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“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19



“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, 

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”  Philippians 4:7

 

It was another one of God’s beautiful days as 12 of us traveled to Church of the Cross in Port Charlotte, Saturday, April 21, for the LWML Spring Rally.  After the opening Worship Service with Communion, and a lively Bible Study by our Zone Counselor, Pastor Todd Kuehn, we were inspired by a young woman,     Jennifer Candia, who shared her work with Charlotte Harbor Young Life.  This is a youth organization led by caring adults who are introducing middle school and high school kids to the love of Jesus by going to kids on their turf and in their culture to build bridges of authentic friendship and trust through Christian fellowship.  They received our “Gifts from the Heart” which totaled over $1400 to further their mission work.  Thanks be to God!

It’s time to start thinking about attending the FL/GA District Convention, Sept 28-30 in Orlando.  It will be held at the Orlando Marriott Airport Lakeside.  Watch for the Summer Evangel (May 15) for more details and registration form.  Early registration is $155.00 until June 30, 2018.  We need two delegates but you can also go as a guest so please pray about it.  Thanks.

I’m happy to report that we have almost reached our goal for Mission Projects for the FL/GA District 20162018 biennium.  We have received $164,104 of the $175,000 goal.  June 30 is the deadline.  Thanks to all who support our projects by using your mite boxes!!!

Your mites are also being used for National Mission projects and that goal is over $2,000,000.  One of the projects being funded is a grant to Lutheran World Relief to help them send and distribute quilts to     countries all over the world.  LWR ships between $12 and $13 million worth of quilts, blankets, baby care kits, personal care kits, school and fabric kits and soap to 20 countries on average each year.  Money is received through generous donations each year but an LWML grant of $80,000 will help sustain funding and support.  For the 75 years that LWML has been in existence Lutheran World Relief has been part of their ongoing support.  Just see what those mites can do!!

Our next meeting is Monday, May 14, at 10:00 AM and I hope you can join us.

Serving the Lord with Gladness”  Psalm 100:2a





2018 FL/GA LWML DISTRICT CONVENTION






The women of the LWML want to thank you for continuing to contribute your mites. See where our "mighty mites" have been allocated.








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Remember to recycle those used printer cartridges, cell phones, e-readers, tablets, digital cameras, laptops, etc. Please place them in the bins under the LWML table in the Fellowship Hall. They will be gratefully accepted.

 

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




Notes from Dolly Morris...

The two travelers on the way to Emmaus met Jesus and after they recognized Him they hurried back to Jerusalem to tell the disciples and others that He was alive. That message is repeated each Easter in Christian churches all over the world. Does it stop there? I hope not because it is the foundation of our faith. I Corinthians 15:17  

We have the assurance that our faith is not in vain and therefore the hope of eternal life. This is what we want to share by reaching out to others and helping to meet some of their needs in the name of Jesus. That is the goal of Lutheran Women in Mission.

 

We’re getting there!

Only $22,000.00 left to fulfill the grants for mission projects for the FL/GA District 2014-2016 biennium.

  • We have until June 30 to complete the grants. Keep putting that loose change in your mite boxes and drop it off in the big mite box in the Fellowship Hall.
  • We hope to soon have another smaller box for you to put your mites in located near the welcome center in the narthex.

New mite boxes can be found in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you again for using those mite boxes.

 

Part of your mites helps to fund National Projects also.

A $72,000.00 grant was given to Outreach in Refugee Camps – Lebanon. The Word of God is brought to Lebanon through Lutheran Hour Ministries-Lebanon, known locally as Middle East Lutheran Ministry (MELM).

  • The ministry began in Beirut in 1950, and their offices are used to spread the message of salvation in Jesus Christ throughout the region.
  • MELM also reaches out to struggling communities through vacation Bible schools and through holistic programs that provide clothing and school supplies for children. The center also provides holistic emergency care for people who have sought refuge in Lebanon from the civil war in their homeland.
  • The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League(LWML) grant will support MELM in providing relief to the women and children in refugee camps with basic humanitarian supplies, including food staples and hygiene kits so that they can live with dignity, bringing a long-term growth and expansion of the Gospel to destitute women and children living in those refugee camps, now and after they return to their homeland.

 

We have a great opportunity in the LWML to help and support this organization, which everyday gives new testimonies of Christian vocation, professionalism, and love.

 

NEXT MEETING – 

Serving the Lord with Gladness” Psalm 100:2a

 


Update

We are coming to the final months of meeting our mite goal for the Florida/Georgia District. Our goal for the 2014-2016 biennium is $167,890.00 and we have received $125,118.72 so that leaves $42,771.28 to go. That may sound like a lot and we only have until March 31 to get it in, but God’s people are equal to the challenge. Thank you, Beautiful Savior members, for your support and generosity. The following is a summary of some projects and amounts paid:

Concordia Seminary Food Bank-St. Louis

$10,000

Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Food & Clothing Co-Op to purchase food

$10,000

Trinity/HOPE (Haiti)

$  5,000

Feed My Sheep ($5,000.00 grant)

$  2,500

Stepping Stone Mission

$10,000

Brevard Rescue Mission ($10,000.00 grant)

$  5,000

Bread of Life Food Pantry

$  4,257

Pastoral Scholarships ($15,000 grant)

$11,230

Non-Pastoral Scholarships ($15,000 grant)

$11,250

       SubTotal….

$ 69,237.


There are other projects partially funded also so the figures will not agree with the total received.


Many of you may be familiar with Hope Seeds since it originated right here in Manatee County about 17 years ago. They have distributed millions of seeds to many people in 57 different countries and are still going strong. Be sure to come and listen to the latest stories of where and how these seeds are distributed. “Plant a Seed! Feed a Soul!”


YOUR MITES IN ACTION!


Your Mites in action!

It seems like we are always hearing about tornadoes, floods, etc. You may recall that one of our Mission projects was a grant for Disaster Response Trailers.

With funds from the LWML, districts and congregations, and LCMS Disaster Response, these trailers will be fully equipped with tools, cleaning supplies, power tools and items needed to come into an area ready to go to work and not be an additional burden to community.

Twenty trailers in 20 districts is the goal at present, with prayers to increase in time. Teams will be trained to cope with situations that may arise and ready to share the Gospel as they labor for the Lord. Your Mites in action!

Thanking the Lord for our many blessings, the greatest of these being our Savior, Jesus Christ, we begin another year of grace. Lutheran Women in Mission pray that Christ’s love will fill your heart and home throughout this new year of 2016.



RECYLING AS A FUNDRAISER...

Our new program “READY, SET, RECYCLE” has added some other items to the list. You already know & greatfully show your support by bringing in empty (used) ink cartridges from your computer's home printer. -- But check out the new items we're accepting for recycling. 

If you no longer use the following items, we have a place for them and will gladly accept them to be recycled. You can bring in used:

  • Pagers,
  • PDA’s,
  • DVD players,
  • i-Pods,
  • MP3 players,
  • Digital Cameras,
  • Laptop Computers,
  • GPS Systems,
  • Scientific/Graphing Calculators,
  • Tablets,
  • e-Readers and i-Pads.

Wow! We have really gone technical. Keep us in mind if you replace or no longer need these items. Bins for your donations are under the LWML table in the Fellowship Hall. Thanks again!












Our LWML here at Beautiful Savior continue to collect those mites and disburse special gifts to needed charities. Hope Family services recently received the toiletries and used cell phones that you have given. Other recipients of your generosity were the children of Manatee County who are designated as homeless. An added thank-you to all who keep our “Meals on Wheels” barrel full. There is always a need for food and summer is a crucial time as many families can no longer rely on free school lunches.

  • We meet on the second Monday of each month at 10am in the Wayman Still Administration Bldg's library / conference room. 


May your heart be blessed with new joys this fall!








 If I were to ask you which state had the most mosque, Michigan or Florida, which would you say? The general consensus is Michigan, but Florida is the answer.

 

·       Orlando is becoming heavily populated with Middle Eastern Muslims and is projected to be the second Dearborn, Michigan.

·       Muslim population in metro Orlando has grown from 2,691 in 2000 to 27,939 in 2010 according to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.

·       There are now 20 Muslim congregations spread across Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake Counties, the association’s census of religions found.

 

Why am I mentioning this?

 

Recently the FL/GA District LWML chose as one of it’s projects for the 2014-2016 biennium a grant of $7,500 to Sisters of Faith Muslim Mission Society based in Naples, FL. Their mission is to share awareness with the Church and the Love of Christ with Hindu, Muslim and Sikh Communities. This is similar to the mission to the Jewish people.

 

You will be supporting them with your mites and prayers. It is a tremendous undertaking.

 

Serving the Lord with Gladness” Psalm 100:2a




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