Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Collinsville, IL

Life Speaker:  Kristi Hofferber


"Be Still & Know That I Am God"

Our Savior Lutheran Church, Carbondale, IL

March 3, 2018

Mid-State - Zion Ladies Aid, Litchfield  Recently celebrated the 75th birthday of LWML with a special party at the monthly meeting.  Ladies enjoyed a taco bar and cake.  Pat Wernsing reported on the convention in Albuquerque, NM.  Dorothy Mansholt reminisced about her term as SID LWML President and her many national conventions she attended. Shirley Helgen remembered her term as Mid-State Zone President and her trip to the national convention in Oklahoma. Ladies enjoyed an auction of summer produce and baked goods, all monies going to Mites.

Pictured are Dorothy Mansholt (sitting) and Shirley Helgen and Pat Wernsing, displaying the birthday cake for LWML.


The Upper Kaskaskia Zone Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) held their annual Prayer Service and Spring Rally on Saturday April 29, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia. The Trinity LWML Ladies were the gracious hostesses. The day was a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the LWML and a celebration marking the 500th year of the Reformation. 23 people attended the day’s event.


Zone Pastoral Counselor, Rev. Eric Wood of Immanuel, Okawville led the Prayer Service which focused on the women’s connection to the past generation, this generation, and to all generations through Christ Jesus our Savior. Our age doesn’t matter; it takes all generations to work together to share the Gospel of Jesus. An offering of $151.00 was collected to help reach the district mite goal of $56,000 for the 2016-2018 biennium.


Jan Endres, Zone President from Oakdale, called the business meeting to order. New officers were elected. Phyllis Silgar of Nashville is the Secretary/ Treasurer and Pastor Eric Wood was reelected to the Zone Counselor position. Phyllis Silgar will also represent the Zone at the national convention held in Albuquerque, New Mexico this June. She gave a presentation on the grants that will be on the ballot, then asked the women to vote for their top 8 so she would have some input for making her decisions.


The mission focus was on the Trinklein family serving as missionaries in South Korea. $388.00 was collected to help them with their costs in the mission field. Michele Hill, Vice President of Human Care gave an update on the work they are doing in Seoul.


Rev. Wood closed the gathering with a presentation on A Man Named Martin, to help in the celebration of the 500th year of the Reformation. A good discussion followed the 

The Spring Rally of the Lower Kaskaskia Zone was hosted on April 27th   by the Ladies Aid of St. Peter Evansville for 55 attendees with light refreshments in the morning and a wonderful chicken and dumpling lunch.  Opening devotions were led by host Pastor James Lestico.   Pastor John Lukomski, Pastoral Counselor, and his wife Lynn presented the entertaining message filled puppet show, “Donkey Jack’s Aspirations”, which high-lighted events of Christ’s life in which this animal played a role.    President Betty Fehr led the business meeting.  Sharon Guebert presented a message from the District.  New officers elected are Pastor Cory Marth of St. John, Sparta, Pastoral Counselor, and Mary Ann Ernsting of St. John, Sparta, Secretary/Treasurer.  The ingathering was for the Life Center in Sparta. A thank you from Life Center shared how much they appreciated the donations.






Immanuel - Waterloo women's Christian Ministry LWML hosts Mini Retreat - April 22, 2017

The theme was "Too Blessed to Be Stressed" and Heidi Lewis, a missionary in South St. Louis was the guest speaker.   She reflected on many of the Psalms as her words of inspiration as she shared her personal stories and allowed us to share together too.  As Heidi put it, we tend to think we are too stressed to be blessed.  We reflected on the stresses of life, but most importantly, the blessings of life.  Waterloo served a delicious breakfast.  




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On October 8, 2016, 36 attended the Fall Rally of the Upper Kaskaskia Zone LWML held at Messiah, Carlyle.

The day began with devotions by Rev. Steven Sommerer from Carlyle. Then President, Jan Endres called the meeting to order. Officers gave brief reports, and a humorous sketch by Sue Mueller and Jan Endres was given. They encouraged the women to prepare for the national convention in New Mexico in 2017 where the LWML will celebrate 75 years! Phyllis Silger was elected delegate to the national convention from the zone. Rev. Eric Wood led an interesting Bible study. After a delicious luncheon by the LWML society from Carlyle. Carol Small showed a video and spoke about her short term mission trips to Honduras with Star Fish Enterprises. She goes with a group from Trinity, Edwardsville. She told of how the people will stand in line for hours to receive medical help from the mission team, then everyone receives the Gospel message as well. The children have their hair washed. The boys get ball caps and the girls are given hair bows, which the LWML members made at the Rally. There were even a couple of Pastors and some young boys assisting in the making of over 100 hair bows to be given to the girls on the next trip that Carol makes to Honduras. 






October 27, 2016

Immanuel Lutheran Church

West Point

Campbell Hill, IL

Pastor Sean Smith opened with devotions.  Pastor Joe Hoem from Immanuel Lutheran Murphysboro, IL gave an inspirational message entitled, "What do Orphans, Corvettes and Jehovah's Wittness have in common (Jeremiah 29:11)"


UPPER KASKASKIA                                                  SPRING RALLY/PRAYER SERVICE

The Upper Kaskaskia Zone Lutheran Women's Missionary League(LWML) met April 9, 2016 at St. John's Lutheran Church in New Minden. Approximately 37 people gathered together for the annual Prayer Service and Spring Rally. The theme was "Wanted: Workers in God's Harvest Field." The service, written by Pastor John Heckmann, LWML Pastoral Counselor 2011-2015, looked at the tools God uses to SOW, NOURISH, and REAP a Bountiful Harvest, Now and for Eternity. Pastor Timothy Mueller from St. John's New Minden led the service. The tables were decorated with the harvest theme in mind. (pic #1)
Following  the Prayer Service a brief business meeting was held. Elected for President was Jan Endres (on right), and Sylvia Kleiboeker (on left) was elected Vice President for the next biennium. (pic #2)
 (pic #3) Pictured are some of the participants from the  Lutheran churches in Nashville, Hoyleton, and Okawville. Many came to hear about the work of Rev. Dr. Hans Trinklein, former Pastor at Olive Branch, Okawville. Rev. Dr. Trinklein has been called to serve by the Office of International Ministry of the Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod as a theological educator at Luther Seminary in Seoul, South Korea. An offering of $945.00 was collected to help fund the mission work he will be doing in Seoul. 
4th pic. ( left to right) President Jan Endres, Rev. Timothy Mueller, Rev. Dr. Hans Trinklein and Vice President Sylvia Kleiboeker.


Throughout the event there was Bible Study, fellowship, worship and activities. The main mission activity of the day was making "SONshine" bags for area shut ins and nursing home residents. Each bag was filled and decorated by everyone there. 106 total gifts were filled.


The Upper Kaskaskia Zone Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) held its annual Prayer Service/Spring Rally April 18, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville, Illinois. There were about 40 people in attendance.  
The service began with a medley of hymns, accompanied by Lois Schorfheide, organist from Trinity. The 2015 LWML Prayer Service
“God-Given Hats Vocational Prayer Service was written by Rev. Kristopher Whitby, the national LWML Pastoral Counselor from 2009-2013. It was based on 1 Timothy 2:1-4.
Officers were elected for the 2015-2017 term for Secretary/Treasurer, Elaine Meyer of Hoyleton and for Zone Pastoral Counselor, Rev. Eric Wood from Immanuel, Okawville. The delegate chosen to attend the national LWML convention in Des. Moines, Iowa is Sylvia Kleiboeker from Bethlehem, Ferrin.
After a brief meeting, the program continued with the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry sponsored by Lutheran Church Charities.  Dr. Glenn & Sue Nielsen brought Comfort Dog, Noah Psalm 29:11 and gave a presentation on what the Comfort Dog Ministry all involves. Noah is a trained service dog and is handled by Dr. Glenn and Sue along with other handlers. He is 22 months old and goes many places. Noah is one of many Comfort Dogs that go out to nursing homes, hospitals, schools, adult day cares and other places where people of all ages need comfort from their situations. In 2014, one of Noah's first dispatches was to Conway, Arkansas after the tornado hit the area. He visited the school, hospital and a nursing home bringing his own "love" and comfort to others. There are about 80 Comfort Dogs in the USA.
Rev. Paul & Cindy Cwynar own a Golden Retriever named Travis who is ready for his training to become a Therapy Dog. Therapy Dogs are more widely recognized. They love to be there for residents that need the attention of an animal to love and touch.
Much of the day was sponsored by a Thrivent Action Team grant. Thanks to the Thrivent organization for their donations. The women from Trinity Lutheran LWML in Nashville hosted the event and prepared the food.
The day was closed with prayer by Rev. Eric Wood. The ladies enjoyed their Mite Mission giving, Worship, and fellowship together.





The LWML Christmas celebration at Zion Belleville, Illinois was very special this year when ladies from their Korean congregation and its Pastor Jin O Jeong joined them for the evening.  Dinner was special Korean items and traditional American dishes.  Paintings were shown of Korean nativity scenes, while nativity sets from around the world were used as table decorations.   The Christmas story from Luke 2 was read in both Korean and English.  Traditional Christmas carols were sung and the Korean Women’s Choir dressed in the traditional Korean “Hanbok” shared two Korean songs.  Pastor Jeong shared information on “Jesus Christ in Korean Culture” and closed the evening in prayer thanking the Lord for the opportunity for Korean and American women to gather in one mind to celebrate the wonder of the birth of Jesus.  It is hoped that this will be the beginning of many shared times with our sisters in Christ.  The LWML “Heart to Heart” sisters program was the inspiration for joining the groups together



St. Paul's Lutheran LWML, Troy, IL

Service Project

August 7, 2014

Group:  The LWML Ladies from St. Paul's, Troy sponsored the event, but other ladies of the Congregation joined in!

Served:  Our "Service Project" served the Senior Citizen's Organization in Troy.

Why:  A couple of the ladies in our LWML mentioned that the Senior Citizens in Troy were trying to increase their membership, but it was difficult.  The Senior Citizens used to pay their entertainment for the evening, but because of budget changes this was not feasible at this time.

Last year in October for St. Paul's LWML Mother/Daughter/Friend Dinner, a kitchen band was created to go along with the entertainment for the evening.  There were actually three ladies who participated in the Kitchen Kazoo Krew who had played in the original St. Paul's Kitchen Band years ago.  Many memories were shared from these three ladies to the rest of the band members.

     The LWML ladies, who also belong to the Senior Citizens, asked if we would consider playing at their Senior Citizen's Meeting?  So the St. Paul's Kitchen Kazoo Krew was resurrected again!

The LWML ladies at their July meeting, created laminated coasters.  The front of the coasters were made from greeting cards and the back identified the Ladies of the LWML.

     The band arrived early and ate dinner with the Seniors which gave everyone a chance to meet each other and socialize!  This was also when the coasters were handed out.

Comments:   The Seniors were each given a Kazoo and were encouraged to play along with the band! At first,  some of the Seniors were timid with playing!  But as the songs continued, everyone got involved! There were hands clapping, kazoo playing, flags waving, people standing, heartfelt laughing, and bodies moving to the rhythms of the songs!


It was a very enjoyable night for all, the Seniors and the Kitchen Kazoo Krew!

When we were done, we were "thanked" by so many! They had fun and really appreciated the evening!!

Bunker Hill LWML

Pictured here are LWML Ladies of Bunker Hill who worked on projects on July 17, 2014 in conjunction with LWML Faith in Action 2014.  Some cut down denim squares, and drew and/or wrote Bible verses on the squares, which were assembled and sewn together into a quilt to be given to a wounded service man or woman.  Others tied 17 baby receiving blankets to be given to “Options Now” (formerly Arms of Love).  Still others clipped coupons to be given to the Concordia Seminary Food Bank for students and their wives.  It was hard work but well worth the effort!  Refreshments, lunch and some supplies were funded by Thrivent

Wine Hill St. Paul LWML/Ladies Aid

For the past three years the Ladies Aid/LWML have been sponsoring Operation Christmas Child in our congregation.  The first year saw feeble participation with only 5 boxes of gifts donated for children.  The following year more than doubled with 11 boxes, but last year was truly a blessing!  We contacted Immanuel West Point to see if they would like to participate as well.  The two churches collected 67 boxes!  These boxes were then sent on to children with religious tracts included in with the presents.  The boxes made it to Madagascar, Zambia, and India.  Praise be to God.


Each year the LWML/Ladies Aid sponsors a Mothers/Daughters/Friends Banquet close to Mother's Day.  Everyone from our congregation and our dual congregation are invited.  It is an uplifting time to celebrate our mothers and friends.  Our LWML/Ladies Aid furnishes the food for the evening and the entertainment.  This year there were sixty-five in attendance and the theme was "His Eye Is on the Sparrow".  The bird theme was used in decorating and in picking the music.


The Wine Hill St. Paul LWML/Ladies Aid work together.  The Ladies Aid group spear heads the comfort tacking and quilting.  This group meets every Thursday in the Parish Hall to cut material, sew, tack, and quilt.  The number of ladies may range from as few as five to as many as ten.  In a years’ time, running from July to July, as many as five quilts may be quilted for individuals or for fund raisers.  During this same period of time as many as thirty lap throws may be finished.  These lap throws are sent to various places depending upon need.  The group has sent lap throws to World Relief, Veterans Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Bethesda to name a few.   


What a wonderful day at the 2014 Spring Retreat at Zion Lutheran Church, Mascoutah, IL. The YWR's did an amazing job! The theme of the day was "A Journey of Life… Ruth & Naomi". Each participant was able to gather their grains(beans and pe...as) and spices in a creative mason jar to take home, so they could make a yummy bean soup. There was an ingathering of food items for the Mascoutah Food Pantry. As Ruth helped to provide for Naomi, the women of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will help provide for those less fortunate in the Mascoutah community by these gifts from the heart. Check out some of the groups that attended and ask them how they enjoyed the day! Can't wait till next year.


Photos were taken at the Fall Retreat hosted by St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Troy and submitted by Pastor Shussler.