Grace & Favor,
Welcome to the Council, Peggy & Sandy! Welcome back to active duty, Pat! Jody, Linda & Shelia: while you may no longer be on active duty, you will always be a Woman of the North American Lutheran Church, your contributions to this Kingdom’s ministry are appreciated & they will never be forgotten. Thank you for answering the call to serve on & with the Women’s Council.
God truly gave us both grace & favor as we had a wonderful first virtual Annual Gathering! Special thanks & shout out to Bishop Dan who gave us a heads up on his vison for the future. It was really a blessing, honor & privilege to hear directly from our presiding bishop. What is there to be said about my pastor & dean: Pastor Trina Petersen?! Well, while everyone enjoyed her wisdom & energy, I am amazed that she did it within her time limit! With Pastor Trina I just do not expect her to limit the message God gives her for His people; well done thy good & faithful servant.
While we missed the hugs & the love of being in person this year, we will share a double portion next year in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Omni Hotel sits right across the street from the bay &, be prepared, it will be hot in Texas in August. Luckily, the city has so much to offer in terms of family fun activities, as well as things to do for those of us in our twilight years, so hopefully the heat will not be much of an issue.
It was great to have some of our Canadian sisters with us at the virtual Annual Gathering & my prayer is that you will all be able to make it to Corpus Christi next year. We will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the WNALC! I do not have details to share yet, because it is OUR anniversary & we ALL need to be in on the planning. Feel free to share your thoughts & ideas on how we can celebrate 10 years & honor those who laid the foundation for who we are today. “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:4-6 NIV) The Women of the NALC has begun a good work; it will be carried on to completion.
May God’s Light guide your path, may God’s Love dwell within you.