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Purses and Verses

Purses and Verses: A Reflection of Jesus’ Love in Action

On Saturday, November 17, 2018 the LWML ladies at Peace in Christ, Walkersville, Maryland, planned a Purses and Verses Brunch.  Each woman was asked to bring a “gently” used purse.  Notions and goodies like Chapstick, tissues, deodorant, gum and other personal items, were donated by members in the congregation.  An appropriate Bible verse and New Testament Bible were placed in each purse. The purses were then stuffed by those in attendance and given to Faith House for distribution to women who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances.

Faith House, located in Frederick, Maryland, provides a loving Christ centered place for homeless women and children.  Each woman embarks on her own personal 90-day journey to discover her purpose and to find healing and hope.  In follow up, we learned that our purses have been joyfully received and have filled a need that had gone unnoticed. Faith House was a recipient of a $5,000 Mission Grant provided by the LWML Chesapeake District.

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go
(Joshua 1:9).

Submitted by Michelle Baugham
LWML Chesapeake District VP Communications
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Quilts: A Reflection of Jesus’ Love in Action

Pacific Southwest District Sage and Sand Zone 20 Fall Celebration

Go home and tell them how much the Lord has done for you
and how he has had mercy on you (Mark 5:19).

Some of the highlights of the Sage and Sand Zone Fall Celebration this year were collections of quilts for Lutheran World Relief as well as clothing items for Orphan Grain Train. The “Prayers for Squares” quilting group at Grace Lutheran Church in Lancaster, California started in 2007. The number of quilts completed has skyrocketed to 340! Anyone may request a quilt for a sick friend or family member. What a special blessing to those who are suffering.

As if the quilts for the sick and ailing aren’t enough, this group also makes quilts for Lutheran World Relief. This year alone, the number of quilts totaled 106. They also make dresses and shorts for Orphan Grain Train – to the tune of 240 dresses and 256 pairs of shorts!

An ingathering was held for a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Donations consisted of pillows, pillow cases, baby blankets, children’s books, toys, and games.

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Submitted by Dorothy Bromaghim
Pacific Southwest District

Service Projects with Thrivent Action Team Grants

West Tennessee Zone Rally Service Projects

Faith Lutheran Church in Collierville, Tennessee hosted the Mid-South District West Tennessee Zone fall rally on Saturday, October 20, 2018. After our business meeting and opening devotion, we focused on our service projects. Using Thrivent Action Team grants, we bought and collected materials for four service projects:

  1. Fleece blankets for Lutheran World Relief.
     
  2. 150 school supply kit backpacks for the Lutheran World Relief Care-A-Van.
     
  3. Soup in a jar, with ingredients to make homemade soup. These jars were sent home with each congregation to be given to shut-ins, new moms or other homebound people.
     
  4. Scripture tag booklets for inspiration and encouragement.

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