Sadly the regular program of Lutheran Women of Victoria Retreats have almost all been cancelled due to restrictions across the State. The women of Launceston decided to continue on with the event with the assistance of Pr Stuart Kleinig (restrictions on gathering are not currently in place in Tasmania). Twenty two people attended from all over the state. The day opened with singing songs from the All Together song books accompanied by Pastor Stuart playing his guitar, making it extra special. A delicious soup and pizza lunch followed.
The presentation was very interesting as we hear little of the importance of women in the bible. Elizabeth and her cousin Mary Magdalene were discussed as being such strong believers and certainly made a huge impact on our true faith in Christ.
An offering of $265 was received in support of the Australian Lutheran World Service.
We are so blessed and thank God we are able to get together for such a wonderful morning of fellowship. We are hoping our Victorian ladies will get here next year and present at the retreat. Surely third time lucky. We’ve had our practice now for next year, so please encourage as many as possible to come to Launceston for the retreat.
We thank Pastor Stuart and his wife Julie for coming and for Pr Stuart’s leadership of the retreat. Many thanks also to Joanne Ebdon for being the contact person and for all the work she did to make sure the retreat day went ahead. A big thank you also to our Launceston ladies for all the work they carried out, making soup, sandwiches, slices and setting tables.
Thora Burch – congregation chair Bethlehem Lutheran Church Launceston.