2023 Synod Assembly - April 21-22, at the Le Mars Convention Center

Friday evening:

  • Opening worship at 6:00 pm
  • Land Acknowledgement presented by Mitch McCartney, St Paul Lutheran Church, Missouri Valley and member of Churchwide Council
  • Bishop Lorna presented the Synod Assembly theme “A Place for You” around the table
  • The Credentials and Elections Committee reported registrations of 191 voters and 17 visitors for a total of 208 attendees
  • Rev Dr Troy Troftgruben, Associate Professor of New Testament, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, lead a study “Practicing Church in a Divided World” based on his latest book Rooted and Renewing:Imagining the Church’s Future in Light of Its New Testament Origins
  • Around the Table Discussions with Western Iowa Synod Staff and Western Iowa Synod Council Executive Committee
  • Recognition of 3 church anniversaries and 34 ordination anniversaries 

Saturday morning:

  • Community breakfast of waffles and sausage was served
  • Judy Riemersma, American Lutheran, Melvin IA,  led the Litany of Praise for Creation for Earth Day
  • Rev Dr Troy Troftgruben lead a study “Practicing What Matters” based on his latest book
  • Around the Table Discusion - Ministry Partners
  • Secretary Sue Rothmeyer, ELCA Churchwide representative, detailed the many local, national and worldwide projects that are funded by our Mission Support giving ending with a video greeting by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton  

Saturday afternoon:

  • Elected 12 persons to synod committee positions*:
  • Passed resolutions*:
    • #1 2024 Compensation and Care Guidelines
    • #2 Adopt the 2023 Revised Budget and the 2024 Proposed Budget
  • Defeated resolutions*:
    • #3 Western Iowa Synod Assembly date
    • #4 Revisions proposed to the Social Statement on Abortion of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
  • Assembly offering for Living Faith Lutheran Church, LeMars, totaled $6,537.00
  • Pr Steven Smith led the closing worship service  

*Resolutions and other reports are available on the Western Iowa Synod website www.wisynod.org.  Click on Synod Assembly