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

Synod of the week: Nebraska Synod, Bishop Brian Maas

Congregation of the week:
Grace Lutheran, Primghar, Deacons Lynn Egesdal & Marcia Young
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Lorene Glant
  • IELCH new leadership:  Bishop Oscar Sanhueza Rodriguez and President Ann and various council members
  • Rev Arlyn Norris & family as they mourn the death of Wanda
  • Lives lost and those injured in Manchester, England
  • Hamsa and Dima, IRIS exchange students, as they prepare to return to Palestine--particularly for Dima returning to long-blockaded and desperate reality in Gaza
  • Revs. Kim & Trudy Peterson
  • Rev. David Moore as he begins retirement
  • Bishop Mary Froiland, health concerns
  • Rev. Steve Ellerbusch, on hospice

In This Issue:
Wanda Norris (wife of Rev. Arlyn Norris)
Wanda Lee (Schoon) Norris died on May 20, 2017 at her winter home in Tucson, AZ. In the weeks before her death, many friends and family members surrounded Wanda with their love through their visits, phone calls and messages of encouragement.

A memorial service will be held at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church in Tucson on Wednesday, May 24 at 10:30 am. On Monday June 5 a family visitation will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Treynor, from 7 to 9 pm. A second memorial service will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at 10:30am also at St. Paul Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Western Iowa Companion Synod projects (www.wisynod.org).

Free Peder Eide Concert - June 5th at IOLBC

Peder Eide, Christian Musical Artist/songwriter/singer will be in concert on June 5th at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp (1203 Inwan St, Milford) in the chapel from 6-8 pm. Peder has been the speaker and worship leader at the synod's Jr & Sr High youth gatherings in past years.
Peder's concerts are kid and family friendly. Bring your family and/or youth group for a great concert!! We look forward to seeing you there!!
"… for we walk by faith, not by sight." 
2 Corinthians 5:7
I have found myself in the midst of a life transition. Nine months ago, my husband, Mike, retired after serving 41 years as an ELCA pastor. Life hasn’t been the same since. Our old patterns and routines have been disrupted. But more importantly, Mike’s sense of his own identity has been disrupted, too. For 22 of those years, he was a long-term care chaplain. Now his purpose and passion are no longer daily renewed by serving and advocating for older adults. He has become more thoughtful about his spending now that he’s taking from instead of adding to funds. And he’s feeling less physically capable due to a painful and slow-healing shoulder after rotator cuff surgery.

These changes for Mike have meant changes in our relationship as well. Read rest of article here...
Companion Synods Sunday!  
June 3/4, 2017
Let us open doors in worship to God and in celebration of one another!!  Annually, we take time to lift up our companion synods relationships with both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile and the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.  It is a time to recognize and give thanks for the many ways in which we accompany and bless one another while striving, per our companion synods verse, "...that they may all be One" (Jn 17:21).   Join in and find ways to bring this to life in your congregation!  Many worship resources, hymns, litanies, cultural connections, funding ideas, etc. are available on the Western Iowa Synod website for your planning and implementation needs. 

Mungu Awabariki/God Bless You All/Que Dios Les Bendiga!

Rostered Ministers Gathering
Early registration for the ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering 2017 ends soon, May 31. Reserve your spot now. #ELCAonTheWay  
Assembly - June 9-11, 2017
15 Days till Assembly!!!

Theme: We Are Lutheran: Opening Doors

*Online registration will be closing Thursday, May 25th at Noon!!! If you still need to register after that date/time we must receive it in the synod office by Monday, June 5th, otherwise you will have to register at the door!!

Assembly Offering
Assembly offering will be split between two ministries:
1. Señor de la Misericordia, Latino Ministry in Denison
2. Thanksgiving Lutheran, Sudanese Ministry in Council Bluffs
Assembly Offering Bulletin Insert
We are hopeful that each congregation will take a special offering and present it at the Friday afternoon or Sunday worship service. 
Come Worship with us Everyone is Welcome!!...on Sunday, June 11th at the 2017 Western Iowa Synod Assembly closing Worship. It will begin at 10:30 am at the Sioux City Convention Center!!

WIS Assembly Guidebook App
You can start checking out the WIS Guidebook app for assembly here. The app is accessible ON THESE PLATFORMS  iOS, Android, Web  

The updated Assembly Report Book is on the website and the app. Please look through the report book and read the reports from the VP, Bishop, Team members and others. 

Click here to access the assembly webpage!!
Collection of Medical Supplies
The Western Iowa Synod has committed to collecting medical supplies for Global Health Ministries at the Synod Assembly in June. Do you have medical equipment and supplies from a previous procedure or condition cluttering up the garage that could be repurposed?  An alternative may be purchase canes, walkers, etc. at garage or auction sales to donate.  Contact the voting delegate or pastor from your congregation to arrange transportation of these items to Sioux City. A list of needed supplies is attached.

24 hours of triennial women's gathering costs about 12 cents a minute!!

What can you pack into 24 hours? A lot if you’re attending one day of the Tenth Triennial Gathering of Women of the ELCA.

Day registration—either Friday, July 14, or Saturday, July 15—at the triennial gathering is $175 or about 12 cents a minute. The event is at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn., July 13-16, 2017.

One-day registration gives you plenary sessions, including music and speakers, workshops and servant events, and full access to all the exhibitors and vendors. It also offers you fellowship with 2,500-3,000 other women of faith. Visit www.welcatg.org under the registration tab to learn more.
Rostered Ministers Gathering - Early Bird Registration ends on May 31st!
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!

SAVE THE DATE! -                  

Fall Theological Conference

The 2017 Tri-Synodical Fall Conference for rostered leaders will be held at the Sheraton, West Des Moines from September 24-26, 2017.  Speakers Anna Madsen and Bishop Guy Erwin will address the:  the theme “The Reformation:  What’s at Stake?  Then and Now.”  Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will also be in attendance for a presentation and to preach and preside at the Monday evening communion service.  Registration will be available on-line beginning July 1.
Embodied Freedom
Who: Pastors, laypeople, professors, students – all are welcome!
What: An interactive conference focusing on the relationship between Luther’s dynamic understanding of Christian freedom and our bodies – individual, social and global.
When: June 4-6
Where: Augsburg College, Minneapolis
Cost: $75 registration fee and $50 for students. This includes two breakfasts, one lunch and one banquet dinner. Scholarships are available on a rolling application basis. More info here
Elderversity - Camp for kids 55+
June 5-6 at our Okoboji site

Elderversity is a great chance for those 55 or older to be young at heart and enjoy camp. This two-day event provides opportunities to listen to engaging speakers, get together with new and old friends, and meet our summer staff during their training time! We hope you can join us for a wonderful time of fellowship, learning, and laughing together. Register by calling us at 1-800-OKOBOJI or email at registrar@okoboji.org.           Flier here!
CONNECT Family Camp 
June 25th - 30th 
Join us at Lutheran Lakeside for our exciting new family camp! CONNECT Family Camp will be a cross generational camp that will be an enriching experience for the whole family, with space to play, learn, and grow together in faith. More info here!
Invitation to a Storm Chasers Game
from Andy Baker
Lutheran Night 2017 celebration at the ballpark on June 5th
Recognizing the 500th reformation of the Lutheran Church

Outfield Box Seats - $7
Infield Box Seats - $11

We will have special appearances throughout the game from important Lutheran figures, so sign up now to secure your spot! For any ticket purchases or questions on tickets, please give me a call at 402-738-5137 or send me a reply email to andyb@omahastormchasers.com.
57th Summer Institute for Church Leaders with Rev. Dave Daubert
When: July 10-13, 2017
Where: Gettysburg Seminary
Cost: Depends on option you choose
Renewal in our Congregations through Spiritually Grounded Change to be Re-Rooted in our Communities. More info and registration here!
ELCA Women's Gathering
The Tenth Triennial Gathering
When: July 13-16, 2017
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn
Theme: "All Anew"

*If you are interested in transportation to the Women's Gathering a bus has been secured and will make stops in Atlantic, Carroll, and Storm Lake. If you would like to participate please contact one of the coordinators as soon as possible!! More information and contact information can be found here!!

July 21-23, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN
The BOLD GATHERING is a weekend for men to come together to learn, to worship, to network, and be equipped to BOLDY live out their faith! We are proud to announce our friend and artist who will be at the BOLD Gathering! William Butler, nationally known artist!!
And Many More Upcoming Events:
WIYLDE, 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!

“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...​​​​​​​
Quick Links
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968