All About Thankofferings

As is the tradition at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sherman, the Women’s ThankOffering Worship Service was held on November 26th – always the Sunday following Thanksgiving.  It was not only an opportunity for the ladies to lead worship, but also share who they are as Women of the ELCA.

They are a busy group all year long – quilting, assembling baby kits and school kits, sponsoring a Bazaar and many other things – which included a $500 donation to the Katie Fund in honor of Sue Sappenfield, a $200 offering to the 10th Triennial Gathering, and supporting the five ladies from Trinity who attended the Triennial by paying half of their expenses (registration, air fare, and lodging).   A thank-you was extended to all the ladies who make all these things happen! It was also an opportunity to thank the congregation for the many ways it supports all their projects.

The service focused on ALL ANEW – the theme of the 10th Triennial Gathering which was held this past summer – and sharing experiences from the event.  A slide show from the Triennial played before the service and there was a display in the Fellowship Hall highlighting events.  Women of all ages – (middle school to retirees) shared their gifts and talents by participating in many different ways to make it a beautiful worship service – To God Be The Glory!  The music was amazing – enhancing the messages delivered.  We sang some wonderful songs including special music for communion – We Come to Your Feast.

The ladies who attended the Triennial were so moved by Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s sermon at the opening worship service, they wanted to share it with the congregation.  So the video of Bishop Eaton’s sermon was shown as part of the service.  It was a special opportunity for all to see her from the pulpit and hear her powerful message.

What a blessing to be part of Women of the ELCA and this Women’s ThankOffering Service! It was indeed a celebration of God’s Love and God’s Love in Action!

Ann Hanley

Trinity Lutheran Church, Sherman, TX

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