Special Focus Ministries
Jennifer Gierke, Vice President – SpecialFocus@lwml-ned.org
The Special Focus Ministries encourages sensitivity in women toward those who are hurting and in need. We provide resources and encouragement to enable knowledgeable and Biblical comfort to themselves and others.
The Special Focus Ministries Committee alerts members to the opportunities and challenges for mission service in the congregation, zone, district and community; it also encourages active participation in and provide materials and suggestions for a mission service program. We work with the LCMS-NED based missionaries with regard to maintaining a list and status. If needed, render courtesy service to incoming and outgoing missionaries and their families.
THE IN-GATHERING AT THE 2016 CONVENTION:
The In-gathering was for the New England Division of ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN!
We Filled 1/3 of a truck full of:
*Hygiene Kits: 1 bath towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, comb, 6 Band Aids. *(Wrap in towel and tie with string or ribbon.)
*Underwear and socks (NEW ONLY!)
*Caps, hats, gloves, scarves (new or slightly worn/in good condition)
*Monetary donations made out to: OGT, New England Branch
The Convention Offerings:
Offering #1: The Gbarnga Lutheran Training Center, Gbarnga, Liberia – $734.00
Offering #2: 2016-2018 LWML-NED Mission Goal – $2,453.00
The Silent Auction for the Well Centerpieces, (for the LWML-NED Scholarship Fund) – $610.00
LWML-NED – HELPING OTHERS
SCHOOL BACKPACKS FILLED WITH SUPPLIES-CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH NIANTIC, CT
Submitted by Sherlene Skov
During Vacation Bible School, our children bring in school supplies. Our LWML group sorts them and adds necessary items. Our Outreach Committee pays for school back packs, and we assemble the various items and put them in the backpacks. We take these to our local “Care and Share” where they are distributed to needy families. Last year, we brought 24 filled back backs to them!
Supplies may include:
Notebooks, spiral notebooks, folders,
Colored markers, ball point pens, pencils, colored pencils,
Scissors, scotch tape, glue sticks,
Rulers, erasers, paper clips
We started this project about five years ago, and the first time, we brought in ten. Last year, the Care and Share Organization told us that people had phoned to ask if “the Lutherans” would again be donating school back packs. They definitely are appreciated!
Mercy Kits Needed for Disaster Victims
Part of the LWML pledge states that we are…
”pledging our willing service wherever and whenever He has need of us.”
Recent tornados and floods around the country have resulted in a barrage of requests for Mercy Kits (also known as Hygiene Kits) for the victims. Your help is needed to replenish the supply of Kits.
Please click on this link to view list of needed items and the address to send them:
This makes an excellent project for all of our societies and churches!