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Women of Hope News

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this month’s Circle Bible Study!

Miriam—Monday, April 8 at 9:30

Ruth—Wednesday, April 10 at 9:30

Lydia—Thursday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Anyone is welcome! Pick the date that works best and join us.


 What a great way to welcome spring with our sisters from the Living Waters Conference. We will travel to Bethel Lutheran, Warba, on April 20th for our Conference Spring Gathering. There is a poster on the Women’s bulletin board giving information on this event and also a sign-up sheet for those wishing to attend so that we can pool rides. A buy-it-now/silent auction market will be set up. If you have items for this market, please bring them with or let Ardyce Pederson or Shirley Dowson know and we can get your items to the gathering. This is always a great day of worship, information from our Conference and Synodical women, some business and terrific fellowship. Check with Ardyce or Shirley if you have any questions.


Another event coming up is our annual Northeastern Women’s Synodical Convention/ Gathering, June 10th & 11th, at Zion Lutheran, Grand Rapids. Early registration is due by May 17th. We will need to send a delegate representing our church. Let Ardyce or Shirley know if you are interested or for further information.


Our quilters are looking for backs for quilts. If you have king, queen or full-size sheets, flat or f itted, that are in excellent condition, please consider donating them to our quilters. Hope quilters always welcome more helping hands on Thursday mornings. If you can cut, tie or sew, we have a job for you! Check with Ardyce if you have any questions.




¨ We received several receiving blankets which we will be donating to the pregnancy center in Walker and to “Family Spirit” in Cass Lake, a program supporting young families in need.

¨ We gave $1200.00 to our local Food Shelf in March, a budgeted annual donation from the Women of Hope.

¨ Jeannine Bruesewitz, president of the N.E. Women’s Synodical Organization, was our speaker on Bold Women’s Sunday in February. She is donating her gratuity to “Katie’s Fund”, one of the programs supported by our women’s Synodical Organization.

¨ Throughout the year the Women of Hope support numerous groups and ministries within our church, community, nation and world. Check the women’s bulletin board (in the hall just beyond the bathrooms). We have posted some of the children’s and youth programs that we support during the year.

¨ It won’t be long and our beautiful garden will need attending. Pam Johnson is our contact person for this project. Please let Pam, Ardyce or Shirley know if you would be able to help out in the garden this summer. You don’t have to have a “green thumb”! Pam will show you what needs to be done.


¨ 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, talk to Gloria Niswonger or 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.  


HOPE QUILTERS meet on Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.  If you can cut, tie or sew, we have a job for you! Stop by the Fellowship Hall any Thursday morning and check it out.


  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