A fresh way to pray and a drama about Martin and Katie Luther highlight LWML–Canada Sunday

CRANBROOK, B.C. – We observed LWMLC Sunday, October 8, 2017, by presenting “Martin and Katharina Luther; a portrait of their marriage.” Narrator was Connor Mikulcik, Dr. Martin Luther was Derek Mikulcik and Katie, Irene Kaun (although Irene comments that she makes a rather elderly looking Katie). A devotion, “Send Me? Send Me?” written by Sharon Goetzen, was shared with the congregation. MY LITTLE FACT BOOK was given to worshippers, by the women ushers. Refreshments with a special cake, donated by Gwen McMahon, was enjoyed. All women of the church are encouraged and invited to monthly meetings, Kootenay Zone events and to participate in Mission Service projects for the local church, community and church-at-large.         Irene Kaun

 

CRANBROOK, B.C. – A FRESH WAY TO PRAY, an idea for LWML-Canada Sunday 2017, was well received and participated in by many. This Reformation Prayer Station (made by Debra Lafreniere) is in the narthex at Mt. Zion. It has been present since early September. Congregation members meditated on two questions: “Why is our Lutheran faith so special to us? How can we put our faith into action? Two responses were read by Irene Kaun each Sunday.

 

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Be my Valentine!

LLOYDMINSTER, Alta. – Ladies of the LWMLC at First Lutheran held their annual Valentine party meeting on February 8, 2018. The evening of food and fellowship included a Bible study and exchange of Valentines. A donation was made to Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots (LAMP) based in Edmonton and the group committed to sending 20+ Learning Back Packs to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) headquartered in Winnipeg.

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Pictured below is Vera May William with her display of valentines. They belonged to her mother, Mrs. Brase, a school teacher and wife of Pastor Brase who faithfully served First Lutheran Church from 1935 to 1951.

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Photos by Darlene Hafso

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Mary enjoys knitting for others

RED LAKE, Ont. – Christ Lutheran LWMLC recently donated 30 “We Care Bears” to CLWR—all knitted by Mary Pfeifer (centre of photo), a member of the group.

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Women of LWMLC busy in Lloydminster, Alta.

LWMLC of First Lutheran Church, Lloydminster, held their annual BBQ at the Hafso’s on August 10. God provided a beautiful evening for food, fellowship and Bible study. We also had Mrs. Jaydene Voll’s Grade 3 class from St. James Lutheran School in Hervey Bay, Australia, join the group via FaceTime!

 

 

A Mighty Fortress is our God! Pictured are the 120 students with their family & friends after the Friday closing program of Vacation Bible School at First Lutheran Church in Lloydminster Alberta. Many of our LWMLC members served throughout the week of August 14-18. The Men’s Club assisted with the Friday noon lunch of hotdogs and cupcakes.

~ Darlene Hafso

 

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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.”

 

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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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