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

For more about Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada visit us at https://lutheranwomen.ca

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