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May 2018

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Mite Goal for the 2016-2018 Biennium

What happens since we did't meet our mite goal?

This question was asked at the last Board of Directors meeting of the LWML Minnesota South District. The answer was that those grants not paid are carried forward into the next biennium. Unfortunately, we did not meet our goal for the 2016-2018 biennium. We were short by $13,371.59. But, with prayer and continued mite contributions we can still collect the funds needed for the 2016-2018 mission grants goal. 

Remember, you can donate online, with your Thrivent Choice dollars, through Joyful Response or by sending a check to Joann Rosenfeld, Financial Secretary, 44356 220th Street, Arlington, MN 55307. If you need more information about Joyful Response, contact Joann at or 507-317-1009. Please leave a message if she can't answer her phone when you call. 

     Let's see if we can get the mite thermometer on the website to the top before the Convention at the end of June!

Northwest Suburban Zone Rally

The Northwest Suburban LWML Zone Spring Rally was held April 7, 2018 at Eternal Hope Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Park.  Brunch was served to 48 attendees by the ladies of Eternal Hope.

The theme was the “Woman at the Well/Water of Life” and “Recognizing the Living Water" and sharing the Good News with our neighbors.  Coral Rose, former missionary in Africa, shared stories and showed slides of many whom she served as she explained how her life evolved into becoming a missionary in South Africa and Ghana. She also shared favorite Bible verses to emphasize how God guided her service as a missionary in Africa.

The display of pictures, material, jewelry and other items collected during Coral’s years as missionary in Africa helped to explain some of the culture she experienced.  Coral’s favorite song is “I Love to Tell the Story.”  Coral wishes to tell her story to many others.  She may be contacted by email

Sandy Slack, Human Care Chairman for the Northwest Suburban Zone, led a prayer of dedication for 237 pounds of supplies and $40 donated to Home Free Shelter.  She also talked about and displayed a sample of the Baby Kit and Hospice Kit for the upcoming LWML Minnesota South District Convention. 

Eternal Hope Pillowcase Project

The Women of Eternal Hope Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park recently sponsored a Pillow Case Project for Minneapolis Children’s Hospital.  Twenty three women made a total of 250 pillow cases.  

More than enough cotton fabric was donated by members, plus a large quantity was purchased with Action Team grant monies provided by Thrivent.

The pillow cases were spread out on pews of our sanctuary and blessed during a worship service.  

This is the fifth year the ladies have enjoyed the fellowship in this Pillow Case Project, completing approximately a grand total of 760 pillow cases. 

Carver North and Carver South Zone Rally

Carver North and South Zone held their rally on April 17, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska. Pastor William Utech of the LCMS Minnesota South District was the guest speaker. He spoke on the church’s surviving and reproducing techniques. He also shared stories and pictures of his mission tours to Central America. Two new officers for Carver North Zone were installed by Pastor Greg Snow; they are Shelah Burandt, President, and Barb Hoese, Treasurer.  Tracy Eickhoff, Co-chair of the Committee on Young Women gave a pep talk to the ladies and Adrienne Zhang, our Carver Young Women Representative, spoke about her experiences while attending the LWML National Convention.

Your Mites at Work

Deb Vinkemeier, LWML MN South District Vice President of Gospel Outreach, met with Rick Marko, the treasurer of the LCMS Minnesota South District and presented him with a check from LWML MN South District in the amount of $15,711.00 for their Mission Grant “Student Aid Scholarships”. The LCMS Minnesota South District is very grateful to the LWML MN South for our generous mite support being used to help students who are preparing to be professional church workers.

Deb also had the privilege of being invited to Mayer Lutheran High School.  She was given a tour of the school and met with some of the students and teachers.  Joel Landskroener also gave her a tour of their new addition which should be ready by the opening of the school year in September 2018.

LWML Faribault Zone Blesses The Dwelling Place with Gifts

Gloria Kenow and Candi Schafer from LWML Faribault Zone delivered basic-need supplies to The Dwelling Place in St. Paul. During their visit to Esther’s Place, the third and newest home associated with The Dwelling Place, they were able to see the work being done and met some of the crew that is working on the home. They also had the privilege of blessing the third home with writing a scripture verse on the floor.  In addition, the LWML MN South District Vice President of Gospel Outreach, Deb Vinkemeier, was invited by The Dwelling Place Director, Linda Wiza, to tour their three homes. Deb was able to meet two of the families living there, along with the staff.  She was blessed by receiving a gift from one of the resident children. It is such a blessing to see God’s ministry working strongly and having such dedicated servants helping the less fortunate and bringing them to Christ.