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M&Ms

I’ve always liked M&M 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&Ms got me thinking about the LWML and all the M&Ms 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&Ms, think about our LWML.

  • Mission Ministry – Mission Grants with a goal of $2,075,000.
  • 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&Ms we have in LWML. 

So, let’s put on our purple and gold team uniforms, and with team spirit enjoy some M&Ms as we join in convention in Mobile, June 20-23, 2019, “In Praise to the LORD!” For information about convention details, click here.

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LWML-Let's Go!

Do you understand God’s command to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded of you” (Matthew 28:19)? Jesus gives this command and provides us the tools to make disciples: Baptism and His teachings.

The LWML—Lutheran Women in Mission—is engaged in that command. That is why our mission is to enable women to use their God-given gifts in ministry to the world. We are equipped to witness about Jesus ourselves and to assist with missions and our missionaries so that they can baptize and make disciples in locations where we can’t go.

Every two years we adopt at the LWML national convention a mission goal. Two years ago at our 75th Anniversary Albuquerque convention we pledged $2,075,000 towards carrying out that command of Jesus. As of March 31, 2019 those two years are up! We still have grants that have not been funded. Grants that would carry out this command of Jesus.

Please pray for generous offerings over the next two months so that all our grants to our ministries around the world will be fully funded. Immerse yourself in Scripture. See how God’s work is accomplished through His Word. Ask God to assist you in carrying out your part of His great commission—your part of spreading His teachings. Then, do what you can to contribute the resources needed to aid our grant recipients to do the same.

A quote attributed to Saint Augustine says, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”

See which grants are depending on us for funding and the current mission offering balance at http://www.lwml.org/mission-grants.

Patti Ross

Lunch with My Friends

One of the choices for the Friday Noon Info Gatherings at the 2019 LWML Convention in Mobile, Alabama is: Lunch with My Friends (Item S. on the convention registration form). To link to that form, click www.lwml.org/2019-convention. Even if you do not sign up to attend this specific choice of the Friday Noon Info Gatherings, since we are all sisters and brothers in Christ, we will be having lunch with friends at noon on June 21.

The Scripture readings which we heard in Church this week included:

  • Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).
  • For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and all were made to drink of one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).
  • “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18–19).
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.

I invite you dear sisters and brothers, in one Spirit, to please join me in Mobile, Alabama as we rejoice in the 2019 LWML Convention goal, “Led by God’s power, praise and proclaim the Lord among all the nations.” 

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Mobile Convention activity for youth

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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 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.

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Is Christmas Over?

I heard someone remark in the grocery store line, “Well, Christmas is over.” I have put away my decorations but the celebration of Christmas is not over for me. For Christians, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ — a little baby born in a stable destined to save His people from their sins. I observe Jesus’ birth because He brings me the hope of everlasting life and that hope becomes a daily celebration throughout the year.

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Just as I observe the birth of my loved ones, I observe the birth of my Savior. And just as I grow daily in my relationships with my loved ones, by the power of the Holy Spirit I grow in my relationship with Jesus. I am blessed to make my Lord and Savior a part of my day through Bible study, prayer, and fellowship with other believers.

I invite you to let the wonder of that first Christmas fill each of your days. On this website you will find many Bible studies, devotions, and other resources to help you and your family and friends celebrate Christmas all year long!

In His service, filled with His joy,

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Epiphany: The Manifestation of Christ

Epiphany is a huge celebration in Spanish-speaking countries. The center of the celebration around each home is the infant Jesus in the manger. On January 6th a small gold crown is placed on His head and a regal gown adorns el Niño Dios (the Christ Child). The figures of the wise men have reached Bethlehem, completing the nativity scene. The family then exchange gifts and a Rosca De Los Reyes Magos  (Pastry of the wise men) is served with hot chocolate.

nullIn the book of Matthew, it says that the Magi traveled to Bethlehem led by the star to the house where Mary and Joseph resided with Jesus.  And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11).

The wise men came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh after learning of Jesus’ birth and came to worship him. Epiphany is a special time to remember that Jesus was born to save all people of every nation!

As we begin a new year let us remember our promise to bear our gifts to support missions around the world. A world in dire need of a Savior!

The LWML website is rich with activities for a year's worth of mission service activities, laid out in one document for ease of use. www.lwml.org/posts/mission-servants-activities/2019-calendar

… wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:1-2).

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Welcome to Epiphany … Jan 6, 2019

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5).

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).

The above passages point to the light commemorating the manifestation of God to the world through our Savior, Jesus Christ. That’s Epiphany.

nullA couple other informational pieces about Epiphany:

  • Epiphany is celebrated on January 6, marking the end of the Christmas season. Christmas begins on December 25, the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and ends on Epiphany, giving us 12 days of Christmas.
  • Other names for Epiphany Day are Three Kings Day, Twelfth Day, Theophany, and Little Christmas.

How do you celebrate Epiphany? Looking for resources? LWML has some. Go to lwml.org and check out the following resources found under The Word tab in Winter Resources:

Devotions:
"Season of Light" — Epiphany
Simeon’s Song — Epiphany

Or how about scheduling a special gathering and using the following sketch to help encourage others to shine Jesus’ light.
Sketch: Our Gospel Light — Epiphany

May God bless you as you shine your light so others can see and may your Epiphany be blessed. To God be the glory!

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