First Lutheran Church Women
Mission Statement - Women of the ELCA
To Mobilize women to act boldly on their
faith in Jesus Christ.
SAVE THE DATE -
LONETREE WOMEN SPRING CLUSTER GATHERING
Saturday, May 1st
More details will emerge by the first of April and will be published in the April Sunday bulletins.
You may contact Joyce Pestal (324-4440) if you would be interested in attending.
Happy, happy Easter, Dear Girlfriends in Christ,
“Oh, sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!
…tell of his salvation from day to day.” Psalms 96: 1-2
It probably does not matter what part of the country that we live in during the winter months. Whether the temperatures have dipped to just below freezing, or we have endured a deep freeze for months. We always eagerly anticipate spring! We try to stay upbeat all winter, keeping our grumbling to ourselves. Staying positive during dreary days is difficult. Gray skies, cold air, wind, and short days have a tendency to depress us.
On the other hand, when sunshine peaks through the clouds and warm breezes penetrate our skin, our mood changes immediately. The truth for most of us is probably that persevering the winter is challenging, and we wish that it were spring all year long.
Why do we like spring? New life. We hear birds announce a new day. The smell of fresh wet dirt just after a good rain helps breathe life back into our wilting souls. Maybe it is the call of the wild, or a basic instinct to start tilling. Maybe it is cheering on a team of flowers that have fought the miraculous fight – popping out of a hard seed in a deep and dark place, forcing their way through the cold soil, eventually tasting the bright rays of sunshine, and finally blooming in all of their glorious colors. Most of us will admit that we thrive on all things spring.
In God’s world, every day is spring –
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away;
behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“…put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge,
according to the image of the One who created him.” Colossians 3:10
“The old life is gone; a new one burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him…” 2 Corinthians 5: 18-20
God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We are Christ’s representatives.
And tell of his Love and new life. Be intentional every day to be renewed. Make it a priority to become deeply acquainted with God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Learn something new about Him every day! Be an ambassador. Share the good news daily, either through good deeds or saving words. Ask for God’s guidance.
As you are reading this, spring has officially arrived. Winter will return all too soon. Yet, it does not matter if we are prepared to celebrate new life every day of the year. Allow your heart to be tilled by God’s Word. Then go forth and cast the seeds that are able to come to life even in the darkest of times.
Are we willing to allow God to weave something new into our lives?
Are we willing to allow God to use our lives to share the Good News with others, bringing new life to those around us?
“Behold, I will do something new; now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
(Adapted from an article written by Van Walton – no further credits available)
One year later, let us hope that we are maybe and finally on a road to getting back to some business as usual. Returning to full Communion and singing, with masks being optional will certainly make it feel like church again! Who knew that our lives could be so disrupted for so long? I definitely had it confirmed that much of my life was consumed with what I did in church, by choice. I have missed the fellowship of the women, our activities, our mission work, or normal routine within the church family.
I am not sure when I personally will be able to return to the normalcy of activities, as we finally have made it to Montana after four long months of recovering from our winter of COVID. We have decided to stay here for an undetermined period of time. I am guessing that we will stay here until it becomes obvious that we can go to work on the spring activities at the farm. We do need to come back for a few days at the beginning of every month to take care of various things, but
it will be brief. So far, it doesn’t appear that I have missed anything by not being personally present. Technology is wonderful, enabling me to stay in the loop.
► Thank you to all who participated in giving to the PERSONAL CARE KITS. It has been a real need, so anything that is contributed will be a blessing to those in need.
► Thank you also for your contributions to the annual THANKOFFERING. The latest total that I have received from our Treasurer is $442.09. Our offering last year was about $150.00 more, so considering the kind of year that this has been, no one is disappointed in what we were able to send into the Women of the ELCA for mission projects. Hopefully you have already started your jars for this year, and we can get ourselves back up to speed in what we normally try to contribute. Thank you to Evie Nelson for her faithful watch of the collection container and getting all of that coin counted.
► LONETREE SPRING CLUSTER – I have received a brief notification from Audrey Boe Olsen that there will be a gathering on MAY 1, at VELVA. SO, ANOTHER INDICATION THAT WE ARE RETURNING TO SOME NORMALCY!! The details of the meeting will not be out until the first week of April, so I will rely on the Sunday bulletin and word of mouth to share the details of the meeting. So far, about six of our women have expressed an interest in attending, which is just wonderful. Everyone is so anxious to gather in fellowship with our Christian comrades!
“For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with Him you were raised to new life because you trusted the nighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.”
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