President's Message

Letter from the LWML District President, Deb Vinkemeier

The heart of LWML

February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is associated with love by expressing our affection with cards, candy, and flowers with dear relatives and friends. We find hearts, a symbol of love, nearly everywhere we look.

The “heart” of the LWML is God’s Word, Mission, Service, and Fellowship. The source of our LWML heart is God’s heart of love for us in Jesus Christ. In the end, it is all about Him.

We begin with a “Word heart” with God’s Word through Bible Studies and devotions. We are nourished to grow in our relationship with Christ and with others. With prayer and Bible Study we are supported, we gain insights and inspiration, receive guidance from the Lord, and we feel encouraged as we live our lives for Jesus. LWML offers many Bible study resources on the LWML National website.

LWML enjoys a “mission heart” by being strengthened through the power of the Holy Spirit. We enjoy a relationship with Christ by sharing God’s love through word and deed. We actively share our mission heart by praying for our mission grants, giving generous Mite Box offerings, serving on a mission team, and by praying for our missionaries.

Our “serving heart” involves being blessed to serve the Lord with gladness. Everyone has been graced with gifts and talents from God that they can serve where God calls. God provides every woman with opportunities to serve. It may be with money, with time, with gifts and talents, with specific skills, or with people. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23.

LWML shares the “heart of fellowship”. With joy we share our relationship with Christ with others. We are a sisterhood of believers who value each other by being in the Word, serving others, and building one another up in love. We have fun getting together by valuing each other and have a desire to grow in the Lord together.

Our “heart” grows from our Vision Statement. The LWML, the leading group for LCMS women, is the place where each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God-given gifts as she supports global missions and serves the Lord with gladness.

We also have a “heart of treasure” where the LWML is given the opportunity to share Christ’s love with everyone. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:34 

As you reflect on the HEART of the LWML, reflect on God’s valentine to us, Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 1 John 4:7-9

God is Love,

Deb Vinkemeier,

President, LWML MN South District

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