First Lutheran Church Women
Mission Statement - Women of the ELCA
To Mobilize women to act boldly on their
faith in Jesus Christ.
Happy Mother’s Day, Dear Girlfriends in Christ,
Mother’s Day can bring a mix of emotions for many women. There are those anticipating the birth of their first child; step-moms wondering what their place is; those who have lost their own mother and are faced with grieving on Mother’s Day; there are moms who encounter feelings of hurt because their children have turned from God; and, there are those overwhelmed with the pain from the loss of a child. No matter what any of us face this Mother’s Day, we can turn to God and experience peace and healing through prayer. Hopefully the following prayer will encourage the soul and speak life into our calling as a mom.
“Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” Billy Graham
A MOTHER’S DAY PRAYER
Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self that each mom gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant; for the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, baking, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining, holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.
We thank you for the gift of time moms give for their kids, whether it is a stay-at-home mom, working mom, and the mom who have some combination of the two. We thank you for the flexibility of moms, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.
We pray that you give each mom strength. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously in her home. Help her to forgive those who undermine her significance.
We especially pray for single moms, who must lean on you for help fathering their children. We thank you that your big arms surround children who may never know their earthly father. We also pray for the mother who has never had the honor of bearing children, but whose nurturing extends to the many poor and needy who cross the threshold of their lives.
We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from the Father to Son to us in salvation will flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness of the gospel. We pray that the rhythms of repentance and forgiveness shape every home.
Lord, give each mother a worshipful reverence to you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only your Spirit can produce change into the hearts of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.
Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother’s womb.
Amen Author – Daniel Darling
FLCW Notes: Your Executive Committee continues to meet and communicate on a regular basis to keep up with events, and make decisions as needed. Thank you to Evie Nelson and Joyce Pestal for staying on top of everything while I have been working on my health issues. I have decided to work on the resolution of the health issues in Montana, so that means that I will be gone more than our original plan. I appreciate all of the women who have stepped up, as you usually do, to get things done.
► It is our fervent prayer that FLCW can resume normal activity level by Fall. That is our goal. That would include officially starting our year with the ANNUAL PICNIC, BIBLE STUDY, and BUSINESS MEETING in August. God is in charge.
► We decided that it was still a risk to try to do the SALAD BAR in May. If we can continue in positive directions, we are talking about doing a SOUP and SALAD BAR sometime in the Fall
► FLCW has helped to pay for the resurfacing of the parking lot = $625.00.
► Thank you to all who helped in any way with the success of the RUMMAGE SALE. That is a huge project, so extending a huge THANK YOU to Joleen Swang and Ellie Schneibel for manning this project once again.
► SENIOR GRADUATION SUNDAY will be May 16th. Our seniors will again be recognized during the worship service, and will be presented with quilts made by our quilters. There will be a small reception for them before church at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our seniors this year are Brooke Loen, Shayla Seibel, Tyson Tipton, Zoe McKinven, Abby Weinmann, and Hannah Ziegler.
► We are not feeling the urgency to do any deep cleaning of the church this Spring, for obvious reasons. So, let us just enjoy a season off.
► PLEASE NOTE: Lonetree Spring Gathering is May 1st, at Oak Valley Lutheran in Velva. The specifics of that meeting will be in the Sunday bulletins and also posted in the Narthex. It will be a blessing to experience the fellowship of our partners in the Women of the ELCA. Please contact Joyce Pestal if you would like to go to this meeting, as she is the organizer and arranging for rides.
“There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.” Jill Churchill
Blessings, Kathy Muscha
Congratulations BOLD WOMAN of 2020 - Kathy Muscha
The Women of First Lutheran give Thanks for God for Kathy Muscha, for your faithful, BOLD, and unselfish leadership through the generations of our rich history within the congregation of First Lutheran Church.
First Lutheran Church Women's Officers