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November 2019 eNews

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Edition 37

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November 2019

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For HIS Harvest, We Are Grateful

Whether you live in the city or in the country, whether you grew up in town or on a farm, there’s something to be said about the beauty of fall, and the hustle and bustle of harvesting crops as soon as they are ripe enough, dry enough, and with weather permitting, of course, which has been difficult this year.  Then there’s plowing or tilling the fields, and cleaning and preparing the equipment to be stored away.  All of this work must be completed by the deadline brought on by snow and freezing weather.  The unfortunate part, and something that we often forget, is the fact that the deadline by which all field work needs to be completed is not a date that’s written on our calendar.  It is simply dependent upon the snow and cold.  Understandably, there are few occupations where one is closer to the Lord than farming.

 

I’ve heard it said that farming is fueled by sciencebut is rooted in faith. Despite research and scientific discoveries, and despite innovations in technology, farming remains largely an act of faith. What a miracle that you plant a seed and you ultimately harvest a crop. You care for your livestock and they provide you with offspring.  

 

For God’s mercy and grace, His protective and loving hand upon us, and for the fruits of our labors and the harvest of our fields, we are grateful and filled with praise and thanksgiving.

 

In a similar fashion, the Lord plants the seed of faith in us.  Watered by the Holy Spirit, it grows and continues to spread whenever and wherever possible.  We don’t know our “deadline” when the Lord ultimately calls us into His harvest.  For this Heavenly gift of eternal life, we are grateful and filled with praise and thanksgiving.  
 

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Lord of bounty and grace, Giver of grains and seeds, crops of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and all that grows from the earth, we thank You and we bless You for this year’s harvest.

We lift our hearts in praise and thanksgiving for the sun, which, together with rain, wind and earth, worked to produce this bountiful harvest. We are grateful to our farmers who have worked with the rich soil you have provided so that this harvest time may be plentiful.

 

Lord, we know that harvest is hard work! Yet, it is also rewarding to see the fruits of the farmers’ labor and taking pride in this harvest. We thank You, our Lord and Savior, for Your protection and care in this season of harvest, your gift of safety to those who have worked long hours in sunlight and darkness to harvest their crops.
 

This harvest, Lord, was not without its difficulties; no harvest is, but we rejoice that those times of trouble did not prevent us from working toward the completion of this task.

Come, Lord of the Harvest, come and join us in our Thanksgiving celebration. May our joy at this harvest be a taste of the joy we will share when we celebrate the final harvest of heaven, that day of days when all that you have begun in us will be matured to completion.

We praise You and thank You, Lord for blessing us with this harvest. Amen.
 

On Christian Education ... by Sarah Culbert, former YWR

Sarah Culbert, a former Young Women's Representative for our LWML MN South District, has blessed us with some thoughts on Christian Education.  As we are supporting some of our mission grants involving Christian education, it's heartwarming to hear Sarah's perspective.  Sarah writes:

 

I have been a preschool teacher for almost four years at King of Kings Lutheran School in Roseville and am so happy that God has called me to this ministry. 

 

But why? Why CHRISTIAN education?

 

Growing up, I attended a private Pre-K through 8 school. I was surrounded by adults, other than my parents, who showed me the ways of the Lord through their words, actions, personal stories, and prayers. I admired these adults as wonderful people of faith who I desired to emulate. The Spirit worked through the staff, affirmed my calling, and helped form the foundation of my faith and love for Jesus Christ.

 

Faith is created, molded, and taken charge of by the Holy Spirit. God uses different means to make this happen in the life of a person. Planting the seed of faith in the lives of young children is crucial! Martin Luther knew this and created the Small Catechism for the instruction of young children. Community, conversations, and study are not just meant for teens and adults but for the youngest children as well. Jesus says in Matthew 19:14, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Children need to hear the love of God from others they look up to and admire, people who are and are not family members. Starting this experience at a young age helps provide a foundation of faith which will be what they fall back on in the good and bad times in their lives.

Many families will start their children in a private preschool and transfer them to a different grade school, typically public. There are many reasons a family will transfer their child, but keeping them in Lutheran education is an investment in helping mold and grow their WHOLE character. When families invest in private education, they are paying for their children to be surrounded by adults who teach them through Christian values, providing them a faith community in an education setting. What is being taught at home is also being taught to them by people with whom they sometimes spend up to 10 hours a day.

 

In preschool, we are able to create our own curriculum which allows us to meet the needs of all our students and work with them exactly where they are in their educational, social, emotional, and SPIRITUAL journey. We keep up to date on what is happening in the education world and follow Minnesota State standards while being able to teach the students in ways that align with Christian values. It is necessary to foster spiritual growth in children and help them understand what it means to love others the way our Lord loves all His people. 

I am a very hands on learning type of teacher. This is important as children need to be active. I have found that the best learning happens when we are heavily involved with a project or have a change of pace in class. Because we can build our own curriculum in preschool, I am able to teach in creative ways like having a student-run homemade lemonade and ice cream stand. I also have had many of my friends as guests to teach students about their unique skills and talents. We have had a fashion designer, Paralympian, nurses, Youth Director, shepherds, oral hygienist, florist, musicians, and many more come to visit my class. When talking and answering questions, visitors have given witness to their faith and trust in the Lord.

 

My goal is to expose my students to as many opportunities and activities as possible and provide them people to look up to who have a love for God. After one of my visitors left, a student remarked that "She was very loving." This is what I desire to expose to all of my students, God's love. 

 

I will always be an advocate for Christian education in young children, not just preschool but though all of grade school. I know it is important to keep feeding them the Word so it stays on their heart and in their mind. 

 

“Miss Culbert, when you were talking about God it recharged my batteries.” - Student

 

May your batteries always be recharged by the reassurance of love and salvation from Christ Jesus our Lord.  

 

If you are interested in what we are doing in our preschool and kindergarten classes check out @icecream_and_earlyed on Instagram. 

 

A Message from our Committee on Young Women

The 2019 Lutheran Women in Mission National Convention was amazing as so many came together “In Praise to the Lord.” His presence was felt in Bible Studies, working through us at service events, moving us as new leaders were voted in and mission grants were chosen to be funded. So much praise was given as speakers shared with us how our mites made their work through the Holy Spirit fruitful.

The ladies of MN South District sent two Young Women Representatives (YWRs) to the National Convention to help praise the Lord and see what He has done through our support of each other and the mission grants. Melissa Adelsen and Molly Loder were amazed to worship with 3,000 Lutherans, including 60 pastors.  Melissa served Gifts From the Heart by putting together hygiene and baby care packages. Molly served Gifts from the Heart by writing encouraging notes and sorting donations. As YWRs, they got to participate in processionals, attend daily YWR activities, and hang out with other YWRs. They got to sit with our MN South District President, Deb Vinkemeier, as guests of a VIP. Melissa said it was, “such a God-filled, richly fulfilling and amazing time.”

 - - - - - - - A note from Melissa Adelsen - - - - - - -

   I feel so blessed and privileged to have been able to attend the LWML National Convention and none of this would have been possible without the support of my fellow LWML Minnesota South District sisters. Thank you for all of your support. Please let your zone or district president know if you would like me to speak about this wonderful experience in your zone. Thank you again! May God richly bless each of you!

Melissa Adelsen, YWR
First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glencoe, MN

 - - - - - - - A note from Molly Loder - - - - - - -

       To all of my sisters in Christ in the MN South district whose equalization fees helped make this inspiring and impactful experience possible: THANK YOU! Please contact any of your zone or district officers if you’d like me to come and speak to your group; they can put us in touch. God bless you!

Molly Loder, YWR
St. James Lutheran, Howard Lake, MN

If you are interested in having Melissa or Molly visit or speak for 5 minutes or 50, Amy and Adrienne can also connect you to our YWRs. E-mail us at coyw@mnslwml.org.

We will continue to be “In Praise to the Lord” at our upcoming MN South District Convention in Willmar, MN, on June 18-20, 2020. Please start considering, praying, and encouraging young women in your congregation to be Lutheran Women in Mission Young Women Representatives from your Zone at the District Convention. Amy and Adrienne look forward to hosting the Zone YWRs at the District Convention. You may find the YWR application in the MN South District WOM: Winter edition, or online at

https://www.mnslwml.org/ministries/young-women.
 

"Coffee Shop Grace" 

We are privileged to have a wealth of talent in our MN South District, talent that is shared throughout the LWML on a national level.  A skit was written by our own MN South District servants, Rev. Matthew Lehman, Tracy Eickhoff, and Kelli LaVoie for our district convention and it has now been published!  It's titled, “Coffee Shop Grace”.  This is a wonderful resource to share with your societies and your zones.  You will be able to find it on the National LWML website under Sketches and Dramas under the Program Helps area.  http://www.lwml.org/program-helps-sketches

 

Here's the link https://unite-production.s3.amazonaws.com/tenants/lwml/attachments/205512/CoffeeShopGrace-Sketch.pdf
 

"Where Love Abides" Bible Study

The women of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Excelsior, MN have been blessed by participating in the 8-week lesson DVD Bible study, Where Love Abides, written by Donna Pyle, based from John 15:1-17

 

The women learned what it means to abide in Jesus, the True Vine, to bear lasting fruit.  They also had the opportunity to visit the Sovereign Estate Vineyard in Waconia, which helped them receive a visual picture of what Jesus was teaching to his disciples, and to us later followers, as well.

 

The ladies of Our Savior would recommend and encourage others to do the Bible Study, too.
 

In Closing, an Update from our District Financial Secretary

A message from our LWML MN South District Financial Secretary, Irene Mensing:

 

Numbers, numbers, and more NUMBERS for you.  There are so many ways to look at how many mites we have received and how many more mites we need to receive to meet our goal for this biennium which ends April 30, 2020. 

 

Do you go to our website https://www.mnslwml.org/ every month to see how many mites we have received the previous month? As of September 30, 2019 we have received $163,038.98 in mites.  In the first 15 days of October, we collected an additional $5,764.40 for total mites collected in the first 17½ months of this biennium in the amount of $168,803.38 .  Wow, that is a lot, and thank you to all of you who generously gave to mites, but as you know, we have more to go to meet our mite goal for this biennium.   

 

To reach our goal of $265,000.00 we need to collect $96,196.62, but only have 6½ months in which to do this.  To put it in a different perspective, we need to collect $14,799.48 each month for the remainder of this biennium. Let's round that to $14,800.00, which is much easier to remember.  I just told you that in the first 15 days of October we have collected $5,764.40 which sounds great, but is only 39% of what we need to collect each month.  This means we need to collect 61% in the last 15 days which by the time you read this on November 1st, has already passed. 

 

The delegates voted on the grants at the 2018 District Convention.  Each quarter, the Gospel Outreach committee decides how to disburse the mites received.  25% goes to support national mites and the remaining 75% goes to pay off our own LWML MN South District mission grants.  Some of our grants have been paid in full, but we still need to fulfill our promise to the others. Yes, it may be early, but it is always best not to wait until the last minute.  In the first 17½ months, we collected an average of $9645.91 a month. As stated above, if we want to reach our goal, we need to collect $14,799.48 each month for the remainder of this biennium (for the next 6 months).

 

I challenge you during the upcoming Christmas season of gift giving to feed your Mite Box before you go shopping.  As your financial secretary, I will keep you informed of how we are doing and not only update the mite giving on the website each month, but also add a little note here on eNews.  If you have any questions, please ask me and if I can't answer it, I will find someone who can.  I am willing to provide whatever information I can.  Feel free to email me at irenefinsec@bevcomm.net or financialsec@mnslwml.org or call my home at 507-526-3430 or my cell 507-525-1970. 

 

Thank you for hearing me out, and please join me in prayer:

 

Lord, you know that we are a group of faithful servants who are seeking to do your will and to faithfully obey Your Great Commission.  You know our hearts and our willingness to serve you.  We pray that you would bless our efforts and move our hearts to give generously to fund our mission grants; in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.