Women of Hope
Women’s General Meeting & Potluck
24 ladies braved the extremely cold weather on January 13th to attend our potluck/Bible study/general meeting. We extend a big thank you to Ruth Circle, our hostess for the day, along with Shirley Nelson who led us in an excellent Bible study and a huge, huge thank you to Gloria Niswonger who is stepping down as our co-chair. Shirley Dowson will continue as co-chair in 2018 along with newly elected co-chair Joanne Detwiler. We are so blessed to have such wonderful sisters in our congregation who step up to
the plate to take on these additional duties.
We welcome with joy so many new members who joined our congregation on January 14th. To the ladies who have just become part of Hope’s family, we warmly welcome you to join one of
our circles. Meetings are as follows:
Hannah - Feb. 8th @ 9:30 a.m. At Linda Smith’s home
Lydia - Feb. 8th @ 9:30 a.m. At Alice Groth’s home
Miriam - Feb. 12th @ 9:00 a.m. At Church (F. Hall)
Naomi - Feb. 13th @ 9:30 a.m. At Marge Reinke’s
Ruth - Feb. 14th @ 9:30 a.m. At Carol Fjelstul’s home
Circles meet for Bible study using our W/ELCA “Gather” magazine study. All women are welcome - come and join us!
At the end of 2017 the Women of Hope disbursed monetary gifts to support our church, local and community organizations and national and worldwide organizations. One of our local projects was supporting the food pantry at W-H-A school. We received several cute thank you’s from Terra Campbell’s special ed and pantry committee students. Please check the women’s bulletin board - they are posted there.
February: Linda Piller, Carolyn Lienau, Sherren Foss
March: Gloria Niswonger, Julie Finch, Andrea Girtz
Feb. 6 Circle Bible study prep w/ Pastor Matt 10:30 a.m. in the library
Feb. 7 Women of Hope board meeting 10:30 a.m. in the library
Bold Women’s Sunday, February 25th
Noisy Offering for “Current for Curran”
Each year the Women of the ELCA celebrate “Bold Women’s Sunday. This year we will celebrate this event on February 25th. We will be collecting the noisy offering (along with the help of our young children in the congregation) to support Curran Hospital in Liberia. In 2012 several women from our Northeast Synodical Women’s organization went to Liberia in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Women of the ELCA. One of the gals, Mary Jo Mettler, was appalled when visiting Phebe Hospital and saw that their main source of power, when electricity was lost (which was very frequent) were diesel generators which were extremely expensive to run, if they could even get the diesel to power them. That started her dream to bring solar power to Phebe Hospital. Working with the Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) near Backus, this dream was realized and since March of 2017 Phebe Hospital is being powered by solar energy.
The Women of the ELCA are now on a mission to bring “Current for Curran”, another hospital in Liberia. The goal is to raise $200,000 (40% of the project) by Easter of 2018. The Women of the ELCA are “bold women” and we are confident that we can bring this ministry to fruition.
Please plan on contributing generously to our noisy offering collections on February 25th. (If you prefer to write a check, you may write it to “Women of Hope” with Curran Hospital in the memo line). Thank you, in advance, for your support of this project.
Ladies! Are you looking for something to do?
There are many activities that you can be a part of:
Women of Hope Board:
Co-Chairs, Shirley Dowson and Joanne Detwiler
Secretary, Carolyn Lienau, Treasurer, Sherren Foss
Circle Chairs: Mary Bengtson (Miriam), Illa Ommen (Lydia), Sandra Rothausen and Jan Yarger (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.