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Supper and Prayer Service

Friday, August 16, 2019

Summer Supper at 6:30 pm

Holden Evening Prayer at 8:00 pm

St. Mark Lutheran Church

5200 Glenn Avenue

Sioux City, IA

Installation of the Rev. Lorna H. Halaas


Bishop of the Western Iowa Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Saturday, August 17, 2019

1:30 pm

First Lutheran Church

3939 Cheyenne Blvd

Sioux City, IA

Rostered leaders are invited to vest in red.

Please be vested by 1:00 PM.

Reception to follow.

RSVP for all events by Friday, August 9th to


  Western Iowa Synod Discipleship Academy            invites you to "Take the Plunge!

Come join us for a time to expore and consider your own personal call from God or just explore ways to simply grow in your relationship with God!

  • Do you have a desire to learn more about the Bible, Lutheran theology, God’s mission and the work of Christ’s church?
  • Do you wonder how you can use your God-given gifts to impact God’s mission in the    church, community and world around you?
  • Do you feel called to serve in a deeper and broader way?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Discipleship Academy is right for you! Classes start with a retreat on August 24!!  

When: Saturday, August 24                      Where: Lutheran Lakeside Camp                        
           11:00 am - 3:00 pm                                     2491 - 170th St.
Cost:  FREE                                                          Spirit Lake, IA
Register Here
Joining Together in Prayer

Synod of the week: Greater Milwaukee Synod, Bishop Paul Erickson & Staff
Congregation of the week: Bethel Lutheran, Kiron, Rev. Jeffrey Hansen
  • Churchwide Assembly & bishop election
  • For our President and US leaders
  • Congregations and rostered leaders in transition
  • Barbara Brennan, Missional Storyteller, for a speedy recovery from surgery
  • The family of Pastor Marvin Dooley who recently passed away

We Belong to the Truth

In her July column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on how our perception of facts and truth have evolved with internet access 24 hours a day.  She asks 'how do we live as people of Truth in a time of spin?"

 Read her column in English here and in Spanish here

New ELCA Bishops

The week of July 8th, 13 new ELCA bishops elected in 2019 attended Bishop Formation Week at Churchwide in Chicago.
The Tri-Synodical Fall Conference will be held in West Des Moines, September 22-24, 2019. Deacons Jeremy Myers from Augsburg University and Chelle Huth from United Seminary will serve as keynote speakers under the theme “Faith Formation as Shared Mission.” Additionally, ELCA Secretary Chris Boerger will also be present and will both present at a session and preach and preside at the Monday evening worship service.

The Southeastern Iowa Synod is handling registration.  If paying by check, make sure it is payable to Southeastern Iowa Synod.
Fall Convo Flier
Register Here
Iowa Hunger Summit
THE IOWA HUNGER SUMMIT is held each year in October, is free and open to the public, and gathers hundreds of leaders from across Iowa who lead and participate in projects to eradicate hunger.

  • Share information of efforts of Iowans toward ensuring adequate food for all
  • Encourage Iowans to continue and expand these efforts
  • Increase statewide awareness of hunger, poverty, and related issues

       When: October 14                      Where: Des Moines Marriott Hotel Downtown
       Time: 8 am - 4 pm                      Cost: FREE

For more information and to register, click here.
        HOME GROWN
     Local Responses to Food Insecurity

Unique Hunger Summit in Storm Lake.  Visit local gardens, sample produce, and hear Farm to Folk Tales.

When: Thursday, September 5th
                                         Time:  1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
                                         Where: Storm Lake, IA

            Reserve Tickets with Stacie Hewett, ISU Extension, at 712-732-5056 or email   For more information, see flier link below.                   
Flier Here
Around the Synod

Celebrating 40 Years of Ministry

Bishop Lorna joined Pastor Doug Rokke July 7th as he celebrated 40 years of ordained ministry. Pastor Doug is the pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Rake, IA. 
WIS Pastors Featured in The Messenger, Fort Dodge.

The Rev. Jennifer Owen’s office at Friendship Haven is a much visited and calming place. Residents stop by to chat, sometimes with her, sometimes with either Lincoln or Luther, her therapy certified yellow labs. Read full story here. (Photo credits to Fort Dodge Messenger)

It was his time as a self-described “trouble maker” that Jim Davis, pastor for Zion Lutheran Church in Gowrie and Fulton Lutheran Church in Roelyn, was given the nudge to serve. Read full story here. (Photo credits to Fort Dodge Messenger)
                                        Missional Storyteller            


Student Pastor Betty Rendon, who serves at Emaus Lutheran Church in Racine, was detained by ICE on Wednesday, May 8. Her daughter, who has DACA status, was also detained and later released. You can read the rest of the story in July's newsletter in the link below.  

This is just one of the stories in July's Missional Storyteller Newsletter.  Also linked below is June's newsletter

June Newsletter
July Newsletter
The Flash Newsletter

The July 2019 Edition of The Church of the Damascus Road's newsletter, the FLASH is available below!

Flash Newsletter
Companion Synod News
Asante Sana!!
From the Southern Diocese

Greetings from Njombe. As the Secretary of Education in our Southern Diocese, I would like to give a word of acknowledgement and thanks to the Western Iowa synod assembly which has approved this important fund and also to the esteemed  western Iowa synod leadership for their love and ceaseless efforts to support the girls of which without such scholarship would have been unable to get education. We do extend our thanks for the more support to the Masai boys. This is very important because if only girls get this educational chance, in near future, there will also be a big line separating them. We know that the girls have more challenges comparing to boys, but it is important to know that the boys of this Masai communities are also still lagging behind. They also need this privilege of education. Thank you so much. 

Convey our sincere heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed this scholarship and other many previous scholarships. God bless you all. Shalom. 

Rev Seth Yona Mlelwa 
Education Secretary 
Job Opportunities

St. Olaf Lutheran Church of Fort Dodge is seeking a Youth Leader....person to lead their young people (high school youth) in their faith development through discipleship, fellowship, bible study and service; encouraging them to be committed followers of Jesus Christ.  They are looking for the person who can work effectively toward the goal of growing our young people in life-giving relationships with God and one another.

This is a part-time position, envisioned as approximately 15 hours per week.  One need not be a member of St. Olaf, but Christian faith is prerequisite.  For job description contact Pastor Len Halvorson at 605-359-8344.  To apply, send cover letter and resume to


Immanuel Lutheran Church, Forest City, IA is looking for a new Coordinator of Youth Ministry. 
If you are comfortable with your faith and have a passion for working with our youth 6th grade-12th grade, this may be what you are looking for. This includes working with Confirmation and leading Middle School and High School youth group. You are guiding our youth as they grow in their faith and leadership. If interested, please contact Pastor Zech Anderson or the church office (641-585-3152). Or check us out online at and look under employment opportunities which can be found on our home page.
Upcoming Events in and Around the Synod
More info can be found on the website at

Secretarial/Administrative Assistants Fall Conference

The Iowa District West Secretarial/Administrative Assistants Conference will be held at Mission Central this fall.  Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 17 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.  All ministry assistant professionals are invited to enjoy a relaxing, inspirational, and educational day. Our special speaker will be Annetta Dellinger sharing several topics that will encourage and support you in your ministry.  

Conference Brochure

'Just love' Gathering 2020 
...logo and theme remind us that we are all part of one body

Following Jesus is messy. Loving one another is justice. We are not perfect, we are often broken, sometimes we don’t fit. Sometimes our edges are rough—but we are one body in Christ.

The 2020 Gathering theme was unveiled at the Conference of Presidents, Feb. 22-24, along with the art accompanying the theme. You can learn about the artist and event here!
Churchwide Assembly       August 5-10

Bishop Installation               August 17th

Tri-Synodical Fall Convocation      Sept. 22-24
Check out the continuing ed opportunities at Luther Seminary through the Kairos program

eSpirit Submissions
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