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January 2020 eNews

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January 2020

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

A New Year's Resolution ... by President Deb Vinkemeier

How many of you have made a New Year's Resolution?  I am sure many of us have, only to know that they will soon be forgotten.

I found this poem many years ago and have it taped to my desk.  It reminds me that as I begin this New Year and as I go through the coming year, that I am not alone.  I would like to share this poem with you which was written by Anne Johnson Flint. 

I won’t look back; God knows the fruitless efforts,
The wasted hours, the sinning, the regrets:
I leave them all with Him who blots the record,
And mercifully forgives and then forgets.

I won’t look forward; God sees all the future,
The road that, short or long, will lead me home,
And He will face with me its every trial
And bear with me the burdens that may come.

But I’ll look up into the face of Jesus
For there my weary heart can rest, my fears are stilled;
And there is joy and love, and light for darkness,
And perfect peace, and every hope fulfilled.

 

Wishing you a New Year filled with God’s gift of grace, happiness and love.

 

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the
Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).

 

Serving with joy,
President Deb

 

"All God's Creatures, Great and Small" 

On December 7, 2019, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MN, held its 10th Annual Christmas Tea. The title was “All God’s Creatures Great and Small”.  About 200 ladies enjoyed a delicious meal served by volunteer men of Beautiful Savior who gave up their time to help with the Christmas Tea.  Gideon, the Comfort Dog from The Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, was the special guest.

The ladies loved getting to know Gideon and hearing how he is able to instill a calming influence on people, allowing them to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them. Christmas Carols were sung by the Brueskes, a brother and sister duet who engaged the ladies to sing along with them.

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes  (Psalm 19:8).
 

Important Dates to Remember

MISSION GRANT PROPOSALS

There is still time to submit a Mission Grant Proposal application if you haven’t yet done so. Application forms and instructions can be found on the mnslwml.org website. Your application must be postmarked by January 3, 2020.  If you have any questions, you may contact Carol Hubert, Vice President of Gospel Outreach, at gospeloutreachvp@mnslwml.org.


Nominations for LWML District Offices

The LWML Minnesota South District Nominating Committee would like your help in nominating candidates for the 2020 LWML Minnesota South District Convention held June 19-20, 2020. Two names are needed for each position on the ballot. The positions that will be on the 2020 ballot include Vice President of Christian Life, Vice President of Servant Resources, Vice President of Human Care, Treasurer, Pastoral Counselor (2), and Nominating Committee Members - one from each conference. Job descriptions for each office can be found in the LWML Manual and under Forms on the LWML Minnesota South District website. The deadline to submit is January 6, 2020. Thank you for your help!


BUS TRAVEL TO THE 2020 MNS LWML CONVENTION

For those of you in the Minnesota southeast, eastern, and metro area who would be interested in riding a bus to the District Convention, please let your Zone President know by January 31, 2020. A bus has been tentatively reserved for June 18-20, 2020. Pick up points have not yet been determined. The cost would be approximately $42.00 round trip.


Applications for Zone Young Women Representatives

Applications for our Zone YWRs for the 2020 District Convention are due February 1, 2020.  Be in prayer for all women considering applying to be a YWR and encourage someone you know to apply.  The link to the application can be found at: 

https://www.mnslwml.org/ministries/young-women

St. John's, Atwater  ~ ~  Christmas Gathering

President Deb had the privilege to attend a Christmas gathering with the St. John’s Lutheran Church group of Atwater, MN.  A devotion was held, and Christmas Carol games were led by Pastor Strickland.  

Each year, the ladies of St. John Lutheran collect items for their shut-ins.  They had a wonderful collection of gifts which included activity items, candy, cookies, personal items, and more, for the nine shut-ins of their congregation.  The items were then delivered to the shut-ins by church members, young and old, who volunteered to make a holiday visit to those receiving the gifts. 

President Deb spoke to the group about supporting missions and becoming active in the LWML MN South District.  A delicious lunch was provided, and a gift exchange was held. What a privilege to join this warm, welcoming group of ladies and pastor who love to Serve the Lord with Gladness.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart  (Psalm 37:4).

"Go Tell It On The Mountain" 

To share the love of Jesus, on Saturday, November 16, the women of Our Savior Lutheran’s LWML, Excelsior, MN were joined by friends and the American Heritage Girls in a hymn sing at Trouvaille Memory Care Suites in Excelsior. 

A pianist and 22 singers were joined by more than 30 residents, staff members and visitors, some of whom sang all the songs!  One resident sang along to every verse!  From “Go Tell It on The Mountain”, “Amazing Grace”, “Jesus Loves Me” and “Kumbya”, everyone enjoyed the music. 

Following “Let There be Peace on Earth”, cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and lively conversation were served up!  What a joy!  The ladies of Our Savior Lutheran LWML look forward to coming to Trouvaille again soon.  Ann Webb, Activities Director, also received twelve lap robes for the residents which were made by LWML Lake Minnetonka Zone Delegate, Pam Illies.

We pray:  Father, you revealed your Son to the nations by the guidance of a star. Help us to walk in the light of Christ as we follow you this day, and lead us to Your glory in heaven by that light of faith. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the World who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen. 
 

Christmas Joy at High Island Creek

The ladies of St. John’s LWML, Arlington, visited the residents of the High Island Creek Residence (an intermediate care facility for people with intellectual disabilities) on Tuesday, December 3rd. They sang songs that the residents chose.

 

Each resident was given a gift and a stocking hat. In addition, the staff members were given coloring books, crayons, story books, puzzles and stickers to share with the residents. The residents colored pictures to send to their family members as birthday cards or other correspondence.

 

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples
(Psalm 96:1-3).

 

An Important Christmas Mite Update from our Financial Secretary

Dear LWML Sisters,

Since many companies announce year-end profits and Christmas letters are sent to family and friends sharing the traditional update of what we have been up to for the past year, as your LWML MN South District Financial Secretary and with those end-of-year thoughts in mind, I am providing this update of our LWML Minnesota South District mite goal of $265,000.00.  Please keep in mind that this update is as of mid-December, 2019 and you will be reading this on or about January 1, 2020.

Our mite collection for the past year has had its usual ups and downs.  As times are changing, so are the meetings with many ladies missing summer months and snowbirds going south for the winter.  The highest month was just this past November with $17,006.75 collected in Outreach for Mites and the lowest month was June with an amount of $5,972.29.  The average monthly collection for the first 11 months of 2019 was exactly $9,292.37.  Every mite collected is a blessing for the missions selected at our 2018 District Convention. However, we need to collect $14,274.93 in each of the remaining five months of the biennium which ends April 30, 2020. 

So far, in this current month of December, we have only collected $5,227.78.  In order to meet our average monthly 'budget', we need to collect an additional $9,000 in just two weeks. 

So this 2019 Christmas message ends with a sad note in reporting we are behind in mite giving, but we want to make you aware now while there may still be time to catch up.  With the help of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray we will all pull together and meet our 2018-2020 biennium mite goal of $265,000.00.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Irene Mensing
LWML MN South District Financial Secretary