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Summertime Motivation


Summer will soon be here! Some groups do not meet during this vacation season and there is nothing wrong with this practice. Just as a vacation is good for the body and the soul, a break from meetings can be refreshing. How many of us though, whine when vacation is over and we go back to our daily routines? What if we do not give our sisters time to whine? Find a way to stay in touch with your members. Share a special prayer request or Bible verse each week. Social media makes it easy to “follow” our friends, but do not forget that many times it is that special personal touch that can keep the members bound in harmony. That just might be the inspiration — the motive — to return in the fall.

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful (Colossians 3:14–15).

Frances Molitor
LWML Texas District President

Embrace the Sisterhood


Several years ago, when my mother was seriously ill, my three sisters and I had several conference calls to keep us all aware of her situation. After my mother went to be with Jesus, the calls continued. Now, four years later, every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Central Time Zone, the four of us gather on Facetime to catch up on the weeks’ news.

This same sisterhood is found in Lutheran Women in Mission. We regularly gather together in our groups, and twice a year we attend gatherings to catch up on what is happening in the LWML. If you missed attending one of those meetings, you have an additional opportunity to hear what’s happening by attending the LWML convention in odd years and your district convention in even years.

Mark your calendar so you don’t miss the opportunity to gather with your sisters in Christ in order to catch up on the missions you support and explore the Bible with each other. Attend your group meeting, gathering, or convention! Embrace the sisterhood!

Joan Berquist
LWML North Wisconsin District President



Advent. The time of coming prior to the birth of Christ.  A time of anticipation; waiting; preparation.  In this Advent season, we are preparing and waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas, while waiting to welcome Him aright in His final coming in glory.

Many years ago, Mary and Joseph were anticipating the birth of the baby. As they traveled the road to Bethlehem, did they discuss what was ahead? Or ponder the events which had already occurred? I can imagine Mary’s discomfort in her final weeks of pregnancy, and Joseph’s care and concern for her. Did they remember the words of David, Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14). They would need strength in the coming days; for the birth of the baby; for the miracles which would unfold.

Waiting can be difficult. As we wait with anticipation for Christmas, we hold these words in our hearts as we prepare for His coming.  In preparation, keep your focus on Christ with one of the LWML Advent devotions. One of my favorites is “Be Still” by Alli Bauck. We wait for the Lord.

Carolyn Holbrook
LWML Washington-Alaska District President

The Lord is Coming!


Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts (Malachi 3:1).

Our LWML group always has their Christmas party early in December and uses a resource from the LWML website for our program. One of my favorites is “Advent by Candlelight.” It takes us through the life stages of Mary, mother of Jesus, and helps us to understand our own life stages. It helps prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the baby Jesus.

As I get closer to Christmas Day and life gets more hectic, I refer back to this beautiful devotion, to recenter and remind myself what is the most important part of this season; the birth of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. May your Advent season be blessed.

LaDonna Stanosheck
LWML Nebraska North District President

Standing Together


Trees fascinate me. There are so many different kinds. There are dwarf ones and giant redwoods. There are evergreen trees, trees that change color in the fall, and the ginkgo tree that drops all of its leaves within a few hours. We see sturdy oaks and flowing willows. There are ones with much character gained from many years of life right beside little saplings and trees showing enough growth to be sturdy on their own. I have also seen trees that look gilded by the sun shining on them.

These trees remind me of LWML women. Whenever we gather to serve, worship, and praise our Lord, there is a beautiful mixture. Let’s remember to stand tall together while we bask in the light of God’s grace, study His word, reach out with the Gospel, and appreciate all women.

Martha Hartwig
LWML Iowa East District President

Honoring our Pastoral Counselors


October always brings Pastor Appreciation Month to my mind. When we celebrated 80 years of LWML in 2022, I pondered how many pastoral counselors — national, district, or zone — have served. It must be an astounding number! Let us praise God for sending those who teach and guide us through His Word!

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:14-15).

All pastors are special, but LWML Counselors are extra special! Let’s be sure they know how much they are appreciated, not just in October, but year-round. Check out this Mission Servant Activity for ideas.

Candy Habich
LWML Mid-South District President


Change and a Future


For many years, the LWML Eastern District used to gather in September at a camp on the shores of Lake Erie, affectionately known as "a place in the Son.” We would get together there to "joyfully proclaim Christ, support missions, and equip women to honor God by serving others." 

The camp closed and we were heartbroken. The theme for 2021 was “Can Do with Jesus” from Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Finding a new location was difficult. We had lots of questions, but no answers. Where would we go? Can we locate something similar? Will there be anyone in attendance? We were worried, but God was with us. He said as much in Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Yes, as Lutheran Women ‘on a’ Mission, we did discover a “new place in the Son,” where we could carry on the work of God. 

“God has plans for you as well, as we trust Him.”

Dee E. Grzyb
LWML Eastern District President


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