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Emannuel WMF News

December 2020

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I Thes. 5:16-18.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,

give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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Emmanuel WMF held their annual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17.  President Tamra Berg called the meeting to order.  Dorothy Hjermstad shared devotions from Chuck Swindoll’s book, “Good Morning, Lord, Can We Talk?”  We should be praying for others including pastors and persecuted Christians.  It’s great to have a prayer chain in our own church.  Secretary’s report was read and approved.  Discussion was held regarding our cheer committee.  Circles were to sign and send cards to our shut-ins or as needed but it was overlooked.  Carol Gjemse will send out Christmas cards to our shut-ins in December.  Dorothy will make cards for 2021 and the Circles will sign and mail out as needed.  The goal is to let our shut-ins know we are thinking and praying for them.

            The list of funds distributed in 2019 was passed out.  All amounts were to remain the same for 2020 except we removed the $50.00 to the Sunset Home.  As a volunteer at KSL (Kenyon Senior Living), Tamra receives a donation from the 3M company and gives that donation to KSL.

            Due to the pandemic that started in March when all events were cancelled or held with restrictions, and as such our WMF was unable to raise as much money as a normal year.  In addition, the advent luncheon will be cancelled.  Discussion was held and it was decided to request donations from ALL the ladies of the congregation.  Ann Romo will announce on Sunday, Nov. 22.  The goal is to raise at least $300.00 since the offering in 2019 from the December luncheon was $298.00.  This entire amount was given to the Marie Sandvik Center.  With this motion, we added a donation of $300.00 to the Marie Sandvik Center and increased each of the food shelf donations by $25.00.  The final total for distribution was $1525.00.  This is an increase of $375.00 from 2019.  The ladies are to be commended for their thoughtfulness and willingness to give generously.  The entire list will be printed in the annual report in January 2021.

            Discussion was also held regarding the Goodhue County Christmas Families.  Who is to organize it?  It’s nice to involve the entire church.  Tamra will go to Red Wing to get the names and the Toys for Tots.  A motion was made to wait before donating any monetary gifts from the WMF to this project. 

            Thank you notes were received from the graduating seniors for the quilts they received.  They are hung in the downstairs bulletin board.  Thank you notes were read from Daniel Benrud and Alice Rostad.  Alice received a lap quilt.  There will be two 2021 graduates.  They are Wyatt and Wesley Duben.  Other quilts and lap quilts have been donated to organizations and individuals this past year.  Ann Romo was also able to secure funds from the REA Roundup program to help offset quilting expenses.

            The serving committee list was reviewed.  A few ladies will be contacted in case they may want to retire from serving. 

            No new water carafes were ordered.  We will wait until we have more funds.

            2021 calendar was reviewed with a few small changes.  We will wait for the council regarding the annual meeting.  We will not plan any appreciation event for September.  This is an entire congregational event so will wait for council decisions.  Hopefully, 2021 will bring back our normal activities or at least most of them.

            A baby quilt and $25.00 gift card from Target will be given to Pastor Gideon and Erin for their new baby girl. 

            Mittens, caps, gloves will be collected for the Marie Sandvik Center.  The deadline is Dec. 1 so they can distribute these gifts.  We will collect the next two Sundays.  Ann Romo will deliver these.

            Election of officers was held.  No nominees suggested.  The officers will stay the same.  Meeting was adjourned.  The Lord’s Prayer and table prayer was sung.  Lunch was served by Helen Feil and Wanda Yngsdal.

            Members present were the officers, Wanda Yngsdal, Charlene Anfinson, Dorothy Hjermstad, Helen Feil, Ann Romo and Lori Thompson.

Sue Davidson


Remember in Prayer

Friends, family and all those who serve in the military.

Pastor Gideon and Family.

Brent and Emily Raan and Amaleah, Sarala, and Isaiah.

Friends and family members in the hospital, nursing care, or rehab centers.

Outreach in our parish and communities.

Our government officials at all levels.

Those grieving from the loss of loved ones.

Those who are homeless and unemployed.

Those who are struggling with addictions or other medical conditions.

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