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September 2017 eNews


Edition 11


September, 2017

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

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of LWML

On July 9, Members for Centennial Lutheran Church, Henderson, MN, celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the LWML by using the 2017 Prayer Service, Lutheran Women's Missionary League Celebrating 75 Years of Commending Christ From One Generation to Another” for the Sunday morning worship service.  Members of the LWML society took part of the service and provided refreshments following the service.

Think about what you might be able to do in your church to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the LWML.  We would love to hear your ideas and share your information and photos in an upcoming edition of the LWML MN South District eNews.

Another Society in Action

Back in January, and in conjunction with Sanctity of Life Sunday, the Wednesday night “Faith and Family Night” group at Redeemer, Wayzata, organized a diaper drive (DRI) for a crisis pregnancy center.   For those that are wondering, DRI is the organization’s way of saying "dry", since it started as a diaper “drive”.  Even though this servant activity was scheduled to conclude at the end of July, the LWML wanted to continue to collect items to be donated to the Robbinsdale Women's Center, and broadened the program to include donations of other useful baby items.  Thus far, they have collected a total of 1,241 items, including onesies, baby blankets, bibs, wash cloths, diapers, wipes, and many other baby items.  The items collected are taken to the Robbinsdale Women's Center in Robbinsdale, MN.  The used items that were donated were taken to IOCP, Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners. Even though this particular LWML Society doesn’t meet during the summer months, this wonderful service project continues and keeps LWML "visible" in the congregation.

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Luke 6:38.

LWML Committees Selected for 2017-2019

At their August 2017 meeting in St. Louis, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) Executive Committee selected committees for the 2017-2019 biennium. Over 50 women have committed to "Serve the Lord with Gladness" for this biennium. These women have accepted committee or team assignments and will meet together in October for training and planning. (*A big shout-out to the national LWML Committee Members and Counselor who call MN South their home.  They are listed in bold, italic font below.  You make us proud to call you one of our own and we pray that your service to Him and the LWML be blessed.)  The new committees are:

Christian Life
   Mary Marten, Chairman - Falcon, CO
   Ruth Badciong - Winona, MN
   Diana Schnack - Grove City, OH

Christian Resources Editors
   Diane Grebing, Chairman - Renault, IL
   Linda Koeller - Combined Locks, WI
   Tina Landskroener - Quincy, IL

Graphics Team
   Stephanie Kollbaum, Chairman - Pocatello, ID
Diane Frauendienst - Henderson, MN
   Amy Gill - Phoenix, AZ
   Judy Newell - Chesterfield, MO
   Shannon Sanew - Glen Ellyn, IL

Information Technology
   Kathy Pavelock, Chairman - Blossvale, NY
   Tina Bentley - McCall, ID
   Dawn Zerkel - Pleasant Plains, IL

Official Publication Staff
   Nancy Graf Peters, Editor-in-Chief - Poughkeepsie, NY
   Cheri Fish - Bay City, MI
   Amy Gill - Phoenix, AZ
   Linda Guteres - Medford, NY
   Sheila Lutz - Pekin, IL
   Sharon Rapp - Conway, AR
   Becky Wehrspann - Jessup, IA

Gospel Outreach
   Nancy Heredia, Chairman - Yuma, AZ
   Carol Fuys - Lisle, IL
   Mary Scharenbrock - Glen Flora, WI

Mission Grants
   Susan Donnelly, Chairman - Whiting, NJ
   Sylvia Bean - Clovis, NM
   Leslie Colligan - Dedham, MA
   Janell McKinstry - Summerset, SD    
   Nikki Tyrrell - Taylor, ND

Growth and Development
   Crystal Miller, Chairman - LaVista, NE
   Ann Marie Bollas - Painesville, OH
   Deaconess Rachel Jaseph - Ft. Wayne, IN
   Deaconess Betty Knapp - Marquette, MI

Leadership Development
   Susan Brunkow, Chairman - Manhattan, KS
   Cheryl Killham - Marion, IA
Deb Vinkemeier - Bigfork, MN

   Arlene Naasz, Chairman - Pierre, SD
   Mary Smith - Boise, ID
   LaDonna Stanosheck - Osmond, NE
   Barb Volk, Advisory - Hendersonville, NC

Heart to Heart Sisters
   Melissa Salomon, Chairman - Chula Vista, CA
   Anita Beyersdorf - Hemlock, MI
   Oluwatoyin Fakuajo - St. Paul, MN
   Mai Thao - Milwaukee, WI

Committee on Young Women
   Carrie Brumbaugh, Chairman - Lyman, WY
   Abby Faske - College Station, TX
   Kimberlea Lessman - DeRidder, LA
   Brianne Stahlecker - Seward, NE

Public Relations Team
   Michelle Zollinger, Chairman - Monroe, LA
   Bev England - Tulsa, OK
   Beth Weber - Grand Junction, CO

   Patti Ross, President - Tulsa, OK
   Jennifer Huecker, Vice President of Christian Life - Brunceton, MO
   Char Kroemer, Vice President of Communication - Newberg, OR
   Angelina Jauregui, Vice President of Gospel Outreach - Montebello, CA
   Debbie Larson, Vice President of Organizational Resources - Florissant, CO
   Kaye Wolff, Vice President of Special Focus Ministries - Southfield, MI
   Ginger Starrett, Recording Secretary - Belvidere, NJ
   Marilyn Schroeder, Treasurer - Boone, IA
Reverend Robert Mundahl, Senior Pastoral Counselor - Faribault, MN
Reverend Mitchel Schuessler, Junior Pastoral Counselor - Troy, IL

NOMINATING COMMITTEE (also elected officers)
   Joy Anderson, Chairman, MN South District - Prior Lake, MN

   Karen Morrison, Kansas District - Wichita, KS
   JoNette Brogaard, Minnesota North - Alexandria, MN
   Linda Fees, Nebraska South District - Miller, NE
   Sherrie Smith, Northern Illinois District - Justice, IL

   Leslie Jaseph, Meeting Manager - Crownsville, MD
   Michelle Zollinger, Public Relations Director - Monroe, LA
   Carol von Soosten, Strategic Plan Facilitator - Centralia, IL

Planning Meeting Scheduled
LWML leadership from across the country will convene in St. Louis, Missouri, October 25-28, 2017 for an Interdepartmental Meeting under the theme "Engage, Encourage, Equip, Enjoy."  All committees and teams will come together to set their goals, objectives, and action plans for this biennium. This is an important and busy time for the LWML, and President Patti asks God's people to keep the Pastoral Counselors and servant leaders in their prayers as they join together in Christ's name.


Your Mites are AGAIN Making a Difference!

The LWML MN South District was humbled to receive the following thank you note from Camp Omega.  Excerpts of the letter are as follows:

Thank you for your contribution toward the Adult & Family Retreat Center projects for the ministry that our Lord has through Camp Omega.

Your gift of $4,000 will help provide modern, comfortable retreat spaces and help fulfill the needs for family and adult ministry in a very meaningful way for many years to come.

Camp Omega would not be what it is without generous supporters like you.

Thank you for partnering with us as the Lord uses Camp Omega to change lives and further His Kingdom.

In HIS Service,
Bob LaCroix, Executive Director

P.S.  So very much appreciate your support of this project.  Thank you!

You are invited . . .


The Minnetonka Conference Fall Rally will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waconia, MN (located at 602 Second Street, Waconia) on Monday, October 2, 2017.  Fellowship and dessert begins at 6:30 P.M., the Rally begins at 7:00 P.M.  The guest speaker for the evening is Rev. Fredric Heinz, "Public Policy Advocate" for Minnesota South District, speaking on the topic "After Trinity: The New Landscape of  Parental Choice in Education".  The Supreme Court has made it clear that the State can no longer favor a secular education and a secular view of life over religious education and a religious view of life.  Come to learn more about this important development which promises to remove a major roadblock to the proclamation of the Gospel and energize Christian education.  This rally will provide important insight into how your Christian Day School may benefit financially from such legislation.

AND . . .

Trinity Guild, the LWML society at South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake (located at 2480 South Shore Boulevard, White Bear Lake), will be hosting their 14th Annual German Dinner to be held this fall on Sunday, October 8, with two seatings.  The first seating begins at 11:15 AM; the second seating begins at 12:30 PM.  The cost is $14.00 for adults; $5.00 for children, ages 6-11; and is free for children, age 5 and under.  The last day to purchase tickets is October 2.

This traditional German meal, consisting of pork roast, brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad, red cabbage, and much more, is homecooked by the Guild members with lots of help from other members of the congregation.  This social event, great food and fellowship, is enjoyed by all, including many guests!  Funds raised from this event support the mission projects of Trinity Guild.  For further information, please contact Sally at the church office: 651-429-4293 or Muriel Janneke at: 651-653-0411.

AND . . .

A celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is being hosted by the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Windom, MN, on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Windom Community Center (1750 Cottonwood Lake Drive, Windom) beginning at 2:00 PM.  A special worship service with a mass choir of participants from the Worthington Circuit, plus numerous hymns written by Martin Luther, will be included.   The festivities will also include a drama depicting the events of the Reformation.  Refreshments to be served after the service.  All are invited to join in celebration of this world‑changing event.

Hmm-m-m-m........ "Peach Cobbler"

Fall will soon be upon us and we’re already experiencing occasional days of cooler weather (our LWML MN North friends experienced 32‑degree temps in Grand Marais this morning as I add this final article to the September eNews).  With fall ahead and warm comfort food replacing watermelon and lemonade, it may be time to enjoy some fresh peaches before that season ends.

Here's a super easy slow cooker peach cobbler recipe.

What you need:

  • About 8 medium peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, thinly sliced
  • Optional: chopped pecans or walnuts

    What you do:

  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray OR use a slow cooker liner (found near plastic wrap and foil in most stores).
  2. Put sliced peaches into the slow cooker.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. (Add pecans or walnuts to this mixture, if using.)
  4. Sprinkle the mixture over the peaches in the slow cooker.
  5. Top with butter slices.
  6. Cover the top of your slow cooker with a paper towel and then put the lid on top of the paper towel. This will allow the paper towel to absorb the moisture.
  7. Cook on high for about 2 hours or until peaches reach desired tenderness.
  8. If you wish to splurge, serve with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. YUM!
  9. Then thank God for the blessings of our day, food to eat, and relationships to cherish!
  10. Enjoy!