The LWML Pledge

In fervent gratitude for the Savior’s dying love and His blood-bought gift of redemption, we dedicate ourselves to Him with all that we are and have; and in obedience to His call for workers in the harvest fields, we pledge Him our willing service wherever and whenever He has need of us. We consecrate to our Savior our hands to work for Him, our feet to go on His errands, our voice to sing His praises, our lips to proclaim His redeeming love, our silver and our gold to extend His kingdom, our will to do His will, and every power of our life to the great task of bringing the lost and the erring into eternal fellowship with Him. Amen.

- The Rev. Harry Fricke




June/July 2018

Our last meeting of the year, until September 2018, was held on May 1 with a potluck salad supper and the election of officers for the 2018-2019 year; Sharon Richmond (President), Bev Wischnofske (Vice-President), Peggy Christensen (Secretary), Karen Turnipseed (Treasurer).

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of those who attended (64) and helped at the 4th Annual “International Springtime Tea” on May 12. Thanks to Thrivent Team Action dollars (Diana Snell) that paid for the supplies and food items needed. We raised approximately $297 from ticket sales for Faith’s Food Bank and also collected around 20 bags of canned good items! And once again a special thank you to all of our gallant gentlemen waiters (Terry Richmond, Robert Brunner, Carl Ericksen, Ron Kerby, Eric Loebsack, and Connor Hawks) that served all of the ladies; you are truly a blessing in your service for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

A special reception was held for Faith’s graduating seniors (Kerstin Ericksen and Taylor Maydole) on June 3 after service with two beautiful cakes in the Fellowship Hall. Women’s Circle of Faith honored them each with a Concordia College Devotional book and a beautiful music box with a Christian insert, and Tabitha gave each a beautiful quilt. The Lord bless you and guide you as you start a new journey in your young lives.

LWML WA/AK District Convention was held in Spokane, WA on June 15 to 17, Friday-Sunday. The theme of the convention was “Rooted in Christ…Flourishing in Faith; Colossians 2:6-7”. Barb Miller, Sharon Richmond, and Karen Turnipseed were the three LWML members that attended and Pastor Winterstein as our Pastoral Counselor – East. We had a great time of fellowship and worship celebrating the LWML’s 75th anniversary! We had an awesome Bible study/Guest Speaker, Jan Struck, who led us in a faith-filled study with joy and humor. We also elected a new WA/AK president, Marilee Ryan and passed 16 new mission grants to support with our mites in the amount of $98,700 for the 2018-2020 biennial. Thank you to all in the congregation who donated items for the ingathering for Life Services of Spokane for infants and mother’s in need; over 700 pieces of infant clothing , 73 baby toiletries, 56 infant equipment, 38 pieces of maternity clothing, 140 “mom” toiletries, and 19 gift cards were collected by all societies in the WA/AK district. Praise God for all His blessings! Thanks to Marita Hinderer we were able to donate four crocheted sleeping (6’ x 3’) mats made from plastic grocery bags to the homeless outreach centers of Spokane. Thank you, Marita, for all of your loving and faithful service in Christ!

Save the Date! The Annual Congregational Ice Cream Social will be hosted by Women’s Circle of Faith on Sunday, August 12, 5 p.m. at the church in the Fellowship Hall and also fun outside/inside games. Plan to come and enjoy lots of fun fellowship, great ice cream and baked goodies, and games for ALL ages! If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Flo Brunner or Eva Williams.

The Large Mite Box will be available in the Narthex on Sunday, July 1 and next month August 5.

In Christ’s Love,

Sharon Richmond
LWML President


May 2018

This will be our last meeting of the year until September. We will begin at 6:00 pm, instead of the usual 7:00 pm time, on Tuesday, May 1 with a Potluck Salad Supper. This is a special opportunity for ladies in our congregation who have never attended an LWML meeting to enjoy fun fellowship while learning about our mission and service projects. The Christian Growth topic will be “Seventy-Five Years Serving Our Lord – LWML Diamond Jubilee (1942-2017) Bible Study” presented by Sharon Richmond. Our meeting will be held in the Church Fellowship Hall.

Several of our members from Women’s Circle of Faith attended the Spring Joy Shop in Grand Coulee on April 14, Saturday, at Zion Lutheran Church; Mary Ellen Kerby, Sharon Richmond, Karen Turnipseed, and Eva Williams. It was a very well attended event with 37 women from the South Columbia Zone and two pastors. We had a joyful time praising our Lord in fellowship, song, and Bible study. The Women’s Circle would like to extend a heartfelt appreciation to the congregation for your support through contributions of baby items/monetary gifts to the Ingathering Servant Event for the Spring Joy Shop.

The LWML 3rd Annual “International Springtime Tea,” Saturday, May 12; 12:00 noon – 2 pm Girls of all ages are cordially invited to come enjoy a cup of tea and an assortment of traditional teatime treats: finger sandwiches (gluten free also), scones (gluten-free also), fruit, and assorted sweets. Come enjoy a relaxing time of fellowship and fun!

There will be a presentation of the drama skit: “Accessories ‘R’ Us!” Other entertainment will include special music and readings. We will be selling tickets at $5 per guest and a food item for Faith’s Food Bank at the door. So, wear those special accessories and join us for a relaxing and entertaining afternoon. Also, we are in need of at least 2 more gallant gentlemen waiters to serve our ladies that will be attending the tea. If you have any questions or can be of assistance, please contact Sharon Richmond at 884-0603 or

Women’s Circle of Faith will be holding a special reception for Faith’s graduating seniors on June 3; Taylor Maydole and Kerstin Ericksen. If anyone knows of other graduating youth, please contact Bev Wischnofske before May 20.

LWML WA/AK District Convention – June 15 to 17, Friday-Sunday, in Spokane. We would like to extend an invitation to all women of the congregation to attend because this is LWML’s 75th anniversary celebration year and is going to be a great time of fellowship and worship! If you are considering going, all of the information about costs, location, and events are posted on the LWML Bulletin Board across from the main office. If you have any questions, contact Sharon Richmond.

The Large Mite Box will be available in the Narthex on Sunday, May 6. A special thank you to all who share their coins in this monthly collection in support of our South Columbia Zone and National Mission Projects. Together we respond to the LWML Motto: “Serve the Lord with Gladness”; Psalm 100:2.

In Christ’s Love,

Sharon Richmond; LWML President


April 2018

Spring has sprung! The earth is warming up and putting forth new life for all to rejoice, just as our Lord and Savior has given us new life through His resurrection and the gift of grace for all those who believe. Rejoice!

A special thanks of appreciation goes out to all of the groups that helped with the Lenten Soup Suppers; Tabitha/Altar Guild, LWML Circle of Faith, Men’s Friday Morning Bible Study, Women’s Friday Morning Bible Study, and the Congregational Sign-up. A special thank you goes out to those who helped with set-up and clean-up!

The LWML Spring Joy Shop on April 14, Saturday, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm (registration starts at 9 a.m.) will be held at Grand Coulee. The theme is “Love Grows” based on Ephesians 3:17-18. The Ingathering is for Care Net; a resource for Pregnant Women/Teens/New Mothers. This includes clothing for newborns – 1 year, infant supplies, and monies for cribs and car seats. There is a $5 registration fee per attendee. Four of us are attending and we encourage all women to attend this great time of fellowship, Bible study, and mission service. Of course, we will be carpooling and leaving from the church at 7:00 am.

Plans are underway to host a reception for Faith’s graduating seniors on June 3.

We are extending an invitation for congregational members and friends to join us in participating in the Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards Program. Women’s Circle receives quarterly distributions from a portion of participants’ purchases. Sign-up information is posted on our LWML bulletin board across from the church office. For instance, in February we received approximately $56. This is a great source of funds which allows us to increase our mission and service outreach. All of those who already have joined this program and wish to continue that support, your registration will automatically renew now on your anniversary date that you signed up on. Thank you for your continued support! For any questions, please contact Barb Miller.

Please mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Springtime Tea, May 12, Saturday, from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm. See the flyers on both the Narthex Kiosk and the LWML Bulletin Board for details. The theme for this year is “An International Tea”. We will also be in need of some gallant gentlemen, 6 to 8, to serve as waiters for our ladies attending the tea. Tickets will be available after church service in the Narthex, starting April 15, Sunday, at $5.00 per person. If you have any questions or can be of assistance, please contact Sharon Richmond.

The LWML Washington/Alaska District Convention, June 15 – 17, Friday thru Sunday, will be held on this side of the mountains in Spokane at Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane at the Park. More detail information is posted on our LWML Bulletin Board across from the church office. If any of the women from our congregation are interested in going or have questions, please contact Sharon Richmond at 884-0603.

Our meeting for this month will be in the church Fellowship Hall on April 3 at 7:00 pm. The Christian Growth Devotion (Bible Study) will be “Decisions, Decisions” presented by Sharon Richmond.

The Large Mite Box will be in the Narthex on Sunday, April 1.

In Christ’s Love,

Sharon Richmond
LWML President


March 2018

Spring is just around the corner! As we wait for the warming of the earth and new life to emerge all around us, I am reminded of our Lenten Season and the anticipation of our Lord and Savior’s resurrection and the new life He has given as a gift of grace for all those who believe in Him.

We started off the Lenten Season by serving hot cross buns prior to the Ash Wednesday Service, February 14, starting at 6:00 pm. According to historical records, the last time that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day were on the same day was in 1945! Lenten Soup Suppers will be hosted by various groups during the five remaining Wednesdays of Lent: February 21: Altar Guild/ Tabitha; February 28: LWML Women’s Circle; March 7: Men’s Friday Morning Bible Study; March 14: Women’s Friday Morning Bible Study; March 21: Congregational Sign-up Sheet.

The LWML Spring Joy Shop will be hosted by Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Coulee on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9:00 am–2:30 pm. The theme will be “Love Grows,” based on Ephesians 3:17-18. The ingathering will be for CareNet; a resource for pregnant women/teens/mothers to obtain needed baby items. Please watch for information on the LWML Bulletin Board and the Narthex Kiosk.

Our meeting for this month will be in the church Fellowship Hall on March 6 at 7:00 pm. The Christian Growth Devotion will be “Women with Jesus at the Cross and the Tomb” presented by Sharon Richmond. We will be exchanging names for secret-prayer-sisters, continuing the long tradition of supporting a sister-in-Christ with special prayers and surprise “hugs” during the season of Lent.

Plans are being finalized for the 4th Annual Springtime Tea, May 12, Saturday, 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. The theme for this year is “An International Tea.” This event is for ladies of all ages in our congregation and other women in their lives as well. Inviting unchurched friends is encouraged! More details will be available soon.

The large Mite Box will be in the Narthex, Sunday, March 4.

We encourage all women of Faith to join us in the privilege of “Serving the Lord with Gladness”; Psalm 100:2

In Christ’s Love,

Sharon Richmond
LWML President