Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)

Ladies of the Pilgrim LWML Society sport their new aprons for the 2013 Fall Rally they hosted at Pilgrim. In the back row from left to right are Sallye Key, Sharon Sampson, Shannon Gage, Sarah Land, Elaine Navaille, and Barbara Wuthrich. In the front row from left to right are Angela Sampson and Jeanette Paetznick.

Ladies of the Pilgrim LWML Society sport their new aprons for the 2013 Fall Rally they hosted at Pilgrim. In the back row from left to right are Sallye Key, Sharon Sampson, Shannon Gage, Sarah Land, Elaine Navaille, and Barbara Wuthrich. In the front row from left to right are Angela Sampson and Jeanette Paetznick.

The LWML at Pilgrim Lutheran Church meets at 6:00 p.m.on the first Tuesday of each month  in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted on the church calendar). All ladies of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and their guests are welcome. The content of this page addresses the following questions and topics (each is a link that will jump you to that section of the page):
• Who are we?
• What do we do?
• What are mites?
• LWML Pledge
• 2014-2015 Primary Targets
• Useful Links

Who are we?
LWML stands for Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. We are women in mission!

LWML women of all ages and cultures serve the Lord and use their gifts from Him to make a difference in Christ’s Kingdom. The LWML is for each woman of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and we invite you to join us in our mission of outreach! Our formal mission 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.

For more than 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. Our chapter here at Pilgrim Lutheran Church was founded in January of 1952.

For more information, you may contact any of our current officers:

What do we do?

We want to help you “Serve the Lord with gladness!” (Psalm 110:2) LWML women gather with a purpose – to be in God’s Word, to be in fellowship with one another, and to serve Him. We accomplish this through the following:
• Bible Studies: We all need the nourishment of God’s Word to feed our soul. Therefore, at each meeting we engage in a Bible Study from the Lutheran Women’s Quarterly magazine.
• Local Community Outreach: We seek opportunities for outreach to the people of Kilgore and East Texas who are in need of the words of hope that are valid only in Christ. Some of the ways we already do this are providing entertainment and food for birthday celebrations for nursing homes in Kilgore and gathering supplies for women’s shelters in the East Texas area. We are always on the lookout for new projects to help our sisters and brothers in East Texas!
• Nationwide Outreach: Through our mites, we support missions and projects all over the United States, such as scholarships for seminarians and other college students, Spiritual Care Program for Abused Children through Lutheran Social Services of the South, and Braille Bibles and Portals of Prayer (devotionals). There are countless other projects!
• Worldwide Outreach: Again with our mites and contributions, we gather supplies and money to support missions throughout the world, including the following:
o Lutheran World Relief’s Project Comfort–quilts and care packages for women and mothers living in poverty overseas (Haiti, Angola, India, Thailand, Yemen, and Peru to name a few countries)
o Let the Little Children Come Project: Bible Stories for India and Sri Lanka
o Lutheran Missionaries
o Lutheran Orphanages in Haiti
o Lutheran Malaria Initiative–Kenya
For a comprehensive list of our international mission grants, click here.

What Are Mites?

In the story of the widow’s mite in Mark 12:41-44, a widow gave two small coins called mites, which was all she had, as an offering. She trusted in the Lord to take care of her, and out of faith she gave what little money she had, knowing that God can do mighty things with a few small coins. We carry on the tradition of the poor widow by collecting our “mites” (loose change that we collect in mite boxes). We send this change to the national LWML to fund mission grants. Since 1942, LWML has gathered more than 100 million dollars that have funded mission grants all over the world! For more information about the history of the mite box and how those mites are used, please click here.

LWML Pledge

Our Pledge was written by the Rev. Harry Fricke and beautifully sums up our purpose.

In fervent gratitude for the Savior’s dying love
and His blood-bought gift of redemption,
we dedicate ourselves to Him with all that we are and have;
and in obedience to His call for workers in the harvest fields,
we pledge Him our willing service wherever and whenever He has need of us.
We consecrate to our Savior our hands to work for Him,
our feet to go on His errands, our voice to sing His praises,
our lips to proclaim His redeeming love,
our silver and our gold to extend His kingdom,
our will to do His will, and every power of our life to the great task
of bringing the lost and the erring into eternal fellowship with Him. Amen.

 

2014-2015 Primary Targets

GROWING in the Lord. Women of today find guidance for their lives, encouragement for their walk, and inspiration for joyful service through intentional study of the Word.

VALUING all women. Women of all ages, stages of life, races, locations, and cultures are welcomed, mentored, and encouraged to be active partners in the shared mission of LWML.

LIVING the mission. As the “Face of LWML,” women are engaged in opportunities to use their gifts to impact the world for Christ in their daily lives.

Useful Links

Texas District LWML
National LMWL
Lutheran Women’s Quarterly
Missions
LWML Store