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Six ladies from Hope set out for Nashwauk on April 14th. Attendance was down but it was a fun, informative day of worship/communion; two speakers - one on “Shield 616” and one on “Sanctuary Safety and Church Crisis Management”; a business meeting keeping us informed of up-coming events and activities within our Northeast Synod and our area churches. A wonderful lunch served by the ladies of Nashwauk Lutheran, shopping at the “Triennial Market Place” and just visiting with our sisters from the Living Waters Conference always makes this a super day.

Our HOPE QUILTERS AND KNITTERS have been busy this past year making quilts and prayer shawls. Sunday, May 13th, our sanctuary will be arrayed with these beautiful quilts and prayer shawls as they are dedicated before being “sent out in the mission field”. Quilts are sent to Lutheran World Relief, given to our graduating seniors from Hope, included in the Christmas food boxes and given to fire victims or other needy people in the Walker community. Prayer shawls are delivered to those experiencing death in the family or those dealing with serious surgeries, illnesses or accidents. Thank you, ladies, for your busy hands, giving hearts and dedication to these projects.

Circle Meetings

May 8 @ 9:30 a.m. Naomi Circle hosted by Pat Leek & Thelma

May 9 @ 9:30 a.m. Ruth Circle at Pat Abraham’s

May 10 @ 9:30 a.m. Lydia Circle at Sherry Kiisa’s

May 10 @ 9:30 a.m. Hannah Circle at church

May 14 @ 6:30 p.m. Miriam Circle at church

Our combined CIRCLE/BIBLE STUDY/SALAD LUNCHEONS will again be held during the summer months. Please note that this year we will have two sessions in June, none in July, and one in August. June 8th will be our June Bible study; June 27th we will use our July study and August 1 our August study. The June and July changes are due to conflicts with other activities involving some of our women and the July 4th celebration.

NE MN Women’s Synod Gathering

June 4-6 is our Northeast Women’s Synodical Gathering/Retreat held at Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids. “God’s Amazing Grace” is the theme based on 2 Cor. 12:9. Tracy Schreifels will be the keynote speaker addressing “trauma associated with mental health issues”. Plenary sessions, several work shops, hands-on projects, fun, food and fellowship are all part of this 3-day event. Sherren Foss will be representing our women as the delegate from Hope. If you are a young woman ages 18 to 45 and would be interested in attending this event or if you know of a young lady in this age group, let Shirley Dowson or Joanne Detwiler know. We can give you further information. Check the women’s bulletin board for additional information on this event.

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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