Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML)
LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION
The Lutheran Women's Missionary League is the official women's auxiliary of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. For over 65 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman's relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions. The purpose of the LWML is to develop and maintain a greater mission consciousness among the women of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod through Mission Education, Mission Inspiration, and Mission Service, and to gather funds for mission grants.
The national body meets in convention in odd-numbered years. For information, visit their web site at http://www.lwml.org.
LWML Districts initiate programs and projects as well as implement those of the national body. We are affiliated with the Florida-Georgia District LWML. For information, visit their web site at http://www.flgalwml.com
A zone is a group of societies and individual members in the same geographic area united to promote the objectives of the LWML. The East Central Georgia Zone is comprised of the LWML units at:
Hope Lutheran Church, Milledgeville, GA
Societies/units are the foundation upon which the LWML is built. The entire LWML begins with society members at the congregational level. Membership is available to any woman who is a communicant member of a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church LWML's mission is to assist each woman of the congregation to affirm her relationship with the triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of Augusta and the world. We serve the Lord with Gladness, foster Christian fellowship and participate in the ministry of our congregation.
We provide the official publication of the national LWML, "Lutheran Women's Quarterly" to our members. Extra copies are available for those who are interested.
The FL/GA District's ‘Evangel' newsletter is now published in electronic format (e-Evangel)
Sign up to receive the e-Evangel by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, church, zone and email.
Our unit holds regular meetings with an LWML emphasis and the in-gathering of mites. We have a love offering to help meet our local expenses and a love offering to help support our local mission project - the Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries (DCCM).
Money collected regularly in our mite boxes - is sent to the District office where 75% is kept for District mission grants and programs and 25% is sent to the National LWML for their mission grants and programs. These mites are collected with prayers for the mission grants and a devotion by the Mission Service committee. You can go to the national and district web sites for updates on the grants and descriptions of the agencies receiving the grants. Karen Bowers coordinates the collection and distribution of Mites and provides members with a Mites devotional at every meeting.
Local Mission Project:
The Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries - Feeding the hungry in our community.
This non-profit organization purchases canned goods from Golden Harvest Food Bank and distributes bags to about 300 families a week. In addition to financial support, we encourage our women to volunteer at the site. LaVon Dunker, in coordination with Ruth Ann Nolde, coordinates our sponsorship and volunteers. Ruth Ann, and fellow ORLC member, Ken Wingeier sit on the DCCM board. We currently have 9 ORLC members volunteering – 2 of whom are men.
Our Card Ministry:
We send cards to women for birthdays, illness, and other life-events; to military personnel; to singles; to college students; and to shut-ins. We encourage all our members to send cards to the congregation's shut-ins. Danielle Durrell sends cards to the military, Judy Diebold sends birthday cards to members, and Bonnie McClain sends cards to singles and shut-ins.
Annual Rummage Sale:
The money we make from the annual rummage sale assists us with all our mission outreach projects and supplements our expenses to the rallies, conventions, and retreats.
Other Group Projects:
We provide refreshments for the Sunday fellowship hours, Lenten and Advent lunches, make banners for confirmands, gather food and assemble Thanksgiving baskets, purchase kitchen equipment, clean the church and contribute to an in-gathering of gifts (Gifts from the Heart) at Zone, District and National meetings.