Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving from the Western Iowa Synod mission team!!

Please note, there will not be an eSpirit next week due to the holiday and the mission center will be minimally staffed Monday - Wednesday and will be closed on Thursday and Friday!! 
Please join the mission team in prayer:

Synod of the week: Southern Ohio Synod, Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt
Congregation of the week: Grace, Marathon; Pastor John Mayer
​Congregations in transition    
​Kathy Petersen wife of Rev. Arlo (Pete) Petersen 
Brian Campbell - now home and receiving ongoing treatment
Rev. David Cox - recovering from surgery
Rev. Lorene Glant
Peace on Earth
Upcoming Advent Devotions!!

Watch for Advent Devotions beginning November 29th on Western Iowa Synod's Facebook Page and the website, written by people in Western Iowa!
Jr High Youth Encouraged to Do Something!
Thank you to the eleven congregations from the Western Iowa Synod that sent youth to the Jr High Youth Gathering last weekend at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp. Those congregations were from: Emmetsburg, Cherokee, Titonka, George, Kimballton, Titonka, Dunlap, Woden, Manson, Rockwell City, and Ruthven. Check out what your youth were up to here!! The theme for the weekend was "Do Something" based on the theme verse from James 1:22. The synod's LYO youth assisted in the leadership for the weekend!
Christmas Shopping - Painless and Priceless!!

ELCA Good Gifts provides more than 50 different gift-giving options that grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives. These gifts, starting at just $10, provide direct support for the churchwide ministries of the ELCA. - Shop Here!
Congregational Care Class
​Lay School Class – Register Now!

Register now for Lay School class Congregational/Pastoral Care.  Class will meet for 4 sessions beginning on Saturday, January 23 at the Synod Office in Storm Lake. This class will be taught by Pastors John Syvertson and Cara Knutson. The class will meet from 9:00- 1:30 once a month January - April.  Topics include learning to listen, prayer, visiting with those who are ill, grieving or alone.

Some outside reading, practicing visitation, and class discussion is part of the class.
Registration is $395 which includes lunch each Saturday the class meets.
More information is available from John Syvertson at jsyverts@hotmail.com or Lorna Halaas at lorna.halaas.rev@wisynod.org

Please email Lorna at lorna.halaas.rev@wisynod.org  to register.
Pastors consistently suffer from weight problems and hypertension

For years, dinners consisting of granola bars or peanut butter crackers on the run were good enough for Pastor Ross Varney.

He'd munch them as he sped off to one evening meeting or another. He saw it as putting the church's needs ahead of his own. The habit seemed harmless until he couldn't sleep at night, couldn't concentrate by day, and felt just plain lousy much of the time. Acid reflux exacerbated by late-night ice cream binges to, as Varney put it, "soothe the day" was keeping him awake and wreaking havoc on his ministry. Read More...

Grace Gathering - Experience the Larger Church 
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is an opportunity to rejoice in the life-giving, liberating power of the gospel. As part of the observance, we invite you to attend the Grace Gathering, in partnership with the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This will be an opportunity to experience the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) when gathered as the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, prepare for further observances of the 500th anniversary and reflect on how the Reformation can continue to guide us today. More Info...
Final Thankfulness Event 

Join us this evening, November 19th, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge from 6 PM- 8 PM with a potluck dinner and hear about the many ways your financial support make a difference in the wider church!! Bring a dish to share and a friend and come and join us!!
ELCA Night at Lamb Theatre in Sioux City
ELCA Lutheran  members and friends in Siouxland are invited to come together for  "ELCA Night at the LAMB Theatre" on Friday, December 11th. Sioux City's LAMB Arts Regional Theatre presents "They Call Her Beautiful," a new musical for all ages by Diana Guhin Wooley. This is a wondrous story of one family's holiday tradition, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Little Match Girl."

"They Call Her Beautiful" will be presented at the LAMB Theatre,                         471 Market Street, Sioux City, on Friday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m.

Special ticket prices for "ELCA Night at the LAMB" are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $11 for children and students.  Reservations may be made by calling St. Mark Lutheran Church at 276-2418 before December 7th.
Mark your calendars!!
The Leadership Academy is scheduled for February 27th at St Paul in Atlantic & February 28th at St Mark in Storm Lake. 

Please mark your calendars and watch for more information soon!!
****We will continue to update our website with more information on these events as it becomes available.
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