Woodside

Woodside Women ‘Loved by God’, willing givers, warm-hearted and would welcome you to visit; Off to the Chelsea Flower Show – whoa! What an amazing trip!! (A PowerPoint presentation by a church member who was able to visit England) October, the month we enthusiastically put our energy into packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child; Devotion, Bible study and Fellowship – the important ingredients for our meeting day; Sharing Shrove Tuesday with our mainly music group as we all enjoyed pancakes for morning tea; Involvement in our church and community with …

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The open bible for devotion

Devotion – July, 2020

Giver God I love singing to my friend, Jesus. I’m convinced music is one of the sweetest gifts God has given us. And not just to the “musically-inclined”! In my humble opinion a “pitchy” voice is akin to a funny laugh – an unofficial gift of the Holy Spirit, a contagious joy. My time in Indonesia, in a nutshell, was a pleasant surprise. The group of strangers I travelled with were far kinder than I …

Bible Study – July, 2020

Begin with Prayer. As a group within the LCA, Lutheran Women of Australia (LWA) is one of the biggest supporters of LCA International Mission and the work we do overseas on behalf of the church. What projects can you name that LWA support? (If you’re struggling to recall them all, have a look at the amazing list inside the cover of this magazine!) Each of these projects helps our partner churches proclaim the good news …

GIRT: The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt

Do you like a laugh? Then read Girt. Our National Anthem tells us that Australia is “girt by sea” but did you know that girt is an old-fashioned word for “encircled”? Hunt explains this with humorous overtones. Did history classes at school bore you because you had to learn about the Tudors and the Stuarts rather than about Australia? Then read Girt and learn about Macarthur, a couple of Wentworths, Flinders and others. Hunt informs us that Captain James Cook did not “discover” Botany Bay! He was a mere 40-year-old …

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Barmera Ladies Fellowship

Our happy, caring and enthusiastic group of ladies meet on the third Tuesday afternoon of the month in our church hall, or sometimes we have home meetings. We take turns to read a devotion and host afternoon tea. We have our Bible studies which are taken from the Lutheran Women magazine. For our roll call we choose a hymn verse which is particularly meaningful to us. Our entertainment takes on various forms: going out for coffee; guess the baby photos; a rose garden walk; some things old/some things new. Our …

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Canaan in Australia

Located in Theresa Park, 55km southwest of Sydney, you will find a place called “Canaan of God’s Comfort”. It is home to the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary in Australia, a small community of Protestant sisters who have been living and working in Australia since 1979. They are part of a larger international sisterhood whose origin and main centre (Kanaan) is in Darmstadt, Germany. Founders Mother Basilea and Mother Martyria prayed for revival amongst the young women of their Bible study group following the near-total destruction of their city in the …

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The Opal Stone Journey

There is something special about intentionally wanting to become a multiethnic church that feels so new and invigorating but at the same time wonderfully challenging. It’s been hard to put into words what the experience is like for us at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pasadena, in Adelaide, with our relationship with our Indonesian community but I often like to picture our church to be on a journey to become like opal stone; a church which is a collage of rainbow colours where it is hard to see where one starts and …

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Bethlehem – Adelaide – Ladies Guild

Bethlehem Women’s Guild, Adelaide, has enjoyed many blessings with Bible studies being led by Pastors Pearce and Pfeiffer, and in 2019 Vicar Peter Noble. Bible Studies are usually taken from Lutheran Women magazine. We are in our 127th year. We had a big celebration in October 2018 for 125th birthday and invited other guilds to share this milestone with us. On the Sunday, we had a community lunch with the congregation to mark the occasion. We have a membership of 13 with an average attendance of 10. LWA and LWSA-NT …

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Sign post at the WA SA border

On the cover – June/July 2020

Under all the different coloured skins from all the different cultures of our world, the same hearts pump the same coloured blood. Thank God for our diversity and unity. People will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down at the feast in the Kingdom of God. Luke 13:29 (GNT) Photo credit: Robert Turner

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“God opened a way for me!”

Through ALWS, Lutheran women from Australia reach out to touch the lives of women in some of the world’s poorest countries. Angok Kongor, from South Sudan, shares how God has used your kindness in training her in cooking and business to open a way through all the challenges she has faced … “When I was a girl, I lived in South Sudan. My father died when I was small. He was a soldier and he was killed when he was fighting. I am one of six children, being the number …

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Central Queensland (CQ) Zone Annual Rally/Retreat 2020

Theme: F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely on God) So we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16 Gladstone Ladies Fellowship was the host for the Rally/Retreat held on 14,15 March 2020 and we were blessed to have the company of ladies (and some menfolk) who came from far and wide. Thank you to all the 41 ladies and 12 men who joined in the Rally and the Men’s Mystery Tour; those who …

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Bible Study – June 2020

Begin with prayer. When I first joined the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) as an adult convert, many well-meaning church members would automatically change my surname to Zanker because, as I was told, everyone knows there are no Ankers in the LCA! In my second parish where the secretary’s surname was Zanker, she kindly started referring to herself as ‘zAnker’ to make me feel more at home. What a remarkable act of hospitality! While it …