Can you believe we are now in the month of June? Soon we will be able to meet face to face as we come together for our Annual Gathering this year in Indianapolis, Indiana. For those who are reading this newsletter for the first time or are new to the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), each summer we gather together, thus the name “Gathering,” as the women of the larger church. We meet on the Tuesday before Convocation, which really speaks volumes as to the importance of women being active in everything that the church does.
So, what do we do in our one day together? We pray, Acts 6:4 (NIV) “and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word,” conduct a little business, pray some more, conduct some more business. We get to hear from the bishop & a truly awesome speaker, the Rev. Leslie Haines, executive director for Lutheran Military Veterans & Families Ministries, Inc. (LMVFM). We have lunch together to strengthen our new relationships that we continue to grow & groom throughout the week.
I can assure you there will be laughter in the room as “Girls Just Wanna have Fun.” The council wants to get to know you on a personal level, we want to share your stories, celebrate your victories & pray with you through your heartaches & pains.
We will be electing three members to the Women’s Council, as part of the business. The delegates elect the council members of which there are seven in total. The new council meets after the gathering & elects the officers. This year we are honored to have Lutheran World Relief hosting a reception for all women Tuesday evening at the Westin Hotel. More details on that when you get to Indy.
We help usher in the Holy Spirit & set the tone & spirit for Lutheran Week. We bond & build relationships that enable us to be a forever family. If you don’t know what forever family means, come to the gathering to find out.
Come, sing, laugh, pray & worship with us &, oh yeah, take care of business in the midst of it all. You can register online at lutheranweek.com.
Indiana here we come,