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What's Your Age?

What's Your Age?

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What’s your age?  Perhaps this question is one most of us would rather not answer. However, it’s said that eventually all of us will reach a time in our life when we stop trying to cover up our age, and start bragging about it.

Guess what, the LWML soon turns 75 years young. We don’t need to think about wanting to turn back the clock. We can just start bragging about all the blessings God has provided through its 75 year existence.   

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Let’s brag about all the blessings of fellowship with members with whom we’ve shared Bible studies and devotions. Women who kept the dream alive of being dedicated to the mission arm of our Lutheran Church─Missouri Synod by small boxes filled with coins and help support mission work locally and around the world.  We can brag how God has mightily blessed that Mite Box and the foundation of the LWML.  Let’s keep bragging!

Happy 75th Birthday LWML.

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It’s a Wrap!!

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!

nullWearing pearls in support of Women of the Pearl, an LWML Mission Grant, at the LWML Michigan District Convention. Read more about this grant here.

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!
Patti

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Give a Little, Give a Lot

Give a Little, Give a Lot

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Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and following the shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday on November 29 kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Why talk about Giving Tuesday when we are just closing out the month of September? This is the perfect time to raise awareness of LWML and our mission grant support. Let’s build on the success of last year’s campaign on Facebook and Twitter and encourage new people to learn about LWML and make an online donation.

Even if you prefer to support LWML through regular mite offerings, you can still participate in this Day of Giving with your prayer support and by sharing posts and emails with friends that day.

What you can do:

  1. Publicize the event ahead of time, especially to teens and young women who use social media.
  2. Start the excitement for learning more about LWML and our mission grants during LWML Sunday at your church.
  3. Share posts on Tuesday, November 29.
  4. Encourage friends, who may not know as much about LWML, to support our outreach and mission grants with their donation.

Visit our webpage to learn more about Giving Tuesday.

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One Body in Christ

One Body in Christ

For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body — whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 1 Corinthians 12:13-14 (NIV)

nullIt’s amazing to witness how God continues to bless and prosper the LWML. Through the work of many faithful brothers and sisters in Christ the love and gospel of our Savior continues to reach people around the world in wonderful ways according to His plan. The LWML understands God’s calling to grow and strengthen the body of Christ by embracing and being inclusive of all people. The Heart to Heart Sisters Program is a great initiative to cultivate that inclusive spirit in the LWML so that each and every one of us are able to share with others the unique gifts that God has given us. We pray that every person who attends the Convention in Albuquerque, June 22–25, 2017 experiences the life and work of the LWML, encouraged by the Holy Spirit, and equipped to participate as one body in Christ. 

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YOUR feedback is so important!

YOUR feedback is so important!

If you are reading this you have a love for Christ, want to study His Word, and reach out to others with Jesus’ message of salvation. You are mission minded! As a vice president of the LWML I am privileged to serve with women and men who are passionate about Christ and His mission. The members of the Leader Development and HOPE Committees are constantly evaluating the resources available for you so that you can be better equipped to share Jesus with the world. Your comments and suggestions about our website, social media posts, and resources help us to help you!

Have you used a resource that inspired you? Have you looked for help in an area where there doesn’t seem to be a resource? Do you reach out in your community in a unique way you’d like to share with us? As you browse our website do any questions come to mind? We enjoy and value your feedback! Contact me with any questions or comments at depor@lwml.org and together we will serve and share Jesus!

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Take Time to Reflect

Take Time to Reflect

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Taking a break from normal routine can set you back onto a straighter path. Sometimes it takes a vacation to the beach or to a quiet, peaceful place in the mountains. God knows we need to rest. He shows us the example of rest. After six days of creating the world, He rested.

Daily we need to take time to reflect on God’s Word too. If you don’t have a regular daily time with God consider starting today. There are multiple resources on the LWML website. A very special resource is a flip calendar called God’s Grace for Growth. Besides a daily Bible verse to contemplate there are daily prayer starters. You can purchase it through the LWML website at www.lwml.org/shoplwml/2015/6/gods-grace-for-growth-lwml22352.

Remember, there is no better place to be regenerated than in God’s Word.

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,” Colossians 1:11

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"Please" and "Thank You"

"Please" and "Thank You"

When children learn to talk, two phrases are often among the first: “Please” and “Thank you.”

In mission work we often ask you to please support mission work. However, you don’t always have the opportunity to hear “Thank you” from those who benefit from your donations, service, and prayers.

We are blessed to receive and share some of these words of appreciation. www.lwml.org/thanks  Please view and share them with those in your congregation and society! Here you will find videos from Phil’s Friends for the Cancer Care Packages, the check presentation for Disaster Response Trailers, from MOST Ministries for the Clean Water and Evangelism Ministry grant, and the reallocation of a mission grant for LCMS Disaster Response in Latin America. Articles and videos are updated regularly.

Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 4:13-15).

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