It’s a Wrap!!
All 40 LWML district conventions are complete as of last weekend! From LWML Pacific Southwest to LWML New England, from LWML Washington-Alaska to LWML Florida-Georgia and 36 districts in between!
I hope those of you reading this were able to attend your convention. Our conventions are the governing bodies of our organization so the usual business sessions must be accomplished, but after that, it’s all mission inspiration, mission speakers, mission service, and lots of fun!
I was able to attend 10 of these conventions this year, starting in April and ending in September. In fact, my son, David, who is also my elder at church told me my name came across the elders’ list of non-attendance!
Every convention had mission speakers who engaged with the women attending either thanking them, inspiring them, or informing them, from comfort dog ministries to mission work in Kenya. Every convention had Bible study leaders to encourage women in their faith walk, from how the Word compels us to how the Word forgives and comforts us. Gifts from the Heart were collected to benefit hundreds of agencies and ministries with in-kind donations from domestic abuse shelters to cancer care kits. Pledge walks, pledge dancing and pledge prayers were held for mite offerings. Mission grants for district missions as well as national and international missions were pledged. The total amount of district grants pledged comes to almost $3 million!
However, once again, it is the renewing of old friendships and acquaintances, meeting new and different people, sharing happy and sometimes sad life events that makes a convention really great! Sharing the comfort, assurance, and joy that our redemption through our risen Christ gives us is what binds us together as sisters. It makes us Lutheran Women in Mission — together!
Congratulations to all 40 districts!
Serving with You!