First Lutheran LWML (Lutheran Women Missionary League) Society

LWML Sunday 

Come celebrate LWML Sunday at First Lutheran on Sunday, October 2, 2016. The theme chosen for this year’s LWML Sunday is “Come and See”, based on Psalm 66:5  Lunch will be served following our morning worship.

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For over 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.

First Lutheran Women's Missionary LeagueMission Statement 

The mission of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League 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.

Lutheran Womens Missionary League 

“… and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”... 

First Lutheran LWML 


President               Frances Robinson

Vice-President        Donna Speegle

Secretary               Sheree McGraw

Treasurer               L’Tanya Sims 



Seek First the Kingdom of God

The First Lutheran LWML Society celebrated the 2015 LWML Sunday on October 4th.  The theme this year was “Seek First the Kingdom of God”.  A wonderful sermon was given by Pastor Lampella. Following worship service, the LWML ladies provided a “Seasons” luncheon for the congregation.  Fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all.

First Lutheran LWML Society continues to support various missions to enable others to receive God’s bountiful blessings.  We have recently sent funds to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the purchase of two donkeys for women to be able to transport goods up and down mountainous terrain. 

Other major mission projects for 2015 are:

Local – Weekenders Backpack Program

First LWML was able to provide 72 backpacks to a local Birmingham school for a child in need.  There are many of our little ones who may not have food to eat when not in school.  In our region, nearly one in every 4 children struggles with hunger while away from school.  The Weekenders Backpack program provides backpacks for 40 weeks of the year, to include some of the extended breaks like Christmas Break, fall break, and spring break.  Each pack contains 5 pounds of food.

National – Wounded Warriors Project

The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events. 

Over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts.  In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

Funds raised for this project will help raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; help injured service members aid and assist each other and  provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

International – Lutheran World Relief Agriculture Initiative

There are 870 million hungry and undernourished people in the world today. By 2050 the world will need to increase its food production by an estimated 50 to 70 percent. To do this, the international community must devote attention and resources to agricultural development and research, including a global push to close the “gender gap.”  To respond to these needs, and driven by their values and mission to end poverty, injustice and human suffering, one of the principles that LWR promotes and adheres to is provide small producers, particularly women, the skills, access to information, and financing to participate as empowered agents in decisions pertaining to agriculture.  Funds raised for this project will go to support this principle.

To be able to support our 2015 mission projects the LWML needs the support of the congregation.  Donations may be submitted to First LWML throughout the month of October.  First LWML is appreciative of the continuing support it has received through the goodness of our family of friends.  Thrivent Financial will match a portion of donations received.  Thanks to everyone for your generosity.

First of all, giving a big shout of thanks to our First Lutheran family!  Because of you and Thrivent matching funds we were able to raise over $4,100 towards our 2012 mission projects: Grandparents Raising Grandkids and Lutheran World Relief Water Initiative.  Thanks for your support and your desire to help others less fortunate than ourselves. 

The Health Ministry Team

The Health Ministry Team seeks to improve congregational and community well-being through health through education.  We have worked toward this goal using church newsletter articles, bulletin board displays, and a 5th Sunday potluck Lunch & Learn presentation.  

We also enjoy doing a Christmas-related ministry each year.  Last year, the team collected hygiene items and toys for delivery to children around the world via Operation Christmas Child.  This year our focus is on a local charity.  
In 2013, we look forward to continuing educational activities and performing a congregational health ministry assessment.  This assessment will help us determine which health education and/or health screening activities would most benefit to the congregation so that we can design activities to meet those needs long-term.  We always enjoy input and participation from the congregation, so if you have a suggestion, please let us know!