eNews Issue #276 — December 11, 2019
LWML Thanks God for You!
Thank you for supporting missions which, by the grace of God, will share Jesus’ love at home and around the world! Thanks to everyone who participated in LWML’s 2019 Giving Tuesday challenge. Because of you, approximately $37,719.78 was given for mission work on that one day!
This means that LWML, through your generous gifts, met the matching amount of $20,000 made possible by two generous donors. That brought the total donations to $57,719.78 given to support the 2019-2021 LWML Mission Goal. To God be the Glory!
LWML Website Survey
Please help LWML improve the official LWML website by taking a quick survey. There are only two days left to participate in this survey about website usage and help us serve you better. The survey is disappearing after December 13. Go to the survey here. Thank you.
From Advent to Christmas, from New Year's Day to Epiphany, there are devotional resources and service ideas for you and your LWML group on the LWML website. You can choose from multi-session Bible studies, short Bible studies, devotions, litanies, responsive readings, short programs, sketches, and crafts. Choose one that is perfect for your group here.
December Program Helps
Is your LWML group having a Christmas luncheon or party? If you need ideas, we have resources for you — devotions, Bible studies, and even a service project. Click here to see our December resources.
Christmas Open House at the LWML Office
The LWML staff hosted an open house at the LWML Office on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. They were honored to have special guests, Seminary President Dr. Dale A. Meyer, and his grandson, Luke Pittman, attend, along with a great group of students. Rev. Gregory Seltz, Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty also stopped by to show his appreciation for LWML.
Concordia Seminary students enjoyed cookies and fellowship at the LWML Office.
Dr. Dale A. Meyer and Luke Pittman
First Mission Grant of the Biennium Paid in Full
On December 5, 2019, LWML Nebraska South District President Katy Gifford and LWML Past President Linda Reiser delivered a $50,000 check for 2019-2021 LWML Mission Grant #14 Hope and Healing Hub of Downtown Lincoln. The funds were received by Rev. Rich Boring, LCMS Nebraska District Assistant to the President in Outreach and New Ministries, LCMS Nebraska District President Rev. Richard Snow, and Paul Pettit, treasurer for the Nebraska district.
This grant will be used to expand the ministries of the University Lutheran Chapel (ULC) to reach students with the Good News of Jesus Christ. ULC, will provide Christian counseling services in a comfortable, easily accessible space to international students, and young adults in the downtown community. Please pray that the students and community members who use this Hope and Healing Hub might be drawn into a relationship with Jesus.
Another Mission Grant Paid in Full as Gracious Givers Share Blessings
On December 7, 2019, LWML Pacific Southwest District President Bonnie Karch presented a $100,000 check to Jay Zemke, CEO and President of Lutheran Braille Workers (LBW). Jay’s mother was a district president and always encouraged him to put his loose change in the Mite Box. He thanked LWML supporters who contribute to LBW, making it possible to reach out with the Good News of salvation. With this grant, LBW will be able to purchase a PUMA plate embossing device capable of creating the necessary number of zinc plates to meet production needs and continue to provide the Word in different languages.
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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