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Introducing LWML Mailbox Member Program

nullThe Mailbox Member Program is an intentional way to reach out to women of your congregation who may not be currently participating in the established LWML activities. This program promotes the value of LWML and encourages participation in ways that fit into their lives and various vocations.

The resources of Mailbox Member enables women to:

  • Identify and grow as baptized children of God,
  • Understand and support mission giving,
  • Participate in short term servant events, and
  • Find support in Christian fellowship in this secular world.

The Mailbox Member Program allows women of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to discover how God can work in their lives through the LWML. It is designed to help women stay connected even as they may not participate in every scheduled activity at their church. You, as a Lutheran Woman in Mission, have the exciting opportunity to reach out and encourage these sisters to participate in God’s work through LWML now, right where God has placed them.

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This program may benefit a young mother who will find the Bible studies in the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly relevant as she relaxes at the end of her day and a housebound woman who will enjoy helping with a service activity if she is given the supplies. These women may not join your monthly gathering but, if we make them aware of opportunities and share our joy, they may participate in their own way.

How does this work?

  • Choose a woman to coordinate this program and ask her to read through the Mailbox Member Program Guidelines so she realizes how easy it will be to reach out.
  • Pray for your coordinator and all women of your congregation. Be ready to welcome each woman as they participate in any way. As you pray, thank God for the opportunities He will present to His children through this program.
  • For easy to follow guidelines and resources click on the links below.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Get Started With These Downloadable Resources:

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Coordinator Guide and Program Guidelines

A printable PDF of this guide can be found at the end of this article.

Coordinator Guide

Thank you for serving as the Mailbox Member Coordinator for your congregation. Please read the document titled LWML Mailbox Member Program Guidelines. Once you’ve sent out the invitations and received positive replies you will have a list of women to communicate with on a monthly basis. Each month you will connect with those in the program by providing them with information, resources, devotions, or activities they can do at home to keep in touch with the LWML mission. 

Currently there are 24 monthly activities provided for you on the LWML website. You can use them for specific months or personalize the schedule to reflect the special interests of your members. All of the resources referenced have been through The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (LCMS) Doctrinal Review process. 

Follow the links under the Mailbox Member Program icon on the LWML website. These are found under Group Resources. You will find: 

  • Introductory Information and Guidelines
  • Publicity Materials
    • Invitation and Enrollment Postcard
    • Social Media Posts
    • Mailbox Member Logo in color or black and white
  • Resources for the Program
    • Blessings Cards
    • Mailbox Crafts
    • Leader Guide
      • Year 1 — January through December
        • Leader Notes
        • Mailbox Member Message
        • Link to a specific LWML resource page
      • Year 2 — January through December
        • Leader Notes
        • Mailbox Member Message
        • Link to a specific LWML resource page

Downloadable Resource:

View printable PDF of this coordinator's guide

Go to next step

Go to Mailbox Members Home

Go to Group Resources Home

Mailbox Member Program Invitations and Publicity

Invitations have been created to invite women in your congregation who have not joined in the activities of traditional LWML groups. The invitations serve several purposes.

  • They serve as a conversation starter about LWML, especially for those who are not aware of our mission and outreach opportunities.
  • They serve as an invitation to participate the Mailbox Member Program.
  • They also allow women to take LWML information home and prayerfully consider participating.
  • They provide a return postcard, making it easy for women who are interested to respond with their contact information to the Mailbox Member Coordinator.

nullYou may begin to invite women, one at a time, to become members of the LWML Mailbox Program, or you may hand out invitations to all women at church in a mass mailing. And remember to share this opportunity with those who join your congregation by adding the invitation to their new member information which your church provides.

To print the invitations use one of three versions of the invitation available for download. To send the invitation via email copy and paste the text from the fourth version directly into the body of an email.

Each invitation consists of two cards (four panels, two to each card) printed on both sides of the paper or cardstock. The first card shares basic information about LWML and the Mailbox Member program with the recipient and is theirs to keep. The recipient returns the second card to the Mailbox Member Program Coordinator with their contact information.

Copies printed on regular 8 ½ x 11 paper will need to be cut into 4 pieces. Each piece of paper will create two invitations. For invitations printed on postcard paper, each page can be separated in half and then the invitation can be folded on the punch line between the two cards.

Once the invitations are printed, you may proceed with distributing the invitations and inviting women to participate in the Mailbox Member program.

Downloadable Invitations:

More Downloadable Publicity Materials:

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Mailbox Craft

Print out the templates below to create mailboxes or mini-mailboxes for each member.

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Mailbox assembled with brochure
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Mailbox assembled
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Assorted mini-mailboxes
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Mini-mailbox assembled with candy
 

Downloadable Resources

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Welcome Month for Mailbox Members

A printable PDF of these instructions can be found at the end of this article.

Leader instructions

Now that you have a list of women who are interested in participating in the Mailbox Member Program, it is important to pray for each woman and keep in contact with them, sharing LWML and our mission with them regularily.

A Welcome Packet is a wonderful introduction to LWML. All items of the Welcome Packet can be shared in paper copies or electronically, except for the Mite Box (many women prefer to give electronically and you may certainly direct them to the LWML website where they can sign up for giving in this way).

Access the Welcome Packet.

In addition to the resources suggested in the Welcome Packet, please also include:

  • Contact information for the Mailbox Member Coordinator
  • Contact information for the person who collects mite offerings and sends them to the district
  • Copy of your current District Mission Grants
  • Upcoming local, zone and district events (rallies, conventions and/or service activites)
For Paper Copies:
  • Download and print this Welcome Packet resource to share with each Mailbox Member.
  • Print as many copies of the resource as you need for your Mailbox Member participants.
  • Share the note on the next page with your new member and don’t forget to sign it and leave your contact information!
  • As you place this information in your Mailbox Member participant’s mailbox, pray for this child of God!
For Electronic Communication:
  • Open the Welcome Packet resource and read the coordinator information.
  • Get ready to send a new email, and in the subject line write: WELCOME - LWML Mailbox Member
  • Copy and paste the Mailbox Member message below into your email.
  • Attach the Welcome Packet resources.
  • Send this message off with a prayer for this Mailbox Member, a child of God!

Distribute the Welcome Packet resources to your Mailbox Member participants with the note found below
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Welcome to the Mailbox Member Program from LWML!

What a joy it is to have you join in the LWML Mailbox Member Program.

We welcome you! In this packet we have gathered several resources that will introduce you to what God is accomplishing through the LWML, our mission, and our vision as we serve the Lord with gladness.

Your Welcome Packet includes the following:

  • A Mite Box and mite explanation and history
  • A list of current mission grants to be funded by our mite offerings – both national and district grants
  • The LWML Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Pledge
  • Contact information for the local Mailbox Member Program Coordinator.

I encourage you to explore the LWML website at lwml.org, follow LWML on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest), and download the LWML app. These are additional resources for you to grow in your relationship with God and also in your knowledge of LWML and it’s mission.

You are always welcome to contact me with any questions you have. You are in my daily prayers. I am happy to have you as a Mailbox Member of the LWML.

Your Sister in Christ,
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View a printable PDF of these instructions
 

Next step: Go to resources for this month:

Year 1
January February March
April May June
July August September
October November December

 

Year 2
January February March
April May June
July August September
October November December


Go to Mailbox Members Home

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Blessing Cards

nullThese note cards share a thoughtful message and Scripture. You can print these out on regular paper or card stock, and then personalize them before giving to your Mailbox Members. Each PDF is a set of 4 different designs.

Downloadable Blessing Cards:

 

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January: Year 1

A printable PDF of these instructions can be found at the end of this article.

Leader instructions

Winter months are a great time to offer indoor activities for inclement weather. Providing this free resource for an activity that a Mailbox Member can do by herself or with family and friends is sure to give her an opportunity to relax while expressing herself with color and a creative quiet time.

Access the LWML Coloring Pages. 

For Paper Copies:
  • Download and print this month’s resource (in bold above) to share with each Mailbox Member. You may consider including a box of colored pencils.
  • Print as many copies of the resource as you need for your Mailbox Member participants.
  • Don’t forget to sign the message and leave your contact information!
  • As you place this information in your Mailbox Member participant’s mailbox, pray for this child of God!
For Electronic Communication:
  • Open this month’s resource idea and read the coordinator information.
  • Get ready to send a new email, and in the subject line write: LWML Mailbox Member Greetings
  • Copy and paste the Mailbox Member message on the next page into your email.
  • Attach the resource(s) for the month.
  • Send this message off with a prayer for this Mailbox Member, a child of God!

Distribute the resource to your Mailbox Member participants with the following Mailbox Member Message:
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Hello from LWML! 

Coloring is a hobby enjoyed by young and old alike. Here’s a special coloring sheet from LWML. As you color it, please pray for one of the current mission grant recipients asking God’s blessing on this ministry. You might want to share your coloring creation with a friend and help to brighten her day as well or post it on your refrigerator to remind all who see it of the wondrous love of our Savior. (Other coloring resources can be found at the LWML website.)

As always, contact me with any questions. You are in my daily prayers.

Your Sister in Christ,
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View a printable PDF of these instructions

 

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