LWML News Releases
Current News Releases
- September 8, 2014 - How Mite You Respond? (PDF, 147KB)
- February 17, 2014 - Pray 9@9 or Anytime (PDF, 108KB)
- February 2, 2014 - Marie Biesenthal Called Home to Glory (PDF, 664KB)
- December 16, 2013 - Former LWML President Wendorf Interview on KFUO (PDF, 659KB)
- mp3 Recording of Interview (MP3, 22.5MB - allow a few seconds to load)
September 8, 2014 - How Mite You Respond?
We, as Lutheran Women In Mission know who we are. We are children of the Heavenly Father through baptism. We are sinners, forgiven by the very blood of Jesus, and because we recognize our sinful nature, the Word and Sacraments are the sweet foundation on which we stand. We give, serve, study His Word, show mercy, and love others in response to His grace. We know we are His forgiven children and we want everyone throughout the world to learn of our Savior. The prayers and the mites of the LWML make a difference!
As members of our LWML family, you are entitled to know that as of July 31, 2014, the LWML has a deficit of $108,000 in our mission grants gifts. If each LWML group would respond to this request of an additional gift of $50 (or an amount your group feels blessed to give) in support of the national mite goal, more grants will be funded to reach many with His message of love and grace! We know you are faithful givers, and we know you appreciate staying informed.
How "mite" you respond as a child of God? Consider this extra gift to the national mite goal today. Gifts should be designated as "missions" and mailed to Lutheran Women's Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993.
The Time is NOW Pledge Cards
The Time is NOW pledge cards were handed out at all LWML District Conventions. The LWML Office has had many requests for these cards for use during LWML Sunday celebrations and they are now available for the cost of postage only. Order them today from the LWML Office at 1-800-252-5965, or write them in as an addition on your LWML Sunday Order Form. Simply write, “The Time is NOW pledge cards” and the number of cards your group would like to hand out to the women in your church on the form. Enjoy sharing the ministry of the LWML!
This is a Volunteer Ministry
The LWML is a volunteer ministry. So how does one go about recruiting volunteers? How do you keep them engaged and enjoying their service? A new resource, Volunteers in Christ’s Ministry, provides practical, helpful ways to build, encourage, support, and recognize your volunteer team.
Consider downloading this free resource while planning your LWML Sunday activities. The Time is NOW to encourage all women to learn about the LWML and invite them to participate in LWML activities.
February 17, 2014 -Pray 9@9 or Anytime
Each Saturday morning, for 9 minutes at 9 a.m., a growing number of men and women across the nation join LWML President Kay Kreklau in prayer.
Lutheran men and women pray to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, because they know and trust that their Savior hears every word and will provide what is needed.
God welcomes all prayer, but on Saturday mornings the LWML loves to pray for the mission grants that they have pledged to support this biennium. They pray for all LCMS missionaries, that they daily find renewed strength and purpose in serving God by serving others. They pray for all those who are lost and hurting, that they will be touched by His love and brought to faith through His grace. Prayer guides and stories on each mission grant can be found at www.lwml.org.
Join President Kay and so many others who pray, on Saturday mornings … or anytime!
Outpouring of Gifts of Love and Mites
The LWML Board of Directors met in St. Louis, Missouri, from February 7-9, 2014. Sharing God’s love is woven into every facet of the LWML.
A Mite Challenge was issued and a mission offering of $2,750.61 was given in praise and thanksgiving to Jesus Christ. Adding a bit of fun to the challenge, Rev. John Heckmann allowed his hair to be sprayed a bright purple when the offerings exceeded $500, and with a smile on his face, allowed his son, Michael, a seminary student, to cut his hair after the group met and exceeded the goal of $1,500.
Participants brought Gifts from the Heart for the Concordia Seminary Food Bank. Eight boxes of food and diapers, plus $600, were gathered.
Sunday’s worship offering was $1,088. May God bless these gifts as they are used to carry out His will through the LWML.
February 2, 2014 - Marie Biesenthal Called Home to Glory
Marie Biesenthal, St. Louis, Missouri, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, and is home in the arms of her Savior, Jesus. Her husband Rev. Dr. W. Leroy Biesenthal of 65 years survives her. They were blessed with two children.
Marie served in various capacities in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) for over 35 years. She served as Public Relations Committee Chairman and Public Relations Director, Mission Features Editor, 50th Anniversary Convention Chairman, and was the first Meeting Manager.
A pastor’s wife, she served the church in many ways, including The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s meeting planner and project manager of Pentecost 2000, and as hospitality chairman for the Concordia Seminary Guild.
Mrs. Biesenthal authored a portion of the LWML history book Wherever God Sends Us (edited by Marlys Taege Moberg © 2013), which tells how LWML mission grants have supported and affected missions and ministries for over 70 years. Marie also used the gifts God gave her to write Bible studies and share her faith. She loved butterflies, a symbol of "new life," and would tell her faith story when asked why she wore a butterfly on her shoulder.
A service of celebration will be held Sunday, February 2, 2 p.m., at Concordia Lutheran Church, 505 South Kirkwood, Kirkwood, Missouri, with a reception following. A memorial service will be held at Meramec Bluffs Chapel on Monday, February 3, at 10 a.m.
December 16, 2013 - Interview on KFUO with Past LWML President Jan Wendorf
Past Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) President Jan Wendorf will talk about her recent Lutheran World Relief trip to Tanzania in an interview with KFUO AM tomorrow, December 17, 2013, 7:35 a.m. to 8 a.m. Central. Tune in to His Time Morning Show for a great beginning to your day!
You can listen to the live-streamed program on KFUO's website. Go to http://www.kfuoam.org and click the "ON-AIR" button.
If you are unable to listen live, the program will be recorded and you may access it at a later time directly through the KFUO website. Once KFUO has recorded and archived this interview, LWML will also offer a link from the LWML website at http://www.lwml.org/events/news/.
If you would be interested in inviting Jan to share more of her story, please contact her through LWML Public Relations Director Debbie Larson.