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Devotions on the Go …

Devotions on the Go …

Have you ever found yourself running here and there in an attempt to make the most of your day, only to realize that you hadn’t taken the time for a quiet moment with God? We’ve all had those days. Our days are especially busy during the holiday season.

LWML’s Mustard Seed Devotions provide the perfect opportunity for times like these. It’s Scripture at our fingertips. Although not meant to take the place of your personal time with God, these unique devotions are quick and easy. Mustard Seeds have been developed on various topics, are wallet size, and are available electronically from your mobile device on the new LWML app! In an emergency, they can be carried with you for the times you find yourself running short on time, or simply waiting in traffic. It’s the perfect picker upper to help refocus your day.

The Christmas Mustard Seeds are perfect to fit inside your Christmas cards!

The LWML store offers many other devotional resources. Some are designed for more personal spiritual growth, others for group study, all of which aid in making His Word a priority in our life.  

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Let’s Celebrate!

Let’s Celebrate!

It’s a celebratory time of the year! Advent season is filled with special events. Some are religious, some are traditional and some are purely social. They all lead us toward the grand celebration of the birth of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, on Christmas. It is a time to celebrate and to be thankful.

As Lutheran Women in Mission we celebrate and give thanks.

nullToday — Let’s celebrate the generous response to LWML’s Giving Tuesday! God blessed us with generous givers who raised $13,270 for the mission and ministry of our 19 mission grant recipients for 2015–2017! He also inspired an anonymous donor to offer a matching grant of $10,000 bringing the total amount to $23,270. We celebrate and we give thanks to God for people who continue to pass along their blessings to those in need.

Yesterday — We are preparing to celebrate our 75th Anniversary of LWML in 2017. We celebrate the blessings God has bestowed on the LWML these many years. We celebrate the ministries that have benefited from 75 years of mission support. We thank God for His faithfulness and abundance of blessings that we have received and share with others.

Tomorrow — We celebrate the work we have ahead because we are confident God is still guiding us, loving us, and sustaining us. To fund the remaining mission grants we must raise another $400,000 by March 31, 2017. Can we actually celebrate this? Yes! We give thanks for the honor bestowed on us that our God — Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier — has empowered us to do His will. How awesome is that?

Let’s prepare to celebrate the greatest gift ever this Christmas and be thankful we are called to tell others about that greatest of all gifts — Jesus Christ. We are Lutheran Women in Mission — Serving the Lord with Gladness!

Celebrating with you,
President Patti

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Giving Tuesday is coming!

Give a Little, Give a Lot

Giving Tuesday is coming!
What is it?
When is it?

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

Even if you support LWML through regular mite offerings, you can still participate in this Day of Giving in these ways:

  1. Pray for our mission grant recipients.
  2. Watch for and share LWML’s social media posts on Tuesday, November 29.
  3. Encourage friends, who may not know as much about LWML, to support our outreach and mission grants with their donations.
  4. On Giving Tuesday, check in often on social media to see updates on our gift totals and watch if we meet our matching grant challenge.
  5. Visit our webpage to learn more about Giving Tuesday

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

nullAs we head into this week of celebrating the holiday of Thanksgiving, be encouraged in overflowing love for our Lord at all times.

Thank God, not only for obvious blessings, but also for life’s unexpected situations. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live (Psalm 146:1–2 NIV).

The popular saying, “An Attitude of Gratitude” emphasizes thanking God, even in the midst of adversity. Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV).

During this holiday season of giving thanks and sharing joy, check out the Mustard Seeds Devotions in the LWML Store for ways to spread that joy with those around you, especially Living in Joy Item #: LWML40202 On sale now for $1.75.

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Serving the Lord at all times, and all ages.

nullGirls from Faith Lutheran Church in Collierville, TN., met for Bible study once a week this summer at a local Whole Foods Market to discuss the book of Proverbs. Ages 14–19.

Serving the Lord at all times, and all ages.
With Gladness and family.

Our youth and young women are our present and our future. Faith sharing, fellowship, and fun are a part of the convention experience. Please plan to make the LWML Convention in Albuquerque NM., June 22–25, 2017, a family affair.

nullThese mother daughter teams support and encourage each other as they serve the Lord together with gladness.
nullFour generations of mentoring.
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Skilled, Experienced, and Privileged to Serve

Veterans: Skilled, Experienced, and Privileged to Serve

November 11th is Veteran’s Day and we are privileged to honor all those who have served in the United States military. These women and men have sacrificed for our freedom, trained for our protection, and served for our peace of mind. We thank God for each of them.

In the LWML, a veteran is a woman who has served the Lord in many ways and can mentor others by sharing her passion for serving God, her love of sharing Christ’s message with the nations, and her compassion for His people. Are you an LWML veteran? Will you share your experiences and passions with other women? Volunteer to lead a Bible study, chair a servant event for your church, or take a new friend to coffee and tell her about the vision and mission of the LWML. God has gifted you with talents and experiences. Share them with others today!

Contact me with any questions or comments at depor@lwml.org and together we will serve and share Jesus!

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It's Still All About Jesus

It's Still All About Jesus

nullA trip to Germany. It was never on my radar but when the opportunity arose I stepped out of my comfort zone and packed my bags. Visiting the sites of Martin Luther’s life was incredible. The stories told to me over the years came to life. Real places, real people, real courage.

Anniversaries abound in the next twelve months. Lutheran Hour Ministries is celebrating 100 years of God’s blessings. LWML will celebrate 75 years in about eight months.  Next year at this time we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting 95 theses to the door of a Wittenburg Church. Each a reason to celebrate but what we really celebrate is that “It’s Still All About Jesus”.

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Our forefathers stood firm and kept the focus on God’s Word. Jesus is the reason for our celebrations. It’s a great opening for conversations in our communities. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16.

Check out www.lwml.org/75 for ways to celebrate and share.

May all who come behind us find us faithful.

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