Oklahoma City Zone President's Report February 2018
Societies in the Oklahoma City Zone were busy with many activities, some centered within their congregations, and many others involving outreach to communities. Many ladies helped provide food for the Tri-Zone Reformation Service at Messiah. Mites are gathered regularly, sometimes in Mite boxes placed on pews, sometimes following a litany read by LWML members, and always in members’ boxes at home. Regular and special meetings were held, and those included food and fellowship, Bible studies and devotions, and completion of mission projects. Many ladies attended the Fall Retreat at Hinton, and others participated in Cookies for Courage at Our Savior, Bethany.
Sometimes “LWML” has seemed synonymous with “food,” and many food-related activities were reported. Among them were the following: Advent lunches and dinners, a Christmas brunch for all ladies of the congregation, turkey dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Christmas party with food donations for church’s food pantry, and Christmas dinner for congregation’s Whiz Kids.
LWML Sunday was observed in special ways including purple-iced cookies for the whole congregation. Ladies helped with Moore’s Reformation Fair, and others sewed costumes for the children’s Christmas program. Many, many helping hands assisted with a Craft Bazaar, greeting participants and providing food for breakfast and lunch. Gifts were given to church staff members to show appreciation for their faithful service. In one congregation, the pastor was gifted with shirt, tie, and socks—all purple, of course! One society adopted a child from Cristo Rey at Christmastime, and many other groups helped to decorate their churches for the holidays. Members of one society took time from their regular meeting hours and attended the school children’s Christmas program.
Four Oklahoma seminary students received cash gifts, and several societies participated in fundraisers to benefit various agencies. Greeting cards were written to shut ins, military personnel, and nursing home residents.
A long list of recipients of cash, volunteer hours, and other gifts includes the following: Samaritan’s Purse, No Boundaries, Regional Food Bank, ROC, Lutheran Braille Workers, Food and Shelter for Friends, Mobile Meals, Birth Choice, Jesus House, Peppers Ranch, and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children’s Hospital.
Several events are in planning stages, and they include a luncheon for new members, a congregational Valentine’s party, and a congregational game night. A mini-retreat will include food and fellowship, Bible study, exercise, and maybe even a little sleep. Ladies will provide food for a sister congregation’s fiesta, promoting diversity in fellowship. Plans are also being made for the LWML Prayer Service in late February.
~Myrna Lou Meyer, Zone President
Oklahoma City Zone Fall Fest
September 30, 2017
The OKC Zone Fall Fest was held at Messiah, Oklahoma City, on Saturday, September 30. Ladies of Messiah worked hard to arrange for the event, and they were assisted by St. Mark’s and Holy Trinity, Edmond, and Cristo Rey, OKC.
Registration was 69, which included four pastors. Seven ladies led Bible study groups, and many assisted with registration, Gifts from the Heart, Lutheran World Relief boxes, LWML Store, and lunch. (The Mexican chef salad served in crispy tortilla bowls drew raves from nearly everyone!)
District President Dianna spoke to the group, as did Melissa and Mela Sullivan, a mother-daughter duo who felt called to help with Vacation Bible School in Alaska after hearing of Dianna’s work there. They were blessed to serve on the team with her this year. Pastor Jonathan Meyer told of his trip to Germany where he sang in a choir of Lutheran pastors. He had many stories and pictures to share.
The Mite offering taken during opening worship totaled $610. After all expenses were covered, $380 was remitted to District. A door offering was taken for Joel Bieber, who delivered the LWR boxes to Wichita on October 3. His gift totaled $100. Store receipts totaled $338.50.
Recipients for Gifts from the Heart were Peppers Ranch, Citizens Caring for Children, and Oklahoma County Senior Nutrition. A total of 1,425 items were gathered including children’s books, clothing, toiletries, paper goods, towels and washcloths, nonperishable foods, and miscellaneous items. Cash and gift cards totaled $125.
Joel Bieber and two helpers loaded LWR boxes at Messiah and Holy Trinity on Monday afternoon, October 2. OKC Zone totals are as follows: 247 quilts, 120 health kits, 220 school kits, 25 fabric kits, 124 layettes, 111 pounds of soap for a grand total of 2,357 pounds. Additional boxes were brought from Lawton and Kingfisher Zones. ~Myrna Lou Meyer, Oklahoma City Zone President