Ladies of Blessed Sacrament (LBS) Meeting Minutes – Tuesday, January 9th 2024

President Eileen Foster opened the meeting at 1:30 pm by welcoming the 23 people in attendance. Prior to the meeting, everyone enjoyed 15 minutes of conversation and snacks. Eileen asked for prayer requests and then led us in an inspirational prayer. We had an abundance of snacks which were provided by Susie Rademacher, Elaine White, Elaine Warakomski, Judy Kawiecki, Tana Zemanek, and Eileen Foster.

Secretary Elaine White provided copies of our last business meeting minutes. Minutes previously posted to our FaceBook page and to FlockNotes.

Elaine then introduced Pastor Lara Freeburg from Midland First Baptist Church which is located at the corner of Washington and Sugnet streets. First Baptist and Blessed Sacrament support many of the same non-profits in our community. Pastor Lara based her presentation on the “The Women at the Well” from John 4 verses 1-42. She provided a deep explanation of this Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus. Pastor Lara’s explanation was impactful and thought provoking. We thank Pastor Lara for sharing her knowledge with us.

Ramona then provided an update of future LBS events. A sheet was passed around to bring snacks to our February meeting. We are happy that so many women are coming at 1:15 for our “chat & chew” prior to our usual 1:30 business meeting. Ramona thanked everyone who brought gift cards to our Christmas potluck for the Midland High Meistersingers and who brought men’s underwear and socks to today’s meeting to be donated to Midland Community Former Offenders Advocacy and Rehab (MCFOAR). We wished a happy January birthday to Gail Schroeder (9th), Indira Oskvarek (14th), Connie Latuszek (27th), and Margie Hollingsworth (28th).

Treasurer Tana Zemanek reported our current balance is $9289.57. She has available a complete report of income and expenditures for anyone to view.

Judy Kawiecki then introduced our second speaker, City of Midland Police Community Relations Officer Brennon Warren. Officer Warren’s topic was “Home Safety and Situational Awareness”. Key points were to be alert and not become complacent. Lock your doors even during the day. Get a fireproof safe for your valuables and hide the safe. Make an emergency exit plan. If possible, use outdoor cameras such as Ring. Make sure you have working smoke alarms. Become familiar with your neighbors. Don’t fall for whatever the latest internet and phone scam is. We thank Officer Warren for sharing his expertise with us.

The speaker at our next meeting will be Donna Clarke from Saginaw Emmaus House. Bring your friends and join us on Tuesday, February 6th..

Respectfully submitted,

Elaine white, Secretary

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