There is a lot going in the synod - deadlines are looming and some have been missed.  We thought it would be worthwhile to get all the dates and information together. 
February 6
Mission Support Letter of Intent 

Mission Support Letter of Intent forms were included with your November giving statement mailing. A blank form is available by clicking on this link. Our budget is based on expected support, and the auditors do look at forms returned.

On the reverse side of the mailed form, is a congregational leadership form to also be completed for the synod. This will assist the synod to target audiences for specific communications. That form is available here. Please send completed forms to the Western Iowa Synod Mission Center at 318 E Fifth St., Storm Lake, IA 50588 or email it to kay.broich@wisynod.org.  Thank you for your partnership!

Yes this date has passed but you can still submit this.   😉
February 15
A & C Forms
The Office of the Secretary receives annual congregation reports (Forms A and C), which are used to update the parochial statistics of the ELCA. The data provided is beneficial to the church in many ways. The online filing system for A&C forms are at  A & C login, Login with Congregation ID and password. Misplaced login information? Call Julie at 712-732-4968.

Congregational Leadership Directory
Congregations need to go in separately to update their Congregational Leadership Directory. Go to the link here; login with Congregation ID and password. They can add, edit, or delete entries to update their leadership. ELCA requests all have an email address to make sure leaders receive electronic communications.

Yes another date has passed but Churchwide will still accept these.  😲😀
  OOPS-Missed this one!   
    Assembly Reports
    Resolutions Submitted
    Vendor Requests                                      😯😕
March 9
Register for Toolbox 2020

                 Sat., Mar. 14, 10-3 p.m. Our Savior's, Albert City
                 Sun., Mar. 15, 2-7 p.m.,  St. John, Mineola
NO CHARGE for this event; however, we need your RSVP by March 9. 
RSVP at https://forms.gle/NLg592hN1jwPw4wEA or email your name, congregation, number of people attending and which location to Julie at Julie.cook@wisynod.org.

The day will begin with Worship, followed by discussions on Healthy Leaders. After lunch, attend breakout sessions on Constitutions, Treasurers, and Communication. The day will be highlighted by keynote speaker Victoria Flood, ELCA Mission Support, along with a closing blessing.
March 15
Endowment Grant Applications
Past grant recipients have included congregation community meal programs, food pantry, gardening projects, mission trips, backpacks for kids, and other similar ministries.  Grants have ranged from $200 to $1500. 

The application can be downloaded here.  Please return it to Julie Cook, Western Iowa Synod, ELCA, 318 E. 5th St., Storm Lake, IA  50588 or julie.cook@wisynod.org no later than March 15th, 2020

Recipients are asked to be present Friday evening at the Fund for the Future Gala, a banquet and auction celebrating ministry in Western Iowa.  Recipients of the endowment funds will be asked to submit photos for electronic display at the Gala.  
Early Bird Assembly Registion Ends

Must be received in the synod office by this day.

Assembly due dates will be strictly enforced.  
Meals are set - there will be no substitutions.

More information can be found on the website-Assembly 2020 page here.   
April 15
Reserve your assembly hotel rooms to get the block rate.  Lodging information here.
Last day to register for assembly.  
Registrations received after April 23rd will NOT be accepted and will have to pay the walk-in cost of $200 at the event.
        April 30
Last day to drop off auction items.  

Donate Auction Items!
Share your talents. Be creative. Have fun. Tell us what you will build, grow, bake, stitch, refinish, paint, create and/or donate complete form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe6MAIF1eMKOAWcbczcApQN_ZAcaSJ8d78fxHXyXFOFzIyHKg/viewform or email Sue Boblit at sdboblit@gmail.com. Invite friends, neighbors, congregations to a fun-filled evening. 
 Come help raise 50K!
Seriously though, we know how busy you are all.  We are not trying to create more work in an already hectic season!  All the paperwork is necessary and vaulable to our work!

Thank you to all who have already taken care of business!  We hope these reminders will help you all keep track of deadlines & upcoming events!  Thank you for all your hard work!!
Synod Events
Gathering for Youth & Family Ministry Leaders and Pastors
When: Thursday, March 5
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Bethlehem Lutheran Church
             300  E. Bow Dr.
             Cherokee, IA                              See you there!
Toolbox 2020
NO CHARGE - RSVP by March 9
Sat., Mar. 14, 10-3 p.m. Our Savior's, Albert City
Sun., Mar. 15, 2-7 p.m.,  St. John, Mineola
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Victoria Flood, Director,
                                      ELCA Mission Support

Breakout sessions to give congregation leaders tools they need!
RSVP at https://forms.gle/NLg592hN1jwPw4wEA or email your name, congregation, number of people attending and which location to Julie at Julie.cook@wisynod.org.
It's a Fundraiser-It's a Party-
Its the GALA!!
You do NOT have to be attending the assembly to attend the Gala,
but you do need to pre-register by April 23rd.
Fund for the Future is a Debt-Reduction Endowment for Rostered Ministers Serving the Western Iowa Synod-ELCA.
$50 TICKETS* BY March 31, 2020
$75 TICKETS* APRIL 1-23 (no tickets sold after this date)
*If pre-registered for assembly, GALA ticket price included.

The GALA will feature a delicious Chicken Marsala meal, great fun.
Bid on live and silent auctions. All proceeds go to Fund for the Future, a debt reduction endowment to assist ELCA rostered ministers serving in Western Iowa with seminary and educational debt.

For the auctions, we invite you to share your talents. Be creative. Have fun. Tell us what you will build, grow, bake, stitch, refinish, paint, create and/or donate complete form at  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe6MAIF1eMKOAWcbczcApQN_ZAcaSJ8d78fxHXyXFOFzIyHKg/viewform or email Sue Boblit at sdboblit@gmail.com.  The more items donated the merrier the funds will be assist rostered leaders! Invite friends, neighbors, and congregations to dine, donate and bid in support of our Western Iowa Synod pastors!

Come help raise 50K!
Rostered Women Gathering

Western Iowa Synod ELCA Rostered Women invite you to join them on April 19th and 20th to join in conversation with Rev. Karoline Lewis on the topic of women in ministry. If you have a chance to read her book, She before the event, it could prove helpful.

When: Sunday, April 19 - Monday, April 20
Where: Our Savior's Lutheran Church
              600 Bluff St.
              Council Bluffs, IA
 Cost: $75.00 if registered by April 14th
           $85.00 if registering at the event  
 Housing: On your own

The Rev. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary.  She previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College.  Read more about Rev. Lewis here.

Check out the monthly podcast called The WISECast, the Western Iowa Synod Experience, hosted by two synod pastors, Pastor Chuck Meyer of St Paul Lutheran in Treynor and Pastor Scott Dalen of Underwood Lutheran in Underwood.  Together the WISE Guys (as they have dubbed themselves) will be exploring different aspects of ministry and life in and around the Western Iowa Synod. 

You can find it online at https://soundcloud.com/user-345254567/sets/the-wisecast-the-western-iowa.  Future episodes will be released on the 15th of each month, though special episodes may also be produced between regularly scheduled releases.
Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968