LWML Convention in Calgary
The 32nd Convention of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League-Canada for the Alberta-British Columbia District was held in Calgary June 20-22. I was able to attend as the delegate for Grace Society along with others from our congregation: Paddy Ann Peat, Karen Hildebrandt and Sherley Hearty (District
Attendance this year was around 100 people each day and every hour was filled with inspiration, information and wonderful fellowship opportunities.
Bible studies were led by Pastor Darren Dressler based on the convention theme from Philippians 2:2, "Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose." The opening service on Thursday evening was led by 5 pastors who shared responsibilities of reading scripture, giving communion, praying for Christ's purposes being fulfilled in the convention and teaching us through the sermon titled, "Hopefully Devoted to You" based on Ruth 1:16-17. Reverend David Bode's message was that "Ruth's devotion to Naomi was unyielding, strong and a sample of purposeful devotion.
God is purposeful in his service to you and me, he does not lose sight of you and me and is lovingly devoted at all times. His loving devotion enables us to serve in purpose and spirit." I was able to sing in the convention choir, learning two songs: "If You Love Me" by Joel Raney and "One Bread, One Body" by John Foley.
Three offerings were collected during the convention. The first was given for the LWML-Canada Mission Grant Goal--$2214.25. The second was for The Rock- $2240.60 and the third went to Pastors with Alternate Training- $1932.05.
During the business sessions Officers were elected by acclimation and our own Karen Hildebrandt considered and accepted the challenge to fill the vacant position of Vice President, Communications for the next 3 year term!
We also voted on the Mission Grants which will be paid from our Mite offerings over the same 3 years. Look for our new list in September's Grace Vine and on the bulletin board display.
Guests speakers were varied, making us cry and laugh and realize how great is our God!
Paddy Ann Peat travelled with me and attended the information session for the 16 first time convention attendees and young women. An explanation of the LWMLC organization was likened to Russian nesting dolls starting with National, then District, then Zone, Society and finally Member.
The South Alberta Zone were hosts and did a wonderful job. Parkland Zone has issued an invitation to the next ABC District convention in 2022. Plan to attend!
Like me, you'll be glad you did.
Grace LWML-C is collecting empty Tetley Tea containers with lids. Please save your empties and put in the labeled collection box. Thank you for your support.
Prescription Eye Glasses--Sharon Kluthe is now collecting eye glasses brought into the church. Prescription eye glasses are distributed by optometrists to people requiring vision correction in third world countries. Clean out your drawers and bring in your old glasses!
Stamps--Sharon is also collecting stamps. When you cut them from an envelope, leave a good 1/4 inch border around all sides. These are eventually sold and the money is used as part of the L.W.M.L. mites, supporting any of the projects of the Alberta-British Columbia District.
Pop Can Tabs - Thanks to all the members who have been collecting pop can tabs over the last year. On June 11th, Peter Wally of Leduc Lions Club, picked up 58 pounds of tabs from my house. A huge contribution was made by Orest and Carole Baron who bring them back from their winter home in Arizona. Peter is going to bring us 10 pails for those members who are really serious about snapping the tabs off their beverage cans. They will be available for you soon. The sale of these tabs bring in funds to purchase wheelchairs for those people needing assistance with their mobility. Keep it up, everyone! This project is really worthwhile!
LWML Collections Boxes are in the Lobby Area
WHAT IS Lutheran Women’s Missionary League-Canada?
Lutheran.......... A body of believers, trusting in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Women’s........ Supporting women of all ages, nationalities, backgrounds, in Canada, and around the world.
Missionary...... Reaching out with the Gospel to those in our homes, our churches, our communities, and our world.
League............ Organized into small groups (“societies”) within congregations, zones, districts, and nationally.
Canada............ An auxiliary to Lutheran Church–Canada with almost 3,000 members in societies in 230 congregations
THE MISSION of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada is to
EQUIP, MOTIVATE AND ENCOURAGE WOMEN to
Our Mission: Equip, Motivate and Encourage Women
to Grow in God’s Word, Share God’s Son and Serve God’s people
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General Information About the LWML-C
MOTTO: "Called to Serve" Deuteronomy 10:12
(The theme of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League-Canada.)
PURPOSE: Grace Lutheran Church's LWML-C carries out that motto by growing in God's Word and reaching out to others with the Gospel of Jesus through word and deed.
GOALS: The members of Grace LWML
•Promote mission awareness within the congregation.
•Support missions by contributing through MITE boxes.
•Host foreign and home missionaries and missionary speakers.
•Equip women for service through spiritual growth and personal development to serve others.
•Participate in mission efforts in the community.
•Support the work of the pastors of Grace congregation.
•Support the mission work of Alberta-British Columbia District LWML and of LWML-Canada.
GRACE LWML MEETS at 10:00 A.M. on the Saturday following the second Monday of each month. All women are welcome to attend and get acquainted with this group of mission minded members.