The Fall Meeting of the Fox Valley Chapter of the National Church Library Association was held Saturday, October 2, 2010, at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, Waupaca, WI. The meeting began at 9:00 am with registration and coffee and concluded with a light lunch around noon.
Devotions led by Pastor Dave Martin zeroed in on our meeting theme, “Grief and Loss - Library Resources and Church Helps." Guest speaker Len Sheard spoke on his personal loss of his wife due to breast cancer. He presented clips of a video from the Grief Share recovery group, touching on thoughts and helps from persons that have experienced grief, and explaining how we too, can benefit from the community, understanding, support and encouragement of such a group. He also focused on dealing with grief during the holidays.
A roundtable discussion was led by Karen Saari. Church librarians shared books and resources their libraries have found helpful on the difficult topics of death, divorce, loss of jobs, lifestyle, loss of homes, illness, and military deployment.
Kathleen Bowman, new NCLA Board President, gave a brief presentation of NCLA happenings, followed by a viewing of the video "From Deep Roots Grow New Branches", made by NCLA outgoing President Chuck Mann.
We also elected new officers for 2011.
~Anne I., NCLA WI Fox Valley Chapter