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Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:4-5). Fruit characterizes the life of the Christian steward. It is interesting to note that, in this passage above, Jesus did not say, “You should bear fruit.” He stated that when we abide in Him, it follows naturally that we will bear fruit.

God has plans for our lives and wants to use us. When we abide in Christ, we will be fruitful. We will discover and follow His plan, and we will use the gifts He has given us to serve the people of the world. The Time is NOW to use those God-given gifts in the LWML!

Rev. Dr. Robert Roegner
Junior Counselor

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The LWML mission statement is that LWML is to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.

As you plan your LWML events this coming year, look for opportunities to invite women in your congregation to help you out with your LWML events! It doesn’t hurt to ask. All they can say is “no.” If they say “yes,” then this would be a great way for them to know more about LWML. You may need a musician to play a song that you want to sing. You may be like me – not an arts-and-crafts person – and ask someone to make a thank-you card for your guest speaker. You may need someone to run your PowerPoint presentation while you are speaking. The Time is NOW to get more women involved and allow them to enrich your life and the lives of others.

Marie Chow
LWML Meeting Manager

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Serve and Be Served

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I have just returned from another funeral and I caught myself saying once again to the family, “If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.” As well-intentioned as these words are, the offer will probably never be taken.

We find it very hard to allow others to serve us. Our stubbornness says, “I can handle it on my own.”  May I suggest that you model this by making an effort to allow others to serve you when you are in need as you also look for creative ways that you can serve others.

Perhaps find something you can do for others and do it. In the example regarding the funeral, polish the children’s shoes; mow the grass before family arrives; clean the house; don’t take more food, but instead take them the disposable plates, cups, and utensils needed to enjoy the food others give.  Share the comfort and joy that we have through faith in Christ Jesus.

The Time is NOW to look for opportunities like this in which to serve.

Pastor John Heckman
Senior Counselor

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