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November 2017 eNews


Edition 13


November, 2017

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

Travel to Mission Central

It was truly one of those special days on September 27, 2017!  Yes, a group of LWML members residing in the Minnesota South District went to spend a wonderful day at the world‑famous Mission Central.  A group of nearly 20 ladies attended and were able to hear the report of our newest Minnesota missionary, Johanna Heidorn.  Johanna resides in Rochester, MN and gave an excellent report on the calling that she had to go to Asia and Hong Kong.

This special group was able to gather together and send off Johanna. It truly was a very, very powerful event!  After routing the offices of Mission Central and the Barn Museum, the group enjoyed a special dinner that was prepared for them by volunteer cooks, Sharon Hamann and Mary Ketelsen, residents of Anthon, Iowa. 

LWML Blessings

These six LWML sisters in Christ have been nurturing a close bond through their 20+ years of serving the Lord with gladness together on the District board of directors.  That’s one of the many blessings ladies experience as Lutheran Women in Mission. Having become closer friends but living throughout the District, they strive to spend ‘sister-ship’ time together in what they now call “ReTreat”. Most recently, they gathered to share, spend time in the Word, and make “Homeless Mats” as a mission service activity – a true LWML experience.  To God be the glory for the mutual encouragement of one another’s faith (Romans 1:12 NIV). 

Around the District . . .

On LWML Sunday, October 1, the LWML and their Helping Hands group of St. John's Lutheran Church of Norwood Young America, MN, displayed these quilts on the church pews during the services.  The quilts were made and tied during the quilting days in the spring, and were then part of a special "Blessing of Quilts" held on LWML Sunday.  Many of the quilts were sewn in members' homes, then brought to the church for finishing.  Through it all, wonderful quilts blessed some fortunate recipients, and those doing the work were blessed with much socializing, humor, spiritual enrichment ... and of course, coffee!  To God be the Glory!


Man Mites

Redemption Lutheran in Bloomington, MN celebrated 75 years of LWML on Sunday, Oct.1 with the reminder that it's not all just about Women, but about helping others. Men and children are needed to help raise mites as well. Man Mites provided another way for all to be involved. 

LWML Sunday at St. Matthew’s in Worthington was celebrated by all LWML women wearing the LWML color, purple, and praising God with two songs during the offering portion of the service.  A large screen displayed the slide show of the LWML 75th Anniversary.  The LWML group also served cake between the worship services and presented gifts such as coffee cups, LWML socks, spatulas, pens and pencils to those in attendance.  During each service the President of the LWML gave a brief presentation about the importance of the various mission grants supported by LWML.  Both children’s and adult Mite boxes were distributed, as well as bookmarks showing the national mission grants that were selected at the recent convention in Albuquerque. 

LWML Sunday ... Silo, Lewiston, MN

Immanuel Lutheran Church (Silo) in Lewiston, MN. Each member wore purple. Two people acted as greeters before each service. After each service each woman received a LWML pamphlet, bookmark and mite box.  Our president spoke after each service, shared what we do and invited each person to join. Finally, we had a lovely display which will stay up all month.

Giving Tuesday


“Giving Tuesday”, is observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (Tuesday, November 28, 2017) and takes 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.

Thanks to two generous donors this year, all “Giving “Tuesday donations will be matched, up to $20,000 in matching funds.  Please visit the National LWML website or click the link below to contribute:

What a wonderful opportunity to support the work of the LWML.

We Pledge You Our Willing Hands... Wherever and Whenever...

Help us pack one million meals for Feed My Starving Children!

Join us at Woodbury Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Waconia, Rochester Central Lutheran School, or Hosanna Lutheran Church, Mankato to pack one million meals for Feed My Starving Children November 10-12. Your support is needed in three main ways:

  • Pray for the event and the children that will benefit.
  • Sign up to volunteer for as many two-hour shifts as you'd like. You can even sign up as a family or a group. We need about 5,000 volunteer shifts covered between the four packing sites. Registration opened on September 16. Volunteers must be age 5 or older.
  • Make a donation that covers the cost of the food (each meal costs $.22 to produce). Click here for a list of fundraising ideas--congregations and individuals can each play a part in raising the needed funds.

Please check out the resources to promote this event in your congregation or school. You can even download President Nadasdy's video today to share in your church or school!

If you have any questions about the MobilePack, email our event coordinator, Pastor Joe Behnke at the District Office.

Nominations Still Needed...

Nominations are still needed for next biennium's officers! We inadvertently put the wrong email in last month's issue of eNews - should have been  Click here to read more about needed officers and even submit a nomination online!

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