Report of West Central MN District WMF Rally

Saturday, October 3,2020
Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church
Brainerd, MN
Contentment in a Restless World
I Timothy 6:6
"But godliness with contentment is great gain." 
Hymn:  "In Times Like These"

   All were warmly welcomed at the door plus we received gracious instructions to follow COVID guidelines as we registered. Each one also received a colorful folder with reports, ballots, and program for the day.  We enjoyed greeting each other over coffee and donuts and packed snacks.  At 10 am District VP Lavonne A. Lundebrek enthusiastically greeted everyone with Proverbs 3:5-6.  She asked where we were from which added up to 40 people.  She continued with praise and prayers.  Jan Mayfield welcomed all and explained how to follow COVID guidelines throughout the day. She also shared the theme verse I Tim. 6:6 and hymn "In Times Like These". District Secretary Donna Trapp introduced and led us in song. "Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King" with II Timothy 3:1 and Ruth Cye Jones story, author of "In Times Like These"   Whitney Franz, the wonderful pianist, shared a devotional about Restlessness. John 13:30" I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!  I (Jesus) have overcome the world." She shared how craving money, power and fame sucks the joy out of life and to take comfort in John 14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me."  Give up control of our lives and let Jesus take control.  He transforms us from the inside.  She closed with heart felt prayer.  Next, District Missions Secretary Linda Nelson shared current news about AFLC World missionaries alongside the WM Video.  It was a delight to hear from and see the missionaries and their families.  COVID has disrupted many plans for all the mission fields and the needs are still great.  Please continue to pray and support them!  We divided into small groups for praying and closed with the Lord's Prayer.  Lynn Class lead Bible Study on " Contentment".  In The Beginning all was contentment and order in the first Garden. But now, in a fallen world and even more wealth we seem less content.  Look at Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42, the differences in their priorities.  Leads us to Psalm 56:10, "Be still and know that I am God.". Get into the Word of God; think on it, thank him for it.  Examples of looking for contentment:  King Solomon I Kings 3:3-14; note his findings in Ecclesiastes 1:6. When Paul had difficult times or peaceful times, Philippians 4:11-13 he learned to be content.  Lynn reminded us that God's promises are true AND he will do it!  Examples:  Abraham and stars. Moses and obedience. David and an everlasting lineage fulfilled in Jesus for you and me!  We know the Lord Jesus will be forever so let him rule and reign in our hearts and our lives.  Isaiah 52:12.   For the Offering much thanks was given for ladies sending in gifts and offerings for Projects and Dues even though they could not meet in person!  Baskets were at the back.   The Business Meeting was called to order.  The secretary and treasurer reports were given.  A big thanks to the Resolutions Committee from WCMN District!  Decided to get a Constitution Committee together to update/clarify. Encouragement to all to take on monthly at any kind of support for all Missions, world/home. There are many needs so also many opportunities!  Discussed use of funds on account over the minimum needed for District work.  Voted to give that to missions.  A Host church needed for Fall 2021.  Election for President 1 yr.: Lana Olson; Vice President 2yr.: Carol Knapp. Thank you!!!

Continued with Praise and Prayers.  A delicious lunch was catered and served in the fellowship hall filled with pretty fall decorations. Also enjoyed wonderful fellowship.  We returned to meeting and sang theme hymn plus a duet of Whitney and Donna singing "My Worth is Not in What I Own" Getty/Kendrick.   Special Speaker was Pastor Randy Nelson who is our new Director of Evangelism as of March 1, 2020.  What a crazy time to begin a new job!  Please visit AFLC.org/evangelism to get info, prayer needs, support needs.  The need is to equip believers/followers to be disciples and disciple makers.  Help us fulfill the Great Commission.  Pastor continued on with I Timothy 6:6-10 godliness with contentment is great gain. He shared on Philippians 4:4-13.  We want a heart attitude like this and to live it!  1) Rejoice always! My life is in God's hands. See also Philippians 1:21-26   2) Don't be anxious--pray about everything! Rest in Jesus. Be thankful. Focus on the good. Sing spiritual songs. Read the Word.   3) Go to God in prayer with everything!  The Lord has won the victory!  4) Fill your mind with good things.  Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy.  "and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in in Christ Jesus" vs 7

Put what you have learned into practice......by the way, this IS evangelism!!!

Pastor Nelson installed the new officers. Lavonne thanked all and encouraged us to daily pray Psalm 91. Closed with praise and prayers.  Coffee and fellowship plus a quick tour of the new addition to the church building.  Thanks be to God!!!