Western Iowa Synod Weekly eSpirit
The eSpirit is a weekly electronic newsletter for congregational leaders containing synodical news and events along with stories or articles on how we live out "We Are Church Together!" This information is intended to be dispersed to members of the congregations on a regular basis, via bulletins, facebook, newsletters and announcements. Thank you!!
Let us join together in prayer.....

Synod of the week: Lower Susquehanna Synod, Bishop James Dunlop
Congregation of the week: St Paul Lutheran, Merrill, Pastor Burt Burwell
  • Our 12 travelers, who left today for Tanzania
  • Congregations in transition
  • Pastor Duane Olson in Hospice
  • Family of Rev. Frederik Vilhelm Jensen (previously served at Bethany, Spencer) as they mourn his death
  • Prayers for Rev. Rollin Olesen, hospitalized in Sioux City.  Rev. Olesen is a retired ELCA pastor (rostered in the Nebraska Synod) and a member of St. Mark in Sioux City
  • Pastor Russ Crouthamel on his ordination
  • Pastor Bev Wolf, recovering from knee surgery
  • Turmoils in the USA--social, political, racial, etc.
  • Law enforcement officers
Handyman Still Needed!

If you or anyone in your congregation is a handyman and would be willing to volunteer your time and gifts, the Western Iowa Synod Mission Center in Storm Lake has a few projects that need completed. These projects include such things as fixing/repairing the soffit on the building, reattaching some baseboards, etc. Please call the mission center at 712-732-4968 if you can help us out with these repairs. Thank you!!
2016 Church Secretarial Conference
For ministry assistant professionals
Effective Communication: The Joy of God's Gifts
When: September 20th
This has been a great event in the past in which even the Mission Center administrative assistants attend. It is a great day and beneficial for all who attend. The brochure and more information can be found here! The Western Iowa Synod Administrative Assistance Gathering is scheduled for April 19th, 2017. Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us!!

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago rolls out new brand
This week, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) begins to roll out its new brand. Its new messages, tagline and logo are built on LSTC’s commitment to the good news of Jesus Christ, social justice, global engagement, and intellectual rigor.
“We hope that others will see in the new Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago logo many of the themes we see: the cross at the center, the Trinity, a diversity of peoples and ideas, intersecting pathways, and a circle of learning that remains open to new insights,” said James Nieman, president.
The seminary’s new tagline, “Called into the world,” summarizes its founding commitment to bring faith into every sphere of public life. This is also the focus of LSTC’s innovative public church curriculum. Full article here....
Bishop's annual charity golf tournament next week!!
July 29th, 2016

Even if you do not golf, you can support the Micah Project of Sioux City by sponsoring a hole. And if you are a beginning golfer- or just plain terrible at golfing, but want to have some fun, you can buy mulligans (another swing when things go bad!) You can buy golf indulgences (a piece of yarn that will allow you to mark your ball in a much better position!) And you can win prizes even if you are not a good golfer! With these handicaps you are sure to beat the good golfers! This golf outing is all for fun and the proceeds go to a good local charity- the Micah Project. This is a 4 person team best ball tournament that begins at 10 AM sharp. Registration begins at 9:00 am. You can register as an individual or as a team. You can play 9 or 18 holes and enjoy a light lunch for the same low price. But please hurry and register now! If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Ungs at the mission center. (712) 732-4968 x449.
Golf Flier
Register Here
Choir Robes
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Holstein has 44 Choir Robes they would like to get rid of.
They are Cranberry with white trim. (The picture is just an example, not actual robes) If you are interested or have any questions you can call Donna at 712-368-2228.
Youth Trip to Tanzania
Nine youth and three chaperones left today for their amazing adventure to Tanzania, Africa. Those traveling are,pictured L to R: Shelby Kroona (Chaperone),  Kamren Neddermeyer, Alex Hooker, Isabelle Hooker, Jenee Eden, Hanna Lara, Andrea Blocker, Maleah Kleve, Zoe Fiedler, Kylie Mongan, Rev. Mike Kroona, and Katie Hare (chaperones). You can follow along on their facebook page by clicking here or search on facebook for WIS Tanzania Youth Trip 2016. Please keep them all in your prayers for safe travels and a spirit filled adventure.
We Need Your Photos!!

Pastors and rostered leaders, we still need several of you to submit a photo for the Synod Directory. We would like the directory to be as complete as possible with all of our rostered leaders. Please send in your digital headshot photo to be included in the directory. You may send it via email to Julie at Julie.cook@wisynod.org by July 25th! Thank you for helping us complete this project. Each rostered leader that participates will receive a free directory. Thank you!
For the Health of It
Road to Emmaus
During an eight-week period of your choosing, make time to walk and assess your own physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, vocational, and financial well-being. This activity can be completed alone, with a friend, or as a group.
This program centers on the story of two disciples and their walk to Emmaus with Jesus (Luke 24:13 – 49). On this walk, the disciples experience all aspects of well-being. Like the disciples, walk with Jesus and contemplate.......read more here! Toolkit and poster are also available at this Portico link.
We Are Church Together!
How does your congregation live out "We Are Church Together!"? Send your stories and pictures to Lynn.
Living out "We Are Church Together!"

The 2016 Assembly theme was "We Are Church Together! This theme will continue throughout the year and we would like to hear how your congregation is living out We Are Church Together in your community and even in the world. Please send stories and photos to Lynn to be included in this section of the eSpirit.
Western Iowa Synod Events
Mark Your Calendars
  • ​Youth trip to Tanzania                                             July 21 - Aug 12
  • ABC Meeting                                                           July 27th @ 6 pm
  • ​Bishop's Charity Golf Tournament                         July 29th
  • Western Iowa Youth Leaders Gathering              August 18th @ 11:30, Spencer
  • Rostered Leader Fall Convo                                  September 18-20
Events in and around the Synod
Open Tour of Siouxland Community Churches
Beginning on July 31st at 4:00 pm! This opportunity will allow us to become more familiar with the persons and the history of our neighbor Lutherans, as well as celebrate together the unique art, music, and culture that we share. Flier
Aging Faithfully 2016 Conference
July 26th

Our lives and faith look different in the second chapter of life. There are new opportunities, and many experiences behind us, too.
You may find yourself asking:
  • What is God’s purpose for me in this stage of life?
  • What does faithfulness look like now?
  • How do I trust Him and have courage as seasons change?
  • How can my faith remain vibrant and strong?
  • How can I help others who find themselves in this stage of life?
Registration & Information
ELCA - "Seeds Monthly" e-Newsletter
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