WNALC - Women of the North American Lutheran Church
This little TONKA was stuffed over and over this past Lutheran Week.
Thanks to you!
This is what 350 Giftcards totalling over $11,000 for NALC Disaster Response looks like. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you way exceeding our imaginations. So many lives and areas of the country will be touched by these cards and your prayers!
If you still have Giftcards to send in, please send them to Mary Bates at the NALC Disaster Response Warehouse, 811 Main Street, Caldwell, OH, 43724, Attn: Stuff the TONKA
2018 WNALC Annual Report
We, the WNALC Council, are pleased to introduce our new logo. Thanks to the efforts of Rev. Randy Conley, husband of a council member, we now have an emblem that clearly signifies the WNALC. You will soon find it in a multitude of places, some of which are mentioned in the remainder of this report.
At our post-Gathering meeting we began by welcoming two new and two returning council members, electing officers, and re-establishing Mission District and Team responsibilities. One council member had to resign due to health and, as per our Operational Guidelines, was replaced by appointment for the remainder of the year.
At the annual fall council retreat, the business and mission goals of the coming year were set in place. We updated numerous WNALC forms to develop uniformity and clarity. We added descriptions and procedures to most council duties and teams, again for clarity as well as ease of transition when duties change hands. All of this, and more, better establishes a firm foundation for the working of the WNALC Council as they serve all the women of the NALC.
Another goal has been to continue building better relationships with women in all the NALC congregations in order that we may grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and service to him. Everything that we do is to that end. The primary way that is achieved is through the stewardship of all the WNALC ladies’ groups, whether it be in the form of monetary contributions, articles for the newsletters, missions, volunteering, or other.
An example is the tremendous response to the 2017 NALC Disaster Response relief efforts that are still ongoing. Check out the websites of both the NALC and the WNALC for updates, as well as reports in their newsletters.
Our 2017-18 Mission Bank collections were designated for a family of NALC Global Workers as our international mission and NALC Disaster Response as our national mission. Mission Bank promotions will continue in 2018-19 for both international and national missions, as decided at our 2018 Annual Gathering. In addition to the Mission Banks, our ladies remain involved in local missions. Mission is, in fact, both the actual heart and joy of the WNALC.
To aid us even more as we move into the future, a new Mission District tracking system has been developed. This helps us to keep better, more consistent records, as well as to assist in transitioning Mission Districts among council members. Further development and promotion of our WNALC newsletter, website, and Facebook group continues to be a work in progress. Another step ahead is a brand new “passing of the torch” via an electronic flash drive being developed for 2018-19. The overall goal is to move forward into future mission for Christ.
Our latest mission initiative is “Stuff the Tonka” for NALC Disaster Response that will occur during Lutheran Week in Denver 2018—results shown on page 3 of this newsletter.
outgoing WNALC Chair