As you probably are aware, I was re-elected to serve the women of the Central Conference as your most humbled leader. I was surprised no one ran against me!!! I have faced many challenges, and one is communicating to all of the women in the conference--making sure we stay informed and connected. I traveled to Kansas City in March, where I had the privilege of meeting with Meagan Gillan, Executive Director of the Women Ministries of the Evangelical Covenant Church, as well as all of the other Presidents throughout the Midwest region. As we looked toward brainstorming about our women's needs, we also shared our thoughts, ideas and concerns for where we are headed.
Know that the key is to empower and train up leaders who share the vision to Make and Deepen Disciples through the Word of God. I shared space with women who are excited and enthusiastic about where the Covenant Church is going while also being able to hold onto core values established by women in years past. As we approach our 100th year of women in ministry in 2016, the plan is to share this at our Fall Retreats and gatherings.
Our Speaker for Fall Fellowship 2015, Evangelist, Renee Shepherd, has been seeking God's face as to what He will have her to say at this year's Fall retreat, "Together We are Strong". Join us for an exciting weekend. As the Covenant Harbor staff are preparing for our arrival, pray for them as well. We are listening to you and hear your concerns.
I also had the pleasure of visiting the UP and connecting with the women who are long time Covenanters and those who are new to the Covenant. It was beautiful! Jan Coleman, Ann Richards and Pat A. Smith each gave a brief talk that came from their hearts and blessed all who attended. The food was a blessing and we had demonstrations on how to spruce up our homes. The women of the UP are so gifted, and they shared freely. So let's not get weary in well-doing--the rewards are great if we faint not!
Please make use of the websites for information relating to Covenant news and events. There is a wealth of information available to us through conference Newsletters, monthly updates via Make and Deepen Disciples of The Evangelical Covenant Church. It exists as a resource for local churches to provide intentional pathways for persons of all ages to follow Jesus, grow toward Christ-likeness and join in God's mission. So--don't only read-- share information with others. The more we know, the more we grow. Please be in prayer for me and the WMCC Leadership team. Summer's here and some of us are traveling, visiting friends, relatives etc. Enjoy! And see you in the Fall, if not sooner!
"There is room at the altar for all women"
President, Women Ministries of the Central Conference (WMCC)