OSL Women of the ELCA
For Just Such a
Time as This
Jodie Nielsen

The current WELCA Bible study is “For Just Such a Time as This,” by Kim Ward. This phrase is taken from Esther 4:14—you may have heard it before, since it is recited often.

Kari Van Wakeren’s article, “Maybe You Were Made for This,” in the June issue of Gather magazine, states, “Chances are good that most of us will never come into a position of royal authority like Queen Esther. Most of us won’t even run for public office. Yet each day…we have the chance to touch another life for good. Of course, most of the time our choices aren’t glamorous. They won’t get us national attention or make us rich. But through baptism, we each receive a calling as God’s child to serve our neighbor. When we use our gifts to serve God and our neighbor, no small act of kindness or generosity goes to waste.”

Kari goes on to say, “Celebrate the gifts God has given you, and open yourself up to God’s Spirit to use those gifts to bless others.
After all, who knows? Maybe you were made a mom…engineer…sister…farmer…daughter…teacher…friend…quilter…lawyer… _______________ (fill in the blank) for just such a time as this.

June Bible Study. “For Just Such a Time as This,” by Kim Ward. Session one: “Esther the Queen: Voices in the King’s Court.”

Text: Esther 1–3 (source: gathermagazine.org).

Prayer: “Holy God, we seek your voice in the words we read and hear. May we open our hearts to your love. Be present with us in our time together so that we might serve you more faithfully. Amen.”

OSL Summer Blast Group Activity. All women are invited to help with the group activity that will take place on Wednesday, July 10, from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., as part of that month’s Summer Blast. The activity has yet to be finalized, but in the past, we have worked on Comfort Bags for people who are receiving chemo treatments and Children’s Busy Bags for kids to use during worship services. Mark your calendars and look for more information in the July Intercom.

“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; Karen Zimbeck, Secretary; Nancy Krueger, Treasurer; Sherry Roth, Mission Action;

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