eNews Issue #342 — July 7, 2021
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League 39th Biennial Convention — By the Numbers
The women and men attending the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) 39th Biennial Convention, June 24–27, 2021, in Lexington, Kentucky, boldly worshiped together and intently listened to Mites in Action speakers sharing how, as past mission grant recipients, God is working in their organizations. They served and prayed together, and continue “Running the Race … Looking to Jesus.”
There were 61 clergy in the opening Thursday evening communion service procession where an estimated 2,800 participants worshipped together.
Heart to Heart Sisters, Young Women Representatives, and many other volunteers carried signs or flags from 82 countries in the Saturday morning Mission Flag Procession. Six new nations were added to the procession this year: Cambodia, Cameroon, Macau, Malawi, Rwanda, and Zambia. At the end of the procession, children and teens from the King's Kids Clubhouse paraded through the arena.
Four offerings were collected at the LWML Convention in Lexington. The ﬁrst offering is given to the upcoming biennium’s LWML Mission Goal. The other three offerings were designated to opportunities to share God’s love and mercy in the districts hosting the convention. You may still donate to any of these offerings by clicking this link by Friday, July 16.
- Offering #1: LWML Mission Goal 2021–2023
- Offering #2: King’s Community Outreach in Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Offering #3: Gifts for All God’s Children’s Connecting Kids to Christ Center in Detroit, Michigan
- Offering #4: POBLO International Ministries in Clinton Township, Michigan
For more convention highlights, download the daily newsletters found on the LWML website.
Gifts from the Heart Ingathering Totals — To God be the Glory!
As those who attend the LWML Convention come for many different reasons, they come bringing gifts from their hearts — donations for those in need. LWML collected items and gift cards for three organizations.
Assurance for Life Ministries
Baby toiletries 1,112
Baby towel, wash cloths, and crib sheets 1,239
Burp cloths and bibs 883
Laundry baskets and hampers 140
Large boxes 122
Small packages 368
Baby wipe packages 1,320
Diaper bags 63
Toys, teethers, and pacifiers 1,187
Clothing items 3,033
Purchased from CPH 3,878
Miscellaneous items 57
6,008 pairs of eyeglasses
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne
Food banks and co-ops: $33,270
444 gift cards (not marked; total to be determined)
We thank God for the giving hearts of our members and pray that those who receive these gifts will know they were given out of thankful response to what Christ has given us.
Evaluation Available for Participants
For all those who attended the LWML Convention in person, we value your feedback and ask that you fill out the online evaluation found here. This will assist the LWML Board of Directors in improving programming as we continue “Running the Race … Looking to Jesus.”
Time to Get Involved!
Would you like to be involved with new opportunities to serve the Lord through the LWML? Have you heard of the LWML Personnel Resource Form? It’s an online, fillable form for LWML women who are considering serving on an LWML committee at the national level. It asks for your contact information, interests, and skills. Fill one out today!
2021–2023 LWML Board of Directors
Left to right: PR Director Susan Donnelly, Strategic Plan Facilitator Michelle Jenks, Treasurer Karla Koehler, New Junior Pastoral Counselor Rev. Gary Piepkorn, VP of Organizational Resources Marie Chow, New VP of Christian Life Susan Brunkow, President Debbie Larson, VP of Special Focus Ministries Deaconess Betty Knapp, New Vice President of Gospel Outreach Karen Morrison, Senior Pastoral Counselor Rev. Brian Noack, New Vice President of Communication Kathy Pavelock, New Recording Secretary Brenda Piester, and Meeting Manager Arlene Naasz.
2021–2023 LWML Nominating Committee
From left to right: Janis McDaniels, LWML Carolinas District; Kaye Wolff, LWML Michigan District; Lois Teinert, LWML Texas District; and Lisa Asmus, LWML South Dakota District. Not pictured: Melissa Salomón, LWML Pacific Southwest District.
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) — Lutheran Women in Mission — is an official auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, Lutheran Women in Mission have joyfully proclaimed Christ, supported missions, and equipped women to honor God by serving others
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