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LwmllogoSeveral members and guests attended the presentation on Women in Missions in Nicaragua, presented by Linda Mayan, assisted by her husband, Rev. Ralph Mayan on May 13, at our church. Linda talked about the valuable role of women as they work along with their husbands, visiting homes and serving in sharing the gospel in their communities, along with providing for educational
opportunities for children in the local congregations.

Currently 20 deaconesses serve in 23 centers in Nicaragua. The women take classes at the Mission Center in Chinandega, with a third group of students close to graduation. While special projects and missions support educational opportunities of children, the work of theSewing center and the Health and Wellness center in Chinandega, Pastor Mayan reminded us that every congregational member supports the mission in Nicaragua, as our National church body provides ongoing support to Nicaragua. We praise God that His message of love and salvation is being preached to, received in the hearts of the people in Nicaragua, and shared with others beyond their boundaries.

LWML–Canada Editor-in-Chief, Marion Hollinger, along with several other writers and editors from Canadian Church Press spent March 3-10, 2013, in Israel as guests of the Israeli tourism department and El Al Airlines. Marion has published a photo story of the trip in Tapestry magazine, but for those who do not subscribe, a copy is posted on the LWML-C website. You might want to see the blog, by going to LWMLC News and click on the link at the bottom of the story there. Or simply go to http://www.lutheranwomen.ca/publications-and-forms/ tapestry to view the informative photos and descriptions of their journey to many of the places we know of through the Old and New Testaments.

We’re proud to say that LWML-C turns 20 on June 20th of this year. The Alberta-British Columbia District LWML-C Convention being held in July in Edmonton plans to commemorate the celebration several ways, including honoring past presidents of the association. Isabel Tisdale will be attending the convention as our Hope representative. We are thankful and proud she will be present on our behalf.

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THE MARGARET TOWRISS’ MEMORIAL SERVICE AND RECEPTION

This Saturday, February 24th, we will hold The Memorial Service, followed by a Reception, for Margaret Towriss, wife of our former Pastor Rev. Ron Towriss, and co-founder of Hope Lutheran School.  Given the impact of her legacy both in Church and community, we anticipate a large attendance for both events. Therefore, we wish to share general information about the events with those attending in person.

SERVICE

-Memorial Service: 1:00PM @ Hope Lutheran Church (3151 York Street)

-Church capacity: aprox. 300

-Overflow area: As the Sanctuary and the Narthex become full, there will be an overflow area in four classrooms in the South annex for those willing to watch the Service together.

-Livestream: the Service will be livestreamed on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hopelcspoco

-Parking lot: It will be open on a “First come, first served” basis. When full, it will be closed, and people are invited to park in the adjacent streets and in the neighbourhood. However, drivers can still drive through to drop of passengers by the Church door, and then drive away.

-Overflow Parking: We have graciously obtained the permission from the Ecole Pionniers to use their Parking lot as overflow parking. Hope’s School Bus will be available for shuttling people from that parking lot to the Church from 12pm-4pm. Address: 1618 Patricia Ave

-Memorials: The Towriss family’s suggestion is that memorials be directed to The Hope Lutheran Bursary Fund. A Memorial box to deposit your donation will be available at the Church, as well as QR codes printed in the Church bulletin.

RECEPTION:

-Event: Following the Service we will have a standing reception in the gymnasium (since there’s no room for tables for such a large attendance). However, coffee stations will be placed in other areas of the building, allowing attendants to spread out more comfortably.

-Chairs – Several dozen chairs will be available around the Gym’s Court, which we hope will be left open for seniors and people with special needs.

-Space: During the reception, attendants may feel free to make use of our facilities as needed - Gymnasium, Narthex, Sanctuary and South Annex.

Hope Lutheran Church and School and the Towriss family thank you in advance for your understanding of the exceptional circumstances of both events. But especially, for your presence and support. Thank you!