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posted Apr 1, 2016, 1:18 PM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 4, 2019, 10:18 AM ]


Mission grant receiving funding was Y4Life, a program of Lutherans for Life. Read more below.

Come join your Beautiful Savior sisters at our next meeting on Monday, May 13 at 10am. 


UPCOMING LWML EVENTS

  • June 20-23, 2019 -- LWML National Convention in Mobile, AL 




Our last update at the end of January showed that we needed $305,436.81 to meet our Mission Goal of $2,075,000.00 for the 2017-2019 biennium for the National LWML.

  • ·       I am happy to say that as of February 14 mites received totaled $93,889.54
  • ·       which leaves a total of $211,547.27 to reach our goal!

·       By the time you read this we will have less than a month to meet that amount but I am confident that the challenge will be met with the help of all LWML societies across the United States and I know you will be part of that.

The fiscal year closes on March 31 for National LWML so we need to move fast. Bring in your mites boxes as soon as you can. Our members will be responding to a $5.00 Mite Challenge to bring us to the Mission Goal. We can do it with the Lord’s help!


Fourteen volunteers attended the Hope Seeds Volunteer Seed Pack Event on Friday, February 22.

  • ·       You packed 330 carrot seed packs and 1,230 tomatoes,
  • ·       making a total of 1,560 seed packets!

·       Message from Bethany Matzke to everyone: “Thank you for your love and care to “Plant a Seed! Feed a Soul!”.

 

SPRING RALLY

Please join us on Saturday, March 30, as we travel to Faith Lutheran in Parrish for our Spring Rally.

It’s not a long trip and we will carpool from Beautiful Savior leaving here around 8:00 AM. If you’ve never attended a rally, here’s your chance. The registration fee is $8.00 and includes a delicious lunch. Registration and refreshments begin at 9:00 AM with opening devotions at 9:30 AM.

A collection for “Gifts From the Heart” include paper products for the Parrish Food Pantry and health kits/and or kit items for Project Heart (helping homeless children). Many of the homeless children require a uniform, therefore Project Heart is requesting shorts for boys and skorts for girls in navy and khaki, sizes 2-14. They could also use sweaters, new or gently used. The registration deadline is March 20. Information and sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.

 



You are no doubt familiar with the “Parable of the Sower”.  We’ve left out the seeds that were sown and didn’t survive, but are focusing on the ones that took root.  We like to think of ourselves as “rooted Christians”, but if we’re honest we have to confess that some days our soil is not convenient for the seed (Word) or rocks and thorns of life get in the way. 

·      The seed we’re talking about today is actual seed sent from “Hope Seeds” to countries all over the world. 

·      “Hope Seeds” is in their 20th year of providing seeds mostly to Third World Countries so they may be able to feed themselves and also to be fed God’s Word. 

·      These seeds have multiplied many times over!  They have led not only to providing food for families but also to a means of having an income.  Praise be to God! 

  • ·      Over the years a total of 254,312 packets of seeds have been sent along with 20,112 “Messages of Hope”.
  • ·      These along with training and educational materials transmitted to those in greatest need via the staff of “Hope Seeds” and a network of missionaries and agricultural workers associated with “Hope Seeds”.
  • ·      Seventeen countries were served including the U.S., Haiti, Central America, Venezuela, and other countries in Africa. 
  • ·      Four languages – English, Creole, Spanish and Portuguese with 81 missions served at an estimated value of $776,273.80!  Yes, they are statistics but they represent many lives saved and won for Christ.

 

COME & HELP PACK UP SOME SEEDS!

We will have a chance to pack some of these seeds here at Beautiful Savior on Friday, February 22, from 9:30 until noon.  We invite anyone in the congregation to join us in this endeavor.  Come for an hour or two and help us pack seeds for “Hope Seeds”.

 

BIENNIUM MISSION GOAL – 2017-2019

When visiting our LWML website I came across the latest information on our Mission Goal for the 2017-2019 biennium.  As you know we voted to fund $2,075,000.00 for Mission Grants during these two years

  • ·      Our fiscal year ends on March 31, 2019
  • ·      The National LWML Convention is scheduled for June 20-23, 2019. 
  • ·      The amount received thus far is $1,547,807.85 and we have $527,192.15 still needed. 

Let’s make a sincere effort to get those mites in.  Please bring your mite boxes in and empty into the big mite box in the narthex or in the fellowship hall.  We do so appreciate all of you who use your mite boxes and Gods’ “mitey” work gets done. THANK YOU ALL!

Speaking of thanks, I want to thank Joyce Adams and her sister, Kay Schwab, who helped many of us make Valentines at our last meeting.  These will be sent to our shut-ins.  We enjoyed making them and the fellowship.  Thanks again!



LWML -- 2018 Convention Summarized

“Serving the Lord with Gladness”  Psalm 100:2a

This verse was the theme of the FL/GA LWML Convention in Orlando on September 28 – 30, 2018.  Two delegates representing Beautiful Savior, Lucy Fuller and Penny Myers, will be voting on new Mission Projects.  

There are 18 new Mission Grant Proposals; also resolutions to approve and new officers to elect.  We pray for the Lord’s guidance in all these choices.

As you may remember the National LWML Convention will be held in Mobile, Alabama next June.  

Our mites are continuing to fund the current mission projects one of which is “Equipping Youth to Witness for Life – Y4Life”  a grant of $25,000.  Y4Life is a program for young adults and older teens to speak to their peers about issues such as unplanned pregnancies and abortion and is part of Lutherans for Life.  In their training they learn that 27% of those having an abortion have no religious affiliation and only 25% have been to church in the last month.  As sad as this situation is, it is also an opportunity to share the Gospel and God’s love.  Through training these young people can give guidance and information about alternative services while witnessing to their peers. 

The LWML office has moved to Concordia Seminary – St. Louis campus after years of renting at Concordia Publishing House.  CPH will continue to warehouse LWML resources and fulfill orders.  


 

















      


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The might of mites... see where our 2017 mites have been allocated recently.  Please see Dolly Morris or call 753-3794.





























































































































































































































“Being raised outside the church, working in a regimented military career,

and living with a Muslim husband certainly could send a young woman into emotional and physical overload.  This was the life of Erica Stephenson, as she served her country and her family, yet she was separated from God.”  She shares her story in the latest issue of the “Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly”.  Erica is a witness to the “steadfast love and faithfulness of our Heavenly Father, who called her out of darkness, into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:9)”.  As a reminder to all of us Erica says “I do not have to shoulder life by myself.  I am a beloved child of God and he wants me to lay my burdens at His feet.”  Her husband has also become a Christian as well as their children.  Erica is still in the military but is also serving as a part-time Deaconess in her home church.  “Praise the Lord”.

 http://www.lwml.org/lwq-summer-2018



DISTRICT CONVENTION -- Orlando, Sept 28-30, 2018

“Strengthened.  Helped.  Upheld.”  Isaiah 41:10 is the theme for the Florida/Georgia District LWML Convention to be held in Orlando Sept. 28-30.  


Lucy Fuller and Penny Myers will be attending as delegates representing Beautiful Savior LWML.   We sincerely appreciate their willingness to serve in this capacity.  Thank you, Lucy and Penny.  


DISTRICT GATHERING -- 2018 FALL RALLY

 -- SAVE THE DATE – 

LWML FALL RALLY – Nov. 10 in Venice

·      SARASOTA Lakeside Lutheran Church Venice, FL  -- Date: November 10, 2018

 


Our next LWML meeting for BSLC is Monday, Sept TBD, at 10:00 AM and I hope you can join us.

Serving the Lord with Gladness--   Psalm 100:2a





Volunteer Opportunities

Do you enjoy the fellowship time for coffee and refreshments following the 10:30 AM Service? 

Will you consider volunteering?


The Fellowship Board is asking for volunteers to help. 

We already have wonderful volunteers helping already and we so appreciate their assistance.  But we need a few more volunteers especially for fellowship following the 10:30 AM Service.  Please check out our signup board in the narthex. 

Contact Dan Legler, Chair of the Fellowship Board if you have questions 253-222-6273. 




 




Interested in being part of a Parrish Health Team here at Beautiful Savior?  Nurses, health workers or anyone who has an interest in the health & wellness of our members are welcome to join us. 

Please see Mary Luecke or Pastor Leavitt for more information. 

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USHERS -- We need your help...guys & gals, and even the youth can serve as ushers. With some snowbirds still in their northern homes, we need more ushers for BOTH of our Sunday worship services. 

 


All you need is a smile and some basic knowledge of what is going on during each worship service.  Simply touch base in advance of the service, and you'll be able to help us maintain an organized flow to our worship, especially on communion Sundays. 

 

Contact Bob Wick to help at the 8am service, or Larry Barnes or Jim Smith if you can help during the 10:30am Sunday worship service.