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From News of Peace, March 2013
Peace Lutheran Church, Joplin
These are such exciting times. Every time we drive by and visit the new home of Peace there is such progress. It is amazing how things change just from one day to the next. The walls to rooms are now being framed and we will soon have the electrical wired in the building. The progress continues to visible to the community as well. And as we move forward planning and making this new church home a reality we are also excited about the possibilities of ministry that may be carried out within and beyond those walls.
The Building Committee continues to be diligent, meeting more frequently now that the building is taking shape so quickly. Please remember that if you have any questions or concerns that your Building Committee is always willing to take the time to make sure that everyone is well informed as we move forward.
[Ed. Note: The address for the future home of Peace Lutheran is 3100 N. St. Louis Ave., Joplin, MO 64801. The congregation still has a list of needs for furnishing the new building and has set up a “gift registry” at Walmart to allow individuals to select a gift of their choice. The gift could then be picked up at the local Walmart in Joplin. Questions? Please contact Pr. Kathy Redpath at 567-224-8133.]
Celebrating Bold Women’s Day — When one woman actsby Linda Post Bushkofsky (0213)
When we celebrate Bold Women’s Day this month we’ll be honoring women who act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. We know that boldness comes in many forms—some boldness is firm and quiet, some is bright and loud. Our celebrations, too, take many forms. Some congregational units honor one of their own participants, others honor women in the community. Some women gather over dinner, others gather in worship. Others, like Kathy Nelson Regehr of Inman, Kansas, are bold even as they plan a Bold Women’s Day event.
Kathy organized a spa-like retreat for Bold Women’s Day in 2012. She had heard about Bold Women’s Day, read some of our materials and then “just ran with it,” she says. “I wanted women to be pampered, recognized for their hard work, and shown how they could grow in faith.” Open to the public, the day included coffee foot soaks, facials, relaxation therapy, “lunch and laughter,” a silent auction and more.
Lives were changed because of this retreat. Three women visited with a fitness coach at the event, then
joined a club and started a fitness program. “They all have stuck with the plan and feel fabulous,” Kathy
says. One woman who was going through a divorce and needed some time away found comfort in meeting another woman going through the same thing. “The support and comfort they offered towards each other lifted me and them with much love and joy,” says Kathy. Proceeds from the day went to Feed The Kids, a summer food program in Kansas’s McPherson County that weekly provides healthy snacks for elementary and middle school children along with fun learning activities on the first Saturday of June, July and August. The event raised $2,800 for the program. How did the kids receive their food this past summer? In Women of the ELCA tote bags, of course!
This was a bold new venture for Kathy who reports that “weeks before the event, I prayed that the Lord
might touch each woman with his love and his words and that they might be lifted up. But in return, God not only touched many, God uplifted me, too.” Kathy is able to say this coming off a most challenging
year in 2011: her stepmother died in February, her mother died in March, she was laid off from work in
July and her older brother died in August. In the midst of 2011, Kathy attended our triennial gathering. “I was mentally and spiritually challenged, but with the inspiring women and the uplifting experience, I
know God… [put me] there to lift me up and have great women of spiritual faith surround me,” says Kathy.
The Central States Synodical Women’s Organization is blessed to have Kathy Nelson Regehr as its triennial gathering promoter, spreading the word about our 2014 Triennial Gathering in Charlotte, N.C. Reflecting upon her own experience at our 2011 gathering, Kathy says, “I want to share that experience with other women and share support to other women. I want women to know that all their hard work is recognized and appreciated.”Linda Post Bushkofsky is executive director.
Zion Women Donate Time & Talent … In a BIG WayBy Pr. Rick Raymer, Zion Lutheran, Beloit, Kan. — 11/12
A relatively small handful of women at Zion Lutheran Church in Beloit, Kan. have shared their talents and in doing so, have donated countless, thousands of hours of work to support Lutheran World Relief (LWR). At the end of October the women shipped the following to LWR:
- 127 layettes
- 51 School kits
- 100 quilts
- 112 bars of soap
- 15 sewing kits and
- 23 personal-care kits
Central States Synod Musician Attends Lutheran Summer Music AcademyBy Susan Olstad, Director of Admissions — Lutheran Summer Music Academy (080612)
(Minneapolis, MN / Decorah, IA) Lutheran Summer Music Academy (LSM) was recently held at Luther College in Decorah, IA, from June 24 to July 22, 2012. Cady Thomas of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield, MO, was one of the students chosen to participate in the program.
The goal of Lutheran Summer Music is simple — to train and empower the future musicians of the church. LSM features an outstanding faculty of artists and teachers who guide gifted high school students from around the country through four weeks of intensive musical study and performance. The program promotes a rich canon of music and trains young musicians of all faith backgrounds. Students receive individual lessons; play in a chamber ensemble; participate in band, orchestra, or choir; study musicianship; take electives such as handbells, conducting, jazz, or church music; and attend recitals.
Lutheran Music Program’s national offices are located year-round in Minneapolis, MN, and the Academy itself has rotated its location among various Lutheran colleges. Since its founding in 1982, more than 4,000 students have attended Lutheran Summer Music. Hundreds of these alumni have pursued careers in music education, church music and performance. LSM 2013 will be held June 23 to July 21 on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, IA. MORE
Youth Get a Feel for HomelessnessBy Pr. Chad Langdon, Christ Lutheran, Wichita
On Saturday, May 19, the youth from Christ Lutheran Church in Wichita got to experience a small taste of what its like to be homeless. This was their first annual Homeless Night Lock-Out. They gathered on Saturday evening and were allowed to bring only a box to sleep in and one luxury item, i.e., a sleeping bag, a pillow, a chair, etc. Unfortunately for the youth, the evening began with a thunderstorm, so for safety sake, they formed the homeless village in the entryway to the church until the lightning stopped.
That provided a great opportunity for Pastor Chad Langdon to lead them in Bible study and they learned more about the local homeless population. They talked about causes of homelessness, their own experiences with students who they knew struggled with homelessness, and came up with some ideas to address poverty in the Wichita area. After the storm passed, they moved to the parking lot and spent the rest of the night gathering around a fire pit and sleeping on the hard ground. In they morning, with hungry bellies, they attended worship together and talked about their experience with arriving parishioners.
The Homeless Night Lock-Out is an event that Pastor Chad brought over from his previous church, Hope Lutheran, in St. Charles, Mo. where they’ve been doing annual homeless nights for the last seven years, often incorporating some sort of service project as part of it. He “stole” the idea from his own youth group experiences growing up at First Lutheran in St. Joseph, Mo.
Redeemer’s Middle School Youth Take a Step in Restoring God’s CreationBy Pr. Chris Hawkins, Redeemer Lutheran, Salina
More than 70 percent of flowering plants (including many of our favorite vegetables and fruits) are pollinated by bees, wasps, butterflies and other insects. However, Redeemer’s Middle School students discovered that North America’s native pollinators face many threats. Urban and agricultural development has greatly reduced the prairie habitat found around Salina.
The 6th, 7th and 8th graders learned that the Smoky Hills Audubon Society encourages churches, business owners and homeowners to develop “Urban Pocket Prairie” gardens to benefit native pollinators. Following the lead of Doug Rudick, Smoky Hills Audubon Vice President and Redeemer Sunday School teacher, the students planted fourteen native prairie wildflowers in an area adjacent to Redeemer’s main entrance. This “pocket” of prairie flowers will not only beautify the entryway of Redeemer, but will provide needed habitat for native pollinators.