PRAYER SHAWL & CRAFTING – Every Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room.
COFFEE: Ruth Circle will be serving coffee after worship service for the month of July.
QUILTING: Monday, July 8, at 1 P.M.
Pictured above are the quilters showing the beautiful quilts they sewed and will be donating to the Wagon Train this summer.
MEETING – What does it mean to be a Lutheran Christian in America today? Why are there over thirty-five separate Lutheran church bodies in the United States alone? Has the Lutheran church in America always been this fractured? Is there a silver lining to having so many different Lutheran denominations?
Pastor Steve will be talking about this topic at the RLCW’s general meeting coming up on Wednesday, July 3rd, at 1:30. Through the presentation, we will gain a better understanding of historical, theological, and practical trends that have brought us to today. “Fractured or Functional? Lutherans in America Today.”
Martha Circle will provide the lunch.
RLCW MEETING — June 5, 2019
President Corrine opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and gave an opening prayer. She then turned the meeting over to the Ruth Circle for our program.
Marlene Boehmke introduced Ann Spartz, the President of the Historical Society and a genealogist. Ann told us about the Orphan Train, which was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States to foster homes located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The orphan trains operated between 1854 and 1929, relocating about 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, abused, or homeless children. The first group transported 46 children to Michigan, and within a month all were placed. The children were given new clothing, a Bible, and a supervised train journey. Baby trains were started by a Foundling Hospital in NYC by nuns. Adoptions were arranged ahead of time with Catholic families. The Orphan Train movement stopped in 1930 due to the Great Depression, less farming needs, and new opportunities for immigrants.
Ann Spartz then introduced us to Ardis Wilcox, whose mother-in-law rode the train in 1905. She was dropped in Iowa. Her two sisters went elsewhere, but she managed to stay in touch with them. Ardis commented that her mother-in-law treasured the Bible that she had been given. Two readings were then given on a child’s faith and hope, one by Marlene Boehmke and one by Janice Campe. Harp music, by Diane Richards, was enjoyed by all.
Corrine then called the business meeting to order. The Secretary’s report was read and approved. The Treasurer’s report was read and approved, showing a balance on hand of $4,925.06, including $1,100 in the fund for coffee servers.
Salad Luncheon – thank you to Karla Holland and Sandy Rasmussen for their organization of the event. We raised $921, and disbursed it as follows: $700 to Kids Camo and $200 to the Window Project at Good Shepherd.
Coffee Carafes – A motion was made, seconded, and approved that we do not purchase new ones. If the coffee servers are warmed first there seems to be no problem. We allocated the money to the Restoration Project at church. MSA.
Rushford Days – It was suggested that we serve brats, hot dogs, and pie after the parade. By a show of hands, this was not approved.
Cookbook report. We will start collecting recipes this Sunday. Recipes may be put in a box on the table or by the office or sent via e-mail to Tesh or Lynne. All recipes are to be submitted by September 1. An e-mail will be sent to church members requesting recipes. The company we are using will publish and e-book addition which should be helpful for many.
Corrine reminded us to be thinking of the upcoming Bazaar as we can produce and make things.
Correspondence: Thank you notes were read from the recipients of gifts.
Next meeting will be July 3 at 1:30 P.M. Priscilla Circle has the program, Martha Circle the lunch. July Coffee will be served by the Ruth Circle.
Birthdays and anniversaries were noted and prayer requests given.
The business meeting was adjourned and closed with prayer. We sang the table prayer before we were dismissed to enjoy fellowship and dessert.
Lynne Munter, Acting Secretary.