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January 2018

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by and for the women of the LWML MN South District.

Happy New Year ... Prayer for another year of God's Grace

Lord God, heavenly Father, though You have created us for a life of eternity, we confess that by our sins we have transformed the space of time into a prelude for death.  Forgive us the sins of the past, and breathe into us the Spirit of Your Son that we may serve You in this new year.

On this first day of a new year, pour into our hearts the rich measure of Your grace that we may fill the moments of the new year with the enduring qualities of eternity.  On this day, You placed Your Son under the law to fulfill all righteousness for us; make us Your obedient children.  On this day, our Lord was given His name according to Your Word; may we also be known by His name.

In Him we find courage to begin again.  He is our Beginning and our End, our Alpha and our Omega.  In Him is our hope.  In Him this year and all things are made new because we are forgiven.  For His sake, help us to live for You and our fellowman.  Amen.

From Lutheran Book of Prayer | Concordia Publishing

Trinity South Shore ... Mission Service

In 2017, one of the mission servant activities of Trinity Guild at South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake was making adult clothing protectors for the residents of Bethesda, a Christian organization that provides homes and other services for people with developmental disabilities.  Members of our Guild and other ladies of South Shore Trinity enjoyed making a total of 114 clothing protectors for Bethesda.

Serve the Lord with gladness!  Psalm 100:2.

Thank You!

Dear ladies of the LWML MN South District,

Thank you for your gift of money to the Food Bank at Concordia Seminary.  Our family has been living at the seminary for over a year and a half now.  I can honestly say that one of the most unexpected blessings in our time here has been the Food Bank.  One week I had stumbled upon a recipe I wanted to make, but figured the meat it called for would be quite pricey.  I went to the Food Bank to shop, and it just so happened that meat was in the freezer.  In our time here, our family has collected countless stories like this.  Stories of provision and the unique and intimate care of our God.  But the story I really want to tell is this:

Shortly after moving to the seminary, my husband and I were in the grocery store with our children.  We were walking down the cereal aisle and our daughter asked if we could buy the bee cereal (Honey Nut Cheerios).  We told her we couldn’t buy the bee cereal.   She started to cry.  She asked why.  We told her we didn’t need it because we had other cereal at home.  The reality is that the bee cereal is expensive, and seminary budgets rarely allow for such things.  We didn’t tell her that.  As we left the aisle, I thought about the sacrifices our 3-year-old daughter is making for her parents to follow God’s call.   I thought about how hard it must be to not understand exactly what is going on.  I went to the Food Bank later that week and rounded the corner of the final aisle of the Food Bank – the baking and cereal aisle.  I was near the end, and there sat one lone box of Honey Nut Cheerios.  Tears welled in my eyes.  I couldn’t wait to get home.  I walked in the door and pulled the box of bee cereal out of my shopping bag.  As my daughter hugged the cereal and jumped up and down, she shouted, “you remembered, Mom.  Thank you.  Thank you for remembering the bee cereal.”  I said, “Oh, honey, we need to thank Jesus for that bee cereal.”  And thank Him we did.

Your gift of money, your care, your encouragement, your prayers mean more to seminarians and their families than you could ever imagine.

With Gratitude and in Christ,

The Fink Family
Sam, Kelsey, Emmylou, and Eli

Concordia Academy Thanks You

On behalf of Concordia Academy (CA) I want to sincerely thank all the women of the MN South LWML, for your generous support of families seeking a Lutheran high school education. Your gifts, over the years, have made it possible for many families to attend CA who would not otherwise be able to do so. At the beginning of every school year, when we come to the end of our available financial aid, we still have families that need more to make CA possible. It is then that we choose families that we think would be most blessed by CA and use the LWML grant money to make their dream a reality.

You have made CA possible for the children of recent immigrants, those of domestically abused and abandoned mothers, those who live in the worst neighborhoods of Minneapolis, and those whose parents have suddenly found themselves out of work. Your generosity makes a real difference because it allows students to attend this school and in this place God changes lives. Everyone one of the children in the above families love CA and when it comes down to it, they love it because of what God has done, in this place, to bless their lives and the lives of their friends. CA, along with the other Lutheran high schools, are truly outposts of light, hope, and life in an increasingly dark world. Thank you for supporting these ministries. I often feel that our Lutheran high schools are the forgotten gems of the LCMS. Many of our seminaries and colleges have entire departments of fundraisers and development directors. I don’t fault them for this, but I am envious, and all that much more grateful when people like you remember us.  Thank you again!

In His great name,

Rev. Dr. Timothy Berner, Principal, Concordia Academy
2400 North Dale Street, Roseville, MN  55113

Creative Mite Giving...Mighty Mites Needed!


Anna Gerber, President of our MN South LWML Lake Minnetonka Zone shared this story about her friends, Wanyce and Gaylen, and it was just too cute not to share with you all!

Anna’s story reads:  "The other day as we were working at the Braille Center, one of our LWML members, Wanyce, commented that her husband, Gaylen, (who usually works with us) was home, cleaning his half of their closet.  Jokes were made and we had a few laughs, trying to picture this.  We laughed too soon, it seems.  For years Gaylen had been throwing coins in several jars in his closet and forgetting about them.  When Wanyce got home from the Braille Center, Gaylen showed her the jars of coins and said he’d like to donate them to Mites.  They called around to several banks before they found one to sort the coins.  The coins weighed 35 pounds!  Today our LWML treasurer was given a check for $297.  God is good and we praise Him for putting a spirit of generosity (and humor) in His people, Wanyce and Gaylen!"

Mission Grant Results in Person...

Redeemer Lutheran Church Women hosted a Christmas Social at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester, December 7, 2017.  Eighty women attended the catered dinner and program.  Special guest of the evening was Pastor Monda Thwala from Ntschongweni, South Africa, who was visiting the churches in the U. S. who have supported the missionary work there. It was especially meaningful to share with the guests that he is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane, South Africa, Mission Grant #12 in this biennium of LWML MN South.  He currently serves on the Board of the Seminary. 

In the picture above, Pastor Thwala joined the cleanup crew of Redeemer Lutheran Church Women (three male volunteers who always do the dishes for any RLCW sponsored meal.)  

Preparing for "Grace Above All" - June 29-30, 2018

You recently prepared for Christmas, you've been preparing for this new year of 2018 and now it's time to start preparing for the LWML MN South District Convention on June 29-30, 2018!  Be ready for some new and exciting activities as we move towards a shorter but more action-packed district convention this summer! Let your countdown to convention begin by printing off a poster to let ladies in your congregation gain more information about this great event! And soon you'll be able to register online (link here as well) or mail in your paper registration!  Looking forward to seeing all our sisters in Christ on June 29-30, 2018 in Mankato at the new Mankato Event Center! Follow us on Facebook or bookmark the website convention page for more information as it becomes available!