June 2016 Board Meeting

Grace Lutheran in Fort Worth hosted our board meeting on Saturday, June 18.

Rosemary Fielder, co-chairperson of the convention planning committee, attended the meeting and shared convention plans. Criss Forshay, our social media coordinator, also attended the meeting. She shared with us her talents in this area, and we were very pleased with the direction Rosemary and Criss are guiding us with the convention plans and publishing the Tapestry, our newsletter.

Karen Voris from the ELCA Churchwide board and Liz Gaskins, Triennial Promoter, will both be with us at the convention.

The board voted to separate the Convention and Scholarship Fund into two separate accounts. We feel the separation will make both accounts easier to manage. The convention fund will be for the convention income and expenses, and the scholarship fund will be there for women in the NT-NL who wish to further their education in a number of areas.

We discussed the Policies and Procedures document and approved it with the changes made. It will be presented to the convention voting members for approval. Voting members to the Triennial will be chosen by Rank Order Process. Our synod will have two voting members plus the president.

Mary Ann Manning, Diane Thompson, and other ladies of Grace had delicious refreshments when we arrived, and served a wonderful lunch. We are most grateful for their hospitality.

Around the mission area: July 2016

Policies and Procedures Document Updated

The Policies and Procedures committee met at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grand Prairie on Friday, May 13 to update this document. The last update had been in 2003, and a lot of changes needed to be made.

Each delegate to the NT-NL SWO convention in October will receive a copy of the updated document before the convention. If approval is received at our convention, then the document will be sent to the ELCA Churchwide Synodical Women’s board for approval. This document provides guidelines as to how our group is to function.

Appreciation to Hattie Hammer and Pastor Kathi Johnson for the use of their church fellowship hall. Members of the committee present were Carol Otterstad, chairman; Cynthia Sparks, Susan Remshardt, Diane Fehler, and Sarah Gohlke.

Eastern Mission Conference Spring Gathering

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Shreveport, LA hosted the Spring Gathering on Saturday May 21st. Over thirty ladies came together for a wonderful day of fellowship.

Laurie McGehee of the Caddo Parish Juvenile Services presented a very informative talk on Sex Trafficking. Dr. Dan Gibbs, a member of Holy Trinity, entertained us with beautiful piano music. A bountiful brunch was provided to the women of the ELCA from these three churches: Holy Trinity and St. Stephen in Shreveport, and First Lutheran in Longview.

One half of the offering was given to the sex trafficking program with NT-NL Synodical Women receiving the other half. Carol Shoul of Holy Trinity was elected conference coordinator.

Excitement Builds as Registration for Tenth Triennial Opens Sept. 6

The Tenth Triennial Gathering, July 13-16, 2017 will bring Lutheran women together from across the church with life-changing workshops, worship, Bible study, and more. Women will gather in Minneapolis, Minn., under the theme “All Anew.” Registration opens on September 6.

Early-bird registration, through January 6, 2017, is $310; after that registration is $350. Register at welcatg.org or email women women.elca@elca.org for a registration packet.
Liz Gaskins, one of the Triennial Gathering Promoters, will be at the NT-NL SWO convention in Waco October 7-9 with a display table with all things Triennial. She will answer your questions, have registration packets, etc. for you at the convention. She also will be speaking to our group on Saturday.

Because the Tenth Triennial Gathering falls during the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, the theme resonates with reformation and transformation images. At the gathering, participants will explore ways in which the Holy Spirit changes us, acknowledging that reformation and transformation have happened and continue to happen within the community of women known as Women of the ELCA.

Clifton

The WELCA unit of Clifton will not meet in July but start again in Aug. We will host the August Birthday party at Sunset Ministries, using our Trinity youth and their blessings of talent in music and dance. Asking for prayers for Elaine Bell in her recovery from some difficult surgery.