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Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) Convention

The 49th Rocky Mountain District LWML convention was held at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder, Colorado, June 8–10, 2018. The convention theme was “Bold in Christ,” from 2 Corinthians 3:12, “Since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”

Over 220 people attended the convention including delegates, the board of directors, past district presidents, guests, young women representatives, teens, pastors and committee members. June Donaldson and Diane Harding, from Saint John’s Mission Guild, were voting delegates at the convention. Arlene Knox and LeOra Spence also attended, as members/guests.

Thirteen Mission Grant recipients for the 2018–2020 biennium were selected, for a total Mite goal of $82,314. The following projects were chosen:

  • Intern at Navajo Reservation in New Mexico $9,600
  • Trinity/HOPE $5,000
  • University Lutheran Chapel, Boulder $6,000
  • Messiah Lutheran Campus Ministry at Colorado Mesa University $6,000
  • Fostering Faith in the Forest (LVR) $5,000
  • St. Andrew Lutheran Church Plant $6,700
  • Biblical Orthodox Lutheran Mission $7,500
  • Lutherans for Life Post-Abortion Crisis Hotline $5,000
  • The Table at Bethlehem Lutheran Church $5,000
  • Financial Assistance for Concordia Theological Seminary Food Co-op $8,000
  • To Establish Lutheran Seminary in Sierra Leone $10,000
  • Lutheran Books for Missionaries around the World $5,000
  • Dominican Republic Disability Ministry (partial) $3,514

As part of the convention, all attendees were asked to bring baby “layettes”. Each layette consisted of a onesie, a sleeper, a bottle, a pacifier, baby wipes, a receiving blanket and diapers, all rolled up in a crib blanket. A total of 647 layettes were distributed between Navajo Mission, Ysleta Lutheran Mission and Orphan Grain Train.

There were three enrichment sessions that all attendees were encouraged to attend. The speakers were:

  • Gary Thies from Mapleton, Iowa. His session was called “Who are Real Missionaries? It’s Time to Wake up and Be Not Normal.”
  • Kathy Tripcony from Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Collins. Kathy introduced the attendees to Cubby, “Colorado’s Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog,” and spoke on what Cubby has done around the U.S.
  • Carol von Soosten gave a presentation called “Bold, Bolder, Boldest: Reaching Out Through Christ.”

Three offerings were taken at the convention. The first offering, $2,804.49, was set aside for the 2018–2020 Mite Goal. The second was $2,128.54 to purchase solar ovens for Orphan Grain Train. Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dogs was the beneficiary of the third offering, of $2,038.15. Another $1,275 was raised for the Mite Goal through the Mission Walk for Mites ($1,130) and donations for the convention logo coasters ($145).

Debbie Yocky, from the Northern New Mexico Zone, was elected as the new Rocky Mountain District LWML president. She will serve a four-year term.

Sylvia Bean, Debbie Yocky and Carol von Soosten

The next LWML Rocky Mountain District convention will be in Keystone, Colorado in the year 2020.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

Food and Clothing Bank 2017–2018 Annual Report

Every summer Saint John’s Food and Clothing Bank files a report with the Larimer County Food Bank of how many people have received food support from us over the last year. Here are our numbers for the last year:

  • July, 2017: 41 children, 34 adults, 3 seniors, including 8 families on food stamps.
  • August, 2017: 127 children, 103 adults, 6 seniors, including 24 families on food stamps.
  • September, 2017: 61 children, 57 adults, 0 seniors, including 7 families on food stamps.
  • October, 2017: 77 children, 74 adults, 1 seniors, including 13 families on food stamps.
  • November, 2017: 99 children, 80 adults, 4 seniors, including 5 families on food stamps.
  • December, 2017: 76 children, 45 adults, 3 senior, including 11 families on food stamps.
  • January, 2018: 66 children, 55 adults, 1 seniors, including 10 families on food stamps.
  • February, 2018: 47 children, 53 adults, 2 seniors, including 11 families on food stamps.
  • March, 2018: 72 children, 67 adults, 4 seniors, including 12 families on food stamps.
  • April, 2018: 73 children, 57 adults, 0 seniors, including 8 families on food stamps.
  • May, 2018: 76 children, 74 adults, 1 senior, including 12 families on food stamps.
  • June, 2018: 60 children, 52 adults, 4 senior, including 9 families on food stamps.

That’s a total of 875 children, 751 adults and 29 seniors, including 130 families on food stamps. This is more than 100 more children and over 120 more adults than last year, and doesn’t even include the families who have come for clothing!

The volunteers of the Food and Clothing Bank—Marlys, Dorla, Barb, Gloria, Helen, Barb and Fran—send a huge “thank you” to our Saint John’s family for your generous support. The Lord has truly blessed us!

The Board of Human Needs finds opportunities for the members of Saint John’s to provide a Christian witness by helping people in the community struggling with daily necessities.

June LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $100,000 to NOLA 4H: Hearts for the Hungry, Homeless and Hurting.

Hurricane Katrina changed everything. Over a decade after the worst residential natural disaster in United States history, New Orleans is still devastated. So many people left as a result of the flooding. One in five didn’t come back. Those who did faced with the monumental task of starting over. Whole neighborhoods have been lost.

Six inner city Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) churches, part of the Black Clergy Caucus, have banded together to rebuild their communities and their lives. They seek to provide hope to their friends and neighbors with the help of the NOLA 4H grant. These NOLA 4H churches partner with several organizations and schools to help clean up, repair and train lay health advocates. The schools will provide students to help staff the food pantries and soup kitchens.

Donna, who is homeless, attends Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and volunteers in the food pantry.

Jesus told his disciples “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. … Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:35–40). The churches have many hurting people in their congregations and communities, struggling with anxiety, depression and poor health. NOLA 4H offer hot meals, food pantries, food bag distribution, homeless sheltering, homeless emergency care, health care and counseling for hurting hearts. The grant will pay for the food, emergency care, scripture items and toiletries as the congregations expand their outreach to their friends and neighbors.

“Feed the Hungry” Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church NE

NOLA plans to spread God’s love and care to the Hungry, Homeless and Hurting of New Orleans with this grant. We can help them with our prayers and our mites.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $80,000 to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund.

For as long as the LWML has existed, Lutheran women have been making quilts to send to those in need. These same women have been putting together kits of health items or school supplies, baby needs or even just fabric. And since 1945 Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has been supplying these quilts and kits to those who need them most. These basic items help families to reallocate limited funds to other necessities as they work to break out of the chains of chronic poverty.

ANERA staff sort quilts shipped by LWR for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Getting these items to the farthest reaches of the world can be complex and challenging. Great care must be taken to ensure the program runs efficiently and that these materials reach these vulnerable people in remote areas. LWR has established a network of transportation, warehousing and distribution, enabling the recipients to live better lives and to know the love of Jesus.

Three survivors of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes take LWR quilts to use to keep their families warm in their temporary shelters.

LWR ships between $12 and $13 million worth of quilts, blankets, baby care kits, personal care kits, school and fabric kits and soap to twenty countries on average each year. Each year it costs approximately $1.5 million to run this program. The Quilt & Shipping Fund raises about $675,000 each year, but grants like the LWML grant of $80,000 help sustain the fund and support the rest of these costs.

Women and children in LWR's dairy project in Peru receive quilts and kits.

In fiscal year 2015, LWR sent 332,592 quilts along with 375,500 kits to countries from Angola to Yemen, from Burkina Faso to Ukraine and from Ghana to Thailand. The Quilt & Kit ministry is LWR’s oldest ministry, serving as an expression of Christ’s love in the world and as a way to educate us in the U.S. about the need for humanitarian assistance and the opportunity for ministry. We pray that through this grant, supplying funds for shipping, that the quilts made with great care and love will be an expression of the compassion and the love of Jesus.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

May LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $100,000 for Christian Hope Through Mass Media in Egypt.

Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) has over sixty years of experience proclaiming the Gospel via mass media in the Middle East. Fortunately, the political climate in Egypt provides a new opportunity to expand ministry in the region. Other parts of the Middle East, however, are experiencing great turmoil with war. As a result, refugees, mainly women and children, are fleeing to safety. There is urgency to expand the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the Middle East, especially refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

A satellite dish is installed in a Lebanon refugee camp.

LHM will reach families, refugees and citizens of the region through a new television program broadcast from Cairo, Egypt. This new television broadcast has the potential to reach millions of people throughout the Middle East—refugees and citizens alike—with the message of faith and the true love of Christ and to be a strong Christian voice and witness through Arabic satellite television programming.

Families in refugee camps hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
LHM funds Christmas celebrations, book fairs and summer camps.
Youth in Egypt learn the truth about Jesus from LHM videos and materials.
Programs for Egyptian women and children are held in the relative safety of Christian churches.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and by supporting global missions. Saint John’s Mission Guild (LWML) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in Room 301. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.

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