eNews Issue #268 — August 21, 2019

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Approved Changes for Vice President of Christian Life Position

Jennifer Huecker was elected as the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Vice President of Christian Life at the 2017 Albuquerque Convention. Jennifer has decided to step down for health reasons, and the LWML thanks God for her service and trusts that she will continue to serve the Lord with gladness in all she does. Susan Brunkow, Manhattan, Kansas, has been approved by the LWML Board of Directors and will serve as Vice President of Christian Life until the 2021 LWML Convention in Lexington, Kentucky. Susan served as Oklahoma District President prior to moving to Kansas. President Debbie Larson states, “We thank God for all of the servant leaders wherever they serve in the LWML and will continue to share Jesus’ message with the world.”

Board of Directors Meet in St. Louis

During the August 13-17, 2019, Board of Directors (BOD) meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, the Board traveled to the LWML Office on the Concordia Seminary St. Louis campus. This was the first time for new board members to see the offices and the campus and meet the staff.

BOD visits LWML Office. From left to right: Rev. Mitchel Schuessler, Susan Donnelly, Michelle Jenks, Marie Chow, Dcs. Betty Knapp, President Debbie Larson, Susan Brunkow, Ginger Starrett, Char Kroemer, Angelina Jauregui, Rev. Brian Noack, and below: Karla Koehler and Arlene Naasz.

During this meeting, the LWML BOD took time to give thanks to our Lord for the services of Nancy Graf Peters, Atlantic District, as the Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly Editor-in-Chief since 2005 and Marguerite Christman, Oklahoma District, as the Convention Manager since 2009. These women have faithfully served and will continue to be a gift from God to the LWML as they serve in other capacities.

The BOD approved the appointments of Shelley Moeller, Central Illinois District, as the new Convention Manager, and Sheila Lutz, Central Illinois District, as the new Editor-in-Chief of the LWQ. Other appointments approved were Parliamentarian Barbara Volk, Carolinas District; Dropbox Coordinator Nancy Bogenhagen, South Dakota District; Resource Editor Carolyn Blum, South Wisconsin District; Assistant to the Convention Manager Maureen Consiglio, Atlantic District; Archivist/Historian Caroline Honeycutt, Oklahoma District; and Rev. Kenton Wendorf, South Wisconsin District, as LWQ Doctrinal Reviewer.

The LWML BOD selected departmental committees for the 2019-2021 biennium. Over 50 women have committed to serve the Lord with gladness. These women have accepted assignments and will meet together October 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, for training and planning. The women serving as committee leaders and members are:


Christian Life Committee
Chairman – Mary Marten, Rocky Mountain District
Members – Rebecca Bessell, Eastern District; JoNette Brogaard, Minnesota North District

Christian Resources Editors Committee
Chairman – Terri Bentley, Utah-Idaho District
Members – Linda Koeller, Missouri District; Ruth Badciong, Minnesota South District


Mission Grants Committee
Chairman – Leslie Colligan, New England District
Members – Carmen Nagel, Oregon District; Beth Nagy, Rocky Mountain District; Sharon von Qualen, Iowa West District; Beth Weber, Rocky Mountain District

Gospel Outreach Committee
Chairman – Martha Hartwig, Iowa East District
Members – Christine Maconachy, Chesapeake District; Karen Morrison, Kansas District; Alicia Starrett, New Jersey District


Growth & Development Committee
Chairman – Joy Anderson, Minnesota South District
Members – Brenda Piester, Kansas District; Lisa Asmus, South Dakota District

Leadership Development Committee
Chairman – Lois Teinert, Texas District
Members – Marie McNary, Iowa East District; Sherrie Smith, Northern Illinois District

Structure Committee
Chairman – Mary Smith, Utah-Idaho District
Members – LaDonna Stanosheck, Nebraska North District; Marilyn Kuehnast, Iowa West District


Heart to Heart Sisters Committee
Chairman – Karol Selle, North Wisconsin District
Members – Falabia Edward, Michigan District; Lynnette Campbell, California-Nevada-Hawaii District, Linda Larson, Utah-Idaho District

Committee on Young Women
Chairman – Anne Hartman, North Wisconsin District
Members – Molly Loder, Minnesota South District; Kristen Brunkow O’Shea, Kansas District; Morgan Shiller, Pacific Southwest District

Church Workers in Mission Committee
Chairman – Christie Steffens, Missouri District
Members – Molly Dixon, Nebraska South District; DCE Kristina Parker, Utah-Idaho District


Information Technology Committee
Chairman – Kathy Pavelock, Eastern District
Member ­ Elizabeth Gehle, Iowa East District; second member TBA

Official Publication Staff
Editor-in-Chief, Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly – Sheila Lutz, Central Illinois District
Bible Study Editor – Sharon Rapp, Mid-South District
Christian Living Editor – Eden Keefe, Kansas District
Features Editor – Becky Wehrspann, Iowa East District
Graphics Editor – Amy Gill, Pacific Southwest District
Missions Editor – Cheri Fish, Michigan District
News Editor – Shari Miller, Montana District

The BOD voted to contract graphic design services with two graphic artists. They are Nichelle Dykema, Utah-Idaho District; and Cheryl Rackov, North Dakota District


Public Relations Committee
Members – Product Developer Bev England, Oklahoma District; Lisa Wilson, Iowa West District

Thanks be to God for all those willing to serve with gladness!


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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