Quarterly all-day gatherings work well

The Ladies of Zion and Berea LWMLC have four scheduled gatherings each year with an hour and a half working on several service projects (quilting, milk bag cutting, stamp cutting, etc.) and an hour for a business meeting in the morning. After lunch an hour is spent on Bible study and then another hour on service projects. The day closes with devotions. On June 16, 2018 they included the celebration of the 25th anniversary of LWMLC as part of our agenda.

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This fun group shows off the anniversary cake: (front l-r) Marg Bregman, Mary Pirus, Elizabeth Trembulak, Joanne Maguire; (back) Marie Tieman, Sheila Miller, Diane Leibold, Faye Rader and Doris Osgood. The awesome cake was made by a young woman of our congregation, Hannah Trembulak.

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Down to business.

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Still going strong at 89

WEST LORNE, Ont. – I Two 89-year-old ladies, Eva Krumm and Teresa Segedia, from Grace Lutheran are members of our Guild and the oldest in our church. We celebrated their birthdays at our June meeting where we presented them with a cake and Martha Washington geraniums.

Eva and Teresa

Eva has been an active member of our small group for many years. Teresa is our treasurer in both the church and guild, also for many years.

Julia Griffore

LWML–Canada 2018

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Bracelet of beads tells a story

HANOVER, Ont. – The first Tuesday of each month First St. Matthews LWMLC in Hanover, Ontario, hold our regular meeting with devotions, Bible study and business.

June 5, 2018, we celebrated our 25th LWMLC anniversary with a birthday cake and a whole lot of goodies in a potluck-style lunch.

After the kitchen was cleaned up (couldn’t get away without doing that, after all who else would do it) Lois Seip had a station all set up to do a craft from a past issue of Tapestry—a bracelet representing the twenty-third psalm with coloured beads. She found many in the Sunday school cupboard and purchased others. We each made a nice bracelet to wear, each coloured bead representing a meaning from the psalm.

It was a wonderful way to spend time together and reflect on the history of LWMLC. Many questions came to mind about our past as many of our group did not enter the fold until we retired. Other women in the group were able to help answer their questions.

We ask our dear Lord to, if He sees fit, grant us many more great years to do His work here on this earth. May He give us the strength to carry on and increase our will to do His will.

Marie Bolton

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A tasty walk raises funds

LEDUC, Alta. – On Mother’s Day the LWMLC ladies of St. Peter Lutheran Church hosted their second annual Cookie Walk to raise funds.


One of many delicious kinds of cookies.

This year the money is for baby bundles (a gift of warmth and comfort for mothers and newborns), sent to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). We bought articles of clothing, fabric and covered shipping costs.

Over $250 was raised during our cookie walk and all are looking forward to next year.

Melissa Henke


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Delta group invites congregation to lunch

DELTA, B.C. – Sunday, June 24, Saviour LWMLC hosted a soup and bun lunch for our congregation to celebrate LWML–Canada’s 25th anniversary. The only thing we asked in return was a donation to our local food bank and the diaconate program at Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton. Again, our congregation came through with their faithful generosity.

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(l-r) Pat Fenske, Linda Rittaler, Marilyn Carter, Christa Rink, Bev Askin

        Our dessert was a beautiful blue and white cake with the inscription “One in Spirit, One in Purpose” and our display showed photos and a souvenir from the Founding Convention with articles from the Flashlight and Tapestry that featured some of our members through the 25 years. Pa(stor Vic Esperanza graciously included a prayer and our LWMLC official theme hymn “Lord, Jesus, You Have Called Us” in our service. God has truly blessed LWML–Canada with faithful pastors, supportive congregations and devoted members.

Linda Rittaler


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Luncheon honours long-time members

NANAIMO, B.C. –  At St. Paul’s Lutheran, it was a double celebration—the 25th anniversary of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada and a tribute to Cathy Armstrong, a founding member, and other long-serving members.

IMG_1318_RGB300-sm With a special anniversary cake: (back, l-r) Vicki Hertlein, Elaine Murphy, Lorraine Abbott; (front) Noreen Andersen, Georgina Bonkowski

A luncheon after the Divine Service June 17 was very special.  Joanne Phillips, reading excerpts from minutes of the early days of mission work, named women who have since gone to their reward. Cathy was not able to attend the luncheon but received her gift and corsage later.

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Memorabilia was on display for our church family who generously supports the work of our society fifty-eight years and counting…

Elaine Murphy

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Women gather in Petawawa


PETAWAWA, Ont. – Some 35 women (and a few men) from the Ottawa Valley and Capital Zones gathered at Christ Lutheran Church for a Valley Zone retreat on June 7. The event began at 4 p.m. with a meet and mingle ice breaker, followed by a devotion by Rev. Bill Stanfel.


Five Laurentian District presidents were in attendance: (l-r in the picture) Joan Brigden, Dorothy Brophy, Marie Sack, Eloise Schaan, and Pat Geick. Dinner was served by the Petawawa ladies, ending with a cake to celebrate LWMLC’s 25th anniversary.


Laurentian president, Pat Geick, helped out as pianist for the singing. The evening’s guest speaker, Christine Pollex, presented a slide show and talk on the 2016 Sister to Sister trip to Nicaragua.


by Elaine Stanfel


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