Please Note!!
All checks (mission support or donations) MUST be in the Synod Office by noon on January 31st to be credited to 2016!!
Thank you for your attention to this matter!!
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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 members and encourage them to attend the events!! 
New Year's Message from
Bishop Eaton

Happy New Year! In her January column in Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that the “gift of grace, especially as it comes to us in baptism,” helps us “make sense of our lives and resolves the stress” of making resolutions. Read her column here.
Pdf version here for your use!
Happy New Year!!!  It's update time!!
It's 2017, another year behind us and a new year and many opportunities in front of us. It's time for all rostered leaders to update the Bishop on how things are going and current contact information by filling out the appropriate rostered leader form. It is also time for congregations to fill out the A&C forms or parochial reports. Please do so as soon as possible. These forms can be found here. Rostered leaders should click on the Synod tab at the top of the page. Special instructions for rostered leader reports, you must save the pdf form first, then fill it out saving as you go and then attach it to an email. If you don't follow these steps it will be blank when you send it in. Please email to Lynn or Bishop Prois. Thank you!!

Synod of the week: Northwestern Minnesota Synod, Bishop Larry Wohlrabe
Congregation of the week: Immanuel Lutheran, Kimballton, Sam Jacobs

  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Pastor Tess Panamarrow
  • Pastor Paul Johnston
  • Pastor Lorene Glant
  • Pastor Chris Lang
  • Chilean fires near Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Israeli/Palestinian peace dilemma, PNW event
  • Rev. John & Elsie Planz, son died in house fire, house a total loss
  • Nicholson family from St Mark, Storm Lake
  • ELCA Bishops gathered in Charleston, South Carolina
The Ministry of Accompaniment
By Deacon Tammy Devine
ELCA Wellness Manager

"And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
My mother-in-law fell and broke her hip a few weeks before her 97th birthday. In pain and exhaustion, she called her children together and asked permission to die. She was ready and willing to let go and let God. She has lived a good and faithful life. We have been blessed. We assured her of our love, and that we would accompany her on this journey until she crosses the threshold from this life into eternal life.

Accompaniment is a gift. It reminds us that we do not go it alone. In times of challenge, having an emotional support system is invaluable. In times of change, having a .......more here.
                            Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Events
January 18-25, 2017

Ecumenical Prayer and Worship Service
When: January 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Where: Parent Hall North, Olmstead Center, Drake University, Des Moines
This event was planned by Bishop Prois and other ecumenical leaders.
Parking on campus requires a parking pass which participants/vehicle will have to order online at this link.The pass costs $2.50, (This is half price discount) We hope you will make plans to join us on the 18th!!

Siouxland Worship for Christian Unity
When: Sunday, January 22nd @ 2:00 p.m.
Where: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 3012 Jackson Street, Sioux City. 
The theme for the day is from 2 Corinthians 5:14-20 - "Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us."

Both of these events are open to all and would be an opportune time to bring confirmation students and youth. Please extend the invitation to all in your congregation. 
Still time to sign up - Spirituality Retreat for Clergy

Dates: January 8th-10th
Location: Lutheran Lakeside
Theme: Food for Life

Cost depends on overnight accommodations - see website
To register please contact Pastor Lorna Halaas 
Room reservations should be made directly to the camp at 712-336-2109
More information on this event can be found here!!
Peace Not Walls:
      the Holy Land Kaleidoscope
Join us for a day of learning and growth of perspectives as we accompany our brothers and sisters in Christ seeking security, peace and justice for all people in the region! The region encompassing the very life and ministry of Jesus Christ our Lord!

When: Saturday, January 21st; 9 am - 3 pm
Where: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 300 E Bow Dr, Cherokee
Cost: Depends on number of people attending from your congregation
(ranges from FREE to $25/person)
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Register Here
Attention All Men!!
What? Annual Men in Mission retreat
Where? Lutheran Lakeside Camp - Shalom house
When? February 3rd-4th Registration begins at 6:30 PM. Event ends Saturday at 2:30 with Worship and service of Holy Communion.
Cost? A minimum suggested donation of $40.00 will cover costs. Any additional donations will be given to Lutheran Lakeside Camp. Registration includes Saturday breakfast, evening popcorn snack, and Noon meal. Please bring your own bedding, pillow and towel or there will be bedding available for an additional charge. More information and registration can be found here!
Coming soon: Lutheran Day on the Hill 2017
Join LSI and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA for Lutheran Day on the Hill in Des Moines on February 21st! This day is essential for giving voice to those who are not heard, for seeking social justice and for empowering people to exercise their right and responsibility to be part of the legislative process. For more information and/or to participate, please contact Pastor Ungs at jeff.ungs.rev@wisynod.org.
Winter/Early Spring ConFest Events:
Theme - "You Belong"
Wednesday, February 15th @ Trinity, Moville
Wednesday, February 22nd @ Zion, Gowrie
Events begin at 5:45 pm with a light supper, programing starts at 6:30 pm
Registration is open!! Register Here!!
Questions? Please email Lynn, Lynn.egesdal@wisynod.org
"Serving the Church Together"
2017 Western Iowa Synod Leadership Academy
When: Saturday, February 18th              
Snowdate: Saturday, February 25th
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 or 4 pm
Where: St Olaf Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge
For all congregational members!!
Please Join us For the Installation of Pastor McCormick at Trinity in Estherville
Trinity Lutheran Church would like to extend an invitation to all  for the installation service for their new pastor, Pastor Cole R. McCormick.  Worship will begin at 2:00 PM on January 8th, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. 

Rostered leaders are invited to robe and should gather in the multi-purpose room at 1:30 pm, "white" will be the color for the day.  We look forward to seeing you on January 8th.  If you have any questions, feel free to call Deb in the church office at 362-3335. 
Quick Links
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968