Summer 2013 My Hidden Self
From the Editor ...
During a recent night flight, clouds parted in time for me to see an "old friend." Looking north as the plane passed over Des Moines, I tapped hubby Richard's shoulder and declared, "There's Ames!"
Ames, Iowa. The site of the first LWML Convention I attended, back in 1985.
There were lots of firsts on that trip for that barely 30-year-old. Not only was it my first solo plane ride, leaving behind my husband and then-5-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, but it was also the first time I had journeyed west of Buffalo, New York. Another first: being surrounded by thousands of Lutheran women and experiencing "LWML culture."
I slipped into the rapidly filling arena for Thursday night's Opening Worship Service, climbing up a few levels onto the risers. What a vista! I had never seen 10,000 Lutherans assembled in one place, let alone worshiping together!
After the service, women fell into each other's arms, hugging tightly, while others ran to greet long-lost sisters in Christ. I wove my way through the crowd and headed directly outside, heeding the announcement to enjoy coffee on the plaza.
As I stepped out into the starlit night, I realized that I was the first guest to arrive. My eyes spotted the tables appointed with inviting cups of hot coffee (coffee always tastes so good outdoors, doesn't it?), but first there was a reception line of women in pastel gowns — the LWML Presidents! I recognized each of those faces from reading the Quarterly; one President, however, stood out to me: dressed in exotic, ethnic attire and wearing one-of-a-kind jewelry was Helen Gienapp.
Nancy Graf Peters
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4 My Hidden Life - Stepping Out of the Darkness PDF
10 Reframing Life in God's Grace PDF
11 Just for Teens - Self Image PDF
12 Stepping Out of My Masks PDF
26 2013 Convention Mission Grants Ballot PDF
29 Back Cover - LWML Sunday 2013 PDF
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2 Editor's Note PDF
9 Young Women's Page PDF
12 Shop LWML PDF
14 Grants @ Work PDF
24 Lutheran Women in Action - Sewing Love PDF
26 Lutheran Women in Action - News PDF
27 Primary Targets 2013-2015 PDF
28 Gifts of Love PDF
29 Presidents Page PDF