Sweet Life Café doesn’t disappoint

group attending the retreatParkland Zone, ABC District LWMLC held their annual spring retreat at the 4-H Centre in Westerose, Alta., this past April. Sixty-two attended including eleven children, two facilitators and two babysitters.

Judi Luckhardt and Chantelle Lysgaard served as facilitators for the weekend. Theme for the weekend was Sweet Life Cafe. Ladies spent the weekend in Bible study and in fellowship.

A silent auction raised $2150.50. This allotment was used to keep the registration fee low. An offering was split between ABC LWMLC Travel Fund for delegates and LAMP.

Ladies who attended had this to say:

I was so pleased with the retreat, with Judi and all her work, Chantelle for her assisting, for all the ladies who attended, for how special all the children were, the babysitters did an awesome job, the music was wonderful, the food was great and most of all, our Lord was there as we shared, as we grew in our faith, as we shared with our ladies, as we were able to become closer to the women who attended, lots of neat hands on, lots of fun and fellowship. The Drumheller society did an awesome job with registration and hosting. ~Fay

A wonderful weekend spending quality time with a diverse group of Christian women reading and discussing God’s word. There was singing, bidding, eating, snacking, laughing, drinking coffee, playing games, talking and bonding. ~Doris

I thought it was a relaxed weekend but the pjs were very comfortable and a lot of new younger women attended the weekend. Great silent auction, good way to help young women attend the retreat. Good food and good company. Enjoyed the speaker and sweet cafe. ~Holly

I loved the whole weekend, spending time with my sisters in Christ. I think a good weekend is when we laugh a lot and cry just a little and the weekend did not disappoint. The presentation was great and life was pretty fine at the Sweet Life Café. ~Lynn

The Sweet Life Café was a wonderful weekend of relaxation and fellowship. It was very well organized and presented. The silent auction was fun, and all in all it was a great weekend. ~Marilyn

This was my first time attending and I went with the idea of meeting new people. I wasn’t disappointed and really bonded with my small group on Saturday as we interacted with the activities/discussions set out in the Sweet Life Cafe workbook. As always, I appreciated the company of my old friends from St. Peter’s as well. ~Sandy


Adapted from The Flashlight, ABC LWMLC District


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The beauty of a simple life

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – An all day rally presented by LWML–Canada Niagara Zone was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Grace Lutheran Church. The Grace LWMLC ladies and the Morning Men’s Prayer Group hosted the event, providing a continental breakfast and lunch.

Theme: Be Good Stewards of all that you have out of love to God!!!

Theme verse: “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23 KJV)

The day consisted of a litany, “Called To Serve By His Love”; a game, “Beat the Clock & Sort” (i.e., socks); Guest Speaker, Julie Stobbe (professional organizer); lunch with people sitting at the table of their birth month; a game, “Who is Middle-Aged?; an icebreaker, a communications game; plus prizes and door prizes; Bible studies from The Beauty of a Simple Life (written by Carol Albrecht and edited by Jane L. Fryar, published by Concordia Publishing House: St. Louis, MO, ©1998).

But there was more! Pastor Richard Juritsch talking about time management; a game, “The Price Is Right”; “Till Debt Do Us Part with speaker, Karen Baker, financial planner; a devotion, “Receive Your Forgiveness” (Closer To God Each Day Devotional by Joyce Meyer, published by FaithWorks, New York: New York, ©2015). Next was the business meeting with the election of officers. The day ended with their installation, memorial table and closing prayers. All 74 persons enjoyed the event.


Quotes from the speakers

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Julie Stobbe

Julie states: “When we read the passage in 1 Corinthians 12 about the many gifts God gives each of us, organizing isn’t listed. However, God created the first organizer, Adam—he labelled the animals. For me it is a talent which I can use to help people…organize their possessions.”

Another tip from Julie was: “If you give someone a gift it is theirs to do whatever they wish with it—keep, re-gift, donate, recycle or dump. It’s no longer yours to tell them what to do with it.”



Karen Baker

Karen shared a quote from the FaithLife Financial Connections Newsletter: For Members: “Blending Faith and Finances – The biblical principles of stewardship and generosity inform all that we do at FaithLife Financial. Blending faith and finances begins with a belief that everything we have is a gift from God and that we express our faith by managing those gifts wisely and by sharing them generously with others.” This was Karen’s main expression during her presentation with good handouts on budgeting, financial management and especially a suggestion for a “YOUR RIGHTS – Your Just in Case (JIC) File.”

Ellen Jane Boudreau

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Souper duper soup makers

The Ruth Circle of LWMLC at First Lutheran Church, Lloydminster, Alta., served homemade soup prior to the Lenten Service on March 8—a labour of love for 30 years.


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Take a cookie walk

LEDUC, Alta. – In March, the ladies of St.Peter’s Lutheran Church hosted a cookie walk to help raise funds to buy materials needed to make quilts, The beautiful quilts are sent to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) and to local charities. Last year, the quilting group made over eighty quilts. We raised over $300 during our Cookie Walk, and plan to have another in the future. (Details on holding a Cookie Walk are published in LWML–Canada’s magazine, Tapestry.)

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Dolls for pregnant moms, a great gift

Grace Lutheran Women’s League of Camrose, Alta., recently donated items to The Pregnancy Care Centre in Red Deer, Alta. Eileen Lindberg, shown holding a doll—one of those being created by the group to be included in the donations—assisted the others in the doll-making. The idea came from an old and cherished doll which Eileen owns. Faye Schatschneider delivered the gifts. The group is also working on similar donations to a new centre which recently opened in their own community.

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Work of many hands blessed

100 MILE HOUSE, Alta. – Pastor A. Kahle led Christ the King in a dedication service blessing many quilts, pillowcase dresses, shorts from T-shirts and We Care packages to God’s glory for shipment with the Canadian Lutheran World Relief container that is packed and shipped each spring from Abbotsford, B.C. This amazing assortment was made possible through the work of many hands.

The King’s Quilters, a group of six to ten ladies, met most Tuesdays over the winter to work on the quilts. Most blocks were made at home and assembled at the church. They then were taken home again to have binding applied. Participating in this good work created an atmosphere of fellowship and a feeling of gratitude for the privilege. Community outreach brought in donations of materials and some extra hands. Bruce Broughton (for the umpteenth time) will take the packaged quilts to be baled in Abbotsford.

While Helen Bailey is quick to say the ladies kept her supplied with pillowcases and T-shirts from their own and their neighbour’s cupboards and from thrift stores, she sewed 250 pillowcase dresses and 140 pairs of shorts to add to the quantity of items being blessed.




Celebrating 60 years with 60+ dresses


ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Since we at Grace Lutheran Church received a Certificate of Recognition for belonging to LWML and LWMLC for 60 years, we had a coffee/cake hour in between the German and English services. Christel Holder gave a detailed speech before the services about the history of our society and that we, therefore, were committed to making 60 pillowcase dresses (if not more). Our mite collection surpassed all of our expectations that day and we are thanking God for His blessing. The day’s display showcased the society’s activities, particularly the making of pillowcase dresses.

Lorraine Kaija


Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada