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WELCOME TO THE WESTERN IOWA SYNOD

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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SYNOD ASSEMBLY 2023 DATE CHANGE

The 2023 Synod Assembly has been changed to April 21 & 22

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Synod Assembly 2022 Service Projects

See what we accomplished together!!!

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2022 Assembly Highlights

2022 Synod Assembly - April 20 - 23, at the Sioux City Convention Center

Wednesday evening pre-assembly event: Bible study by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Thursday evening pre-assembly event: Diversity and stigma training by Rosecrance Jackson Center 

Friday evening:

  • Opening worship was assisted by first-call pastors, Pr Andy Nelson, and music was led by Deacon John Weit, Assistant to the Bishop, Executive for Worship, ELCA Churchwide
  • The Credentials and Elections Committee reported registrations of 191 voters and 31 visitors; total of 222 attendees
  • Passed resolutions*:
    o #3 WIS Constitution: Nominating Committee
    o #4 Cooperation with neighboring synods 

Saturday morning:

  • Passed resolutions*:
    o #2 Adopt the 2022 Revised Budget and 2023 Proposed Budget
    o #1 2023 Compensation and Care Guidelines
    o #7 WIS Constitution - Congregational Representation at Synod Assembly
    o #5 Updating the WIS Constitution and Bylaws
  • Received greetings from:
    o Deacon John Weit, ELCA Churchwide representative, who detailed the many local, national and worldwide projects that are funded by our Mission Support giving
    o Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton by video
  • Recognition of 11 Western Iowa candidates for candidacy and 6 ordinations
  • Recognition of 26 ordination anniversaries and 6 congregation anniversaries
  • Bishop Lorna Halaas presented the bishop’s report
  • Received offerings of $7,979 supporting “Feeding the Hungry in Western Iowa Synod”and “LSI-Refugee and Immigrant Services”. Thank you!
  • Elected 19 persons to synod committee positions*. Thanks to those willing to serve! 

Saturday afternoon:

  • Went out to serve! Dressed in our blue “God’s Work. Our Hands.” tee-shirts (thanks, Harlan Asmus!) we divided into 15 service groups who did a variety of activities for nonprofits in Sioux City.
  • Final closing activities:
    o Announced the 2023 Synod Assembly to be held April 14-15, 2023 in a location TBD
    o Finished with a closing litany and prayers

* Resolutions and other reports are available on the synod website www.wisynod.org

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THE WESTERN IOWA SYNOD OFFICE HAS MOVED TO ST. MARK LUTHERAN CHURCH IN STORM LAKE.

This is a new opportunity to build new relationships with Lutheran Services in Iowa, the Storm Lake community, and to model partnerships between congregations and synod.

It is exciting to look forward to this new chapter of ministry in the synod.  

The new mailing address is:

1614 W. 5th Street

Suite 2

Storm Lake, IA  50588

Phone number remains the same: 712-732-4968

Living Our Baptism 2022

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