Minutes of the SWO Board – January 2018

NT-NL SWO Board Meeting
Saturday January 20, 2018
Rejoice Lutheran Church, Frisco

The SWO Constitution and Policies and Procedure updates from the subcommittee review were approved with some typo errors for presentation at the convention in October.  The new date for SWO convention is October 26-28 at Rejoice Lutheran Church in Frisco.  There will be 10 Scholarships for $100 will be offered to attendees.  The Churchwide Representative will be Joy Michalicek from Duluth, Minnesota.  The basic weekend schedule – Business meeting Friday afternoon – need voting member from each W-ELCA unit.

The Nominations Committee will be Susan Remshardt and Helen Beaujour– 4 officers and 5 board members at large and voting delegates to 2020 Triennial.   The NT-NL president will be elected on an ecclesiastical ballot.  Voting members for the Triennial will be elected by Rank Order Process.

Synod Assembly – will be at Temple, April 27-28, 2018.  The HOT Conference hosts the assembly at the Mayborn Convention Center  

The next board meeting will be at Grace Lutheran in Abilene on June 2 followed by Aug 25 via telecom. November date set by new president within 30 days of SWO convention.

Respectfully submitted,
Glenda Phillips, Secretary

Lutheran World Relief – Quilts & Kits

All presidents of local W-ELCA units should have received an email from your SWO board liaison person with the information that is needed for packing and shipping quilts and kits for Lutheran World Relief. If you have not received your LWR instructions, please have your W-ELCA president/contact person ask for the information and order the new guides. You can go to lwr.org or lwr@lwr.org to order these guides, or call 800.597.5972 for help in getting the new guides in your hands so you know about any changes that have been made. Your local president may also contact her SWO board liaison for the information. If you are unable to get ahold of your liaison, please contact President Sarah Gohlke.

Treasurer’s Report March 2018

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: December 8, 2017  $5,496.22
Deposits: Trinity Pottsville, Calvary Richland Hills, St. Paul Crawford,
Our Savior Norse, 1st Longview, St. Olaf Cranfills Gap, St. Paul Levelland,
Zion McGregor, Trinity Clifton, Rejoice Frisco, St. John Coryell City,
Grace Ft. Worth, Trinity Sherman
Interest: Mission Investment Fund  $3.43
Debits: Offering to Women of the ELCA  -$1,669.10
Conference of Presidents Offering  -$100.00
Board Expense  -$100.00
Balance: January 31, 2018  $5,064.50
Custodial Fund Balance: December 8, 2017  $7,873.84
Deposit MIF interest  $4.68
Balance: January 31, 2018  $7,878.52
Scholarship and Convention Accounts
Convention – Retreat Acct. Balance November 8, 2017  $4,147.48
Deposits: MIF interest  $3.44
Debit: Texas Refuge Services  -$234.25
Scholarship Fund Balance December 8, 2017 $1,553.19
Deposit: MIF Interest $0.93
Balance: January 31, 2018 $1,554.12
Continuing Education Fund Balance December 8, 2017 $3,028.14
Deposit: MIF Interest $1.80
Balance: January 31, 2018 $3,029.94

March 2018 Devotion

March 2018 Devotion

The Lent and Easter seasons are upon us. Lent brings us to reflect on our lives and sinful natures and to ask for forgiveness of things done, not done, or left undone. We see it often as a time to “give up whatever for Lent” and then not be too good about following through, even though it is only for 40 days. What if we thought of it more in terms of letting go of things: bitterness, hatred, self-centeredness, and guilt. In place of what we let go, we can put love, empathy, kindness, and self worth. Maybe being more cognizant of what we are saying or doing, or how we present ourselves to others, is a better way to embody the season of Lent. Then, when we reach Easter, we can say with real joy in our hearts that Christ Is Risen. He is Risen Indeed.


Peggy Tooker, Tapestry Editor

Saint Matthew Lutheran, Waco

Minutes of The NT-NL SWO Board

SWO Board Meeting
Sunday October 15, 2017
Briarwood Retreat Center

Meeting was held following week-end retreat Sunday service.  Sarah opened with prayer.

Old Business

  • Ann Hanley reported there were 4 scholarships awarded to the Fall Retreat
  • We tabled Policies and procedures.

New Business

  • Fall Retreat –was conducted at Briarwood Retreat Center.  We read evaluation sheets.  Sarah will consolidate the evaluation.  We asked about making signs for the prayer labyrinth.  We’re obtaining approval and an estimate.

Next Board Meeting – will be January 20 at one of the Metroplex North Churches (Rejoice in Frisco).  They will be hosting the SWO Convention in October 2018.

Meeting closed with the Doxology.

Respectfully submitted

Glenda Phillips, Secretary

2018 Spring Conference Meetings

As your conference committee meets to set a date and plan your 2018 Spring Gathering, please let President Gohlke know so she can put you on the synodical women’s calendar and the NT-NL calendar. 

Dallas Area Metroplex North Conference W-ELCA Spring Gathering

The Dallas Area Metroplex North Conference (DAMN) of the NTNL Mission Area Women’s Group is holding their 7th annual Women’s Retreat on April 7, 2018, with guest facilitator Kathy Dodson, from TX Refugee Services.

When: April 7, 2018   8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location: Rejoice Lutheran Church
12000 Independence Parkway
Frisco, TX  75035

Cost: $20, includes lunch; Make checks payable to Rejoice Lutheran Church

Please return the completed form, along with registration fee, to the address on the form no later than March 23rd.

Thank you!

Pam Grosze
Rejoice Lutheran, Frisco, TX

HOT Conference W-ELCA Spring Gathering

“Plug Into Your Power!”  That’s the theme of the HOT Conference W-ELCA Spring Gathering at First Lutheran Church, Temple, on Saturday, April 14. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments.

We will be reminded throughout the day of how Prayer, Others, Word, & being Equipped by the Spirit, helps us Respond with P-O-W-E-R in lives of service. Chaplain Judy Hoelscher of Baylor Scott & White will speak about finding much Power in “Aging with Grace and Wisdom”.

A bible study and music will also highlight the Power we have as followers of Christ.  Fellowship with good food, a Silent Auction, and a presentation by Jared Hoellein of Mosaic are also part of the day.

A “Love Offering” will be received & given to 2 charities chosen by FLC Women.

Registration forms were sent to Unit Presidents the week of February 19. Those will then be made available to the members.  Registration fee is $10. Registering by April 4 will be rewarded with a special gift.

A Business Meeting led by HOT Conference W-ELCA President, Kimberly Fehler, will conclude the day at 1:30 p.m.

We hope that you will join us!

Burdine Wuthrich
First Lutheran, W-ELCA, Temple, TX

Panhandle Conference W-ELCA Spring Gathering

The Panhandle Conference Women of the ELCA will meet at the Red Zone Café, 3602 Slide Rd., Lubbock, Texas at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 for their Spring Gathering.  The Theme will be “Growing as Lutherans.”  All ladies are welcome to join the event.

Meetings will be posted in the Tapestry and on our website as they are shared.