Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML)
The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) has been the official women's auxiliary of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) for over 75 years. The mission of the LWML is to assist each woman of the LCMS 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. It uses the phrase from the Bible, "Serve the Lord with Gladness" (Ps. 100:2) as an all-encompassing description of what the organization stands for.
Our LWML group here at First Lutheran Venice is made up of women who are dedicated to the LWML mission, and serve the Lord in many ways in our congregation, in the community, and throughout the world.
Some of our activities include:
- Providing Christmas gifts for the babies at Harvest Home
- Hosting an annual “Happy Birthday Jesus!” party
- Needlers (make quilts for infants baptized in our parish and to send to Lutheran World Relief)
- Sending "cheer & hello cards" to home-bound members and those in the hospital
- Serve refreshments following funeral or memorial services
All women of the congregation are considered members of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. We invite all women to join us in "Serving the Lord with Gladness!"
Mites are the offerings each LWML member commits to the organization and its mission. These offerings are called mites as a reminder of the Bible Story of the widow who gave two little coins (called mites) to the temple treasury. When the temple officials scoffed at her offering, Jesus praised her, for she had given all she had. The women of the LWML work to give all they can to serve their Lord, and they do it with joy, knowing their mites will go to help people better know their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mites are collected to support the mission projects of LWML at the national and district levels. These projects include helping those in need around the world, providing medical care, developing schools for Christian education, helping at-risk youth, supporting the elderly, and many other worthwhile endeavors. Every two years, the LWML meets nationally to choose specific programs and agencies that will receive mite contributions over the next Biennium.