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: New England Synod, Bishop James Hazelwood
Congregation of the week: St John Lutheran, Interim Pastor Jeff Swanson

  • Our 12 travelers in Tanzania
  • Congregations in transition
  • Pastor Trish Underberg's sister, Helen.  Possible liver and kidney transplant.
  • The family of Rev. Dr. Frank Benz, who passed away on July 25th. Obituary here.
  • Turmoils in the USA--social, political, racial, etc.
  • Law enforcement officers, esp. Baltimore police following decision
  • Team family members traveling internationally
  • Rev. Barb Chapman, health issues
  • The congregation of Hawk Creek Lutheran Church, Sacred Heart, Minn, major fire damage
  • 25th Wedding Anniversary of Rev. Jeff & Kelli Ungs
  • Our Churchwide assembly members preparing for Churchwide assembly in August.
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!!
Event"Full" Weekend at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp
August 5th - 6th, 2016

  • Scandinavian Feast August 5th -5:30-7:30pm
        Adults $12 Children (Ages 4-13) $6
  • Silent Auction - August 5th - 5-7pm 
  • Glenn Henriksen Concert August 5th - 7:30pm Glenn is from Armstrong, IA. He is a versatile pianist and organist. Free will offering. Chapel, 1203 Inwan St. Wahpeton
  • Quilt Auction - August 6th 1pm - 9:30am for quilt viewing.
  • Lunch in our dining hall is from 11-1pm (free-will offering).
  • 5K/Fun Run/kids .5k - August 6th 10:30am 

August 28th
Ingham  Hog Roast
Ingham Lake Bible Camp
2258 450th Ave
Wallingford, IA 51351
with concerts by Peder Eide and Swen and Dean. Free will offering
View Quilts and Info Here
OLBC Event Flier
Looking for a job in Ministry? If so, check out the positions open at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp here!!!
Churchwide Assembly - August 8-13, New Orleans, LA
The ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the church, is a process of communal spiritual discernment. Finding ourselves in Christ, the fourteenth Churchwide Assembly will be a time for us to be the living body of Christ guided by the Spirit and conformed to God’s will.

We will meet at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 8-13, 2016 to discuss and make decisions about how to go about God’s work as a church. 

This year the assembly will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ” and the accompanying tagline “500 years of God’s Grace in Action.” The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is an opportunity to rejoice in the life-giving, liberating power of the gospel. More info here...

Those attending from the Western Iowa Synod:
Bishop Rodger Prois
Brian Campbell, VP
Rev. Jay Denne
Karen Post
Rev. Carla Johnsen

Paul Abbott
Haley Abbott
Rachel Smith
Edna Karisa
Rev. Katie Russell
Rev. Chris Lang
Denise Kramer Tolzmann
John Jorgensen
Daniel Holste
For the Health of It

A Health Plan for Ministry

Guided by the ELCA Philosophy of Benefits, the ELCA health plan is designed to steward the health of our rostered and lay leaders and the resources of our sponsoring employers — in turn, strengthening our work together to share God's boundless love with the world. ......read more here! 

Why should we use Portico for our pastor's benefits?
  • By pooling health plan dollars, we support one another in ministry.
  • By purchasing health care together, our buying power increases.
  • By investing in wellness, we increase the resilience of this church.
  • Read full explanations here!!
We Are Church Together!
Blessings to Pastor "Pete" Peterson and wife Kathy!  Pastor Pete retires after 26 years of ordained ministry,  most recently serving as interim to St. Paul, Remsen; Faith, Marcus; and Siloam, Paullina.
Living out and celebrating "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.
Sioux City text study says "farewell and Godspeed" to Wartburg Seminary M.Div student Elizabeth Lippke as she leaves to begin  a year long internship in Gowen, Michigan.
K. Russell Crouthamel was ordained on Saturday, July 16th at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Souderton, PA. Rev. Crouthamel will be serving at Emanuel Lutheran in Dayton, IA. 
Western Iowa Synod Events
Mark Your Calendars
  • ​Youth trip to Tanzania                                            July 21 - Aug 12
  • ​Bishop's Charity Golf Tournament                         July 29th
  • Western Iowa Youth Leaders Gathering              August 18th @ 11:30, Spencer
  • Synod Council Meeting/Network Meeting          September 17th
  • Rostered Leader Fall Convo                                  September 18-20
  • WIS Assembly 2017                                                 June 9 - 11, 2017, Sioux City, IA
Events in and around the Synod
National Neighborhood Night Out 2016
National Night Out is a national and local effort to promote neighborhood involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood relationships and camaraderie.  Both Sioux City, Iowa and South Sioux City, Nebraska are promoting activities for the communities. Some of our congregations participating are St Mark and Riverside Lutheran in Sioux City. If your congregation is participating in one of these events, please send photos along with a story to be included in a future eSpirit. Let's reach out to our communities as "We are Church Together!" More info about this event  here...
ELCA - "Seeds Monthly" e-Newsletter
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