Servant Event being planned for the convention is partnering
with Concordia University.
It is called the Northwest Portland BackPack Lunch
Our ladies would be asked to donate $5.00 on the registration
form. The money
collected is sent to the Concordia Office of Servant Learning.
They buy the necessary food and the lunch bags, transport
it to the Embassy Suites, where it
will be packed by our LWML ladies on Friday morning,
June 27, 2014.
These meals are often the only meal that students in
this area of Portland have during the weekend.
The Concordia Students
would then transport the filled lunchbags to the program’s
chairman who would have them distributed to the needy children.
What a wonderful way we can “serve the LORD with
Rev. John Heckmann
President Kay We’re privileged to
have LWML Pastoral Counselor Rev. John Heckmann
bringing the message from President Kay Kreklau to our
convention in June. Rev. Heckmann has served the LWML
community since the days of his first congregation,
St. John Lutheran, Kramer, Nebraska.
Since then, he’s served as
a Zone Counselor followed by his position as District
Counselor with then Nebraska South District President,
Linda Reiser, who he also denotes as one of his many
mentors. Ministries that have brought him great joy
include the Jesus is Lord Mission Society and serving as
a Board of Directors member of the Women for Life
International pro-life organization.
Rev. Heckmann will join OR District pastors during a
special luncheon on Saturday.
Opportunities for you to share your JOY!
will be a
during the convention! Share those moments that
have made you smile or given you that special
"experiencing God-moment"--your society projects,
scenery, children or grandchildren, pets, flowers, etc.
Send your photos by email to
or mail them to Grace Lutheran Church c/o Lisa:
51737 S. Columbia River Hwy Scappoose, OR 97056.
If you are sending them by post, please put one of your
mailing labels on the back, so they can be returned to
you. We are planning a power point presentation of
your new 2014 calendars-OR District Convention, June
27-29, 2014-Come and be filled with JOY!
Adding to our JOY at
the 2014 OR District Convention will be
very special guests:
Bible Study Leader - Donna Pyle, Bible Study leader at
the 2013 LWML Convention in Pittsburgh.
Author of numerous Bible studies, a DVD series, Your
Strong Suit, and a small-group Bible Study, The
God of All Comfort, Donna is amazed God called her
to this path. She says, "My three sisters and I
grew up with horses, the whole Texas upbringing."
Donna learned life-long joys: singing, reading, playing
the flute, and even twirling in the high school rifle
corps, but she didn't grow up knowing Jesus." It
was several years later after her Baptism, Donna was
worshipping on Good Friday and "something broke the wall
around my heart," she said. By the power of the
Holy Spirit, she took another look at her faith.
"I began to understand what Christ did on the cross.
It changed everything," she recalled. "That's when
He instilled in me a voracious appetite for His Word.
I had to know Him and to know why He did that for me and
for everyone. I had to know why He would love me."
Donna's desire to take another look, a closer look,
gives birth to her Bible studies. (info from Lutheran
Woman's Quarterly, spring 2013)
Missionary - Danelle Putnam, Outreach Missionary for the
Developmentally Disabled in the Dominican Republic.
Danelle's work includes reaching out in various ways to
people with developmental disabilities and to the
families who care for them. Danelle works to
provide the often lacking help and training needed.
She also reaches out, sharing the message of salvation
through Jesus and providing them with opportunities to
continue to study God's Word and become a part of a
Special Guest - Linda Gage, Gifts of Love Ministry.
Gifts of Love provides opportunities for
LWML women to discover and use their giftedness for
generosity in support of the mission and ministry of the
Lord. Linda is employed and professionally trained
by the LCMS Foundation as an experienced Gift Planning
Counselor serving the women of the LWML and their
families. She helps you provide for your loved
ones, support your favorite ministries, and frame the
discussion for sensitive life decisions. The
work of gift planning is preparing for what God has
already planted in the heart of a disciple. "God
is good. Everything happens according to His plan.
It's all in His good and perfect time!"
Orphan Grain Train
representatives--Heinz Piehl and his wife.
Orphan Grain Train
Christians share personal and material resources with
needy people in America and around the world. They
are on "Charity Navigator's" top 10 list--out of 7,000
charities, specifically the "List of Highly Rated
Charities Relying on Private Contributions." "We
do what we do because of the love of God. The
Orphan Grain Train movement is a loving response to
Jesus Christ's example as a servant and His love for