Anniversary blessings

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PEMBROKE,Ont. – In celebration of the 125th anniversary of St John’s Lutheran Church in October 2016, the LWMLC women set out to collect 125 items to be sent to CLWR. The Lord blessed us with 125 plus. They included 30 pillow case dresses, 30 sewing kits, 30 knit bears, two baby bundles, many small “stuffies,” toys and other small items.

Helen Kramer

 

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Sparked by the Word, Sent to the World

WETASKIWIN, Alta. – Our zone rally was held September 17 at Zion Lutheran Church. Thirty-nine women grew in faith under the theme “Sparked by the Word and Sent to the World,” based on Jeremiah 1:5a – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart….”

Coffee and goodies began the day. During the business portion we heard from our delegates to the ABC LWMLC convention in Abbotsford, B.C. They reported a wonderful experience. We also heard from our two young women, Meaghan and Michelle, who also attended the convention. They described how the experience has opened their eyes to everything LWMLC does.

Pastor Howard Russ led the rally participants in Bible study in preparation for our guest speakers from the Central Alberta Pregnancy Centre in Red Deer, Alta. The centre provides compassionate support and education for individuals and families impacted by unexpected pregnancy and related issues. All of their programs and services are free, confidential, and are offered in a safe and non-judgmental environment regardless of age, gender, race, or religion. The ladies from the Central Pregnancy Centre explained how they help women who are pregnant and unsure of the next step. The Centre gives the women three options they provide counselling and classes for any option the women choose. Also, there are classes and counselling for the families of the women and the boyfriends/husbands of the women. We took a love offering for the Alberta Pregnancy Centre.

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Parkland Zone members look forward to their Spring Retreat, April 28-30, 2017 at the Alberta 4-H Centre, where the theme is Sweet Life Café.

Melissa Henke

 

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Bags to warm the heart

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Donna Gash and Clara Zirk check out the bags on the “tree.”

SASKATOON, Sask. – During the month of September 2016, St. Paul’s LWMLC embarked on a heart-warming project. Members of the congregation were invited to donate gently used handbags filled with women’s toiletry and personal items, and hang them on the “tree” located in the church narthex.
On September 26, a staff member from “The Lighthouse” in Saskatoon came to speak about their housing, emergency shelter and support programs for clients who would find it difficult to live on their own, and to take the bags to share with women in need. She commented, “The ladies will be thrilled! They will think it’s Christmas! They aren’t used to getting something special so early in the year.”  Each recipient of a bag will also find tucked inside a heart-shaped card featuring a Scripture passage telling her of the warmth of God’s love through Christ Jesus.

Verla Schmirler

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League – Canada

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How great is His love

PLUMAS, Man. – Rev. James Vosper led the opening devotion and Bible study at the Wheatland Zone Renewal on April 12, 2016, centred on the theme “How great is the love of the Father” (1 John 3:3).

Following a business meeting, the ladies got busy stuffing bears and cats which had been knitted or crocheted by the ladies in attendance and members and friends of all the congregations in the zone. It was a wonderful day and we thank the Lord for hands that helped make the day beneficial.

Jean Borchardt

Renewal participants with the 48 quilts made by the Plumas ladies and the bears made at the renewal. Quilts and bears will be sent to Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

Renewal participants with the 48 quilts made by the Plumas ladies and the bears made at the renewal. Quilts and bears will be sent to Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

 

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Called to serve in Cranbrook

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April 6 seven ladies met for morning coffee and quilt tying. All our mission projects were blessed and dedicated on Sunday, April 10. (l to r): Linda Riffle, Sharon Beloin, Lil McKay, Sharon Fantuz, Patti Pascusso, Marilyn Flemming, Irene Kaun (photographer)

 

The Mt Zion Cranbrook ladies were busy over the winter months with mission projects. Six boxes containing 32 quilts, 6 baby quilts, 37 knitted baby vests, 10 knitted baby sets and 7 little girl dresses were shipped to CLWR in Winnipeg for distribution.

 Marilyn Flemming

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Use your gifts to serve others

Zion Lutheran Church, Cloverdale, B.C., was the location of the Fraser Valley Spring Renewal Saturday, April 9, 2016, where the theme of the day was “Using your gifts to serve others” based on 1 Peter 4:10a: “each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.”

Pauline Huth, president of LWMLC ABC District, welcomed the guests and presented a devotion based on using our God-given gifts; managing them well and being a faithful steward of our talents.

A brief business meeting followed which included the election of new members to the Zone Advisory Committee. Four members – Dawn Loyie, Jo-Anne MacAdam, Rose Carlson and Valerie Lowther – will serve on the committee for a two-year term.

The ABC district convention was discussed and an overview of servant projects which will be available at the convention was presented. Projects include shawl ministry, sock monkey ministry, marking Bibles, preparing mite containers and knitting Care Bears for CLWR. Later, all those present took part in preparing decorations for the convention (see the accompanying photos).

Reverend Ian Wemyss led the Bible study, based on John 21, discussing conversations with Jesus. Jesus called Peter “the Rock” but Peter was not a solid rock, he was a rock that rolled. Jesus is a solid rock, the cornerstone, a sure stone, Christ Himself the chief cornerstone. Jesus, the foundation, the rock that doesn’t roll.

In John 21:15, Jesus asked Simon Peter, do you love me? three times. Do you love me more than these – Peter’s life, his work, his friends, his disciples. Each time Jesus replied to Peter, “feed My sheep.”

We can ask ourselves do we love Jesus more than these – our lives, our jobs, things, other people? If you love Jesus, care and serve others around you, using your God given gifts.

Worship service with communion, followed lunch served by Zion LWMLC. Pastor Wemyss spoke on “what are our gifts and strengths. Celebrate your strengths! Can your weaknesses be your strengths? Think of Moses and Paul, their weaknesses were overcome with teamwork with Aaron and Paul’s scribe. Our weaknesses, our sinful nature, are wiped out by God by Baptism, creating a clean slate and new relationship with God.

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Shirley Wisdahl

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Bottoms for Babies

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Twenty-five mini layettes (100 diapers made from recycled tee-shirts, 25 receiving blankets, 50 pins) made and assembled with love by the women of St. Peter Lutheran Church Oxbow, Saskatchewan were delivered to the Hospital Aquilino Tejeira, in the city of Penenome, Panama on April 1, 2016. Our contact person, Helen Pierson, a Canadian ex-pat resident of Coronado, Panama, arranged for the delivery of the donations.

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Before the process began Helen was advised that each mini layette contained a Bible verse written in Spanish. She told us this was very acceptable and was in fact encouraged. The crucifix is prominently displayed throughout the hospital. All donations are carefully recorded and will be given by requisition to those in the direst need. There are 400 babies born at this hospital each month, 20% of the babies will be born into abject poverty. Infant mortality rate is approximately 20.8 deaths per 1000 live births. Canada’s infant mortality rate is less than 5%.

Helen did the necessary paper work, accompanied us to the hospital and was with us, my daughter-in-law Sherry and me, as we toured the facility and visited the maternity wards. The hospital reminded me of the hospitals built in rural Saskatchewan in the 1960’s and was equipped with some modern equipment, including an ultra sound machine.

We were able to meet with the moms and babies and the staff who cared for them. Had there been a delivery in progress we would have been able to attend after putting on the required dress! Three days is the average hospital stay following delivery. We were also able to visit the moms who had c-sections. Two of these moms were each given one of our mini layettes. The moms stay in the hospital for five post-delivery days and are not required to care for their babies all the time. The maternity wards were simple and met the basic needs of the women and babies. Teaching posters are there for those who need first time instruction re breast feeding and baby care as well information for female hygiene and post-delivery care for the moms. The staff was delighted to show us around and eager to answer our questions.

All in all it was an experience to remember! I give thanks to our loving Heavenly Father for giving us the opportunity to share our local abundance with others! Thanks to thanks to those who sewed with a passion for Christian Mission!

Marilyn Schultz

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