So much has happened in the last few months since restrictions have lifted for a while. The Convention in Lexington was a thrill and blessing…odd to have so many people in one place! The district retreat at Oakhurst was so uplifting and restorative, body and soul both renewed.
Zone 3 is thankful and blessed to announce that National Mite Grant #28, the final grant chosen at Lexington convention, in the amount of $70,208, was awarded to the Hmong ministries at Paul, Merced! We are so happy for them as they have been bolstered by this infusion of money to help with the job of bringing lost Hmong souls to Christ. St. Paul Hmong Outreach Ministries in Merced, California, has been actively involved in outreach to Hmong communities in their native tongue for 15 years. In 2015 and 2018, Hmong language schools were founded. They are connected with host churches, St. Paul Lutheran in Merced and Redeemer Lutheran in Fresno, California. Through the schools and outreach at New Year’s festivals, the Gospel is being heard and families are being baptized and confirmed. Funds will be used to continue mission programs, develop new training modules, and support training implementation of Christ-centered educational materials in the Hmong language to be used in the schools, for festival outreach, and to share with other LCMS churches and districts.
The Zone 3 board met on Saturday August 21 at Grace, Modesto, to discuss, plan, and fellowship. Along with greeting each other and sharing, we chose a nominating committee and heard plans for our Fall Rally at St Peter, Lodi. The theme is A Journey to Serve and includes brunch.
At Grace, Modesto, the two circles, Naomi (daytime) and Mary-Martha (evening) have happily begun again serving after worship snacks on alternating first Sundays of the month. The Mary-Martha Circle has continued to meet via Zoom throughout much of the Pandemic. They recently had their first in-person meeting in the church library. Naomi has met off and on in the library during the pandemic and is looking forward to our first meeting of the LWML year with a possible 6 new members coming to the meeting!
Zion, Lodi, LWML/Sewing Circle ladies got together on June 19th for a work/fellowship party at Zion.