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Shine On!

Shine On!

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Summertime is a season filled with light. The days are longer; the sun seems to shine brighter; the grass turns green and flowers bloom; the water is warm enough to swim outside; and outdoor recreation activities abound.

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows” is a quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. Jesus our Savior, is the SON-beam that drives away all the darkness and shadows of our sin. He is the Light and gives believers in Him the light of life.

By the power of the Holy Spirit, share your faith story and how you have been “enlightened” by your Savior with those you come into contact with this week. Be a light for your Lord right where you are.  Shine on!




We have seen many changes in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League over that past 40 years. Our structure has changed, officer titles have changed, and of course our bylaws have changed to reflect the changes. 

Yet LWML still has at its “mission heart” thousands of volunteers who dedicate their lives to making a difference in their neighborhoods and in the world and who use their gifts of time, talent, and treasure to share the love of Jesus.  Those familiar Mite Boxes continue to be the heart of this mission emphasis, funding over 100 million dollars in mission grants since 1942.

LWML changes, but our mission continues to be the same: to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.

Most importantly, God has not changed!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever … (Hebrews 13:8).


What’s it Worth?

What’s it Worth?

A catalog, from which I had ordered clothing for my mom, still arrives in my mailbox. Despite not having placed an order for nine years, they sent me a 14x17 inch “Certificate Suitable for Framing” because I am one of their best customers! A gold seal, a fancy border, and signed by the president … it looks very important.

Contrast that with my Baptism certificate, a small, plain piece of paper, signed by the pastor of the church.

Which would I rather frame; which signifies the most worth? The large, imposing one offered to me for something I did; namely, spend money? Or the small, non-descript one, offered to me because of something Someone did for me?

Do I want to be known as a shopper … or a child of God? You know the answer. We as Christians derive our worth from what Jesus did for us: He died, arose, and awaits us in heaven. By displaying my Baptism certificate, I can witness where my priorities lie and pray that those who see it will open their hearts to the Holy Spirit through His Word and Sacraments.

For the wisdom of this world is folly with God (1 Corinthians 3:19a).




For, dear brothers, you have been given freedom: not freedom to do wrong, but freedom to love and serve others (Galatians 5:13 The Living Bible).

God created us free and to serve others. We are free in this country to tell others of Christ’s death and resurrection. We are free to tell others of the gift of grace given by our Lord. We are free to show others His love by serving others with our love.

Our country was founded with the freedom of religion. Let’s use that freedom to tell others of His love for all of us. God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to come to earth to live as a human. Christ willingly died on the cross for our sins that we might have forgiveness and join Him for eternity, confessing Him as Lord.     

Don’t miss those opportunities to tell others of the hope you have in Christ.

OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE! How do you read that statement?

The Time is NOW!

Convention 2015 Highlights

Patti Ross Elected 18th LWML President

LWML leaders elected during the 36th Biennial Convention are:
President: Patti Ross
Vice President of Organizational Resources: Debbie Larson
Vice President of Special Focus Ministries: Kaye Wolff
Treasurer: Marilyn Schroeder
Pastoral Counselor: Rev. Robert Mundahl
Nominating Committee: Katy Gifford, Chairman, Margo Dupre, Deaconess Betty Knapp, Melissa Solomón, and Deb Poese.

Mission Grants selected are 70% of the approved $2,000,000 Mission Goal for the 2015-2017 biennium.

The LWML Board of Directors has selected Lexington, Kentucky as the site of the 39th Biennial LWML Convention, June 24-27, 2021. See the conventions page for information on the 2017 and 2019 conventions.

The Time is NOW … to share your convention experience with your church family and friends by viewing the Livestream video archives of the convention sessions and worship services.

The time is NOW … to celebrate “Bountiful! Sow • Nourish • Reap.”

Saturday June 28, 2015 Convention Update

The Time is NOW … for Convention!

Saturday morning began with a procession of the past LWML Presidents: Betty Duda, Ida Mall, Gloria Edwards, Virginia Von Seggern, Linda Reiser, and Jan Wendorf; followed by the Heart to Heart Sisters, many in their native costumes. The Young Woman Representatives carried mission flags representing 38 of the 50 countries in which the LWML has supported a mission grant. 

Next were the unsung heroes in mission, nominated by their districts, men and women who have served faithfully without the benefit of recognition. The children and youth who participated in Camp Insta Friends closed the procession.

The mission grant selection was reported. Nineteen grants will be funded totaling $1,418,563.94. The past LWML presidents were presented onstage and President Kay Kreklau narrated a tribute to the 10th LWML President, Alberta Barnes, who was called to Heaven June 18, 2014. Tee Up-4-Mites raised $12,926.57; and the second convention offering totaled $37,075.29 to be presented to special grant , “Discovering Disabilities – Including ALL of God’s Children Lutheran Special Education Ministries,” Farmington Hills, Michigan.

The Time is NOW … to invite friends who can’t come to Des Moines to watch the Livestream videos of the Closing Worship.  You can download and print worship folders from the Convention page. Encourage congregations to show the video feed in their churches.

The time is NOW … to celebrate “Bountiful! Sow • Nourish • Reap.”

Convention June 27, 2015

The Time is NOW … for Convention!

Excitement is in the air! The 36th Biennial Convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is happening this week.

Over 4500 men and women spent Thursday at displays from the LWML, various ministries, Concordia campuses, and ministries that serve the LCMS. The convention hall was full of worshippers at the evening opening of the 36th LWML Biennial Convention. The offering of $60,478.87 will go to the newly adopted Mite Goal of $2,000,000. Rev. Mike Mattil opened the Friday session with the first session of a Bible study theme “Sow, Nourish, Reap.” Humorous Interrupter, Jan Struck introduced the audience to yet another character on her way to the LWML convention. The afternoon session opened with personal greetings from LCMS President, Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison and keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. James Lamb.
The Time is NOW … to invite friends who can’t come to Des Moines to watch the Livestream videos of the Opening Worship with Proclaimer, The Rev. Gregory Seltz, Lutheran Hour Speaker. You can download and print worship folders from the Convention page. Encourage congregations to show the video feed in their churches.

The time is almost NOW … to celebrate “Bountiful! Sow • Nourish • Reap.”


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