First Lutheran Church Women
Mission Statement - Women of the ELCA
To Mobilize women to act boldly on their
faith in Jesus Christ.
Joint Circle - All women are welcome!
At the time of this writing it is not known if joint circle will be able to meet this month. If so the members will be notified , and it will be announced in church and in the bulletin. It would be at 10:30 in the youth room on January 13th. The theme of the lessons for the next four months will be “Journey with Angels.” The January session is called “Looking Up”, and the February one is “Turnaround Angles”. Please note that both sessions are in the same magazine, so be sure to save it.
“email@example.com” is the internet site listing upcoming lessons and other information on devotions, books, etc. In past months various leaders have led lessons on the internet.
APPY NEW YEAR, Dear Girlfriends in Christ,
A PRAYER FOR HOPE AFTER A HARD YEAR
(Credit – Debbie McDaniel)
God, thank you for helping us to make it through this difficult year. Thank you that you have carried us through the uncertainty of deep waters, through the flames of trials, and through the pain of hard losses. We are constantly aware of how much we need you, your grace, your strength, your power working through even the toughest days.
Help us to keep our focus first on you this season. Please forgive us for giving too much time and attention to other things, for looking to other people before coming to you first. Help us to reflect again, on what Christmas is really all about. Thank you that you came to give new life, peace, hope, and joy. Thank you that your power is made perfect in our weakness.
Help us to remember that the gift of Christ, Immanuel, is our greatest treasure; not just at Christmas, but for the whole year through. Fill us with joy and the peace of your Spirit. Direct our hearts and minds towards you. Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in seasons of brokenness, you are still with us. For you never leave us. Thank you for your daily powerful Presence in our lives – that we can be assured that your heart is towards us, your eyes are over us, and your ears are open to our prayers. Thank you that you surround us with favor as with a shield, and that we are safe in your care.
We choose to press in close to you today, and keep you first in our hearts and lives. Without you, we would surely fail, but with you, there is great hope. Thank you for your healing power; thank you for bringing us into this new season. We look forward to all that You still have in store. In Jesus’ name. Amen
BIBLE VERSES OF RENEWAL AND HOPE FOR THE NEW YEAR
► “And he who is seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21: 5
► “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3: 22-23
► “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43: 18-19
► “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
► “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” Philippians 3: 13
► “Therefore, repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3: 19
► “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
FLCW NOTES -
► Thank you to all of the women who have been faithful to “keeping the fires burning” in my absence. There have been a lot of funerals, and as I understand, everything has been covered. That is all that we are doing right now, but hopefully we can begin some of our normalcy once the vaccine begins to be distributed.
► Thank you to all of you who have contributed to our Bakeless Bake Sale and Saladless Salad Bar. If you have not yet had the opportunity to contribute to this project, it is never too late. You may give your gift to your Group Chairman, or you may also leave it with Karla in the Church office.
► February is Baby Care Kit Month. The contents of the kit will be published this month and next month, as well as in the Sunday bulletins. There is a basket in the Narthex to collect your gifts toward this mission. With worship, and life in general, as it is right now, it definitely makes it more difficult to get the items to the church. If you have something that you would like to contribute to the Baby Care Kits and are unable to bring it to the church, call the church office and let Karla know. We will come and pick up your contribution.
► FLCW General Meetings have been suspended until further notice.
► GENTLE REMINDER: Please continue to collect change for your Thankoffering jars. Bold Women/Thankoffering Sunday is currently scheduled for February 14. With the current state of affairs, I guess we
see if we have it or not. But, regardless, we will want to collect the change from the jars and send that in for international missions of the Women of the ELCA.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE -
► THANK YOU, THANK YOU all so much for all of the prayers, cards, phone calls, meals while Wayne and I have been going through a rough spot. Prayer is powerful, and I have felt the blanket of prayer. I am home recovering. Our boys have played a key role in that process. I feel like I may have turned a corner, but many of the symptoms linger for weeks, which I can attest to. Wayne’s battle is much more intense, and will take a lot longer. He is an acute care hospital in Mandan, and we are feeling good about that choice. We take one day at a time, and continually pray that God will lay a healing hand upon him. I do get to see him on a regular basis, for which I am so thankful. So, our winter has been laid out for us. With God’s help, and the loving support and compassion from our church family, we have been given the strength to move through this difficult time.
You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance. Psalm 65:11
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