eSpirit         Oct. 20th, 2016
Being Persistent, Like the Widow, Pays Off! 
Dear friends!
It has been a while since we communicate, we was very busy drilling at Samaria secondary school, it was very difficult there, because we used more than 12 days finding water there as was a hard rock area. We moved at second location with no success but when we started at the third location we found a lot of water, yesterday we have done! The pumping rate is very good 20 litres per minute. Today we will move to another site at Makoga secondary school to start another new well.
Thank you so much, Gadi
(Gadi Msule, well drilling coordinator in Tanzania)
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Synod: Virginia Synod, Bishop Jim Mauney
Congregation of the week: St John, LeMars, Pastors Chris Meier & Jean Zietlow
  • Congregations in transition
  • The Church of the Damascus Road
  • Our country
  • Jessica Cook (Julie Cook's daughter) recovering from surgery and awaiting test results
Congregational Constitution Changes!!
Now that the 2016 Churchwide Assembly is over, it is a good time to look at updating your congregation’s constitution. The 2016 Churchwide Assembly made several important changes to the Model Constitution for Congregations, including addressing the unification of the three lay rosters, revising the provisions for parishes, and updating the membership rules. In addition, many congregations have not updated their constitutions since the 2013 Churchwide Assembly, which made important changes to the procedures for disciplining members of congregations. The next churchwide assembly will be in 2019, so there will be no changes to the Model Constitution for Congregations in the next three years, making it an excellent time to update yours now.

Updating a congregation’s constitution to reflect changes in the Model Constitution for Congregations is relatively easy and straightforward. The changes to the Model in 2016 can be found (top of the page) here. while the changes from 2013 can be found (middle of the page) here. Mandatory provisions are marked with an asterisk (*). Under *C17.04 of the Model (now renumbered *C16.04), these changes can be adopted by a majority vote of the members present and voting at any legally-called congregational meeting. At least 30 days prior to the meeting, the congregation council needs to give notice to the congregation of the proposed amendments, along with their recommendations as to the amendments. Once the amendments are made, notice is given to the synod, but no synod action is required. More here...
WIS Middle School/Jr High Gathering
Youth Leaders & Pastors,
We invite you and your youth to join us on Nov. 11-13th at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp for a weekend "RECHARGE!" This is Western Iowa Synod's Middle School gathering for 6th - 9th graders!! 

We also want to invite YOU to join us! 
If you’ve never been to a Recharge yourself, you’re missing out! We really value the influence and connections you’ve made with your students, and sharing the experience of a Recharge is a great way to reinforce those relationships. You can be as involved as you’d like- or just take some time for a personal retreat. Youth leaders or Pastors attend Recharges for free.

What: Recharge - "One Direction!"
When: Nov. 11th - 13th
Where: Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp
For: 6th - 9th graders
Recharge Rate: $89 per camper
    Discounts available- $5 off if you register online, $5 off if you’re a first-timer! A non-refundable deposit of $30 is required.
Register On-line Here
Registration/Medical Form

As we anticipate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Portico invites the ELCA to walk the wellness reformation together. Through a renewed commitment to physical and emotional health, we can reduce our health care claims and raise up healthy leaders who embrace life’s abundance and model it for others.
Installation of Rev. Filemon Diaz
Thank you to those who came and participated in the installation of Pastor Filemon Diaz last Sunday. Pastor Diaz is the minister of the new Latino ministry development in Denison. This is an ecumenical partnership with the Episcopal Church. Presiding at the installation were Bishop Rodger Prois and Bishop Alan Scarfe. 

Please help us welcome Pastor Filemon Diaz and his family to the Western Iowa Synod! Pastor Diaz was ordained to Word and Sacrament ministry in the Roman Catholic Church in April of 1997 and officially completed his transition to the ELCA roster through the approval of the candidacy committee of the Rocky Mountain Synod in December of 2015. Pastor Diaz is the Mission developer of Señor de la Misericordia (Lord of Mercy) ministry in Denison, Iowa. This new ministry is a partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa.  
“VOTE FAITHFULLY SUNDAY”: ELCA Advocacy has joined with our United Church of Christ and The Episcopal Church ecumenical advocacy partners in observing the Sunday before Election Day as "Vote Faithfully Sunday." This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and lift up every voice in our community, reflect on our commitment to the common good and prepare to cast our ballots. In October, ELCA Advocacy will provide a #votefaithfully toolkit for congregations that includes our #ELCAvotes resources and jointly created worship resources. More info here!                Monthly Advocacy updates here!
Synod Thankfulness Events (more info here)
All are welcome!! Come and hear about amazing ways we are being church together!!
Three Dates & Locations Left:
Thursday, October 20th - Immanuel Lutheran, Sioux City - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 23rd - Trinity, Estherville - 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Thursday, October 27th - Exira Lutheran, Exira - 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Please bring a potluck dish to share!

Mark Your Calendar - Leadership Academy 2017
When: Saturday, February 18th
Where: St Olaf Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge
For all congregational members!!
Other Events...
Leadership Development at Camp
Cupcakes & Conversations @ Camp (Please note change these are now on Wednesdays!)
When: October 27th
Join us at Lutheran Lakeside for leadership development days packed full of conversation sharing, workshop learning, camp exploring and cupcake eating!! One final session is on a Wednesday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Only $15 per session/person; includes lunch and materials. More info here!

Friends - YES..... this is for real!!...a 17 piece BIG BAND playing in Sioux City...
the band is from Roseville Lutheran Church in the Twin Cities.
Free concert !!
When: Friday, October 21st, 7 pm
Where: St. Mark, Sioux City, 5200 Glenn Ave

Luther Fest 2016
Invitation for your Confirmation, Middle, and High School Youth (6th -12th grade) and youth leaders to gather with other Siouxland Lutherans for an evening of fun and service in honor of the Reformation. 
Theme:  Proclaiming Christ in Word and Deed
When:  Wednesday, October 26th from 6pm to 8pm (dinner provided!)
Where:  St. Mark Lutheran Church, Sioux City IA (5200 Glenn Ave)
What:  Gather with other Siouxland Lutheran youth to celebrate the commitment we make when we affirm our baptism: to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed.  
Cost:  $50 per congregation/group (covers the cost of meal + our service project; we can be flexible about this if it will be an impediment to participation, just let us know)
Donations:  We will also be collecting donations of toiletries and hand warmers for the local Warming Shelter.  Please invite your youth to bring bars of soap, small bottles of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand/foot warmers, etc (we will collect them as part of the offering during worship) More info here!

Other Youth Opportunities:
Weekend Recharges @ Okoboji
Theme: One Direction – Proverbs 3:5-6

October 21-23: 4th-6th grade
November 18-20: 9th -12th grade

When Jesus said, "Follow me," He didn't give a detailed map of what our journey would look like. He simply promised to provide what we need to do what He called us to do. We are challenged to fix our eyes on Jesus, but we encounter so many distractions in life. It's hard to have a single minded focus in life and not wander off the path of discipleship. Sometimes it's unclear exactly what God wants us to do and where He wants us to go. However, when we put our trust in Him, He will guide us in ONE DIRECTION- towards Him! More info and registration here!!

Okoboji Outreach Night - Secret Agents
When: Sunday, Nov. 6th, 5-8 pm
Where: Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, 1203 Inwan St, Milford
Who: Grades 6-12
Cost: $3 for food

Event for Spiritual Care Week
October 27, 2016
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Holiday Inn, 701 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa
Musician Richard Bruxvoort Colligan leads us in: 
    The Psalms:  Prayer Book of Despair, Disappointment, Healing and Hope
A time of teaching, singing, story-sharing and small groups. Flier here!

Richard Bruxvoort Colligan Concert
October 27, 2016 @ 7 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1122 Jackson Street, Sioux City
Free Will Offering will be taken  Poster here!

“Earth to Earth: Natural Burial as Spiritual Practice”
Where:Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
When: November 4-5, 2016
With the help of a diverse group of experts and practitioners, we will pursue a number of questions:
• how is natural burial being practiced, and what are the spiritual and theological interpretations it is given?
• what resources do individuals need to plan both practically and meaningfully for natural burial?
• what steps can communities of faith take to develop or deepen ministries of natural burial?
• how can hospice, funeral providers, cemeteries, and land trusts offer services for natural burial?
• how do the spiritualities of natural burial connect to wider concerns of justice, environmental care, inter-religious dialog, theology, and human meaning?
Resource for Congregations:
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4872 - 240th Avenue
Albert City, Iowa 50510

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Sandcarving + Restoration
Church + Commercial + Residential

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Phone: 712.843.5633
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Western Iowa Synod
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 
712.732. 4968