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eNews Issue #244 — September 4, 2018


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LWML Celebration on Sunday (month, date)
Based upon Psalm 62:1–8, the theme chosen for LWML Sunday 2018 is “Our Rest in a Changing World.” LWML Sunday is celebrated annually in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) churches. Come celebrate LWML Sunday on (month, date) 2018. Let the LWML encourage you in reaching others with the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.


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Samples pictured to the right:
Banner size: 30" wide x 42" tall

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A brand-new Bible study, The Task-Filled Life, authored by Jan Brunette, will be available online beginning Saturday, October 6 or may be viewed as downloadable at Since this is the weekend of LWML Sunday for many churches, use the opportunity to encourage your sisters in Christ, at your church, to participate!

It will begin with the session, The Great I AM, on Saturday, then continue digging a little deeper with a short session each weekday following. The study will continue for six weeks in this manner.

Join by finding it online at LWML's Facebook page, or follow along at



nullDuring the month of September, the LWML Store has more than 40 items on sale while supplies last. Sale items can be seen on the LWML shop page under the “LWML Clearance” category. Go to and click on the gold SHOP button near the upper right corner of the header. All sales are final.



nullWe give thee but Thine own,
Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from Thee. LSB 781

From the first grant in 1943 — $15,000 to Christ Church for the Deaf in Cleveland — millions of dollars have been received to fund Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) Mission Grants.


What Are the Criteria for a Mission Grant Proposal?

nullThe LWML Mission Grants Selection Committee will note whether:

  • The grant will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • There is a governing unit, such as a partner church, LCMS district, or Recognized Service Organization to which the ministry project regularly reports.
  • The ministry has provided a financial statement as part of its mission grant proposal.
  • There is specific or continuing partnering for the project from other sources.
  • There is assurance that the project is able to sustain service to its constituency following completion of this grant.

Visit the LWML website at for more information about writing and submitting a 2019–2021 biennium mission grant proposal by the September 30, 2018 deadline.


nullLutheran Friends of the Deaf, a Recognized Service Organization of the LCMS hosted a camp for both deaf and hearing children ages 6– 12 years old on August 13–15 from 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. in Mill Neck, N.Y. Gospel Hands Bible Camp was held on the 86-acre campus of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. The curriculum, funded in part by grants from the LCMS and several Lutheran Women’s Missionary League districts, was based on a series of 12 written and American Sign Language (ASL) Bible stories for children, which were written by deaf Christians.



Sharing Jesus’ Love in Action to our Pastors and Church Workers, God’s Gifts to Us.


So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11–13).

Can you think of any other job where an employee must be on call 24x7x365, carry the emotional burdens of dozens of people, be held to a higher standard of behavior just because of the position, and still find time for a personal and family life? It’s no wonder we hear some depressing statistics around pastor burnout. Take a few moments to think about your pastor (or pastors) or other church workers you know. Do you think there might be something you and your LWML sisters might be able to do to lighten their loads and lift them up? The month of October is designated as Pastor Appreciation Month so now is the time to organize some activities to do just that!

Ways to Show Support to the pastors and church workers in your congregation:

  • Take some time to talk with your pastor one-on-one to tell him how much you appreciate him and ask what you and your LWML sisters can do to support him.
  • Review the LWML Toolkit for Pastor Support. This resource has several ideas for encouraging and uplifting your pastor.
  • Refer your pastor and other church workers to the LWML Church Workers in Mission page on the LWML web site.
  • Share this LWML Leader Development tip titled Staying Energized as a Leader.
  • Suggest that your congregational leaders review the tasks your pastor performs with the goal of identifying those tasks that could be performed by lay workers. In other words, if your pastor is regularly doing things that don’t require a seminary degree – maybe someone else should be doing them!

A Prayer as You Plan:

Dear Father in Heaven, please bring to our minds all those who serve us as pastors and teachers. Help us be mindful of their needs and to show support for them. Father help us also remember that we are partners in ministry with them and that we too are charged with bringing your Word to the lost and erring. Thank you God for placing these men and women in our lives. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

Additional new resources for September, available at include: I Love to Tell the Story and Paint the Planet Purple. The LWML Gospel Outreach Committee shares another I Love to Tell the Story entitled, “Donuts and Disorders” at I Love to Tell the Story is about sharing the good news of our Lord and Savior with others. The women of LWML are women of the Word, who hear Jesus’ command to “go …and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19a). The Holy Spirit empowers you to boldly proclaim the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. The Gospel Outreach Committee would like to hear about opportunities you were given to share God’s grace and mercy with someone else. Please send your stories about sharing the Gospel to

Paint the Planet Purple with Servanthood

The Committee is also calling for Paint the Planet Purple stories. The vision of the LWML is to recognize that each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God given gifts as she supports global mission and serves the Lord with gladness. When you use your gifts to serve God, “Jesus’ love in action,” you are spreading the word of Christ around the world. You are painting the planet purple! The Gospel Outreach Committee would like you to share with them- where, what, when, and how you have shared “Jesus’ love in action.”

They want to hear about and share your mission servant activities! Please contact them at To learn more about mission service activities, visit


2018 PRISON MINISTRY CONFERENCE, August 17–18, 2018, St. Louis, Mo.

Strategic Plan Facilitator Carol von Soosten, President Patti Ross, and Junior Pastoral Counselor Mitch Schuessler

Thank you for your Mite Box offerings which provided a grant this biennium (Mission Grant #20) to help sponsor this conference. The theme, “Captive Souls … Mercy for All” was conveyed throughout plenary sessions, devotions, workshops, and panel discussions.

In President Patti’s recent blog she stated, “To tell you that this was a worthwhile grant says way too little. These servants of the Lord actually risk their lives, face lawsuits, long hours, and long drives as they deliver the Word of Jesus that He forgives and loves. To listen to their experiences, you realize these people are special, called to an incredibly tough ministry and deserve our daily prayer support to protect them from earthly and spiritual attacks. I was incredibly humbled to meet many of them and see their dedication to the marginalized and despised children of God who are in our penal system. They depend on the strength and action of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. If you have a local or district prison ministry I urge you have them come and share about how they do their ministry and then find out what you can do to help them.”

Your support allowed these dedicated workers to come together to share experiences, learn from speakers, and share resources. Thank you!



2019 Convention logo. Save the Date: June 20-23, 2019, 38th biennial convention, Mobile, Alabama

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Lutheran Women in Mission — The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women's auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman's relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries, and to support global missions.

The LWML is the leading group for LCMS women where each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God-given gifts as she supports global missions and serves the Lord with gladness. 
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