Week of October 30 - Frightening? No. Helpful? Yes!
Skeletons and bylaws have something in common: many people consider them frightening! However, both are very helpful, too. God gave us bones to structure our bodies, just as bylaws give structure to an organization.
Our 2011 Bylaws of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, approved at the Peoria convention, are now posted. You may also go to the “Resources” drop down menu, then click “Helps” and “Meetings, Bylaws and More” to access other useful documents.
Do you need assistance with your bylaws? Our LWML Structure Committee is ready to work with you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, place the word “Bylaws” in the subject line and your request will be forwarded to them.
The purpose of the Structure Committee is to keep the bylaws and related resources flexible while maintaining the legal status of the organization. This follows the directive in 1 Corinthians 14:40 “… everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.”
LWML Vice President of Organizational Resources
Week of October 23 - In Good Hands
“And they sang a new song … and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation…” (Revelation 5:9). These words could describe the women and men attending the recent LWML Interdepartmental meeting. They came from Seattle to Florida and from North Dakota to Texas to be part of planning the work God intends LWML to do in the next two years.
Seasoned veterans of our organization, along with newer members, worked in committees alongside women from a mixture of racial and cultural backgrounds. It was an amazing scene, yet not so remarkable when you consider God had already planned who would be asked to serve and who would say “Yes, Yes”!
You can be certain the LWML is in good hands and will be in the future. Plans are already in process to focus on growing in the Lord, valuing all women and living the mission of the LWML for the next two years. These plans include new Bible studies; gospel outreach strategies; and encouraging societies, ethnic women, young women and teens. Become involved and see how it will all take place!
LWML Vice President of Special Focus Ministries
Week of October 16 - What is $100 Million?
That is the phenomenal amount raised for mission grants since the founding of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)! This amazing total combines funds given on both the national level and in the 40 LWML districts.
Did the women who gathered in Chicago in July of 1942 imagine such an outcome? God certainly blessed these trailblazers who selected a simple box to collect their mites. Over the past 69 years, others have joined these early leaders, continuing to fill Mite Boxes that support Christian outreach in 42 countries on five continents.
LWML sisters today look ahead to the mission work of the Lord by setting a goal for this biennium of $1.825 million to fund the 19 grants selected this past June at the convention in Peoria, Illinois. While the amount of funds raised has increased over the years, the mission today is the same – helping to reach out to share the joyful news of Christ around the world.
Praise God for the bounty He continues to provide! Celebrate today with prayer and thanksgiving as you fill your Mite Box again!
Click here for the printable monthly update posted September 27, 2011.
Week of October 9 - Primary Targets for the 2011-2013 Biennium
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Board of Directors approved the following primary targets (goals) for the 2011-2013 biennium:
Growing in the Lord
Women of today find guidance for their lives, encouragement for their walk, and inspiration for joyful service through intentional study of the Word.
Valuing all Women
Women of all ages, stages of life, races, locations, and cultures are welcomed, mentored, and encouraged to be active partners in the shared mission of LWML.
Living the Mission
As the “Face of LWML,” women are engaged in opportunities to use their gifts to impact the world for Christ in their daily lives.
Let’s make these goals our very own! I challenge you to find ways to accomplish these targets in your personal lives, as well as in your groups, zones and districts. May all our activities and plans be blessed by our wonderful God of Details, as the Good News of salvation in Christ is spread in our communities, in our nation and into all the world!
Week of October 2 - What is Important about November 1st?
In the Christian church we celebrate that day as All Saints Day as we remember those who have passed from this life to receive the promise of eternal life won through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. For LWML that date is important, too, because it marks the day when grant administrators can begin to request funds to pay for the mission grants that were selected at the 2011 LWML Peoria Convention.
You can check how we are doing with our mites this biennium by going to the Mission Grants page, scrolling down to Mites Received, and clicking on the printable monthly update. This newly-revised page clearly states the monthly needs and the mites we have received.
We know that when LWML mites fall behind, it means that district mites are suffering, too. Many ministries are depending on our support, and we do not want to delay the work they do in sharing the love and saving message of Jesus Christ. Remember "Start Strong ... Finish Strong!"
"I can do all things through him who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13).
LWML Vice President of Gospel Outreach