The Northeast Zone of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League held its annual spring rally on April 26 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in West Ely. The theme was “The Road Ahead” based on Jeremiah 6:16.
Mary Myers, the Northeast Zone president opened the business meeting. Sharon Bode welcomed the members to Immanuel.
Pastor Kenneth Schamber lead the opening devotion entitled, “At the Crossroads” where he said that a passage through life takes many directions but often it is hard to follow directions. God needs to be asked for directions and He will help those who ask know where to go.
Myers introduced former presidents and guests. The minutes of the previous rally were read and approved.
Carolyn Schreiner presented the treasurer’s report. Bode reported that at the district convention there will be an ingathering for the Back Pack Buddies and Hillcrest Ministries for housing for the homeless in the Kansas City area.
The Missouri district convention will be held in Kansas City June 20-22 with the theme “Carry His Light.”
Carolyn Scott, organizational resources chairman, reported the Missouri district LWML has 253 societies and a total of 5,238 members.
Election of two offices was held. Dawn Neil was elected president and Schreiner was re-elected treasurer.
Following a delicious lunch the guest speaker was introduced by Marcia Schachtsiek.
Beth Foreman is the feature editor for the LWML Quarterly. Each Quarterly features a woman who has inspired many by what she has done with her life. Foreman has also written Bible studies for the Quarterly.
Foreman spoke on “The Road Ahead” and “the somewhere path” where one doesn’t stop to look for the path to follow because one is always rushing and hurrying from one activity to another or “the nowhere path” where one takes time to do some things. On the journey, a suitcase is taken which carries gifts as well as flaws. It is an inventory of life including the good, the bad and the ugly. A map, which is God’s Word, is also taken on the journey. It isn’t always easy to see what road to take as events go fast. There are potholes along the way that slow a person down. But God is always there and guiding.
Following Foreman’s inspirational talk, Pastor Schamber installed the two newly elected officers. Those attending from the Louisiana area were Scott, Wynetta Memke and Margo Hill.
The fall rally will be held at Zion Lutheran in Palmyra.