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June 2017 eNews


Edition 8


June, 2017

eNews ... a monthly email publication of news and information
by and for the women of the LWML MN South District.

Around the District

The LWML of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hamburg, dedicated these 105 quilts, 52 layettes, 32 dresses and 19 britches for Africa on April 23, 2017.  

Emanuel members sewed quilt tops and bottoms and finished the quilts on March 24 and 25, 2017.  This was a Thrivent Action Team event with a portion of costs being covered by Thrivent Financial.  All of these items will help many people of all ages all over the world.  To God all Praise and Glory.

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."  Matthew 25:40 NIV.

And they're off .... No, the "Hats are ON"!!

The St. John LWML Society of Woodbury, Minnesota, recently held a Spring luncheon, in part with the assistance of a Thrivent Action Team Grant. The theme was the Kentucky Derby since it fell on the exact date of the running of the Kentucky Derby on May 6, 2017.  Nearly all the ladies attending the luncheon wore elaborate hats. As you can imagine, there was a huge variety of hats!  Many of the ladies created their own hats; and of course, there was a hat contest. The entertainment was provided by the GraceNotes Trio. A fun time was had by all and it could be said that everyone left with a "cheerful heart"!

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).

When we have joy in our hearts, it can’t help but spill out to those who are around us. We bring the medicine of cheerfulness, not because every situation is great, but because God is greater than any situation. Our joy is renewed as we stay in the presence of God through fellowship, prayer and Bible study. The key to having a joyful heart is to keep our minds stayed on God and His grace over our lives.

Winona Zone Spring Rally ~ St. Martin's, Winona

The Winona Zone LWML held its Spring Rally on April 29, 2017 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Winona, MN.  There were 35 in attendance with Gifts from the Heart donations (diapers and baby toiletries) going to Grace Place Crisis Pregnancy Center in Winona. 

The theme was "Mites for Our Mighty God."  Pastor Morsching from St. Matthew in St. Charles, MN led the Bible Study.  Deb Vinkemeier, VP of Gospel Outreach for LWML MN South, was the speaker.  She shared information on mite progress and mission goals.  She also shared experiences from her mission trip to Guatemala this past winter.  Her group from Trinity Lutheran in Waconia built bathrooms, put on a school roof, and helped with VBS and health assessments.

Clothes were modeled from "Restored Blessings", a Christian Resale store in Winona with all proceeds benefitting Christian Education at St. Martin's Lutheran School and Hope Lutheran High School.  A skit, "LWML ... What Does That Mean?" put smiles on everyone's faces!

Gideon ... Making the rounds, bringing comfort and peace

The St. Croix River Zone of the Minnesota South District held their LWML Spring Rally at South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake on Saturday, April 22.  Dianne Williams from Gideon’s Team of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry was our guest speaker.  Gideon is a trained LCC K-9 Comfort Dog at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota.  He interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and in disaster response situations.

Gideon is a friend who brings a calming influence and allows people to open up their hearts and receive help in times of need.

Gideon has his own page on the St. Michael's website at:  If you would like a visit with Gideon and an opportunity for your society, church or school to meet him, feel free to contact St. Michae'ls Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN for more information.

Mission Grant Proposals


Can you believe we have almost a year behind us from our last LWML District Convention! Now is the time to begin thinking about submitting your next biennium mission grant proposals. Any LWML member, society, zone, or conference may submit a grant proposal. Look for needs on the local, zone, district and national levels.

Here are a few things to consider when considering a mission grant proposal:

  • Identify Gospel incorporation in services of project.
  • Is the Mission in alignment with LCMS?
  • Who will the project impact?
  • Why is this proposal important?

You can find the Mission Grant Application form along with the instruction sheet on how to complete a mission grant proposal on the LWML webpage under "Resources"  (Forms) (2016-2018 Biennium) using this link: You will also find a copy of the Application form in the Summer edition of the WOM.

Now is the time to start your research. Don’t wait until the last minute. The deadline and postmark for the mission grant proposals is January 5, 2018. That is only 6 months away! If you have any questions or need help filling out an application, please contact Vice President of Gospel Outreach, Deb Vinkemeier at or call 612-720-7264. She will be happy to help you.

Please pray that the Lord will give you guidance and an idea to submit a mission project for the 2018-2020 biennium!

And Speaking of Missions . . .

How many of you have visited Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa? Mission Central is one of the Mission Grants supported by the LWML MN South District. On September 26-27, 2017 there will be a tour for ladies of the LWML MN South to visit Mission Central to hear about our missionaries and how our mites are working at Mission Central. A bus will be departing from various locations on Tuesday, September 26 and staying overnight in a motel in Iowa. On Wednesday morning, September 27, we will arrive at Mission Central and hear from Gary Thies, Director of Mission Central.  We will have a lunch prepared by the volunteer women at Mission Central, tour the facility and then return home. The bus pick-up points are Waconia, Mankato and a third, yet to be determined, somewhere close to the Iowa border. The cost of this tour is approximately $75.00 which covers bus transportation and the hotel.  If the women don’t mind sleeping four to a room, the cost would be lower.  If you are interested in attending or have any questions about this tour, please contact Deb Vinkemeier, VP of Gospel Outreach at 612-720-7264 or email Deadline for reserving your spot and making payment is July 31, 2017. If you would like to attend, but choose to drive yourself, Deb will still need to know the names of those who are participating in order to provide Mission Central with an accurate count.

Every One His Witness

Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN was host for the Every One His Witness workshop on Saturday, May 20th. Fifty-three participants were registered for the “Every One His Witness” Workshop and came from five different districts – Minnesota South, Minnesota North, Iowa East, North Wisconsin, and South Wisconsin.

Early arrivals to Rochester were treated to a pre-workshop event on Friday night. Missionary John Gayed and two volunteers shared about the work of POBLO International Ministries in downtown Rochester. Individuals even got to visit POBLO’s Friendship Center, located just around the block from Trinity.

On Saturday the participants dug into the Every One His Witness workshop — this Lutheran evangelism program considers the real world context in which Lutherans find themselves as witnesses of Jesus Christ. It puts sound doctrine into practical action for sharing the faith with the people whom God has placed alongside His witnesses in their everyday lives.

Rev. Mark and Mary Ellen Wood were the workshop trainers. Throughout the day they helped break down the program’s ‘L-A-S-S-I-E’ approach with videos, personal stories and group discussions and exercises. The LASSIE approach helps us to not just communicate, but to value each person by Listening, Asking, Seeking, Sharing, Inviting, and Encouraging. The participants learned that people connect and communicate in different ways and it’s key to understand them in order to connect with them. Completion of the workshop unlocks online participation in context modules like witnessing to members of different world religions or cults, witnessing to people who are unchurched or dechurched, witnessing to those experiencing difficult life events, and witnessing while offering works of mercy.

To learn more about Every One His Witness and how it could benefit your congregation, zone, or society, contact the LCMS Office of National Mission at 314-996-1076 or


Watch for Thank You notes to be printed in next month's eNews.  Space constraints prevented them from being printed this month, but keep an eye out for our July edition to hear what your Mites are doing and how very, very much they are appreciated!


If you or your society is having (or has had) a unique special event or mission project, we would LOVE to hear about it and share it with the readers of our LWML MN South District eNews.  Please send your article (and if possible, a good-quality photo)  to eNews Editor, Roxanne Pieper, at 8485 County Road 52, Carver, MN 55315 or e-mail to enewseditor@mnslwmlorg.