District News


Men's Prayer Breakfast and Bible Study

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8 am

Registration & Breakfast: 11:15

Closing Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 713 North 12th Street, Guthrie Center, Iowa

Speaker: Rev. Jonathan Conner

Topic: Manhood: Defined / Controlled Strength in Action

Cost: $15

Pastors Golf Day

WHEN: Monday, May 20, 2019

WHERE: Ida Grove Country Club

TIME: 9 am

FEE: $20 (two rounds of golf with cart and lunch)

PLAY: First round, scramble/best ball

CONTACT: Rev. Don Winterrowd (stpaulidagrove@gmail.com or 712-364-2918)

Deadline to register is May 17.


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.

  • On March 30, a LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) group of 24 people from LCMS congregations in Jefferson, Casey, Glenwood, and Ames went to Hamburg, Iowa to help with clean up efforts.  The Boone LERT trailer was taken to Glenwood and left for Pastor Seth Kaiser at Trinity to use.
  • Hamburg still has flooding issues and the flood damage is devastating.  The team worked with AmeriCorps and GoServ Global who are connecting volunteers with families who need help.
  • Volunteers cleaned out basements and mucked out homes at four different locations. Residents are very grateful for the work done.
  • LERT volunteers from the Shenandoah/Clarinda/Villisca area also worked at Hamburg helping clean out an antique store.
  • The Southwest Circuit LERT trailer will be taken to Hamburg each Saturday. Terry and Deb Dammann are leading these efforts with volunteers each week to help with clean up.
  • Pastor Roger Carlisle, Peace Lutheran, Wall Lake is working to get a trailer full of requested supplies to Niobrara, Nebraska where the need is great. Supplies were purchased with generous donations from Iowa District West members.
  • President Turner, Vice President Pastor Paul Egger, and Assistant to the President – Rhonda Mohr will travel to Glenwood on Monday, April 8 to visit, assess the needs, and identify additional ways people can help.

How can you help?

  • Join a volunteer group on Saturday clean-up days by calling Terry Dammann at 402-250-6150 or Deb at 712-242-5345 and let them know what Saturday would work for you.  They will meet at 8:30am at the Shenandoah Walmart parking lot at the LERT trailer.
  • Help on a day other than Saturday by contacting Ellie Menz (IDW Disaster Relief Coordinator) at 515-370-1159 or Megan Schmidt (AmeriCorps) at 712-202-5351.  Megan is working with the registration of volunteers at Hamburg.
  • Donate to the Iowa District West Disaster Relief Fund by going to the district website (www.iowadistrictwest.org).   Click on the “donate” button and designate “Disaster Relief.”

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.


Pastors Conference

The next Iowa District West Pastors Conference will be held at Starlite Village Best Western Hotel, 1518 3rd Avenue NW, Fort Dodge on May 6-7, 2019.  Our conference presenter will be the Rev. Dr. Matthew Rueger on the topic, “Sexual Morality in A Christless World.”

Online Registration | Email/Mailable Registration Form


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).