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Living Waters Fall Gathering - October 6th

Are you signed up to share rides to Grand Rapids? October 6th is our Living Waters Fall Gathering at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Theme is “Rejuvenate You”. Robyn Gunnerson, a Life Coach, will be our speaker. We will also hear from a staff person at “Kiesler House”, a place for those with mental health issues. This is always a good day of fun and fellowship gathering with our sisters from our Living Waters Conference and some of our Synodical Board members. We have a beautiful new Living Waters banner that will be displayed. All women are invited - plan to attend. A sign-up sheet and additional information is on our bulletin board.

Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief

October 3rd - 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. We will be assembling and packing school kits and baby care kits for Lutheran World Relief. Our 6th grade youth, along with their parents and/or mentors will be helping. “Many hands make light work”! Come and join in - it’s a fun evening.

We are still looking for a Co-Chair for our Women of Hope Board for 2019-2020. Let Shirley Dowson or Joanne Detwiler know if you are interested.

Altar Guild

October: Linda Piller, Pat Abraham, Carol Ulring

November: Gloria Niswonger, Joanne Detwiler, Mary Johnson

Circles Meet:

Hannah Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m. Carol Ulring, hostess

Lydia Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m. Linda Gilsrud, hostess

Miriam Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. Meet at church

Naomi Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m. Martha Vetter, hostess

Ruth Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m. Sherren Foss, hostess

Circle Chairs: Please get your 2019 Circle information to Gloria Niswonger by November 1st to be included in the Women of Hope brochure. Circle Chair & Sunshine person along with Bible study leaders and hostess for each month.

If you are new to our congregation or would like to join one of our circles, you are always welcome. There are five circles which meet at different times, dates and places each month. There are brochures in the kiosks in the Narthex which lists the different Circles, or, call the office and Michelle or Kris can give you more information.

What are Thankofferings? These collections date back to the early 1800’s when women collected money in “mite” boxes to support church projects. In the late 19th Century women began collecting loose change and putting it in a box as a reminder of the blessings received throughout the year. We continue to do this and in the fall (we choose September) we bring these gifts in gratitude to God for all we have received. These monies are sent to our churchwide organization in Chicago for use in supplying all church units with resources such as publications and to support the many ministries of the Women of the ELCA.

Mark your calendars:

Oct. 2 - 10:30 a.m. Circle study prep w/Pr. Matt

Oct. 3 - 10:00 a.m. Women of Hope board mtg

Oct. 3 - 6:30 p.m. Assemble School/Baby Kits

Oct. 6 - Living Waters Fall Gathering - Grand Rapids 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 8 - Kitchen Cleaning - Ruth Circle

HANDMADE GREETING CARDS FOR SALE by the church office. WE HAVE CONFIRMATION CARDS (and birthday, anniversary, sympathy, etc). $2 each; best deal in town! Proceeds help fund the many ministries of the Women of Hope.

HELP MAKE CRAFTS or CARDS on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All materials and instructions provided. Join in whenever you are able.

HOPE QUILTERS meet on Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall. If you can cut, tie or sew, we have a job for you! We love visitors… stop by during our coffee break at 9:30.

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.

Women of Hope Board Meeting Minutes

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