eNews Issue #310 — October 29, 2020

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Slate of Candidates Announced

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) 2019-2021 Nominating Committee announces the slate of candidates for elections to be held at the LWML Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, June 24–27, 2021. 

The nominating committee, elected at the LWML 2019 Convention, asked all LWML members to submit names for consideration for the offices listed below. After much prayer and consideration, the following slate is being presented for 2021: 

Pastoral Counselor

  • Rev. Gary Piepkorn — Portales, NM (Rocky Mountain District)
  • Rev. R. Allan Reed — Brownton, MN (Minnesota South District)

Vice President of Christian Life

  • Susan Brunkow — Manhattan, KS (Kansas District)
  • Crystal Miller — LaVista, NE (Nebraska North District)

Vice President of Communication

  • Kathy Pavelock — Blossvale, NY (Eastern District)
  • Mary Smith — Goldendale, WA (Utah-Idaho District)

Vice President of Gospel Outreach

  • Leslie Colligan — Dedham, MA (New England District)
  • Karen Morrison — Wichita, KS (Kansas District)

Recording Secretary

  • Carrie Brumbaugh — Lyman, WY (Wyoming District)
  • Brenda Piester — Pratt, KS (Kansas District)

Nominating Committee

  • Lisa Asmus — Sioux Falls, SD (South Dakota District)
  • Anita Granger — Lake Charles, LA (Louisiana-Mississippi District)
  • Janis McDaniels — Greensboro, NC (Carolinas District)
  • Diane Reimold — Cordova, TN (Mid-South District)
  • Melissa Salomon — Chula Vista, CA (Pacific Southwest District)
  • LaDonna Stanosheck — Osmond, NE (Nebraska North District)
  • Christie Steffens — Perryville, MO (Missouri District)
  • Lois Teinert — Round Rock, TX (Texas District)
  • Kaye Wolff — Southfield, MI (Michigan District)

Thank you to the women and men serving on the 2019–2021 Nominating Committee. They are Sylvia Bean, Carrie Brumbaugh, Mary Harrington, Crystal Miller, and Brianne Stahlecker as chairman. The pastoral counselor assigned to this committee was Rev. Mitchel Schuessler and Junior Pastoral Counselor Rev. Brian Noack also assisted. This information will be available on the LWML website under Convention Central.

LWML Minnesota South District Holds Get-Together

On October 10th, the LWML Minnesota South District held “The Great Minnesota South Mission-Get-Together” at Mayer Lutheran High School, Mayer, Minnesota, led by LWML District President Deb Vinkemeier. Gathered together were 174 women and men wearing masks and following safe distance protocol. The event was also available virtually enabling viewing from home and at church fellowship halls. This was a follow-up to their canceled June convention under the theme “Tell Everyone What He Has Done.” New officers were installed at the worship service by Rev. Dr. William Utech, Vice President of Missions, LCMS Minnesota South District who also delivered the message. 

There was a Silent Basket Auction of 31 baskets in support of the new mission goal of $265,000. Three mission grant recipients spoke, and the women were entertained by Jan Struck, humorous interrupter, and keynote speaker. 

National Committee Activities You Should Know About


The LWML Structure Committee emailed a tip to district structure chairmen and district presidents to help zones and groups think about how to hold elections during times when zone events may not be held in person. For more information, click here.

The Leadership Development Committee has been producing monthly advice columns, called Dear Lucy Leader. Check them out here. They also have several recorded chats available with current leaders in the LWML. The most recent one is with Leadership Development Committee member Sherrie Smith. You can view it here.

The Mission Grants committee has updated both the Mission Grants History and the Mission Grant Resume 1943-2021. The Mission Grants History, a listing of all LWML grants from the 1943–1945 biennium through the 2019–2021 biennium, is already up on the mission grant webpage and the Mission Grant Resume 1943-2021, which is a concise and complete listing of LWML mission grants by country, will be available in January. To read both of these, click here.

Coffee on St. Louis Campus

On October 13th, 2020, the LWML office staff hosted a coffee in the park event for the wives of students at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. This was targeted specifically for the moms on campus. A group of mothers sat on the lawn, drinking coffee while their children played in the park. The women chatted at a safe distance, sipped coffee, and ran after their energetic children. It was the perfect fall morning with a slight chill in the air and the coffee warmed everyone. They enjoyed a devotion from Deaconess Mary Moerbe’s “Dear Mother,” and closed their morning with a prayer. The staff was thrilled to share the Gospel with the women on campus, get to know them better and tell them about LWML. 

Lutheran Women in Mission — The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is an official 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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