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March 2019 eNews

MNS LWML eNews

Edition 29

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March 2019

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

Mites ... It's What We're About 

Last Minute Push to Mission Goal ... Reprinted with permission of Patti Ross, President of National LWML

When this was originally posted by President Patti on February 11th, we had 59 days to finish funding our Mission Goal for the 2017-2019 LWML Biennium.  (Patti writes ... ) Oh, that I would live to see the day that we don’t have to make this final, last minute push, pull, grab, squeeze, or whatever you want to call it, to make our goal!

I guess we could lower it next time. We could make it something easy for us to attain. We could then sit back and pat ourselves on the back about a job well done. But if we did that, it wouldn’t really be a goal. I think of a goal as something you want to work towards that you haven’t reached before.

We could reduce the amount. Our grant recipients could just look elsewhere for funding. But they’d have to find someone who prayed for them, learned about their work, put out publicity about their work, or someone who would be inspired by their work.

We wouldn’t have to work so hard trying to raise money—the “M” word. We could quit having bake sales, craft sales, pledge walks, or offerings. But then the opportunity to witness and share the “why” we do those things gets taken away.

We could withdraw into our own little congregational groups and not worry about the big, bad world out there and all the lost souls. Let someone else do that—decreases my workload!

Yes, I guess I’ll just have to participate in the push, pull, grab, squeeze, or whatever it takes to meet our Mission Goal this year, and probably every year going forward, because that’s what I do as a Woman in Mission. I want to fund our mission grants so that God’s Word will be preached to all. So that God’s children will be cared for. And, so I will be reminded of the blessings of God, given to me to share.

Patti Ross
National LWML President

And on a final note, this thought arrived in our e-mail inboxes from the National LWML just this past week:

If every LWML Member donates just $5.00 between now and March 31, 2019 we can reach the Mission Goal.

eNews Editor’s Note: And, if we are blessed with an additional $5.00 to donate on behalf of those who may not have extra funds, that too, would be welcomed and appreciated!

Emanuel, Hamburg's Beautiful Ladies Have Been Busy AGAIN!

The creative and energetic ladies of Emanuel, Hamburg made sixty (60) pillowcases for “Wings – McLeod County."  The mission of “Wings” is to provide a care package that serves as an immediate bridge for every child as they enter the uncertainty of foster care.  The pillowcases are filled with some essentials which are certainly appreciated by the children going through challenging times.  Thanks to a few stitches and taking the time for fellowship and creativity, and with the help of an Action Team Grant from Thrivent Financial, the Lord has again blessed these beautiful and thoughtful ladies to be a blessing to others!  They serve as the hands and feet of Jesus!

A Worship Invitation . . . 

You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 Lutheran Hour Ministries

RALLY CELEBRATION

(SPONSORED BY OUR BROTHERS IN CHRIST, THE MINNESOTA SOUTH LLL)

The Minnesota South District of the International Lutheran Laymen’s League is hosting an “old-fashioned” Lutheran Hour Rally on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 4:00 PM at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 105 Hosanna Street, Mankato, Minnesota.  This special event features a powerful message from Rev. Michael Zeigler, the new speaker of The Lutheran Hour radio program.  Special guest officiants include:

    Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford, President, Minnesota South District LCMS,

    Rev. Dr. Donald Fondow, President, Minnesota North District LCMS,

    Rev. Dr. Tom Ries, President, Concordia University, St. Paul,

    Rev. Dr. David Preuss, District LLL Pastoral Advisor; and

    Rev. Dennis Heiden, Lead Pastor, Hosanna Lutheran, Mankato.

Features of the Rally Celebration include:

    A powerful message from Lutheran Hour Speaker, Rev. Michael Zeigler,

    Music from the Hosanna Praise Band,

    A mass choir composed of members from southern MN area churches and other Rally Celebration attendees; and

    A Ministry expo to learn more about Lutheran Hour Ministries Resources and how to be better equipped to share the Gospel.

In addition to sharing his message at the Rally Celebration, Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler will serve as guest preacher for both the 8:00 AM and the 10:00 AM worship services on Sunday morning, March 17, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1103 North Broad Street, Mankato, MN.

For more rally information and registration details, please contact Rev. Greg Heidorn at 507-273-8546.

Quilts for Lutheran World Relief - South Shore Trinity Guild

The women of Trinity Guild at South Shore Trinity Church in White Bear Lake have an annual event of making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Throughout the year, the ladies get together on a monthly basis to work on quilts to donate to the organization. This year the society made 89 quilts to donate and held a dedication service for the quilts on February 3, 2019 prior to bringing the quilts to the drop off location in the Twin Cities.

From One LWML Sister To Another

New Life Women at New Life Church in Hugo showed their passion to serve the Lord by raising money to assist Pastor Lo and his family's mission work as they support prosecuted Christians in Thailand, and also to support the youth attending the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis in the coming Summer 2019.

When the Women of New Life heard Pastor Lo speak about his work with prosecuted Christians in Thailand, they felt moved to help our fellow Christian sisters and brothers. Pastor Lo and his family are providing training to Hmong leaders for the holy ministry on behalf of Mission of Christ Network, LINC Ministries International, and Hmong International Mission. Their ministries include theological training with church leaders and pastors, discipleship training with church members, and working with local Christians to start new ministries and plant new churches.

New Life Women heard Pastor Lo speak of his work in Thailand and felt compelled to help, so as one of the members initiated the conversation, the rest followed with many ideas to organize a spaghetti feed. These ladies worked together to gather donations for the spaghetti feed as well as games and prizes to raise money for both Pastor Lo and his family as well as the youth attending the National Youth Convention.

One interesting part of this story is that Pastor Lo’s wife is the former LWML Minnesota South District Heart-to-Heart Sister, Kalia Lo. When her husband accepted the call to Thailand, she had to resign from her LWML position. In Thailand, she is assisting the organization, Southeast Asia Christian Services, by providing leadership and Christian Education to students and staff at Huayniam Christian Children Hostel. She also initiated a deaconess training program for Hmong Women. As LWML sisters, we support one another in our endeavors, similar to what the New Life Women did for the Lo Family in Thailand. 

Not to over-emphasize the need; however . . .

The following was a note from our Financial Secretary, Irene Mensing, to the Board of Directors regarding this month's deadline to submit Mites.  I share it here with all ladies of the MN South District to keep you informed . . . 

Dear Ladies of the LWML MN South District,

As you know, National is in need of our Mites to make our National Mite goal. To help them (and, of course, the LWML MN South District) Darlene (i.e. Darlene Fretham, our LWML Treasurer) and I will do our part.  Any mites sent to me (Irene) with a postmark of March 26 and received by me on March 28 will be included in the 25% of mites/outreach that Darlene sends to national each month. 

Of course, I’d appreciate it if you did not wait until the deadline and mailed a few days earlier. Typically, I receive the mail two days after postmark if there is no snow storm. 

In addition, Thrivent Members, please remember that your 2018 Thrivent Choice Dollars must be used by March 31 or you will lose them.  Consider giving them to MN South LWML mites. Although rather cryptic, the MN South LWML is listed with Thrivent as:
      LUTHERAN WOMENS MISSNRY LG MN STH DSTRCT.

As a reminder, Mites should be mailed to:

     Irene Mensing
     LWML MN South District Financial Secretary
     41000 50th Street
     Blue Earth, MN  56013

Zone Presidents, PLEASE SHARE this with your societies.

Irene

We don’t contribute to test God; yet His word in Luke 6:38 reminds us that we are blessed to be a blessing to others, “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."