From District President Becky Haltaufderheid

Watch President Becky’s fall video message

October is well on its way to be one of the grandest for offering beautiful colors. Perhaps this is God’s way of saying He is with us and as long as we cling to Him, we will be safe.
Have you joined Donna Snow on Facebook Live for her Bible Study on “Your Strong Suit”? This is an eight-week Bible study every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM CT from October 6 through November 24. I encourage you to join with sisters across the United States as she leads us through the armor of God and His incredible protection. You can find the link at www.lwml.org and clicking on The Word link and Bible Studies link.

On September 29, National LWML Board of Directors held a meeting with the President’s Assembly. This was a great way to meet all of the new district presidents. Besides some normal business, we were given lots of information on the 2021 convention in Lexington. I am so excited to be going to Lexington! I know after you read this, you are going to want to make arrangements to get to Lexington – perhaps even on the bus!

Bible Study leader will be Deaconess Heidi Goehmann from Norfolk, Nebraska. She is a licensed clinical social worker advocating and providing resources for mental health, genuine relationships and hope. She is an author of several books, theologian, speaker, wife and mother. You can find more information about Heidi at her website: www.heidigoehmann.com.
The Keynote speaker will be Past LWML President, Linda Reiser. She served as the 15th President from 2003 – 2007. She is a beautiful child of God who is a great inspiration for all who meet her. Dr. Dina Vendetti of Dover, Delaware, will return as the song leader. Our own Jan Struck with will return as the humorist interrupter and partnered this year with Abby Faske.
There are a number of Mites in Action speakers. Some you are familiar with as Gary Theis from Mission Central will speak about the 2019 – 2021 mission grant “Women’s Witness and Mercy in Asia.” You will be able to meet Ruth Richert Martin, director of MOST Ministries, 2017 – 2019 mission grant recipient that helped with family scholarships. Hear Deaconess Kimberly Trombley, Vice President of Religious Life and Church Relations with Bethesda Lutheran Ministries speak about the 2017 – 2019 mission grant, “Sharing Jesus With People With Disabilities”. You will hear from Rev. John Carrier, Executive Director of Camp Restore in Detroit, 2019 – 2021 mission grant recipient of “Restoring Hope for Detroit Children and Families” and listen as Rev. Jeffrey Mueller, Pastor of the church responsible for Child Beyond International, speaks about the 2019 – 2021 Mission Grant, “Lights for Christ Scholarships in Guatemala.”
The estimated cost of the convention has been shared. Registration cost before March 15, 2021, will be $150. All meals offered at the convention total $132 and hotel room costs range from $109 – $124 per night plus 14% hotel tax. District buses will be placed at hotels away from the convention center that are lower in cost. The district bus will serve as the daily transportation to and from the convention center.

There will be a number of special luncheons and greet and meet sessions. Plans are to have a meet and greet for the YWR’s on Thursday at 3:00 PM and a special luncheon with YWR’s, YWR Alumni and young women. Friday evening the YWR’s will have a special dinner with President, Debbie Larson. The YWR’s will be helping with the banner processional and the mission flag processional. This is a great opportunity for a young woman from your area to learn about LWML at the national level.
There will be a H2H Sisters and District Leaders Reunion luncheon on Friday at noon with a speaker. They will be participating with the mission flag processional. The Church Workers in Mission will be dividing their time between connecting with teens and church workers in attendance at the convention. There will be a meet and greet for teens on Thursday at 3:00 PM, a special dinner on Friday evening for teens and their parents and a continental breakfast for the teens on Saturday. The teens will be asked to help with the mission flag processional on Saturday. What teen wouldn’t want to have food at their disposal before they help out! There will be an info gathering luncheon for all church workers at noon on Friday. I encourage any church workers who are planning on attending the convention to sign up for this luncheon. The Deaf Ministry Liaison will coordinate a meet and greet for our deaf sisters on Thursday at 3:00 PM. There will be a special luncheon on Saturday at noon where Rev. Kevin Ropson will be speaking with be signed by a deaf interpreter.
All of this information will be included in the winter edition of the Quarterly. More information will be made available on the national website beginning in January. Please check this website for more information.
This is a lot of exciting information. Please share this information with those in your society and zone. I can’t wait to see you in Lexington!