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Spring Pastoral Conference

The next Iowa District West Pastoral Conference will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church (3204 S Lakeport Street), Sioux City on Monday, May 1 - Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Our Conference presenter will be Dr. Mike Middendorf on the topic, "Reaching into Romans."

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Dennis Martens at 712-786-2225 (Christ Lutheran, Remsen) or dmartensfaith@yahoo.com.

Registration Information
Letter | Agenda | Registration Form | Speaker Bio | Presidium Reception

Presenters' PowerPoints
Intro & Overview | Romans 1-4 | Romans 5-8 | Romans 9-11 | Romans 12-16

Men's Breakfast and Bible Study

The Iowa West LLL/LHM Spring Men's Breakfast and Bible Study is right around the corner. The Reverend Jeffrey M. Keuning will be our Bible study leader with the topic of "Martin Luther and the Reformation."

Help us spread the word AND join us on Saturday, April 22, for a morning of Christian fellowship at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Carlisle, IA.

Spread the word among the grandpas, the fathers and the sons of your family and of your church!

Church & Clergy Finance/Treasurer Workshop

Why Attend?

Practical help. This workshop provides simple, straightforward help relating to clergy tax and church treasurer issues.

Bottom line: You get the tools you need to put an end to costly mistakes!

Guest speakers: In November, CPA Karen Sansone will be the speaker. She is the LCMS Tax & Compliance Director and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Robert Joy will be the presenter in January. He is a CPA specializing in clergy taxes and has many years of experience handling finances in the church.

What is the Cost?

FREE (for the first time ever)! Thanks to our ministry partnership agreement, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company & American Church Group are sponsoring the workshops. A light lunch is provided by Lutheran Church Extension Fund and Carole White.

How Do I Register?

Complete the registration form or go online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/treasurer_workshop. Please register at least five days prior to the workshop.

Parish Nurse Convocation

This Convocation is funded by an “In-faith Community Foundation” grant from the LCMS Health Ministries department. The grant will be used to cover Convocation expenses including the registration fee, lunch, and resources. All LCMS districts have the opportunity to gather Parish Nurses together for spiritual development, sharing of resources, and networking. Registration due by April 15, 2017. Registration can be sent to Darlene Rueter by mail (1602 Harriet Avenue, Carroll, IA 51401), email (drrueter@gmail.com), or by cell phone text (712-210-0135).

Pre-Retirement Workshop

Workers of all ages who are serving the Church and their spouses (especially those age 50 or older) are encouraged to attend to begin understanding the process of planning for retirement and all that living in retirement entails. The workshop will cover retirement income and expenses, healthcare, saving for your future, and planning your retirement lifestyle.

*Workers from other districts are also welcome to attend!

Thanks to the generosity of the LCEF, there is NO cost to attend this workshop except your travel and lodging, and meals while traveling. For lodging, contact the Sleep Inn (110 Leah Lane) at (515) 302-8508. The district has a special rate of $79 plus taxes. Advance registration for the workshop is required so we can plan for materials and lunch. Please register by no later than April 6, 2017. (Earlier is even better so you don't forget about it during the busy weeks before Easter!) Prior to the workshop you will receive some preliminary financial worksheets to begin completing, as well as some pre-retirement questions to begin asking yourself.

Please make sure that all benefit-eligible workers at your church or school are aware of this very important workshop!

Please Register by April 6 using the following information: Contact Sue Light at Sue@iowadistrictwest.org or (515) 576-7666.

Ordination Anniversaries – 2017

We share with the leadership of our congregations the names and ordination dates of Iowa District West pastors who will celebrate “special” ordination anniversaries during 2017. Congregations are encouraged to observe these ministry milestones with an appropriate celebration.

If we have erred or failed to include someone who is observing an anniversary this year, please contact Jill Davis at the District office.

We rejoice and give thanks to God with these gifts to His Church.

IDW Planned Program Bible Studies

The Human Care Committee shares the following Bible studies to help carry out resolution 2-04 from the 2015 district convention: Resolved, that the congregations, schools and other ministries of Iowa District West be encouraged to incorporate at least one intentional act of Christian mercy into their annual ministry plans with the goal of serving especially the citizens and institutions of their local community.  May it make your congregation aware of the opportunities in your local community to share God’s mercy.

Leader Guides | Participant Guides

Transitioning Leadership

Preparing Congregational Leadership for Ministry with Christ.

Ministry Excellence Fund - Education Debt Assistance

The purpose of this Fund is to provide assistance to rostered pastors and professional church workers in Iowa District West in addressing financial issues which undermine the effectiveness of their ministries

Scholarship Announcement

The Student Financial Aid Committee is pleased to announce that scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are available for any student from a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation in Iowa District West who is currently a full time student at one of the synodical universities. This scholarship is for non-church work students (provided by the District’s Kouhns Endowment).