The two Thrivent Financial representatives are looking out of the double front doors as the two local authors of children’s books sit at their vendor tables: Diane Rislow with her “Sophie’s Spring Surprise” and Marlys Neldner showing Molly’s “How will you be Kind Today?”

St. Paul’s hosts ELCA gathering


April 13 was a big day at Lewiston’s St. Paul’s Evangelical Church. It was Root River Conference’s Spring Gathering for Women of the ELCA, whose mission statement is “to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.” One-hundred-and-five ladies from about 30 churches in Southeast Minnesota attended, plus vendors and guests. Grace Lutheran WELCA ladies from Peterson, Minn., furnished an exceptional breakfast from 8:15-9 a.m. Renata Rislow was head of the program, which included food, vendors, special music, duties, etc. Help from Mary Botten, Darleen Ferguson, Helen Simon, Diane Rislow, Lori Reps, Pastor Jim Scaife, Jon Nienow, Chris Butenhoff, Jack and Roger Rislow, Dianne Rislow, Marlys Nelder, Ken Bittner, Steve Halverson and Dr. Randy and Susan Snell made for a successful event.

Vendors had attractive displays from Bundles of Love, Good Earth Village, Southeast Minnesota Board members, Lutheran Campus Ministry of Winona, Lutheran Social Services, Thrivent Financial, Pins designed by Lucinda, and two local authors of children’s books.

The guest speaker was Janet Martin from Hastings, Minn. If you have seen one of the musical plays from the Lutheran Basement Ladies, you’ll know how enjoying Martin’s message was, as she is “one of those rural Scandinavian Lutheran ladies.” She has authored many books, including “Growing up Lutheran — What Does This Mean?”

An election was held for 2019-2020 Root River Conference officers. The day’s offerings went to food shelves of Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties, Good Earth Village, Lutheran Campus Ministries of Winona, and church-wide WELCA. Celebrating Our Heritage — Both Family and Spiritual then began and ended with “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is grown, he will not turn from it,” Proverbs 22:6. At noon, a colorful lunch was served to end the gathering.


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