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Rebuilding My Office: Organizational Lessons from Nehemiah

What: This workshop explores the intersection of faith and office organization. Gain insights into why God cares about our workspaces, the root causes of disorganization, and practical strategies for creating a functional office.

Presenter & Session Topics: Presented by Maryann Mori, a library consultant and believer, this event promises a faith-filled perspective on organization. Sessions cover heart spaces, office spaces, digital spaces, and calendar spaces.

Please Bring: Don't forget to bring your Bible, notebook, and pen.
When: January 20, 2024 from 9:30-3:30 pm
Where:  Iowa District West 409 Kenyon Road, Suite B.,  there's a virtual option due to unpredictable January weather.

Register by January 15th to begin your journey to a God-honoring, well-organized office.

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Upcoming Pastor Conference

Save the Date!

Spring Pastors Conference
Date: May 6-7, 2024
Location: Greenfield, IA
(Tentatively Immanuel Lutheran and the historic Warren Cultural Center)

Support the Ukrainian Lutheran Church

In light of recent events in Ukraine, we are partnering with Mission Central to raise funds for the Ukrainian Lutheran Church. These funds will go towards food, supplies, clothing, and other personal items for these refugees. Please consider supporting these individuals by sharing this information with your congregation and/or contributing financially.

Please see the attachment for full details.

Ordination Anniversaries – 2023

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

Student Financial Aid

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).