First Lutheran Church Women - FLCW
Mission Statement - Women of the ELCA
To Mobilize women to act boldly on their
faith in Jesus Christ.
Summer Greetings, Dear Girlfriends in Christ,
THE POWER OF POSITIVITY
Following the June “Living Generously” theme of wellness, I decided to expand the theme to include mental health, which is also going to be the benefactor of the fundraising efforts through the “CHIP IN FOR MENTAL HEALTH” Golf event that is being sponsored by First Lutheran on July 9th at the Peaceful Valley Gold Course. KUDOES TO FIRST LUTHERAN for stepping up and bringing attention to this vastly misunderstood condition so many people suffer from in complete silence and isolation.
One can find positive thinking everywhere: from inspirational Pinterest boards to feel-good phrases emblazoned on home décor. However, while it might seem like everyone is interested in positive thinking, many of us spend much of our time mired in negativity, worry, and self-doubt.
Healthy positivity does not mean that you should never feel sad or have an off day. Instead, it refers to approaching the challenges in our lives in a healthier, more productive way. Positive thinking is an emotional and mental attitude that focuses on the goodness of life. It is about managing expectations and working toward outcomes that will benefit us with health, happiness, and success, rather than anticipating the worst.
Why does positivity matter? Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health, and some of the benefits are very clear:
⸎ An increased life
⸎ Lower rates of depression
⸎ Lower levels of distress and pain
Greater resistance to illness
⸎ Better psychological and physical well-being
⸎ Improved heart health and less risk of cardiovascular disease
⸎ Reduced cancer rates
⸎ Improved respiratory function
⸎ Better ability to cope during hardship and stress
Optimistic people are healthier and happier. A positive mindset is something that we can cultivate and share with the people whom we love the most. We have worth and status in God’s eyes.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
We had our last meeting on May 7th, taking a bit of a break from meetings in June and July, and doing our Fall Kick-Off in August with the Annual Picnic and Bible Conversations. For the most part, the Executive Committee will be able to make decisions regarding FLCW, if need be.
► THANK YOU to the women from First Lutheran who attended the Lonetree Cluster Spring Gathering in Bowdon in April. The reported that they had a wonderful and inspirational day.
► FLCW sent $442.78 in Thankofferings to the Churchwide Women of the ELCA, a gift that they use toward churchwide missions. Keep working on your THANKOFFERING JARS, and filling them with your small change until our annual collection again in February of 2024.
► The Lonetree Cluster sent 55 QUILTS to HEART RIVER BRIDGES OF HOPE, an outreach and re-entry ministry on behalf of the ELCA and the whole church. As an expression of God’s grace and love, this ministry provides youth with opportunities for community worship, mentorship, wellness, and mutually enriching relationships. Trusting and believing that God heals and creates new life, the intent is to accompany and empower youth toward a future with hope. They work to build ecumenical, faith-based relationships with youth released from the Youth Correctional Center and congregations from across the state of North Dakota. Each individual whom the Bridges of Hope works with receives a “quilt of comfort”, lovingly made by quilters throughout North Dakota. OUR FIRST LUTHERAN QUILTERS contributed to the 55 that the Lonetree Cluster sent. THANK YOU so much First Lutheran Quilters, not only for this contribution, but also the many, many other donations that you make with your talent and generosity.
► PLANT POTLUCK, Sunday, June 4th. Bring a slip of a plant, labeled with care instructions, in a non-returnable container. BRING ONE; TAKE ONE. Just a fun little activity for you to get some variety in your garden and flowers.
► SUMMER CHURCH CLEANING for the women will take place after Bible School. We will be taking responsibility for the kitchen, Fellowship Hall and the lounge, so it will be very manageable and easy for us to quickly complete that task.
► THANK YOU so much to the quilters for the quilts that they lovingly labor over for our graduating seniors, who were recognized in church on Sunday, May 21st. THANK YOU to SHEENA SCHNEIBEL for making the presentations during the service. CONGRATULATIONS to our graduates Brynn Lesmeister, Emma Dockter, and Keenan Davis.
► THANK YOU to JOYCE PESTAL who delivered MOTHER’S DAY BOUQUETS to our members who are residents of the Nursing Home. THANK YOU to COURTNEY LEMER and GAIL WANGEN who helped spread some good cheer for Mother’s Day to some of our elderly and shut-in FLCW members with MOTHER’S DAY BOUQUETS. Visitation of that nature is probably something that we should do more of.
NEVER STOP PRAYING 1 Thessalonians 5:17
EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT AND RELAXING SUMMER!
In His Service,
President, First Lutheran Church Women
First Lutheran Church Women's Officers 2022-2023