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ONE WORD-POSSIBILITIES!

May 25, 2019
Dear WELCA Presidents, Leaders, Members and Friends,
ONE WORD-POSSIBILITES! is the theme of the 2019 HON Retreat being held August 12 & 13 at Luther Park. This 24 hour retreat is an opportunity to see the possibilities that God has put out there for all of us! “What is impossible with us, is possible with God” Luke 18:27 is our bible verse for this retreat.
We have been fortunate enough to see Jamie Closs escape, Chris Kroeze place second on The Voice and see the love and support of area communities surrounding these events. Come and see what the support to our Christian sisters can do for you!
Our retreat committee has been hard at work making this retreat special for each person who attends. Some things will be familiar: bible studies, fellowship and great food. Other things will be new and exciting!
The cost is $65.00 for early registration by August 1st and $70.00 after that date. You can also attend for one day, either day, for $35.00 which includes the days events and meals/snacks. Registration on Tuesday begins at 8:00 am.
The In-Kind gifts will be given to LifeSpring House that is sponsored by the Pregnancy Help Center of Rice Lake. Items needed include: baby items of any kind; diapers, onsies, bottles, formula, baby shampoo, etc.
Please prayerfully consider setting aside 24 hours on August 12 &13 to enjoy the beauty of Luther Park in Chetek, the hospitality of the women of the ELCA and a spiritual get away.
The poster and registration materials are available for download here. Please make copies of these materials to include in your church newsletter/bulletins and bulletin boards.
On behalf of the retreat committee, I am looking forward to seeing you the retreat.
God’s Peace,
Joan Gerland
Retreat Chair

Apple River Conference Day of Renewal at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, Luck

The Apple River Conference Women of the ELCA Spring Day of Renewal was entitled "Come and See" and 103 women came and saw and listened and learned and praised God on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Bone Lake Lutheran Church near Luck, Wisconsin.  The day started with coffee and treats by the ladies of Faith and Bethany Churches in Grantsburg.

A devotion on Grace and Gratitude was done by Pastor Dorothy Sandahl, interim pastor at Bone Lake Lutheran Church.  Did you find all  A-Z things to grateful for?


Co-coordinators of Apple River Conference Carol Medchill (left) and Donna Berg (right) Welcomed us, led us in the purpose statement, read announcements and called the roll.

Gloria Rolstad, Apple River's Representative to the Synod Women's Organizational Board , brought us greetings and information from Lori Wells, President of the Northwest Wisconsin Synod.

Joan Spencer (left) and Heidi Simmerman (right) are representatives from CRA (Community Referral Agency). Ms. Spencer is the Development Director and Ms. Simmerman is the Polk County Sexual Assault Advocate.  The power point presentation was very informative and questions were answered.  

Dairyland Conference Day of Renewal at Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Whitehall

Dairyland Conference Officers: Jean Larson, Stephanie Rumstick, Km Vlcek (Coordinator), Linda Schaefer, Marnie Anderson and Vicki Amundson

Moira Kneer Speaker. “Life Lessons Learned from the Peanut Gang”

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Day of Renewal held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hudson, WI  April 13th

Blessing the Socks!

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Day of Renewal held at Our Savior's of Holloway, Medford, WI March 30th

3G(enerational) Event Celebrates National Quilting Day

Trinity Lutheran Church WELCA in Spooner celebrated National Quilting Day at their 3G(enerational) event on a snowy March 10 Sunday morning. Due to the weather the attendance was small, but the participants completed tying one quilt that will be sent to LWR in the future.

Busy Moms and Career Women Retreat!

Trinity Lutheran WELCA,  Spooner,  sponsored an overnight retreat at Luther Park Bible Camp in Chetek for younger women who are busy mothers and career women. They wanted a time to fellowship together and have a faith-building experience in a retreat setting. The first retreat was held on November 9-10 after their work day. Their pizza supper was followed by a Bible study on the Biblical character Ruth led by Amy Brekke.  

Retreat

Women of Spirit Lutheran in Eau Claire...

...Held an intergenerational Painting Night on October 16, 2018

Intergenerational Painting

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2017 Tenth Triennial Quilt

Quilt

If you waited to hear her tell about it, you would never know what happened!  This humble lady from North Valley Lutheran Church in rural Wisconsin had to be convinced that she could make and submit a quilt for the Triennial quilt challenge even though she wouldn't be attending the Gathering.

The challenge came in several ways.  The quilt had to be black and white with only one other color, it needed to interpret the theme, "All Anew," the finished size had to be 40" x 40", and it would be judged by members of the Minnesota Quilting Guild.  It needed to be completed in time for mailing to the national Women of the ELCA office in Chicago before May 15th.  

After some contemplation and tweaking, that all happened.  Displayed with about 50 other quilts in the exhibit hall at the Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis, Gwen Morrissette's entry was one of two quilts that gathered the most votes from the ladies at the convention.  Those of us from the NW Synod of Wisconsin are proud of the wonderful work she did in representing us so well.  

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