Miss Leading Has Spring in Her Step
Spring brings new life and new beginnings. The earth itself comes back from winter’s dormancy in the season we call spring. Yay! This year, the first day of spring is also Palm Sunday. What an appropriate beginning to Holy Week, celebrating our new life in Christ’s resurrection from the dead! In His death and rising, we are assured of our own eternal life after death. On Palm Sunday we sing the ancient song “Hosanna in the Highest!” as we welcome new life to the earth and salvation for our souls.
Also, making her LWML debut this spring is Miss Leading! She has been introduced on the LWML website and through social media. Maybe you’ve met her already. A purple (to the core) LWML leader who may speak your language as she relates to leadership challenges and snafus. She’s all about engaging, encouraging, equipping and enjoying leaders in the LWML (and future leaders too.)
Ms L, as we endearingly call her, will be featured in each quarterly Follow the Leader (http://www.lwml.org/developing-leaders) newsletter. She’ll also pop up in other media so be on the lookout for her. She’s new this spring, fresh and ready to serve the Lord with gladness!
Posted on March 14, 2016 9:45 AM
Lutheran Women in Mission, what does this mean?
Lutheran Women in Mission, what does this mean? Sounds like a good Lutheran catechetical question to me. The answers are as diverse as the women in the LWML.
Our mission reaches far beyond all the busy tasks of being in an organization. Individually and collectively we offer ourselves to do the work of the Lord in our homes, congregations, communities, and worldwide. Our mite offerings help to supply the needs to mission grant recipients who then share the Gospel with others. Participation in many ministries is not only financial. It involves our prayerful support of their efforts to bring Christ to people worldwide. We are part of the team.
The LWML Mission Grants committee has provided on the website at lwml.org/mission-grants stories, devotions, prayers, bulletin information, and Facebook postings for the current 19 mission grants. We encourage you to use them as a way of getting to know your fellow teammates in the mission field. Connect directly with the recipients by going to their websites for more specific information about their ministry and possible ways to personally engage in their outreach.
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:11-12).
Posted on March 07, 2016 9:12 AM
It’s a Race!
I am not a runner. That’s why I can relate to the cartoon that reads “I don’t run. And if you do see me running, you’d better run too, because something is probably chasing me.” That is so true!
And yet, here I am, running a race. Hebrews 12:1 says in part “… and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us …”
So, it’s pretty obvious that I am going to need the right equipment and lots of encouragement! One great resource is the Mustard Seed set written by DCE Amanda Stacy, The Race of Faith. She compares a runner's activities with living the Christian faith. Even non-runners (like me!) find meaningful applications for life in Christ. Will you join me in this race?
You can sign up to receive daily Mustard Seed devotions via email. Click here.
Posted on February 29, 2016 9:18 AM
M&M's® in LWML
I’ve always liked M&M's® candies. It doesn’t matter what color, size, plain, mint, peanut, almond, peanut butter, or crunchy. I like them all! How about you?
Thinking about M&M's® got me thinking about the LWML and all the M&M's® incorporated within our framework. For example, there’s mission ministry, messages, mites, music, meetings, mentors, and magnificent relationships to name a few.
As you grab another handful of M&M's®, think about our LWML.
- Mission Ministry – Mites with a goal of $2,000,000.
- Meaningful meetings and motivational Bible studies chaired by our mentors.
- Messages sent through Media.
- Making Music - we sing unto the Lord. Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! (Psalm 95:1) for the many M&M's® we have in LWML.
So, let’s put on our purple and gold team uniforms, and with team spirit enjoy some M&M's®. Serve the Lord with gladness!
Posted on February 14, 2016 2:34 PM
Lutheran Friends of the Deaf Honors LWML
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League has been selected as the winner of 2016 Lutheran Friends of the Deaf John of Beverley Award.
This award is presented only when a nominee is deemed to have made a significant meritorious contribution to mission and ministry to the Deaf consistent with the ideals of the founders. The nomination committee has determined LWML has met their criteria. It is very rare that an organization is honored.
The Lutheran Friends of the Deaf was founded in 1947 by a small group of clergy and lay people who committed themselves to helping deaf individuals both physically and spiritually. Their Mill Neck Manor School on Long Island, New York, was dedicated September 23, 1951. In their first newsletter it was noted that LWML Atlantic District and LWML English District had adopted the school as a mission grant. A more recent grant from LWML was a grant for Bible Story Books in Sign Language and Written Text funded during the 2013-2015 biennium.
During a recent visit, President and CEO, Michael Killian, his wife, Susan, and Deaconess Tiffany Manor presented the letter announcing the award which will be formally presented in Milwaukee following the LCMS Convention. They brought samples of these amazing books made possible by your mite offerings and other financial gifts.
Lutheran Friends of the Deaf recognizes opportunity to share the Gospel with the deaf who are 92% unchurched. They are active domestically and internationally. The school in Mill Neck has expanded its ministry and education opportunities to include children affected by autism and other special needs such as Down’s Syndrome. Services and outreach have expanded to include adult job placement, mobile audiology units, “hearing ear” dogs and assisting our returning veterans with service-related hearing problems.
Lutheran Women in Mission continue to engage in ministry, and to encourage and equip God’s people through their support of missions. LWML women are invited to visit the school when they are in the area. Please take a moment to “enjoy” this award and praise God for His Goodness!
For more information on Lutheran Friends of the Deaf and Millneck School, visit their website at www.millneck.org.
Posted on February 08, 2016 9:35 AM
Stop, Look, Listen
When Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, he took Peter, James, and John with him. While Jesus was praying, the three disciples saw his face begin to shine brightly, his clothes turn dazzling white, and Moses and Elijah talking with him.
Then Peter jumped in, ready with an action plan. He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Matthew 17:5).
How about you? Are you ever so busy with your own activities and plans that you miss hearing Jesus’ voice?
As you head into February and are engaged making plans or registering for LWML District Conventions, encourage each other to stop and listen for God’s words, guiding focus back to Him. He will equip you for joyful service.
For more prompts on listening to the Lord’s voice, consider Hear My Voice, O Lord Devotions on the Psalms
Posted on January 31, 2016 3:37 PM