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Women of Hope

Fall Brunch & Bible Study

Wednesday, September 11th at 9:30 a.m.

All ladies welcome! Bring your Gather magazine if you have one. Pastor Dave will lead Bible Study. Bring your ThankOfferings.

Altar Guild

September: Lynn Reiten, Sue Tennyson, Pam Johnson

October: Linda Piller, Pat Abraham, Carol Ulring

A Plea from Hope Quilters

Did you know?

-Every client in addiction treatment at Pine Manor, Nevis receives a quilt in December

-Every Hope Lutheran graduating senior receives a quilt.

-Every recipient of a Christmas food box receives a quilt.

-Each adolescent in a detention center in South Dakota receives a quilt.

-Local firefighters bring our quilts to comfort victims of fire and accidents.

-Some quilts are held back for emergencies in our own community

As you can see, we have many requests for quilts. Last year we had requests for 150 quilts. We were only able to send 142. It appears that we may not have enough quilters again this year to meet the need. If you can tie your shoe, or iron a 12 x12 inch piece of cloth, YOU ARE WELCOME on Thursday mornings for any amount of time between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. Come when you can! Bring a friend! Or join us for coffee (and something delicious) at 9:30 to find out how you can help this vital ministry.

Co-chairs: Ardyce Pederson and Marge Reinke

Hope Lutheran Cookbook

Thanks to everyone who contributed recipes for “Recipes From the Heart,” the new Hope Lutheran cookbook. Carol Schutz, who has worked tirelessly on this project said 300 copies will be printed and will sell for $12.

Make a Tie Blanket

Pick up a tie blanket kit to assemble for our Christmas Food Boxes. The cozy blankets are included with the boxes for families with children. We have many kits to assemble in the next few months! Kits are in the classroom nearest the fireplace in the Fellowship Hall.

HELP MAKE GREETING CARDS on Tuesday mornings in the Fellowship Hall, beginning at 9:00 a.m. All materials and instructions provided. Handmade greeting cards for all occasions are on sale for $2 each near the church office. All proceeds help fund the many ministries of the Women of Hope.

Report from NE MN Synod WELCA Summer Gathering

Called to Serve was the theme of the 2019 Convention of the Women of the NE MN Synod of the Women of the ELCA. The convention was held on June 24-26 at Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids. Sherry Kiisa, Shirley Dowson and Ardyce Pederson attended from Hope. It was a wonderful three days of dedication, education, election, sharing and spiritual renewal.

The In-Kind gifts of quilts, school kits personal care kits etc. created by women throughout the synod were blessed and packed on a truck to begin the journey to Global Health and Lutheran World Relief. New Officers to serve the women of the synod board were elected as well as five voting delegates to the Triennial Convention of the WELCA which will be held in Phoenix Arizona in July 2020.

Throughout the gathering several workshops were offered. To name a few Pastor Dinah Dutta, the churchwide representative, serving a congregation in Emporia, Kansas offered a workshop on Women of Prayer. Pastor Dutta was raised in a Hindu, Christian home in India. Pastor Kim Sturtz, the gathering chaplain, from Sandstone, Mn, gave a Bible Study, Women of Valor and Pastor Andy Barry, Little Fork, Mn, presented Comparing Denominations, A History of Christian Differences. On Wednesday morning the final workshop was given for all women at the gathering. Vernita Kennen, from Shoreview, Mn. served as the parliamentarian during the plenary meetings and then presented the workshop, The Cup of Life, A Guide for Spiritual Growth.

A communion Worship Service closed the gathering and Pastor Kim shared her call to the ministry and how sometimes the Holy Spirit works in our lives in fun and unusual ways.

Summer Gathering is a wonderful time to gather with old friends and meet new friends of women from churches throughout the synod. Evenings are spent around campfires, playing games or sharing stories, snacks and maybe a glass of wine with new friends on the patio of our beautiful condo. We all enjoyed the gathering this year and encourage all women of Hope to consider attending the gathering in May of 2020.

Sherry Kiisa, Delegate

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Knit or crochet prayer shawls for those needing healing, comfort, and prayer. Contact Margie Richardson or Ardyce Pederson.

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!

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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