District News


Orphan Grain Train

Exciting News from Iowa District West! God has presented the District with an amazing mission opportunity. Through the Orphan Grain Train, IDW will be able to provide the sanctuary furnishings for one or more mission churches. This is a tremendous opportunity and you can be a part of it! On Monday, July 30, at 8 AM, Orphan Grain Train truck from Norfolk, NE will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church (2976 170th St, Colfax Twp.), Vincent to load all remaining sanctuary furniture. The pews and furniture will be taken to Norfolk and shipped to its final mission destinations, possibly even some to Liberia, Africa. To make this effort successful, many volunteers are needed to help load the semi. If you can help, come to St. John’s, rural Vincent, on the morning of July 30. Also, a missionary in Tanzania has requested copies of the red TLH, The Lutheran Hymnal, copyright 1941. If you have these old hymnals in usable condition, please take them to the District Office or bring them to St. John’s by early morning on July 30. These, too, will be loaded on the truck. Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities to give aid to our partner mission churches.

Administrative Assistants Conference

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

8 am - 3:30 pm

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN CHURCH
8301 Aurora Ave, Urbandale, Iowa

Today’s world presents many challenges and unexpected changes. We don’t always have control over the events in our lives, but we do have control over our responses to them. Shannon Zetterlund will provide ideas for coping with any type of situation by finding the humor within ourselves. Discover how to shape a positive world by using good humor as a communication tool. This presentation will lighten the heart, tickle the funny bone, and encourage everyone to become a success by giving positive steps to having an attitude that will help you soar in any situation! Most of all Shannon will encourage you to go for the gusto … reach for the stars … setting no limits on what you can achieve. She will have you believing in yourself, ready to live your life and truly love what you are doing. You will leave with a zest for life that is contagious!

Dalend Mackey is a singer and songwriter of Christian music and also plays the guitar. We are thrilled to have Dalend guide us through our day of learning and fellowship.

ALL ARE INVITED! This is an excellent opportunity for all church office personnel (volunteer or paid), school secretaries, and office managers to rejuvenate enthusiasm for church work.

Preschool & Early Childhood Conference

Sectional topics will focus on literacy, communication, behaviors, early education, movement, and more! Application for 5 professional in-service hours has been submitted.

Experience Jesus…
  • Through partnerships between educators, aides, boards, pastors
  • Through professional presenters
  • Through resources for early childhood education
  • Through those who love and support children

…because each child is created and redeemed by God!

Brochure | Keynote & Sectional Topics


Structured for Mission

When: Saturday, July 21 (8:30 am - 4 pm)

Where: District Office, Fort Dodge

A “Systems Evaluation” for maximum mission impact.

Bring a team of leaders to learn, apply, plan for mission.

Click here to register.

Ordination Anniversaries – 2018

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 up to $5,000 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).