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The December Craft and Bake Sale was a success!

Thanks to the generous response from Hope Lutheran bakers, sweets from cultures around the world were sampled, bought, and even provided learning and understanding. The Hope crafters provided early Christmas shopping and it was said the sale offered to those who work during Christmas in July a chance to shop for once! The Hope card makers were able to sell Christmas cards in addition to their well known all occasion cards.

The Women of Hope support so many local, national, and international missions that the one fundraiser, Christmas in July, has not been sufficient. Because this December experiment was such a success, a motion was passed for it to become an annual event! (No nays.) Thanks be to God!

A GIFT OF BACTERIAL WIPES was given to each and every classroom at WHA during the Christmas (and flu) season by the Women of Hope. This year, Dan and Sue Eickenberry hand delivered them to the teachers. We provide food, personal products, clothing and other items to our local school with the understanding that many students are not able to afford them. The personal relationships become great gifts in themselves.

OUR THANKS to Shirley Dowson and Carolyn Lienau, from the bottom of our hearts, for their service to the Women of Hope Board. Ardyce Pederson will become Co-Chair with Joanne Detwiler and Sherry Kiisa will become Secretary for 2-year terms beginning January, 2019.

General Meeting Potluck Lunch/Bible Study

Saturday, January 12th at noon

Circles will not meet in January. Pastor Dave will lead the Bible study at our luncheon on January 12th at noon. We will have installation of our new officers. Hostess: Naomi Circle

Altar Guild

January: Gloria Niswonger, Kay Strandlie, Barb Sellevold

February: Linda Piller, Carolyn Lienau, Andrea Girtz

Card Makers and Crafters always welcome new people at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall. All materials and instruction provided! The proceeds generously support Women of Hope ministries locally and around the globe.

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.

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.

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, 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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