WNALC Annual Gathering 2019

“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” 

Hebrews 12: 1b (NIV)

All women are welcome to attend & do not have to be a delegate of a congregation for the Convocation or Annual Gathering.
Mark your calendars & plan to join us for our Annual Gathering of the Women of the North American Lutheran Church – WNALC.


We will worship together as Women of God in prayer & song.

Inspirational Speaker

The Rev. Leslie Haines will speak to the group.

Member Meeting

Receive annual financial & Mission information, vote on 2020 decisions.

Lunch Provided

Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Our Honorable Guest

The Rev. Leslie Haines

The Rev. Leslie Haines serves as executive director for Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministries, Inc. (LMVFM) She received an A.A. in Music, a B.A. in Criminal Justice, and an M.A. in Theology. She also completed “Clinical Pastoral Education” through a hospital chaplaincy training program, and she completed a residency training program for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

In 1983, Chaplain Haines enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Huey helicopter crew chief until 1988, when she graduated Officer Candidate School (OCS). Since 2001, Chaplain Haines served in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in Detainee Operations, as well as Kirkuk, Iraq, until she was injured and medevac’d to the U.S. for surgeries and treatment. In 2015, she retired as a major, serving in military police.

Chaplain Haines developed and planted LMVFM during her third year of seminary in 2007. She served her year-long deaconess internship by establishing the ministry in Fort Wayne. Upon graduation in 2009 from Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne), she accepted the call to serve as LMVFM’s executive director. In addition to her duties as the ministry’s chaplain and executive director, Leslie serves as the lead counselor for LMVFM, programs director and lead trainer for LMVFM’s training programs.

Chaplain Haines will be joining us as a keynote speaker during the Women of the NALC Annual Gathering.



  • Registration & Fellowship (8:30-9a)
  • Opening Prayer & Song
  • Council Introductions
  • Mission District Map Introduction, Amy Werner
  • Annual Report & 2018 Annual Gathering Minutes
  • Speaker Presentation, Rev. Leslie Haines
  • Call for Nominations
  • Financial Report
  • Bishop's Address, Bishop John Bradosky
  • Mission Bank Info & Discussion


  • Re-convene with Prayer & Song
  • Credentials Report
  • Communications Update
  • Group Photo
  • District Identification / Mini Groups
  • Nominee Intros / Elections
  • Voting: Budget & Mission Bank
  • Team & Unfinished Business
  • Council Elections Report
  • Closing Prayer & Song


The Westin Indianapolis
241 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Stuff the Tonka

Wanted: Gift Cards!

Walmart – Home Depot – Lowe’s – Target

During Lutheran Week (August 5–9, 2019) the little Tonka Truck with the BIG heart will be in Indianapolis loading up with gift card donations! Start collecting now! Ask your friends & neighbors!

Not going to Lutheran Week?

For more information contact:

Pat Dittrich, WNALC Council

Email: pdittrich.wnalc@gmail.com

Cell: 713-254-0044


Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response Coordinator

Email: batesm55@gmail.com

Phone: 740-509-1132

Council Openings

We need new members on the governing board of the WNALC Council! This is an excellent opportunity to meet & work with women from all over! What better way to share our ideas & keep each other strong in faith!

Won’t you consider putting your name on the ballot for the WNALC Council Election? The election takes place during the WNALC Annual Gathering. This year it will be on Tuesday, August 6th, in Indianapolis, IN. We have three positions open.

The WNALC Council Nomination Form is located here. Just fill it out (you can nominate yourself!) & send it to me either through email or the mail box. My contact info is:

Pat Dittrich—WNALC Nominating Team Chair

Email: pdittrich.wnalc@gmail.com

Mail: PO Box 341, Orchard, TX 77464

If you have any questions, please contact me or any other WNALC Council member. I am looking forward to meeting & working with YOU!

Pat Dittrich

WNALC Council

Nominations Team