Westgate Zone Spring Rally information

Saturday,  April 6 2024

 Hosted by: St Paul & Spring Fountain-Sumner and St Peter-Westgate & Grace-Fayette 

 More details coming 

Westgate Zone Fall Rally 2023

the Commons at Immanuel-Klinger on Saturday morning, September 23. A continental breakfast was served.

  Theme – LCMS U and campus ministry at area college and university.

  Theme Bible verse – “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word” Psalm 119:9 NIV.

   Rev. Miguel Gonzales-Felicino, host Pastor, opened with devotion and prayer.

   Speakers were – Rev. Jon Ellingworth from St John-Waverly – about Wartburg- Walther League and Rev. Kent Peck from St Peter-Westgate & Grace-Fayette about Upper Iowa  ministry. They presented to us the need and importance of LCMS presence on college campus for students. They shared what exciting things which are occurring at their respective schools along with getting the young people involved. This is an important and rewarding outreach each minister does for their area communities. We are thankful for their service of God’s work in our Zone! They both requested prayers for the young lives that are growing in the gospel.

  Gifts from the Heart in-gathering, monetary offering, was divided equally for the campus ministries of our speakers.

  The meeting was called to order by Zone President Deaconess Faith Swenson. Election and installation of officers was held with Brenda Boyce, Secretary and Carol Lau, VP remaining in office.

A skit was performed by the Christian Life Committee of our Zone along with a skit performed by the IED convention co chairs (Westgate and Williamsburg Zones) with information about the 2024 Convention next June. Save the date: June 21 and 22 at Radisson-Cedar Rapids.

  Carol Lau, our Zone Delegate at the National Convention gave a report about the convention. She also mentioned as Zone VP she is working on our zone history photo books.

  Liz Roberts, representing Iowa East, read a letter from District President Martha Hartwig.

  Elloha Quigley gave an update on progress in establishing a zone Grief Support group.

  Linda Jeske displayed some of the zone banner for next year IED convention.

   In relation to the Pillowcase Sewing Project servant event  for patients at University of Iowa children  and adults patients- which is currently happening in the Westgate Zone – Becky Wehrspann brought along to show us the pilllowcase her daughter Marta was given while a patient at the University of Iowa hospital ( Marta, 8 yrs old, experienced a serious,nearly 60 feet, fall at an Iowa Park in May 2017.  She had extensive hospitalizations at U of Ia Stead Children’s Hospital and a lengthy rehab. She is now a freshman in high school and busy with all types of school and family activities, in fact she just got her drivers permit. AND she still uses the pillowcase from U of IA. Thanks be to God for her recovery and the prayers given for her and her family).

   The Westgate Zone Spring Rally 2024 will be hosted by the women of St Paul and St John Sumner on Saturday, April 6.  More details will be coming.

  Closing prayer was given by Rev John Block, our zone Pastoral Counselor.

  Teller’s Report – 44 Lutheran women, 6 pastors, 3 guests and 4 children. Registration money was entirely donated to His Hands Food Pantry in Oran. There were also monetary offerings for Mites and another for Westgate Zone.

2023 Fall Rally Information

 The Westgate Zone Fall Rally 2023 will be held on Saturday, September 23 at Immanuel-Klinger. Details will be coming.

Immanuel-Klinger Church 2022 – Ladies Aid Society commemorates 90 years 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Acknowledging the need for a women’s organization to be involved within the church, community and abroad, on October 12,1932 a meeting was held in the sacristy to form a Ladies Aid Society. A constitution was written and read by Pastor L Yockey. There were eleven charter members. 

    In 1943, the society became affiliated with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)

    The October 2022 meeting was a celebration of thanks to God for His continued blessings. A program filled with memories was led by Mary Zimmermann (former member and wife of Rev Bruce Zimmerman at Immanuel 1974-1992.

    As Lutheran Women in Mission, we joyfully proclaim Christ, support missions, and equip women to honor God by serving others.

The photo below was taken at the LWML Christmas Party 2022 by Nicole Barnes.

Fall Rally 2022 Report

The Westgate Zone Fall Rally “Sing to the Lord ” was held Saturday morning, October 15, 2022 at St John’s church in Fairbank.  The women of St John’s and Grace-Jesup hosted the zone with food and fellowship in the basement before heading into the sanctuary for the meeting and hymn sing. “What’s Your 80?” was celebrated by singing “80” verses from Lutheran Service Book. President Deaconess Faith Swenson led the meeting between hymns.  The pastors in attendance sang the first verse of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”, LSB #656. Pastor Jacob Swenson and Pastor John Block each led a hymn study between hymns. The Christian Life Committee gave a hymn quiz “How well do you know your hymns?” Election of zone officers and installation was held. President Deaconess Faith is returning for another term and Nancy Maurer is newly elected Treasurer.  Sincere thanks to Vera Hoins for serving as treasurer the past 6 years! The Ingathering went to Orphan Grain Train in Clemons. 38 people were in attendance. 

  The Zone Spring Rally 2023 will be Saturday, April 22 hosted by Peace-Oelwein and Our Redeemer-Independence.  More details will be coming. 

Fall Rally 2022 Invitation

Westgate Zone Event will be have a hymn sing this fall! We will be singing at least 80 stanzas for 80 years of LWML!!! Join us Saturday, October 15 from 9-11 AM (registration at 8:30) at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fairbank, Iowa. RSVP to stjohnsandgracelp@gmail.com

Spring Rally 2022 Invitation

Saturday, May 7—Registration at 9:30 AM

Programing starts at 10 AM

More details coming

Hosted by St. Peter’s -Westgate and Grace-Fayette Lutheran Women at St. Peter’s Lutheran in Westgate


Faith Swenson  (Jacob)
206 N 4th St PO Box 471
Fairbank, IA 50629
218-329-8515 (call or text works!)

Vice President—Carol Lau

Secretary–Brenda Boyce

Treasurer–Vera Hoins

Fall Rally 2021 Invitation

You are invited to attend the IED Westgate Zone (rescheduled) Fall Rally on Sunday, November 21 beginning at 2 pm. Roll call will be a Bible verse with good or deeds in it. Our theme is Hebrews 10:24-25. There will be 2 offerings – 1 for Mites and 1 for Zone expenses, including sending delegates to conventions. Cost is $5. The ingathering will be for Orphan Grain Train – Please find attached a flier with possible donations and please bring an inventory of things you donate. Because of time constraints, we have shortened the rally and will no longer have Pastor Ellingworth’s presentation or lunch. We will however still be in God’s Word through devotion and Bible Study, have time to koinonia (spend time with our fellow sisters in Christ), and have a short business meeting including election of officers. Guests and children are welcome. We are handicapped accessible.

Looking forward to seeing you at St John LCMS Waverly      

415 4th St SW on the 16th.  RSVP to Vera Hoins at                   

319-885-4146 by November 14th

Hosted by St. Paul LWML Artesian and St. John Dorcas Society

New Zone President

We are happy & delighted to let you know the Westgate Zone has a new zone president, Faith Swenson!!!!!!
Our new president is…(drum role)……

Faith Swenson  (Jacob)
206 N 4th St PO Box 471
Fairbank, IA 50629
218-329-8515 (call or text works!)
Faith’s Email address is: Deaconess.Swenson@gmail.com

We extend a cordial invitation to all the ladies of the Iowa East District to join us on April 17, 2021.  Watch for details.  Favor of a RSVP if you plan to attend to President Carol Mutschler -thanks! 

                  At this time, the Westgate Zone does not have the office of President or Vice President filled.  Our secretary is Brenda Boyce. Vera Hoins is our treasurer.  Please remember us in your prayers along with all the zones of the IED. Thank-you!                                                                                             

                         RALLY NEWS            *           SAVE THE DATE 

and share with the Ladies of your circles & societies!




612 W 3RD ST.




(more info to follow in later emails and mailings)


 REV JON ELLINGWORTH from St. John Lutheran Church, Waverly





Handicap accessible

 Contact President Carol Mutschler
            volkcara@yahoo.com                                                                                                                            319-269-8714

Serving the Lord with gladness,

Vera Hoins – Treasurer, WZ

Karen Boehme – YWR Coordinator, WZ

Westgate Zone Fall Rally

President Margaret with wings
The Photo shows, “The Wallet” Patsy Buls,
(Treasurer of our Society) and “The Mite Box”,
Darla Fagenbaum (Secretary of our Society). In
the background is the Westgate Zone
On Saturday morning, September 19, 2020 the Westgate Zone LWML held their Fall Rally “Standing on Scripture” at Immanuel-Klinger. The morning started at 9:000 AM with Registration. An in-gathering of donated items for “school kits” and “health kits” for Orphan Grain Train in Clemons were collected together with Thrivent Action Team projects.
Opening devotion by Host Pastor Philip Girardin was given at 9:30 AM followed by speaker, Rev. Andrew J Preus from Trinity-Guttenberg and St Paul-McGregor. Pastor Preus based his bible study “Bearing the Cross” on 2 Timothy 3:12 ESV.
The meeting was called to order by President Nancy Maurer.  26 members, 3 Pastors and 2 guests were present.
Iowa East District LWML representative present was President Margaret Kistler. She shared news from the district. A week prior, the 2020 LWML Convention/Celebration was held at Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca due to rescheduling & relocating after the “traditional convention” was canceled in June. One of the high points at Camp was the “Mite Challenge” of raising $4,000 (with $500 from LCEF) was met!  It was truly an exciting time with all thanks given to God!
In response to fulfilling the Convention/Celebration fundraising challenge, President Margaret was to “wear the wings” made for her. But there were no wings to wear that day of the convention… She may have thought, with no wings to wear at the convention/celebration she got out of doing that… Well, to her complete surprise, during her presentation at this rally, a week later of meeting the challenge, she was reminded by her LWML sisters that she needed to start wearing “her wings”!  Thanks to Martha Hartwig and her creative sewing skills, she made President Margaret “purple wings” after Karen Boehme asked her on Sunday the 13th if it would be possible for her to have them ready for the upcoming zone rally — in 6 days. So, President Margaret was “winged” this day and the mites raised for the challenge will help spread the word of the gospel through the LWML. SPOILER ALERT: for those zones holding their Fall Rallies in the near future – keep your eyes open to see the “purple wings” on our District President!
The LWML sketch presentation, “Exercising to his word”, was given by Brenda Boyce, Marilyn Helmuth and Becky Wehrspann.
Closing devotion was led by Pastor Michael Holmen, LWML Zone Pastoral Counselor.
Thanks to those who were a part of this inspiring time – Pastors, organist, Board members, attendees and the ladies of Immanuel!
The Westgate Zone Spring Rally 2021 is scheduled to be held at St Paul-Readlyn.
IED President Margaret received purple wings. 
Brenda Boyce, Becky Wehrspann & Marilyn Helmuth doing the Christian Life Skit..”Christian Exercises”.


It started in the late 1950’s – something of which I am very grateful. I was a young girl, the beginning times, I heard the conversations between my mother, Joyce Kehe – Ladies Aid member at Immanuel Church – Klinger, Iowa, with my grandmother, Adella Schultz – Dorcas member at St. John Church – Waverly, Iowa. Those conversations about their church women’s organizations continued through the decades. As I grew older, together we talked about LWML, missions, mite box offerings, prayers, fellowship, Bible studies, rallies, doing servant events, and more. Of course, being Lutherans, the topic of food was included – how delicious that casserole/salad/dessert tasted that was served at the last LWML meeting AND ideas of what food to serve when it was our turn to serve! Hmm…that reminds me, my grandma and mom made THE best jello – “Lutherans do love jello!”
As time went by, my grandma and mother were called to the church triumphant. They have received their crown of life. I rejoice with them, but I miss our conversations about LWML. Then the idea came to mind that I would create a “conversation piece of LWML” to joyfully share with others what fills my heart – through conversations. On the cross necklace there are charms of mustard seeds, LWML, purple heart, mites, plus birthstones and initials of my grandmother and mother.
There is so much more to share with you – let’s have a conversation!
Serving the Lord with gladness,
Karen J Boehme

Westgate Zone Officers

Contact Person – Nancy Maurer

1559 Lawrence Ave

Independence, IA 50644-9224



President – vacant
Vice President – vacant
Secretary – Brenda Boyce
Treasurer -Vera Hoins
Pastoral Counselor – the Rev. Michael Holmen
Young Women Rep. Coordinator – Karen Boehme
Human Care Chairman – Carol Lau
Christian Life Committee – Connie Werling, Marilyn Helmuth, Brenda Boyce and Becky Wehrspann