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November 2018

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Imagine the Impact:  The Dwelling Place

On October 6, 2018 President Deb Vinkemeier and Carol Hubert, Vice President of Gospel Outreach were honored guests at the 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala of The Dwelling Place held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center Carriage Hall in Brooklyn Center. 

Over 700 guests attended the event themed “The Walk of Impact.” A Silent Auction, dinner and program included ministry updates provided by Linda Wiza (Executive Director). The ‘impact’ of the evening were the life stories of two brave women who had experienced generational domestic abuse.  They had grown up experiencing violent behavior or sexual abuse from a father figure and later from a spouse.  The women escaped with their children to the safety and love of The Dwelling Place. They witnessed to our Lord on the healing transformation that takes place with spiritual counseling, time to heal and hope for the future that they gained from their stay at The Dwelling Place.

The Dwelling Place is one of the Mission Grants of the LWML MN South District for the 2018-2020 biennium. Donate to the MN South District in the 2018-2020 biennium Mission Grants, by clicking here.

Subsequent to the Gala, Deb and Carol, our LWML MN South District representatives at the Gala, received the following communication from The Dwelling Place which we invite you to read:

Thank you for making an impact at our 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala!

2018 Gala Highlights:

  • Over 700 guests at the lovely Earle Brown Heritage Center Carriage Hall,
  • The Walk of Impact,
  • An amazing Silent Auction yielding over $38,000 toward our Gala goal of raising $350,000 to sustain the ongoing work of The Dwelling Place with 4 homes (able to serve a capacity of 52 women and children) in 2019,
  • Inspiring Program led by Joe Meyers, Emcee, with messages from Roy Anderson (Board Chair) and ministry updates from Linda Wiza (Executive Director),
  • Life stories from women at The Dwelling Place sharing the impact of abuse and the gifts of time, healing and hope they have gained through their stay at The Dwelling Place,
  • The Starfish Story -- Making a difference for one person at a time! 
  • Generous support received through Gala contributions, helping us move significantly toward our financial goal of $350,000,
  • Worship and praise through the music and leadership of Emily Alexander and Eagle Brook Music.

Overall - a wonderful evening dedicated to the glory of God! 

At this time we are still processing contributions and trust God to provide for this big need! Gala contributions may still be made through our Online Giving Portal or by mail with the designation of 2018 Gala.

A final report will be provided to those on the Dwelling Place's e-mail list later in November.  Are you on their mailing list?  If you would like to receive monthly updates from The Dwelling Place, please join via the mailing list: Mailing List

Are you interested in Volunteering?  Volunteer with The Dwelling Place program or participate in the renovation work with Lydia's Place. Your help is always welcomed!  Sign up:  Volunteer

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Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

With joy,

Monica Groves
Gala Coordinator
The Dwelling Place
940 - 44th Ave. NE, Unit #21307
Columbia Heights, MN  55421
Business Office: 651-221-0405
Direct: 651-343-5566

Giving Tuesday ... November 27, 2018 ... DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!

This Giving Tuesday — You Can Make a Difference in a Changing World!

Join us in supporting and praying for the LWML Mission Goal, which shares Jesus' love by reaching out to the hurting, helpless, and unbelieving people throughout the world.

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.  This year it is on November 27 and is intended to take the focus off of the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and instead celebrates giving back. Our goal is to use Giving Tuesday to spread the Gospel message by collecting money and raising awareness for LWML Mission Grants, which share the love of Jesus throughout all nations.

As of September, 2018, there are 7.6 billion people living on earth. Of that number, only 31% claim to follow the Christian faith. This means two out of three people do not know Jesus. Lutheran Women in Mission is reaching out to a world in need of the Gospel through mission grants. You have the opportunity to help reach others with the saving Word of Jesus.

On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday, November 27, you may donate toward LWML Mission Grants by using LWML Facebook, or Your donation will be doubled on that day!  Thanks to the commitment of two generous donors, this year all Giving Tuesday donations will be matched, up to $20,000 in matching funds! You can HELP by sharing on Giving Tuesday, so mark your calendar for November 27th and donate at

Share the mission of LWML and the excitement of Giving Tuesday with your congregation!

A note from our LWML District Financial Secretary, Irene Mensing

A gentle reminder for all LWML Societies in the MN South District with a special note for Society Treasurers:  Your society equalization is due November 15, 2018. You should have received the form from your Zone Treasurer.  Please remember that you need to return the completed form and your society’s equalization payment to your Zone Treasurer; her address should be on the form. Please do not send your society's equalization payments directly to Irene Mensing, the LWML Minnesota South District Financial Secretary. 

One additional reminder is that all money sent to LWML should be sent by separate checks whether for mites, memorials, equalization, etc.  Because those funds are likely deposited into different accounts, they need to be on separate checks.  We apologize for any inconvenience, but thank you from the bottom of our God-fearing hearts for understanding.  

Out 'n About - St. Paul's, Rost Township, Lakefield, MN

On September 20, 2018, thirteen members of St Paul, Rost Township (rural Lakefield, MN) packaged 25 purple bags of personal care items and blankets for expectant mothers who are being helped by the Helping Hands Pregnancy Center in Worthington, MN.  Too often, we give the mothers items which are specifically intended for their new babies, yet we forget that these mothers may not have the funds for some of the personal care items they may need – items that we take for granted.  Each purple bag contained a blanket and such things as perfumes, bath bombs, hand lotions, candles, nail polish, etc.  The women of St. Paul, Rost Township obtained a Thrivent Action Grant for the project which provided financial assistance for the purchase of some of the items.  That grant, in conjunction with the donations from other church members, helped to make beautiful bags for the expectant mothers.  Brenda Pomerenke and Shari Droll, dual VPs of Christian Growth, were instrumental in heading up the project.

"Donation Day" - Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana

President Deb recently visited Concordia Seminary at Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She attended “Donation Day” along with five other District Presidents and brought greetings to the seminarians from LWML MN South District during chapel.  She was able to meet and visit with two of the five seminarians from MN South who attend Concordia.  Cory Kroonblawd stopped for a quick visit and selfie with President Deb before running off to class.  Cory is the son of Pastor James Kroonblawd of Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran Church, Eagan, MN.  Cory is in his second year and hoping that in his third year of vicarage he will be placed in a MN South District church.  Cory and his wife are expecting their first child soon.

The five students from MN South District attending Fort Wayne Concordia are John Dolde, Joshua Dub, Cory Kroonblawd, Jordan Peiser, and Tanner Post.

During the luncheon with the Fort Wayne auxiliary women, wives of the seminarians along with children grinning from ear to ear, put on a fashion show with clothing they received from the Clothing Co-op.  Student Association President, Paul Gaschler addressed the fact the students and their families are very thankful for the prayers, support and mites from LWML.  This helps tremendously to ease their financial burden while preparing for ministry.  President Deb had the privilege of taking a tour of the Food and Clothing Co-op and to see first-hand what is available for the students.

President Deb also got to visit with former LWML MN South District Pastoral Counselor, Dr. Gary Zieroth, who was the keynote speaker.  He spoke on the “Change in Societies” and the problem issue, “Identity”.

Out 'n About - SW Suburban Zone - Mt. Hope, Bloomington

The SW Suburban Zone LWML hosted a "Saved to Serve" event at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN on September 29, 2018, in which 42 people participated.  The ladies tied 15 fleece blankets for 'Phil's Friends'.  In addition, Phil’s Friends was also the recipient of a $150 gift from the ladies’ group.  The blankets will be distributed to cancer patients to give them a warm hug while they undergo chemo.

The group also assembled Witness bracelets for MOST (Mission Opportunities Short Term) to be used around the world to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and also contributed $150 toward MOST’s ministry. The ladies enjoyed working together to complete these two projects and spending time with each other.  Special thanks to Thrivent as these projects were funded through the Thrivent Action Team program.