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Paint the Planet Purple – What does this mean?

Paint the Planet Purple with Servanthood

The official colors of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League are purple and gold. Purple, symbolizes royalty, and gold symbolizes value and integrity. The vision of the LWML is to recognize that each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God given gifts as she supports global mission and serves the Lord with gladness.

When you use your gifts to serve God, “Jesus’ love in action,” you are spreading the word of Christ around the world. You are painting the planet purple!

We would like you to share with us where, what, when, and how you have shared “Jesus’ love in action.” The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us through the LWML email at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you.

“Souper” Bowl of Caring

“Souper” Bowl of Caring — A Reflection of Jesus’ Love in Action

nullWhen the Esther Guild of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was planning our projects for 2019 the idea was to choose more projects that involved our “hands to work for Him and our feet to go on His errands.” We used the LWML website to come up with some of our ideas. We particularly liked “A Year’s Worth of Caring” which was the January 2018 activity in the Mission Service Activity Archives. (Note: There is also an updated 2019 “year’s worth” in the archives.)

The January project was the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” Esther Guild invited our entire church to participate. An old kettle was set in the narthex with a sign explaining what it was for. The project was promoted in the church newsletter and bulletin. In all, Esther Guild collected 70 cans of soup and 12 boxes of 4-pack crackers. The donations were taken to our local food pantry, Neighbor to Neighbor, to help feed and warm the hearts of people in need during these cold winter days.

Of course, making monetary donations to worthwhile causes is always helpful. However, it seems the projects that are more hands-on give us a better connection to the people we are trying to reach and help. Esther Guild certainly enjoys these types of projects and we are putting more of them on our project list this year. The “Souper Bowl of Caring” was a good way to start the year sharing our blessings with others.

Submitted by
Erin Foster
Trinity Lutheran Church Esther Guild
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Mid-South District

Quilts for Orphans

Quilts for Orphans — A Reflection of Jesus’ Love in Actionnull

Epiphany Lutheran Church in Chandler, AZ

On January 18, 2019, Jean Weber, Kathy Baumhofer, and Judie Christensen, members of Epiphany Quilters, at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Chandler, AZ, drove to Grace Lutheran Church in El Centro, CA, to deliver 27 twin and lap quilts to Rev. Doug Griebenaw. Those quilts were then delivered to an orphanage in Mexicali, Mexico.  Photos depict Judie Christensen presenting the quilts to Pastor Griebenaw and the orphans receiving their quilts at the orphanage.

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Submitted by
Kathy Baumhofer
Estrella Zone 29 LWML President
Pacific Southwest District

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