OSL Women of the ELCA
Transformed by Faith
Jodie Nielsen

Gather magazine’s Bible study “in John’s gospel, Meetings with Jesus by Julie A. Kanarr, wraps up this month. Session four: “Seeing the Risen Christ: Coming to Faith.” Through stories from the disciples and others, “we reflect on how the Risen Christ remains present among us, blessing us and inviting us to live in his name.”

Theme/focus verse: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:29b

Prayer: “Gracious God, draw us into your love. Bring us from our places of doubt and fear into the light of your peace. Breathe your Spirit into us and give us new life in you. Amen.”

Sweets for Your Valentine, WELCA’s first fundraiser of the year, was held on Sunday, February 10; $506.12 was raised. Thank you to the WELCA women who provided the treats for the sale, and to the OSL members for purchasing the sweets and supporting WELCA’ 2019 Unit Wide Mission Project, “Every Day Samaritan—Helping Your Neighbor.”

Donations for Rebel Hurd and Family. A huge hug to all who generously donated money to Rebel Hurd from Church on the Street. Your donations, which totaled $956, will assist Rebel and her family during their time of rebuilding following a fire that destroyed their home.

All women are cordially invited to WELCA’s annual Mother & Daughter Luncheon, on Saturday, May 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held in The Gathering Place and will feature The Church Ladies from Clear Lake, S.D. Tickets will go on sale in mid-April.

The Crossroads WELCA Spring Gathering will be held in Sioux Falls, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 8:15. This year’s guest speakers are the Rev. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl, former bishop of the South Dakota Synod, and Diane Nesselhuf. The cost is $10, which includes lunch.

Board Position Opening. We are searching for a Mission Action Chair. Please let me know if you would be interested in serving on the board: jodie.nielsen@gmail.com. We would love to have you as part of our team.

“By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

WELCA Board Members: Jodie Nielsen, President; Michelle Schuknecht, Vice President; Nancy Krueger, Treasurer; Karen Zimbeck, Secretary; Tami Skorczewski, Advisor.

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