Lutheran women’s league updates members on fundraiser


The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Immanuel Lutheran Church met Nov. 1 at Lutheran Community Home in Seymour. The meeting was conducted in the assisted living dining room.

President Lois Byrkett conducted the business meeting and welcomed a guest, Carolyn Shoemaker, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church LWML.

After roll call was taken, secretary Janis Mundt read the minutes, and they were approved. Sharon Klakamp gave the treasurer’s report and told the group that the “Miles of Pennies” collection had reached its goal and had been divided between Lord of Life Lutheran Church in North Vernon and Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Scottsburg.

Byrkett reported on the LWML Fall Rally at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bedford. Five members attended from Immanuel. Pastor Adrian Krebs, LWML zone counselor, and Pastor Greg DeVore of Calvary led the worship service. Zone President Diana Krebs led the business meeting.

Indiana District President Emily Rogers also visited and spoke to the ladies. Betty Hill was elected vice president and Linda DeVore treasurer. Slides were shown of the recent mission trip to Nicaragua, where eyeglasses that had been collected locally were distributed.

Jan Behrens reported on an Indiana District LWML service project that she attended Oct. 15 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Seymour. It was entitled “Blankets of Blessings,” where they tied and knotted fleece blankets to be given to residents at Lutheran Community Home. A grant from Thrivent helped with this project.

Mundt and Klakamp said they would be putting up the mitten and hat tree after Thanksgiving. Hats, mittens, scarfs and gloves will be collected and given to the Jackson County Clothing Center. Men’s gloves are especially needed.

Byrkett reported that the Immanuel Ladies Aid 3 Craft Show was Nov. 5. LWML collected donations of baked items, crafts and plants for its booth.

Beulah Clark announced that the November birthday party at the home was Nov. 16. Members were to bring either angel food cakes or cupcakes.

The Immanuel LWML Christmas party will be at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at the church. It will be a pitch-in with LWML furnishing the meat and tableware. Ladies from Lutheran Community Home are invited to attend as guests. Members will be contacted before the dinner.

Immanuel’s intern deaconess, Sarah Newton, was introduced and led devotions. She began by mentioning that in “The Apostle’s Creed,” we state that we believe in God our Father who is the maker of heaven and earth. He used His word to create everything by saying, “Let there be.”

When He created man, it was different. He made us special in His own image. We have a purpose and a meaning. God’s purpose for us is serving His church, loving others, witnessing our faith, spending time in prayer and caring about others. We are very special to God. Newton closed with prayer.

The mite box dedication was led by Adrene Wunder.

The next meetings will be the Christmas luncheon Dec. 13 at Immanuel and a meeting at 2 p.m. Jan. 3 at Lutheran Community Home.

Refreshments of pumpkin bars and coffee were served at the close of the meeting.

Members attending were Frances Anderson, Behrens, Carolyn Benter, Pauline Bloch, Byrkett, Clark, Helen Goecker, Hulda Goecker, Rosalie Grabinski, Joyce Hackman, Jean Hoevener, Bertha Jackson, Klakamp, Mundt, Newton, Elvira Preuss, Sharon Scott, Mae Ellen Schneider, Shoemaker, Melba Stuckwisch, Esther Sundell, Doris Voss and Wunder.

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