First Lutheran LWML (Lutheran Women Missionary League) Society
We celebrated LWML Sunday at First Lutheran on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The theme chosen for this year’s LWML Sunday is “Be Ready to Confess Jesus!” Lunch was served following our morning worship.
This year marks two significant anniversaries: the 500th Anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95 Theses and the 75th anniversary of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Confessing the faith has not gotten any easier since these two events occurred. In fact, it may be more difficult to speak and to live as Christians now--and the future may even be ore challenging. Yet God is faithful and has promised that His church will survive all the trials that the devil, the world, and our own sinful flesh can throw at us. Building on God's promises, we know that this is our time to be distinctly Lutheran.
Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman's identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraged and equipped Christian women t live out their lives in active service mission ministries, and supported missions around the world through their sacrificial gifts of mites, tithes, offerings, and tireless service. Now is our time to "Be Ready to Confess!" faithfully and boldly of Christ's redemptive work for us and for all the world.
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
The mission of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League is to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.
Lutheran Womens Missionary League
“… and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”...
First Lutheran LWML
President Sheree McGraw
Vice-President Francis Robinson
Secretary Ernestine Craig
Treasurer Eva Hill
MISSION PROJECTS 2017
"Be Ready to Confess Jesus!" 2 Timothy 4: 1-4
Three projects have been selected for this year.
Operation Smile is an international medical charity that provides thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. If is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care.
Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers. Check here for more information about Operation Smile http://operationsmile.org.
Aletheia House is a community-based organization that has been providing substance abuse treatment and prevention services to low-income individuals, and the communities in which they live, since 1972. It is one of Alabama's largest providers of substance abuse treatment, substance abuse/HIV prevention, employment services and affordable housing. The organization was founded by a group of dedicated volunteers to address the needs of teens who were living on the streets in Birmingham. Its mission is to empower individuals, and the communities in which they live, with the skills and services they need to be responsible for their own well-being. Find more about Althea House here https://www.specialkindofcaring.org/.
Designs for Hope is a non-profit organization that exists to provide sustainable energy, clean water, and other innovative designs to disciple makers in developing countries. It was begun locally by two engineers, who were also teachers, that wanted to help solve problems with electricity and water that many undeveloped parts of the world experience. They design products that other ministries can take with them to help improve the lives of the local people when they go to present the gospel. The ministry itself also makes some trips to these areas and they help with other needs of local missionary groups and provide some theological training for local ministers. They are still looking for volunteer engineers another individuals who would like to assist in their future plans to provide hate tanks and other services to rural villages. Visit their website for more information https://www.designsforhope.org/.
Our success in reaching our mission goals is dependent entirely on the generosity of donors, our brothers and sisters in Christ. We hope you will partner with us in meeting these goals. There are many worthy needs in this world and we seek to offer assistance to ministries both local, national and international that spread the love of Jesus through their words and deeds.
Mission Projects of 2015
Seek First the Kingdom of God
The First Lutheran LWML Society celebrated the 2015 LWML Sunday on October 4th. The theme this year was “Seek First the Kingdom of God”. A wonderful sermon was given by Pastor Lampella. Following worship service, the LWML ladies provided a “Seasons” luncheon for the congregation. Fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all.
First Lutheran LWML Society continues to support various missions to enable others to receive God’s bountiful blessings. We have recently sent funds to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the purchase of two donkeys for women to be able to transport goods up and down mountainous terrain.
Other major mission projects for 2015 are:
Local – Weekenders Backpack Program
First LWML was able to provide 72 backpacks to a local Birmingham school for a child in need. There are many of our little ones who may not have food to eat when not in school. In our region, nearly one in every 4 children struggles with hunger while away from school. The Weekenders Backpack program provides backpacks for 40 weeks of the year, to include some of the extended breaks like Christmas Break, fall break, and spring break. Each pack contains 5 pounds of food.
National – Wounded Warriors Project
The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.
Over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.
Funds raised for this project will help raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; help injured service members aid and assist each other and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
International – Lutheran
World Relief Agriculture Initiative
There are 870 million hungry and undernourished people in the world today. By 2050 the world will need to increase its food production by an estimated 50 to 70 percent. To do this, the international community must devote attention and resources to agricultural development and research, including a global push to close the “gender gap.” To respond to these needs, and driven by their values and mission to end poverty, injustice and human suffering, one of the principles that LWR promotes and adheres to is provide small producers, particularly women, the skills, access to information, and financing to participate as empowered agents in decisions pertaining to agriculture. Funds raised for this project will go to support this principle.
To be able to support our 2015 mission projects the LWML needs the support of the congregation. Donations may be submitted to First LWML throughout the month of October. First LWML is appreciative of the continuing support it has received through the goodness of our family of friends. Thrivent Financial will match a portion of donations received. Thanks to everyone for your generosity.
First of all, giving a
big shout of thanks to our First Lutheran family! Because of you and
Thrivent matching funds we were able to raise over $4,100 towards our 2012
mission projects: Grandparents Raising Grandkids and Lutheran World Relief
Water Initiative. Thanks for your support and your desire to help others
less fortunate than ourselves.
Health Ministry Team
The Health Ministry Team seeks to improve
congregational and community well-being through health through education.
We have worked toward this goal using church newsletter articles, bulletin
board displays, and a 5th Sunday potluck Lunch & Learn presentation.
We also enjoy doing a Christmas-related ministry each year. Last year,
the team collected hygiene items and toys for delivery to children around the
world via Operation Christmas Child. This year our focus is on a local
In 2013, we look forward to continuing educational
activities and performing a congregational health ministry assessment.
This assessment will help us determine which health education and/or health
screening activities would most benefit to the congregation so that we can design
activities to meet those needs long-term. We always enjoy input and
participation from the congregation, so if you have a suggestion, please let us