Gospel for this coming Sunday
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: "Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 Let anyone with ears listen!".... continue reading here
Weekly eNews for members and friends of the Western Iowa Synod

Please share this information with your congregational secretaries, leaders and congregational members via your bulletin, facebook page, email, etc, and encourage them to attend the many events that can be opportunities to Open Doors to others!
In This Issue:
The Spirit Moves.....yes, even through the eSpirit!!
Blog inspiration...we invite you to follow the story
Week after week, I wonder if anyone is even reading the eSpirit. I often hear comments like, I didn't hear or know about that event, yet it was in the eSpirit for at least two weeks. We hear complaints when something isn't right, spelled wrong or was left out. I often wonder, is the eSpirit being read, is it being shared with congregations, does it do what it was intended to do? Not often do I hear anything positive!

On July 3rd, as I opened my inbox  there was an email entitled Hello. It was from a name that I was not familiar with, however I still clicked on it, it opened up and began with a greeting and introduction. I took the time to read through the entire email. By the time I was done, my heart was moved. Here is what the email said:....continue reading here.

Medical Supply Initiative:  Bwana Yesu Asifiwe!!

(Praise the Lord!!) Amen!!

Yes, we praise the Lord in thanksgiving for the many ways you partnered in the medical supply initiative at this year's assembly--from making kits, collecting and delivering supplies, helping to sort and load them into the truck, welcoming our representative from Global Health Ministries, overall prayer support, and more!  We were able to fill the truck 2/3 full and to collect $8440 in funds for use is securing/shipping more desired items of our companions in the Southern Diocese.  Our hearts and heartfelt thanks go out to you all.  

Mungu Awabariki!! (May God Bless you All!!)

It's time to stand up.
Dear advocates and ministry partners,
Now is the time to take a stand for our neighbors across Iowa. Federal legislation that would profoundly alter Medicaid and put many of the people LSI serves at risk of losing services is moving quickly through the U.S. legislature. Please act now by contacting the state and federal legislators listed below. 

This legislation is being fast-tracked and could be up for a vote in the U.S. Senate by June 30. (The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the legislation on May 4.) It is critical that we act today — and every day — until this legislation is defeated or altered. Please join LSI in this urgent advocacy.

Synod of the week: Upstate New York Synod, Bishop Marcholz & staff
Congregation of the week: St John Lutheran, Craig, Pastor Lil Johnston
  • Congregations in transition
  • Rostered leaders in transition
  • Rev. Lorene Glant
  • Rev. Trudy Peterson
  • Tom and Stacey Below and family(Lynn's niece) who lost everything in a house fire
  • Missionaries Colin and Jeni Grangaard and family as they travel the US and then back to Israel and Palestine.
  • WELCA Triennial Convention
  • Family of Loren Jorgensen who died in an accident
  • Jim Foell who was injured in a tractor accident
  • Son of Bishop Oscar Sanhueze (Chile) who is experiencing health problems
  • Ester Kitunda (from Tanzania) who will be continuing her education this month
July 4th Celebration in Inwood
Bethlehem Lutheran in Inwood had a float in the parade with the theme of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Their pastor, Pastor John Wolf, played the part of Martin Luther and did an excellent job of pounding in the 95 thesis (or rather a sign that read “Sola fide Sola gratia Sola scriptura”) throughout the parade route.  They also did this for Larchwood Days on the 8th.  It was a big hit!  They even won the award for best float from an organization in Inwood! What a great message and visual in the community!!
Take a Deep Breath
By Deacon Tammy Devine, ELCA Wellness Manager

"God is a solid rock under my feet, and breathing room for my soul." Psalm 62:2

My spiritual director begins our time with an invitation to “breathe in self-care; breathe out compassion.” This simple, portable prayer practice reminds me to stop and listen to what my body is telling me about where it is carrying unexpressed frustration, pain, or stress.

Unresolved emotions — like resentment, hurt, anger, and grief— are like a deep wound that’s covered with a Band-Aid instead of treated with stitches. When that happens, the tissue heals slowly and often becomes infected. Left unresolved, these emotions can twist our thoughts and eat away at our perspective. When they do make their way out, they are often expressed in unhealthy ways. Continue reading...

Live in the Freedom of Christ

When Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton attended the Lutheran World Federation Assembly in May, she was reminded that the ELCA is not alone in the world. In her July column for Living Lutheran, she notes that while our contexts are very different, all Lutherans have something in common—our life in Christ. Continued here...
Igumbilo Lutheran Girls School in Tanzania Funding Expiring
I write today to inform you that our monthly synodical support of $2,000 to the girls school of our companion synod, the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, is nearly depleted.  The synod, mostly via our women's groups, began its support of the school in 2006 by funding the original site purchase for $25,000 which consisted of an abandoned Japanese rice factory/facility.  From there, the Southern Diocese refurbished and supplied the school and all of its operational needs to the best of its ability.  The WIS has striven to provide tuition scholarship for the neediest of students.  

Extremely dedicated teachers who live on campus with the students and the purchase and access to textbooks have been key in the success of the school......
What does this mean? Read more here!
Learning about the Holy Lands

Revs. Jeni and Colin Grangaard (and children Josephine and Amos), ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission Coordinators who accompany the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), recently shared their insights, their programs, their faith and their passion at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City.  It was a blessing for many to learn about the complex context in the Holy Land, about our Lutheran brothers and sisters there, about ways in which we can accompany the ELCJHL.  Please note the Western Iowa Synod and Nebraska Synod offerings for synodical trips to the Holy Land in the spring of 2018--including an optional opportunity to be in Jerusalem during Holy Week (flier here).  What a marvellous opportunity to be in the land of Christ's life and ministry and walk with those who live and struggle there today as we seek ways to bring peace and justice to all in the region.  Contact Cindy Wells, WIS Director for Global Mission with any questions, needs, and/or opportunities to apply (cindy.wells@wisynod.org; 712.732.4968 Ext 441).  
Shalom, Salaam, Peace~
Women’s Empowerment in Chile!!
Reformation Theme: “Creation is not for sale!”
Help support participation at the National Evangelical Lutheran Women’s Convention in Chile in November of 2017!

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile kindly asks for Western Iowa Synod accompaniment and financial support as they strive to bring 10 women from each of 10 congregations together for 3 days of national gathering in Nov. 2017. Please send any/all support by Sept. 30, 2017. Flier w/more info here!
Share your congregation's story of Opening Doors
The theme for this year's assembly and throughout the upcoming year is We Are Lutheran: Opening Doors. Please share stories with us about how your congregation is opening doors to people, organizations, the community, or the world. Send your stories to Lynn so they may be shared with others through the eSpirit.
Western Iowa Synod Discipleship Academy For the Baptized
            Register Now!! Classes start with a retreat on August 25-26!!                                      
Deepening our life in Christ; flowing outward in our baptismal call to Discipleship
  • Do you have a desire to learn more about the Bible, Lutheran theology, God’s mission and the work of Christ’s church?
  • Do you wonder how you can use your God-given gifts to impact God’s mission in the church, community and world around you?
  • Do you feel called to serve in a deeper and broader way?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Discipleship Academy is right for you!
Fall classes will be starting soon!!! Don't wait, Sign up NOW!!!
Discipleship Academy Flier
Registration Form

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Fall Theological Conference

The 2017 Tri-Synodical Fall Conference for rostered leaders will be held at the Sheraton, West Des Moines from September 24-26, 2017.  Speakers Anna Madsen and Bishop Guy Erwin will address the:  the theme “The Reformation:  What’s at Stake?  Then and Now.”  Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will also be in attendance for a presentation and to preach and preside at the Monday evening communion service.  Registration and more information here!!

July 21-23, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN
The BOLD GATHERING is a weekend for men to come together to learn, to worship, to network, and be equipped to BOLDY live out their faith! We are proud to announce our friend and artist who will be at the BOLD Gathering! William Butler, nationally known artist!!
Aging Faithfully is coming up in July! 
Date: July 27, 2017
Times: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Augustana University
Ticket Info: Tickets are $25 through July 17; $35 on/after July 18
Our lives and faith look different in the second chapter of life. There are new opportunities, and many experiences behind us, too. Whether you are an older adult, you work or care for an older adult, or you are simply interested in the topic, we invite you to take part in this day of reflection and discussion featuring speaker Dr. Scott Morris. We invite guests of all faiths. South Dakota Synod Office.
The public is invited to a free Christian concert at Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs, on Saturday, August 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring Rachel Kurtz, a Minneapolis-based songwriter, performer and recording artist.

A remarkable vocalist and magnetic stage presence, Kurtz has released a new 11-song collection of original soul, Americana, and gospel tracks backed by some of Minneapolis’ finest session musicians. More info here...
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712.732. 4968