Rev. Paul Roggow, missionary for Greater Vancouver and guest speaker at the zone’s fall renewal, described his early days in mission ministry in Arkansas and Colorado and how he came to be a missionary in Vancouver. He shared 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God), talking about how we have hope for this life and the life to come. John 15:16 was chosen to illustrate how we are “chosen people, that we might go and bear fruit that will last.” Rev. Roggow used the analogy of a small apple orchard, with few trees (churches) and a few seeds producing lasting fruit. Women of LWML-Canada are a chosen people, faithful in hearing God’s Word, faithful in mentoring and being disciples to young women.
At an afternoon communion service Rev. Jeff Koenig preached a message on God’s Word beginning with reference to Genesis 1, the initial words of God; seeds of hope and truth. Reverend Koenig said words can impact our lives, causing strife, rejection, temptation. Many words can weigh us down, make us feel unworthy, but God’s words speak of forgiveness, love, restoration. God’s words can change lives. He loves us, we are His, treasured and beloved. Grace, salvation and forgiveness inspire our lives and they are our gift to share.
Theme for the day was Gratitude in the Word based on Colossians 3:16. Zion LWMLC in Cloverdale, B.C., served as our hosts on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Fifty-eight members and guests attended. Pauline Huth welcomed everyone with a devotion on gratitude. Our delegate to the LWML-Canada convention, Rosalind Plumtree, provided a report. A brief business meeting followed with discussion on mites, the coming ABC LWMLC District convention and proposed mission grants. The day ended with an invitation to join the LWMLC ladies in Aldergrove at the Spring Renewal, April 2013.