First Lutheran Church Women - FLCW
Mission Statement - Women of the ELCA
To Mobilize women to act boldly on their
faith in Jesus Christ.
Dear Girlfriends in Christ,
LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE, PRAY
“Turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!’” Luke 10:23
Jesus chose his 12 disciples and they dropped everything and followed HIM! “I will make you Fishers of Men.” Jesus sent these 12 men to go out and proclaim the Good News, cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons, and take no pay! How many of us today would answer that call!
Well, we are not “the chosen 12,” but we are Jesus’ disciples and are chosen. Every day we get the chance to proclaim the Good News. How can we do this?
Each day is a gift. Let us use it to be thankful, productive, and to enjoy ourselves and the ones whom we love. Let us be grateful for life’s blessings and lessons. When we focus our attention on everything that we have to appreciate in our lives, we will notice even more of the blessings.
What a wonderful world this would be if love and respect topped everyone’s list. God would be pleased too! Kindness is free and love is fun and feels good. We need to remember to tell God that we love him too.
Laughter is the best medicine. It releases endorphins, aids circulation, protects against heart disease, and relaxes us. Laughter helps us get through our daily pressures and stressors. Joy is found within. Smiles are contagious. JOY IS A CHOICE – NOT A RESULT.
Pray ALWAYS! Anytime, anyplace, out loud or silently. Just talk to God! PRAYER IS POWERFUL!
Our new year has officially begun with our first meeting on September 11th. We are ready for regaining some structure back in our organization and some normalcy in doing our mission work amongst us. There is always something FLCW related going on in the church. Following is the latest of what the Women of First Lutheran have been up to and a recap of the September meeting:
► 2022-2023 FLCW Officers –
- President – Kathy Muscha
- Vice President – Heather Mayer
- Secretary – Joyce Pestal
- Treasurer – Evie Nelson
We are thankful for the many women in our church, (who are not listed here), who continue to take on the numerous leadership positions required to keep this vibrant mission of the church going. They work behind the scenes everyday doing something that is vital to the life of the church and our congregation. GOD BLESS THE WOMEN OF FIRST LUTHERAN who are tirelessly doing GOD’S WORK WITH THEIR HANDS.
► THE QUILTERS CONTINUE TO AMAZE! The Fall Lutheran World Relief shipment yielded the following from First Lutheran:
- 68 quilts
- 31 Baby Kits
- 27 Personal Care Kits
- 2 blankets
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all of the hard work and dedication to this mission.
DID YOU KNOW that we are a part of a vast mission through Lutheran World Relief, that reached 361,225 neighbors in need in 19 countries.
- 122,400 quilts
- 3,230 blankets
- 60,030 Personal Care Kits
- 103,880 School Kits
- 38, 850 Baby Care Kits
- 915 Fabric Kits
- 31,920 Face Masks
► FLCW contributed $3,000 to the church fuel fund. It is needs like this that the women of the church can have a tremendous impact upon when we donate for funerals or any other cause that the women support. The update of the parsonage is another good example of how the women generously share their resources to help lighten the budget of the church. EVERY WOMAN IS A MEMBER OF FLCW and thus shares in this impact that the women are able to have. Some think that the women have a lot of money and assume that the need to date does not exist. NOT TRUE. There is always a mission and/or project that is waiting in the wings of doing GOD’S WORK WITH OUR HANDS.
► We have a few who have volunteered to make a meal for a family that brings home a newborn. It would be nice to see that list grow. Just let Kathy Muscha (701-341-1127) or Karla Faul in the church office if this is a mission that you feel you could participate in.
► We once again had a large and faithful number of women attending events outside of our church – namely the Church of the Cross Retreat and the Lonetree Cluster Fall Gathering. There is always so much to be learned as we share in fellowship with the women of other congregations.
► TRUNK OR TREAT will round out the month of October, and once again FLCW has committed to having a trunk in this community outreach mission. THANK YOU to Joleen Swang for agreeing to do the trunk for us this year. It has historically been a very well-received endeavor, so any help that she can get to help hand out goodies from the trunk would be very much appreciated. You may contact Joleen or Kathy Muscha if you would be able to help put a smile on hundreds of cute, little goblins.
Listening to God is essential to walking with God.
Dr. Charles F. Stanley
In His Service,
Kathy Muscha, President of First Lutheran Church Women
First Lutheran Church Women's Officers 2022-2023