Twice monthly news update for the Western Iowa Synod-ELCA
Faith Formation Focus of Tri-Synod Fall Conference 

"A couple of good days in Des Moines with 65 pastors from Western Iowa," noted Bishop Lorna H. Halaas of the Tri-Synod Fall Conference, held Sept. 22-24 in West Des Moines. "Good things are happening as we look to the future of the ELCA...with a positive spirit," Bishop Halaas added.
The conference theme centered on faith formation as the mission of the church. 

Conference workshop sessions included these Faith Formation topics:
  • Proclaiming Good News (Faith Formation as forming others to receive, trust, share)
  • Proclaiming Good News in Public (Faith formation as a public act)
  • Proclaiming Good News in Public Together (Faith formation as an inter-generational, congregational endeavor)
  • Proclaiming Good News in Public Together in New Ways (Faith formation as innovation and risk-taking)
The event was open to pastors, deacons and congregational program staff in Northeastern, Southeastern and Western Iowa Synods.
LOCAL | Ministry Partners

A men’s ministry of the ELCA, Lutheran Men in Mission works to strengthen men’s Christian faith, relationships, witness and service in their homes, congregations and communities.

Lutheran Men in Mission is committed to assisting every congregation in establishing an effective, life changing men’s ministry. To learn more, visit Lutheran Men in Mission.

Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) responds to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service. Each year, LSI  strengthens Iowa families through a variety of programs, ranging from early childhood education to behavioral and mental health services. Watch these video testimonials on how LSI changes lives.

For links to services and contact information, visit Lutheran Services in Iowa. To find a location near you, and contact LSI, visit Contact LSI.
LOCAL | Congregations
Church of Damascus Road
Fort Dodge | Rockwell City 
A Christian Community of Reconciliation
Church of Damascus Road is a congregation of inmates at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City and the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility in Fort Dodge. Visitors are a witness to the inmates that there are people on the outside who care about them enough to take the time to join them in worship and partnership in the ministry of Christ.Follow the Church of the Damascus Road on Facebook.

As seasons change, be sure to update phone voice mail greetings. 

Include friendly greeting, church name and location, worship days/times, education/Bible study days/times.

TIP: Put a reminder in your church calendar "Update Voice Mail Greeting"
For updates on our Companion Synods, visit:

...if registered by Oct. 11

Confirmation students and church leaders are invited for an action packed faith formative retreat to celebrate the reformation. Counselors will ensure students stay engaged and have an incredible time, while church leaders time to recharge. Optional teaching times for leaders for church groups to connect. For more information and to register, visit Confirmation Camp.
The Lay Schools for Ministry program creates a communal and virtual meeting place where life-long learning intentionally happens. Our task is to promote and nourish this meeting place where all can share our stories – stories of multi-generational Christian and Lutheran families dining together and sharing their long-day experiences at the fireplace and stories of recent immigrant families rebuilding their lives in a new place. Learn more at Lay Schools for Ministry.
Building on the momentum of the United Nations Climate Change Summit 2019 in New York in September, a coalition of more than 45 global interfaith organizations will join ELCA for a faith-based civil society consultation on Tuesday, Sept. 24, to address the current climate emergency. Learn more at ELCA.org.

Winds of Hope Forum 
Meets monthly, 2nd Tuesday
September - May
Gathering - 9:30-10 a.m
Worship - 10 a.m.
Followed by presentation
Sioux City Forum 
St. Mark

Religion scholar    Dr. Cambria Kaltwasser will be the keynote speaker at Siouxland Forum, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, St. Mark Lutheran, Sioux City. Coffee at 9:30. A $20 registration fee, plus an optional noon lunch/$9. Preregister at david.halaas.rev@wisynod.org.
Fort Dodge Forum
Bishops Halaas & Burk to Present

Bishop Lorna H. Halaas, Western Iowa Synod; and Bishop Michael L. Burk, Southeast Iowa Synod, will be keynote speakers at the Oct. 10 Fort Dodge Forum, with updates from Churchwide Synod Assembly in July.

9:30 a.m. - Coffee & fellowship 
10 a.m.-Noon - Program
Noon - Catered lunch/approx.$8

Forum Fee is $45 per session/per person, payable at the door. Ask about our retired clergy rate. Preregister by calling Dan at 515-576-4106.

Full Tuition for ELCA Candidates
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University has launched Freed to Serve program to eliminate tuition costs for ELCA seminarians.To learn more about Freed to Serve scholarships, email The Rev. Jennifer L. Shimota, coordinator of seminary enrollment, at jennifer.shimota@lr.edu, call 803.461.3297 or visit Apply for Scholarship.
Tips & Resources | How to Engage Youth


Because we believe God is calling us into the world together, ELCA Youth Ministry partners with the ELCA Youth Ministry Network, are a group dedicated to renewing, educating and connecting those who work in youth ministry and with synod youth ministry leaders. For tips and tools on how to engage youth, click here.
LOCAL | Lifting Hearts & Hands in Prayer

"I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words."- Psalm 17:6 

Together, we prayerfully consider...
-Rev. Jean McCartney, Missouri Valley
-Marilyn Berka, wife of Pastor Jim Berka
-Barbara Derby, mother of Melissa Munsen, Trinity Lutheran, Akron.
Synods of Week
Sept. 22 - South Central Synod of Wisconsin, Madison, Bishop Peter Rogness
Sept. 29 - Metro Chicago Synod Illinois, Bishop Yehiel Curry
Oct. 6 - Central States Synod, Bishop Susan Candea
Congregations of Week
Sept. 22 - First Lutheran, Sioux City, Pastor Kristine Stedje
Sept. 29 - Good Hope, Titonka, Pastor Kim Peterson
Oct. 6 - Trinity Lutheran, Pastor Denise Parrello

For more information and to register, click here.

Recommended Reading...
One Coin Found, Emmy Kegler
A Tree Full of Angels, Macrina Wiederkehr
Dear Church, Lenny Duncan
Send congregational events, ministries, celebrations for consideration to paula.damon@wisynod.org or julie.cook@wisynod.org.
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