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Oklahoma City Zone

OKC Zone Fall Fest

October 2, 2021 Holy Trinity

Oklahoma City Zone, Aug – Oct 2021

 

 

Visited three Oklahoma City Zone churches during this past quarter in an effort to revive LWML Groups that have dis-banned over the years: Shawnee, Cristo Rey and Ardmore.  Have established one member from the Ada/Sulphur area.  Working with Nelly Castaneda to utilize the Heart-to-Heart Sisters program to revive Cristo Rey.  Was successful at Ardmore and Cristo Rey, but still have work to do with Shawnee.  Church leadership is only interested in partnering with LWML to find mission projects.  Considering utilizing the umbrella of the new LWML Group Structures for partnering with the congregation in Shawnee. 

 

Worked with two OKC Zone churches to submit OK District Grants for the upcoming biennium:  Cristo Rey and Messiah.   

 

The Oklahoma City Zone Fall Fest was held on Oct 2, 2021 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Edmond, OK from 8:00 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.  We held a half day program, but accomplished both parts of the Bible Study with 9 Bible Study Leaders. 

            Our mission speakers were LaRhonda Richards and Samantha McClanahan from St. John’s Lutheran School, Moore, OK.  They spoke about the positive impact our LWML Oklahoma District Grant, “Tablet Technology for St. John’s, Moore, OK” have made for the students and the school. 

            Gifts from the Heart were collected for two organizations: $190.00 was collected for Oklahoma City Zone Lutheran Schools to help with updating/repairing children’s school computers ($47.50 was issued to our four Lutheran schools in the OKC area.  526 pieces of clothing was collected for the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance. 

Attendance:                                          69 (including 1 Child,3 Guests, and 3 Pastors)

Registration:                                         $580.00

Mite Offering:                                       $390.82

LWML Store Receipts:                           $157.00

Expenses                                              $481.02

Balance transferred to Mites                 $98.98

Remitted to District after expenses:       $489.80

Remitted to LWML Store:                      $157.00

 

69 Event evaluations were received from participants, the majority were very favorable.  The most common comment was “It was wonderful to spend time together” and “We needed more time for the Bible Study.”

GROUP REPORTS SUBMITTED AS FOLLOWS: 

 

Women of Our Savior, Our Savior, Bethany

  • Lutheran Church of Our Savior LWML continues a monthly business meeting and weekly Bible Study/Prayer group. 
  • Fund Raising through Kansas Maid Pastries is in progress. Proceeds will go toward worship enhancement projects. 
  • Lunches are being provided to Putnam City West Football squad on game days. (Other groups share this responsibility).
  • Recently donated 36 quilts to the PIVOT organization which provides services to homeless young adults. 
  • Continue supporting Drive-through community meals. 

 

Night Lighters, Holy Trinity, Edmond 

  • Planned and hosted, with Son Lighters, the OKC Zone Fall Fest on Oct 2, 2021.
  • Collected items and put together hygiene kits and school kits for Lutheran World Relief, some ladies helped with quilt production.
  • Set up on-going food collection for Food Bank.
  • Helped with Holy Trinity’s ongoing Neighborhood Food Ministry program.
  • Acted as readers for Mite Box Sunday. 
  • Made donation to church’s Agape Fund.
  • Read Mite Box Litany at late service each Mite Box Sunday.
  • Continued Love Your Neighbor, Feed Your Neighbor collection for the Food Bank. 

Son Lighters LWML – Holy Trinity, Edmond

  • Each Month:
  •      Met each month with devotions and prayer; brought lunch, had desserts given by members.
  •      Read Mite litany at 10:45 Service.
  •      Collected and delivered at least one load of food to Regional Food Bank.
  • Other:
  •      Prepared and served funeral meal for family of small boy lost in an accident.
  •      Met with Bazaar Committee, determined wisdom of cancelling 2021 Bazaar.
  •      Bought supplies and assembled school kits for Lutheran World Relief.
  •      Planned, with Night Lighters, for hosting Zone Fall Fest.
  •      Set up all spaces for Fall Fest.
  • Helped host Zone Fall Fest.
  • Delivered Gifts from the Heart to The Homeless Alliance.
  • Made a gift to HT Lutheran School for play equipment for toddlers in Mothers 'Day Out.
  • Making a Welcome Basket for our new Music Director, Christopher Evatt.

St. Mark LWML, St. Mark, Edmond

  • New officers have met and have made plans for a new year focusing on three areas: Bible studies, projects, and fellowship.
  • Our first meeting following the summer break was a fellowship gathering with the goal of attracting new members.
  • We have an on-going collection of eye glasses.
  • A new project selected is a fund raiser utilizing stuffed Comfort Dog toys.  Money raised will be used to buy food for the Hope Center pantry.  
  • Plans were made for Operation Christmas Child and the annual Thanksgiving dinner held in Nov.

 

Ruth Guild, Good Shepherd, Midwest City

  • We continue to encourage all the women of our congregation to attend our meetings.  Transportation is provided to those who need assistance.  We have implemented Zoom meetings for those that cannot attend in person.
  • We continue to sponsor the Sunday morning snacks and coffee and accept a free will offering to assist with mission mites. 
  • We continue to send birthday cards out to Bethesda residents as well as cards of encouragement and get-well cards to our congregational members who are sick and homebound. 
  • We publish information concerning Mission Grants and Mite Offerings in the Monthly Church Newsletter and Sunday Service Bulletins.
  • Sponsored a resident at Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Brandon, Wisconsin.
  • Provided meals in conjunction with funerals and for members during illnesses or incapacity.
  • Bible Studies are held throughout the year on varying days of the week.  We encourage everyone to attend one or all these Bible studies including all church members and guests.  We have implemented Zoom meetings for those that cannot attend in person.
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran School Assistance:  Members responded to a request to help with the needs of some of our school children.  A list of needed items was compiled and funded with a Thrivent Action Grant.
  • Celebrated LWML Sunday in October.  Members helped prepare the service, assisted with the Old Testament and Epistle readings, and collected contributions for mites. 
  • Administered the Cradle Roll; providing faith support and encouragement to parents with children from birth to three years old.
  • Collected clothing and went to Wichita, KS to tour the Orphan Grain Train facility and work to pack donations.
  • Hosted the LWML Oklahoma District Quarterly Board of Directors meeting in August.
  • Sponsored a "Baby Shower" for our September meeting to donate layettes to the Eden Clinic.
  • We provided a meal for the Mid-Week Fellowship and Bible Study in September. This kicked off this year's weekly Mid-week Fellowship and Bible study schedule. 

 

Mary Circle, Good Shepherd, Midwest City

  • Mary Circle meets twice a month, we have a Bible study on the second Thursday, and we tie quilts on the fourth Thursday of each month.   Bible Studies had been suspended since covid, we had sporadic meetings and are now meeting more often. 
  • We provided quilts for Lutheran World Relief. 
  • We continue to collect funds for Mission Mites and the Mid-Del Food Pantry.
    we started having bible studies again in October.

 

St. John’s LWML, St. John’s Lutheran, Moore

  • The group hosted regular meetings in September and October that included Bible study from the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly as well as a mite offering.
  • Presently the group is working on raising monetary donations to replace a large Christmas tree in the sanctuary.
  • LWML Sunday was recognized during worship and the Bible study hour. “A Quarter for a Quarter of the Way,” a mission walk was held between the two worship services. Members were encouraged to walk the perimeter of the church property. A quarter of the way they encountered a poster that described one of the Oklahoma mission grant recipients. A Mite box was at each of the four easels for donations, if congregation members were so moved. The Sunday school children walked through during their time together. $41 was raised for Oklahoma mission projects. During the Bible study hour, the LWML mission grants video was shown to the adult Bible study group. Mitey muffins were enjoyed by those in attendance.
  • The group serves Mitey Muffins during the Bible study hour between services the first Sunday of the month to raise awareness and contributions for LWML missions. Announcements run weekly in the congregation’s bulletin on featured LWML mission grants.
  • Recycling efforts continue with ongoing collection of inkjet cartridges. Stamps for Missions has been revived. One member has made a purple mailbox that sits in the fellowship hall for people to deposit their stamps.
  • Greeting cards continued to be sent by the group’s Vice President to those who are ill, mourning, or need encouragement.
  • Sonshine boxes that include Bible verses are made on a continuing basis by group members. These boxes are given to the Pastor to deliver on personal calls as he sees appropriate. Group members take them to church members as well.

 

Women for Christ, Christ Lutheran, Mustang

  • Each Sunday of the month, we collected our mites from the congregation.
  • We collected items for health kits for Orphan Train.
  • We assembled hygiene kits for Orphan Grain Train and will be delivering them to the warehouse in Wichita, Kansas on October 13th.  We plan to complete this mission project by volunteering in the warehouse that day that same day.
  • Held our monthly LWML meetings with Bible studies
  • We collected socks for Gifts of the Heart for Fall Fest.
  • LWML members attended Fall Fest at Holy Trinity.
  • We celebrated LWML Sunday October 3rd by assisting in the service & collecting our mites.

 

Mary-Martha Guild, Trinity Lutheran Church, Norman

  • Fall Friendship Fiesta, 19 women attended.  Several new faces.  Made 65 kits for pillowcase dresses.  Ladies took the kits home.  Completed 88 dresses.  The dresses were mailed to dresses for Africa.
  • Seven women attended the Zone Fall Fest at Holy Trinity in Edmond.  One of the attendees is a young woman who has been coming to our church and attending Pastor’s 16-week adult inquirers class.  Our society paid the registration for those who attended.  Women brought gifts of the heart. 
  • Printed and assembled 80 folders for the Zone Fall Fest.  Used a Thrivent Action Team grant to cover the cost.
  • Showed video for LWML Sunday during Sunday School.  Had a table set up after both services handed out information about LWML, also had mite boxes available.  Pastor used part of LWML service in both services.
  • Served a funeral dinner for family of church member.

 

Messiah Lutheran Women, Oklahoma City

  • Meetings planned for year to include Devotional and speakers.
  • Put together Personal Care Kits, Baby Care Kits and School Kits for Lutheran World Relief.
  • Assisted in loading 508 boxes weighing 10,209 pounds for Lutheran World Relief pickup.
  • Held LWML Sunday service on October 3, 2021.
  • Collecting items to put in and Assemble Disaster Kits (containing Bible, Portal of Prayer, note pad, and pen).
  • Ongoing activities include Altar Guild and dinners for Funerals.

Women in God’s Service, Immanuel, Oklahoma City

  • Took a short break during the summer months, resumed activities in August 2021. 
  • Held annual planning meeting in September.  Laying our calendar for the year, will meet again in November to finalize mission activities for the upcoming year. 
  • Currently soliciting ideas for mission projects from congregational members.  Survey was distributed on Oct 10, 2021.
  • Participated in Oklahoma City Zone Fall Fest on Oct 2, 2021. 
  • We sponsored LWML Sunday on October 3, 2021 and assisted with activities to include reading the Old Testament and Epistle Readings and collected contributions for mites.
  • Mites are collected from the congregation on the fifth Sunday of each month.
  • Continuing with our card ministry to congregation members.
  • Continue to submit info advertising activities in the church bulletins and newsletters.
  • Provided support for funerals held at the church. 

 

Priscilla Circle, Zion, Oklahoma City

  • Our Group is back in full gear.  
  • We continue to collect monthly Mites and pray for all of our shut-ins and people of the congregation. 
  • We also send everyone in the congregation a birthday card. We had our Ice Cream Social along with a meal before it in August and had a great turnout.  People were so happy to come out and eat together as a group.
  • We had 22 new members join Zion over the past two years.  We finally were in the position to sponsor a New Member Dinner in September.  We grilled out hamburgers and hots dogs and everyone brought a side dish to share.  Everyone that came to the service stayed for the dinner afterwards.  What a joyous day.
  • We observed LWML Sunday in October and many of the women of the congregation helped with the service.  One of our members made a wonderful banner.  It was also a great day.
  • We are also helping the youth group with their Trunk or Treat activities at the church at the end of October.

OKC Zone LWML

Presidents Meeting, Immanuel Lutheran Church

August 14, 2021

 

Present: Delia Collard, Immanuel, President; Karen Karner, St. John’s Moore,Vice President; Betsy Allie, Holy Trinity Edmond, Secretary; Elizabeth Amendt, Trinity Norman; Jennifer Karner, St. Jonn’s Moore, P.R.; Tammy Rozell, Night Lighters, Holy Trinity, Edm.; Martha Sands, Messiah; Vivian Stehr, Zion; Sheila Striegel, Ruth Guild, Good Shepherd.

 

President Delia Collard welcomed all and presented a devotion called “What Are Our Fears?”

 

She then called the meeting to order, thanked all presidents for their Group Reports and reminded them to let her know about any changes in officers for their groups.

 

She then called on V.P. Karen Karner to report on news from the OK District Board of Directors.

  • Deadline for grant requests to be considered at the District Convention in the spring is September 30, 2021. See information at OKLALWML.org.
  • Any money not used by OK delegates to the national convention will be returned to the delegate fund for future use.
  • The next Giving Tuesday will be September 14
  • LWR pickup will be Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 at Messiah from 9 AM to 12 noon.
  • Send new group activity to Delia; she will update Board.
  • Send any photos or information for the Lutheran Witness to Kacey Meyer (on the website)
  • Marguerite Christman recruited 69 golfers for Tee Up for Mites at the National Convention. They raised more than $26,000.
  • The Oklahoma District recycling fund has raised $87,639 since its beginning in 2004. 25% of this amount has gone to Mites, 10% to Special Gifts, and the bulk has gone to meet all District expenses. There is currently $9721 in the fund. All groups are encouraged to send in recyclables.
  • The last Shoe Drive netted $1600 for the Recycling Fund.
  • The Board funded (whole or partial) grant numbers 4,6,9,12,18 for a total of $14,000.

 

Karen then was excused to meet with Fall Fest Bible Study leaders.

 

Presidents were asked about gathering names and contact information of young women for Jennifer Karner to use in recruiting them for LWML activities. A discussion ensued about how churches (like other organizations) were hesitant to release what might be sensitive information to third-party groups. The point being made by many churches was NOT that any member of LWML would misuse this information, but that it might not be safe moving between parties. Presidents said they would continue, as they were able, to ask young women if they could give a name and email to Jennifer.

 

President Delia reported that she is talking to several congregations about re-establishing LWML groups. These include Shawnee, Ardmore, Ada/Sulphur and Cristo Rey in OKC. Delia has plans to meet with Bev Stephens and Nellie Casteneda. Everyone expressed her thanks to God for these possibilities.

 

The 2021 National Convention in Lexington, KY was reported, by all who attended, to be a wonderful and up-lifting experience. The 2023 Convention will be held in Milwaukee, WI.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Zone Fall Fest will be October 2, 2021, at Holy Trinity, Edmond, hosted by the Son Lighters and the Night Lighters.
  • OK District Fall Retreat will be Nov. 5-6 at Camp Canyon, Hinton, OK. The theme is “God’s Quilt of Comfort”.
  • 2022 – 57th District Convention is scheduled for April 8-9, 2022, at the Hilton Garden Inn, at Covell and I-35 (Edmond). Theme is “Chosen to Love and Serve”.   The District will be accepting nominations for our “Junior” Pastoral Counselor.

 

The next Zone Presidents’ meeting is scheduled for November20, 2021, 9 AM, Immanuel.

 

The meeting was adjourned with prayer to discuss and allocate responsibilities for the Fall Fest.