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SOME HEARTWARMING THOUGHTS from “The Book of Joy” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Daila Lama as we ready ourselves for March:

Joy is a shift in perspective from oneself to others.

It was not resolve or determination that allowed some to survive the hardships of the Gulags… it was warm heartedness.

Compassion and generosity are pivotal to lasting happiness.

Circle Meetings in March

Miriam Circle: March 11th (9:30 a.m. @ Jimmy's)

Naomi Circle: March 12th (9:30 a.m. @ Hope Lutheran)

Ruth Circle: March 13th (9:30 a.m. @) Pat Roush’s)

Hannah Circle: March 14th (9:30 a.m. @ Char Sitzer’s)

Lydia Circle: March 14th (9:30 a.m. @ Martha Winter’s)

CIRCLE BIBLE STUDY PREP will meet with Pastor Dave on Tuesday, March 5th at 10:30 in the library. Bring your March Gather Magazine.

ALTAR GUILD

Altar Guild teams faithfully tend the altar for worship services and set the table for communion.

March: Sherren Foss, Julie Finch, Jean Ruzicka

April: Margie Richardson, Pat Roush, Sheila Bredeson, Mary Bengtson

Mark your calendars

March 5th : Circle Bible study leaders prep-library

March 6th: Women of Hope Board meeting-library

April 6th: Living Waters Spring Conference, Outing, MN—sign up sheets on Women of Hope bulletin board

April 12th and 13th : Hope Lutheran Women's Retreat at Deep Portage. All women welcome!

March kitchen cleaning: Lydia Circle

Ladies - Dig out those spring bonnets!

Our Living Waters SPRING GATHERING is coming up - April 6th at Our Savior’s, Outing. Patti Kachel will bring us a delightful and inspirational program “The Glad Hatter”. You are encouraged to wear a hat!

Cost of this event is $8.00 with registration and coffee beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please come! This is a great time to connect with our sisters in our Living Waters Conference and to get up-dates from our Northeast Women’s Synodical Organization. And always a fun opportunity to shop at the Triennial Market Place. Donated items are welcome! There is a sign-up sheet on the Women’s bulletin board if you will be attending so that we can pool rides.

Pennies Jar?

At our women’s general meetings and summer Bible studies, the pennies jar is set out asking for donations. What is the pennies jar and where do the donations go? 25 years ago Corrine Olson, our first President of our women’s Synodical Board, decided that one of our focuses as women of the Northeast Minnesota Synod should be to support women and children in poverty thinking that one penny might not do much but lots of pennies gathered together can change the world. She began this “kick off” by bringing a roll of pennies to each of the Conferences in our Northeast Synod as seed money. Each spring, at our Conference Gatherings, the host church determines where the pennies collected will be designated for the year.

At the present time pennies collected are designated to “Shield: 616”, a non-profit organization that seeks to equip law enforcement officers with a tactical gear vest package. One package costs $2400.00; however, donating to the Shield: 616 program one tactical

package can be purchased for $1400. Each officer receiving a tactical package is also given a local support sponsor who will be praying for them and their family to build a relationship between law enforcement and the community.

In the past, Sweetwater Ranch, Adult & Teen Challenge, local food shelves, Second Harvest, Faith in Action and many more have all been supported by our pennies collections.

When you see the pennies jar, give generously. We accept all monies, not just pennies!

Hope Card Makers and Crafters: 9:00 a.m. Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall. New people always welcome. Proceeds support Women of Hope ministries.

Hope Quilters: 8:30 -11:00 a.m. Thursdays in the Fellowship Hall. Quilts are made for Lutheran World Relief, Hope's high school graduates, fire victims, recipients of Christmas food boxes and others. All are welcome at coffee break at 9:30 a.m.

See Women of Hope brochures for information on other ways to become involved

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.

Women of Hope Board Meeting Minutes

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