Twice monthly news update for the Western Iowa Synod-ELCA
In This Issue...
November Pastors' Forums
Tent of Nations Talks Nov. 11-Nov. 15
2020 Continuing Education Opportunities for Rostered Leaders
Scandinavian Tea


​​​​​​​Nov. 13 Deadline: Annual Benefits Enrollment Log into myPortico, review your 2020 benefits options and make your benefit selections by Wed., Nov. 13.
Pastors' Forums
Winds of Hope Forum
Nov. 12, 2019
The Fruited Plain Cafe
172 N. Main Ave., Sioux Center 51250
9:30-10 am - Gather
10-Noon - Text Study Advent Season Worship/Sermon                   Prep/Planning
Noon - Lunch at The Fruited Plain 
Fort Dodge Forum
Nov. 14, 2019
Grace Lutheran, 211 S. 9th St.
9:30 am - Coffee and snacks
10 am - Noon  - Rev. DR. Troy Troftgruben, Associate Professor of New                           Testament,Wartburg Seminary, will  prepare us for the                            upcoming Year of   Matthew. 
Noon - Optional lunch and more discussion.​​​​​​​
Siouxland Forum
Nov. 19, 2019
St. Mark, 5200 
Glenn Ave., Sioux CIty
10 am - Coffee
10:30 am - Bishop Lorna  H. Halaas, WIS, and                       Bishop Brian Maas, Nebraska Synod
Noon - Lunch $10 RSVP lunch reservations                     to 

Bishop Halaas and Bishop Maas will address the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly and Perspectives on Ministry from Both Sides of the Missouri.
Bishop Brian Maas
Nebraska Synod-ELCA
         Bishop Lorna H. Halaas
         Western Iowa Synod-ELCA

Scheduled Talks  Nov. 11 - 15 in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois
With Daoud Nassar, Palestinian-Christian Farmer, Director of Tent of Nations

Nov. 11, 7 pm
St.Timothy’s Worship Center
510 N. 93rd St.
Omaha 68114    

Nov. 12, 7 pm
Morningside College
Weikert Auditorium
3777 Garretson
Sioux City 55106
Free parking in Grace United Methodist lot.    

Nov. 13, 7 pm
Waldorf University  
Borman Fine Arts Center
225 John K. Hanson Drive
Forest City 50436

Nov. 14, 7 pm 
St.Andrews Presbyterian 
140 Gathering Place Lane 
Iowa City 52246

Nov. 15, 10 am 
Augustana College; Gerber Center for Student Life
3435 9 ½ Ave
Rock Island IL 61201
Continuing Ed Getaways
Women's Retreat
Lutheran Lakeside
March 20-22, 2020
A weekend of crafts, guest speakers, meditation, faithful discussion, friendship and more!
​Registration ($120) opens New Year's Day! 
Register by March 6 for $100!
Ask about our student discounts!
Details at Women's Retreat.

Continuing Education Camp (Clergy/Retired Clergy) 
Lutheran Lakeside
July 5-10, 2020
Registration details at
Lutheran Lakeside Programs.

"Rekindle the Gift Within You"
2020 ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering
 July 20-23, 2020
Phoenix, AZ
Early Registration: Feb. 20 – May 20
Regular Registration: May 21 – July 6
Details and registration at
Essential Leadership Workshop Spring 2020 
Acquire new skills at the Western Iowa Synod's First Annual Essential Leadership Skills Workshop, Spring 2020, Storm Lake.
​​​​​​​Watch e-Spirit for details.

Scandinavian Tea & Bake Sale
When: Dec. 4, 1-3:30 pm
Where: Bethany Lutheran, 703 Broadway, Emmetsburg 50536
Admission: Adults $7/Children $2
At the event, Scandinavian foods will be served by table-servers in traditional Scandinavian costumes.
By end of day Friday before first and third Wednesday of each month, please send congregational events, ministries, celebrations for consideration to
318 E Fifth St.
Storm Lake, IA 50588