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July 2020

Mission Service Activity of the Month

July 2020: Sending our Graduates Off with God’s Blessings and Love

Our senior high students have graduated. Some will move away, and some will commute from home as they work or continue their education. Research shows college-age students tend to discontinue church attendance and distance themselves from their faith family, worship, and prayer. They can use as much encouragement and love as we can give them. Many messages from the media and their peers can leave teens feeling hopeless, lonely, and inadequate. Here are some ways you can shower your seniors with God’s Word. The loving messages of His hope, love, acceptance, and forgiveness will support these young men and women.

God’s Hope and Love in Action

There are many ways you can approach this service project. You know the strengths of your LWML and you know your youth. Pray, and then decide which idea works best for your resources and abilities. These steps can help you plan:

  • Contact your church secretary, your pastor, or your youth group leader for help in identifying every graduating senior. Get all of their contact information. Try to find out their plans for the fall. Explain your service project plan.
  • Decide on the due date for completion, so support is in place as soon as possible.
  • Decide on a budget and method of funding. Remember you will need boxes as well as contents.
  • Gather a team and plan ways to share the tasks.
  • Teenagers primarily communicate electronically. Getting a card or note in the mail is an exciting novelty. You may want to set up pen pals for each graduate. These relationships could continue for years if appropriate.
  • Write and send a short note to each youth. Use an LWML card if you have one. The note could simply begin with “Hi Graduate. Congratulations! Know you are in my prayers as you plan your next steps.”
  • While the notes are being sent out, contact your pastor to see if a sending blessing during worship is appropriate
  • Consider giving gift boxes to each graduate, no matter what their plans.
  • Pray as the boxes are assembled. You might decorate the inside of the boxes! Decide how to deliver them. Giving the boxes to the youth before they leave will avoid postage costs.
  • Check back at least once a month with your pen pal. Ask for prayer needs.

Some theme suggestions follow, but make plans based on your graduates, their plans, and your resources. No matter what the theme, include in the box one or more of the following: a note of encouragement, a Mustard Seed Devotion, Portals of Prayer or Daily Bread, a small book for journaling, a box of colored pencils, or “go to” Bible verses (see list below).

Coffee Lover Care package
Instant coffee packets, coffee creamers, a reusable insulated mug, sugar packets, and a gift card to a favorite coffee shop. 

Under the Weather
Tissues, hand sanitizer, microwavable soup, cough drops, plastic trash bags, a pocket devotional.

Medical Kit 
Band-aids, gauze pads, sterile strips, forehead thermometer strips, antibiotic ointment, hand sanitizer, hot tea bags.

Cleaning Supplies Kit or Loads of Love 
Multi-purpose cleaner, stain remover, small bottle of laundry detergent, paper towels, anti-bacterial cleaning wipes.

Stress–Relieving Care Package
Slinky, playing cards or card games; silly putty or stress putty, small plant, stress ball or koosh ball.

Studious Care Package
Bookmarks, highlighters, pens and pencils (especially ones with fun designs), handheld pencil sharpener, sticky notes, USB drive, paper clips, gift card for educational apps.

Snack Break 
Microwavable popcorn; chip clips; small bags of chips and cookies; squeeze bottle of jelly with a box of crackers; paper towels; microwavable cakes in a mug; small containers of fruit, pudding, or applesauce; dried fruit; small boxes of cereal; candy. Be aware of possible food allergies.

Hot Chocolate and Tea Lovers
Mug, hot chocolate packages or tea bags, bag of mini marshmallows, chocolate covered spoons, small packets of sugar.

Listed below are suggested Bible verses for the graduates:

Isaiah 40:29-31
1 Peter 5:7-9
Ephesians 6:10-18 (especially 10-11)
Psalm 139:1-16 (especially 13-14)
Proverbs 1:8-10
Matthew 11:28-30
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 119:9
Psalm 119:105
Romans 15:13
Philippians 4:4-7
Philippians 4:8-9
Isaiah 41:10
Jeremiah 29:11
1 Timothy 4:12
Deuteronomy 31:6
1 Corinthians 10:13
Ephesians 4:29
Galatians 6:9

Additional Resources from the LWML website:

Text Messages from God 
YOUth in Mission Servant Event Ideas 

Gospel Focus

Be strong and courageous … it is the Lord your God, who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). 

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare

Heavenly Father, we bring our youth before You. Lord, give them wisdom, enabling them to always look to You in everything they do. You know their challenges. Help them Lord; give them Your peace and joy. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 


The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about, and share, your mission service activities! Please contact us through the LWML email depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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June 2020

Mission Service Activity of the Month

June 2020: Men of God

June is the month we celebrate fathers. Since not all men are fathers, let’s take time to celebrate men in their roles as leaders in the family of Christ. Plan a special event at church to thank men for what they do. Prepare and serve a meal and present a short program. If gathering together is not possible, plan ways to deliver gifts of love to the men.

Ideas for Activities that Show Appreciation for Men in the Congregation

  • Consider putting together goodies bags to drop off/deliver.
  • Include a devotion like “Building Materials,” “Follow the Leader,” “God Raises Me Up,” or “Our Father’s Care” from the LWML website, www.lwml.org/program-helps-devotions.
  • Other items might be home-baked treats, lip balm, handkerchiefs, playing cards, and other small items that fit the recipients.
  • Embroider a simple cross in the corner of men’s handkerchiefs to give as gifts to the men in your church and in your life. Include a reminder that Christ is our Savior.
  • Write and send cards of appreciation. Use the resource “Encouragement Notecards” or bookmarks from the “LWML Coloring Sets” on the LWML website, www.lwml.org/coloring-resources.
  • Visit men from your congregation in area care centers.
  • Schedule a week during which a meal is prepared and delivered to widowers in your congregation.

Gospel Focus

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ (2 Corinthian 2:14-17).

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare

Gracious Heavenly Father, You have placed men as leaders in our churches. Help us to appreciate what they do to lead in Your ways. Guide us to prepare ways to celebrate the gift of faithful men. Help us see them through Your loving eyes. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
 


The Gospel Outreach (GO) Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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Marking Bibles for Prison Ministry

Begin with prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that Your Holy Spirit direct and guide me as I mark these Bibles. May Your precious Word, found in these Bibles, provide comfort and hope to the people who receive them. In Your name we pray. Amen.

Use the PDF below for detailed instructions, and use the Word doc to print on address label stickers as needed.

Instructions for marking Bibles

Label sheet for marking Bibles (Word doc) Label sheets use smaller margins, so when you print this document you may be prompted by your computer to allow smaller margins or to feed the paper manually.

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May 2020: Sugar Scrub Recipe

Sugar Scrub Recipe from Martha Hartwig

1. In a large bowl, mix to combine: one (1) part coconut oil with three (3) parts sugar. Stir to combine.

2. Add a few drops of essential oils and combine. For each cup of sugar, try 20 drops peppermint oil and 10 drops lavender, or 15 drops orange oil and 15 drops peppermint oil.

3. Store in ½ pint jars or small storage containers with lids.

View the rest of the May Service Activity here.

May 2020: Bath Salts Recipe

Bath Salts Recipe  

1. In a large bowl, mix to combine six (6) parts coarse sea salt and three (3) parts Epsom salts (to soothe tired muscles and reduce inflammation); and one (1) part baking soda (to soften waters and alleviate skin irritation).

2. Add a few drops of essential oils and combine.

3. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring until you achieve the desired shade. If you intend to present the bath salts as gifts, be sure to store them in a stoppered and labeled container to keep out moisture.

View the rest of the May Service Activity here.

May 2020

Mission Service Activity of the Month

May 2020: Women Blessing Women

May is the month we celebrate mothers. Since not all women are mothers, let’s take time to celebrate all women in their own special role: sister, co-worker, aunt, niece, cousin, mentor, or friend. Originally, we hoped to help you plan a spa day/mini retreat day at your church to bless women. However, if you are unable to meet as a group, you might individually make items for a gift basket to deliver at a future time.

Ideas for Gift Basket Items

  • Bath salts for a relaxing bath or a foot soaking. Make bath salts in decorative jars. For one recipe click here.
  • Sugar hand scrub can be made and placed in decorative jars. For a recipe, click here.
  • Coloring pages can be included, for enjoyment and relaxation. Use the resource “Encouragement Notecards” or “Encouragement Bookmarks” from the LWML Coloring Sets on the LWML website lwml.org/coloring-resources. You might like to include a set of colored pencils.
  • The devotion “Important Connections” can be downloaded from the LWML website lwml.org/program-helps-devotions for recipients to read and share.

If you can meet together:

  • Use the resource sketch “What Gives a Woman Strength and Joy?” from the LWML website: lwml.org/program-helps-sketches.
  • Bring in a massage therapist or an electric massager for neck and shoulder massages.

Gospel Focus

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare for a Group Event

Heavenly Father, You created women to be relational and nurturing. We thank You for the biblical female examples You have given to us: the leaders, the team members, the caretakers, the helpers, the healers, and the homemakers. We ask for Your guidance as we plan and prepare our celebration-of-women event. We are Your humble servants. Amen.
 


The Gospel Outreach (GO) Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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April 2020

Mission Service Activity of the Month

April 2020: Activities as We Stay-at-Home

Write and send notes of encouragement to church members and your church staff. As Holy Week and Easter approach, you may want to use the coloring notecards at www.lwml.org/coloring-resources. This is also a good time to include some Mustard Seed Devotions in your correspondence if you have a stash at home! Postage can be purchased online at www.usps.com.

If you normally purchase an Easter lily for your church’s chancel, consider having one delivered to a friend or family member from a local store making deliveries.

Take time to call a neighbor, friend, or family member and share words of encouragement. This connection means so much especially for those who live on their own or have family members who are essential workers.

Check with local nursing homes to see if they can use handmade fabric masks for their staff to wear as a measure of protection for the residents they serve. While we realize that the fabric masks are not surgical/medical grade and cannot be used as Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for health care workers, perhaps there are people in care facilities who can use them. Here are two patterns: Fabric Masks with Elastic and Fabric Masks with Fabric Ties.

 


The Gospel Outreach (GO) Committee would love to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact us at depgo@lwml.org. Thank you!

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