Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15 NIV).
In a few days the calendar will turn to April — a month when LWML district conventions begin. This year there will be 75th anniversary celebrations in many districts. At these family reunions great memories will be shared, milestones highlighted, and stories retold. So, get ready, take some sisters and brothers in Christ with you and rejoice in what God has done, is doing and will do through the work of the LWML.
Just as faithful women earlier served the Lord with gladness, today Lutheran Women in Mission continue to support the work the Lord has prepared for them with their hearts, hands, feet, voices, and treasure. Seventy-five years ago those treasures were pennies, nickels and dimes that supported mission work around the world.
In tribute to the rich legacy of the LWML, you might encourage those in your society and district to make donations to the 75th Anniversary Thank Offering. It would be amazing to see how much could be gathered if everyone in every district donated 75 cents, $7.50 or more? Donate at www.lwml.org/donate-endowment-fund, or mail to the LWML Office, 3558 S. Jefferson Ave., St Louis MO 63118. Please note the donation as LWML 75th Anniversary Thank Offering.
Posted on March 18, 2018 9:00 AM
Staying in Touch with LWML—Lutheran Women in Mission!
It’s easier than you think.
Keeping up on current LWML news is easy. LWML eNews comes twice a month with the most recent happenings. You can see your offerings at work enabling missions and missionaries to spread the Gospel message. Connecting on social media will allow you to see more of what is going on as will subscribing to the President’s Blog. You could download the free LWML App and get your news as you wait in a restaurant or in the car line to pick up your kids.
I highly recommend that while you are here on the homepage, you go to the “About” tab and open “Email Sign Up.” There you can sign up to receive several (your choice) emailed items from LWML. Of course, the emailed daily Mustard Seed devotions are a favorite — short and easy to forward or share. You can also sign up for eNews which will be especially fun during the 2018 year of LWML District Conventions as we report on the varied conventions being held across the U.S. There are also topics such as 2-Minute Tuesdays, Leadership Tips, the ShopLWML Specials, and of course the LWML General News Mailing List. Try some of them! It’s easy to discontinue any that you don’t find useful.
If you can’t attend LWML events, you can still feel a valued member of the sisterhood through use of these ways to keep informed. You can forward emails or copy and print news for the women in your LWML group.
You can be the person in your congregation who takes the lead in staying in touch with LWML.
…that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine (Romans 1:12).
Posted on March 12, 2018 9:49 AM
The spirit himself bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).
As I travel by air around the United States, I proudly display my purple LWML luggage tags on my suitcases. These luggage tags help me easily identify my luggage. It is my prayer that someone will offer a comment about the tags be it color or logo so that I can segue from the tags to share about the LWML and ultimately about God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. My luggage tags identify my luggage as belonging to me. But who do we belong to and whose are we? Through holy Baptism, we are marked with the sign of the cross on our forehead and are identified as redeemed children of God. Titus 3:7 states, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having hope of eternal life.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27). As Lutheran Women in Mission, we are God’s precious children and sisters in Christ. To read more about who we are as an organization, click www.lwml.org/who-we-are.
Posted on March 04, 2018 9:00 AM
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God (Mark 10:13–14).
What will the LWML look like in ten years and beyond? How can we engage and retain our young women? One way is to grow together as a multigenerational LWML. There is that old saying, “the family that prays together, stays together.”
Shared experiences with your children like prayer, worshipping together, and attending LWML events together create opportunities for learning and living as a servant leader.
Consider planning family friendly LWML events that would allow your children to attend with you. Include youth leaders to assist you with your event planning and activities.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
Many young women are active in their LWML groups, and many more have expressed an interest to participate more. Consider making the LWML a family affair. Let your daughters come with you as you serve Christ in the LWML. Click here to visit the Young Women page on our website. Your sons are welcome too. We need a strong partnership with our pastors, and your son could be your next zone pastoral counselor.
Posted on February 26, 2018 9:00 AM
Monday, February 19, is celebrated in honor and memory of all United States presidents, specifically George Washington, the first USA President. It is good to honor and remember these leaders of our country.
As Christians, we honor and remember our Lord (our Leader) and Savior, Jesus Christ. The LWML is founded on His promises of forgiveness, mercy, and love. Each Lutheran Woman in Mission honors our Triune God by ministering to the people of the world to His glory and in His name. And even as we are blessed to remember our Lord, He remembers us! Take a moment to read this short devotion and find comfort in His Word. We love because He first loved us.
If you are not yet involved in LWML I encourage you to find a local group near you and join their Bible studies, their mission service projects, and find joy in contributing to mites (mission dollars) to reach the lost with Jesus’ love. Find basic information on LWML here, and find out how to get involved here.
Lutheran Women in Mission celebrate Jesus — everyday!
In His service, filled with His joy,
Posted on February 18, 2018 9:00 AM
Did you have a favorite Bible story or Bible storybook when you were young? Wasn’t it wonderful to be able to read them or have them read to you?
Mission Grant #6 seeks to provide Bible storybooks to people around the world in their native “heart” language. Read more here about this opportunity to impact families’ lives with the Good News!
Lutheran Women in Mission know that there is a need to share about our Savior closer to home, too. When the LWML Board of Directors met in St. Louis in January, participants brought books for Lutheran Hope Center (LHC) in Ferguson, MO. These donations, called Gifts From the Heart, will support the Center’s mission “to share the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ by providing opportunities for youth and families to improve academic performance, to build strong character and leadership skills, to foster positivie biblical relationships … to share the good news of God’s message of salvation for us in Jesus Christ.”
A total of $1,070 in books, gift cards, and cash donations was gratefully received by LHC Executive Director Rev. Micah Glenn. To learn more about the Center click here or follow them on Facebook.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
Posted on February 11, 2018 9:00 AM
How do you communicate? What means of communication do you regularly use that maybe you didn’t a few years ago?
Our website, www.lwml.org, through its articles, insights, and program ideas, helps to develop clear communication about our connections with each other as sisters and brothers in Christ. Through social media, LWML offers many avenues to communicate God’s blessings and share the many opportunities we have to serve Him with gladness. What are some of those ‘avenues’?
Do you receive updates about LWML happenings through eNews? Or maybe you’re signed up to receive daily Mustard Seed Devotions, 2-Minute Tuesday writings, or President Patti’s blog?
FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+, Instagram … LWML communicates through a variety of ways. How do you get connected with these communication avenues? If you’re reading this, you’re on the right page. Scroll to the bottom of our homepage. Connect with LWML by clicking on one or more of the icons for social media posts to find out the latest news. Connect with LWML by clicking on Sign Up Today and choose which inspirational message(s) and/or news updates you would like to receive. Or get all these by downloading the LWML App from the App store!
God bless you as you discover ‘new-to-you’ or continue using one or more of the avenues available to connect with the LWML.
For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God (Hebrews 13:14–16).
Posted on February 04, 2018 9:00 AM