ALL PRAISE AND GLORY TO GOD FOR OUR LWML ENGLISH DISTRICT 35TH BIENNIAL CONVENTION
Thank you to the Arizona Zone Host Committee (pictured left) for a job well done!
WE’RE ON YOUTUBE…CHECK IT OUT!
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds….
let us encourage one another.
Hebrews 10:24, 25
The LWML English District has two Mission-Ministry Vision consultants available to assist your society or zone. MMV consultants are professionally trained to guide, support, and provide resources to women for Christ-centered decision making and implementing processes. Consultants also help women in creating and enhancing sensitive, relevant, and appealing mission outreach in their communities. Our MMV consultants can:
- clarify your purpose
- generate increased enthusiasm
- explore possible organizational structures for your group
- define and develop local leaders
- provide resources for planning effective and spiritually motivated programs
- supply guidance in engaging more women in meaningful ministry
- reveal ways to create interest for young women’s involvement
- offer direction when you are facing change and/or new opportunities
- sharpen your focus in strategically planning for the future
Are you interested in learning more about how an MMV consultant can help revitalize or expand your LWML? Then contact is via our Contact Page
My desire is that the LWML English District will be a place where you will grow in your love for God and His Word…a place where you can serve Christ and make new friendships…a place where you will feel at home. I invite you to bring your energy, your ideas and your friends and help us interweave our lives in faith and commitment. (Revised statement from the Ascension WinGS mission statement.)
We are to be Lutheran Women in Mission in the Word. We grow in our love for God by being in His Word daily and by having a passion for Christ in our lives. It is amazing how reading the Bible can change your thought patterns and give you something new about which to think. It is the living Word of God – not just a history book.
We are to be Lutheran Women in Mission of the Word. We are to be serving Christ. We can do this through our mites that go around the world to spread the news of God. That is the easy way. The way that challenges us is to be personally involved with people. We need to look at projects within our communities, our church, and the English District that need our attention where we can share the love of God.
We are to be Lutheran Women in Mission Walking with the Lord. As you walk with the Lord, share this joy with your friends and encourage each of them in their walk. Our lives are not to be lived in a vacuum, but in relationships with others. We are here to offer hope – hope for today and tomorrow and eternally. You haveBeautiful Feet for the Journey.
Come join with us – bring your energy and ideas to serve the Lord with gladness.
Zones are asked to remit mite money to the treasurer once every quarter at a minimum. In other words, mites can be sent in more often if your societies are meeting monthly and sending you mites more frequently. Also, any special collections from LWML Sunday or Mission Sundays can be forwarded at any time along with gifts to the leadership fund or for memorials. Letters for Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly and ACCENT subscriptions will be mailed in January 2013 with orders and payment due March 15th.
Zones and societies are asked to send updated contact information whenever changes occur. This helps to insure that district mailings are routed to the correct individual and disseminated at the local level in a timely fashion. If you receive a mailing in error, please forward the envelope to the correct person and notify the secretary of her name and address. Also, remember that mite boxes are available from the secretary, not the treasurer.
Did you ever wonder why we have bylaws? The internal rules of the LWML English District are embodied in the bylaws. Bylaws are drafted by a committee at the beginning of an organization’s existence. The committee needs to take great care with the language and to be realistic in forseeing changes in the organization as it continues. After the committee has completed its work, it reports to the assembly; and the assembly, after debate and possible amendment, adopts the bylaws by a main motion. The bylaws should not contain trivial matters or temporary provisions; they are meant to provide the most basic regulations, understandable by the typical member, and important enough that they will not need to be changed often. It is the practice of the LWML English District to review its bylaws each biennium and to make sure they reflect changes made at the national level of the organization.
Cristian Life/Human Care
The Christian Life Committee is here to assist in helping you find time for personal devotion. God promises that time spent daily in His Word will sustain, encourage and nuture our faith. We often allow our schedules to interfere with our treasured time with the Lord and struggle to make our quiet time with God a high priority. Let us remember that as LutheranWomen in Mission we are to be IN THE WORD (honoring a daily appointment with the Father and His Word), OF THE WORD (made over by the Holy Spirit, forgiven and restored), and WALKING WITH THE LORD (totally confident of Christ’s presence in serving and living). The LWML is now offering a new option for personal devotions through a free web-based subscription.
The purpose of the Human Care Committee is to sensitize women toward those who are hurting or in need and enable them to compassionately reach out with knowledgeable, Biblical and hands-on caring assistance and comfort. For self, human care includes healthy lifestyle choices for the body, lifelong learning for the mind, and meditation and prayer for the spirit. For others, human care translates into an awareness of need, personal involvement, and servant opportunities.
Each zone and society in the LWML English District is responsible for sending delegates to its biennial convention which is held in even-numbered years. Your zone sends one delegate and your society is entitled to send two delegates. The district has an Equalization Fund that helps pay transportation expenses for delegates. The equalization fee is $200 per delegate. When your zone and society pay the $200 equalization fee per delegate, the delegate’s transportation expense or a portion thereof is reimbursed from the Equalization Fund. This includes those who travel by car, plane, bus, or train. Those who live close to the convention site and have minimal transportation expenses need to pay the $200, per delegate, to help defer the cost of those far away. That’s what makes it EQUAL!
Your delegates are the voice of your society. We understand that travel costs are rising all the time and can possibly deter representation from some societies. Equalization can help change that–the more who participate in equalization, the more in attendance. And for a district that is non-geographic, this approach is fair and smart!
Christians have public relations as a matter of fact and principle. The ties that bind believers to Christ connect them to one another. If we view Christian public relations as lifting up the church that is the body of Christ in the world then it cannot be viewed as an option. The Great Commission commands us to proclaim the Gospel. The perception of our church and its organization, including the LWML, provides a critical foundation for all outreach and evangelistic efforts. The question is not whether to have a program of public relations, but how to best conduct it. The overriding concern is for an insistence that God’s love and saving purposes always be communicated through our words and actions. If we focus on Proclaiming the Redeemer, we may be sure that LWML and the church-at-large grow with a growth that is from God. This is a growth that will give God glory, insure that grace reaches more individuals, and causes thanksgiving to overflow.