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Situated on lush farmland, nestled within and east of the rolling Loess Hills and the storied Missouri River, the Western Iowa Synod is one of 3 ELCA Synods in Iowa and one of 65 ELCA Synods in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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Western Iowa Synod’s inaugural Heart of BBQ Challenge on Sunday, August 8 at the Lizard Creek Event Center in Fort Dodge

The Heart of BBQ Challenge is one way your congregation can help grow the Fund for the Future. The contest will give congregational teams the chance to see who has the best ribs in the synod. The contest will follow rules similar to Kansas City Barbecue Society rules. Each competition team will submit three samples of ribs consisting of three bones per sample. All three submissions can be the same, or the team can create three entries with different flavor profiles.  As an added feature, the challenge will also include a Pie/Dessert Auction. Congregations can donate pies and/or desserts for this event. 

All proceeds from the event go to the synod’s Fund for the Future which is dedicated to helping the synod’s first call pastors overcome seminary debt. 

Check out the new website for more information & challenge rules:  The Heart of BBQ.

To enter the Heart of BBQ Challenge, fill out an online entry form and follow the instructions for send your entry fee to the Synod office. For more information, e-mail Pastor Chip Borgstadt at or Mitch McCartney at


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