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LWML Con­ven­tion Report

LWML (Lutheran Women in Mis­sion) held their national con­ven­tion at the Albu­querque Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Albu­querque, New Mex­ico from June 22 – June 25, 2017. It was the 75th anniver­sary for LWML which was started in 1942. Over 3,400 peo­ple were in atten­dance includ­ing three Mis­sion Guild mem­bers June Don­ald­son, Arlene Knox and LeOra Spence. The con­ven­tion theme was “Jesus Christ Above All.”

At the con­ven­tion, LWML Pres­i­dent Patti Ross unveiled the new LWML logo:

Del­e­gates to the 37th Bien­nial Con­ven­tion of the LWML adopted a $2,075,000 mis­sion goal for the 20172019 bien­nium. This goal, by the grace of God, will fund 22 mis­sion grants as men and women respond in prayer and offer­ings dur­ing the next two years. LWML chose to sup­port the fol­low­ing mis­sion grants, pledg­ing their sup­port with prayers and mites (offer­ings) given over the next biennium:

  1. Pro­vid­ing Food and the Gospel to Starv­ing Chil­dren — Mercy Meals of Sioux­land, $40,000
  2. Mercy House for Women and Chil­dren – Franklin Avenue Mis­sion, Flint, Michi­gan, $100,000
  3. Christ for Vet­er­ans and Their Fam­i­lies – LCMS Min­istry of the Armed Forces, $27,750
  4. Tan­zan­ian Sewing Cen­ter – Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church in Tan­za­nia (ELCT), $25,000
  5. Cur­rent Mis­sion­ary Need – LCMS Inter­na­tional Mis­sion, $100,000
  6. Lutheran Children’s Books for Fam­i­lies World­wide – Lutheran Her­itage Foun­da­tion, $100,000
  7. Chris­t­ian Hope Through Mass Media in Egypt – Lutheran Hour Min­istries, $100,000
  8. NOLA 4H: Hearts for the Hun­gry, Home­less, and Hurt­ing – Chris­t­ian Fam­i­lies United for Progress, $100,000
  9. Lutheran World Relief Quilt and Kit Ship­ping Fund, $80,000
  10. Chris­t­ian Elder­care Home in Haiti – Min­istry in Mis­sion, $100,000
  11. Train­ing Lutheran Mid­dle East­ern Mis­sion­ar­ies – Bib­li­cal Ortho­dox Lutheran Mis­sion, $93,000
  12. Com­ple­tion of Lukonda Lutheran School Build­ings, Uganda – Lutheran Church Uganda, $48,000
  13. Equip­ping Youth to Wit­ness for Life ‐ Y4Life – Luther­ans for Life, $25,000
  14. Labor­ers of Love – Lutheran Braille Work­ers, $100,000
  15. Shar­ing Jesus with Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties – Bethesda Lutheran Com­mu­ni­ties, $100,000
  16. Edu­ca­tion Loan Repay­ment Assis­tance Grants – Min­istry Focus, $100,000
  17. Nurs­ing Stu­dents Serv­ing with Mercy Med­ical Team – LCMS Office of Inter­na­tional Mis­sion, $25,000
  18. Restora­tion Pro­grams for Native Hawai­ians – Lutheran Indian Min­istries, $75,000
  19. RECON­NECT to the Body of Christ, Cir­cuit 28 –Texas Dis­trict, $50,000
  20. Prison and Jail Min­istry Synod-​wide Con­fer­ence in 2018, $36,500
  21. Fam­ily Schol­ar­ships for Short Term Mis­sion Trips – MOST Min­istries, $60,000
  22. Rais­ing Pas­tors and Dea­conesses – Evan­gel­i­cal Lutheran Church of Liberia, $97,000

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.

Watoto Children’s Choir Returns to Saint John’s!

On Sun­day, Octo­ber 1, the Watoto Children’s Choir will per­form a con­cert for our con­gre­ga­tion at 6:30 PM. Please make every effort to hear these amaz­ing chil­dren, espe­cially if you missed it last year. The sanc­tu­ary will rock, lit­er­ally, as these kids and adults sing, dance and share tes­ti­mony of God’s great love.

Watoto is a group of orphan­ages in Uganda. Their model of small homes with a house mother for each group of six or so chil­dren has been repli­cated all over the world. The funds earned by the choir tour go to sup­port the chil­dren, their edu­ca­tion and the wel­fare and health of women and their fam­i­lies in Uganda. You will have the oppor­tu­nity to adopt a child or house mother at Watoto as well as make dona­tions and pur­chase items from Uganda. For more his­tory of Watoto, check out www​.watoto​.com.

The sum­mer of 2016 we hosted the choir and all involved cher­ished the time with these won­der­ful chil­dren and adults. The kids are friendly, affec­tion­ate and sim­ply adorable. The three boys and adult David who stayed at our home prayed a bless­ing over us like I have never expe­ri­enced. I encour­age you to be a host if pos­si­ble. We will need eight to ten hosts. Signup sheets will be at the Wel­come Cen­ter in Sep­tem­ber. If you have ques­tions about host­ing, ask Marlys Han­son, the Fredins, the San­fords, Mar­ian Lem­mon or the Hagedorns.

This year, we will need hosts for two nights, Sun­day the first and Mon­day the sec­ond. We will also need help with pro­vid­ing din­ner meals in the Large Fel­low­ship Hall on the first and sec­ond, vol­un­teers for the sale of sou­venirs and setup/​teardown of equip­ment on Sun­day evening. Our ten­ta­tive sched­ule will be:

Sun­day, Octo­ber 1 (Per­for­mance day):

  • 4:00 PM: Choir arrives.
  • 4:00 PM: Equip­ment setup in sanctuary.*
  • 5:00 PM: Meal at church pro­vided by con­gre­ga­tion volunteers.*
  • 6:30 PM: Concert.
  • 7:30 PM: Sales of souvenirs.*
  • After Con­cert: Teardown/​packing up after concert.*
  • 8:309:00 PM: Host fam­i­lies will get to take their group of three home. The per­form­ers do need a light sup­per before bed.

Mon­day, Octo­ber 2 (Choir’s out­ing day)

  • Break­fast with hosts at home.
  • 9:3010:00 AM: Hosts drop off guests at church.
  • *10:00 AM4:00 PM: Out­ing (play­ground time, hik­ing, etc … ); hosts may join us!*
  • *5:006:00 PM: Meal at church pro­vided by con­gre­ga­tion volunteers.*
  • After 6:00 PM: Guests return to host homes for the night.

Tues­day, Octo­ber 3 (Choir’s travel day)

  • 10:00 AM: Please have our guests at church.

*Saint Johns vol­un­teers needed!

This is a rough sched­ule. Some changes may occur once we receive the final paper­work from Watoto. Please watch the bul­letin for fur­ther details. There will be plenty of oppor­tu­ni­ties to help out and inter­act with these won­der­ful chil­dren of God … and you will be blessed!

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.

Food and Cloth­ing Bank 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, 2016: 44 chil­dren, 41 adults, 5 seniors, includ­ing 8 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • August, 2016: 65 chil­dren, 50 adults, 3 seniors, includ­ing 9 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • Sep­tem­ber, 2016: 36 chil­dren, 30 adults, 3 seniors, includ­ing 3 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • Octo­ber, 2016: 64 chil­dren, 51 adults, 3 seniors, includ­ing 11 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • Novem­ber, 2016: 90 chil­dren, 62 adults, 3 seniors, includ­ing 13 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • Decem­ber, 2016: 38 chil­dren, 39 adults, 1 senior, includ­ing 5 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • Jan­u­ary, 2017: 56 chil­dren, 66 adults, 0 seniors, includ­ing 15 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • Feb­ru­ary, 2017: 83 chil­dren, 57 adults, 3 seniors, includ­ing 15 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • March, 2017: 61 chil­dren, 62 adults, 3 seniors, includ­ing 13 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • April, 2017: 76 chil­dren, 62 adults, 3 seniors, includ­ing 13 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • May, 2017: 69 chil­dren, 58 adults, 1 senior, includ­ing 6 fam­i­lies on food stamps.
  • June, 2017: 51 chil­dren, 51 adults, 1 senior, includ­ing 10 fam­i­lies on food stamps.

That’s a total of 773 chil­dren, 629 adults and 28 seniors, includ­ing 121 fam­i­lies on food stamps. This 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.

LWML Mis­sion Grant Recip­i­ents for the 20162018 Bien­nium

The past few months we have been high­light­ing the dif­fer­ent LWML Rocky Moun­tain Dis­trict grant recip­i­ents. This month we are learn­ing about the Con­cor­dia The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary Ft. Wayne Food and Cloth­ing Co-​op.

Con­cor­dia The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary Ft. Wayne Food and Cloth­ing Co-​op

The motto of the Ft. Wayne Seminary’s Food and Cloth­ing Co-​op is “Feed­ing Future Pas­tors and Dea­conesses.” Cur­rently, the co-​op is serv­ing 312 stu­dents and their fam­ily mem­bers. The co-​op is vital to the stu­dents, often pro­vid­ing as much as 85% of a family’s needs. The $10,000 grant is being used to pur­chase eggs, milk, ground beef, fresh fruits, veg­eta­bles and other per­ish­able items for the co-​op. The food pur­chased by our grant goes entirely to the stu­dents to off­set their finan­cial burden.

Jerry Smith is a second-​career, second-​year stu­dent seek­ing a Mas­ter of Divin­ity degree so he can become a pas­tor. He left his 25-​year career at the Jour­nal Star news­pa­per in Peo­ria, Illi­nois, and moved to Ft. Wayne with his fam­ily to answer God’s call. In a thank you let­ter to LWML he writes, “Thank you very much for the gift you gave to help us at the Con­cor­dia The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary in Fort Wayne. Your gift is mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence in the lives of my fam­ily. I am not sure how I could pos­si­bly attend sem­i­nary with­out your sup­port. … It takes a huge weight off all of us know­ing that you have helped us in so many ways.”

Thanks to gen­er­ous Mite offer­ings, $3,000 of the $10,000 grant to the co-​op has been paid. May the Lord bless our Mite gath­er­ing so we can pay the bal­ance of this and the other grants in a timely man­ner. Please con­tinue to remem­ber the stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff of the Sem­i­nary in your prayers.

Mis­sion Grant Recipients Granted Paid
Uni­ver­sity Chapel, Boul­der, Colorado $8,000 $4,000
Con­cor­dia The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary Ft. Wayne Food Co-​op $10,000 $3,000
Pas­tor Debt Assistance/​LCMS RMD $10,000 $3,000
Oper­a­tion Barnabas/​Comfort Care Congregations $2,000 $2,000
Sewing Mis­sion Soci­ety — India $2,500 $2,500
Cast­ing Bur­dens for Bur­dened Campers/​LVR $5,600 $2,800
The Table at Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church, Lake­wood, CO $5,000 $2,500
Bib­li­cal Ortho­dox Lutheran Mission $10,100 $2,000
Siber­ian Lutheran Mis­sion Soci­ety $10,000 $5,000
Trinity/​HOPE $5,000 $2,500
Project Pas­toral Edu­ca­tion, West Africa $10,000 $5,000
Lift­ing Up the Fallen/​Mariachi San Pablo YSELTA (par­tial) $1,250 $1,250
Train­ing Vicar Tim Norton/​Navajo, NM (par­tial) $1,250 $1,250

The Mis­sion Guild is Saint John’s branch of the national Lutheran Women’s Mis­sion­ary League orga­ni­za­tion that par­tic­i­pates in mis­sion projects both at home and abroad.

2017 Back­pack Drive

Lutheran Fam­ily Ser­vices is look­ing for help set­ting up the youth in their fos­ter care and refugee pro­grams for school. The Board of Human Needs will be seek­ing new back­packs, school sup­plies and gift cards for cloth­ing and shoes to help sup­port these fam­i­lies. The board asks that dona­tions be dropped off in one of the three boxes by the Wel­come Cen­ter by July 23. Each box will be for a dif­fer­ent grade; con­sult the lists below to decide what you’ll buy and what bin it will go in. Saint John’s vol­un­teers will load up the back­packs with the sup­plies and deliver them to LFS in Greeley.

This drive is a cru­cial way we can sup­port these refugee and fos­ter care chil­dren. By giv­ing them brand new back­packs filled with needed school sup­plies, and treats like gift cards and nice water bot­tles, we are help­ing equip them to get the most out of their edu­ca­tion and remind­ing them that they are loved and supported.

After the 23rd we will con­tinue to col­lect school sup­plies for Lau­rel Ele­men­tary. So you have two oppor­tu­ni­ties to bless needy chil­dren in our area! The Lau­rel sup­plies will be col­lected through August 13. Any mon­e­tary dona­tions we receive will also be dis­trib­uted to Lau­rel for their children’s emer­gency fund.

Thank you for your support!

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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