Women of Hope
WHA Apple Giving Tree- Please remember that many of our local kids do not have the clothing or school supplies to face the long school year ahead. In response, the Women of Hope have placed an apple giving tree in the Fellowship Hall with requests printed on the apples. A warm thank you to Hope Lutheran for your generous response! The first donation of socks, pants, underwear, snacks, and hygiene products has been delivered! The tree will be up until Thanksgiving, so, please pick an apple, and place a new or gently used item or two under the tree for our kids and teachers.
We have also donated money to the three kindergarten classes to help pay for the two daily snacks throughout the year for hungry little learners!
Living Waters Fall Gathering—“Bold Women Past and Present” is the theme for this year’s gathering held on Saturday, October 5th, at Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. Women of all ages are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend. Information and a sign up sheet are on-the Women of Hope bulletin board.
October: Linda Piller, Pat Abraham, Carol Ulring
November: Gloria Niswonger, Mary Johnson, Joanne Detwiler
December Celebrations—The second Women of Hope fundraiser will be held on December 8th, the morning of the Children’s Christmas Program and later in the evening for our Christmas Community Concert. We will again have the narthex filled with crafts from Hope Lutheran Crafters and baked goods honoring many traditions and cultures in our world. Please contact Martha Vetter or Joanne Detwiler if you are interested in bringing this event to life for the second year. Word has it thata neighbor will be making authentic Native American fry bread right in our narthex!
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.