The 55th Upper North Zone Lutheran Women’s Fellowship Day was held on Wednesday 10th August and hosted by Jamestown Lutheran Women’s Fellowship. Nearly 50 women of all ages met for a day of fellowship and to hear guest speakers talk around the theme ‘Caring is sharing’. Attendees came from across the Mid and Upper North – from Port Broughton to Whyalla.
Pastor Stephen Noblett, of the Southern Flinders Parish, opened the day with a devotion on the theme, focusing on Hebrews 13:16: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices, God is pleased”.
The first guest speaker was Rhianan Strangways, the marketing manager from LLL Australia. She spoke about the many ways the LLL assists with grants and loans for nationwide projects including schools, aged care facilities and local congregations. Rhianan also spoke about the resources available through the Lutheran Tract Mission and attendees enjoyed browsing the display of tracts, cards, bookmarks and magnets available as comfort and encouragement along life’s journey.
After a lunch of warming soup and a variety of savouries, locals John and Pam Staker spoke about the program Kids Hope that is currently being run as a collaboration between the Uniting Church and the Jamestown Community School. Kids Hope is a mentoring program where one adult spends one hour per week with one student over a number of years to create positive change in the life of the child through a consistent mentoring relationship. The program aims to build resilience in the children as well as hope, a sense of purpose and positivity. Local children and mentors are already benefiting from this program and new mentors are encouraged to join.
The final speaker was the Lutheran Women SA/NT District assistant secretary Chris Kuchel. Chris gave a report on the various projects LWSA/NT support and encouraged those present to continue on in their current ministries.
Attendees were encouraged to bring along a blanket or quilt to donate to Lutheran Care for those in need. Pastor Stephen closed the day with a devotion and blessing of the blankets destined for Adelaide. Chris left with a car full of blankets on their way to bless others!
The next Zone Fellowship day will be hosted in Whyalla in 2023.
Photo (L-R): Joy Crawford (from Jamestown) and Judith Murphy (from Whyalla) catch up on the day.
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