Gospel for this coming Sunday
Matthew 16:21-28
21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, "God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you." 23 But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; .......continue reading 

*What crosses has God asked you to take up over your lifespan so far, and what has been the impact? (Matt 16:24) #workingpreacher
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!!
Ordination of Ann Albert Invitation

You are cordially invited To the Ordination of Ann Albert on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2:00 in the afternoon Fremont Church at Nyman 1147 Ironwood Avenue Essex, Iowa A Reception will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex, Iowa Full invite here!
PBS to air 'Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World'
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. EDT, PBS gives the Reformation television exposure when it airs “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.” This one-time, nationwide showing is a great reason for congregations and communities to gather together and explore Luther’s lasting impact on Christianity. The film is also available for private showings for those unable to watch that evening. Check your local PBS listings for specific air times. Learn more about the film at NewLutherMovie.com/ELCA
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!!
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Forest City, held the Ordination Service of Mary Margaret Fiel ....into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament on August 18th. Mary (Dickman) Fiel, a member of the congregation, was a Waldorf University student, Waldorf employee, Luther Seminary graduate, and now has a call to Bethesda Lutheran Church in Carlton, MN in the NE Minnesota Synod.
Clergy present for the ordination:
Front row (L-R): Rev. Barbara Jewell, Rev. Grace Gravelle, Northeastern MN Bishop Tom Aitkens, Rev. Mary Fiel, Rev. Matt Flom
Second row: Rev. Dick Hane, Rev. Zech Anderson, Rev. Allyson Bowman, Tim Bowman, Rev. Karen Behling
Back row: Rev. Steve Smith, Rev. Rod Hopp, Rev. Dean Safe, Rev. Jeanette Bidne, Rev. Steve Bohling

Synods: TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod, Bishop Michael Rinehart & staff
Congregations: Zion Lutheran at Rake and Pastor Doug Rokke
  • 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
  • Rev. Mike and Shelby Kroona and family as they mourn the death of his brother-in-law
  • Ranches in North Dakota and Montana dealing with drought issues
  • Flood victims and those impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Living Well to Enhance the Lives of Others
We’re called to make the most of all we have been given. That’s one reason the stewardship team at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus, Pennsylvania, took the lead in planning a year of activities to encourage health and wellness in their congregation.

Lorie Stout Sherman, Emmaus, Pennsylvania, July 2017

Stewardship is a year-round activity encompassing much more than a fall giving campaign and budgetary dollars. Our stewardship is an expression of thanks and appreciation to God for all that has been entrusted to us. That includes not only being good stewards of our time, talents, and treasure, but also good stewards of the earth and good stewards of our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves. Full Article here...
There is still time to help the women in Chile!!

Women’s Empowerment in Chile!! Reformation Theme: “Creation is not for sale!” Help support participation at the National Evangelical Lutheran Women’s Convention in Chile in November of 2017! You need to reply by Sept. 30! More info here!!

The picture here is the WIS Visitor Group visiting a domestic violence center in Chile.
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!
World Week of Peace & International Day of Prayer for Peace
Despite 50 years of occupation and despair, hope prevails for a just peace in Palestine and Israel. Throughout the World Week of Peace, 17 – 24 September, Christians around the globe are called to unite in peaceful actions to create a common international public witness. During the same week, on Thursday, 21 September, the International Day of Prayer for Peace is held. More info here!
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 22nd - at First Lutheran in Sioux City w/meal to follow
October 29th - St John Lutheran in Mineola hosting a Lutheran-Catholic Reformation service @ 6:30 pm
October 31st - joint reformation worship w/Nebraska Synod at St John Parish, Creighton University Campus, Omaha

WIS Clergy Spirituality Retreat
When: October 15th - 17th
Where: Lutheran Lakeside Camp
What: A time to come away with colleagues for prayer, rest, food, fellowship and holy conversation on our faith journey. We will be using the book, Red Fire by Paula D’Arcy, as the basis for our conversation.         Flier Here!
Fort Dodge Forums Fall/Early Winter Schedule Set
The fun begins at 9:30 am at Grace Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge Iowa.  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.  Or get all 9 sessions in the 2017-2018 year for only $225.  Retired clergy rate available. Hope to see you there!
Sept 14 
Peace Not Walls 
Pr. Joy Gonnermann
Oct 12  
Preaching Mark's Gospel 
Dr. Troy Troftgruben
Nov 9 
The Psalms 
Richard Bruxvoort Colligan
Dec 14 
A Very Merry Reformation Christmas 
Dr. Martin Lohrman
January 11, 2018  Canoeing the Mountains 
Leading change in the parish. 
Dr. Nate Frambach 
Join us for another year of learning together as we strive to lead our congregations into God's future.
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
2017 Church Secretarial Conference - "Treasured"
When: Tuesday, September 19, 8 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Boulders Conference Center, Denison
Sponsored by Iowa District West 
Cost: $40
For more information and/or to register contact the office at 515-576-7666 or email Roger@iowaDistrictWest.org
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!

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. More info here!!


A Day for Sharpening - PRO 2717

Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another

LOCATION: First Christian Church 2500 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311 Marketplace: 9:30am—4:00pm Check-in for Event: 9:30am Workshop: 10:00am—4:00pm Cost: (includes $40/person—Iowa UCC & Iowa DOC $60/person—non UCC, non DOC, outside Iowa lunch/materials)  Flier w/more info here!

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
  THE NEXT 500 - A Festival of New Sacred Music

Call for singers: Bethany Lutheran Church of Spencer is marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with The Next 500: A Festival of New Sacred Music on Sunday, October 29th at 4pm. Singers are invited to participate in a community choir that will rehearse on Oct. 22nd and 29th at2:00 p.m. in Bethany’s  sanctuary. The concert is free and open to all. A potluck meal will follow in Bethany’s dining hall. For more info contact Stephen Baker at musicdirector@bethluthspencer.com                   

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course
This Parish Nursing course is being offered February 5th - March 26th, 2018 on-line, followed by two days on-site, March 22-23
The purpose of this educational event is to prepare the nurse to initiate and maintain a faith community nurse ministry within a given congregation and to function in the leadership role for the faith community's health ministry.  For more information regarding contact hours contact: Paula Lubeck, paula.lubeck@avera.org or 605-322-3384
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Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968