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September 2019 eNews


Edition 35

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September 2019

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

A Thank You From First Lutheran of Les Cayes - Our Mission in Haiti

Bon jour and blessings, Members of LWML MN South District,

We raise our hands in thanksgiving and praises to our blessed Father.  He has once again provided for His children in Haiti.  There has been much turmoil in the cities which has caused this mailing to come to you later than usual, but the children are safe and on their summer vacation right now.  Please continue to pray for the children, their families, their teachers, the program directors, and pastors.  Father God is speaking into their hearts while the food you're providing is filling their bellies.  We thank you greatly for your sacrifice.


We again want to thank you, as school sponsors, for walking along side us. The support you provide through your prayers, financial giving and telling others about the ministry is an integral part of our success. You are a tremendous blessing and we look forward to our continued journey together.

Blessings and God's Grace to our friends,

Jennifer Perkins


For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21). 

Creative, Classy and Cross-Generational

The “Women of Immanuel” of Fairmont, MN hosted a "Jewelry Exchange 2019" for women of all ages and their guests. The ladies brought in their unwanted or used jewelry, scarves and handbags, and took turns finding new pieces to take home to be worn, used and loved. This event brought young and old together while making special memories, getting to know each other, enjoying delightful treats, and sharing in God’s Word with “jewel-themed” devotions. The younger girls enjoyed making and decorating heart-shaped jewelry boxes and included their favorite hand-picked selections for other young girls their age to include in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Their time together was fun and enjoyable, and a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

The Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession (Deuteronomy 14:2).

A Wonderful, Surprise Meeting in Mobile

Carol Hubert is pictured above with Alvina Federwitz at the Lutheran Bible Translators booth in the exhibit area of the LWML National Convention.  The Ruth Guild of Trinity, Waconia, has been a financial partner with the LBT and Alvina for almost forty years since she and her husband, Dale, had been missionaries in Liberia. Since his passing in 2002, Alvina remained in Liberia to continue her work in translating the Bible into the languages of the Liberian tribes. She is now living in North Carolina, but continues to be active with the LBT and her Liberian staff.  Carol Hubert has been the Ruth Guild’s liaison contact with Alvina for many years, so it was a wonderful surprise to meet with her again in Mobile.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace (1 Peter 4:10 ESV).

Three Generations in Mobile

Glenda Schuft and her granddaughter, Anna Mages, are pictured at the Heart to Heart booth.  Glenda is the mother of Mary Kay Mages, LWML MN South District Recording Secretary.  Anna is Mary Kay's daughter; Mary Kay was also an attendee at the convention. How wonderful to have three generations gathering for worship and praise at the LWML National Convention.


Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).


More from Mobile ... "What Mobile Meant to Me" 

In wrapping up the last of our reports on the 2019 LWML National Convention held in Mobile, Alabama, we'd like to share with you the closing thoughts of several of the delegates who attended.  It is our hope that you might get a glimpse into the Convention and perhaps consider attending the next LWML National Convention being held in Lexington, Kentucky, from June 24-27, 2021.


Judy Donahue, Rochester Delegate:  It was my honor to represent Minnesota South District as we voted on new officers, bylaw amendments, and new mission grants. The friends and connections we made on this journey is priceless, and, with the Lord's help, we both look forward to trying to make the next convention in Lexington, KY in 2021. Thanks be to God for His hand in making this journey possible.

Connie Petersen, St. Paul Metro Delegate:  As one of the preachers stated, “Women know how to have a convention and have fun!  Why haven’t I attended before?

Linda Seifert, Waseca Delegate:  The Mission goal and designation is most important. I enjoyed Donna Pyle's Bible Study and all of the mission speakers. I also enjoyed the pastors that spoke. I love Jan Struck, the added humor. The sand artist was fantastic.

Marilyn Coleman, NE Suburban Delegate: Conventions are very important to me:

  • it gives us a chance to fellowship with other ladies from all over;
  • we hear how our mites have helped many by hearing from Mission speakers;
  • we hear the word of the Lord from many and it is an awesome sight to see all the Pastors that attend and partake in the opening worship;
  • we hear from a great Bible study leader;
  • we get to receive Jesus body and blood through Holy Communion with some 3,000 plus people;
  • we see how God works in the people who provide awesome entertainment;
  • we come home having been inspired by the Holy Spirit and full of joy.

It truly is an honor to serve as a delegate, I pray other women are encouraged to be one.

Sandy Buckentin, South Carver Delegate: I enjoyed the LWML National Convention very much. It was a very interesting time to see the inside workings of the LWML. It was wonderful to see the dedication of all that were involved in hosting the Convention, as well as the people I met there from the youngest to the older ladies.

Rosie Swanson, Worthington Delegate: A great experience to meet and visit with other ladies of LWML.  Being a "first-timer", I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was awe inspiring!  The Communion service was great, communing with over 3,000 people who all believe that Jesus is our Savior meant a lot to me.  I sure did enjoy our song leader, Rev. Taylor!  Hearing about our "mighty mites" and all the good that is happening because of them fills my heart with great joy. It is wonderful to learn about the hard-working faith of so many people in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and his love for us!  And the whole convention, I can't even imagine the time and planning and preparing for something like this.

Pamela Illies, Lake Minnetonka Delegate: I attended the closing service when the LWML National Convention was in Minneapolis years ago, but this was my first time to attend an LWML National Convention in its entirety.  I truly had no idea what to expect, so I did not go with preconceived notions other than that there would be crowds, and that I might have multiple issues with my personal “thorn in the flesh”.  I praise God that despite the crowds, He held me in His hands as always.  My fears melted away as people of faith and my LWML sisters and brothers from around the world surrounded me with prayer and thanksgiving!  I will never forget this experience and will always be grateful to LWML MN South, the Lake Minnetonka Conference, and the ladies from Our Savior Lutheran LWML for their prayers and support.  May I continue to be uplifted and encouraged as I rise each day "In Praise to the Lord".

Paula Webinger, Winona Delegate: It was important for me to attend the LWML National Convention in Mobile, AL, to bring me out of my comfort zone and to realize that I and my local LWML society are a small part of a greater whole.  It is amazing to me how our mites, time, energy, talents, creativity, given to us by God, can impact and benefit the many organizations and places worldwide.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn how our sisters in the LWML, through their love of Jesus, play such an impactful part in God's plan to save others by loving and caring for them.

Karen Stephens, NW Suburban Delegate: The experience was wonderful and helped me feel more connected to the mission grants and the national organization.  I was so immersed in the Word during the Bible studies and the singing.  The divine service was awesome.  How uplifting was that choir!  The gathering of the Gifts from the Heart and the service activities really made me feel a part of a multitude of Christians extending Christ's love.  Thank you for this opportunity.

Darlene Lind, Litchfield Delegate: The LWML National Convention in Mobile was an awesome, inspiring experience. Hearing more than 3,000 women singing praises to our Lord touched me deeply. I was impressed with the presentations from the mission projects and realizing that our mites are doing unbelievable things to spread the message of salvation. As a delegate, I felt privileged to represent the MN South District.

Diane Gustad, North Carver Delegate: I liked being able to connect the many facets of the national organization and the work of the national organization along with the partnerships with LCMS.  We are all so active in missions! My spiritual cup was overflowing with our wonderful, awesome music, and Donna Pyle with her Bible Studies. I loved having Mobile Ambassadors join us around the convention hall.  Beautiful dresses!

Irene Mensing, Blue Earth Delegate: Attending with over 3,000 Lutherans and worshiping together is a mountain-top experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It is an honor to serve as a delegate and then to share my experience with societies in my zone.  Meeting new people and sharing is always a highlight, along with reacquainting with old friends.  The reinforcement of learning to praise God at all times, even in crises, is another meaningful take-away for me.

Above are some of our MN South District delegates and representatives at the LWML National Convention ~ Mobile, Alabama ~ 2019.

Last, But Not Least, In Case You Missed It ... an LWML Retreat Recap

Serving Through Love: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37), was the theme and Bible verse for the 2019 Women's Retreat. We met at the AmericInn in Mankato, July 19 -20, 2019.  Early registration with a welcome potluck was held on Thursday evening, July 18.

There were 38 who attended the retreat for the weekend, which included our Christian Life Committee, presenters and mission speaker. Our LWML MNS District Christian Life Pastoral Counselor, Reverend Wayne Bernau, presented the Bible Studies.  Pastor Bernau led us in both a morning and an afternoon Bible Study.  The Bible Studies were titled, “Serving in Love” and “Loving, Joyful Service to Our Lord and Others in LWML and Beyond”.

Interspersed with the Bible Studies were our AOL (Assembly of Leaders) trainings.  Three training sessions were presented on Friday by Kathy Roslansky, Vice President of Servant Resources, and President Deb Vinkemeier.  President Deb Vinkemeier presented the fourth and final training session on Saturday morning. 

On Saturday, we were also honored to have Kalia (pictured above) as our mission speaker.  Kalia was our former Heart to Heart Sister.  She, along with her husband, have a ministry in Southeast Asia, where she will be heading within the next few weeks.  As part of our Servant Event, the retreat attendees made greeting cards.  We presented the 85 handmade greeting cards to Kalia for use in their ministry.  In closing, Kalia presented a check to Evelyn Seton, our current Heart to Heart Sister, for the LWML MN South District. 

God's richest blessings to you all,

Christian Life Committee:
   Pastoral Counselor, Wayne Bernau,
   Chair, Debi Mahoney,
   Sherrie Anderson, and
   Mary Venckus.

A Blessing and Prayer (from the retreat, by Pastor Wayne Bernau):

May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. Amen.