eNews Issue #333 — May 4, 2021
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League
“Wake Up with the Word”
On Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) will offer several early morning Bible studies at the convention in Lexington, Kentucky. The sessions will be held from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. at the Central Bank Center. The room locations will be published in the first convention newspaper that will be in your convention tote bag.
The Bible study leaders and their topics vary each day. On Friday, the list includes:
- Deb Burma — “Be Still and Know;”
- Deaconess Rachel Jaseph — “La carrera de la fé: ¿Quién está corriendo?” (“The Race of Faith: Who’s Running?”);
- Shari Miller — “Running the Race;” and
- Donna Snow — “Unshakeable: Standing on the Rock When Life Quakes Hard.”
On Saturday, the leaders will be:
- Deaconess Heidi Goehmann — “Finding Hope;”
- The Rev. John Heckmann — “Born to Run … Away, Reborn to Run with God;”
- Christina Hergenrader — “Be Inspired! Four Habits for Your Faith;” and
- Kaye Wolff — “Be Thou, My Guide.”
No registration is required. Just grab breakfast from a convention center concession stand and “Wake up with the Word!”
Gifts from the Heart “Virtual” Option
In response to requests for additional ways to support the 2021 LWML Convention Gifts from the Heart (GFTH) recipients, monetary donations for each of the convention ingathering recipients will be joyfully received. The recipients are:
- Assurance for Life Ministry in Lexington, Kentucky;
- Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Food Bank;
- Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Food & Clothing Co-op; and
- MOST Ministries.
Checks can be sent to the LWML Office with “GFTH” and the organization in the memo portion.
Online donations can be made by selecting the organization/ministry from the drop-down menu on the secure donor link found here. Please send donations for GFTH by the end of June. A flyer with all the items requested for Gifts from the Heart is located here.
If you want to purchase Arch books from CPH at a discounted price to be delivered to Lexington for Assurance for Life Ministry, please place your order by May 23. Use the promo code “GFTH” at checkout to receive the discounted prices. Visit CPH and click “Order Online” to go directly to the registry and select the books.
Opportunities to Serve Joyfully at Convention
Convention attendees are invited to work at the LWML department booths in the exhibit hall and to help with the Gifts from the Heart ingathering. Please contact any of the national vice presidents if you are interested, as they can direct you to the person coordinating each booth or work area. You can contact them using the form found here.
When scheduled, you will work with at least one committee member. Work times are available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. No work will be scheduled during convention sessions. Convention COVID precautions will be followed at all times. This would be a great opportunity for husbands and family members to help and enjoy fruitful time well spent. Please pass this request along to your district members.
Prayer Walk Guide now Available
Organizing a Prayer Walk with the women in your congregation is a great interactive tool to encourage individual prayer time. This new guide to organizing a prayer walk, by Ali Bauck and Eden Keefe, includes a dozen ideas for interactive exercises for use in your Prayer Walk, with participants pausing at several stations to focus on a prayer exercise. The exercises are organized into four different categories: Devotion/Prayer, Interactive Scripture, Mission Service, and Visual Prayer. Guide sheets and links to several additional prayer resources are included. Download your free printable PDF of the “Walking in Prayer: Organizing a Prayer Walk” from lwml.org.
2019–2021 Mission Grant 13 — Digital Media Development — PAID in Full!
By God’s grace, the 2019–2021 Mission Grant #13: “Digital Media Development – Lutherans For Life” has been paid! Rev. Mike Salemink, Executive Director of Mission and Ministry for Lutherans for Life, wrote, “Thanks be to God for our partnership during the last two years. Lutherans For Life has deeply appreciated the support and encouragement of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. We asked LWML to assist us with funds for creating a collection of resources like video clips, webinars, podcasts, and other audiovisual media to engage our neighbors online with the sanctity of life. The generous mission grant of $30,000 awarded for our Digital Media Development initiative has proved exceptionally fruitful, and our Lord has granted these efforts His blessing of success!” He also shared the link to a six-minute YouTube video that tells the story of Lutherans for Life.
Mailbox Member Program
Are there women in your local group who are not able to meet for in-person LWML fellowship? The Mailbox Member Program (MMP) is a resource for you to use every month, designed to connect women to the Word and service opportunities. At lwml.org/mailbox, you will find all the MMP resources available for you.
New mailbox craft designs are available for a fun way to share LWML resources or little treats for your members. Check out all the designs at lwml.org/posts/mailbox/craft.
Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne Students Send Thank-you Notes
Each spring the LWML sends gifts to the vicarage and internship students at both of our LCMS seminaries as they receive their assignments for the next year. We receive many notes from these students thanking us for the gifts which include a gift card to CPH. One student wrote “It is truly a blessing to have such loving and caring individuals thinking of us and praying for us. May our gracious Lord continue to bless you.” And may the Lord bless all these students in their service to Him!
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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