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August 26 - Apple River Conference, Summer Retreat

The Apple River Conference held its summer/fall retreat at First Cushing Lutheran Church. Sue and Ev Houkom shared their trip to Germany last year in celebration of Martin Luther.
We also reelected our treasurer and elected a new Mission Justice person.
Below is a picture of our Apple River Conference Board.
Back row:  Secretary Carol Mattson; Synodical Representative to SWO Board Gloria Rolstad.
Front row:  Co-Coordinator Donna Berg, Mission Justice Suzanne Grill, Treasurer Nancy Priebe, Mission Stewardship Sue Albright, Co-Coordinator Roberta Bitler.
Missing:  Mission discipleship Margo Nelson.

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August 14-15 -  The 53rd Heart of the North Retreat

Pictured are the Heart of the North Retreat attendees who enjoyed mild weather, good food, fellowship and spiritual renewal.  A total of 59 women attended the retreat  held at Luther Park Bible Camp in Chetek on August 14-15.  The retreat theme was, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free" from Galatians 5:1.  Pastor Melinda Halom, New Auburn led the worship service and  Bible studies. 

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2017 Tenth Triennial Quilt

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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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Domestic-abuse victims benefit by purse auction at Bethany

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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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