Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month (except January and July) at 6:45 p.m. in the fellowship hall

Meetings begin with a short social time with a snack and beverage followed by the opening devotion at 7:00 pm.  The program for the evening may be a speaker, a Bible study, a work night or a fun and games night.  The business meeting generally follows the evening’s program. Ladies may work on a short service project before or after the meeting.

Other activities of the group include the Mother-Daughter Banquet, Prayer Friends with the junior confirmation girls, serving receptions, luncheons and soup suppers, a quilting group, church picnic and a Christmas party. All women and teen girls are welcome.


Upcoming Programs

April 3, 2014:  Lynn Cook, our Parish Nurse, will present a program on the “Cancer Companions” Ministry, which is in the development stage here at Good Shepherd. Being able to provide support to victims, caretakers and affected family members is a much needed ministry.  Lynn will explain the many volunteer opportunities that will be available through this ministry, and the various ways we can offer our support.

Ingathering is baby items for the Mosaic Pregnancy Center.

Hostesses:  Marie Wudtke, Karen Rust, Mary Preuss

Opening Devotion:  Karen Rust    Mite Box: Marie Wudtke


May 1, 2014: Zach Stegman and some of his students will give us a preview of the Good Shepherd School Musical. This is a group of very talented young people who will entertain us with special numbers from their school musical. We are in for a treat; invite your friends to come to LWML and enjoy this presentation.

Ingathering for Prison Ministry.

Hostesses: Ruth Rankin, Donna Schlechte, Dorothy Oberdieck

Opening Devotion: Mary Jane Wade       Mite Box: Ramona Cross


Upcoming LWML Events

April 11, 2014: Good Shepherd Confirmation Reception following Questioning Service.

April 24, 2014:  Spring Salad Luncheon and Card Party - Doors open at 10:30 am, lunch served at 11:30 am, closing at 2:30 pm. $8 in advance, $9 at the door. Contact Brenda Schoenbeck at 288-6373 by April 18 to make reservations and buy tickets.

May 3, 2014:    Metro Central Zone Spring Rally at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Troy, IL.  Program: Rev. Mark Kiessling, Associate Director, Youth Services, LCMS. Registration $10.  Zone officers to be elected are President and Vice President. We will be selecting delegates to the rally at the April meeting.

May 12, 2014: Mother / Daughter Banquet

September 12-13, 2014: Southern Illinois District Convention at SIU- Carbondale. Ingathering: small pocket-sized Bibles



2014-2015 Officers

President: Brenda Schoenbeck

Vice President: Ramona Cross

Program Chairman: Lucy Thompson

Secretary: Linda Gnaegy

Treasurer: Ann Goldsmith

Human Care Coordinator:  Pat Hoffmeier

Call church office for contact information



Purpose of the LWML

The objectives of this LWML shall be to know and do the will of our Lord Jesus Christ by equipping women to use their God-given talents in sharing God’s love:

In our own hearts and lives:

By reading and studying the Bible, mutual encouragement, inspiration and Christian sociability.

In our own congregation:

By setting the example of consecrated womanhood, visiting the sick, suffering, sorrowing; in winning the unchurched, encouraging and keeping those won; and in other service projects for the congregation and church.

In our own community:

By being alert and bringing to light ways and means in which the church can bring the power of Christianity to bear upon the community for its advancement and improvement.

In our own Missouri Synod:

The society is identified with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary of the Metro-Central Zone of Southern Illinois;  we follow the objectives of the Southern Illinois District LWML, which include developing and maintaining a greater mission consciousness among the women of the church through mission education, mission inspiration, mission service and mission grants.  We are also affiliated with The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Since 1942, 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.


Southern Illinois District LWML

Visit the District website to find out what is happening in Southern Illinois.LWMLlogo


International LWML

Visit the official LWML website to find out what is happening nationally and internationally.