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Current for Curran! Forum Sunday, May 19th

Learn more about the efforts to bring solar power to the Curran Hospital in Liberia

Current for Curran! You may have heard of this and are wondering how this project is coming along. Or, maybe you are wondering what this project is or have never heard of it. Please come to the sanctuary between services on Sunday, May 19th. A few years ago the Women of the ELCA supported the Phebe Hospital in Liberia, West Africa after one of our own “bold ladies” from our Northeast Minnesota Synod had visited there and observed the deplorable conditions at Phebe Hospital. Electricity was almost non-existent and diesel-run generators were used when they were up and running, which wasn’t always the case either. Her dream to bring solar energy to Phebe Hospital became a reality. Working with (RREAL) Rural Renewable Energy

Alliance in Backus, Mn., solar panels and all the required equipment to get solar energy to Liberia was accomplished. But, Mary Jo and the women of the ELCA are not done! We are now working on a similar project for the Curran Hospital, also in Liberia.

Mary Jo Mettler will be presenting a forum on May19th between services to give us an up-date on the “Current For Curran” project. Let’s give her a warm “Hope Hospitality” welcome and join her in the sanctuary.

Altar Guild

May: Nancy Horn, Joan Sanford, Deb Fischer

June: Ann Harris, Linda Smith, Donna Beckerleg

Circle Meetings in May

Ruth Circle: May 8th 9:30 a.m. @ Deb Fischer’s

Hannah: May 9th 9:30 a.m. @ Joanne Detwiler’s

Lydia Circle: May 9th 9:30 a.m. @ MayBelle Wallof’s

Miriam Circle: May 13th 9:30 a.m. @ Jimmy's

Naomi Circle: May 14th 9:30 a.m. @ Hope Lutheran

Mark Your Calendars

May 1st: Christmas in July Planning at 9:00 in the library

May 1st: Women of Hope Board at 10:00 in the library

May 12th: Quilt & Prayer Shawl Blessing

May 19th: Current for Curran Forum with Mary Jo Mettler:

June 5, July 3 & Aug 7th: Potluck Lunch & Study at noon

May Kitchen Cleaning: Ruth Circle

Submit your recipes for Hope’s Centennial Cookbook!

Hope Lutheran women are going to commemorate the Centennial by publishing a cookbook of treasured recipes from the congregation. Submit your family favorites, and any congregation favorites from different functions throughout the years. No limit on submissions, please share as many as you like. Please be sure to proof your recipe before submitting. Deadline is June 2 for submission. You can email recipes to Carol Schutz - carols1641@gmail.com or place them in the box in the narthex. For each recipe you submit, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a free cookbook.

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.

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

Garden Therapy: Tend the Memorial Garden on Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. starting in May. Gardeners are welcome at Quilter coffee break and fellowship. Contact Linda Piller and Evon Miller.

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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