Women of Hope
Women of Hope
Potluck Lunch & Bible Study
Wednesday, August 7th at Noon
Thank you Pat Paulsen and the “Women of Hope Actors Guild” directed by Martha Vetter, for helping us better understand and enjoy the book of Esther. Pat Abraham will conclude our summer luncheon series on August 7th. Join us as we consider Using Our Voices (or not) This is not to be missed!
August: Pat Paulsen, Jane Haas, Cookie Haas
September: Lynn Reiten, Sue Tennyson, Pam Johnson
Christmas in July...THANK YOU!
You did great! Whether you were one of our hard-working workers, spent hours in your kitchen baking for the bake sale or the dessert tables, brought a beautiful salad, donated items for the silent auction or spent time digging up plants for the plant sale, a huge thank you is extended to each of you. To the Board of Property and all the men who showed up to help move all those tables, helped with the dishwashing, etc., please know we couldn’t do this without your help. And to Barb and Michelle, our “go-to” girls, who we pester constantly to help us with this amazing event. Thank you so much - you are very appreciated!
Shirley Dowson, Christmas in July Chair
To all Christmas in July Chairs: Our follow-up meeting will be at 9:00 a.m. on August 7th preceding the Women’s board meeting. Bring any concerns and positive comments, too, to this meeting.
Report from NE MN Synod WELCA Summer Gathering
Called to Serve was the theme of the 2019 Convention of the Women of the NE MN Synod of the Women of the ELCA. The convention was held on June 24-26 at Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids. Sherry Kiisa, Shirley Dowson and Ardyce Pederson attended from Hope. It was a wonderful three days of dedication, education, election, sharing and spiritual renewal.
The In-Kind gifts of quilts, school kits personal care kits etc. created by women throughout the synod were blessed and packed on a truck to begin the journey to Global Health and Lutheran World Relief. New Officers to serve the women of the synod board were elected as well as five voting delegates to the Triennial Convention of the WELCA which will be held in Phoenix Arizona in July 2020.
Throughout the gathering several workshops were offered. To name a few Pastor Dinah Dutta, the churchwide representative, serving a congregation in Emporia, Kansas offered a workshop on Women of Prayer. Pastor Dutta was raised in a Hindu, Christian home in India. Pastor Kim Sturtz, the gathering chaplain, from Sandstone, Mn, gave a Bible Study, Women of Valor and Pastor Andy Barry, Little Fork, Mn, presented Comparing Denominations, A History of Christian Differences. On Wednesday morning the final workshop was given for all women at the gathering. Vernita Kennen, from Shoreview, Mn. served as the parliamentarian during the plenary meetings and then presented the workshop, The Cup of Life, A Guide for Spiritual Growth.
A communion Worship Service closed the gathering and Pastor Kim shared her call to the ministry and how sometimes the Holy Spirit works in our lives in fun and unusual ways.
Summer Gathering is a wonderful time to gather with old friends and meet new friends of women from churches throughout the synod. Evenings are spent around campfires, playing games or sharing stories, snacks and maybe a glass of wine with new friends on the patio of our beautiful condo. We all enjoyed the gathering this year and encourage all women of Hope to consider attending the gathering in May of 2020.
Sherry Kiisa, Delegate
Hope Card Makers meet at 9:00 a.m. Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall. New people always welcome. Proceeds support Women of Hope ministries.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Knit or crochet prayer shawls for those needing healing, comfort, and prayer. Contact Margie Richardson or Ardyce Pederson.
At our women’s general meetings and summer Bible studies, the pennies jar is set out asking for donations. What is the pennies jar and where do the donations go? 25 years ago Corrine Olson, our first President of our women’s Synodical Board, decided that one of our focuses as women of the Northeast Minnesota Synod should be to support women and children in poverty thinking that one penny might not do much but lots of pennies gathered together can change the world. She began this “kick off” by bringing a roll of pennies to each of the Conferences in our Northeast Synod as seed money. Each spring, at our Conference Gatherings, the host church determines where the pennies collected will be designated for the year.
At the present time pennies collected are designated to “Shield: 616”, a non-profit organization that seeks to equip law enforcement officers with a tactical gear vest package. One package costs $2400.00; however, donating to the Shield: 616 program one tactical
package can be purchased for $1400. Each officer receiving a tactical package is also given a local support sponsor who will be praying for them and their family to build a relationship between law enforcement and the community.
In the past, Sweetwater Ranch, Adult & Teen Challenge, local food shelves, Second Harvest, Faith in Action and many more have all been supported by our pennies collections.
When you see the pennies jar, give generously. We accept all monies, not just pennies!
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.