Women of Hope
“The work of getting to know others different than ourselves, made so difficult by our society’s divisions, is nevertheless the work of following Jesus.”
Peter Armstrong, “Faith in a Prison Cell: A Personal Narrative of Transformation.”
The Apple Giving Tree season is over. Janelle Johnson, WHA kindergarten teacher, picked up bundle after bundle, week after week of generous donations from our church. We are not just a church and a school in Walker but more of a family of parents and grandparents helping our kids stay warm, and fed during the school year. Also, check out the Women of Hope bulletin board for the picture of the WHA kindergarteners thanking us for our snack donations throughout this school year
“Our Christmas Wishes” holiday craft and bake sale will observe the Christian Season of Advent and the Native American Shalako Solstice Celebration. All bakers, men, women, and children, are welcome! Just bake your holiday favorite or select a Native American recipe from the Women of Hope bulletin board and bring it to church on Saturday, December 7th between 2:00 and 4:00 pm….or even the following Sunday morning. Word has it that Hope Crafters have some wonderful new gift items this year. All proceeds support the Women of Hope ministries.
This second annual event will be take place on Sunday, December 8th before, between, and after morning services and again at night before and after our Toys for Tots Concert. Our Ojibwe friend and neighbor, Tecumseh Johnson, will be making fry bread for us that evening, too!
December Circle Meetings:
9—Miriam Circle (9:30 a.m. at Jimmy’s)
10—Naomi Circle (9:30 a.m. at Phyllis Sistek’s)
11—Ruth Circle (9:30 a.m. at Joyce Schuette’s)
12—Hannah Circle (9:30 a.m. at Bev Corr Higdem’s)
12-- Lydia Circle (9:30 a.m at Linda Gilsrud’s)
Circles do not meet in January. The General Meeting and potluck luncheon will take place on January 11, 2020 at noon. A note to Circle chairs: Please update your rosters and get them to Gloria Niswonger in December.
December—Marge Reinke, Tanis Beadle, Martha Vetter, Connie Kaylor
January—Gloria Niswonger, Kay Strandlie, Barb Sellevold
Mark Your Calendars:
December 3—Bible Study Prep—9:30 a.m. library
December 4 —Creation and You—9:00 library
December 4 —WOH Board Meeting—10:00 library
December 8—Women of Hope Craft and Bake Sale
December 8—Toys for Tots Christmas Concert—6:30 p.m.
January 11—General Meeting and potluck luncheon
Hope Card Makers: 9:00 a.m. Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall. New people always welcome.
Hope Quilters: 8:30-11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Coffee is served at 9:30. All are welcome!
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Knit or crochet prayer shawls for those needing healing, comfort, and prayer. Contact Margie Richardson or Ardyce Pederson.
Hope Crafters are taking a break and will resume weekly meetings in March.
The Christmas Pledge:
Believing in the beauty and simplicity of Christmas, I commit myself to the following:
To remember those people who truly need my gifts.
To express my love for family and friends in more direct ways than presents.
To rededicate myself to the spiritual growth of my family.
To examine my holiday activities in light of the true spirit of Christmas
To initiate one act of peacemaking within my circle of family and friends.
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.