Week of September 25 - Finding Your Center
The ideal world-class ballet dancer will always appear graceful and balanced. The key to this appearance is centering. Early in their training, they learn to find their center — the position in which they can rest in total balance. Once they find their center, they are ready for anything. All ballet movements begin from here.
This remarkable phenomenon applies to our lives as Christians as well. Finding Christ as our center and keeping Him as our central focus is an intentional, learned behavior powered by the Holy Spirit. The Christ-centered position of a believer allows them to rest as other pressures fall into balance. Living with Jesus as our center prepares us for anything. All that we do, think, or say begins from our centeredness in Him.
Feeling off balance? Ask Jesus to be your center.
For 'In him we live and move and have our being'. Acts 17:28a
LWML Vice President of Communication
Week of September 18 - Mighty Mites
A postcard was sent to the voting body of the Peoria Convention this past week. The postcard is a thank you to everyone for being at the convention, as well as a challenge and encouragement:
By God’s grace, Peoria delegates chose 19 new mission grants. During the next two years join in the challenge to:
Identify two grants that especially touch your heart.
Support them every day with your prayers and mites.
Challenge your friends to select two and do the same.
Place your Mite Box where everyone can see it - as a witness, too.
Tell Jesus' story when people ask about your Mite Box. They may even add a mite or two of their own!
Mite donations may be:
Sent through your society to your LWML district.
Mailed to LWML Office: PO Box 411993, St. Louis, MO 63141-1993.
Donated online - click on the "shop" tab, then on "donations."
God’s richest blessings as you continue to “Live on the Edge”; encouraging and witnessing to everyone you meet.
Week of September 11 - Cleansed from Every Sin
Laptops which students purchase for school in the fall are equipped with spell-checking programs. What a blessing to have this resource to correct typos! However, there are times when they fail to cleanse the document of all errors; for example, they usually do not accurately check the spelling of proper names or words in other languages. Spell-checking programs, while useful, are imperfect because they are invented by imperfect human beings.
In contrast, we as Christians have Jesus who washes away ALL of our “errors”; through His blood we are purged of each and every sin. We need not purchase this program, install it, or maintain it. It never crashes; it works without batteries. It is given to us through Christ as a free gift that works 100% of the time on sins of all kinds.
“… the blood of Jesus … cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7b).
LWML Vice President of Organizational Resources
Week of September 4 - Hurricane Irene Disaster Relief Update
LCMS World Relief and Human Care
The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) staff will be on the ground in New York beginning September 1, 2011. The Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, director of Disaster Response with LCMS World Relief and Human Care (WR-HC), plans to assist congregations with assessments and grant requests early next week in New York, Connecticut and other areas.
In response to an email early last week from LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, district presidents in impacted states have so far reported no LCMS-related deaths or substantial damage to congregations or schools. Merritt stressed, however, greater needs may surface as assessments continue.
As LCMS leaders continue to check with congregations in hard-hit communities, Merritt reiterated that early reports do not mean Irene caused no substantial damage in LCMS congregations and communities. “As the extent of the damage becomes clear, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod will support the outreach efforts of local congregations and districts across the stricken region,” Merritt stated.
Read more on the Mission Servants-Disaster Relief page.
Donation options include:
Mail checks (noting “Hurricane Irene Relief” in the memo line) to LCMS World Relief and Human Care, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
Call toll-free 888-930-4438.
For more information, visit the WR-HC page online at http://lcms.org.
To make an online donation, click the give now button on the site. To designate your gift, please include “Hurricane Irene” in the comments box of the giving form.
LWML Vice President of Gospel Outreach