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Edition 31

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May 2019

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

MEET OUR YWRs: Let me introduce you ... Let them make you smile!

Hello, I’m Melissa Adelsen, and I am 33 years old and live in southern Minnesota.  I had the privilege of being the YWR for my zone at this last year’s district convention and learned so much about how LWML works and what the LWML supports. I was lovingly encouraged by my fellow LWML society to apply for the national YWR position. Praise be to God, I was selected with my fellow YWR, Molly, to represent the Minnesota South District. I am really looking forward to attending the national convention and meeting so many other like-minded LWMLers. I am also very excited to see what missions will be supported through this convention. I cannot wait to attend the 2019 LWML convention in Mobile Alabama, thanks be to God for this privilege!


Hello! I’m YWR, Molly!  I’m 40 years old and happy to be considered “young enough” for this opportunity and privilege. I’m blessed to be the daughter of Ron and long-time LWMLer Cynthia, the wife of Pastor Mark, and the mother of four kids who are all taller than I am! (And at 5’8”, I’m not exactly “short.”) I love to read, write, talk, sing, and play instruments, especially my French horn.

I was lovingly encouraged by my society (and by President Deb) to apply for the YWR position, and I feel incredibly humbled to have been chosen alongside Melissa to serve in this capacity together. I’ve already learned much from serving on the District Gospel Outreach committee, and I look forward to the new opportunities this role will bring. Finding faithful ways to support the spread of the Gospel is vital for men AND women, and I’m grateful for these “good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10)

In Alabama, I’m looking forward to getting to know Melissa, learning more of God’s Word, and hearing many stories of how Christ’s free gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation are impacting the lives of people I haven’t even met yet! Thanks to the committee for selecting us “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) We look forward to meeting and working with you all.

Human Care - Helping Those in Need

LWML members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Hutchinson, Minnesota, hosted the director of the Local Birthright Organization, Judy Hagen, as a speaker at their March meeting.  She shared the organization's goals and work in assisting women in choosing life for their unborn children. 


At the meeting, the director was presented with a host of baby/toddler supplies that the group had been collecting since January as part of their Human Care project.  The director was overwhelmed at the generosity of the group as the ladies also contributed money as part of their March mission project to the organization that serves as a pregnancy crisis center for women in the area. 
To God be the Glory!

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                 Showing Jesus’ Love Through Toilet Paper (and other items)

On Saturday, April 6, at St. John’s in Hammond, 30 people, including three men of the Lake Pepin Zone, were blessed to hear about the wonderful work God is doing at The Dwelling Place in St. Paul (an LWML MN South District Grant recipient).  Monica Groves, the Mission Advancement Director at The Dwelling Place shared with attendees how The Dwelling Place provides long-term healing and hope to victims of domestic abuse through supportive services and a safe place to call home.


Monica also informed us about the 4th house which was recently opened and that The Dwelling Place is now able to provide housing for 57 women and children at a time.  Monica said numerous times that this was her chance “to brag about what our God has done.”  The attendees showed Jesus’ love with the Gifts From The Heart including toilet paper, diapers, laundry soap, softener sheets, and paper towels for The Dwelling Place. (Donations of ketchup, pasta, tuna, tuna helper, and toilet paper were also given to the Zumbro Valley Food Shelf.)  


Monica commented on how important donations of common items, such as toilet paper, are to the residents of The Dwelling Place.  As part of the rally, The Dwelling Place also received the banner/baby quilt that Linda Zabel (Zone Treasurer) made for the 2018 LWML MN South District Convention (see photo above).  Overall, it was a great morning of spending time “At the Heart of Love” (the rally theme) and learning more about Jesus’ love for us and how we can share it with others. 

Mission Grant Proposals

A timely message from Carol Hubert, our Vice President of Gospel Outreach: 

          Now is the time to begin thinking about applying for a Mission Grant to be presented at the 2020 LWML Minnesota South District Convention. 


       The instructions for submitting a Mission Grant Proposal as well as the Application may be found under "District Forms" by clicking on this link:


The proposals must be postmarked or electronically submitted by January 3, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hubert at


A Thank You from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

An excerpt of the thank you received from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO . . .


We at Concordia Seminary again express our deepest gratitude to the LWML Minnesota South District for its important $5,750 mission grant to help fund the educations of our Graduate School’s many international students.  As neither these students, nor their home countries’ church bodies have nearly enough resources to fund these students’ advanced-level education costs, this grant to help support these costs is indeed vital.


As described in our mission grant proposal, these foreign students – who are among their countries’ top theology scholars – will assume key roles in the carrying out of the Great Commission when they earn their advanced degrees and return home.  Most will become professors at their countries’ seminaries and will serve an important role in raising up the next generation of pastors who will spread the Gospel message throughout their nations.  Others will become church leaders who will be involved in further organizing and growing their countries’ church bodies, helping ensure that those living in every region of their nations hear and learn of the wonderful message of salvation through Christ.


Since we submitted our grant proposal on January 2, 2018, nine international students have earned their degrees, and 10 new, highly-qualified foreign students have been admitted to the Graduate School.  During this time, the students continued with their intensive studies, with many advancing to writing their theses or dissertations.  Many also attended multiple symposia and conferences both on- and off-campus.  In addition, two presented at our Multi-ethnic Symposium, an annual two-day event at the Seminary that last year attracted more than 300 attendees, a number of whom were ethnic Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) pastors from different parts of the United States.


The Graduate School currently enrolls 41 international students who collectively are from the following 17 countries:  Argentina, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Liberia, Norway, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Uruguay and Venezuela. 


On behalf of the Graduate Schools many international students, Concordia Seminary again conveys its warmest appreciation to the LWML Minnesota South District for its vital mission grant.


Trinity, Waconia ... and involving their Trinity Students 

The women of Trinity Lutheran LWML in Waconia, MN, have been busy again and were privileged to involve the second and third grade classrooms.  The women collaborated with Trinity Lutheran School from November through January on a project that involved collecting baby items for baby care kits for Lutheran World Relief. 


Together they gathered a total of $300 and many pieces of baby clothes and supplies needed to assemble 108 baby care kits.  Parents of the students also secured Thrivent Action Team grants to fund the project.  The second and third grade students assembled the kits on Valentine’s Day, February 14th …. Truly a gift from the heart!  To God be the Glory!


Good Shepherd, Owatonna . . . in Service to Their Students

The women of Good Shepherd in Owatonna never cease to amaze us with what is commonly called “being the hands and feet of Jesus”.  This group enjoys being together, the fellowship, and the outcome of the various servant events they perform. 


Earlier this year, their group of LWMLers put together "Care Packages" and mailed them to the Good Shepherd freshmen college students. The Quilting Group at church also gives a handmade quilt to each graduating high school senior.

The ladies applied for and received a Thrivent Action Team Grant to pay for the Care Packages and postage.  Each package included the following: Post-It Notes, Life Savers, gum, chocolate bars and hearts, hot chocolate, pens, Chapstick, fun erasers, a personalized bookmark with their name on it, and a note which read,

               “We have been in prayer over you and your schooling as you have been
                adjusting to life after high school.  We hope this care package finds you
                well and puts a big smile on your face.
                More than anything, we want you to know that
                JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE!
                God bless you!"

Most of the items had little notes and Bible verses on them which former Young Women’s Representative, Amy Vincelli, put together, such as the “Extra” gum with a note stating, "You are extra special!".


The ladies who worked on this project reported, “This was such a fun project and most appreciated by parents and students!” 


In addition to their college student mailing, the ladies served an Advent Supper as well as two Lenten suppers with proceeds going to Mites . . . but as they’ve said, “they’ve been doing that for a number of years so nothing new” (but I thought I would mention it anyway!).  These ladies continually go above and beyond to share their faith and the blessings they've been given!