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4/30/2023 Weekly article

Spring Cleaning

For those of us living in the northern climates, the season of spring is almost intoxicating! We want color and warmth in our lives. We want to throw open the windows and let that lovely sunshine come in! There is a Bible study resource on the LWML website called A New Spring Wardrobe. Don’t we all want to put away the sweaters and buy some new summery clothes? But what about our “spiritual” wardrobe? Let’s put off our old self and put on the new. We do so by laying aside the dark dreary thoughts that dampen our joy and let God’s words of warmth, love, and light come in! Let your new wardrobe be smiles, love, and acts of service to others. Serve the Lord with gladness with your new look of love!

but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious (1 Peter 3:4).

LaDonna Stanosheck

4/23/2023 Weekly article

Silence, Solitude, and Slowing Down

I venture to guess that many of us have days filled with jobs and family responsibilities, and then we squeeze in extra activities and commitments. It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that God is most pleased when we have maximized our schedules and relationships.

I often get asked about how busy I am while serving as an elected officer for LWML. Yes, I am busy but one of the greatest blessings has been making sure I spend time alone with God and His Word. I enjoy reading different devotions including Today's Mustard Seed Devotion and Portals of Prayer. I find when I seek silence, solitude, and slow down I get recharged and refocused on my relationship with God. The LWML website is full of resources to help us get recharged and refocused!

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD (Lamentations 3:25–26).

Karla Koehler

4/16/2023 Weekly article

Proclaiming the Good News

And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus. (Acts 5:42).

Easter celebrations are now a memory. We shared joyous worship services, participated in an Easter breakfast, and gathered with family and friends. The day was full of joy as we proclaimed, “Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia”.

Are you still celebrating and sharing the Easter joy? Maybe you went back to your busy routine and forgot about the resurrection of Jesus and the new life you have in Him. How can you keep sharing the Good News?

As Lutheran Women in Mission, we share Easter joy through our mite offerings in support of national and district grants. Mite offerings have helped to spread the news of salvation to all corners of the world and into places where we cannot physically go. Proclaim the Good News that Jesus is the Messiah by continuing to support national and district mission grants with your generous mite offerings.

Sharon von Qualen

4/9/2023 Weekly article

“My Redeemer Lives”

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth (Job 19:25).

We who have been in the church our whole lives can somewhat easily lose the out-of-this-world nature of Christ’s resurrection. Pondering just a bit, two really important theological points pop out at us and then one significant personal point becomes wonderfully known. Jesus’ resurrection proves that He paid one’s sin-debt against God by His death. It also proves that He conquered death. Nothing in all the world is greater than that, nor is anything more important. This means that for each of us personally, the guilt of all sin is removed, and death is conquered for us, too. We can repeat what Job said — with full confidence. No wonder the Easter hymns are so rich and wonderful to sing!

In Christ,

Rev. Gary Piepkorn

4/2/2023 Weekly article

“Getting a Sense of Holy Week and Easter”

Holy Week recounts all that our Lord has done for us in His Passion, death, and resurrection. As we move with our Lord from the shouts of “Hosanna!” through the sorrow of Good Friday to the resurrection joy of Easter, we have the opportunity in our churches to hear the story of our salvation. Once again, we see the Passion story before us through palms and candles and crosses, we smell the hope of new life in the lilies of Easter, and we touch the very body and blood of Jesus who has given Himself to death for the life of the world. Jesus, and His salvation hit our every sense this week.

The LWML has great Holy Week and Easter resources, even some items to help engage the senses. Take a look at these coloring pages and perhaps use them to teach your children or grandchildren the story of Holy Week and Easter. Or, color a few of them and use them to invite someone to attend Holy Week and Easter services with you!

Rev. Brian Noack

3/26/2023 Weekly article

The Wonderful Gift of Baptism

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

I was baptized as an infant. I have friends that were baptized as adults, and I even know of people who were baptized on their death bed. Regardless of when a person is baptized, our Lord does promise in the last chapter of Mark “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16a). What a wonderful promise; and what a wonderful day it is when a new child of God is baptized!

LWML has six new Baptism cards. These cards are available as a free download to print and color by you or the recipient. They could be used with a gift or could be a favor given to those attending the baptism. Download your cards here.

Thanks be to God for the wonderful gift of Baptism!

Susan Brunkow

3/19/2023 Weekly article

LWML 2023 Convention and Whova

screenshot of LWML's Whova app homepage

The LWML Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Whova App will be used for the second time at the 2023 Convention!

The Whova App provides information at your fingertips about convention personalities, exhibitors, and the Wisconsin Center. Attendees are able to connect with other attendees before, during, and after the convention. The Whova App is a great way to joyfully equip attendees to honor God by serving others! In Lexington many Whova App users were able to assist other attendees by answering questions or by helping them find a walking partner.

On March 25, 2023, the LWML 2023 Whova App will be published for all convention attendees who have registered and new registrants will be added weekly so they may access the App. To learn more about the Whova App for the LWML Convention, be sure to check out Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at FAQ — Whova. After March 25, 2023, download the Whova App and start connecting!

See you in Milwaukee!

Kathy Pavelock


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