Welcome to the Western Iowa Synod, ELCA
Bishop Lorna's Installation
Saturday, August 17th, First Lutheran, Sioux City, hosted the installation service. Bishop Elizabeth Eaton preached and installed Bishop Lorna.
We are grateful for presence of all the ELCA rostered leaders, our ecumenical partners, the performance of Jive for Five, and the many WIS youth who participated and bore witness to this historical time in our synod's history. Thank you to all the guests who joined us and celebrated with us. For those who could not be with us, thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. You were with us in spirit! Many thanks to both St. Mark Lutheran who hosted an evening meal and Holden Evening Prayer Friday night prior to installation and to First Lutheran for their generous hospitality on Saturday.
The offering is going toward Seminarian Support. Preliminary total is approximately $2,000.
Pictured below are all the ELCA Rostered Ministers and Ecumenical guests in attendance. What a great witness!! As more pictures come in, they will be posted on the website and facebook.
Churchwide Assembly Summary
Our denomination, the ELCA, holds a churchwide assembly triennially - to worship, vote on matters of governance and policy, and be church together for the sake of the world. This past week’s churchwide assembly was full of important votes and actions,
Click here to read the entire summary.
In these beginning days as Bishop – and in these new days for the congregations,
rostered ministers, and people of the Western Iowa Synod – this is my prayer:
Come, Spirit, into the inner room of our lives today,
offering us your transforming gifts. Open what is closed within us.
Breathe renewed confidence into our fatigued spirits.
Send us forth with a passionate intention to be conveyors of your
Come, Spirit, open our hands and hearts to go
beyond a fear of scarcity, to share generously from
what we have to assist people in need.
Come, Spirit, soothe our soreness of mind and heart
with touches of kindness that heal and restore.
Come, Spirit, assure us that the turbulent animosity
and violence of this era can be lessened when we express
your love in our attitudes and actions.
Thank you for your call and confidence. Thank you for your continued prayers. I, along with the Synod staff, look forward to the new days ahead.
Bishop Lorna Halaas
Bishop Halaas will be installed on Saturday, August 17, 1:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Sioux City. All are invited. Rostered Ministers are invited to vest, the color for the day is red. In addition to the installation on Saturday afternoon, all are welcome Friday, August 16, 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Sioux City for a light evening meal followed by Holden Evening Prayer.
Prayer adapted from
Prayers of Boundless Compassion
copyright 2018 by Joyce Rupp.
Western Iowa Synod
invites you to "Take the Plunge!
Come join us for a time to expore and consider your own personal call from God or just explore ways to simply grow in your relationship with God!
When: Saturday, August 24 Where: Lutheran Lakeside Camp
11:00 am - 3:00 pm 2491 - 170th St.
Cost: FREE Spirit Lake, IA
Registration for the Tri-Synodical Fall Conference is now open!!
Where Does My Offering Go?