District News

Spring Men's Breakfast and Bible Study

The Richard G. Kapfer Memorial Symposium on Preaching

The 2018 Kapfer Symposium on Preaching for pastors and vicars is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 from 8:30am-2:30pm (8:30-9am fellowship, coffee, etc.) at St. Paul Lutheran Church (400 South 13th St., Fort Dodge).  We are very excited about this year’s Symposium.  The Rev. Dr. Robert Kolb will speak on the topic "The Living Voice of the Gospel, Luther's Understanding of Preaching," with three sections entitled "Luther, Wittenberg's Preacher," "Can the Distinction of Law and Gospel Work Today," and "Luther's Preaching the Christian Life."

The entire cost of the symposium (including registration and lunch) will be underwritten by the Richard G. Kapfer Memorial Fund and a grant from American Church Group/Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. If your plan includes arriving Monday evening, the district has a corporate rate with: 

Sleep Inn & Suites – 110 Leah Lane (down the road from the district office)
Iowa District West rate: $89.99 (plus tax) for a double queen room $94.49 (plus tax) for a king room             

Another hotel option:                                                                                                                   
AmericInn – 100 West Kenyon Rd (down the road from the district office)                           
Rate: $98.91 (plus tax) for a double queen room

To register please contact Jill Davis (jill@iowadistrictwest.org) or (515.576.7666) no later than Thursday, April 12. 

Parish Nurse Convocation

A group of parish nurses and interested persons within the District, came together twice in 2017 with funding from a grant through LCMS Health Ministries identified as an “In-faith Community Foundation Grant.” The IDW Human Care Committee recognizes the importance of this group and has proposed financial support for three meetings in 2018. This Convocation brings parish nurses and other service-minded individuals together for spiritual development, sharing of resources and networking.

Registration due by March 10, 2018. 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).

Structured For Mission

A “Systems Evaluation” for maximum mission impact. Bring a team of leaders to learn, apply, plan for mission.

Online Registration

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).