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November LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $93,000 for Training Lutheran Middle Eastern Missionaries.

The Biblical Orthodox Lutheran Mission (BOLM) is a ministry primarily to Arabic-speaking people, most of whom are Muslim. This ministry brings the Good News of salvation by the power of the Holy Spirit through an internet seminary.

There are many challenges when sharing the love of Christ and teaching the Word of God to people of the Muslim faith from around the world. The possibility of confusion, stress and persecution are increased as Satan tries to maintain his stronghold. But the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of many as they hear Biblical truth. These Arabic students are eager to learn about Jesus, and this leads to many giving their testimony of faith and to their baptism.

Pastor Naeem with a Somali convert after her baptism

This Grant will allow the Biblical Orthodox Lutheran Mission to:

  1. Operate the Internet Seminary for two years;
  2. Provide Bibles in many languages for Muslims;
  3. Print Luther’s Small Catechism in Arabic; and
  4. Pay for cell phones, land lines and an international phone network.

    These provisions will assist the BOLM in bringing the Good News of salvation, in discipling and educating new believers, and, as God’s plan unfolds, assist in commissioning new missionaries around the world who will share the life-giving Word of God and the love of Jesus with many others.

    Pastor Naeem with parishioners in Cloves, New Mexico

    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.

October LWML Mission Grant Story

This month we are highlighting the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) grant of $100,000 for the Ministry in Mission Christian Eldercare Home in Jacmel, Haiti.

Haiti is a nation in need of special attention. Since the earthquake in 2010, Lutheran baptisms in Haiti have been multiplied beyond expectations and Lutheran church attendance is increasing. However, many physical and spiritual needs of Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ are left unmet.

Ministry in Mission desires to fulfill the intent of creating a true community for Haitian Lutherans by providing a safe living environment for Haitians in the Jacmel area, particularly the forgotten elderly. The Christian Eldercare Home will be built on the same property where an orphanage was constructed in 2014. It will be for elderly people who have outlived their families, some of whom are currently living in tents and deplorable conditions. With the two facilities on the same property, the children will have grandparents to dote on them and the elderly will have children to make them smile. The center, built with funds supplied by this grant, would be a dwelling with clean water, suitable waste containment, beds, food and care for these forgotten people.

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 Sunday “Celebrating Lutheran Women in Mission” Brunch, Plant & Bake Sale

Our annual event is coming soon! The members of Saint John’s always look forward to this great opportunity to eat, socialize and shop while supporting a worthy cause. Join us in the Large Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 14, starting right after the worship service.

We will again serve a continental breakfast of egg muffins, fruit and juice (and coffee!), available for a free will offering. Be sure to complement your breakfast with a purchase from our variety of delicious homemade baked goods at the bake sale. The prices are low and every item is made with homemade care!

We will then have Bible class and Sunday school as usual. You will have a chance to finish up your shopping after Bible class, until noon.

All of Saint John’s members are invited to provide a broad variety of baked goods and plants. If you bake or have too many plants, please consider donating!

This event is sponsored by our Lutheran Women in Mission (Saint John’s Mission Guild) and Thrivent Financial. All proceeds from the Brunch, Plant & Bake Sale will go to our recipient, the Ben Vanderhyde family serving in Sri Lanka.

Please help support this fundraiser with your donations and purchases at this year’s Brunch, Plant & Bake Sale on Sunday, October 14.

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.

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.

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