you to make it a great weekend with you and the kids! Fishing options from the docks at camp. We are also just north of Gull Point State Park which has great fishing spots. Fishing equipment at camp is available on a first come, first served basis. We also plan to be able to take some fishing on the camp pontoon with times and signups to be arranged. Flier with more info here!

Pre-Retirement Seminar

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. The seminar answers 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?

Date:  Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (additional dates and locations listed here)

Location:  Bethesda Lutheran Church,  1517 Northwestern Ave,  Ames, IA

Time:  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost:  $35/person or $70/couple. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Register online here! 

Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968