January - february 2018

A happy and blessed 2018 to all from the Women of Hope!  While we are taking some time to catch our breaths from the November/December activities, we are also happily reflecting on the things we were able to accomplish in 2017 to help our church, community, A Place of Refuge and others, and the Christian fellowship we have enjoyed.  With one exception, it was a very wonderful year!

 

Sadly, on November 6 we lost a very active and dear member, Susan Marklund, whom God called to be with Him.  Susan enjoyed attending our meetings and helping with our projects over many years, and she will be missed.

 

In November, many Operation Christmas Child boxes filled with goodies for children around the world were donated by members of the congregation, and hopefully brought smiles to the faces of children in the name of our newborn King.  Thanks to Nadine for coordinating everything!


At our November get together, we put together over 35 gift bags filled with a lovely assortment of toiletries, cards, nativity sets, silk poinsettias and earrings (for ladies ).  We also filled many Blessings in a Bag(s) for the homeless.  Thank you to Shirley and Kay for the jewelry, to Kay for the nativity sets, to all who purchased the flowers, and to Doris and Tami for coordinating! The bags were delivered to the residents at Burr Oaks for Christmas, and also to our shut-in members.  Blessings in a Bag are free for all to take to distribute as needed.


Many thanks to all the ladies who helped set up, serve and clean up for the Thanksgiving eve dinner.  A big thanks to Dick Cooke for leading the kitchen brigade!

 

In December, we were again blessed with a wonderful selection of cookies, breads, pies, fudge – as well as creative candy gifts and dog treats - for the Trees on Parade bake sale.  We raised $1,224, which will help with our church and community projects, as well as our mission project, A Place of Refuge.   Hope is definitely a tradition at this wonderful Christmas event in Twin Lakes!  Thank you to everyone who helped by baking, packing, selling, set up, clean up, transport and BUYING!  Congregation participation was amazing!

 

Also in December, we kicked off the Countdown to Christmas food drive for the Twin Lakes Food Pantry.  This was an Advent giving experience shared by families and friends, and was not limited to food items, so many added school supplies, toiletries, cleaning items, etc.  All items will be delivered to the Twin Lakes food pantry mid- January.

 

While there will be no “official” meetings in January or February due to the unpredictable weather, we will be looking for suggestions during this time for what we could do to help our church and community, so would love to hear any ideas you might have. Over the next few weeks, I will be contacting the Racine and Walworth county correctional facility chaplains to see where we might be of help in their prison ministries.  Our next meeting will be the third Monday in March, and one of our agenda items will be to plan the Easter bake sale, which will be 3/31, the day before Easter. 

 

Thank you again to everyone who has been participating in our events and helping with what we do.  Congregation support has been such a blessing!  If you have questions or suggestions, please see Gail, Tami, Dawn, or Doris.

 

God's blessings to all for a wonderful 2018, and may the Christ Child live in our hearts and lives throughout the year,

 

Gail Feick, President

Women of Hope

 

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