Grace to you, dear sisters, and peace through God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ!
What a year we have before us as Lutherans, as we celebrate 500 years of our heritage of faith grounded in Grace!
I have been thinking about you for several weeks now. The desire to reach out and greet you and introduce myself has been strong, but what to say first?
Thanks to our sisters at Our Savior’s, Norse, it came to me! The theme they have selected for our spring gathering has such
POWER in it! Ephesians 2:8 says:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
Isn’t that just the best news ever?
Grace in Our Leadership Structure
This year begins with a transition as Glenda Phillips, who was our elected HOT conference coordinator, takes her place as Secretary to the SWO, following her election at the fall gathering in October 2016.
The Conference Executive Team was tasked with finding Glenda’s successor; I asked that Glenda and Bettye consider me for the role.
In January, I was confirmed to complete Glenda’s term, which will end in the spring of 2019. Also during that meeting, Diann Pitts, from Our Savior’s, Norse, was appointed to fulfill my term as financial secretary. (We have also appointed a nomination committee to look for a candidate for the secretary position, which Bettye Spears will vacate this month. Could it be your season to serve?
A Little about Me
I am a lifetime Lutheran; I began participating in church leadership at Bethany, Fredricksburg. My daughter was two at the time, so I served quite a bit in children’s and youth ministry, Sunday school, and the women’s choir.
I have just completed three years of service on Zion, McGregor’s church council, as worship team liaison. I also sing in the choir and do just a little bit of everything.
My first career was as a professional chef. I have had a life-long passion for feeding people and am elated that so many of our conference units have feeding programs or participate in local food pantries!
Today I am working on my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Trauma and Crisis and serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA) for McLennan and Hill Counties. My passion is therapeutic recovery treatments for women and children who have escaped domestic violence and attempting to rebuild their lives.
My career goals include serving the wider church in areas of advocacy for women and children.
I am a proud mother of a wonderful, bright, compassionate 16-year-old. Hannah is a sophomore at Vanguard College Preparatory School in Waco where she is in Latin Club, on the Yearbook Staff as the business manager, and on the golf team. She serves Zion on the audio/visual team and sings with the choir and praise team.
Grace: Making a Difference
Lauri Aars and Glenda Phillips of Our Savior’s, Norse and their team are putting together a great day for us on March 25.
The theme brings Luther’s word for Christians in full focus through Ephesians 2:8 and what a gift that is! I encourage you to make plans, invite friends, and come join us!
Even if you are unable to make it to the gathering, I urge each unit in our conference to take on a special project this year in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. There is nothing too big or too small.
If there is anything that I can do to help you with your unit’s plans to make a difference, or if you have ideas that could bring us together as a conference for service, please do not hesitate to reach out to me! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would enjoy getting to know every group as we join together in service to our Lord!
HOT Congerence Coordinator