2023 Annual Gathering
Join us in Oklahoma City to enjoy a day of fellowship, fun, and sisterhood as we gather to share our love for the Lord and conduct the business of the Women of the North American Lutheran Church. We have a full day planned, including guest speakers from the NALC, and our special guest speaker Rachel Raborn Norris of Joy Pottery in Bryan Texas. We will use every minute of the day as we discuss our past year, look forward to the coming year, and delve into our theme “Using our Gifts to Serve“.
Join us in Oklahoma City!
Tuesday, August 8 – 9:00 – 5:00
Check-in begins at 8:30
The Women of the North American Lutheran Church will help kick-off Lutheran Week when we gather on Tuesday August 8. We have a full day planned including visits from:
- The Rev. Amy Little, General Secretary of the NALC
- Mary Bates, (NALC) Disaster Response
- The Rev. Carol Fryer, (NALC) Great Commission Society
- The Rev. Brad Hales, (NALC) Aging Ministries
- The Rev. Dr. Daniel Selbo, Bishop
- …and more
Our Special Guest Speaker
We are excited to announce that this year’s guest speaker will be Rachel Raborn Norris of Joy Pottery in Bryan, Texas.
When the council began planning this year’s gathering and the discussion rolled around to possible guest speakers, several council members were quick to suggest Mrs. Norris, whom they had the pleasure of seeing when the women of their mission district gathered.
Rachel Raborn Norris
“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
Jeremiah 18:6 ESV
In His Hands
Rachel Norris is not surprised that she is a potter, but she is amazed at how God has used pottery in her life. She has been making pottery for over twenty years now. She and her husband own Joy Pottery in Bryan, Texas where they make and sell handmade, functional, stoneware. She loves to work with clay because it is an incredibly versatile material, so very individual and universal at the same time.
You are invited to come and learn more about the Heavenly Father by exploring a word picture He provides in His Word. Discover the richness of the layers of meaning in the portrayal of the potter and the clay by observing the work of a potter firsthand. You will be awed and amazed by the insights into the hand of God in your own life through this experience.
Apply for a Scholarship
The Women’s Council has allocated the funds to provide up to 10 scholarships to women from NALC congregations who would like to attend the Annual Gathering, but need a little financial assistance to manage the trip. To apply, click the button below to complete and submit an application.
Serve with the WNALC...
There are a multitude of ways you can serve the Women of the NALC, and we encourage you to get involved! Not only do we all have the GIFTS that God gave us, we also have skills we have developed over our lifetimes. Whatever gifts and skills you have will be a blessing to all of us when you put them to use as a member of the the Women’s Council!
Serve on The Women's Council and help us with what we do!
Women are elected to the council for a two-year term and may run for a second term if they so choose. Members of the council have a brief planning meeting following the gathering to allow the new members and continuing members to get acquainted. During this time they also start planning the in-person planning retreat, which will be held as soon as convenient for all members. Council members meet virtually over Zoom each month. We also stay connected through group text messages and phone calls.
The only requirements for being on the council is that you are a team player and willing to use your gifts, talents and skills to support the WNALC.
Time Commitment: 5-10 hours/month
Or - serve on a ministry team and help us do more!
We are realistic…there is only so much seven women can do, and this is why we would like to grow our ministry teams. If you feel the desire to contribute but are concerned that life is currently too busy for a position on the council, consider volunteering to serve on one of our ministry teams.
Time Commitment: 1-3 hours/month
- Communications Team
- Budget Team
- Spiritual Growth Team
- Mission Support Team
- Fellowship & Community Team
- Mission District Representative