Fall Women’s Retreat

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The women of the LWML North Dakota District will be hosting their annual retreat September 14-16, 2018 at the Chieftain Motel and Conference Center in Carrington, ND. The theme of the retreat is “V. B. S. ‘Vocation Bible School.’” The presenter for the retreat is Deaconess Amy Rast. Deaconess Rast serves as the associate director of Deaconess Studies at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. During the retreat Amy will address “our shared vocations as Women, Christians, Lutherans, and servants in our various vocations (mother, teacher, accountant, church worker, etc.).”

Events begin on Friday evening with social time, snacks and coffee, and a devotion. Saturday events include presentations by Deaconess Rast, Bible study, and a servant event – packing Mercy Meals. A financial ingathering will be received to be given to Mercy Meals. Events conclude on Sunday morning with breakfast and a closing worship service.

Registration information is available from your LWML president and on the retreat page.
You are encouraged to register and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Bring a friend or two. You won’t want to miss this exciting weekend!

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Statistics from Convention

Statistics from Convention

Servant Events

  • Mercy Meals = 5400 meals bagged
  • Constructing Honey Boxes for DBGR = many made and fidgets placed within
  • Stuffing Envelopes
  • Packing Ingathering items

Ingathering Stats:

  • 150 items for DBGR
  • 650 items for Domestic Violence Crisis Center
  • 400+ items for Dakota Hope Clinic (including 100 boxes of diapers)

Offering #1 (Mites for 2018-2020 biennium): $3310 at church service + 318 Mission in Motion.

Read more in the Convention Messenger linked here.

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Gifts from the Heart…

Gifts from the Heart…

Welcome to 2018 and the year of the ND LWML District Convention. Although it is still several months until the convention in June, it is the perfect time to begin collecting for our ingathering projects! There is plenty of time to involve your entire congregation in gathering the items. We have three organizations we will be gathering for, and they are:

 

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch:

  • Bibles (NIV preferred)
  • Christian music
  • Art supplies
  • Gift cards
  • Equipment for summer activities (balls, games, fishing items, noncompetitive items
    Servant

 

Domestic Violence Crisis Center: (all new items)

  • Women’s undergarments
  • Bath towels
  • Pillow cases/twin sheets and bedding
  • Personal and feminine care products
  • Motel soaps, lotion, etc.

 

Dakota Hope Clinic : (baby boutique—all new items)

  • Diaper(s) size 3, 4, 5
  • Sleep sacks with zipper
  • Most any baby items

 

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Missions in Motion – A new approach!

Our district convention is held at the beginning of summer, and the weather can be unpredictable – hot, cool, rainy – one never knows if the weather will be conducive to walking for our regular Missions in Motion walk. What if we try Missions in Motion a different way! I call it a 20 x $30 Challenge. We tried this at Shepherd of the Valley in Bismarck, presenting the Challenge after services on LWML Sunday in October. We asked for 20 families to give $30 within the next 30 days. We made it fun by giving people envelopes with feet stickers on them and asked that they place the envelope in the mite box. At the end of October we had collected $420 in mites, over 60% of what we distributed. You can make this Challenge your own, determining the number that would work with your congregation. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, Sue Hartley, at blessingspreserved@yahoo.com.

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