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.

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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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More pictures from Edmonton in 1993

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Ushers at the Int’l convention in Edmonton in 1993


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The gavel was a gift to the league.

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Elected Officers- Back row, l-r: Rev. Harold Clarke, Karen Nerbas, Deborah Pakrul, Dorothy Brophy, Rev. Dennis Putzman Front row, l-r: Edna Ulrich, Dorothea Korcok, Eloise Schaan, Marilyn Schultz, Gladys Zimmerman

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1993 in Edmonton Alberta

In 1993 the Canadian districts of Int’l LWML hosted their sisters from across the United States and Canada at Edmonton. It was a huge undertaking. At the conclusion of that convention, the Canadian women met to found LWML–Canada.

Sign outside the convention centre welcoming Lutheran women to Edmonton.


Theme banner for both conventions inside the Convention Centre.


Theme banner in the convention hall.


LWML–Canada banner


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Food, Fun and Fellowship…three ingredients for an Epiphany celebration

SASKATOON – Women of St. Paul’s LWMLC and some friends gathered for a belated Christmas social and celebrated Epiphany instead. Gail Mitchell wrote a devotion for the gathering and Verla Schmirler put together a word scramble, both related to Epiphany.


An exchange of gifts is always enjoyed with lots of shaking and weighing and exchanging for something someone else has but instead of spending money purchasing gifts, participants wrapped and brought an item they no longer needed, and their money went into purchasing gift cards for fast food outlets. As a result, $225 in gift cards was forwarded to Rev. D.J. Kim, missionary-at-large in Central District for his use in street ministry.


A potluck salad lunch was enjoyed by all.