Don't miss out on the many great stories, opportunities and events in and around the synod that are listed below!  Please share this information with your congregational secretaries, congregational members, invite and encourage them to attend the events as We Are Church Together!! 

Synod of the week:  East-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Bishop Gerald Mansholt
Congregation of the week: St Paul Lutheran, Manson, Pastor Sarah Aasheim
  • Government
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Chris Lang - Recovering from surgery
  • Pastors Kim & Trudy Peterson
  • Rev. Dr. Gabriel Nduye's Mother
In This Issue:

Holden Village Staffing Needs
Are you interested in becoming a long-term volunteer or employee at Holden Village? We are looking for a number of key positions right now. We are seeking enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to join us in the North Cascades, where we join together in work, education, and worship. More info here!
Rostered Ministers Gathering - Registration is Open
August 7-10, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia
Early Registration is March 1- May 31 @ $245 (includes meals but not lodging)
Registration June 1- July 23 @ $295  (includes meals but not lodging)  More info here!
Please Make Sure These Forms Are Filled Out!
Congregation Register
Each congregation should have received a copy of a blank congregation register form in your last financial statement which you recently received in the mail. Please fill out the paper copy or click here to fill out an online form. This information will help us update our database and also allow us to connect directly with leaders in your congregation. 

Rostered Leader Forms
Rostered leaders, if you have not turned in your report form please do so as soon as possible. You can find the appropriate form here! Then select the Synod tab and select the appropriate form. Please remember to first save the form on your computer, then fill it out and save. Please email it to Julie at julie.cook@wisynod.org or print off and mail it to the Western Iowa Synod Office. Thank you!
First Lutheran Church of South Sioux City, NE
has several music ministry openings available:
For additional details, please visit the website and click on the link,  Ministry Careers
Their website is http://www.flcssc.org
Beginning Experience
- Healing Retreat for Widowed, Divorced, Separated
Beginning Experience NW Iowa is holding our Spring retreat March 10-12 at Camp Okoboji. This ecumenical, faith-based retreat helps persons to move forward through the stages of grief toward healing and embracing their new life.  This is for persons who have gone through the initial phases of grief after their loss, at least 6 months, and are ready to move forward.  For more information go to beginningexperience.org           Flier     &      Brochure

Spiritual Spring Cleaning
ELCA Wellness Manager, Deacon Tammy Devine
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

We enter the Lenten season with an ash cross on our foreheads. It reminds us that our days are limited, and that ultimately God is the one who holds those days. Lent invites us into the discipline of spiritual cleansing and redirection. God calls us to remove the cobwebs of our hearts — our unhealthy habits, thoughts, and actions — and to dust off the shelved spiritual practices that will help us grow as disciples. Much like spring cleaning, Lent is a time to open up, air out, clean out, and reorganize. Complete article here.
The Good Samaritan

In her March column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton ponders the parable of the good Samaritan, reminding us that our new life in Christ leads us to answer a different question—not “Who is my neighbor?” but “How are we neighbor?” Read her column in English at livinglutheran.org/2017/02/the-good-shepherd or in Spanish at livinglutheran.org/2017/02/el-buen-samaritano.
Chrism Mass for Rostered Leaders
What is a Chrism Mass?
A Chrism Mass is a service held during Holy Week and presided over by a synodical bishop. At this unique liturgy, the blessing of oil is coupled with a renewal of vows for rostered leaders. The traditional day for this service is Maundy Thursday (when some traditions believe the first ordinations took place). In some places (especially in geographically large synods), bishops make provision for several chrism masses throughout the synod to enable all rostered leaders to participate. Here are the scheduled Chrism Masses for the Western Iowa Synod, all will begin at 10 am:
April 7      St. Paul, Treynor
April 10    Immanuel, Akron
April 11    Grace, Ft. Dodge
Assembly - June 9-11, 2017
Theme: We Are Lutheran: Opening Doors
The Western Iowa Synod's Annual Assembly will be here in just a little over three months. Please watch this area of the eSpirit for Assembly News and updates. You can also find many resources and information on our website! 

Assembly information was mailed to all congregations today, March 2nd. Please watch for the envelope with the bright colored label on the front! This same information can also be found on the Western Iowa Synod website by clicking here!

  • Resolutions are due by April 7th; resolution information can be found on the website
  • Early bird registration deadline is May 1st

Concert at Emanuel Lutheran Council Bluffs

Music artists Andy Gullahorn and Eric Peters will be at Emanuel Lutheran Church on March 10 for a special concert at 7 p.m.

Both artists are from Nashville, Tennessee. Gullahorn is a Christian musician and music producer. He plays a folk rock style of Christian pop music and has released six solo albums and contributed to several others. He was a Kerrville New Folk Winner in 2010 and was a runner-up at the 2009 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.

Peters is a Christian musician and guitarist who mainly plays acoustic Christian pop and folk music. He has released seven solo albums.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at the church office during office hours (Monday-Thursday 9 am - 2 pm). You may also visit the church website to reserve tickets at www.emanuelcb.org.

Emanuel Lutheran Church is located at 2444 N Broadway in Council Bluffs. For more information, the church at (712) 323-9665 or email emanuellutherancbia@msn.com.
The Fort Dodge Forum Spring 2017 Schedule
The Forum meets at Grace Lutheran Church, Fort  Dodge. 

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 Forum costs $40 per session, payable at the time of the forum. Join us for another year of learning together as we strive to lead our congregations into God's future. Complete schedule can be found here!
June 11-14, 2017
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
High school youth from ELCA congregations are invited to the Wholly Iowa Youth Leadership Discipling Event June 11-14 at Luther College in Decorah. This annual camp is designed to help high school youth learn how to become future leaders of the church. WIYLDE offers three tracks designed to give in-depth knowledge and training on a particular type of leadership. The teens will meet in small groups to discuss and put into action what they learn.  More info here!

ELCA Women's Gathering
The Tenth Triennial Gathering
When: July 13-16, 2017
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn
Theme: "All Anew"
And Many More Upcoming Events:

36th Annual Rural Ministry Conference, March 5-7. 2017

Wartburg Seminary is hosting the 36th Annual Rural Ministry Conference entitled “Crisis and Conflict”, March 5-7, 2017. For more information, visit www.wartburgseminary.edu and click on the “Learning for Life Events” tab.

Considering Your Call, discernment retreat, March 10-12, 2017

Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA is hosting a weekend discernment retreat, March 10-12, 2017, for those considering a call to public ministry.  Travel cost assistance is available.  For details, contact Matthew O’rear at MOrear@wartburgseminary.edu or call (484) 343-2882.

25th Annual Festival of Homiletics, May 15-19, 2017

“Preaching on the Borders” is the theme for the 25th Annual Festival of Homiletics, which will be held in San Antonio, TX,May 15-19, 2017. Presenters include: Rob Bell; Nadia Bolz-Weber; Barbara Brown Taylor; Walter Brueggemann; Adam Hamilton; Rolf Jacobson; Bishop Craig Satterlee; Will Willimon; and more.  For details, visit www.festivalofhomiletics.com or call (651) 523-1645

“Rise, Remember Well the Future,” July 10-13
Celebrate the treasures of the last 500 years and look to the future and God’s covenant of faithfulness in all that is yet to be. Opening worship will be held at Saint Olaf College, site of the constituting ALCM convention in 1986. In plenaries led by Chad Fothergill, Daniel Schwandt, and Mary Louise Bringle, we will reflect on the changing role of the cantor—the leader of the church’s song—as we move confidently into a future blessed by our heritage and full of many changes in the church and its music. More info and registration here...

ELCA Rostered Leaders Gathering, August 7-10, 2017

The first ever ELCA Rostered Leaders Gathering will be held in Atlanta, GA, August 7-10, 2017. The theme will be “On the Way Together” and will feature worship, education and fellowship. For details, click here; or call 1 (800) 638-3522; ext. 2552.
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Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968