Join women of the NALC gathered from across North America for a day of fellowship, Bible study, and business. The Rev. Leslie Haines, executive director of the Lutheran Military Veterans & Families Ministries, Inc. (LMVFM) will be leading us in study of our theme verse, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1b). There will be time to engage and share ideas with women from other churches and mission districts. Our time together will also include: selection of the Mission Bank recipients for 2019-2020, selection of new members for the WNALC Council, and approval of the WNALC budget. A visit from Bishop John Bradosky is also planned to share his wisdom with us. Join in this day-long annual gathering to be filled with strength and hope to bring back to your congregation and women’s groups.
It is my pleasure to take a moment to encourage you to come to Lutheran Week this year, from August 5-9 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s going to be an exciting week together. Our theological conference for the Braaten-Benne Lectures is going to focus on the Holy Spirit: Walking by the Spirit through the Fruit of the Spirit. We know that you’re going to see that manifest in a whole variety of ways, but in addition to all the presentations and our meeting time together, this is an important election year—time to elect a new bishop for the North American Lutheran Church. We’re also going to be discerning nominees for the Executive Council and the Court of Adjudication, and all the paperwork for these nominees is due by May 3rd for publication and distribution. We want our congregations to continue to take time to carefully discern who best to lead us into that future—God’s preferred future for us in the North American Lutheran Church. I look forward to this time of ending one chapter in my life as I begin another, and as the NALC begins another exciting chapter in our life together throughout this election process and all that these new years will bring. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you this August.
—Bishop John Bradosky