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eNews Issue #156- Mission Grants; LWML Sunday

LWML eNews Issue #156 – May 7, 2015

Two More Mission Grants Paid!

With thanksgiving to our gracious God, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is pleased to announce the funding of the following LWML Mission Grants for the 2013-2015 biennium as the result of faithful prayer and mite* giving:

The final gift of $30,000 was given for Christ-Centered Tutoring Through Rebecca’s Garden of Hope (RGOH). RGOH is a tutoring and mentoring outreach ministry, improving academic grades and church and Sunday school attendance. Through the efforts of RGOH and the LWML, many congregations and thousands of children are given the opportunity for Christian tutoring and mentoring that can spiritually change these children’s lives forever as they learn about the Good News of salvation in Christ. This grant of $100,000 is now PAID IN FULL!

Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) 2009 international graduates with the Rev. Dr. Detlev Schulz. (photo courtesy of CTS)

The final gift of $70,572.39 was given for Training Indigenous Pastors and Deaconesses. This grant is providing scholarships to foreign students from our partner churches in developing countries, so that they can spread the Gospel message in their own countries. These men and women are full of enthusiasm and ready to share Christ’s grace and mercy with their people. This grant of $100,000 is now PAID IN FULL!

By God’s grace, your mite offerings, along with the contributions of other LWML supporters, have helped meet the national 2013-2015 LWML Mission Goal of $1.83 million! Thank you and thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! You may continue to donate online at www.lwml.org and checks or money orders may be designated as missions and mailed to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993. All offerings received will be added to the new LWML Mission Goal that will be prayerfully selected by the delegates at the LWML 36th Biennial Convention in Des Moines, Iowa, June 25-28, 2015, for the mission work of the Lord during the 2015-2017 biennium.

A mission grants video (covering 33 grant proposals on the convention ballot) will be available for viewing before the convention. It will be posted on the LWML website. This video is in the final stages of production and it will be posted when it is completed. The LWML encourages all groups to consider planning a time when they could gather together, eat popcorn, watch this video, and pray and discuss these grant proposals. All grants highlighted are worthy missions and this may also serve as a resource for LWML districts and even local groups as they look for opportunities to share Christ through their mite offerings.

*What are mites? Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1-4), mites are monetary gifts placed in the Mite Box, sacrificially given by supporters of the LWML. These gifts are offerings above and beyond the support given to our congregations and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. You may read more about this and order your own Mite Box at www.lwml.org.


Seminary and Deaconess Students Given Gifts

LWML President Kay Kreklau greets seminary student David Casey-Motley at CTS, Fort Wayne on April 30, 2015.

 

LWML President Kay Kreklau enjoys meeting seminary student Micah Bauer and his wife Erin, who is also a deaconess student, at Concordia Seminary St. Louis, on May 1, 2015.
Left to right: LWML PR Director Debbie Larson, Deaconess student Tadelech Shumblo, and LWML President Kay Kreklau at the CTS Fort Wayne on April 30, 2015.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) President Kay Kreklau and LWML Public Relations Director Debbie Larson were privileged to visit Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Thursday, April 30, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday, May 1, 2015. The primary reason for this visit was to give gifts to the second year seminary students (heading into their year of vicarage) and the second year deaconess students (heading into their internship).

A total of 118 seminary students and 12 deaconess students received a copy of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Pastoral Care Companion. Gifts of an LWML Today’s Light Bible® and an LWML mug were also given to each of the seminary student’s wives. President Kay stated, “We want these servants of God to know that the women of the LWML pray for them. We want them to know they are valued and appreciated, and that there are Lutheran Women in Mission across the country ready to assist them in their ministry. What a joy to visit with these students from all walks of life! God has truly blessed the LCMS with these willing servants.”

Seminary student James Miller gives LWML President Kay Kreklau a tour of the seminary food bank at Concordia Seminary St. Louis, on May 1, 2015.
President Kay was also treated to a tour of both seminary food banks. Thank you to Karen Fuelling (Fort Wayne) and Kim Chapman (St. Louis) for your kind welcome. “The food bank is a wonderful ministry for the students while they are on campus, and the LWML contributes a large share of the donations. Thank you, thank you!” declared Karen Fuelling.
 

Lutheran World Relief Requests Quilts and Kits

Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has reached out to the Lutheran Women's Missionary League’s (LWML) after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives, many injuries, and the loss of many homes. LWR has shipped 9,240 mission quilts, 1,000 personal care kits and 100 water filtration units from the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot warehouse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Anand Kumal and his family live in the Lamjung District, in a village near the epicenter of the earthquake. His house was severely damaged in the quake and his family – pictured – are now staying in makeshift arrangements outside the house. (Far left: LWR staff member)

LWR currently is working with local partners in the Lamjung District of Nepal, which was the epicenter of the earthquake. They have confirmed the safety of their staff, even as their Nepal office was deemed unsafe for use. Shelly Talcott, LWR Senior Director of Constituent Engagement shared, “We are very thankful that all staff are safe, including a few U.S. staff who were visiting Kathmandu for meetings.”

Ms. Talcott, on behalf of LWR, wants to thank all Lutheran Women in Mission for their generous support of LWR’s Quilt and Kit Ministry. She continued, “Their generosity has enabled us to respond during this time when people are most in need. We deeply appreciate the time and effort it takes to make and assemble quilts and kits. As we respond to this emergency, we continue to need quilts and Personal Care Kits to restock our supply. Please continue praying for the people of Nepal and for wisdom in our response.”

For updated information on the Nepal earthquake and what can be done to help, visit lwr.org/nepalearthquake. LWR has resources available for congregations at lwr.org/nepalearthquake/resources.

If anyone has specific questions, Shelly invites them to contact LWR by email at lwr@lwr.org or call them at (800) 597-5972.

Shelly again thanks the LWML, “Thank all Lutheran Women in Mission as they put their faith into action for the sake of their neighbors near and far. Events like this shake us deeply but it is incredibly reassuring to see how quickly Lutherans can respond, largely due to the faithful service of the communities you steward. Thank you!”


Looking Forward to LWML Sunday in 2015

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League’s (LWML) 2015 LWML Sunday theme, “Seek First the Kingdom of God,” is based on Matthew 6:26, 32b, 33, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? … and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

LWML Sunday is traditionally celebrated in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) churches the first Sunday in October, however, the observance may be on any Sunday.

LWML Senior Counselor
Rev. John Heckmann
LWML Junior Counselor
Rev. Dr. Robert Roegner

This year, the LWML is honored to have LWML Counselors Rev. John Heckmann and Rev. Dr. Robert Roegner author the materials for use in all churches. Rev. Heckmann will write the sermon and the children’s sermon, and Rev. Roegner will contribute the litany and the Gifts from the Heart dedication. A full worship service will not be offered, as many pastors prefer to tailor their services to their congregation’s needs, but the sermon, litany, and dedication may be inserted wherever needed. A banner design and a PowerPoint template will also be available.

The graphic design for this year's service was created by Nichelle Dykema, of Boise, Idaho. Nichelle serves as one of the talented graphic designers, volunteering on the LWML Graphics Team.

All resources will be available on the LWML website by June 1, 2015. Materials will not be mailed to each congregation. If anyone needs assistance with downloading the resources, they are welcome to call the LWML Office at 1-800-252-5965 for assistance. Bulletin covers will be available for sale, as in past years. These may be purchased through our LWML Store at www.lwml.org/store after June 1, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact the LWML Office.

Celebrate the LWML! The Time is NOW to share how God has worked through this organization, and through the women and men who have a passion for the Gospel.


LWML Convention Fees Increase After May 12

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) 2015 LWML Convention will take place on June 25-28, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Registrations postmarked, emailed, or faxed by this date will pay the regular registration fee of $195.00 per person. Registrations received after this date (and onsite in Des Moines) will be charged the late registration fee of $220.00 per person. Get your registrations in now! Other rates apply for spouses, children, and one day attendees. You may find the registration information and forms at www.lwml.org/convention.

 

eNews Issue #155 – LWML Mission Goal Reached

LWML eNews Issue #155 – April 16, 2015

LWML Mission Goal Reached – Thanks be to God!

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is overjoyed to announce that the 2013-2015 Mission Goal of $1.83 million was met and surpassed. To date, the total for the biennium is $1,849,178.96, with one district’s March mites yet to be counted. In an eNews dated March 5, 2015, supporters were asked to pray, as eleven Mission Grants still required full or partial funding before the end of the fiscal biennium on March 31, 2015. After the announcement of the mites’ shortfall, many districts and single donors responded with additional gifts. All praise to our Lord, Jesus Christ, for gracious giving!

LWML President Kay Kreklau gives all glory and honor to God for the blessing of exceeding the LWML 2013-2015 Mission Goal.

LWML President Kay Kreklau reflected on her reaction to the announcement, “As I heard the good news that we had met our goal, I thought back to a few days earlier as I was praying for the LWML mission grants. I knew God would answer our prayers for the mission goal but I also knew that my will may not be His Will and that God’s plan is always the better plan. He is faithful! In that faithfulness He has answered our requests to fully fund all the mission grants we chose for the 2013-2015 biennium with a resounding “yes!”  Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts, praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”

At the 36th Biennial LWML Convention to be held in Des Moines, Iowa, June 25-28, 2015, a new LWML Mission Goal will be prayerfully selected by the delegates for the mission work of the Lord during the 2015-2017 biennium. Mite offerings over the current $1,830,000 Mission Goal, as well as all mites donated from April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2017, will be added to the new 2015-2017 Mission Goal.

Your mite offerings, along with the contributions of other LWML supporters, will help to continue to fund the mission grants selected at the LWML Convention in Des Moines, Iowa. There are many ways to donate, in addition to filling your Mite Box, such as:

Learn more about all these options on the LWML website at www.lwml.org.

With a smile, President Kay shared, “What a blessing it is to see again how the LWML has stepped out in faith, knowing that God would provide for our every need. And indeed He has, as He has not only gifted us in reaching our goal, but to once again exceed that goal. To Him be all honor and glory!”


Four More LWML Mission Grants Fully Funded

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) praises God for faithful givers who, by the grace of God, have made possible the complete funding of these four Mission Grants for the 2013-2015 biennium:

Final installment of $5,000 for Support for Lutheran Public Radio. This grant will help allow the director of business operations to devote more time to development, so that the radio and Internet show, “Issues, Etc.,” can continue to proclaim the Gospel and provide a better understanding of contemporary social issues in a Christian context. PAID IN FULL!

Final installment of $20,000 for Worship for Shut-ins. This grant will help to fund the production, marketing, and distribution of the weekly “Worship for Shut-ins” DVD program, produced by Lutheran Ministries Media. PAID IN FULL!

Final installment of $25,000 for Rebuilding Nord Est Haiti Lutheran School. This grant will help to rebuild the Lutheran primary school in Haiti, and will meet current earthquake standards and serve the physical and spiritual needs of Haitian children. PAID IN FULL!

Preparing Leaders for a Diverse World, Concordia College, Selma, Alabama will serve minority populations, preparing them for fulltime ministry and leadership in the church.

Complete mission grant of $50,000 for Preparing Leaders for a Diverse World, Concordia College, Selma, Alabama. This grant will help to provide funds for materials and recruitment of students for undergraduate and seminary classes, and to help in establishing the seminary program and expansion of the teacher education program that will serve minority populations, preparing them for fulltime ministry and leadership in the church. PAID IN FULL!

By God’s grace, your mite offerings, along with the contributions of other LWML supporters, have helped meet this national mission goal of $1.83 million. You may donate online at www.lwml.org and checks or money orders may be designated as missions and mailed to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993. All offerings received will be added to the new 2015-2017 Mission Goal.

*What are mites? Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1-4), mites are monetary gifts placed in the Mite Box, sacrificially given by supporters of the LWML. These gifts are offerings above and beyond the support given to our congregations and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. You may read more about this and order your own Mite Box at www.lwml.org.


eQuarterly at Your Fingertips

LWQMuch loved Christian humorist Jan Struck shares her story in the 2015 spring issue of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly.

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League’s (LWML) magazine, the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly, is now available in a digital version, accessible from your tablet or phone. When you order the eQuarterly you will have access to every article in recent issues and quick links to Bible study leader guides, current Mission Grant updates, and more! The LWML is offering you a special preview of the 2015 spring issue of this wonderful magazine in the digital version free. Just click here and enjoy every story, devotion, and Bible study.

Go to www.lwml.org or call 800-252-5965 to subscribe, change address, or get back issues. Order the print, digital, or both editions: One year, $6.50; Three years, $18; Five years, $28.

PhilippinesDon’t miss President Kay’s mission article, “Witnessing Christ,” in the 2015 spring issue of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly.

eNews Issue #154 – Convention Central #3

Yes, There are Rooms in Des Moines!

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/24323/ConventionBountiful.pngMen and women of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) from across the nation are registering for the 36th Biennial Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention to be held June 25-28, 2015, at the Iowa Events Center, in Des Moines, Iowa. Rooms are filling up and rumors have circulated that all hotels are full. This is not true! Extra hotel blocks have been added to the LWML list and, while these are not shown in the 2014 winter issue of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly, many rooms are still available. Find additional hotel information on the LWML website. When making your reservation, identify yourself as desiring to make a reservation for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention in Des Moines in June. Ask for the LWML block of rooms and the LWML rate.

The theme for this convention, “Bountiful! Sow ž Nourish ž Reap,” is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV). Register, reserve your hotel room, and be prepared to sow, be nourished, and reap!

More information is available on the LWML website.


Convention Programming Offers Activities for All

As delegates prepare for the 36th Biennial Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention, many are making this event a family affair. Families may come early or stay late to experience Des Moines and other areas of Iowa by enjoying full and half day tours planned just for convention goers. From the Bridges of Madison County to a Mississippi River cruise, there’s something for everyone. Find a list of available tours on the LWML website

All golfers can join past LWML Presidents Gloria Edwards and Linda Reiser for a golf outing Wednesday, June 24, 2015, beginning at 8 a.m., at Copper Creek Golf Club, Pleasant Hill. This championship course is nestled between mature trees, Iowa’s rolling hills, and the beautiful homes of Copper Creek. All net proceeds will be given to mites for the 2015–2017 LWML Biennium. Go to www.lwml.org/conventions to access your entry form, or contact Rachel at teeup4mites@lwml.org.

Camp Insta Friends” childcare is ready to welcome children. All child/youth activities will be held Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children, whose parents or other adults are attending the convention, may attend one of four age group activities: 6 months–4 years, ages 5–8, and ages 9–12, and ages 13–17. To find out more about the activities planned for each age group, go to conventions on the LWML website.

The whole family can participate in the Mission in Motion Pledge Walk along the beautiful banks of the Des Moines River on Friday, from 5-6 p.m. Enjoy outdoor exercise while supporting the mission program of the LWML and providing the opportunity to witness to the Des Moines community. Find more information here.

There will be dancing and laughter at the Bountiful Bash Block Party!

The Friday Night Bountiful Bash Block Party is a party with a purpose — to explore mission opportunities, to share ideas, to make an impact on other generations, and to get excited about sharing LWML stories! Come casual; come with family and friends; come and participate — all exhibits are interactive. Family and friends are welcome, even if they are not registered for the convention. They need only fill out an Acknowledgement Release Form at the door. A mite donation is also encouraged. Will there be crowds Friday night? Absolutely! Will it be noisy? Most certainly. It’s a Bountiful Bash — a Party with a Purpose!


LWML Will Live Stream Convention

Once again, everyone across the nation will be able to join in the worship services and programing of the 36th Biennial Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention to be held June 25-28, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. LWML will offer high quality, real-time video streaming of all events taking place in the main convention hall. Those not able to travel to Des Moines will be able to participate via their own computer, tablet or smartphone, and even display it on a large screen television in their church or home. Groups are encouraged to host any or all LWML programing events via live streaming as they occur in real-time in Des Moines.

Sometime in May, the LWML will place a link on the LWML website to a video featuring all 33 Mission Grant proposals placed on the convention ballot and delegates may view the video and prayerfully make a more informed decision. This video will be available for all interested in these missions.

A Convention Highlights video, and a video of the newly selected 2015-2017 Mission Grants, will be available via a link on the LWML website several weeks after the close of convention. This tool will be valuable to anyone wanting to share their convention experience with those in their churches and communities. More information will be shared on this exciting technology in the coming months.


New LWML Today’s Light® Devotional Bible

Introducing the NEW LWML Outreach Bible! This new LWML Today’s Light® Devotional Bible was specifically designed as an outreach Bible. "Our prayer is that it will be purchased specifically to give to someone, sharing with them our love for God's Word and the gift of His redeeming love for all people." LWML President Kay Kreklau declared.

On the back cover, these words reach out to those who need Jesus: You hold in your hands God’s Word, and a most wonderful guide to help you in your daily walk with the Lord.

On the inside cover of this Bible users will find a brief order for worship they may choose to use as they spend time with the Lord. Luther’s Morning and Evening Prayers and the Lord’s Prayer are printed on the back cover for further comfort and guidance.

This Bible may be purchased from the LWML Store.


More Convention Highlights

Rev. Michael Mattil, Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Denison, Texas
Jan Struck
Dr. Dina Vendetti

Bible studies are a big part of LWML gatherings. Rev. Michael Mattil, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Denison, Texas, will speak on two parts of the Convention theme – SOW and NOURISH. Rev. Mattil served as LWML Pastoral Counselor from 2007-2011.

Jan Struck, featured on the cover of the spring issue of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly, and Dr. Dina Vendetti, principal, and choir and bell choir director at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Dover, Delaware, have agreed to keep the crowd entertained on Saturday evening. It promises to be witty, wacky, and entertaining!

Friday noon gatherings will include:

  • Clergy Luncheon (led by LWML Counselors)
  • First Timers Luncheon
  • Gifts of Love Luncheon
  • Heart to Heart Sisters Reunion
  • Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Luncheon
  • Lunch with My Friends
  • Men’s Network (Lutheran Hour Ministries) Luncheon
  • Social Media Information Luncheon
  • The Time is NOW Interactive Luncheon
  • Thrivent Informative Luncheon
  • Young Women Representative Reunion

Saturday luncheons will inspire and inform:

  • Carly Hatcher, MOST Ministries
  • Rev. Dr. James Lamb, Lutherans for Life
  • LCMS Missionaries
  • Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mendedo, Concordia, Selma, Alabama
  • Rev. Gregory Seltz, Lutheran Hour Speaker
  • Jan Struck and Dr. Dina Vendetti
  • Gary Thies, Mission Central

Find more information on all these activities online or in the winter Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly.

eNews #153: Mission Grants; Gladys Grovender

Eleven Mission Grants Still to be Funded

As men and women respond to all God has given to His children, and as a result of faithful prayer and mite* giving, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) was pleased to partially fund two more Mission Grants for the 2013-2015 biennium. As the fiscal close of the biennium draws near, the LWML asks for prayers as eleven Mission Grants still require full or partial funding.

The women of the LWML have each made a personal commitment to funding and praying for the mission grants chosen on both the district and national levels of this organization. They are aware that mission organizations are relying on these funds to reach out to thousands in the name of Jesus. After the announcement of the mites shortfall at the January 2015 LWML Board of Directors’ meeting in St. Louis, several districts responded with additional gifts, and single donors are also responding with gifts. All praise to our Lord, Jesus Christ, for gracious giving!

If any other districts would consider offering extra gifts to make the biennium’s national Mission Goal, they are urged do so before March 31, 2015, which is the end of the fiscal biennium.

These two Mission Grants for the 2013-2015 biennium received partial funding in January:

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/32298/I_CAN-Serving_At-Risk_Children_with_Learning_Needs_700_px.jpgAnother installment of $25,000 for I CAN – Serving At-Risk Children With Learning Needs. This grant will help to bring the love of Christ to children who are at-risk and have special learning needs through Lutheran Special Education Ministries’ after-school and summer programs. An additional $29,000 is still needed to complete this grant.

Another installment of $10,000 for Support for Lutheran Public Radio. This grant will help allow the director of business operations to devote more time to development, so that the radio and Internet show, “Issues, Etc.,” can continue to proclaim the Gospel and provide a better understanding of contemporary social issues in a Christian context. An additional $5,000 remains to be funded to complete this grant.

By God’s grace, your mite offerings, along with the contributions of other LWML supporters, can help meet this national mission goal of $1.83 million. You may donate online here and checks or money orders may be designated as missions and mailed to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993.

*What are mites? Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1-4), mites are monetary gifts placed in the Mite Box, sacrificially given by supporters of the LWML. These gifts are offerings above and beyond the support given to our congregations and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. You may read more about this here and order your own Mite Box here.


LWML Archivist-Historian Emeritus Gladys Grovender Called Home

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/32300/gladysgrovender_600_px.jpgGladys Grovender, Archivist-Historian Emeritus of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), passed from this world to her heavenly home on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the age of 93. Gladys served as LWML Archivist-Historian from 1979-1999. She also served in this position for the LWML Minnesota South District.

Current LWML Archivist-Historian Barbara Huggins remembers Gladys fondly, “The first project Gladys asked me to help with was to separate photographs from other documents. While we sorted the photographs sometimes we would both begin speaking at the same time, using the exact same words. That is when we realized we would work well together. We were like two peas in the same pod. We had so much fun working together at the Concordia Historical Institute (CHI), sharing laughs and LWML stories. The staff at CHI treated Gladys as a fellow staff member. She was loved and respected.” Barbara considers Gladys a mentor and values the knowledge she shared.

Darleen Harens, Past LWML Minnesota South District President, worked closely with Mrs. Grovender. Darleen remembers, “When Gladys began her work as LWML Archivist-Historian, there was no set system for cataloging the boxes and boxes of material collected. She developed a system (I believe with the assistance of her son, John) and she would coordinate her volunteer work at CHI with other meetings to save on mileage. I remember her praising the seminarians wives who assisted her in sorting and cataloging. I enjoyed many great learning experiences during my time with Gladys.”

LWML President Kay Kreklau stated, “Many women of the LWML remember Gladys and the tireless hours she gave to the LWML. I loved traveling with her. She was gifted with a heart for LWML and for all of God’s people. I treasure the time we spent together.”

Gladys L. Grovender, of Burnsville, Minnesota, was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Harold. Her family, including 4 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, will miss her deeply and prayers for the surviving members of her family are appreciated as they go through the difficult days ahead.

Her funeral and the celebration of her life will be held March 6, 2015, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 16725 Highview Avenue, Lakeville, Minnesota. For more information and condolences, visit www.whitefuneralhomes.com

eNews #152: Convention Central 2

LWML Convention Overview

Men and women of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) from across the nation may now register for the 36th Biennial Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention to be held June 25-28, 2015, at the Iowa Events Center, in Des Moines, Iowa. The theme for this convention, “Bountiful! Sow ž Nourish ž Reap,” is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV). Early discounted registration is available through March 14, 2015, with regular registration beginning March 15. Register early and save $20!

The worship proclaimer for Thursday’s opening worship will be Rev. Gregory Seltz, speaker of The Lutheran Hour® radio program. Rev. Keith Piotter, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bettendorf, Iowa, will serve as proclaimer for Sunday’s closing worship service.

Guest speakers include Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. James Lamb, Executive Director of National Lutherans For Life; Carly Hatcher, Executive Director of Mission Opportunities Short Term (MOST) Ministries; Rev. Jim Rivett, an LCMS Southern Illinois District Prison Ministry Coordinator; Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities; and Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mekonnen Mendedo, president of Concordia College, Selma, Alabama.

Gary Thies, Director of Mission Central, Mapleton, Iowa will speak at one of the eight special interest luncheons. Bible studies will be led by former LWML Pastoral Counselor Rev. Michael Mattil, from Denison, Texas.

Recommended changes to the Bylaws, election of officers, and other business of the LWML will be intermingled with mission speakers, song, and laughter. For a lively finale to a busy day, Humorous Interrupter Jan Struck, from Appleton, Wisconsin, and Convention Song Leader Dr. Dina Vendetti, from Dover, Delaware, will provide the Saturday evening entertainment.

More information is available in the Winter 2014 issue of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly, and available on our website.


Convention Offerings’ Recipients Chosen

Four offerings will be gathered during the LWML Convention giving all who attend an opportunity to respond to the blessings God has given to them. Anyone, whether or not they are able to attend, may contribute by sending their offerings with their delegate or mailing them to the LWML Office at P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, Missouri 63141-1993. The LWML Board of Directors has designated the offering recipients listed below:

  1. Mission Goal for the 2015-2017 Biennium.
  2. Discovering Disabilities – Including ALL of God’s Children Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM) Farmington Hills, Michigan.
    • Offering will provide educational events and supportive consultation to equip congregations and/or schools to reach out and include children/families with disabilities in their Christ-centered faith communities.
  3. Cabins for Christ’s Children at Lutheran Valley Retreat, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    • Offering will be used to purchase materials/beds for cabins burned in the 2002 Hayman fire.
  4. Family of God Mission – Detroit, Michigan – A mission plant of the Michigan District that serves the addicted, homeless, and poor of South-West Detroit, Michigan.
    • Offering will be used to replace the van that is 15 years old and near the end of its service life.

More information on these mission organizations will be available under Conventions on the LWML website soon.


Candidates for Convention Ballot Chosen

LWML Nominating Chairman Rae Ann Spitzenberger and committee members Sharon Goertzen, Jennifer Huecker, Leslie Jaseph, and Carli Zygowicz, along with LWML Senior Counselor Rev. John Heckmann met in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 17-19, 2014 to review applications and to prayerfully consider all nominees. They then selected the following candidates for the convention ballot for the 2015-2017 biennium:

Candidates for President:     

Shari Miller, Montana District
Patti Ross, Oklahoma District

Candidates for Vice President of Organizational Resources:

Debbie Larson, North Dakota District
Edie Norris, Washington-Alaska District

Candidates for Vice President of Special Focus Ministries:

Nikki Tyrrell, North Dakota District
Kaye Wolff, Michigan District

Candidates for Treasurer:

Melody Rosenwinkel, Utah-Idaho District
Marilyn Schroeder, Iowa West District

Candidates for Pastoral Counselor:

Rev. Robert Mundahl, Minnesota South District
Rev. Larry Troxel, Central Illinois District

Candidates for Nominating Committee:

Sally Aschinger, Missouri District
Margo Dupre, Texas District
Katy Gifford, Nebraska South District
Deaconess Betty Knapp, North Wisconsin District
Jan Mauer, Northern Illinois District
Deb Poese, Chesapeake District
Melissa Salomón, Pacific Southwest District
Ginger Starrett, New Jersey District

Photos and biographies are available in the upcoming Spring issue of the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly. Watch for this issue of the Quarterly online and in your mailboxes soon!


Other Convention Highlights

  • Convention Bags - Each participant will receive a convention bag at registration.
  • The “Bountiful! Harvest Times” News will be a daily news source.
  • A DVD of convention highlights is back! Participants may take this home to share their LWML Convention story.
  • Live-streaming is back! Everyone across the nation will be able to join in the celebration from their own churches or homes. Watch for more information on this in the coming months.
  • LWML will début a new Outreach Today’s Light Bible. Plan on purchasing this Bible to give away and reach out to someone who needs to know Jesus loves them.
  • It’s a “Bountiful Bash – a Party with a Purpose!” Friday night’s block party will be an event to remember!
  • “Camp Insta Friends” childcare is ready to welcome your children.
  • Banner Gallery – all district banners may be viewed on our website. Watch for more information on this in the coming months.
  • SONshine Bear will greet everyone as they visit the LWML Store.
  • Dina and Jan – Witty, Wacky, Entertaining! Jan Struck and Dr. Dina Vendetti will keep the crowd entertained on Saturday evening.
  • Get some fresh air at the third Biennial Tee Up 4 Mites Golf Outing on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8 a.m.
  • Special breakfasts, dinners, Friday noon gatherings, and Saturday luncheons inspire and inform.
  • Mission in Motion/Mission Pledge Walk will be Friday, June 26, 2015, from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Half and Full Day Tours will be offered before and after the convention.

Find more information on all these activities online or in the Winter Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly.


33 Mission Grants on Ballot

The Grant Evaluation and Selection Committee was held January 12-14, 2015. It was their responsibility and privilege to prayerfully consider and select mission grant proposals to place on the ballot for the LWML 36th Biennial Convention. 33 grants were chosen for the ballot. The LWML Convention will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, June 25-28, 2015, and the grants selected will be for the 2015-2017 biennium.

LWML personnel attending the meeting were LWML President Kay Kreklau, Vice President of Gospel Outreach Shelley Moeller (meeting chairman), and LWML Mission Grants Committee chairman and members Sharon Roegge, Henrietta Gordon, Sally Handrick, Jackie Morris, and Sherrie Rumpeltes. LCMS representatives who attended part of the meeting were Barbara Below, Assistant to the LCMS President, and Rev. Bart Day, Interim Chief Mission Officer and Executive Director of the Office of National Mission. The LWML Convention will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, June 25-28, 2015, and the grants selected will be for the 2015-2017 biennium.

More information on these missions will be available under Conventions on the LWML website by March 1, 2015.


Servant Connections and Gifts from the Heart

Women, men, and children 14 years and over are encouraged to join “Servant Connections” on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at the LWML Convention in Des Moines, Iowa. Each participant will receive a special button as a memento of your experience.

On-site Servant Activities planned include Braille Books of the Bible, Communication Station Cards of Encouragement, Fleece Blankets, Package Meals for Kids Against Hunger, Making Lap Robes, Prison Ministry of Marking Bibles, Plastic Bag Mats, Pillow Case Dresses, Quilts, and Gospel Bracelets.

Registrants will choose a first and second preference on the Registration Form-Part 2. There is a $5 fee to participate. (If anyone is participating only in the Servant Connections on Thursday and not registering for the entire convention, there is a $10 participation fee.)

Gifts from the Heart (material items given to Christian mission service organizations) will again be gathered as participants join together in Des Moines. Gifts will be gathered for donation to Luther Care Services, Orphan Grain Train, and Lutherans for Life. Participants are encouraged to bring Crayola regular markers, Tempera paint, school paint brushes, crayons, colored pencils, glue or glue sticks, pony beads and laces, and school and hygiene kits. Also participants may purchase or hand make quilts, hot neck wraps, shawls, undershirts, decorative pillows, and scarves.

Find more detailed information in the Winter Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly or online.

eNews #151: LWML Board of Directors Meet...

LWML Board of Directors Meet, Plan, Praise God!

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/29583/Singing_Praises.JPGLutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) President Kay Kreklau welcomed LWML District Presidents, Committee Chairmen, Executive Committee members and, other servant-leaders of Lutheran Women in Mission to St. Louis, Missouri, January 30, 2015. LWML District Presidents arrived on Thursday, January 29, for training and informational meetings. They were treated to a surprise presentation on mission opportunities by Director of Church Relations-Assistant to the President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, and Regional Director of Latin American LCMS Missions, Rev. Ted Krey. Both men thanked the LWML for their contributions and encouraged all women to continue in Christ’s mission.

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/29587/Cheers.JPGThe LWML Board of Directors continued their meetings through Sunday, February 1, 2015, conducting the business of the organization, and enjoying Bible study and fellowship. LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison dropped in to the meeting to thank President Kreklau and the group for their servant-leadership.

Dressed in purple from head to toe, Junior Counselor Rev. Dr. Robert Roegner led cheers as the offerings to the large Mite Box rose throughout the weekend to over $2,196. Board members brought Gifts from the Heart (material items given to Christian mission service organizations) to donate to Little Bit of Haven, a converted parsonage close to hospitals where families can stay while loved ones are receiving care. Little Bit of Haven is a project of the Acts 1:8 Mission Society. Four large boxes of crayons, crafts, pillows, LWML bears, toys and games, plus $325 in cash and gift cards were collected and given to this home away from home.

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/29581/Harrison.JPGPresident Kay shared a PowerPoint highlighting her recent trips to the Philippines and the Czech Republic. “What an opportunity to see what God can accomplish through our mission grants. With a grant of $85,000 from the 1959-1961 biennium and assistance from our partner church in the Philippines, the land was purchased and the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Training Center in Baguio City was built. Students continue to share Jesus!”

During the closing worship service an offering for mites was received, and this added an additional $913 to gifts given in response to our Lord’s blessings.


More Mission Grants Funded

Supporters of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) praise God for His faithfulness. By His grace, the following Mission Grants for the 2013-2015 biennium have been funded. Learn more about each grant on our website.

Third installment given to Lutheran Children’s Books for Southeast Asia totaling $40,000. This grant will allow the Lutheran Heritage Foundation to print and distribute approximately 9,000 copies of Luther’s Small Catechism and 6,000 copies of A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories into the languages of Southeast Asia. An additional $13,000 is still needed to complete this grant.

Third gift of $25,000 for Rebuilding Nord Est Haiti Lutheran School. This grant will help to rebuild the Lutheran primary school in Haiti, meet current earthquake standards, and serve the physical and spiritual needs of Haitian children. An additional $25,000 is still needed to complete this grant.

This grant for Christian Educational Support for Children - India will help to reach 20,000 elementary-aged children in India with the Gospel message through Christian educational resources, provided by Concordia Gospel Outreach. With a gift of $85,000, this grant is PAID IN FULL!

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/22924/mite_box.jpgYou may help fund the remaining mission grants of this biennium and meet our national mission goal of $1.83 million. By God’s grace, your mite offerings*, along with the contributions of other LWML supporters, help meet this mission goal. In addition, each district has their own mission grant goal.  You may also donate to the LWML through your local society and a portion of this donation is sent to national to support national mission grants. You may donate online at www.lwml.org and checks or money orders may be designated as missions and mailed to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993.

*What are mite offerings? Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1-4), mites are monetary gifts placed in the Mite Box, sacrificially given by supporters of the LWML. These gifts are offerings above and beyond the support given to our congregations and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. You may read more about this and order your own Mite Box at www.cph.org.


New Offices for LWML

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/29588/LWML_Staff.JPGAn open house was held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the new Lutheran Women’s’ Missionary League (LWML) Offices, 3558 S Jefferson, St. Louis, Missouri. Before entering the new offices, the LWML Executive Committee and the Office Staff took time for a Rite of Blessing.

Director of Finance and Administration Kelley Young, Office Manager Corby Petty, along with staff members Eva Koeller, Karen Andersen, and Carol Iannelli welcomed the LWML Executive Committee and led a tour of the new facilities (just down the hall from the previous offices.) Many visitors enjoyed the afternoon, including personnel from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Office of International Missions, LCMS Foundation, Concordia Publishing House (CPH), and Lutheran Hour Ministries.

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/29589/EC_New_Board_Room.JPGWith the recent improvements in the LWML Store’s ordering and shipping process, LWML no longer required the large space of the former office. In November 2014, LWML collaborated with CPH, and the publishing company now stores, processes the sale, and ships all LWML products and resources. “We are excited to move into more efficient facilities and operate with more effectiveness,” President Kay explained.

The LWML is an auxiliary of the LCMS and strives to continue the time-honored practice of mission, Bible study, service, and fellowship. Improvements in the LWML Office and Store allow Lutheran Women in Mission to focus on serving the Lord with gladness through missions.


Joyful Response Enrollment Available Online

Joyful Response®, a recurring gifting program available through the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) service, provides supporters of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) with an electronic, automated method to make their mission contributions to national LWML.

For the first time, members and supporters may enroll online! This program, first offered to the Executive Committee of the LWML in October of 2014, was tested and found to be a reliable, efficient method of giving. As of January 5, 2014, the secure enrollment form has been available on the LWML website under the “Giving Plans” tab.

As you respond to God’s grace with your offerings, you help fund the remaining mission grants of this biennium and meet our national goal of $1.83 million. Each district also has their own mission grant goal.

In addition to giving directly to national mites, you may donate to the LWML through your local society and a portion of this donation is sent to national to support national mission grants. You may also make one-time donations online at www.lwml.org under the “Donate Now” tab, or checks or money orders may be designated as “missions” and mailed to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993.


Focus Bible Study, because The Time is NOW!


Focus Lost … Focus Restored is a free, downloadable Bible study written by LWML Senior Counselor Rev. John Heckmann. This resource, available on the LWML website, can be used by all districts in promoting The Time is NOW. The Time is NOW initiative encourages all Lutheran Women in Mission to re-focus on the basics of LWML: Word, Missions, Service, and Fellowship. Consider also using this resource for personal and/or group spiritual growth. This Bible study deals with 14 biblical personalities and examples of times when they lost their focus and times when their focus was restored by God. A Leader’s Guide is available. Let God restore your focus today!


LWML Convention Early Registration Open!

Men and women of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) from across the nation may now register for the 36th Biennial Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention to be held June 25-28, 2015, at the Iowa Events Center, in Des Moines, Iowa. Early discounted registration is now available online or by filling out the registration form in the Winter Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly. Register by March 14 and save $20!

The theme, “Bountiful! Sow ž Nourish ž Reap,” is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV). Watch for a Convention Central eNews full of information this week!


eNews #150: LCMS Highlights the Mission of LWML...

LCMS Highlights the Mission of LWML in January 2015

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). In January, the LCMS is highlighting its role in the international mission field, and the LWML is pleased to be part of this emphasis. For almost 75 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions.

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, the LCMS is encouraging all member churches to emphasize the missions and ministries of the LWML. The LWML will also be emphasized on the LCMS website and other media sources on January 25:

  • https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/26237/Lutheran_Children_s_Books_for_Southeast_Asia-Cambodian_Sunday_school_class.jpgAll churches will be sent access to a special bulletin insert and an article highlighting the resources available through the LWML.

  • A special prayer will be available on the LCMS website.

  • The LWML will be referenced on all social media, including the LCMS Facebook page and its Twitter account.

  • LWML will be highlighted on the LCMS scrolling graphic on the home page of their website.

  • All churches will be encouraged to receive a special offering to support the 2013-2015 LWML mission grant goal of $1.83 million.

Andy Bates, host of the KFUO morning program, will interview LWML President Kay Kreklau on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 7:30-8:00 a.m. She will share her insights on the LWML’s mission emphasis.

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) offers ideal resources for anyone wishing to share the Gospel of Jesus. Hundreds of downloadable Bible studies, devotions, skits, and program helps are found at www.lwml.org. Products and resources may also be ordered from the LWML Store. Just click on the shopping cart link.

The most important resource of the LWML is the women who serve with joy and want to share Jesus with you!

President Kreklau once concluded a speech with these words, “Just like the many courageous women who founded the LWML, we must look beyond the traditional, looking to Jesus as our example. Jesus’ focus was His mission, and that is where our focus should be as well! We look forward to the future with joyful anticipation of how far we will go and what we will accomplish with the Lord’s guidance always before us. We are the women of the LWML, Serving the Lord with Gladness!”

Resources from the LCMS for highlighting the mission of LWML are also available here:


More Mission Grants Funded

In thankful response for all God has given to His children, and as a result of faithful prayer and mite* giving, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is pleased to announce more Mission Grants for the 2013-2015 biennium have been funded:

An installment of $10,000 for Support of Lutheran Public Radio. This grant helps assure that the radio and Internet show, “Issues, Etc.,” can continue to proclaim the Gospel and provide a better understanding of contemporary social issues in a Christian context. An additional $15,000 remains to be given to complete this grant.

The Native American Outreach Training Center in Fairbanks, Alaska has received final grant funding of $45,000. This grant will provide support to Lutheran Indian Ministries for the development of an Alaskan Mission Training Center, which will provide training for volunteers and Natives to reach out with the Gospel message to communities throughout Alaska. Paid in full!

Partial payment of $20,000 for Worship for Shut-ins. This grant will help to fund the production, marketing, and distribution of the weekly “Worship for Shut-ins” DVD program, produced by Lutheran Ministries Media. An additional $20,000 remains to be paid to complete this grant.

You may help fund the remaining mission grants of this biennium and meet our national mission goal of $1.83 million. By God’s grace, your mite offerings, along with the contributions of other LWML supporters, help meet this mission goal. In addition, each district has their own mission grant goal.  You may also donate to the LWML through your local society and a portion of this donation is sent to national to support national mission grants. You may donate online at www.lwml.org and checks or money orders may be designated as missions and mailed to Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, P.O. Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993.

*What are mites? Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1-4), mites are monetary gifts placed in the Mite Box, sacrificially given by supporters of the LWML. These gifts are offerings above and beyond the support given to our congregations and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. You may read more about this and order your own Mite Box at www.lwml.org.


LWML President Kreklau Witnesses to the Philippines …

And They Witness to Her!

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/26258/Philippines_Seminary_Housing_Built_by_LWML.JPGhttps://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/26257/Philippines_Deaconess_Students_w_Kay_2.JPGOn Saturday, November 15, 2014, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) President Kay Kreklau landed in Manila, in the Philippines, on the Island of Luzon. President Kay and Deaconess Grace Rao, director of deaconess ministries for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), then traveled north to the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Training Center in Baguio City. With an LWML Mission Grant of $80,000 from the 1959-1961 biennium and assistance from our partner church in the Philippines, the land was purchased and the seminary was built. While Deaconess Grace spent time teaching President Kay visited with seminary students. Kay shared, “There are 18 students right now in this five year program (seminary - 8 first year, 3 second year, 1 at vicarage, 5 seniors; deaconess program – 1). The students have a two year vicarage, split in two terms. One term is in a rural congregation and one is in an urban congregation.” She spent time with one of the senior students who is 22. He stated he has wanted to be a pastor all his life and he wants to serve in the rural areas. The cost of this seminary education is 10,000 Pesos (approximately $230) per year plus 2,000 Pesos (approximately $45) per month for accommodations.

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/26256/Philippines_Deaconess_Students.JPGAlmost exactly one year before President Kreklau landed in Manila, Typhoon Haiyan hit and devastated the Philippines. Since that time The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has sent about $1 million to help the Philippines recover from the tremendous impact of the typhoon.  President Kay was able to attend disaster training led by Director of LCMS Disaster Response Rev. Ross Johnson.

Less than a week after her return to the States, President Kay issued a prayer request as Typhoon Hagupit bore down on the Philippines. She was in communication with one deaconess student named Irene, who is 17 and from Leyte. Irene shared that people were scared and running, store shelves were empty and that she was losing power and did not know when she would be able to communicate again. On Monday, December 8, another communication shared relief and thankfulness to God. Irene wrote of the goodness of God and the gratefulness for all the prayers from her brothers and sisters in Christ across the ocean.

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/26259/LCMS_Disaster_Event_Philippines.JPG“It’s hard to explain,” President Kay said, “Those of us who have so many material possessions may consider the students of the seminary and deaconess students in the Philippines to be in want, but they have an incredible faith and trust in the Lord. Their riches abound!”

President Kreklau will speak more about this trip during an interview with Andy Bates, host of the KFUO morning program, on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 7:30-8:00 a.m. Tune in to http://www.kfuoam.org and click on the “On Air” icon to listen live! Share the excitement of missions witnessed firsthand!


LWML President Kreklau Visits the Czech Republic

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/26255/Prague_Group.JPGOn Sunday, December 14, 2014, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) President Kay Kreklau joined a group from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Prague, Czech Republic for a conference with the Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (SECAC). “In 2010, the LCMS and the SECAC, who are not in altar and pulpit fellowship, signed a working agreement describing how the two churches will work in the area of human care and in the realm of theological education and conferences.”1 The group of LCMS leaders included Deaconess Grace Rao, director of deaconess ministries for the LCMS, Deaconess Dorothy Krans, director of RSOs, Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, director of church relations and assistant to LCMS President Matthew Harrison, Rev. Peter Lange, 1st vice-president of the Kansas District and pastor at St. John's in Topeka, Kansas, Rev. Tony Booker, regional director of Eurasia, and Rev. James Krikava, missionary and associate regional director of Eurasia.

https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/pictures/26254/Kay_at_conf_Prague.JPGAlong with their involvement in the conference, the group enjoyed visiting numerous sites including the Jesus Church, a Lutheran church located in Cieszyn, Poland. It is one of the largest Protestant churches in Poland.

President Kay values the collaboration with the Office of International Mission and the LWML looks forward to continuing its support of LCMS missionaries and the Lord’s work.

President Kreklau will speak more about this trip during an interview with Andy Bates, host of the KFUO morning program, on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 7:30-8:00 a.m. Tune in to http://www.kfuoam.org and click on the “On Air” icon to listen live!

For additional information and comment on this trip, go to the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog at http://wmltblog.org/

 

1(Quote from December 19, 2014, post: Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog entitled “Visit to the Silesian Lutherans (Bohemia)” by Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of LCMS Church Relations/Regional Operations – read more at http://wmltblog.org/category/alcollver/.)


2015 LWML Prayer Service

"God-Given Hats"

This 2015 Prayer Service, authored by Rev. Kris Whitby, is designed to give worshipers the opportunity to lift up before our Lord their confessions, their supplications and petitions, and their praises as such prayers relate to the various God-given hats we wear. Our Lord graciously has called us to various stations in life. They are the “hats we wear” in His world. We are His children, baptized into Jesus’ death and resurrection. We daily die to sin and rise as new creatures in Christ. Our Lord blesses us to take this amazing identity as His forgiven children into the vocations to which He has called us. We are members of our families, workers in the workplace, citizens, and members of our communities. Beyond our vocations, by His grace, we are members of His Church, and members of the local gathering of the body of believers, the congregation. To Christ be the glory!

The theme Scripture passage for this service is 1 Timothy 2:1-4: First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Pastor Kris Whitby has a long-standing connection to the LWML. He served as pastoral counselor in the Florida-Georgia and Northern Illinois districts before becoming the LWML Pastoral Counselor, 2009-2013. He also met his wonderful wife, Marguerita, at an LWML retreat. Pastor Kris authored a Bible study, “At Table with Jesus,” that is available from LWML, and he is a contributor to Mustard Seed Devotions. Pastor Kris currently serves as Senior Pastor at Saint Paul Lutheran Church and School, Mount Prospect, Illinois, and is the North Region Vice President of the LCMS Northern Illinois District.

The Prayer Service is designed to be used at any time, by large or small groups. It is an abbreviated worship service, and for the first time it is available in PowerPoint formats for congregations who use video projection, as well as a printable booklet format in two sizes. Download everything you need for this service at www.lwml.org.