Week of July 31 - Sturdy and Growing
Jenga® is a game where a tower of blocks is built on a sturdy base, with players taking turns pulling out individual blocks and stacking them on top. It’s easy at first, but eventually gaps in the tower’s construction cause it to topple.
Our LWML Jenga® tower is built on God’s rock-solid, sturdy-based directive “… you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8). Lutheran Women in Mission offer prayers and mites for missions, are enriched through Bible study and fellowship, and witness Jesus’ love to all who will listen.
Do you see gaps in the LWML’s organizational tower? Unlike Jenga®, LWML encourages women to fill the holes created when terms of service are completed. Could you fill one of the gaps? Offer to use your gifts and talents in service to the Lord through the LWML! Live on the edge; plunge in and help keep the LWML Jenga® tower sturdy and growing!
LWML Vice President of Organizational Resources
Week of July 24 - Perfectly Reliable
In the world of media, there is always a buzz about “reliable sources” for just about every subject. With so much contradiction, sometimes it is hard to know what is true. It is reassuring to know there is one perfectly reliable source for the truth – God’s unchanging and infallible Word. In a world that is often confusing, there is peace in the certainty provided in the Bible.
It is also encouraging to know that resources and materials published by the LWML have gone through LCMS Doctrinal Review before being published. Information on one such resource was recently mailed to each LCMS congregation — the 2011 LWML Sunday information packet.
Dr. Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of the Lutheran Hour® is the author of this year’s LWML Sunday materials, based on the theme Being with Jesus — Living on the Edge. The information packet includes samples of materials and order information designed to assist with the celebration of LWML Sunday.
Click here to download an order form and other LWML Sunday Resources, or contact the LWML Office 1-800-252-LWML (5965).
LWML Public Relations Director
Week of July 17- Convention Reflections from President Kay Kreklau
They realized that they had been with Jesus ... 'For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.' (Acts 4:13b and 20 NKJV)
The 34th biennial LWML convention delegates have completed their tasks. They elected new officers, a new mission goal, new mission grants, made bylaws changes, and conducted business setting before us goals and objectives that will take the LWML into the future. Communication is the key as we move forward. Delegates, share your convention experience with the units in your zone. Seek them out. Keep them informed and updated with mission grants progress, mission reports, and news from our missionaries. You are the vital link to keeping the information flowing.
The LWML 2011-2013 mission goal is $1,825,000. Our members and extended church family will fill their Mite Boxes with coins, checks, and bills. This money will fund 19 LWML Mission Grants chosen by the voting body at the Peoria Convention. This website will keep you updated on the progress of monies received and grants paid on the Mission Grants page. Monthly Mission Grants Resources (prayer guide and story, devotions) are available to assist you in keeping the mission grants in your prayer support.
The mission grant recipients are trusting the LWML to fulfill their promise of support. With God’s help let’s arrive in Pittsburgh in 2013 having fulfilled our mission promises!
Week of July 10 - Gifts from the Heart
The Mission Servants Committee (formerly known as the Human Care Committee) reported that over 30,000 items were collected from attendees at the LWML Peoria Convention. These "Gifts from the Heart" were donated to three local agencies in the Peoria area, as well as to Orphan Grain Train.
The list includes:
Bath Sets: 2,382
Underwear for men, women and children: 2,975
Children's Arch Books and Picture Bibles: 13,205
Health Kits for men, women and children: 5,587
Miscellaneous items: 3,875 (including such things as a walker, crutches, and bandages)
Orphan Grain Train loaded all of the quilts on their semi truck, as well as the excess of other items collected.
"One of the greatest gifts was seeing the joyful reactions of the workers from the various ministries when they came on Saturday morning to pick up their items," reported committee members. "They all had to get bigger vehicles!"
Lutheran Women in Mission all across the nation respond to God’s love by making it a practice to share similar gifts in their own communities. Women of the LWML make known God's love by caring for the needs of others.
Vice President of Gospel Outreach
Week of July 3 - Heart to Heart
During the past two years the Heart to Heart Sisters Task Force has been part of the Gospel Outreach Department. The purpose of the task force has been to connect with ethnic women of our church and assure their participation in the LWML as a way of reaching out to others with the Gospel. At the Peoria convention, 16 District LWML leaders were trained to extend this program to women in areas across the country.
Here are some comments from these Heart to Heart sisters:
"I was truly amazed by the scope of this program and the deep fellowship and friendship that happens. I was moved by the love in the women who love the Lord's work (in the LWML) and the passion with which they do what they do."
"The Heart to Heart development of the District Leader program is exciting news for the LWML."
For more information, go to Heart to Heart Sisters on the LWML homepage. Also view videos of them in action at the Peoria convention.
Vice President of Gospel Outreach