Iowa East District Fall Retreat – Fear Not

The Iowa East District held Fall Retreat this past weekend.  The theme studied was “Fear Not.” Here are some pictures of the weekend for you to enjoy.

Circle Meetings Starting Up in September

Hello fellow LWML Sisters!

Summer is quickly winding down and fall activities are starting back up.  Don’t forget that in September you will again have the opportunity to meet for Bible Study and fellowship with your LWML Circles!

We will again have three Circles this year at Zion.  Hope, Happiness, and Hosanna.

Hosanna Circle – Third Tuesday at 1:00 PM
Happiness Circle – Third Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Hope Circle – Second Thursday at 6:00 PM

All Circles meet in the small conference room at Zion.  Interested in attending?  Just show up!  If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here or contact any of the Circle Leaders.  Their contact information is found on each Circle’s individual page.

Iowa East District Fall Retreat, Cedar Rapids Zone Fall Rally, and other events are also coming up.  Check out our Events Page for the complete list and to get those on your calendar.

Updates for 2013 Pittsburgh Convention

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Are you planning to attend the LWML Convention in Pittsburgh, PA this June?  It is not too late!

We are collecting all Convention info that we receive in one place on the website.  Go to the 2013 Events tab and scroll down to the Pittsburgh Convention.  Currently you will find a link to LWML’s Convention Central with up-to-date information.  You can also find a link to the Iowa East District Bus Registration form if you would like to ride the bus with the IED ladies.

Be A Missionary With Your Mite Box

2011-2013 LWML Biennium Mite Challenge:
Be A Missionary With Your Mite Box

Each of you, giving and praying for our 19 Mission Grants, brings the Mission Goal of $1,825 million for the 2011-2013 biennium closer and brings the hope of Jesus to others. The mission grants mentioned in below are still waiting for funding.

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  • The theme for National Lutheran Schools Week, January 27 through February 2, 2013, is “Baptized for This Moment”. Pray today for school children and staff as you generously feed your Mite Box. Your mites will to help fund mission grants that help children learn more of Jesus’ love, such as the grant “Outreach to At-Risk Children” in the city of Detroit, Michigan, that is still waiting for grant funds.
  • January is National Thank You Month. Christians celebrate the hope in Jesus, thanking God for His promises daily. Praise God for your many blessings as you daily fill your Mite Box. Thank God for the opportunity to help fund the mission grant “Children’s Develop- mental Disabilities Group Home and Rehabilitation Center” in the Dominican Republic. You are blessed … to be a blessing to others!
  • The season of Lent provides the opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ suffer- ing and sacrifice, His life, death and resurrection. LWML mission grants share His love and His story with others. One example is Pastor Daniel Jacobs’ service to the “Crow Indian Ministry” in Montana. Your Mite Box is your opportunity to help serve them as well!
  • February is Chocolate Lover’s Month and most people LOVE chocolate, but Psalm 119:103a says, How sweet are your words to my taste. When you put money in your Mite Box you help missionaries share His Word with a lost world. Pray and give to help complete funding for the mission grant “Grace Place for LCMS International Missionaries.”

Click here to view and share the full Mites Flyer Winter 2013 flyer with others!

Salted for Service – LWML Sunday

This past Sunday was LWML Sunday at Zion. A time to not only acknowledge LWML as an organization, but also all of the wonderful work it does for LCMS missions here and around the world.

Our reflected text was Mark 9:30. Being “Salted for Service.” Rev. Dr. Dean F. Rothchild was our guest and shared about the excitement and challenges of a growing mission close to home: St. Silas Lutheran Church in North Liberty, Iowa. $500 was raised through the generous donations to help this effort.

We thank all members of LWML and especially the Circles at Zion Lutheran for their continued devotion to helping women live out their Christian lives and supporting active mission ministries and global missions.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men …” – Colossians 3:23

Are You Ready? A LHM Daily Devotion

Today’s LHM Devotion had a powerful message….I wanted to share it with everyone….

“Are You Ready?”
September 21, 2012

Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have, but answer in a gentle way and with respect. 1 Peter 3:15

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.

In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour

My 12-year-old son is in eighth grade. Recently, one of his classmates, a boy who was goalkeeper for the class soccer team, died while he was playing in the river.

When my son heard that bad news, he was very sorry for his friend and for the team, which must keep on playing, even as they mourn their deceased teammate. My son shared that his friend had not been a Christian and wondered if he could still go to heaven.

In reply, I asked, “My son, did you tell your friend about Jesus and His salvation before he died?”

Maybe you’ve noticed there are many people around us, people who are close to us, who have still not heard the Good News. These people have not heard because, even though we love them, we never got around to telling them about the Savior.

That was the situation for my son and his friend. For months they had known each other. They had played with each other, sat next to each other, laughed with each other, and competed as teammates. They loved each other. In spite of all this, the Gospel was never shared.

I feel terribly sorry for my son who has, at an early age, come to the sad realization that there are some opportunities that can never be recaptured. He now knows that time is not unlimited, and we need to make our witness when and while we can. Yes, my son has learned a painful lesson.

Now, I ask that you will excuse me for asking, have you also learned to make use of every God-given opportunity to share the Savior? Is it possible you still believe the calendars of those around you are filled with an unlimited number of days, weeks, months and years?

My friends, time is going fast. We dare not let these folks finish their lives, without them hearing the Good News story of salvation, which comes to us through Spirit-given faith in Jesus Christ.

Understand, you don’t need to be a missionary, a teacher or a pastor to make such a presentation. What you say doesn’t have to be a formal presentation shared with fancy theological words.

In Myanmar, the Lutheran Hour Ministries’ team called Word of Hope pays monthly visits to children in the hospital. Whenever we are there, we show puppet stories; we sing Christian songs for children and their parents; we give cookies and milk to those who suffer from a myriad of diseases. We always pray for them and tell them how Jesus loves them and wishes to save them.

May I tell you, I’m glad we do? Why? Because by the time we come the following month, some of these children are already home with the Savior.

THE PRAYER: Our Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us Your one and only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sin. Please give us the courage and time to share this good news with our people. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

Biography of Author: Today’s international devotion was written by Zin Mar Lay who is the coordinator for Word of Hope, our Lutheran Hour Ministries’ office in Myanmar. The story she shares about her son is both poignant, painful and demonstrates the intense need to share the Savior’s story of salvation, while there is still time. In Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country of more than 60 million people, LHM utilizes Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC) as well as a successful radio program entitled “Hope for Youth,” which appeals to both youth and young adults.

Thy Will, Not Mine (A LHM Daily Devotion)

This is a Daily Devotion written by Ken Klaus for LHM.  I really enjoyed it so wanted to share…..

“Thy Will, Not Mine”
September 11, 2012

(Jesus said) “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10

The famous TV evangelist assured his listeners that if they gave a gift to his ministry God would bless them.

He promised that every giver would receive a “life-changing creative idea, supernatural favor, and a debt-canceling miracle.” Even more, his audience was assured God had given them the power to get wealth. It was that assurance which had the evangelist issue the challenge: “I dare you … I double-dog dare you to lay hold on your belly right now, and with a heart full of faith shout as loud as you can, ‘I have been given the power to get wealth.'”

When I heard those words, I thought, Wow! I don’t remember my professors at seminary teaching me that. I must have been sick when they covered that material. Amazingly, none of my old classmates could remember such a class either.

The sad, sorry reality of life is this: humans, including this evangelist, believe they, not God, know what is best.

Think about it. It didn’t take too much urging for Adam and Eve to be convinced that they, not God, should hold the reins. The rest of the Old and New Testaments, indeed, all of human history provides ample evidence that our original ancestors were the rule and not the exception.

Yes, I know, we officially and publicly pray as Jesus taught us. In our worship, both public and private, we ask that the Lord’s will be as honored and as successful here on earth, as it is in heaven above.

But, and here I can speak only for myself, if the Lord looked into my heart and mind, it wouldn’t take too long for Him to discover that way down deep Ken Klaus was pretty sure he knew what was best. Ken Klaus thought that God would do well, if He complied with my will, my wishes and my wisdom. In short, unlike Jesus, I was praying, “Nevertheless, dear Father, not Thy will, but mine be done.”

How sad a commentary that is on me, and probably you, too. God has called into being all that is. He has protected us, cared for us, and helped us through situations we never knew existed. He can plainly see the future and what is best for us. Indeed, He even sent His Son into this world to give His life, so we might have everything needful to be saved.

In spite of all that, ungrateful sinners that we are, we keep on telling the Lord what He should do. We who have seen the scope of His love should know better. He most certainly deserves better. We pray:

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, forgive my many sins. Especially today do I repent of my pride, which says I know better than You. Grant me a faith that prays and means it when it says, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Israel the Chosen

Reading: Isaiah 44:1-45:25

Through the Old Testament we read a lot about Israel. Much of it is about the chosen child of God who doesn’t always follow his Father’s instruction. But regardless of that fact, God loves him anyway. With the unconditional love of a Father. But that doesn’t mean he does not punish Israel or give him commands.

We read today as God once again assures Israel it is His chosen nation. But this is followed by a warning. A warning that we hear many times throughout the Bible, yet it is a commandment that is so easy for us to break. Do not turn to idols. Love the Lord your God and serve Him only.

Each time God gives this reminder to Israel, it is a good reminder to us as well. Is there an idol in your life that you have been placing before the Lord? We pray for God’s help in removing these idols from our lives and His forgiveness for putting them there in the first place.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 46:1-47:15

Sing a New Song

Today’s Reading:  Isaiah 42:1-43:38

We find in chapter 42 the first of the servant songs in Isaiah.  All three persons of the Trinity are found here.  In the first verses we see the good news of Jesus; then in verse 8: “Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what come from it.”  And at the end of verse 8 we see the presence of the Holy Spirt:…..”and spirit to those who walk in it.

I know that I have sung a canticle or anthem based on Isaiah 10.  “Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth.”  This is our response to the servant song in the first verses.  We know that Jesus comes as a Servant to do work as our sin-bearer.  This is a celebration of the Messiah’s saving work.