2016 Convention Report
The annual Ladies’ Retreat for the Pacific Region South took place in Murrieta, CA on April 15-17, 2016. Our theme this year was “Lavender Springs Spa” which was from a kit purchased by our Region, and planned by a volunteer committee of six women. The sessions throughout the weekend were led by women from the various churches in attendance, and our focus was on the Psalms. We studied the different kinds of songs, poems, and Psalms that have inspired people for centuries. We also learned how the Psalms help us to share our feelings, disappointments, celebrations, and doubts with a truly great listener: God. This was our 38th annual Ladies’ Retreat, and there were a total of 33 women who attended this year. All agreed it was a wonderful and refreshing time together, and look forward to a similar experience next year.
We held our annual Silent Auction, and raised $932, plus we will receive a Thrivent match of $466, for a total of $1,398.00. Praise the Lord for our ladies’ generous giving! A decision was made by the Executive Committee to split these funds between the National Women’s Ministry (2/3) and our own Region (1/3), so $932 was sent to National for our annual contribution for 2015-16. Thank you to Thrivent for this match for our fundraiser. Also want to say a big “Thank You” to Thrivent for their gift to us of $500 to apply towards the cost of the retreat. This definitely put us in a better position financially as a Region to meet any upcoming expenses for our President, and for next year’s retreat.
The annual business meeting for PRSWM was April 16, 2016. Although we had no one on the ballot for Regional President for the next term, God provided by bringing Renae Paulson’s name to mind, and it was agreed by all that she would be a wonderful choice! She agreed to run, and was elected for a two-year term. Sharon Walters agreed to run again as Treasurer, and was elected unanimously. Our current secretary asked to step down from her position, but we had someone who was willing to run, and elected Mariann Vetrhus to fulfill the second year of the two-year term for Secretary. Both of the new officers (Renae and Mariann) are from Immanuel Lutheran Brethren Church in Pasadena.
In looking over the activities within our Region this past year, it was noted that some of our churches contributed funds to National from the “Cup of Blessing” fundraiser. I hope to encourage the other churches to participate in that or some other fundraiser this next year. The women were reminded about our National projects, and were encouraged to keep up to date on what’s happening in our Region and others by going to the website.
Let us always remember that ”Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91 Let that be a promise to each of us, and to those we minister to.
Respectfully submitted, Cheryl Johnson
Regional President, PRSWM (2014-2016)
Pacific South Region Officers
President: Renae Paulson
Vice President: Mary Vojtko
Secretary: Mariann Vethrus
Treasurer: Sharon Walters
Annual Ladies' Retreat April 2016
Mark your calendars!
When: April 15-17, 2016