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Walking in the Word Official Newsletter of the Central States Women of the ELCA

Volume 25, Issue 1

March 2014

Central States Synod W/ELCA Convention As I write, I am sitting at Chicago O’Hare Airport waiting to get on my plane bringing lots of exciting things back to you from churchwide in Chicago. This has been such a rewarding experience for me. It is much like our conventions in terms of fellowship and learning. I was able to spend quality time with our sisters from all over the United States and Bahamas. This makes me even more excited to see each one of you in September at the Resort at Port Arrowhead in Lake Ozark, MO on GREETINGS FROM LISA YOUNGQUIST, President, Central States

September 19-21, 2014. Gloria Sharp and her team have been working very hard on making sure everything will run “just right.” (More information on page 2)

Women of the ELCA, President

In This Issue:

NINTH TRIENNIAL GATHERING Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Sunday, July 27, 2014 It's an inspiring weekend for mothers, daughters, sisters and best friends you call

Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. Isaiah 58:12

Experience enriching workshops, stirring worship, engaging Bible Studies and much more! Enjoy a variety of optional tours to learn about Charlotte and the surrounding area as well.

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Lisa Youngquist (cont.) and Cluster Coordinators


Gloria Sharp (convention)


Kathy Regehr Triennial and bus information


Alice Burnett and In Kind Gifts for Triennial


Rhonda Templing Kathy Regehr (prayers)


Lois Viebrock


Mary Kern


Officers and Board


Cluster Coordinators


Triennial Quilt Challenge and Subscription Form


Region Four Presidents


A few items I want to touch on briefly: 1. Registration packets will be mailed out to your churches by April 1, 2014. Be sure you have your church’s administrative assistant or Pastor keep an eye out for this information and pass it on to you.

A Time to Relax!

2. Elections: Please be prayerfully considering joining us on the board in a capacity of some sort. We will have two board positions plus Vice President and Secretary that we will be voting on this fall. Jewell Swinney will be leading the nominating committee, so all nomination forms will need to be returned to her. You will find this form in your registration packet. 3. Registration fees: You will find that registration fees have gone up slightly to help us offset our increasing costs to provide you with a wonderful convention. 4. 4. Room Rates at the Resort at Port Arrowhead will be $85 plus taxes per night per room. If you are in need of a first floor room please be sure to ask when you call to make your room reservations. I have made a point of instructing the board members to utilize second floor rooms where ever possible. Your comfort is important to us.

Transportation to Lake Ozark, MO Are you interested in taking a van or bus to the Central States W/ELCA Convention? Please contact Lisa. 785-342-4877 **********

CLUSTER COORDINATORS GET TOGETHER was Cancelled Feb. 7-8 because of weather Packets will be going out to the cluster coordinators soon. They will have the information that would have been distributed during the cluster coordinator meeting. Bishop Eaton with Region 4B President Lisa Youngquist at Conference of Presidents in Chicago


A M E S S AG E F RO M : G l o r i a S h a r p — V i c e P r e s i d e n t C e n t r a l S t a t e s S y n o d Wo m e n o f t h e E L C A C o nve n t i on of 20 14 If you haven’t already done so, please mark the date of September 19-21, 2014, on your calendar as the date of our Central States Synod Women of the ELCA Convention. We will be meeting at The Resort at Port Arrowhead, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. Our theme for the convention is “Living Water for All Generations.” Our convention committees have been busy scheduling events, activities, and worship experiences. We are very excited about the banquet entertainment! Carolyn Miller of Sedalia, Missouri, will be presenting “Nostalgia – Vintage Apparel”! You will have four options from which to choose two workshops you would like to attend: 1. Autism – Mariam Coleman 2. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – Debbie Hofstetter


3. Grief and Loss – Nanette Ellis

Logo: Revelation

4. Meth – Ron Finnell

Banner: Prairie Angels

During the business meeting, the participants will have the opportunity to take part in a quilt tying activity. Participants should bring quilts that need to be tied and materials needed to tie the quilts. Some optional activities are also being planned for Friday afternoon. You might want to plan to arrive early Friday so you can participate. Stay tuned for further details! Registration packets will be mailed out early April. Begin making plans now to join us at the Lake to celebrate Jesus as the Living Water for all generations!

Convention Song/Skit: Post Rock “Gather” Resources: SE Missouri Table Favors: Fri. Evening – Northern Lights Sat. Lunch – God’s Sonflowers Sat. Evening – Smoky Valley Table Graces: Fri. Evening – Tri State Sat. Lunch – Amazing Women Sat. Evening – Ozark Mountain Barbara Nelson Memorial Fundraiser: Ark River Valley T-Shirts: Sunflowers Pledges: Heartland Prayer Partner Exchange: SE Kansas City


A MESSAGE FROM: Kathy Regehr—Triennial Gathering Promoter Triennial Gathering Information Are you ready for lots of laughs, a new adventure, and building your relationship with Jesus Christ? Come and join me on the bus trip to Charlotte, NC. The trip (by bus) begins July 22 and returns on July 29. It's not too late to join us. Please contact Kathy Regehr, Triennial Gathering Promoter at or 620-242-3159. My job is to help promote, answer questions, and provide hotel information, and any tips or ideas. The following link will help you choose a hotel. Please let me know if you have any problems with registration. We are really hoping for 30-35 people on the bus. Right now we are around 26. Remember invite your sister, family and friends - all are welcome!

Send payments to Rhonda Templing First half due April 30, Final payment due June 1 Our tentative prices and schedule are: 26 People Bus Fees $325.00 Hotels 4 days x 22.27= 89.11 Total per person 414.11 *Biltmore 42.08 Total per person with Biltmore tour $456.19

30 People $285.00 89.11 374.11 42.08 $416.19

35 People $250.00 89.11 339.11 42.08 $381.19

Day 1 Tuesday, July 22 Depart Salina (Redeemer Lutheran Church) 7:30 am. Head to Lawrence, Columbia, MO, and stop for the night at Best Western in Hopkinsville, KY.

Day 4 and 5 Friday-Sunday am Charlotte, NC at the GATHERING Day 6 Sunday, July 27 Depart 12:00 after Worship. Eat packed lunch on the bus to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, stop for the night at Best Western in Asheville, NC.

Day 2 Wednesday, July 23 Depart Hopkinsville 8:00 am. Head to Cookeville, TN, Knoxville, TN Market Square, (shopping and dining), Smoky Mountains, stop for the night at Best Western in Asheville, NC. (stopping at waterfalls)

Day 7 Monday, July 28 Depart Asheville 8:00 am. Smoky Mountains, Knoxville, TN Market Square, (shopping and dining), Nashville, TN, stop for the night at Best Western in Hopkinsville, KY.

Day 3 Thursday, July 24 Depart Asheville 8:30 am. Arrive Charlotte, NC around 11:00 a.m. (Bus tour of Market Square and Park, and a 3:00 guided tour of Charlotte – history of Charlotte, downtown and sight-seeing)

Day 8 Tuesday, July 29 Depart Hopkinsville 8:00 am. St. Louis, Columbia, Lawrence, arriving at Redeemer Lutheran, Salina, KS around 9:00 pm.


A M E S S AG E F RO M : A l i c e B u r n e t t — B o a r d M e m b e r Women of the ELCA announced a goal of raising the Katie’s Fund endowment to $1 million by July 24, 2014, the start of the next Triennial Gathering in Charlotte, NC. At the WELCA Central States Synod convention in July a resolution was passed to help in this endeavor.

S t e w a r d s h i p

Do you know what Katie's Fund is? How do you inform other women? How do you help?

Katharina von Bora Luther was Martin Luther’s wife. She managed a large household, was a business woman and was a theologian in her own right. She was indeed, a bold woman. We honor her by supporting ministry in three areas: leadership development, global connections, and living theology. Learn more about Katie Luther through the WELCA web site. Download a skit and articles about how the fund is helping change the lives of women. I hope you enjoy learning about this woman of our Lutheran Heritage and pray that you are inspired to give in her honor.

In Kind Gifts for Gathering Three years ago in Spokane over 2,200 prayer shawls were made and donated, $10,420 in gift cards, 11,160 minutes of phone cards, 600 health kits, and hundreds of school kits. If you would like to mail or send items along here are some ideas. There will be room on the bus for gifts for those traveling by bus. Women are encouraged to make and donate prayer shawls. Info: or Gift cards can be purchased in any amount, beginning with a minimum of $10, from Target, Walmart, and K-mart and Pre-paid phone cards. Hygiene items for women, teen girls and teen boys are needed: deodorant or antiperspirant (no aerosol cans), body wash and body puffs, shampoo and conditioner, hair gels, moisturizers, toothbrushes (in original packaging), toothpaste, dental floss, disposable razors, feminine hygiene products, wide-toothed hair combs and brushes. Socks and underwear are needed in any size and color for women, teen girls and teen boys. Bras in any size are also needed for women and teen girls.


If you have fabric or thread there are two different kinds of quilt kits needed. They cannot accept fabric prints with religious symbols, U.S. flags or military insignia. The quilts will be completed on-site and distributed by Lutheran World Relief as part of the gathering’s global gift. Quilt kit option 1 Fill a gallon-size resealable plastic bag with one each of the following: • Twelve 21-inch squares of cotton fabric • One spool of Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread to match fabric • One piece of cotton fabric for backing, 2½ yards if 60” wide fabric or 5 yards of 35”-45” wide fabric. Quilt kit option 2 Fill a gallon-size resealable plastic bag with one each of the following: • 2 pieces of fabric (2½ yards of 60” wide fabric or 5 yards of 35”-45” wide fabric) • One spool of Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread to match fabric

A M E S S AG E F RO M : R h o n d a Te m p l i n g Tr e a s u r e r As of February 1, 2014, I became treasurer of Central States Women of the ELCA. The treasurer position is different than other board positions, in that treasurers don't assume office until February 1st of the following year in which they are elected, in order for the current treasurer to complete all work that needs to be done. I would like to thank Jewell Swinney for all the work she did during her two terms as treasurer of Central States Women of the ELCA. Jewell has been an asset to the board and I was privileged to serve with her for two years. A big, big thank you to you, Jewell. You will be missed. As of February 1st all treasurers of units in Central States Women of the ELCA need to start sending their offerings to me. Also, all clusters need to send their offerings to me. I look forward to getting to know all of you.

You can send your offerings as of February 1st to: Rhonda Templing 234B NW 210 Rd Hoisington, KS 67544 620-935-4213 785-483-9402 Cel

PRAYER REQUESTS窶認rom Your Prayer Coordinator Kathy Regehr Email prayer concerns to and I will pass them on to our board members. "Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with their whole heart!" Psalm 119:2

that I love You this morning and I praise You for the way You love me unconditionally. Help me to love You more today than yesterday, and even more than ever before. May my heart be fully focused on You today and may I live as a fully devoted follower that unashamedly bears Your witness. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Lord, as I begin this new day, thank You for the gift of a good night's sleep as well as the opportunity of a new day. I want to simply say


D i s c i p l e s h i p

A M E S S AG E F RO M : L o i s V i e b ro c k — B o a r d M e m b e r

It’s December 31st and I am sitting here waiting “patiently” (?) for 2014. The T.V. is showing Kathie Lee and Hoda reviewing the events of 2013 and making resolutions for 2014. Since this is a discipleship report – it makes me stop and think now “What have I done this past year in spreading the good news? Have I been a faithful disciple? AND what are my resolutions to do a better job in 2014?” If you are like me, you have just finished the rush, rush of Christmas, busy jobs, a chaotic world of cell phones, computers, emails, etc. I would like to challenge each of you to take TIME to be QUIET and LISTEN. Eternal Listener, hear us as we communicate with you in silence. Accept us for what we are, where we are, but expect us to listen to the growl of an empty stomach, to see the trickle of a tear at the reunion of an old friendship. In order that we may become more human, expect us to listen to the sound of rats scampering across the floor in a ghetto bedroom, to hear the muffled steps of the lonely, the silence of lovers who, having said all there is to say, cannot bear to part. In order that we may become alive, expect us to hear the pleas of the young – to listen to the happy chant of little girls skipping rope and the pure joy of a big brass band. In order that we may become, expect us to listen with all our senses to those experiences of joy, sorrow, anger, pain and love, the sharing of which makes us all one. Eternal Listener, accept us as we are, but expect us to become what we can become. Amen


A M E S S AG E F RO M : M a r y Ke r n — B o a r d M e m b e r I am sitting here at my computer warm, safe and surrounded with the arms of God. How many other women and young girls feel the same? Less than you think. We are being overwhelmed with drug abuse, forced prostitution, child labor, human trafficking, bonded labor, debt bondage among migrant laborers, involuntary domestic servitude and many other atrocities. Don't think it can happen in your nice neighborhood, your suburban school, YOUR CHURCH? Think again, listen to the news, talk to your child, your womanfriend.

We always think these forms of trafficking happen in "those other

countries.� Those countries are here. What can we do to enlighten our women and

J u s t i c e

young girls? There are many resources available through the Women of the ELCA website for workshop material, retreat seminars, study groups at church or a social action group. These resources are downloadable and free. You simply want to talk to your young daughter about these things that happen the world over? Download these resources, study and talk frankly about them. Are you over 50 years of age? Sexually active and a single woman? You aren't worried about pregnancy anymore (although medical advances of the future could make this possible) but do you worry about sexually transmitted diseases? One of the std's that can stay hidden longer than others is HIV. Our partner may not be aware that he or she may be infected. It's up to you to be safe. Our young women and girls are more conscious of this than those of us over the age of 50. We don't think it will happen to us. IT CAN!. There is also a resource for this that you can download. This is a subject you can discuss at your church unit meeting, a study group, etc. Let the Women of the ELCA help you to help others. Visit the website today.


O F F I C E R S A N D B OA R D 2 0 1 3 - 2 0 1 4 C e n t r a l S t a t e s S y n o d Wo m e n o f t h e E L C A President:

Lisa Youngquist 913 Meadow Lane Lindsborg, KS 67456 Ph: 785-342-4877

Vice President:

Gloria Sharp 1702 Canterbury Rd. Jefferson City, MO 65109 Ph: 573-636-8843, 573-462-9758


Elizabeth (Beth) Rockelman 2103 Blair Drive Apt E Jefferson City, MO 65109 Ph: 573-761-0722 or 573-782-4759


Rhonda Templing 234B NW 210 Road Hoisington, KS 67544 Ph: 620-935-4213 (cell: 785-483-9402)

Board Members:

Alice Burnett 12130 Dove Hill Court Derby, KS 67037-9485 Ph: 316-776-2838 (cell: 316-258-7685)

Mary Kern 4210 Hwy D Syracuse, MO 65350 Ph: (cell 660-287-2115)

Kathy Regehr 351 7th Ave. Inman, KS 67546 Ph: 620-242-3159

Nevada Vetter 2491 L Road Formosa, KS 66942 Ph: 785-739-2375 (cell: 785-534-2163)

Back: Mary Kern, Nevada Vetter, Kathy Regehr, Lois Viebrock,, Alice Burnett Front: Beth Rockelman, Rhonda Templing, Lisa Youngquist, Gloria Sharp

Lois Viebrock 13672 Graystone Road Versailles, MO 65084 Ph: 573-378-5783 Walking in the Word, Newsletter Editor: Sharon Hoffman = 785-227-3855 or 785-212-1748


C L U S T E R C O O R D I N ATO R S C e n t r a l S t a t e s S y n o d Wo m e n o f t h e E L C A AMAZING WOMEN (no current contact person)

ARK RIVER VALLEY Loretta Holmes 568 Turkle Haysville, KS 67060 316-524-0965

GOD’S SONFLOWERS Pat Olson 307 Hamilton St Beattie, KS 66406 785-353-2424

CLUSTER 3D (no current contact person)

HEARTLAND Marian Thompson 501 N Elmira Highland, KS 66035 785-442-3323

MID-MISSOURI Cindy Hufstedler 1609 Fox Run Dr. Columbia, MO 65202 573-814-3302

CLUSTER 4A (no current contact person)

OSBORNE-SMITH-PHILLIPS Donna Westbrook 418 S Main Kensington, KS 66951 785-476-2238

OZARK MOUNTAIN Madeline “Mick” Friberg 3333 Southlyn Place Springfield, MO 65804 417-890-1241

HEARTLAND SOUTH (no current contact person)

PRAIRIE ANGELS Laura Anderson Rt. 2 Box 82 Wakeeney, KS 67672 785-743-2096

REVELATION Gloria Martin 2283 E 360th Herington, KS 67449 785-983-4482

NORTHERN LIGHTS Nevada Vetter 2491 L Rd Formoso, KS 66942 785-739-2375

SE KANSAS CITY METRO Paula Simonich 1900 Grandview Blvd Kansas City, KS 66102-4817 913-321-2424

SE MISSOURI Dee Cannon 2030 Sherwood Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 573-335-2983

POST ROCK Myrna Schrepel 609 N Cedar St Hoisington, KS 67544 785-764-1003

SMOKY VALLEY Darlene Handlin 321 South Main Lindsborg, KS 67456 785-227-3852

SUNFLOWER Carolyn Olson 3017 SW Quail Creek Dr Topeka, KS 66614 785-272-6428 785-633-3786

Tri State Ardythe Cederberg 301 E Commercial Oberlin, KS 67749 785-475-2535


A QUILT CHALLENGE: open to all women who are ELCA members - $10 entry fee No group or two person quilts will be accepted. (deadline to have quilt in Chicago is June 15th) The quilter need not be planning to attend the Ninth Triennial Gathering (2014)

Quilters of all abilities are invited to create a quilt interpreting the gathering theme, “of many generations.” The challenge comes not only in interpreting the gathering theme but also in working within certain rules.

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The quilt must interpret the gathering theme “of many generations.” New in 2014! The quilt must include the challenge fabric along with any other fabrics of your own choosing. To obtain a fat-quarter of the challenge fabric, send an email request to, or call 800.638.3522, ext. 2730. Finished size of the quilt must be 40 inches square. Traditional or original patterns may be used. Credit must be given when using the pattern or design of another. Quilts may be pieced or appliquéd or a combination. They may include surface embellishment techniques (e.g., dying, trapunto, stenciling, whole cloth, embroidery, batik, painting, embossing, etc.). Each quilt must be quilted, not tied. Both machine quilting and hand quilting are acceptable. Each quilt must have a sleeve attached to the top back for hanging. The sleeve opening must be 4 inches wide after it is attached to the quilt and must be attached in a way that it will not show when the quilt is hanging. A fabric identification label must be securely sewn to a bottom back corner of the quilt (a paper label pinned to the quilt is not acceptable) with the name, address and telephone number of the entrant.

Walking in the Word The Newsletter written and published by the Central States Synod Women of the ELCA. Keep up to date with things going on with the CSS W/ELCA. Subscriptions available by email alert. (free) USPS subscriptions (4 issues) $10 per year for paper/postage etc. Name: _______________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________ City: ________________________________________________ State: ____________ Zip: ____________________ Email: _______________________________________________ I prefer to receive Walking in the Word by: Email _________ USPS ______________ Return form to:

Lisa Youngquist 913 Meadow Lane, Lindsborg, KS 67456 11

Region 4 Presidents enjoy fellowship with Bishop Eaton during Conference of Presidents in Chicago.

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