Advent Reflections

Are you looking for a resource to help you focus on the coming of our Saviour? My Advent Reflection is one such resource to be found in the LWMLC catalogue. It may be ordered by email from resourcecentre@lutheranwomen.ca (C-18-42) for $.50 or you may take advantage of this gift to you from the Christian Growth Committee by downloading it here.

My Advent Reflection (Advent Devotion) Take time to reflect on Scripture during Advent. This devotion provides a Scripture verse for each day of the week starting on the first day of Advent and ending on December 25th. Consider writing your thoughts each day as you meditate on God’s Word and prepare for His coming. 2 pages #C-18-42…………… 50¢

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Lavender Springs spa retreat

ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Thirty-three ladies attended the Lavender Springs Spa Retreat organized by the Concordia and Evergreen Zones. The retreat was held at the Star of the North Retreat Centre on March 22-24 and was based on the Psalms.

      A special mini-spa was held on the Saturday evening. Everyone received a basin of warm water and Epson salts for a foot soak. While soaking they applied a hand scrub made of coconut oil and Epson salts. Then there was a selection of lotions to rub on feet and hands. Each woman took her basin and towel home.

It was an uplifting weekend of Bible study, songs, and a time to reflect. The retreat committee is already hard at work planning next year’s retreat under the theme Cozy Mountain Lodge Retreat.

Karen Hildebrandt

The group gathers for a photo op.
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Part of the retreat experience.

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The King’s quilters display results

100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. – Several of the women at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church displayed some of the 137 quilts, 425 dresses from pillowcases, 369 shorts from t-shirts and sweatshirts, 195 bags, and six layettes they will be sending to Canadian Lutheran World Relief for distribution to those in refugee camps and others experiencing need throughout the world. Calling themselves The King’s Quilters, this is a group of people from Christ the King and their friends who work at home to make garments, quilt tops and blocks, apply bindings, etc., and meet in the church every Tuesday from October through April to tie the quilts. People throughout the community contribute fabric, pillowcases, shirts, sheets, etc., that are used in the making of these quilts and garments.

Wendy Jalbert

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Beautiful Feet theme of retreat

WESTEROSE, Alta. – Beautiful Feet (based on Romans 10:15) was this year’s theme for the Parkland Zone annual spring retreat April 26-28. Held at the 4-H Centre, Betty Ann McKinty and Linda Horton facilitated the event for 44 ladies, one amazing babysitter and four children.

On Friday night, after a welcome by the retreat committee, get-acquainted games were played; singing ended the evening. The facilitators led the ladies in sessions throughout Saturday. Singing was led by Meaghan Maskowitz with her guitar. In the afternoon, the ladies tackled some crafts including making a bookmark with their name in beads and surrounding the poem Footprints in the Sand with shells. After supper, foot massages were given for anyone who desired one.

A silent auction, held over the weekend, raised $1,532. The proceeds covered expenses incurred by the retreat with the balance used for the expense of future presenters. In the past, the proceeds from the silent auction have often supported young women going to LWMLC conventions. An offering of $465 was taken over the weekend, half going toward LWMLC Mites and the other half to the Parkland Zone LWML Bursary.  

From some who attended:

“It truly was an awesome get-together and really enjoyed seeing everyone on my first sleepover. Comfy dorm rooms and bathrooms, and amazing meals!! Thanks – looking forward to our next retreat.” ~ Bernice Stauffer 

“Good food, we had fun with our beautiful feet, awesome action, fast and furious at silent auction. Good fellowship. Met new people and old friends.” ~ Holly Schneider

“Relaxing time with old friends and made new friends. Foot massages from our district president, Linda Horton. Refreshed physically and spiritually. We are blessed to have this time.” ~ Karen Jans

Melissa Henke-Lambert

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Making bags of encouragement

MOUNT FOREST, Ont. – I am excited about the Hanover Zone Spring Rally I attended May 4 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

        Our theme was “Called to Serve.” Ingathering items went to Ramoth House, a home for new mothers and their babies. In addition, we were given a cotton bag to decorate with encouraging words or a cheery picture. These lovely bags were taken home, a small gift and an appropriate encouraging note tucked inside and then will be given to someone who needs a lift and a smile added to their day.

        A potluck lunch was served followed by a prayer service led by our pastoral counsellor, Rev. J. Rinas.

Lorna Kingston

A Christmas Tea

LEDUC, Alta. – On December 2, St.Peter’s LWMLC society held their annual Christmas party. This year it was changed to a Christmas tea, where ladies were encouraged to bring their favourite Christmas baking to share. Christmas crackers were opened and everyone wore their paper crowns. 

Doris Henke and Melissa Henke-Lambert performed a skit called Prepare to Share, where a married couple is getting ready for the beach with friends, and the husband Eb is wondering why his wife Flo is bringing her Bible to the beach.  

We split into three groups to build to some gingerbread houses. Each was unique, and we had to be careful not to eat all the candies before decorating the houses.  

 Grace Vos read a Christmas story from the book Family Christmas by Dr. James Dobson, which brought a tear to the eyes of many of us.

The afternoon was wrapped up by singing a few of our favourite Christmas carols. o

Melissa Henke-Lambert

Melissa Henke-Lambert and Doris Henke prepare to share.
A gingerbread creation
Another creation.
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Annual giving of “Gifts From the Heart”

MOOSE JAW, Sask. – The evening of February 26, 2019, saw the ladies of Emmanuel Society hold their annual Gifts From The Heart event. For the past few years they have supported Canadian Lutheran World Relief by choosing items from their Gifts From The Heart catalogue to donate toward. President Lydia chose five different gifts to vote on. Gift bags were prepared with pictures and descriptions of the chosen gifts. This year the ladies then voted with their hearts. Each woman in attendance was given a pink paper heart to place in the bag of her choice. The bag/gift with the most hearts was given a donation in the specified amount. This year they had a four-way tie! Each of the following chosen gifts will receive a donation in the amount specified in the catalogue: Cooking Classes ($100), Garden Tools ($75), Train a Teacher ($75) and Women in Business ($100). May God bless the recipients of these gifts.

Lydia Parker

Voting with their hearts.
Bags were labelled to receive votes.