District News

Missions Banquet

Sunday, November 11, 4:30 - 7 pm

Zion Lutheran Church, Manning, IA

Click here to register or 515.576.7666

(This event, including the banquet dinner, is complimentary with your pre-registration thanks to our partnership with LCEF)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on 
you, and you will be my witnesses in   Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”  (Acts 1:8).

Church & Clergy Finance/Treasurer Workshop

Saturday, November 3, 2018 (9 am - 3 pm)
Mission Central

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (9 am - 3 pm)
Zion Lutheran Church, Humboldt

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, Paul Pettit will be the speaker. He is the Nebraska District Business Manager/Treasurer and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise as an active CPA. 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.

Concordia Plan Services will present in January.

What is the Cost?

FREE 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 in the brochure or go online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/treasurer_wrkshp. Please register at least five days in advance.

Operation Barnabas Conference

Called to Serve: The Iowa District West Operation Barnabas Task Force, along with Lutheran Church Extension Fund, invites you to the sixth annual conference Saturday, October 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Coffee and rolls from 9 to 9:30 a.m.) The conference will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1844 Highland Drive, Carroll, Iowa. Presenters include Rev. Craig Muehler, Operation Barnabas Director, and Rev. Michael Wolfram, representative from VA Hospital. You will also learn about special projects from area chapters. There is no charge for the conference and lunch will be provided. Registration may be done online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKFBHYS or forms are available for download below. (Register by October 1.) You are invited to bring any of these items: clothing for men & women (sizes: adult medium, large & extra-large needed. For health reasons, all items must be new.), underclothes, coffee, travel mugs, sugar packets, creamer, canned meats, chewing gum, microwave popcorn, snack-type foods, granola bars, deodorant, bath soap, feminine sanitary products, perfume or cologne, shampoo & conditioner, denture cleaning supplies, disposable razors (“twin blade” or better), toilet paper, paper towels, dryer sheets, laundry detergent, baby diapers (for veterans with young children), “thumb” drives, craft kits & models (non-toxic paints & glues), reading glasses (1.75 power & up).

Conference Flier | Bulletin Insert | Bulletin & Newsletter Blurbs | Registration Form

Fall Pastors Conference

The next Iowa District West Pastoral Conference will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 8301 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale on September 24-25, 2018. Our conference presenter will be  Ted Kober on the topic, “Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation.”

Cover Letter | Agenda | Registration Form | Speaker Bio | Presidents Reception | Wives Event

Administrative Assistants Conference

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

8 am - 3:30 pm

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.

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).