***The Shared Ministry Event set for October 23 and 24 is postponed.
Please watch for rescheduled dates.***
Please join us in prayer:
  • Synod of the week: Central States Synod, Bishop Roger Gustafson; 
Nebraska Synod, Bishop Brian Maas​
  • Congregation of the week: St. Paul Lutheran Lakota and Pastor Lynn Noel; Immanuel Lutheran Titonka and Pastor Kim Peterson
  • Chris Prois recovering from shoulder surgery
  • ​Congregations in transition    
  • Upcoming Tanzania national election
  • Peace in the Holy Lands
  • ​​Brian Campbell prayers for health concerns
  • ​Kathy Petersen wife of Rev. Arlo (Pete) Petersen prayers for health concerns

The first few Thankfulness Events have been a success. We have been at St John's Lutheran in Council Bluffs, First  Lutheran in Algona, Mamrelund Lutheran in Stanton,  and St. Mark's Lutheran in Storm Lake this past Saturday!

Also, thank you Derald Goetz for the awesome compliment and comment we received from you, "This Thankfulness Event brought some awareness as to the many programs that are being supported though our mission efforts when giving to the ELCA.  For me personally it was a reminder that we are part of a bigger church and there are many good things that are being accomplished through our joint efforts.    
     Thank you everyone on the WIS mission team for sharing all those “good” things that are being done. It was something that I needed to hear. 
God's mission is good."

Derald A. Goetz
First Lutheran Church
Algona, IA   

Come and join us this evening at Immanuel Lutheran Church, George from 
6 PM -8 PM for the next Thankfulness events! Grab a friend and bring a potluck dish to share and we'll look forward to seeing you all there! 

For Upcoming Dates, Times and Locations
click link below!
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Join Us for a Pre-Retirement Webinar Series

You’re invited to participate in a brand new opportunity for plan members age 50+ or within 15 years of retirement. We’re converting our popular day-long pre-retirement seminar into a convenient online webinar series. We’re offering this series for the first ime nationwide this fall.
The four webinar sessions will cover a variety of retirement topics, from retirement budgeting to estate planning. Each one-hour session will feature live presenters from Portico and Ernst & Young, as well as live Q&A ― all at no cost to you. Sign up for all four or as many as you can. As this is a series, you will receive the most benefit from participating in all four sessions.

Session 1: Retirement Planning and Healthcare, Oct. 22, 3 − 4 p.m. (Central)
Session 2: Investments and Accumulations, Oct. 29, 3 − 4 p.m. (Central)
Session 3: Income in Retirement, Nov. 12, 3 − 4 p.m. (Central)
Session 4: Estate Planning, Nov. 19, 3 − 4 p.m. (Central)

Please register for session's you would like to attend below!
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Forming Faith Everyday, Everywhere - Vibrant Faith Event

Join us on October 31st .....as we discuss and learn about forming faith everyday and everywhere. This Faith Formation event is being sponsored by Vibrant Faith Ministries and the Western Iowa Synod. We are excited to have Jim LaDoux join us as our presenter.

This event will be held at Our Savior's in Council Bluffs. It will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 12:00 pm. and it's free to all participants. 

The day will include:
  • Worship & Story Telling
  • The power of storytelling & familying Being the church 24/7/365
  • Building disciples “BE” different ”THINK” different “ACT” different
  • Embedding faith practices into our daily lives
  • Forming faith in the congregation
  • Forming faith in our households & communities
  • Forming faith online & on the go
  • Setting our compass Aligning our intentions withGod’sintentions
  • Developing a road map to guide our individual and congregational efforts

Learning to review, rethink, and reimagine who we are and what we do! 
Register Here
Social Media Sunday, October 25 #sms15
On Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2015, churchgoers across the country are going to be on social media, sharing what is going on in church that day.  

The purpose of this day is to
Encourage those in church who haven’t tried social media to give it a try
Encourage churches who are using social media to expand and explore more ways to use it for outreach and to build community
To demonstrate the power of social media to share the message of the gospel beyond the church building.
Even if you haven’t done much (or anything) with social media in your congregation, most folks in your pews have a smartphone.  

On this Sunday, instead of asking folks to turn off their phones, ask them to take out their phones or tablets and tweet a line from the sermon, take a selfie of themselves at church, or a photo of a page in the hymnal, or kids at Sunday school, or coffee hour, and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (or even Snapchat) with the hashtag #SMS15.  And then check out that hashtag yourself and see who all has participated.
It can be that simple.

Be sure to use the hashtag #SMS15 for all your posts. Hashtags are what bring everyone around the country together.  This is a great day to see how churches and church folks around the country are using social media for outreach and community building.  
SACCOS (Micro Financing)
(Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations)
Tues, Oct. 27, 2015 
First Lutheran Church         
1525 Three Cross Road, 
West Okoboji

6:30-7:00  light meal
7:00-8:00  program
All are Welcome!  See you there!
Contact Cindy Wells with expected number of attendees                                   
712-732-4968 Ext. 441                                                       
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****We will continue to update our website with more information on these events as it becomes available.
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