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Woman elected synod president

Hembrock heads Delaware-Maryland Synodical Women's Organization

Hembrock heads Delaware-Maryland Synodical Women's Organization

September 06, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - Marilyn Hembrock, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, has been elected president of the Delaware-Maryland Synodical Women's Organization of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Hembrock assumed her post at the annual convention, which was earlier this summer at Baltimore Lutheran High School in Towson, Md.

Active for many years in the organization, Hembrock has been president of the Feeser scholarship committee for the past six years.

"We give scholarships to women entering the full-time ministry," Hembrock said, noting that at least one scholarship has been awarded annually through that committee.

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Hembrock said she will be keeping women's issues at the forefront of congregations during her tenure.

"I want to promote Bible study, as well as other ways to help women grow," Hembrock said.

Hembrock also pointed to the need to attract younger women to become more active in the synod organization, especially those between 18 and 35 years old.

Her official duties will be to conduct meetings of the executive board, talk with other synodical presidents at their annual meeting in Chicago and throughout the year, and help plan and preside over the annual convention.

Additionally, the Synodical Women's Organization holds an annual retreat at Sandy Cove in North East, Md., with this year's retreat scheduled for Sept. 15-17.

Also, a day of renewal will be held on the third Saturday in January. Hembrock also will attend semiannual cluster meetings held across the state.

The theme for this triennium is "Act Boldly on Your Faith in Jesus Christ." The focus is "Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls, Spiritually, Physically and Emotionally."

Hembrock will emphasize getting the word out to the 180 congregations of the synod concerning the great resources available to churches from the Women of the ELCA to aid in women's ministries in the individual churches.

Other new and innovative resources are available to all women through the Internet, including the new award-winning online magazine designed for young women called Caf, found at www.womenoftheelca.org/cafe.

Also available is "Our Journey to Wellness", a guide for study or a retreat, as well as Lutheran Woman Today magazine and other resources.

Hembrock also will be available to speak to churches and women's groups. She may be reached at 301-432-4376 or by e-mail at hembrocm@myactv.net.

She and her husband, the Rev. Richard G. Hembrock, are the parents of two children, Sara and Joel, and have four grandchildren.

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