Church Women United, WI Newsletter

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Winter, 2016
Spring 2017
Newsletter Editor:
Kathy Weeks

Circulation Manager:
Susan Coghill

Celebrating the 2017 Assembly

he 2017 Assembly, held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown, began Friday evening with a presentation by Ruth Mack on the history and role of the stained-glass windows. The windows tell the story of the "Life of Christ" in symbols in both a challenging and beautiful way.  After the presentation, we were joined by Judy Reimer and her husband for supper at Perkins.

On Saturday our day started with breakfast at 8:15 in the Fellowship Hall at Immanuel Lutheran in Watertown. From there we proceeded to the church where we were led in singing by Kathy Maldegen and Carol Lange with Carol Ruffin playing the piano. Janette Gosdeck gave the welcome and devotions were led by Pastor Rebecca Iverson of Immanuel. Pastor Iverson talked about how important women are - they get things done!

President Gloria Higgins welcomed those being honored as Valiant Women this year, and Unit Presidents from La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Platteville, Richland Center, and Watertown shared what their units have been doing.

The offering for this year’s assembly will go to Watertown’s cooperative project, “Food to Go and Grow”. This program helps feed children from families struggling with food insecurity over the weekends when there are no school meals available. Odette Adams, Watertown CWU President, announced that the offering had totaled $920.00.   How generous Church Women United are! Thank you all for your donations.

Judy Reimer, CWU Central Regional Coordinator, gave the keynote address. Judy talked about things that CWU offers, such as celebrations, priorities, diversity, international and national connections, as well as our commitment to love, peace, and justice.

Next, three women shared what they have learned over the years to help them cope with the challenges and demands of being a caregiver. Cathy, who helps care for her severely disabled daughter, has learned the importance of caring for herself. Michele, who helps with her husband, has learned to accept him the way he is, and Martha, as an assistant to the Hispanic people, has learned to be truly compassionate so that she can truly be a servant to the people she serves.

A wonderful lunch was served by Loaves and Fishes of Watertown. After lunch in the church, Jamila Carney, performed a beautiful praise dance, followed by Kathy Maldegen on the guitar singing "I Believe".

Gloria Carter led a presentation on Economic Justice and fellow board members presented some information to think about. The focus was on 1) low wages in the restaurant industry, especially tipped workers, and 2) the gender-based pay gap.

 According to UMW (United Methodist Women) "Women make up 75% of these low wage workers, and they are disproportionately women of color". AAUW website reports that:"50% of households with children include a mother who is either the sole or primary earner for her family.” To take action, we should support living wage policy proposals to fight poverty in low income earning families, and communicate to our Congressional representatives the importance of protecting existing federal programs that serve children, their families, and others living on the margins.

 The business meeting followed. Reports and the proposed budget were presented and approved, and the by-laws were amended

 As no one came forward to be Vice-President, Communication Chair, or to serve on the Nominations Committee, we proceeded with the installation ceremony. Judy Reimer installed Carol Lange as President and board members present were recommitted to their positions.

 Kris Clausing led a remembrance service for the deceased members of CWU. After a short prayer service, votive candles were lit as each name was called. A total of 63 deceased members were remembered.

 Judy Reimer invited us to the 2018 Regional Assembly in Wahpeton, North Dakota on April 20-22, 2018, and Gloria Higgins announced that the 2018 assembly will be in Fond du Lac on September 15th at Memorial Baptist Church.

Out-going President, Gloria Higgins, thanked Immanuel Lutheran Church and all those who helped make this assembly a success. Adding her own personal reflection, Gloria commented that CWU women "are truly my sisters".

Carol Lange, our new president and coordinator/planner for the 2017 Assembly, also thanked all those who participated in this assembly before closing the assembly with a short prayer.

Written by Gloria Higgins

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