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Lutheran Women of New South Wales and ACT

Greetings in the name of Jesus our Saviour. May his love strengthen and encourage you.
God can certainly throw us some curve balls!! The last three years have continuously been full of drama, upheaval, and change. I know that through all this God has been guiding, growing, and providing what we need, to do his will.

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Concordia, Duncraig Ladies’ Fellowship

As 2020 draws to a close, there is little to be said about the effects of the COVID-19 virus that hasn’t already been said. Annelies Allen with her homemade jam The Concordia Ladies’ Fellowship had their program thrown into disarray. In spite of that, we managed some enjoyable social distancing activities. A lunch of winter warming soup and rolls was enjoyed at Dot’s place and a spring walk was followed by lunch at Kings Park in Perth. Another informal lunch meeting was held in Kristine’s home. Fund raising was difficult …

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Ballarat

Our pastor, Adrian Kramer, has accepted a call to serve in Canada. The Ballarat congregation gave him and his family a farewell barbecue on Sunday 27 February. They have been with us for seven years and Pastor Adrian has been LWV Spiritual Advisor for that time. We thank him for his work with our congregation and wish him and the family many blessings as they begin their new life in Canada. The photo shows Pastor Adrian, Ruth, James, Zachariah, Caleb, and Rebecca with Bishop Lester Priebbenow. Vicki Wheaton

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For all the Saints

With acknowledgment to Felicity Bradford who forwarded these stories to Lutheran Women and with thanks to the families who shared them. Lovina Agnes Burger Lovina Agnes was born in 1911, the youngest child of Dan Juers and his wife Hulda, and was raised on the family’s farm at Charleston in South Australia with two sisters and two brothers. At school she excelled at needlework, art projects and maths. After leaving school after one term at High (Secondary) School, she assisted at home in the dairy, acquired a working knowledge of …

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Holy Trinity Women’s Fellowship, Nuriootpa

June birthdays: Edna Andretzke, Margaret Whelan(president) presenting posies also to Shirley Koch and Monica Van Amstel, at Edna’s home. Holy Trinity Women’s Fellowship at Nuriootpa has continued to be blessed with a healthy membership of 22. Like everyone, 2020 was a challenging year but, by God’s Grace, we were able to stay connected during the three months of isolation, through phone calls and visits, including utilising our Holy Trinity Chairperson’s weekly newsletters for photos and fellowship information. More June birthdays: Eleanor Kassebaum (posy maker) presenting flowers to Ruth Verrall, Elaine …

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90 Years of St Luke’s Nambour Women’s Fellowship 1929 – 2019

Sunday afternoon 7 April 1929, a group of ladies met in the Nambour Town Park and resolved to form a Ladies’ Mission Guild. The first meeting was held at the manse on 10 May and was attended by 10 members. Pastor FH Schmidt was elected President. Over the years, the ladies have made considerable contributions to many projects and equipment acquisitions for the congregation. In addition, they have supported numerous mission and needy causes overseas and in Australia. Also supporting the projects of Lutheran Women of Australia. In 1969, a …

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Challenges of living far from a local church and women’s fellowship!

After many, many years of being active members of Lutheran congregations my husband Gordon and I sold our farm and retired to the township of Grenfell in central NSW so that our youngest child could finish his schooling before seeking employment in Sydney. Our nearest Lutheran congregations are now 100 kilometres away in all directions, and the nearest Lutheran women’s fellowship is the same distance. I miss the fellowship of Lutheran women’s gatherings very much. Gordon and I both miss the various State Fellowship Days and Conventions as we always …

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St Paul’s Women’s Fellowship, Beaudesert 1951–2020

Where were you in 1951? I was a little kid then, running off to the local school across the road from our church: St Paul’s. Lunch times I’d sometimes spend at my grandparents’ house. Up the back steps in time to hear my grandmother’s favourite radio serial “Blue Hills” and the smell of some freshly cooked sultana cake. But that wasn’t her only passion. She was a regular church member – a leader in her time. How fitting that she should be the very first president of our ladies guild. …

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Advent luncheon at Katanning

Twelve ladies from Katanning and Narrogin joined together at Dome Café in Katanning on 10 December 2020 for their annual advent lunch get together. It was a beautiful day and the lunch was very tasty. This was complemented by our favourite drink of choice. The best part was getting together, and we didn’t need to wash up! We were each presented with four Ferrero Rocher chocolates and a handmade tile coaster by Sigrid with “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” stencilled on the top. Jan made a small Christmas …

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LWNSW Retreat January 2020

Come on a journey with me and I will give you more than you can imagine! Opening my Bible to Ezekiel 34:11–16 with a heading The Good Shepherd of Israel little did I know what a ride it would be! A chance to prepare a Retreat for the women of NSW/ACT was like a gift that came from a freshwater spring. An amazing pathway back in March 2019 with the title Pathways to the Good Shepherd took a direction of its own and, tending it with prayer and by being …

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“Crazy Cupcake Capers” AGM (Always Great to Meet) – St Petri, Nuriootpa

  Firstly, thank you to all our beautiful generous ladies, who baked and made and decorated and voted and laughed and chatted and voted some more. You are all a wonderful blessing in our community! So, we: gathered, greeted, laughed, voted, sang, listened, prayed, sang, discussed, voted, clapped, thanked, prayed, chatted, and voted some more. Then we had afternoon tea (Yum!) and voted again! Yes, we even fitted in some serious “meeting stuff”! Our Leadership Team for the 2020/21 year was voted into their appropriate positions: one coordinator; two secretaries; …

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Immanuel, Woden Valley NSW

The year 2020 has been challenging for our Immanuel Church, Woden, Guild Ladies as I’m sure it has been for all small groups around the country. Seniors’ luncheons were cancelled indefinitely. Retreat, fellowship days, Convention, ACT Church Women services, were all cancelled. Church services were live-streamed – thanks to the technical wizards who made that possible – and the rhythm of all our lives was changed, seemingly overnight! Phone calls, though, are a poor substitute for face-to-face fellowship and we resumed almost normal meetings in July. The “proper” spacing was …

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