Gospel for this coming Sunday
Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28
The Canaanite Woman’s Faith
21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly. Full scripture reading here...
How does this scripture relate to what is going on in the world today?
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!!
I invite you to follow along on the Pianoman's journey, check it out here!!

In Search of VBS Curriculum

If any of our congregations have the Mighty Fortress VBS Curriculum from Concordia and/or decorations, please contact Lorraine Jepsen from St John in Cushing at (712) 253-1881

Thank you!!!
Youth Gathering Registration Will Open Soon!!!
Is your congregation taking youth to Houston in 2018? If so registration will begin in less than a month, Sept. 15th!! Are you ready? More information about the registration process can be found here!! It's an awesome opportunity and formative opportunity for the faith of our youth!!  

Getting Ready materials are also available....check it out here along with many other resources!!

Synods: Metropolitan New York Synod, Bishop Robert Rimbo & Staff
Congregations: St.Paul Lutheran Church, Missouri Valley and Pastor Jim Berka
  • Our country and leadership
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Lorene Glant
  • Rev. Trudy Peterson
  • Rev. Stephanie Sanborn, health concerns
  • Rev. Noel Kropp, health concerns
  • Teachers, students and parents as schools begin
  • Interns beginning their time in congregations
  • Ranches in North Dakota and Montana dealing with drought issues

Global Church Sunday

This October, as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us for Global Church Sunday by celebrating and supporting our church’s missionaries! No matter who they are or where they serve, every missionary needs your prayers, support and gifts to live out their ministry. 

Each year, more than 225 ELCA missionaries, including Young Adults in Global Mission, serve in more than 40 countries around the world. They are sent by the ELCA in response to invitations from our companion churches and serve in a variety of roles, working alongside our companions to proclaim the gospel, raise up leaders, care for those in need and develop new ways of being church together.

If each of the ELCA’s 9,300 congregations made a gift of $500 or more to Missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission in commemoration of the 500th anniversary, we could raise nearly $5 million for these life-changing ministries. This is a historic milestone for the Lutheran church and an exciting opportunity to participate in the ongoing Reformation. Will you join us?  

Your congregation received a packet with a Global Church Sunday booklet and other materials earlier this month. View the Global Church Sunday booklet, poster and bulletin insert to get started today! Have questions or looking for other ways to get involved? Contact the Global Church Sponsorship team at 800-638-3522 or globalchurch@elca.org. 
More info and resources are available here.
In God's peace,
Andrew G. Steele
Director, Global Church Sponsorship
Call to Live Well
It’s no secret – ministry is not easy. Demanding schedules, complicated social situations, and financial constraints can lead to poor eating, infrequent exercise, sleepless nights, inattention to family, and ongoing stress.
  • So, what does it mean to live well from a place of faith?
  • What makes a healthy leader healthy? And how does our own health impact the lives of others?

Your journey to living well starts here.
Hay Western Iowa, We Can Help!!

We are Church together, opening doors to disaster relief! Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issued an executive order Friday declaring 19 northcentral and eastern Montana counties and two American Indian reservations are in a drought emergency.  

The disaster response network in Western Iowa has invited Northeastern and Southeastern Iowa Synods to partner with us in a haylift for ranchers in Montana. The drought has reached the highest category, exceptional drought, in 8 Counties. We invite you to prayerfully consider helping the ranchers in Eastern Montana by participating in a haylift.

Along with donations of large square or round hay bales, we are currently seeking volunteer drivers and trucks to move the hay, and we are seeking financial donations to help with the cost of transportation.  

Simply choose the amount you wish to donate, and go to the bottom of the page and select the designation “2017 Montana Haylift.”

If you are interested in helping through a donation of hay or with transportation needs, please contact Western Iowa Synod disaster response network coordinator Bill Peters at 712-454-4590 or Sam Jacobs at 712-592-3330. Thank you for being the church and responding to needs as you are able!

Dulled Magic: Embodied Resistance

Antoine Cummins, Campus Minister at Waldorf University shares a poignant, powerful reflection on this, his second, recent time in the Holy Land (read reflection here).  Please contact the Western Iowa Synod Mission Center if you and/or your congregation want to learn more about this land, its people, its struggle and its hope for the future.  For information on synodical offerings to travel to the Holy Land in the spring of 2018, click here.  Contact Cindy Wells, WIS Director for Global Mission with any questions or needs you may have.  
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.

Register Now! -                  

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 and more information here!!
Networks Meeting focusing on Interculturality
- Saturday Sept 23rd - Save the Date

This year's network meeting will focus on Interculturality!!
The Interculturality Development Inventory can help each of us, and we as a group, determine where we are on the spectrum of intercultural denial to acceptance. More about the specifics of the inventory can be learned at https://idiinventory.com/ The agenda for the synod’s annual All Network meeting will be focused on this beginning step in our attempt to reduce systemic racism in our area. The Reverend Sunitha Mortha, Director for Mission Formation in the Global Mission Unit of the ELCA, will share how the results of the inventory can help establish plans for broadening our understanding of cultures. The Mission Center Team and the Synod Council will have already completed their inventories, and during this meeting members of any of the synod’s networks will learn how they can become part of this vital study and process of learning. Please plan to attend and accept the invitation to join us in “Changing Hearts in the Heartland”. This meeting will be held on September 23, noon to 3:30pm, starting with lunch, at the United Methodist Church, 211 E 3rd St., Storm Lake. Letter of invite and information here!

Celebrating the Reformation - Worship Services - Mark your calendar!
October 15th - Fort Dodge (tentative)
October 22nd - at First Lutheran in Sioux City w/meal to follow
October 31st - joint reformation worship w/Nebraska Synod at St John, Council Bluffs
ConFest 2017 - "Lutherfest"

There will be two Confirmation Festivals offered this fall. The dates and locations are below. Registration for these events will begin on September 15th. Mark your calendars!!

Wednesday, October 25th - Our Saviours Lutheran in Humboldt
Wednesday, November 1st - St Mark Lutheran in Sioux City
Summer Concert with Dakota Road

Faith Lutheran Church of Odebolt and Bethel Lutheran Church of Kiron, will be hosting their 7th Annual Summer Concert on August 27th with Dakota Road (Larry Olson and Hans Peterson) at Faith Lutheran Church, 708 Locust, Odebolt. There will be a free will offering which will be designated to an area ministry outside our churches. The evening will begin at 5:00 pm with a meal and the concert to follow at about 6:00. Come and join us for a great evening of music and fellowship.
Rachel Kurtz in Concert in Humboldt
Rachel Kurtz in concert - Sunday, September 17, 3 pm
Our Saviour's, Lutheran, 1212 Sumner Ave, SW, Humboldt
Bring your youth, family or friends and come join us!!

Rachel Kurtz is a singer and songwriter whose song “Make A Difference,” has become a widespread sensation sung by praise bands, youth groups, and school choirs from coast to coast.  Her personal testimonies of tragedy and triumph captivate her audiences – from congregations, concerts and gatherings. Performing at the last three ELCA Youth Gatherings, she has become a favorite of both youth and adults. Her music, stories and passion for global justice have taken her all over the US and to Africa, Germany and India. A free will offering will be taken!!  Concert Flier



First Lutheran Church, Sioux Rapids, Iowa

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Please plan to attend the celebration of  500 years of the Reformation of the Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 23, 2017 with a 5K Walk/Fun Run and pork patty meal to follow. Flier w/more info here!


Camp for those who have had a Stroke!!

An exciting camp is coming to Siouxland! This unique camp is for adults of all ages who have had a stroke, along with their spouse or caregiver. It is a weekend full of usual camp experiences and relaxation with modifications that allow EVERY camper to enjoy their experience. The camp runs from Friday September 15th-Sunday September 17that Inspiration Hills, just outside Inwood Iowa. This location was specifically chosen because of its unique private, hotel like accommodation that provides both fun and privacy. For additional information please call Nicole Shea RN at 712-279-5879 or visit www.strokecamp.org. Join us and lets have FUN AT CAMP!

A Day with Dr. Thomas Long
Lakeshore Center at okoboji presents...
A Day with Dr. Thomas Long

When: Friday, October 13th, 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $50 (includes lunch)
Registration at 8:30 am
9 am - Preaching in a Disenchanted Age
Noon - Lunch
1 pm - Ending Well, Beginning Well: Developing Sermons for the End of the Christian Year and for Advent/Christmas
Quick Links
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968