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Chippewa Valley Annual Day of Renewal

The 27th Annual Day of Renewal for the Chippewa Valley Conference was held April 1st, 2017 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Menomonie.
Pastor Heather Wigdahl gave the devotions.
Bo Gaberiel gave a presentation on quilts. Many different patterns and styles. Scraps and squares all put together to become beautiful quilts. The Women of the ELCA made 8,832 quilts that were sent to Lutheran World Relief. Also sent were over 6,542 Kits – baby kits, personal kits, fabric kits and school kits. We have been very busy.
We had election of officers. Jacki Johnson is the New Coordinator. Peg Schroeder the Secretary and Linda Stock is the treasurer.
Linda Dempski gave the credential report.
50 churches attended the Day Of Renewal. 86 women attended.
The offering of $412.75 was ½ to the SWO and $100 to Bridge of Hope in Menomonie and $100 Literacy Program in Malawi.
Submitted by Phyllis Grohn, Chippewa Valley Representative

Domestic-abuse victims benefit by purse auction at Bethany

Paulette Hanson and Gail Weber at Bethany Lutheran Church, with arms full of purses, oversee the final stage of a 3-week silent auction at a spring luncheon. Congregation members had been submitting bids for twenty-seven purses filled with an array of wonderful items. The two women organized the fund-raiser with proceeds going to the “End Domestic Abuse Barron County” fund.

Usually a woman’s purse contains lipstick, comb, credit cards, and money. But for those women who are victims of domestic abuse and are seeking shelter outside of their home, there may be some other immediate needs. Women at Bethany Lutheran Church decided that they could help by a creative fund-raiser to purchase items.

Kristy Moran, Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate, Barron County Dept. of Health and Human Services, represented the agency at a spring luncheon of the Women of the ELCA, Bethany Lutheran Church. Twenty-seven purses and bas at the luncheon were filled with a variety of treasures: gardening tools, beauty products, books, jewelry, gift certificates, and much more.

For two weeks the purses adorned the narthex at Bethany, while congregation members put their bids on the purses in the form of a silent auction.

Bidders at the luncheon had one last chance to out-bid the last person on the list, and then the winning bids were announced. An amount of $1708 was raised and will go to help victims of domestic abuse.
Moran spoke about her work with clients who are victims of abuse. She receives referrals from Child Protection Services, Environmental Health, Behavioral Health, hospitals, doctors, and community members. She strives to ensure that each victim receives a survival manual and attempts to reach victims through community events and social media. Every week Moran advocates for victims during court hearings.

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