Around the Mission Area – May 2018

The Grace Lutheran, Abilene Mayfest is on Saturday, May 5 from 10-5 PM. Be sure to let friends and family know so they can come shop. There will be vendors and crafters of all kinds. The youth will also be selling frozen casseroles (King Ranch and Chicken Spaghetti) as a fundraiser to earn money for camp and youth conference this summer. They were even thoughtful enough to have a few gluten-free and vegetarian versions of the casseroles available. Also, the Women of Grace are planning to go to Chandor Gardens in Weatherford on Saturday, May 18. For more information, contact Teresa Weicht at

Region 4 Retreat for Presidents and Vice-Presidents

Every year, except the Triennial year, the presidents and vice-presidents of Region 4 get together for a retreat. This year we will host the group from June 22-24th. President Sarah Gohlke and Vice President Pam Nye will host this retreat in the Bosque House near Crawford, Texas. Women will be arriving Friday afternoon from Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, the three synods in Texas, and the Church-wide Executive board. We expect 15 women to attend.  Several of the W-ELCA local units in the area will provide meals during the weekend – St. John Coryell, Zion McGregor, Our Savior’s Norse, and St. Paul Crawford. The group will worship with members of St. Paul Lutheran, Crawford on Sunday morning.  The church members will provide a meal for everyone, and then the presidents and vice-presidents will head toward their homes after the luncheon.

Tripling our Life-Changing Ministry Through Katie’s Fund

At the Conference of Presidents, information was presented on new happenings for Katie’s Fund. Last fall, the Churchwide board approved an exciting new initiative – The All Anew campaign for Katie’s Fund – with the goal of tripling our endowed Katie’s Fund by the 2020 Triennial convention and Gathering. That means tripling the life-changing ministry that Katie’s Fund can make possible! The total goal of the All Anew campaign for Katie’s Fund is to grow the fund from its current total of about $1.5 million to $4.5 million by July 2020.   Our board members, and other dedicated women throughout the church, are forming a leadership circle – Katie’s Sisters – to get the All Anew campaign off to a rousing start, with a goal of raising $1 million in gifts and commitments. Our friends at the InFaith Foundation are offering their gift-planning expertise to women who’d like to learn more about how they can put their assets to work for The All Anew campaign for Katie’s Fund. As an endowed fund, the money held in Katie’s Fund is invested carefully to generate income. That annual income – which is generally about 4% of the amount invested – may be used by the churchwide women’s organization for leadership development, living theology, and global connections.  Your generous support of Katie’s Fund, through regular gifts and through The All Anew campaign for Katie’s Fund, can really makes a difference in womens’ lives.     

May 2018 Financial Report

Northern Texas- Northern Louisiana Synodical Women’ Organization
Financial Report as of January 31, 2018

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Fehler, NT-NL SWO Treasurer
3327 Pleasant Run Rd
McGregor, TX 76657

General Fund Balance: February 1, 2018  $5,064.50
Deposits: St. Stephen, Shreveport; First, Temple; First, Waco;
Four Mile, Mabank; Our Redeemer, Grand Prairie; Our Savior, Durant;
St. Luke’s, Richardson; First, Longview
Interest: Mission Investment Fund  $2.98
Debits: Travel  -$158.88
Balance: April 11, 2018  $5,472.77
Custodial Fund Balance: February 1, 2018  $7,878.52
Deposit MIF interest  $4.46
Balance: April 11, 2018  $7,882.98
Convention, Retreat, ,Scholarship, & Continuing Education Balance  $8,500.44
Deposits: MIF interest  $4.81
Debit: Insurance  -$11.10
Balance: April 11, 2018 $7,882.98

HOT Conference W-ELCA Spring Gathering

The Heart of Texas Conference met for its Spring Gathering at First Lutheran Church, Temple, on April 14. Sixty-one women from twelve different congregations were in attendance.

Large yellow letters on display greeted women with the meeting’s theme: “Plug Into Your Power!” A bulletin board, songs sung by the group, and Scriptures all emphasized ways that we can “plug” into God’s Power: through Prayer, Others, Word …which Equips us to Respond.

Attendees were engaged by the charming humor, music, and words of the speaker: Chaplain Judy Hoelscher of Baylor Scott & White Hospital.  In her remarks on the theme “Aging with Grace and Wisdom”, she advised to “Live Simply, Let Go of Ego & Regrets, and Leave A Spiritual Legacy”.

Pastor Rusty Campbell of First Lutheran led a bible study on the Gathering theme. We were reminded of how opportunities to participate in activities of our congregations had enriched our lives. And, we were challenged to encourage younger generations to become involved.

The day concluded with a business meeting led by conference president, Kim Fehler. The group voted to accept a motion approving a Constitution Modification. Synodical WELCA president, Sarah Gohlke, also gave remarks to the group on activities of this year.

A Love Offering was designated for the Synod Women’s Organization, CASA of Bell & Coryell counties, and Mosaic of Waco.

Dallas Area Metroplex North Conference W-ELCA Spring Gathering

The Dallas Metroplex North Conference Spring Gathering celebrated “Have a Heart for Humankind” at Rejoice in Frisco on April 7th. Twenty churches from Sherman to Waco were represented by 36 women. The keynote speaker was Lily Heine from Refugee Services of Texas. She spoke about the challenges faced by refugees who seek safety and a better life in the United States. A lunch of salads prepared by ladies from Rejoice followed. Breakout sessions included discussions with Lily and craft making. The Gathering concluded with a worship service with communion led by Pr. Kris Totzke. Next year’s Gathering is scheduled for March 30th, 2019, at Grace in Carrollton.