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Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization
The 2012 RMSWO convention was held September 28-30 in Albuquerque, NM. While being a small group (68 attendees), those who attended are deeply committed to the ministry of women.
Special guests from Women of the ELCA (“churchwide”) were Board Member Betty Brandt and Linda Post Bushkofsky, Executive Director.
Pastor Barb Lemke led the Bible Study based on Mark 6:31b.
There was an opportunity to view the film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Breakout sessions included “Worship Planning” led by Aaron Howe (Director of the ReJOYce Music Team, Community of Joy, Rio Rancho, NM); “Secrets of How to Handle Awkward Situations” presented by Kitty Szarkowski; and, “Yoga” led by Gina Ojeda.
A designated offering of $880 was taken for the Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of New Mexico. Pastor Ann Marawski gave a presentation of what is happening in Lutheran Ministry at UNM.
Elections for RMSWO Board members resulted in an incomplete Board. Those elected were:
- Carol A. McGill, President, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Longmont, CO
- Betty Ann Arner, Vice President, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM
- Ina Anders, Grace Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO;
- Maren Fjelde, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Cheyenne, WY
- Tamara Talbot, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Westminster, CO
- Lucretia Tippit, All Saints Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM
- Lillian Edwards, All Saints Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM
- Kathy Vanderpool, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM
- Carol A. McGill, by virtue of election as President
RMS Ministry Partner
As a community of women
created in the image of God,
called to discipleship in Jesus Christ,
and empowered by the Holy Spirit,
We commit ourselves to grow in faith,
affirm our gifts,
support one another in our callings,
engage in ministry and action,
and promote healing and wholeness
in the church, the society, and the world.
To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.
We will update this area as we get more ideas from CU Brainstorming Sessions
From St. Paul's, Cheyenne, WY
How do you make welcome single women and women ages 22 to 30? Do they have a place in your church, a position, a thing? Get across the message that the old fogies are more "hip" ,(yes, even this is an old fashioned word) than assumed and interested in the vision and needs of this group. This age is a time of finding one's place in the world, and we need to make sure that one of those places is the Women's Organization, or Women's Ministries.
Place: provide a "Graffiti Board", a place to celebrate, post notes, congratulations, concerns, prayers, programs, news, activities, high fives, praise, care notes, art and affirmations. This will be a constantly changing place, a place that anyone can write on or post to.
Virtual – on the web or Facebook
Physical – a bulletin board, cork board, and or white board.
Send out quick interactive bible studies via text or Facebook. Example: pick a bible reference and make an observation about how it applies to daily life, how it might shed light on a current event in the news, ask for feedback.
Sponsor young women to events; catch them early while still in high school. Provide annual scholarships.