Last weekend was a big one for a local group of church women. The Grace Lutheran Womens Missionary League (LWML) marked 40 years of service.
The group was actually formed on April 20, 1978 but the anniversary celebration was delayed by about a month.
Doreen Decore is one of four original members still active with the league.
"You grow in your faith; you're at bible study, you get to share your service," she pointed out. "Our mission is to help others, so we help the community, we help our church, we help the world."
That help ranges from funding missionary work in other countries to local projects like supplying bibles for inmates at the Drumheller Institution.
"We have what we call a Mite Box; we put our quarters, our dimes, our nickels, whatever we feel like, and we collect them at the end of the month," explained Decore. "With that (money) we develop mission projects. Just in the 40 years here we have collected $27,000, just our group."
"We may pick a project in our area," she continued. "We've done the Salvation Army, we've done the Passion Play, the Lions Club we gave a donation at one point too. We pick a project and we give it to them."
The other 40 year members of the Grace Lutheran Womens Missionary League are Elsie Pentelchuk, Helen Leonhardt and Norma Ripper. While all members of LWML are female, Dorren's husband Jim Decore is an honourary member because of all the cooking he has done for the group.
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