Upcoming Events – Spring 2018

Upcoming Events

Jan 6 – Epiphany begins

Jan 13 – Heart of Texas Planning Meeting for the Spring Gathering at First Lutheran, Temple

Jan 20, 10am – NT-NL SWO Board Meeting at Rejoice, Frisco

Jan 20, 3pm – SWO Convention Meeting with members of Rejoice Frisco and Dallas Area Metro North

Feb 2-3 – NT-NL Synod Council Meeting

Feb 14 – Ash Wednesday, Lent begins

Feb 15 – Deadline for news articles to be submitted to Peggy Tooker for the March 2018 Tapestry

Feb 25 – Bold Women’s Day

Feb 23-25 – Conference of Presidents, Chicago, IL

April 7 – Spring Gathering, Dallas Area Metro North Conference at Rejoice Frisco

April 14 – Spring Gathering, Heart of Texas Conference at First Lutheran Temple

April 21 – Spring Gathering, Panhandle Conference at the Red Zone Café on Slide Road, Lubbock

April 27-28 – NT-NL Synod Assembly at the Mayborn Convention Center, Temple

Church Holidays

Epiphany –  Epiphany will be Saturday January 6, 2018, the twelfth day of Christmas.  Christmas season closes with the wise men from the East at the manger, showing us that the Light of the World is for all the world.  Epiphany is a Christian feast day celebrated annually on January 6 that is also known as Three Kings Day.  Epiphany means “manifestation” as it commemorates the first time Jesus’ divinity manifested itself through the visit of the Three Kings (also known as the Magi or Wise Men).

Ash Wednesday  –  Ash Wednesday will be February 14, 2018.  Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent.  It occurs 46 days before Easter.  Lent is a good time for 40 days of reflection, 40 days of spiritual evaluation – an annual checkup.  According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke; Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert where he endured temptation by Satan.  Lent originated as a mirroring of this fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter.  Every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ’s resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate.

Accordingly, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday (6 days) during 6 weeks, and from Wednesday to Saturday during Holy Week prior to Easter; thus making up the number of 40 days.

World Day of Prayer  –  World Day of Prayer will be on Friday March 2, 2018.  It is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice throughout the world.

January 2018 Devotion

As we begin a new year, let us look forward to a different kind of resolution – one of resolving to live more like Christ in our daily lives. Be more caring and compassionate; more thoughtful of others feelings; more generous with our time; more patient with our families. These resolutions may be even harder to keep than going to the gym, not eating desserts, fixing more nutritious meals and losing weight. We do have prayer, thanksgiving, Bible study, and meditation to guide us daily as we are trying to be more Christ-like in our daily lives.

As the Psalmist says:

“In the morning O Lord, you hear my voice; In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Psalm 5:3

What a wonderful way to start the day, laying your requests before the Lord and waiting in expectation for his response. It will come to you at the most unexpected times and places if you just listen for him to speak.

Peggy Tooker, Tapestry Editor
Saint Matthew Lutheran, Waco

Triennial Gathering 2020

It may be almost 3 years away still, but the church is already preparing for the 2020 Triennial Gathering!

What might you get to experience at the gathering?

  • Great speakers from the church and beyond!
  • Worship and fellowship with Lutheran woman from across the country and even from around the world!
  • Hands-on workshops to delve deeper into scripture, the church, and your faith!
  • Bible study, global connections, service events, and so much more!

The 11th Triennial Gathering will be hosted in Phoenix, AR from July 16-19, 2020. Register now so you don’t miss out on a great opportunity to gather with like-minded women for a life-changing event!


Triennial 2020 Voting Members

Begin thinking about being nominated as a voting member to the Triennial in Phoenix AZ in 2020.  We probably will be able to have three voting members – our president and two others who are members of our Synod. We will be nominating these voting members at our 2018 SWO convention to be held October 12-14, 2018.  We will be using the Rank Order Process to elect the voting members.  There will be three tickets.  Ticket A will be used to elect a woman of color or, whose primary language is other than English as set forth in the constitution. Ticket B will be used to elect the number of first time voting members as set forth in the constitution; and Ticket C will be used to elect the remaining number of nominees needed to complete the delegation.  You are encouraged to begin thinking about serving as a Triennial voting member.  Next Spring when the nominating committee begins its work, please contact them and complete a nomination form.  No person can be nominated from the SWO Convention floor.  All nominations have to be on the ballot prepared by the nominating committee.  You will be able to read and/or download the Rank Order Process document from the 2017 Triennial on our NT-NL website now and the W-ELCA Church-wide website.

Also, four officers and 17 members of the Executive Board will be elected at the Triennial.  If you are interested in being nominated to be an officer or a member of the executive board, please submit your application between July 30 and November 30 of 2019.  I know this is a long time away, and hopefully our new SWO president will remind you.  But for now, you are given this info to keep while pondering your decision.  Region 4 can have three members on the Executive board, but only one from the NT-NL Synod.

2017 SWO Fall Retreat

Wow!  What a gathering of women, presenters, fellowship, and renewal of faith in our ministry to serve Christ.  We learned more about Katie Luther and her work with Martin throughout the Reformation.  Kathy Dodson of The Texas Refugee Service provided some very good and interesting information about their work here in Texas.  Rev. Deb Louden-McCann of Mount Olive Lutheran Church and Savannah Sullivan of the ELCA in Chicago presented great programs on Global Missions and the Young Adults’ involvement in the Global Mission work.  Herb and Barbara Lammert concluded our study on Global Missions with slides of their trip to Tanzania several years ago.

We learned from Pastor Deb Louden-McCann, in the Bible study based on Deut. 31:6, how we can be those bold women who face adversities and overcome because we know God will go with us, will not fail us, nor forsake us. She showed us how people in the Old Testament had God with them also.

Bishop Erik Gronberg led us in a wonderful Compline Service Friday night, and Pastor Deb McCann presided over a beautiful closing worship services with communion Sunday morning.

Other activities included the Walk, Run, and Roll event, the Silent Auction, walking the Labyrinth, and lots of great crafts including making the Luther Rose and ironing Martin Luther on the front or back of a T-shirt.  We learned many new songs to be sung as table prayers, sang songs throughout the weekend, and after making S’Mores at the pit fire.

A most enjoyable weekend for all with time to relax, renew friendships, make new ones, enjoy the outdoor scenery at Briarwood, and thank God for all of his goodness.

Around the Mission Area – November 2017

From Around the Mission Area

Grace Lutheran, Abilene

The Women of Grace had their September meeting on Saturday the 23rd discussing “Women in Justice” conducted by Patricia Dodini. The discussion was very good and will be continued at a later date because there was so much more to cover on the topic. Linda Moss showed us how to make stuffed pumpkins out of old shirts/sweaters and odd items to decorate them with. A nice salad luncheon was enjoyed by about ten ladies in attendance. 


November 15 will be our regular Wednesday night meeting at 7 PM to discuss plans for 2018 and Linda Moss will be showing us how to make cute Christmas decorations.

Scholarship Opportunities

NT-NL SWO Continuing Education Scholarship

Looking to further your education?  The NT-NL SWO can help you reach that goal! 

Our Synodical Women’s Organization will be offering $500 scholarships to women in our organization who want to further their education and need some financial assistance. Applicant must be a participant in a W-ELCA unit and a voting member of the ELCA. Course of study may have a ministry job component, or it may be for continuing education in job training, or updating vocational training. Deadlines for application is November 15 and May 15. 

Contact Lori Beers or Ann Hanley for copies of the scholarship application, or if you have questions.

W-ELCA Church-wide Scholarships

Educational Scholarships may also be secured from the Women of the ELCA office. There are scholarships in two categories:  Scholarships for 1) Lutheran laywomen and 2) Ordained ministry.

 Scholarships for 1) Lutheran laywomen include: a. Administrative leadership, b. ELCA college and seminary leadership, c. Women of color leaders, d. ELCA service abroad, and e. Christian service. These scholarships for Lutheran laywomen provide assistance to Lutheran women studying for a career other than ordained ministry.

Scholarship for 2) – Ordained ministry provides assistance to Lutheran women during their final year at an ELCA seminary. Candidates must be preparing for ordained ministry in the ELCA and must have been endorsed by their synodical candidacy committee.

December 15 – Women of the ELCA begins accepting completed applications.

February 15 – All applications must be submitted on or before this date.

Go to http://www.womenoftheelca.org/scholarships for more info and to download applications.