Love offering for pastors’ wives

SURRY, B.C. – At their regular meeting on April 10, 2018, St Luke LWMLC gathered a love offering to support the coming retreat for pastors’ wives. Ruth Hilderman expressed the importance of the retreat for them.

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Those gathered made lovely containers of bath salts and some wrote cards of encouragement. Darlene Deheer prepared additional “goodies” and beautiful gift bags. These items were packaged to be given out as a love offering at the retreat.

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Shirley Wisdahl

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Learning to Soar

From April 27-29, ladies from the Parkland Zone of LWMLC learned lessons in “soaring” at the annual spring retreat. Forty-nine women, plus children and babysitters, were treated to a weekend of learning, growing and celebrating, thanks to the retreat speaker Grace Fox. Grace is a prolific writer and has published many Christian books. In her presentation, she urged Christian women to SOAR which is an acronym for being strong, obedient, alert, and a risk-taker. She shared many personal stories of her life and led the women through Bible study, prayer, and reflection. She also provided vivid examples of people in Scripture who “soared” and shared practical tips for dealing with the stress and pressures of daily life.


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Grace Fox

The weekend began with an interactive game provided by the host congregation from Torrington. They decorated the meeting room with centrepieces of pussy willows and butterflies, appropriate for the beautiful spring weather. The retreat was held at the 4-H Centre, Westerose, Alberta, near Pigeon Lake. Saturday was spent learning lessons from the speaker and interacting with one another. The beautiful weather allowed the ladies to enjoy a good visit Saturday evening on the outdoor patio at the retreat centre. Sunday morning was spent in study and song, following brunch. The ladies enjoyed uplifting singing led by Sharlinda Teske and Heidi Nelson, with Cassia Teske on the bongos. A silent auction was held during the weekend and over $2000 was raised to help offset the cost of the retreat. Thanks to all who contributed to the silent auction.


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Music Team

When asked, first-time retreat participant, Penny Messom, said she was impressed with the guest speaker because she “spoke from the heart. Her message was comforting and powerful and bonded us together.” Heidi Nelson said that the highlight of the retreat for her was “re-connecting with old friends and growing deeper in relationship with new friends” and that the retreat had “impacted my walk with Jesus.”

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All attendees at the Spring Retreat

By Lynn Hemming, Grace Lutheran, Drumheller LWML

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Woven Together in Christ

Putting on a new face

Twenty-five years ago, after 50 years of walking together, LWMLC was born out of Int’l LWML. Like a child we needed to learn to do things on our own; to find our place as an auxiliary of Lutheran Church–Canada; to be a place for the women of LCC to meet and raise money to support the missions of LCC as well as those close to home, and to have fellowship amongst each other. To show our unity with LCC, and to be familiar to those in our churches, our logo reflected that. We took what LCC had created and added Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada to it.

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Twenty-five years later we have found solid footing. We have raised more than $2,560,000 to support missions in Canada and abroad. We have written hundreds of Bible studies, devotions, skits and songs to assist our women in being in the Word as they have fellowship with one another. We have met in convention ten times—knowing we are strengthened in Him when we meet together, share ideas of inspiration and feel unity as sisters!

At our first convention in 1995 our Statement of Purpose was: “The Women of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada are called to grow in and reach out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Our mission today has remained true to that as we “GROW in God’s Word, SHARE God’s Son and SERVE God’s people.”

As connected as we continue to be to LCC, we have also become a vibrant entity in our own right. To show that, the time has come for us to put on a fresh new face reflecting who we are. Because of God’s great love for us we, the women of LWML–Canada, have hearts for service, hearts to study God’s Word, hearts for fellowship and hearts united in Christ. We are Lutheran women in Canada, and we are Lutheran women with hearts for missions.


Communication Committee, LWML–Canada

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Throwback Thursdays (the end)

In 2017 the seminar Always Called to Serve was help in areas across Canada. Here’s a sampling of photos. And this concludes the Throwback Thursdays series.

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May God bless LWML–Canada it its next 25 years.

Happy Anniversary!


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Throwback Thursdays

2015 Convention, Waterloo, Ontario

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2012-2015 General Council at their last meeting prior to convention.

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A special orientation session for those attending their first convention.

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Servant Event: making pillowcase dresses

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Servant Event: “Every Child Deserves a Birthday” kits

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Processional at opening worship.

2015 LWLMC Waterloo Convention Opening Divine Worship Service participating Pastors

Pastors prior to opening worship

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Keynote Speaker Donna Pyle

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Tonya Verberg of Monica Place receives the Gifts of Love brought to convention.

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Ready to walk for missions.

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The Niagara Area Lutheran Choir entertained at the banquet as well as the Joyful Noise quartet.

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The Ontario District convention committee.

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More Throwback Thursday pictures

2012 convention, Kelowna, B.C.

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Convention theme banner.

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Deaconess Milagros Martinez of Nicaragua, convention mission speaker, presents a gift to president, Judy Grande.

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Providing an orientation for those at their first LWMLC convention.

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Linda Rittaler, banquet emcee, thanks keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Hilgendorf.

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Young women and teens enjoyed special programming in addition to participating in the convention.

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Gifts of Love ingathering for Kelowna Gospel Mission.

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One of three groups of those walking for missions.

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Servant event: marking Bibles with the story of salvation.

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Servant event: rolling gauze bandages for CLWR.

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Servant event: making tray cards for nursing homes.

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Throwback Thursdays

2012 Convention, Kelowna, B.C.

2012 LWMLC Kelowna Convention Interest Session Leaders Dr. Mary Hilgendorf and Marissa Neuberber

Interest session leaders Dr. Mary Hilgendorf (right) and Marissa Neuberger spoke on “Hang on to the Word”

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Past-president Judy Grande hands the gavel to newly-elected president, Iris Barta.

2012 LWMLC Kelowna Convention Elected Officers and Council Members

Newly-elected officers – (back, l-r) Heather Chony, Ontario Sonset District President; Agnes Luciow, Manitoba and Saskatchewan District President; Linda Horton, Treasurer; Fran Porteous, VP Christian Missions; Gail Mitchell, VP Communication; Roberta Nixon, VP Christian Growth; Karen Nerbas, Alberta-British Columbia District President; Pat Maki, Recording Secretary; Rev. Ken Maher, Pastoral Counsellor. (front, l-r) Lorraine Kaija, VP Member Development; Fran Van Vorst, Ontario District President; Iris Barta, LWML-Canada President, Eloise Schaan, Laurentian District President.

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Convention committee members.

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