Grace & Peace,
I am rarely at a loss for words. However, since returning from Lutheran Week, I have been at a loss for words. The outpouring of prayers & support I received in Indianapolis left me amazed & humbled. Thank you all for being such a wonderful body of women who are not merely hearers of God’s words but women who walk them out in your daily lives.
You, the Women of the NALC, have elected truly amazing women to serve on the Council. Each one brings unique gifts & a willingness to share those gifts for God’s greater good. We are blessed to have Shelia Westrick & Kim Isiminger join Marcella, Rachel, Jill, Jody & me on the Council. Lane & Pat, we miss you so much already. Thank you for entrusting the leadership of the Council to me.
Special thank you & shout out to: Brenda Berggren, Linda Brower, Lynn Standrich, Dana Busch, Rev. Leslie Haines, Nijhar Minz-Ekka, Mary Bates, Pastor Trina Petersen, Anne Gleason & all who attended our Gathering! You all made the day so special.
In the oral annual report, I felt it was more important in this time of unrest in our country to define who we as Women of the NALC are, as opposed to reciting dollar figures & accomplished work. Not because those things aren’t important, but because right now, we need to be about Kingdom business. We need to show God’s love for all of humanity. We need to declare our faith while living & leading by Christ’s example. We are the balm to heal this modern-day Gilead. I ended my time before the assembly with the words of Peter, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV). That sums up quite well who we are & what we do. Each one of us uses our gifts to serve others, so in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
Indy was such a great experience & I am looking forward to next year in Pittsburgh where “girls just wanna have fun”. (If you were in Indy or streamed it live you will get that joke!) The venue in Pittsburgh, the Omni William Penn Hotel, has a real feel of the 1920’s. It is a step back in time & fittingly we are going to have fun with it. You don’t want to miss the Pittsburgh Lutheran Week, so start planning to attend now!
Continue to be the blessing that you are to the kingdom of God!