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Reach out with appreciation!

Two Minute Tuesday

October was Pastor Appreciation Month but we need and appreciate our clergy throughout the year. Take two minutes this week to show your pastor he is valued as he serves Christ in your church.

  • A greeting card expressing your gratitude is enough and valued.
  • Thanking your pastor for a specific act of kindness, a favorite sermon, or Bible study will bring a smile to his face.
  • Let him know you prayed for him. Let him know prayers continue daily.
  • Give your pastor well-deserved thanks and encouragement every month. In fact, put it on your calendar!

For more ideas go to www.lwml.org/church-workers-in-mission.

Debbie Larson
LWML Vice President of Organizational Resources

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Want your pastor to be more involved with LWML?

Two Minute Tuesday

Want your pastor to be more involved with LWML? I know members of LWML love their pastors, want to support them and have their support as well. I also know that a pastor’s time is finite, and he has to choose wisely how he uses it. If an organization seems to be running smoothly without him, he may think it best to leave it alone!

Show love and kindness and support to your pastor. Send him notes of encouragement. Find ways to help him in his ministry among you. Invite him to be part of your society. Share some of the projects LWML supports locally and through Mission Grants. And when he does attend a society meeting or function, make sure you let him know how much you appreciate his presence and support. Your contagious joy in sharing Jesus will shine through.

Rev. Michael Mattil
LWML Pastoral Counselor 2007–2011

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Reconstruction – Work in Progress

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Tap, tap, tap. It started with woodpeckers. BANG! BANG! This week it's the noise of reconstruction, repairing the damage done by woodpeckers to the chimney. Next, painters will paint the entire house. Reconstruction is not always pleasant, but results with a new fresh look.

When things are getting a little dull and participation is waning, it may be time to think about "reconstruction" in our LWML group. Trying something new — a different venue and activity might increase interest. Gather in a park for a Bible study. Ask women to pack a picnic lunch, invite some friends, and enjoy God's creation.

Need more fresh ideas?  Go to www.lwml.org/mission-servants for a monthly service idea. Many free downloads are also available at www.lwml.org/developing-leaders.

Edie Norris
Chairman
LWML 75th Anniversary Committee

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Heart to Heart Sisters

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The beauty of the Heart to Heart Sisters program of the LWML is that it provides an avenue for women from ethnic congregations to actively participate in the activities and mission of the LWML. Many H2H women come from other countries or ethnic communities, and they enrich the LWML as they share their life stories, ideas, and the ways that they witness to their faith, as they serve in their churches and communities.

Did you know that you can support the H2H Sisters program by helping to identify women leaders from multicultural congregations who can participate in H2H programs in your district and at the Albuquerque convention next summer? Perhaps your LWML can contribute to support H2H women, for whom this truly will be a life-changing experience.

Marilyn McClure
Vice President of Gospel Outreach 2009–2013

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Really Listening

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The green-eyed three year old bubbled over with words but Mama firmly told her to "wait her turn" to speak. At the next pause, she jumped in with her thoughts.

As children we learn such conversation etiquette that carries into our adult exchanges. However, this pattern often leads us to focus more on what we are waiting to say than the ideas shared by the speaker.

One strategy that works well for me is listening closely so that I might pose questions or offer thoughtful comments. Listening for understanding wordlessly conveys the worth of the speaker and affirms their value in the eyes of God.

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger (James 1:19).

Linda Arnold
Vice President of Communication 2009–2013

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The Power of an Invitation

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What’s the power of inviting someone to visit your LWML society … and join your group? It’s powerful!

When I was a newlywed living in a small town, not working outside the home, an elderly neighbor across the street invited me to accompany her to Ladies Aid (LWML). (Our age difference didn’t matter to her!) I attended and joined the group!

We moved and joined another congregation. I was an employed busy wife and mother. Several women often asked me to attend their monthly society meetings. I did.

I felt comfortable and joined the local society. It would not have happened without the encouragement of others. What a blessing LWML has been!

Women in your congregation are “watching.” They may just need to be invited to attend/join your LWML group! Just ask!

Let’s encourage more women to be part of the Word, Missions, Service, and Fellowship that LWML offers!

JoNette Brogaard
Structure Committee Chairman

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Spring is just around the corner

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“Spring is just around the corner.” How many times have we heard this phrase as we wait for new growth to appear or the chill to leave the air?

LWML District Conventions are also just around the corner.

Mission minded, fun-loving women will be attending. Their desire is to study God’s Word through Bible study and to share the Gospel through prayer and the selection of mission grants. They are also prayer warriors for each other, blessed in their friendships.  

Many women in our churches desire this too. Grasp this opportunity and invite someone to experience LWML activities in your congregation and at your convention.

Dear Sisters … the time is NOW.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us (2 Cor. 5:20 NIV).

Jennifer Huecker
Christian Life Committee Chairman

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