On October 24, 2015, The LWMLC of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Nanaimo hosted a day-long celebration in honour of their 55th anniversary as a LWML/LWMLC society. The focus of the day was the LWML pledge and the re-dedication of members to the tasks they are called to do for their Lord and Saviour. All women from the Vancouver Island congregations were invited.
As the guests arrived, LWMLC members were asked to sign a guest register and select a portion of the pledge to rededicate themselves to God’s work in the harvest field.
The guests who were not LWMLC members were given a fact booklet telling them all about LWMLC. Coffee and muffins were available and there was time for greeting old friends and meeting new ones before the re-dedication and communion service began.
Pastor Fraser Coltman led the service and spoke on the importance of history and the service to God. Joshua asked, “Whom will you serve?” and stated, ”As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” As members went to communion, they left their pledges as an offering to the Lord. An offering was also collected and given to the BC Mission Boat Society to help continue their work of bringing the Lord’s word to the outlying communities of the Island.
A lunch of homemade soup, buns with a variety of option for toppings and delicious pies and goodies were provided by the St. Paul’s LWMLC. There was time for fellowship and refreshment before the afternoon program.
The afternoon began with a hymn sing. When the music from the piano paused and just the voices filled the air, it truly was a sweet sounding melody of praise. All our hymns of praise were written by LWMLC members. A skit written by Joann Willie on reaching, stretching and growing was presented. Cathy Armstrong, one of St Paul’s founding members was our director. Societies were asked to give a brief history and overview of their groups. Many interesting facts were revealed. A closing devotion “The Common Thread” was written and presented by Joann Willie.
It was a truly memorable day and the amazing women of the Vancouver Island churches communed together to re-dedicate themselves to work of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.