District News


Concordia Health Plan Workshops

What’s in the Concordia Health Plan For You?

Learn about the 2020 Options

Health care is a big decision. What is the best plan option? Plan now to attend a workshop this summer:

July 9 – Timothy, Council Bluffs (3112 W Broadway)
July 10 – Zion, Manning (1204 Center St)
July 11 – Redeemer, Sioux City (3204 S Lakeport St)

All sessions are from 3-5 pm.

Mark your calendar and join us for this FREE workshop!

Register Now

Questions? Contact Roger Curtis at 515-576-7666 or email Roger@IowaDistrictWest.org.


Flood Relief UPDATE

Efforts to work on disaster clean up have been happening through the work of various people and congregations throughout the district.  We want to update you on the progress and alert you to the needs that are ongoing.

THANK YOU to the following:

  • Congregations and individuals who have donated to the flood relief for Iowa and Nebraska.  Currently, $27,000 has been donated and is a blessing to families in IA and NE who were affected by the flooding.
  • Pastor Seth Kaiser, Trinity Glenwood's disaster team and the many members who have and are preparing meals and offering help to many who are relocated in Glenwood.
  • Pastor Roger Carlisle and members, Peace, Wall Lake for the organization, purchase, and collection of items delivered to NE.
  • Speed and his crew from Cookies BB sauce who fed 300 people on Tuesday in Glenwood.
  • Tracy Stetzel and a team from St John, Casey who served a meal and worked at the distribution center at Glenwood on April 29
  • A team from St.Paul, Ankeny who served in Pacific Junction on May 4.
  • A team from Faith, Adel who helped clean out houses in Pacific Junction May 3-4.
  • A team from Living Faith, Clive who helped clean out houses in Pacific Junction May 3
  • The volunteers with the SW LERT team and all their past and continuing work at Hamburg
  • Teams from Christ Lutheran, Lincoln, NE who have donated many needed items, food, and muscle for clean up.

I am in contact with the leaders in Glenwood and Pacific Junction. The Glenwood Resource/Distribution Center for Glenwood and Pacific Junction currently need the following (as of May 1, 2019)  Address: 111 Lacey St, Glenwood IA

  • Tote tubs with lids--all sizes
  • 30 Gallon trash cans with lids
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Box fans
  • First aid kits
  • People to serve lunch and evening meals. People to donate a cooked meal OR frozen meals that they can use as needed. Contact Monica at 402-505-1266 to schedule.
  • People to help work in the distribution center.  If you have a large group, call Ellie Menz or if you have one or two, you can just 'show up'.

Workers are needed in Pacific Junction. I asked Clydie Nelson, who is organizing the volunteers if they prefer that people call to register that they are coming.  She said that at this time, "Just come!  We need so much help!"  Things to know if you go to Pacific Junction:

  • Come into Pacific Junction at the south entrance.
  • If asked for a reference when you get there, give them Clydie Nelson's name  (402-650-2533)
  • Take boots and any tools that you'd use to remove sheetrock.
  • Contact me about hazmat suits, masks, and gloves.  Be sure to take boots.
  • Meals will be served at the Glenwood Resource Center 111 Lacey St in Glenwood.
  • Before you go, please contact me for additional information. Call me at 515-370-1159

If you wish to donate to the Iowa District West Disaster Relief Fund, go to the district website (www.iowadistrictwest.org). Click on the 'donate' button and designate 'Disaster Relief' or send a check to:

Iowa District West-Flood Relief
409 Kenyon Rd Suite B
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Thank you and God's blessings, Ellie Menz

Special thanks to all who have been working and/or donating to help with the disaster flood relief of Iowa and Nebraska.  May the Lord continue to use each of us and our congregations to make a difference in the lives of those who are going through challenging times.


Ordination Anniversaries – 2019

We share with the leadership of our congregations the names and ordination dates of Iowa District West pastors who will celebrate “special” ordination anniversaries in 2019. 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).