eNews Issue #258 — March 19, 2019


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(As of February 28, 2019)

progress thermometer

Mission Goal for 2017–2019 Biennium:
(Fiscal period is April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019)


Amount Received:
(Thanks be to our Lord)


Total Mites Still Needed:
(To fully fund all 22 mission grants)

$ 156,821.17

Fill the thermometer to the top with overflowing generosity! Fill your Mite Boxes and/or donate your gifts online at today!


Please note — Friday, March 29 is the deadline for all mite offerings to be received in the LWML Office! The end of our biennium, March 31, falls on a Sunday this year so please make adjustments in your schedule for contributing to the Mission Grants for 2017–2019.


2017–2019 MISSION GRANT #22 – Reallocated January 2019 [#22 a-d] LeadaChild #22a - $30,000

LeadaChild is a Lutheran Mission Agency, dedicated to sharing the Good News of Jesus’ love to children through Christian education in countries where many children are unable to attend school. Pastors and missionaries serving around the world send education project requests to LeadaChild, where their team of educators, pastors, and lay-people review each request. They provide aid to educational ministries that align with their goal of sharing the love of Jesus with children. Educational scholarships for students, teacher training, curriculum resources, and promotional materials are provided at no cost to these ministries.

nullReallocated mission grant #22a will help support teacher training “hubs” in their schools already established in Liberia and other West African/Asian countries. LWML Kansas District President Brenda Piester recently acknowledged her privilege of presenting a $30,000 check to the Executive Director of LeadaChild Dr. Philip Frusti at the organization’s office in Olathe, Kansas. Dr. Frusti said that the timing of the grant presentation was perfect in that they would be traveling to Africa in the next couple of months to really work on getting the teaching hubs established. Brenda said that Dr. Frusti thank her and the LWML more than once, and he expressed how grateful LeadaChild was for receiving this mission grant.

To learn more about all 22 mission grants, click here:



2019 Convention logo: Purple world with gold cross and red heart stretching out around the world centered on the cross, with the inner point of the heart starting in the convention site of Mobile, Alabama.

Pre-Convention Seminars Offered in Mobile:

Pre-convention seminars will be offered on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama, for anyone willing to take this information back and share it with their district, zone, and local LWML groups. Reservations are required and should be made by an LWML District President. Deadline for sign-up on all seminars is May 25.

The seminars are:

  1. Treasurer/Financial Secretary
  2. Structure/Parliamentary Procedure
  3. Mission Grants
  4. How to Write a Bible Study
  5. Leadership Development: Become a Leader You Would Follow!
  6. Webmaster/Social Media
  7. Gifts of Love

This is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge of the resources available, ask questions, and interact with those from other districts who hold the same position or interest. A synopsis of each seminar is available here. All seminars will run from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The cost of each seminar is $20 and includes lunch and all materials. Districts will be invoiced after the convention for their district’s registrants. For more information and to register, contact your LWML District President now!

Youth Activity Offered in Mobile:

Come one, Come all! Mobile has something for YOUth!

Why wait? If you are ready to serve, we are ready to equip and engage you in participation in the LWML. All young ladies ages 12-17 (give or take a few years) are invited to participate in the Thursday Gifts from the Heart collection, a meet and greet, and a Friday evening activity sponsored by the LWML Committee on Young Women. Be sure to enroll in Camp Insta Friends High School Program for your daytime activity on Friday and Saturday. See page ‘O’ in the LWQ for the registration form, or click here to get the form from the YOUth in mission webpage. Spread the word. We will contact you after we get your registration.

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts (Psalm 145:4). This convention is ideal for multigenerational participation and fellowship. Let’s serve the Lord with gladness together.

nullYouth with youthful Vice President of Special Focus Ministries Kaye Dumas Wolff

Bible Studies Offered in Mobile:

Begin in the Word with morning Bible studies from 6:45 – 7:45 a.m. on Friday & Saturday, June 21 & 22; led by accomplished LCMS men and women.

Continue in God’s Word with convention Bible study led by acclaimed speaker and author Donna Pyle.

To register and to read about all the joyful events offered in Mobile at the 2019 LWML Convention, visit



Recently, Rev. Stanley Palmer of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Kinsley, KS, and Zion Lutheran Church, Offerle, KS, sent the following article submitted by Debra Lancaster: 

She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy (Proverbs 31:13, 20).

The Ladies Aid at Zion Lutheran - Offerle was established October 19, 1921. Zion Ladies Aid has been involved with quilt making for nearly 100 years. On the third Thursday of each month, ladies from Zion, along with a few other ladies in the community, gather at the church to make quilts. Two of the ladies (Wilma Lancaster and Marilyn Kersting) remember attending quilting days at Zion with their mothers. Various sizes of quilts are constructed, including baby, youth, and full size. Most the fabric is donated by church members and the community. The finished quilts are distributed to Lutheran World Relief, Orphan Grain Train, and Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch. Typically, 50 -70 quilts are completed annually.

Pictured in photo (L-R): Wilma Lancaster, Sidney Hicks, Nancy Hattrup, Diana Wetzel, Laquita Kenke, Marilyn Kersting, Patsy Fredlake, and Linda Stegman.


nullDedicated! Lutheran Women Grounded in the Word; Growing in God’s Mission is the latest volume of LWML history; previous books were published in 1967, 1991, and 2005. Written to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the LWML, Dedicated! summarizes the early years of LWML, but the main focus of the book begins in 2005 with detailed information on the terms of LWML Past Presidents Linda Reiser, Janice Wendorf, Kay Kreklau, and current President Patti Ross. Dedicated! author, Carolyn Blum states, “When asked by President Patti Ross to author the next LWML history book, I was humbled to be following in the footsteps of one of my LWML mentors, Marlys Taege Moberg, who wrote the last two volumes: WINGS and Women in League With the Lord.”

Dedicated! will be available soon to purchase in the online LWML Store at and click on the “Shop” tab. It will also be sold in the LWML Store at the June 20 – 23, 2019 LWML Convention in Mobile, Alabama, where LWML Past Presidents and the author will be available to sign your copy.

Consider purchasing an additional book for your LWML group or your church library; it would also be a great gift idea for your secret sister or your pastor.


Lutheran Women in Mission — The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women's auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, 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.

The LWML is the leading group for LCMS women where each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God-given gifts as she supports global missions and serves the Lord with gladness. 
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