2018 Convention & Gathering

2018 Convention & Gathering

November 9-11, 2018
Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport

Our event is now history!  The women of our Grand Canyon Synod met for our 28th convention (business) on Friday afternoon, November 9, 2018.  Following our business meeting, we kicked off a Gathering event on Friday evening, continuing on Saturday, and ending with worship on Sunday morning.  Our keynote presenter was Rev. Meghan Johnston Aelabouni.  Her topic, “Fully Known, Fully Loved,”  resonated with us as she shared how we can do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.  By seeking to know others, we can love them.  Mercy begins in putting ourselves in the shoes of another.  Courage allows us to tell the story of who we are with our whole heart. 

Our chaplain was Pastor Karn Carroll.  Cyndy Warnier led our music and our worship choir.  Musicians from Iglesia Luterana Vida Nueva opened our Friday evening session with lively music in Spanish and English.  “The Breeze,” a Sweet Adeline’s quartet, entertained us after our Saturday evening banquet.   Our newly-elected Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod, Deborah Hutterer, brought us greetings on Sunday morning prior to worship.                              

12 women attended on scholarship, including many coming as diversity scholarship awards!

12 Partners in Ministry representatives shared information about ministry opportunities in our synod and beyond.

Our workshop topics included a Faith Talk with Cafe, The Family Reunification Project work of LSS-SW in July, Katie’s Fund Challenge, Justice Issues, Global Engagement of the Grand Canyon Synod, Giving Circles, LSS-SW Refugee Resettlement, Healing of Memories for Women Veterans, Alleluia Diaper Closet and Attracting Younger Women.

Our In-Kind Gifts this year supported three ministries within our Grand Canyon Synod:

  • Alleluia Lutheran’s Diaper Closet in Avondale AZ  
  • Lutheran Social Services-SW Hygiene Kits for Refugee Families  
  • Lutheran Social Services-SW  

Our In-Kind and Offerings totals will be reported when the final numbers are available.

Our fun and unique Gift Basket fund raiser raised more than $500 to support our Grand Canyon Synod WELCA Scholarship Fund and Katie’s Fund at churchwide.  

Your new officers and board members were installed on Sunday morning by our churchwide representative, Joy Michalicek.  President:  Myrna Wells-Ulland; Vice-President:  Gail Turner; Secretary:  Randi VenHuizen; Treasurer:  Debbie Romboletti.  Board members: Phyllis Borchardt, Wanda Frenchman Takacs, Patty Gee, Heidi Gerrish, Rossy Guzman, Berkley Harris, Kathy Swan and Pr. Maria Valenzuela.

2020 Triennial Voting Members:  President Myrna, Wanda Frenchman Takacs, Heidi Gerrish, Debbie Romboletti and Pr. Maria Valenzuela.

Convention Resolutions:  Two resolutions were adopted, one to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Ordination of Lutheran Women.  The second to provide assistance, including advocacy, for diapers and female hygiene products.  You can download copies of these resolutions here: 50th Anniversary Ordination of Lutheran Women; Assistance with Diapers & Female Hygiene Products.  The second resolution will be memorialized to the 2020 Women of the ELCA Convention, meeting in Phoenix in July, 2020.