Women of the Word of the Augustana District held their second Annual Gathering at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, MN on October 1, 2011. It was a wonderful, spiritually-lifting day for those who attended. The women in attendance enjoyed getting together and feeling connected with one another. Stephanie Freund of Hutchinson spoke on our theme of “Coming Together,” Pastor Mark Richardson of the Augustana District led our worship service, four pastors from the two LCMC churches in Hutchinson, as well as a ladies group from the choir at Christ the King, provided special music.
Approximately 110 women attended with about 20 other people involved in break-out sessions, music, displays, etc. Twenty-two churches from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin were represented. The mission projects for this gathering were Hospice/Aids kits and Newborn Kits for Global Health Ministries. One hundred twenty-three newborn kits and forty-one hospice kits were collected and sent to Global Health. In addition seventeen school kits were brought and will be sent to Lutheran World Relief. Thanks to all who put these kits together.
Three new members were welcomed to the Steering Committee for 2012. Please feel free to contact any of the members if you have questions, suggestions or comments. Members include:
Coordinator: Mary Ebent – [email protected] 320-587-5442
Vice-Coordinator/Education: Jan Schulte – [email protected] – 605-695-4996
Treasurer: Emilie Wildey – [email protected] – 320-562-0180
Secretary/Newsletter: Diane Anderson – [email protected] 320-587-9352
Missions/newsletter: Dorothy Desens – [email protected] – 320-587-8777
Historian – Heidi Froemming – [email protected] – 320-587-5607
At Large Members: Beverly Tellefson – [email protected] 320-564-3475
Carolyn Fiskness – [email protected] 320-354-4742
Four of the Steering Committee members: Emilie Wildey, Diane Anderson, Carreen Pierson and Dorothy Desens attended the LCMC Convention in DesMoines on Oct. 2-4 and were members of a break-out session for the convention. They were thrilled to have over 80 ladies attend their session. We can see the need for connection to other WOW groups is present in our churches.
Written by Diane Anderson of Women of the Word
Below are photos from the Oct. 1 WOW Gathering at Christ the King.
Keynote speaker Stephanie Freund
Pillowcase Dresses local women are sewing to sent to young African girls as part of a missions outreach
A pastoral quartet serenaded the ladies