The eSpirit is a weekly e-newsletter of the Western Iowa Synod
Please join the mission team in prayer:

Synod of the week: Metropolitan Washington, DC Synod, Bishop Richard Graham
Congregation of the week: Faith Lutheran Griswold
  • ​Congregations in transition    
  • Rev. Jim Berka, health concerns
  • For graduates and their families
  • Refugees--in Europe and Kenya in particular
  • Peace in Holy Land as approach May 12? opposing Israeli Day of Independence which equals Nabka, or day of catastrophe, for the Palestinians
  • Assembly preparations
  • Pray for the children! For those who have been exploited and involved in sex trafficking. Prayers are even provided by Cherish All Children.

28 days till Assembly!!

Date: June 10th - 12th.
Theme: "We Are Church Together!" 
Theme verse: Ephesians 4:11-13
Location: Omaha Marriott, 10220 Regency Cir., Omaha, NE 68114; Phone 402-399-9000

Are your voting members registered?

Pastors/Rostered Leaders - Please sign up for the Pre-Assembly Event that will be held at St John Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs on Friday, June 10th from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm. Click here to register!
  • Also, we will be taking pictures at the pre-assembly event for a new synod directory. Watch for an email with more information.

  • Reports can be found on the 2016 Assembly Website page. You can print them out yourself, or save paper and access them on an electronic device. The guidebook app will be available soon. 
  • Please remember, you will only be provided a print copy of the reports at the assembly if you chose that option when you registered, the cost is $10.

Congregational Offerings prior to assembly - please consider inviting your congregation to personally participate in giving money towards the Hunger resolution, this can be brought to the assembly and given during worship service offerings. 
Please encourage them to participate in this great service opportunity, Diaper Derby for Pottawattamie County. Flier here.

Please note: The block of rooms reserved at the Marriott for the Western Iowa Synod are full. There are still rooms available at the hotel but the cost will be $109/night.

Watch this area of the eSpirit for special assembly announcements and updates. Information and forms will also be available on the synod's website on the 2016 Assembly page

Companion Synod Sunday approaches!!  

The first Sunday in June--June 5, 2016--designates a time in our synod  when all are called to celebrate with joy and thanksgiving our companion synod relationships with the whole of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile and with the Southern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania! Check out the Western Iowa Synod Companion Synod Sunday website page for worship, video, informational, etc. resources.  Check the page periodically for additions that are being developed as we speak and which we hope to post in the very near future.  

Asante sana--Thank you very much--Mucísimas gracias!
New events will be listed here and then moved to the website!
A complete list of events and details can be found on the Events Page of the synod's website!
Upcoming Events, please help us spread the news to the members in your congregation.
 More information can also be found at the link by the event below or on our website here!
It's Concert Time!
The choirs of Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN, will be performing a free concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church in George, IA on May 18th starting at 7:00 pm. The 65 student musicians will perform a program of sacred and secular music that includes works of Luther, J.S. Bach, F. Mendelssohn, R. Wagner, C.V. Stanford, J. Stainer and others.  Adam Tecken of George is a member of the choir. The choirs are directed by Dennis Marzolf and Ann Fredrickson. Bethany is operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
Ice Cream Social
May 15th, 2 p.m.—4 p.m.
Join us for ice cream, fellowship and music by DaBand!
Free-will offering. 

Emanuel Lutheran Church, 2444 N. Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 323-9665 or

Vacation Bible School June 12th -16th, 6 p.m.—8 p.m. For children entering preschool—5th grade. Join us for stories, games, crafts & more as we explore Nazareth! Join us for a cookout to kick-off VBS at 5 p.m. on June 12th! Dinner provided for participants and volunteers throughout the week at 5:30 p.m. Registration available online or by contacting the church office. Vacation Bible School is a collaboration between Emanuel Lutheran and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
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