Throwback Thursdays

2001 Calgary Convention Theme Banner made by LWMLC St. Pauls Society of Medicne Hat, AB.

The theme banner for the 2001 convention, Calgary, Alberta, “Follow in His Footsteps,” was the workmanship of St. Paul’s LWMLC in Medicine Hat, Alberta

2001 Calgary Convention Celebrations Rev. Lowell Guebert giving President Marilyn the royal shine

Convention celebrations following the banquet: a fun time was had by all and Rev. Lowell Guebert wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity of giving our newly elected LWMLC president the royal shine

LWMLC President Marilyn Schultz - 2001-2006

Newly-elected LWMLC President Marilyn Schultz held the position 2001 – 2006

2001 Calgary Convention Banquet Harpist - Tisha Muruihill

Harpist Tisha Muruihill set the mood at our banquet with her soothing performance

2001 Calgary Convention - Ted Renaud presenting appreciation banner to LWMLC from group in northwestern Ontario

Guest presenter Ted Renaud ministered in Northwestern Ontario. His group expressed their appreciation for the support received from LWMLC across Canada with a banner covered in their handprints

2001 Calgary Convention Banquet Entertainment - Stampede City Chorus

Calgary Stampede City Chorus were a hit as they entertained us at our banquet

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Collecting all year long

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REGINA – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has a wooden mitten tree made by two men from the congregation. It is set up year-round collecting toques, mitts, scarves and socks made by our dedicated knitters. Twice a year these items are delivered to Albert Community School, Chili for Children, Carmichael Outreach and the Salvation Army.

Naomi Matthes


Finding mission close to home

REGINA, Sask. – Grace Lutheran Church shares its building with New Beginnings, another LCC congregation. Members of Grace LWMLC held a spring tea and invited their sisters in Christ. Above they are shown making little crosses to put at each tea place setting as a take-home keepsake. We threaded them with a ribbon to act as a bookmark and glued little prayers on the back of each one. We called our little tea party a “Mission in our Midst” to socialize more with our sister congregation at Grace. Since it was the Lenten Season prior to Easter, our devotions and presentation for the day focused on Lent—we decorated with pretty spring colours and the tables were centred with real pussy willows and daffodils.  

Carol Schroeder


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Throwback Thursdays

1999 Convention Keynote Speaker - Betty Duda - former ILWML President

Betty Duda from Orlando, Florida, past-president for ILWML, served as keynote speaker at the 1999 convention in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

1999 Convention Bible Study Leader Rev. Dr. Don Matzat

Rev. Dr. Don Matzat, author, pastor, apologist and speaker, was Bible study leader.

1999 Convention Mission Speaker Rev. Revenel Benoit & Marie

Rev. Revenel Benoit (shown with his wife Marie) became an ordained Lutheran pastor in 1994 at St. Catharines, Ontario. He was the mission speaker for the convention.

1999 Thunder Bay Convention 38 LWMLC'ers travelled by bus - started in Saskatoon picking passengers along the way

The 1999 convention saw 38 LWMLC members travel to Thunder Bay by bus starting in Saskatoon with stops in Regina, Brandon, Winnipeg and Dryden to pick up passengers.

1999 Convention Banquet Entertaiment - Ukranian Dancers

Ukrainian dancers from Thunder Bay entertained banquet guests after a tasty meal was enjoyed by all.

2000 Thumbs Up! Thumbuddy Loves You - Jesus! Seminar presented to all 5 Districts in 2000

In 2000 the seminar Thumbs Up! Thumbuddy Loves You – Jesus! was presented in all five districts. Presenters were Helga Danielson, Phyllis Kober, Marilyn Schultz and Lynn Hemming.

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Throwback Thursdays

Memories from 1997

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The 11 pastors who participated in the Opening Communion Worship Service at the 1997 LWMLC convention at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Ottawa. Also displayed in the picture is the cross that was a gift from the members of the Laurentian District and is the workmanship of Mr. Caron Howse.

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The 1997 newly-elected LWMLC officers: (back, l-r) Dorothea Korcok, president; Marilyn Schultz, VP Mission Service; Margaret Bylund (Mairs), recording secretary; JoAnn Willie, VP Mission Inspiration; Karen Nerbas, treasurer. (front, l-r) Dorothy Brophy, VP Mission Education; Lynda Wachter, financial secretary; Helen Leonhardt, VP Mission Education.

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Flaming dessert at the convention banquet. The stage was set, suddenly all the lights went low, and the waiters paraded in carrying the flaming Baked Alaska dessert. It was a sight to behold.

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Volunteer Tapestry crew packing the latest issue of Tapestry to be shipped across Canada and overseas. They met every three months at Holy Cross Lutheran in Saskatoon, counting and stuffing envelopes so our LWMLC members could get their issues on time.

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The crew relaxing and enjoying the fruits of their labour: donuts, coffee and fellowship.


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Celebrating 70 years of service

On January 29, 1948, nine women from Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Petersburg gathered to organize a Ladies’ Aid Society. Seventy years later they are still going strong with 17 active and five honourary members. To celebrate they decided to make pillowcase dresses for girls in Haiti. After only a few days of work they were surprised to find they had completed 144 dresses. They also put together 15 “We Care” packages to be sent overseas for missions through Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). The ladies also gather at the church on Tuesdays from fall to spring to make guilts for people who want a hand-sewn quilt with proceeds going to the groups mission projects and to providing knotted comforters for local agencies in Waterloo region.

Sharon Dietrich




On the left, Ruby Bechthold, last surviving member of the original nine women who organized the group with Nora Cleasby.


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Photos from 1995 convention

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Theme banner for the 1st Biennial Convention of LWML-Canada – “Gifted by God” and the two banners from the 1993 Founding Convention.

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Dorothea Korcok (left) unveiled the design for a mite box for LWML-Canada. Carol Jean Harms (right) designed the box and explained the symbolism of the design.

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We were blessed with 342 Layettes, 133 dozen diapers and numerous toys at the ingathering of “Layette Kits.

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Thanks to the hard work of Valerie Stehr (left) and Arlene Kish, the 1995 convention press room volunteers published four newsletters during the convention.

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Original editorial committee responsible for publishing the LWML-Canada magazine, Tapestry: Left to right … Linda (Reed) Schappert, Ontario District; Luella Hofland, ABC District; Marion Hollinger, Manitoba & Saskatchewan District; Anne Taylor, Laurentian District. Missing Kay Rikkonen, Ontario Sonset District.

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Seaside Escape


Members from LWMLC groups in Lloydminster, Alberta, and Maidstone, Saskatchewan, participated in a Seaside Escape Weekend organized by the Concordia and Evergreen Zones of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada and held at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert, Alberta on March 9-11, 2018. “Be still and know that I am God” from Psalm 46:10 was the theme.

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