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Women of Hope News


Women of Hope Potluck & Bible Study

Wednesday, August 7 at noon

All ladies are invited to bring a dish to share and gather in the Fellowship Hall for our monthly summer potluck and Bible study on August 7th. Bring your Gather magazine if you have one.  Summer visitors warmly welcomed.  Bring a friend!


Report from Women’s Convention

This past June 10 & 11 Lynn Reiten, Shirley Dowson and Ardyce Pederson attended the NE MN Synodical Women’s Convention/Gathering held at Zion Lutheran in Grand Rapids. Women from all five conferences in our synod gathered together. We were reminded by our Church Wide representative Myrna Well-Ulland that WELCA is a movement and not an organization. It was created to “To Mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus”. This is done by committing ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action and promote healing and wholeness in the church, society and the world. All women who are members of an ELCA congregation are members. Their level of participation is up to them. The theme of this gathering was until all are Fed. To address this is issue we heard representatives from Second Harvest, a report on hunger in the Northland and World Hunger. All told of the many people of all ages in all areas that are food insure. Several other workshops were available and very informative.

   A representative from Global Health shared a Newborn Kit Challenge. They hope to receive 10,000 kits this year. These kits will be a blessing for the women who receive them. They provide basic items to help mothers clothe and care for their babies and celebrate new life.


1000 Diaper Challenge!

The women from the NE Synod have made a challenge to make 1000 diapers to help with the Global Health kits. This Diaper Challenge will begin at Hope Lutheran on September 25. More information will be coming. There is a way for everyone interested to participate


HOPE QUILTERS will meet on Thursdays, July 18th and 25th and will then take a summer break for the month of August. (No quilting July 4th or 11th).  We will be back on our weekly schedule  beginning September 5th.  If you can cut, tie or sew we have a job for you!



¨ A reminder there is a penny jar in the library and the money collected is shared at Spring Gathering. This summer our contributions support Grace House in Grand Rapids which is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness.


  ALTAR GUILD prepares communion and the altar area for worship.  If you’d be interested in helping, leave a message in the church office.


  HELP MAKE GREETING CARDS as a fundraiser for the Women of Hope.  Meet on Tuesday mornings in the Fellowship Hall, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Greeting cards for all occasions are available for $2 each near the church office.  


  Women of Hope Board Meeting Minutes

2024 Co-Chairs: Ardyce Pederson & Shirley Dowson

Secretary: Deb Fischer

Treasurer: Gloria Niswonger

Circle Chair Board Members:  Pat Paulsen,  Shirley Dowson, Deb Fischer