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Questions to prompt discussions with your family, friends, groups… or a stranger:

How does being Christian change the way you live?

What does it mean to be a person of faith in a world of many faiths?

What do religious strangers reveal to me about God?

Or on a lighter note…

What is your favorite way to pray?

Questions from “Holy Envy” by Barbara Brown Taylor, Apple Books

News from our Living Waters Fall Conference

Three of us ladies from Hope motored to Grand Rapids on October 5th to attend the Living Waters Fall Gathering at Zion Lutheran. We had looked forward to enjoying the beautiful fall colors on our trip but we had rain all day so the colors weren’t as vibrant as we had hoped. There were only 39 ladies in attendance but it made for easy and good fellowship with one another. We gathered at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and delicious muffins served by our sisters from Bethel Lutheran, Warba. This was followed by our worship service which consisted of several women and youth from Zion taking part in the day’s theme “Bold Women”. We heard about Mary Magdalene, sisters Mary and Martha and Ruth - all bold women from the Bible. We also heard about Harriet Livermore, an evangelist who preached several times to the House Chamber of the U. S. Congress; Susan Picotte, a Native American, who was the first Native American to earn a medical degree; and Marian Edelman, a black woman, a lawyer and civil rights activist who founded in 1973 the Children’s Defense Fund which advocates for children’s rights.

We also heard from Liz Branum, who spoke on “Haven” - a safe place for LBGTQIA+ individuals in the area to gather and spend time together. Liz was one of our scholarship recipients last year at our Northeast Women’s Synodical Conference.

Half of our offering for the day was designated to “Haven” and 1/2 to churchwide women in Chicago.

Our business meeting followed. Laura Lee Torkelson was elected to the Synodical Nominating Committee for two more years. No other nominations were needed at this time.

Summer Conference: June 15-17, 2020 at Sugar Lake Lodge. Theme: “All The Faithful Women”; color is red; In-kind gifts - homeless kits - still in the planning stages.

Women of the ELCA Triennial Convention/Conference: July 16-19, Phoenix.

Living Waters Spring Gathering - not determined yet.

After a wonderful luncheon of wild rice or sweet potato soup, we again gathered to watch a video of last year’s summer conference. Ruth Ann does a terrific job in producing these videos.

We were homeward bound again, with soup in hand (with the low number in attendance, we could buy leftover soup to take home for supper), again in the rain but it was a great and inspiring day.

Shirley, Ardyce & Marge

WHA Apple Giving Tree- We are receiving many thank yous from our Walker Hackensack Akeley School for the generous donations left under the apple tree. Word has it that the greatest needs now are snacks, Clorox wipes, and Kleenex. They must all be hungry. They must all have colds. Thank you for remembering our local kids and their teachers. The apple giving tree will be in the Fellowship Hall until Thanksgiving

December Celebrations for 2019 will honor the Christian Advent Season and the Native American Solstice Celebration. Hope Lutheran Crafters will deck the halls with their crafts and tables will be laden with holiday baked goods. Please bake your holiday favorite or go to the Women of Hope bulletin board, grab a recipe, and bake a delicious Native American pastry. The craft store and bake sale will be open on December 8th between and after morning services and again at night before our Christmas Community Concert. All proceeds support the Women of Hope missions.

Circle Bible Study Prep with Pastor Dave - Tuesday, November 5th at 9:30 a.m. in the library. Bring your November Gather Magazine

November Circle Meetings:

11th—Miriam Circle (9:30 am @ Jimmy’s)

12th—Naomi Circle (9:30 am Marge Reinke’s)

13th—Ruth Circle (9:30 am at Carol Fjelstul’s)

14th—Hannah Circle (9:30 am at Sandee Davis)

Lydia Circle (9:30 am at Linda Gilsrud’s)

Kitchen Cleaning: November 4th—Lydia Circle

Mark Your Calendars:

Nov 6—Creation, Church & You—9:00 am library

Nov 6—WOH Board Meeting—10:00 library

December 8th—Women of Hope December Celebrations fundraiser

Altar Guild

November—Gloria Niswonger, Mary Johnson, Joanne Detwiler

December—Marge Reinke, Tanis Beadle,

Martha Vetter, Connie Kaylor

A Plea from Hope Quilters

Did you know?

-Every client in addiction treatment at Pine Manor, Nevis receives a quilt in December

-Every Hope Lutheran graduating senior receives a quilt.

-Every recipient of a Christmas food box receives a quilt.

-Each adolescent in a detention center in South Dakota receives a quilt.

-Local firefighters bring our quilts to comfort victims of fire and accidents.

-Some quilts are held back for emergencies in our own community

As you can see, we have many requests for quilts. Last year we had requests for 150 quilts. We were only able to send 142. It appears that we may not have enough quilters again this year to meet the need. If you can tie your shoe, or iron a 12 x12 inch piece of cloth, YOU ARE WELCOME on Thursday mornings for any amount of time between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. Come when you can! Bring a friend! Or join us for coffee (and something delicious) at 9:30 to find out how you can help this vital ministry.

Co-chairs: Ardyce Pederson and Marge Reinke

The Hope Lutheran “RECIPES FROM THE HEART” CENTENNIAL COOKBOOK is here and available for sale for $12 each. Great gifts for Christmas or any occasion.

Make a Tie Blanket

Pick up a tie blanket kit to assemble for our Christmas Food Boxes. The cozy blankets are included with the boxes for families with children. We have many kits to assemble in the next few months! Kits are in the classroom nearest the fireplace in the Fellowship Hall.

HELP MAKE GREETING CARDS on Tuesday mornings in the Fellowship Hall, beginning at 9:00 a.m. All materials and instructions provided. Handmade greeting cards for all occasions are on sale for $2 each near the church office. All proceeds help fund the many ministries of the Women of Hope.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Knit or crochet prayer shawls for those needing healing, comfort, and prayer. Contact Margie Richardson or Ardyce Pederson.

Women of Hope Board:

Co-Chairs, Joanne Detwiler and Ardyce Pederson

Secretary, Sherry Kiisa, Treasurer, Sherren Foss

Circle Chairs: Gloria Niswonger (Miriam), Illa Ommen (Lydia), Sandra Rothausen and Char Sitzer (Hannah), Marge Reinke (Naomi), Ardyce Pederson (Ruth)

If you are interested in becoming part of any of the activities of the Women of Hope, please feel free to contact any of the women or the church office and they can direct you to the proper person.

Women of Hope Board Meeting Minutes

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