"Rise Up Together"
Approximately 288 youth and adults from the Western Iowa Synod, including Bishop Prois, Pastor Ungs and Lynn Egesdal, attended the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit this past week! About 30,000 ELCA youth, adults, volunteers and other Lutherans from around the world gathered for leadership development, faith formation, service opportunities and more under the theme "Rise Up Together." ELCA Youth Gatherings are held every three years. The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held in Houston, TX.

Connect With Your Youth
After the Gathering
After the planes, trains, cars and buses return home, and everyone gets back to their daily routine.  After the excitement wears off from the Ford Field worship services and the t-shirts are washed and put away.  Will this experience continue to have an effect on the participants? Or will their 2015 National Youth Gathering experience be another fun memory those summer days in youth group? 

There are things that we can do as parents, churches and pastors to keep the excitement of Detroit alive in the hearts of the youth and the halls of our church.

Seminarian Scholarships Available
Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church of Sibley, IA has available this fall three “Western Iowa Synod Seminarian Scholarships” of approximately $3,000 each for seminary students enrolled in the 2015-16 school year.  If you would like an application form or more info, contact Trinity at  Applications are due in by September 1, 2015, to be awarded by October 1. - Pastor Barb Kopperud​
Confronting Racism

Join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., for a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. (CDT).

Through its social statement – “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” – ELCA members have expressed this church’s calling to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people.

Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations

The first of Iringa Hope SACCOS is now underway in the Ituli village of the Southern Diocese! This is a most, vital step in helping smallholder farmers and village entrepreneurs access the needed capital to invest and grow in their production endeavors! 
Church Administrative Assistants Conference - Sept 22nd
Iowa District West Professional Office Workers

Early Registration fee $35.00 ($40.00 after September 1, 2015) 
includes food (continental breakfast, refreshments during breaks, and lunch)
speaker's devotion book from Linda Gillis, and Insight Learning "color" materials.

First English Lutheran Spencer, Iowa.
The conference committee has a block of rooms reserved at a special conference rate of $82.00 for a double queen room at the AmericInn call 712-262-7525 for reservations by August 21st. (Letter)

Church On the Move!
New Life Lutheran Church

New Life Lutheran Church has become a “Church on the Move!”  Worship Gatherings are being held out in the community of Sergeant Bluff and the city of Sioux City.  Pastor Jeff Swanson said, “The early church moved about by the power of the Holy Spirit and the need of people.  We have chosen to be such a people as well.  We communicate via email, FaceBook, Twitter, and our website.  Over the next weeks we will be worshiping in parks, parking lots, Care Center, and perhaps a little league baseball field.  This past Sunday, we created a Flash Mob to attend worship at St. Luke Lutheran.  We will be creating other Flash Mobs at other congregations through the coming months.”

Dates to Remember
7/19-23 Worship Jubilee, Atlanta                             Georgia
8/13-14 3rd Chapter Pre-
Retirement Seminar 
8/20   Dean's Meeting
8/21 Bishops 3rd Annual Golf                    Tournament, Lakeside Municipal                 Golf Course, Ft. Dodge
8/21-23 Sr. High Mystery Trip
8/28-29 Lay School Retreat
9/3 New to Synod Gathering
9/10   ABC Meeting
9/19   Synod council & Network Meeting
9/12 Companion Synods Fair
9/27-29 Fall Convo
10/14 ConFest
10/21 ConFest
10/23-24 Shared Ministry Seminar
10/27   SACCOs Meeting
10/29-31 Region 5 Global
Mission/Hunger/YAGM Gathering
11/12   Dean's Meeting
11/13-15 Jr. High Youth Gathering
11/20-22 Sr. High Youth Gathering

We will continue to update our website with more information on these events as it becomes available.
Useful Links
Mission Center Summer Hours

The Mission Center will be closing at 3 PM on Fridays through the summer. For the remainder of June and most of July, there may be times we have limited office hours - any closings will be announced on Facebook. We will resume normal hours after Labor Day.
Western Iowa Synod Office
318 East 5th Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588
Phone: 712-732-4968   |  Fax: 712-732-6540