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The journey around Iowa East district found Flat Jan in three of the four corner zones, as well as in the middle of the district. Visits to Wapello, Homestead, Clemons and Muscatine, and Riceville included times of worship, watching the assembly of children’s activity bags, checking out an LWML bulletin board and seeing that “Muffins for Mites” can be delicious while bringing in some “dough” for the “Mite Marathon” Many members were happy to have their photo taken with Flat Jan while enjoying muffins, coffee and fellowship.
In an exciting visit to Iowa West, Flat Jan attended a board meeting of the LWML Iowa West District.During the Bible study, Pastoral Counselor Boye shared that just as Jesus rested during His earthly ministry, so also Christian leaders need to rest. At that very moment, Flat Jan drifted slowly off the wall and landed on the floor behind the pastor. Yes – even President Jan needs to rest in her labor for the Lord!
Flat Jan was there as the district honored past LWML VP of Christian Life Vivian Ernst who was moving to Indiana. After the collection honoring Vivian, and another gathering for the Mite Marathon was tallied, a generous check was sent to LWML from the district for the 2009-2011 mite goal. LWML Iowa District West President Adeline Gutz said, “What a fun time, and what an excellent promotional tool is the Flat Jan Journey!”
In Flat Jan’s brief visit to Minnesota South, time was shared time with LWML sisters as they prepared and served the Ash Wednesday Lenten supper. The next day Flat Jan joined a Thursday morning women’s Bible study before going to the Food Shelf to observe the bagging of donated bread for distribution and to watch the director update her records. That very same afternoon she bid farewell to LWML Minnesota South District President Darleen Harens who sent her on her way to South Dakota.
After traveling to Whitewood, SD, Flat Jan stopped by after worship to visit women at St Paul in Spearfish, SD. Next, the road took her to Shepherd Lutheran Church in Black Hawk for a visit after Lenten service. Going across state Flat Jan stopped in Chamberlain to visit the Hall of Fame where she had the opportunity to join and come “face to face” with greatness. Next stop - Our Redeemer in Sioux Falls to join women attending the Spring Retreat from the Sioux Falls and Brookings zones and enjoy watching as attendees spent time marking Bibles for prison ministry before helping to serve the noon lunch. Flat Jan traveled over 400 miles during her stay in the South Dakota District and then departed for North Dakota to continue her journey.
Flat Jan arrived in North Dakota in time to attend the Board of Directors meeting that had been postponed earlier due to a blizzard. It took Flat Jan awhile to arrive in North Dakota because of another blizzard during the week.
Flat Jan enjoyed lunch with members of the BOD, including one of our YWR’s that will be attending the convention in Peoria. Flat Jan also made a visit to the world’s largest buffalo located in Jamestown on a windy day along with LWML North Dakota President Sue Corwin and Elissa Rosin, a young woman involved in LWML in Jamestown. A generous mite offering was taken for our mite goal. Everyone enjoyed Flat Jan’s visit.
Flat Jan visit began at Christ Lutheran In Elbow Lake with LWML Minnesota North District President Cheryl Petersen. Next stop was Morning Son Christian School in Fergus Falls, where the students had many questions about mites. The students were relieved to know that the mites were not bed bugs. Instead they learned more about how LWML mites and servant events assist people around the world.
On Tuesday, April 12, Flat Jan traveled with Cheryl over 100 miles to the MN North District Office for the MN North LWML Board of Directors meeting. While at the meeting, many board members shared the excitement that is spreading throughout the district about a new Human Care project - Pillowcase Dresses. Some of the dresses were brought for display. Flat Jan cheerfully modeled one at the meeting.
Flat Jan arrived in time to attend the Zone 5 Rally where a photo was taken with the zone officers, several society presidents, and the zone 5 delegate for the Peoria Convention. We all got a chuckle out of the fact that the delegate was wearing the same jacket as Flat Jan. Next Flat Jan accompanied LWML North Wisconsin President Linda Pelot to Zone 1 for the rally in Cable, WI, and the largest zone reaching from Ironwood and Bessemer, Michigan to the northwestern societies of Northern Wisconsin, including Ashland, Glidden, Marengo, and Mellen. These are mostly small churches, but they accomplish great things.
We enjoyed having Flat Jan with us before she left for South Wisconsin to continue to spread her message of the Mite Marathon.
While we were waiting for Flat Jan to arrive, “Regular Jan” attended one of our Spring Share Shops and we were able to give her our check to help the Mite Marathon. Next, we took Flat Jan to a Young Women’s Committee meeting. The Young Women in the picture are Mia Nhia Thao, Robin Larkin, Beverly Lueder (VP of Gospel Outreach and Christian Life), Karen Faber, Gina Rose Ott, Marie Adams, Kendra Wagner and Tina Bentley.
On May 15 Jan visited St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The Sunday School children have been saving money in their mite boxes to help us reach our goal and we were able to get a neat picture as they all came together with their boxes.
LWML NID was blessed with several gifts earlier this year that were used to increase our donations to the 100% fund for our Mission Grants. We are thankful for God's blessings and pray for safe travel for all attending the convention in Peoria later this month. We are looking forward to seeing the real Jan there!
Flat Jan arrived in Tucson, AZ on June 4, but knew she wouldn’t be able to see all of the women of the English District with churches from California to Philadelphia. After all of her travels through the northern cold states, Jan then experienced the 106-degree temperature in the southwest.
On Sunday, June 5, Flat Jan was greeted by worshipers at Ascension Lutheran Church and then visited during fellowship at Catalina Lutheran Church, where she heard one gentlemen tell how his wife, who is spending eternity with her Lord, had a coin bucket where she put all the change that fell out of his pockets. He still fills that bucket with mites.
Last stop was to enjoy some Mexican food with women of Faith Lutheran Church before heading for the convention with Shirley Holle.