The Fort Dodge Forum
Spring 2017 Schedule
The Forum meets at Grace Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge.
February 9 "Called Forward Together in Christ for the sake of the world." A Consultation Paper on Future Directions of the ELCA
Pr. Dan Garrietts
March 9 Worship: Daring to "Play" with the Rubrics.- Pr. Del Olivier
April 21* Speaking Public Theology (FRIDAY) in a Fractured World - Dr. Nate Frambach
May 11 Suffering Servant and Jesus - Dr. Arland Hultgren
*NOTE: different week AND day of the week due to Holy Week and class schedule
Lutheran Day on the Hill
- Tuesday February 21 -
Join LSI and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA for Lutheran Day on the Hill in Des Moines! This day is essential for giving voice to those who are not heard, for seeking social justice and for empowering people to exercise their right and responsibility to be part of the legislative process.
more info here!
2017 Leadership Academy -
Serving the Church Together
When: Saturday, February 18th
Snowdate: Saturday, February 25th
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 or 4 pm
Where: St Olaf Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge
Cost: $25/person; or $75/carload (4-5 ppl)
For all congregational members!!
"...your young shall see visions...your old shall dream dreams..."
To speak of the church today is to speak of change...
…wondering...asking... where is God leading the church today?
At times it seems there is much to lament.
Yet, we as Lutherans find our identity in Christ!
We live in hope knowing that in the waters of Baptism we are daily being made new.
Still we wonder...and ask:
The 2017 Western Iowa Synod Leadership Academy invites ALL leaders – pastors, congregational council members; leaders in education, youth, stewardship, worship and outreach ministries, and anyone who wants to experience a day of moving from lament into a new vision.
Please register by February 10th!!
ConFest Events - Spring 2017
Western Iowa Synod's annual ConFest events will be held again, twice in the fall and twice next spring. ConFest is a confirmation festival. It is an evening for confirmation students, along with their leaders, to come together for worship, learning, fellowship and experience being Church Together! The evening starts with a light supper from 5:45 pm - 6:20pm, with programing starting at 6:30 pm. Cost is $5 per person, youth & adults!!
Rostered Ministers Gathering
Mark your calendars for Aug. 7-10, 2017, when the ELCA will host its first ever Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta. This will be an opportunity for our Rostered Ministers to assemble for worship, education, and fellowship. We will gather under the theme, “On the Way ... Together,” using the Emmaus Road story (Luke 24:13-35) to guide our time together. More info here... or keep up to date via Facebook!
If you are interested in participating in synod transportation please contact Pastor Lorna Halaas or the synod office at 712-732-4968.
Western Iowa Synod Assembly 2017
June 9-11, 2017 Sioux City Convention Center Sioux City, IA
Other Events of Interest
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa - June 11-14, 2017
High school youth from ELCA congregations are invited to the Wholly Iowa Youth Leadership Discipling Event June 11-14 at Luther College in Decorah. This annual camp is designed to help high school youth learn how to become future leaders of the church. WIYLDE offers three tracks designed to give in-depth knowledge and training on a particular type of leadership. The teens will meet in small groups to discuss and put into action what they learn.
The three tracks are:
Worship Leadership — Learn the basics of Lutheran worship and liturgy and how to become a worship assistant.
Share Your Faith — Discover how to share your personal faith story in many different ways, and learn how to write and lead a Bible study.
You Can Do Ministry — Learn what your spiritual gifts are and how you can use those gifts to do ministry now and in the future. More info here!
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