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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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This year - Celebrate Giving Tuesday with a gift to the Western Iowa Synod on Tuesday, November 29th.
“Stories. Stories tell us who we are, and stories tell us whose we are. My story begins here in the waters of baptism-where I was on a Sunday morning, marked with the cross of Christ, sealed with the Holy Spirit, where I was named beloved, child of God.”
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications must be received by Dec. 1
As costs continue to increase, more and more people are becoming food insecure and seeking assistance from local food pantries. Food banks supply those same food pantries and distributions sites, at a significantly reduced cost. However with the increased demand, food banks cannot keep up and now have to purchase food. This increases costs to the pantries they supply.
Please help us supply the 3 food banks that feed our neighbors!
Funds will go directly to the 3 food banks serving the Western Iowa Synod: Food Bank of Iowa, Food Bank of Siouxland, and Food Bank for the Heartland.
Give Online: https://www.wisynod.org/give
Send checks payable to: Western Iowa Synod, 1614 W. 5th Suite 2, Storm Lake, IA 50588. Designate 'Pay the Weigh' on the remittance form/check memo.
Together we can make a difference for the hungry in Western Iowa!
Now through Thanksgiving
Speaker: Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary and ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church.
During our time together Anna walked us through the use of language in preaching by exploring poetry and the power of the poet's words. We played with a variety of poems, laughed, cried, and pondered. Through a very interactive process those gathered experienced these poems and were empowered by these words, at least one time by embodying an assigned poem. Together the group learned, played, and worshiped, and through it came away renewed and encouraged, with tools to enliven their preaching. - Rev. Dr. Mike Kroona
8/19/2022 8:35:00 AM
Chicago —The 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly met Aug. 8-12 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Gathering under the theme "Embody the Word," the assembly worshiped together in services of eucharist and lament, experienced a liturgy rooted in Indigenous traditions, and heard a public apology in a nonlegislative session to Iglesia Luterana Santa María Peregrina for harm experienced from actions taken by the Sierra Pacific Synod and this church.
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
* Resolutions and other reports are available on the synod website www.wisynod.org.
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
Storm Lake, IA 50588
Phone number remains the same: 712-732-4968
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