Synodical Women’s Organization


Synodical Women’s Organization Convention

Wartburg_College“Hungering for Renewal”
June 17, 2017

Wartburg College, Waverly

All ELCA women of this synod are invited to attend the Synodical Women’s Organization Convention Saturday, June 17, at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

The theme, “Hungering for Renewal,” is based on the verse Psalm 34:8 — “O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.”

If you are looking for a day to recharge and renew, plan to on coming to this year’s convention. The emphasis will be on seeking out them any ways we as followers of Christ can find new ways to serve him. We will commune in worship, make business decisions, ejoy fellowship and have lots of opportunities to learn and share.

Early bird registration is due May 25, for a $45 fee. Add $10 for registrations postmarked after that date. The fee includes at least two workshops, a muffin and coffee buffet, and a great luncheon.
Registration Form for Convention (due May 25 for early bird rate)

Non-voting members attending the convention for the first time can apply for a scholarship to pay for the registration fee.
Scholarship Application for First Timers (due May 15, 2017)

Check back for more details about presenters, workshops and other details about the convention.

Nomination Form for Officers and Board Members (due April 15, 2017)
Nomination Form for Nominating Committee (due April 15, 2017)



Tenth Triennial Gathering

July 13-16, 2017
Minneapolis, Minn.

All Anew

 Every three years the Women of the ELCA gather from across the church with life-changing workshops, worship, Bible study and more at the Triennial Gathering. I have been blessed to attend the last five gatherings, and it is an uplifting, renewing experience that I think everyone in our organization should attend!

The theme for the Tenth Triennial Gathering is “All Anew.”
Devotions exploring the themes are posted on the WELCA website. Featured speakers, preachers and workshop leaders will bring the Gathering themes to life.

Registration is still open. The fee is $350. Day registrations are $175. Visit to register.

If you have already completed your registration form, please check to make sure you marked the box indicating release of contact information to the SWO. This will allow us to keep you informed of events that will be planned for our synod and state at the Triennial. It will also give you a place to ask questions you may have. If done online, the form can be edited at the website.  Or you can call the churchwide office at 800-638-3522 and they can assist you.

Lodging & Transportation
Those planning to attend are encouraged to request a room at the Hilton Hotel when registering.

If you need assistance with roommates or have transportation questions, we encourage you to attend cluster events in April where you can make contact with your SWO representative and others who will be attending, so you can arrange for carpooling or sharing rooms there. If that does not work, please email Diane Wills for assistance.

We are working with other synods—Western and Southeast Iowa—if you are in need of bus transportation.

Workshops to be offered at the Tenth Triennial Gathering:
Sabbath: The Revolutionary R & R • You. God’s Children. End Trafficking • Ending Homelessness and Your
Congregation • The Practicing Life: Simple Acts, Sacred Living • Multiple Meanings: Learning from Other Interpretations • Reading the Women of the Hebrew Bible • Writing Our Way Toward a New Day • Five Gifts of Discipleship: Living Our Faith in Daily Life • Peace at the Last.

These are just a few of the opportunities to learn and grow in faith! There are also films to preview, servant events, the ever- popular Walk, Run and Roll, and an amazing concert by the National Lutheran Choir. That is a lot to pack into 3½ days! And I haven’t even mentioned the amazing worship and life-long friendships that await.

As part of their Christmas gifts, I have extended Triennial invitations to my daughter and daughters-in-law to join me for a wonderful girls’ weekend away. I could not think of a better way to share my faith and some great
bonding time with three truly special young women! I hope you too will come up with creative ideas to share this uniquely Lutheran experience!

If you have any questions or need help getting registered, any one on the board members would be glad to help you. Just give us a call or email.

Blessings on your Advent and Christmas seasons!
Diane Wills

Visit the Triennial web page.




Women Celebrate at SWO Convention

new-synod-board-22Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Synodical Women’s Organization celebrated “God’s Gift of Age” at the annual convention June 18 at Wartburg College, Waverly. The convention included workshops, fellowship, business, lunch and celebration.

Some 120 people attended, including seven first timers. Offerings took in just under $5,000 and a van full of paper products. Cash and gift cards totaling more than $200 were designated for the Wings of Refuge organization, which helps victims of human trafficking.

Highlights of the convention included:

  • Taking compassionate action.
  • Outreach locally and beyond.
  • Presentations by Pastor Laura Gentry and her Laughter Yoga program.
  • Vicky Jaeger’s presentation on “When Generations Collide” (packed the room and glowing comments!).
  • Retrieving Freedom puppies.
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa program on transitioning youth.
  • Joy Fopma and Pastor Anderson’s forum on Human Trafficking


Election Results:

  • Retrieving Freedom puppies.
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa program on transitioning youth.
  • Joy Fopma and Pastor Anderson’s forum on Human Trafficking
  • Four Triennial voting members: Syd Brinkman, Nancy Poppe, Nancy Miller and Cindy Pogge.
  • Three new board members: Millie Dieter, Jane Godson, and Angela Sadler.
  • New treasurer, Bev Sheridan.
  • Re-elected board member Jane Granzow.
  • Re-elected vice president Cindy Pogge.


Educational Scholarship Winners

  • Kelli Hanken from Zion Lutheran in Castalia.
  • Katie Schwartz from Faith Lutheran in Shell Rock.

Overall, it was a great day!!

— Diane Wills
Northeastern Iowa SWO President

Download presentations by Vicky Jaeger:
When Generations Collide
Chair Aerobics Workout



Cluster Presidents at the SWO Board Meeting, Jan. 16, 2016

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Human Traficking Resources


The Women of the ELCA made a commitment at the 2014 Triennial Convention to promote awareness of worldwide human trafficking, bullying, harassment and related violence, and to work at preventing it through prayer, ministry and political action. The Northeastern Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization has begun rev
iewing resources that can help us inform, educate and mobilize the women in our units. These resources include speakers, websites, programs, and more that can be used within your units or congregations.

Ralpha House — Joplin, Missouri, 417-621-0373. Speakers available for expenses only.

Central Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking Teresa Downing, Cedar Rapids

Wings of Refuge — Joy Forma, Iowa Falls

“Lives for Sale” film documentary

Braking Traffik — organization dedicated to eradicating sex trafficking in the Quad City area of Iowa and Illinois. Cathy O’Keefe, director, or 319-912-1966.

“Any Kid, Anywhere: Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories” — a film featuring three Iowa women who are survivors of human trafficking telling their stories, the Braking Traffik website.

“A Path Appears” a three-part PBS documentary film series. Episode 1: Sex Trafficking in the USA; Episode 2: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty; Episode 3: Violence and Solutions. Discussion guide is available.

Courtney’s House — survivors helping survivors

Find more human trafficking resources listed in Good News, the newsletter of the Northeastern Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization:
January 2015
March 2015
September 2015

“Making Iowa Inhospitable to Traffickersfrom the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s “God’s Work, Our Blog.”

“Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking” — from the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s Making a Difference publication (Fall/Winter 2015)


2015 Tri-Synodical Gen of Faith



2015 Tri-Synodical Convention

Fort Dodge, Iowa

WomenTriennial2015Some 208 women, including 80 from the Northeastern Iowa synod, attended the Tri-Synodical convention June 19-20 at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. The Convention followed the theme “Generations of Faith” based on Psalm 100:5 — “For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.”

Read more about the event in the October issue of the Good News newsletter.

Read Pastor Joelle Colvile-Hanson’s blog about the human trafficking presentation at the convention.

View photos on the Northeastern Iowa Synod Facebook page.




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As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support oneanother in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world.


2017 Events

April 2 Spring Women’s Event, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Waverly, 2 p.m.
April 8 LWR Ingathering, Zion-St. John, Sheffield
April 22 Shechem Cluster Spring Gathering, St. Peter’s, Richfield (24124 220th St., Sumner)
April 22 Living Waters Spring Salad Luncheon, Faith Lutheran, Miller, 10 a.m.-12 noon,
April 29 Upper Iowa River Cluster Spring Event, St. Paul’s LC, Lime Springs
May 20 SWO Board, Wartburg College, 9 a.m.-12 noon
June 16 SWO Board, Wartburg College, TBD
June 17 Northeastern Iowa Synod WELCA Convention
July 11-16 ELCA Triennial Convention and Gathering, “All Anew,” Minneapolis, Minn.
Sept. 23 Jubilee Cluster C Event, St. Paul Lutheran, Cedar Falls




Stewardship Resources






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Offering Transmittal Form A — Units use this form to submit regular offerings and synodical convention offerings to the synodical treasurer. Download the form, fill it in, and make a copy for your files before mailing.

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Offering Transmittal Form B — Units use this form to submit Thankofferings, designated gifts, special offerings and gifts to the churchwide women’s organization.



Women of the ELCA Resources

The Women of the ELCA website has a number of resources available for free download.


Lutheran World Relief Shipping Form
Include this completed form with items that are to be shipped to LWR.

Sign up for the monthly e-newsletter Bold Connections,which features the latest news and information about Women of the ELCA programs and activities.

Sign up for Cafe, an online magazine for young adult women.

Visit for more resources.



Future Triennial Convention and Gathering Sites

Phoenix, Ariz. in 2020
Spokane, Wash. in 2023

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Women and Justice Task Force

Learn about the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ and share your comments as the task force leads the process to develop a social statement on women and justice.

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