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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.

Mis­sion Guild Annual Sum­mer Pic­nic

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.

Mis­sion Grant Story

Serv­ing the Lord with glad­ness is one of LWML’s great­est joys, so joy abounds in the fact that the 20152017 LWML National Mis­sion Grants have been paid with Mite offer­ings of over $2,000,000! The story below is a spe­cial mes­sage from LWML about hav­ing reached this impres­sive goal.

We con­tinue to fill our Mite Boxes with love offer­ings in sup­port of our LWML Rocky Moun­tain Dis­trict grants that are still not com­pletely funded. If you would like to sup­port these Mis­sion Grants, ask one of the LWML mem­bers for a Mite Box.

After the Grants Have Been Paid

There is an old World War I song called “After the War is Over.” It was com­posed by Harry Andrieu, with lyrics writ­ten by Joseph Woodruff, E.J. Pour­mon and Andrew B. Ster­ling. The intent of the song has noth­ing to do with the pay­ing of our 20152017 Mis­sion Grants, but the song melody kept lilt­ing through my head. But instead of the title, the words “After the grants have been paid” is what I kept hear­ing. I kept singing these words and think­ing, “The LWML National Mis­sion Grants have been paid! Now what are we sup­posed to do?”

The first and fore­most action we should carry out is to give all praise and glory to God for the tremen­dous favor He bestowed on us allow­ing us to ful­fill our pledge to the nine­teen grant recip­i­ents with full pay­ments to them. Through the mis­sion offer­ings we have faith­fully given, many peo­ple have been blessed, in var­i­ous ways, with mate­r­ial goods, com­fort and sup­port, schol­ar­ships, safety and hope. More impor­tantly, the Word of God has been demon­strated and shared with each and every one of these grant recip­i­ents and, in turn, with those they are striv­ing to help.

Now that the grants have been paid, we have the awe­some priv­i­lege to con­tinue giv­ing our mite offer­ings. The mites we col­lect in our meet­ings and church are sent to our respec­tive LWML dis­tricts. 75% of the mites sent to each dis­trict will stay in that dis­trict to help sup­port the dis­trict mis­sion grants, while 25% are sent on to LWML for sup­port of the national mis­sion goal.

The oppor­tu­ni­ties we are given to assist in the spread of God’s Word and His love are bound­less. Please con­tinue to be gen­er­ous in your mite giv­ing and prayer­ful sup­port of all the grant recip­i­ents, both on our national LWML level and through the dis­trict in which you are a mem­ber. Let us remem­ber that the voice of Jesus is cry­ing, ask­ing us, “Who will go and work today?” Let our answer be, “Here am I, send me, send me!” Your mite offer­ings are putting you in the midst of the har­vest fields that are white with the har­vest wait­ing — wait­ing for the love of Jesus to be shared with all. With your prayers and with your boun­ties, you can do what God com­mands. (Para­phrased from “Hark, the Voice of Jesus Call­ing,” Lutheran Ser­vice Book #826)

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.

LWML RMD Mis­sion Grant Recip­i­ents for 20172018

The Rocky Moun­tain Dis­trict of the LWML (Lutheran Women in Mis­sion) has pledged mis­sion grants to two recip­i­ents for the 20162017 bien­nium. Here’s some infor­ma­tion on those orga­ni­za­tions and what they do with the money from LWML!

Siber­ian Lutheran Mis­sion Soci­ety

Imag­ine liv­ing in a place where Chris­tian­ity was out­lawed for so long that entire gen­er­a­tions of believ­ers never had a pas­tor. Today’s Siber­ian Luther­ans come from a long line of faith­ful ances­tors, but for much of their own lives Chris­tian­ity has been out­lawed. There are so few churches in such a large geo­graph­i­cal area that the pas­tors that serve God’s peo­ple here often travel hun­dreds of miles, cross­ing sev­eral time zones, to get from one con­gre­ga­tion to another.

Today the Siber­ian Lutheran Mis­sion Soci­ety is work­ing to help sup­port our broth­ers and sis­ters in Christ in Siberia. Funds are raised to pur­chase Bibles, VBS mate­ri­als and altar wares, as well as sup­port the pas­tors that serve these remote loca­tions. No Russ­ian church bod­ies sup­port the Lutheran Church in Siberia, so any help from fel­low Luther­ans is appre­ci­ated. The mercy work involved is also sup­ported by our prayers and gifts, help­ing the pas­tors share the Word of God and care for their flocks in body and soul.

Please keep our Siber­ian Lutheran broth­ers and sis­ters in your prayers, and con­tinue to sup­port the col­lec­tion of our Mighty Mites, which are help­ing pro­vide trav­el­ing funds for these pas­tors to reach God’s peo­ple in this remote place.

The Table at Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church, Lake­wood, Col­orado

The Table min­is­ters to the work­ing poor and home­less in the Lake­wood area. Every Thurs­day evening vol­un­teers pre­pare and serve a meal that is fol­lowed by a con­tem­po­rary wor­ship ser­vice and time for Chris­t­ian fel­low­ship. They serve an aver­age of 85 peo­ple a week. Pas­tor Ross has been teach­ing on Philip­pi­ans in his ser­mon series, which leads to more dis­cus­sion dur­ing the fel­low­ship time. This out­reach has resulted in one con­fir­ma­tion and one marriage!

While the space for the ser­vice and the meal is in the Beth­le­hem Lutheran Church Com­mons area and most of the vol­un­teers that lead the ser­vice, and pre­pare and serve the meal are mem­bers of Beth­le­hem, the church is not able to pro­vide all of the needed finan­cial sup­port for food and wor­ship mate­ri­als. Before the LWML RMD grant, the $150 per week food cost was funded by dona­tions from atten­dees and local sup­port­ers. As atten­dance increased, these funds were becom­ing insuf­fi­cient. The vol­un­teers and atten­dees are very grate­ful for this mis­sion grant!

Please keep The Table in your prayers as you drop coins in your Mites box.

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.

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