Warm Greetings from your Lutheran Military Support Group, “LMSG” and the WELS National Chaplain, Paul Ziemer. It would be greatly appreciated if you could post or include this letter in an upcoming bulletin.
As I reported in the April/Spring letter, LMSG had reached 139 congregational members. As I pen this letter we now stand at 242! Our Lord’s blessings have indeed been with us all.
I have had several inquiries as to the progress of our recent Memorial Day “Ammo Can” offering. With 138 churches reporting, the offering has surpassed $40,000.00. God ’s people are very generous to our brothers and sisters who wear the uniform of our great nation. This offering will allow LMSG to provide solid and consistent support to our core services, PTSD counseling, Chaplain travel to hold services overseas near areas of conflict, etc. LMSG can also be counted on to be the auxiliary to WELS Military Services Committee and ELS Board of Christian Service as anticipated at the LMSG inception.
August 22-23 will be the first time that many of the National Board members will meet each other as we will hold a LMSG working conference at Synod Headquarters in Waukesha, WI. As a Para synodical organization of WELS, this meeting will help acquaint LMSG with WELS and ELS Synod leadership so that we may work in concert as we press forward with our Ministry to the Military.
- LMSG’s Veteran Support group has funded a Spiritual retreat this fall for a group of WELS/ELS combat veterans. More information will be available on our website shortly.
- LMSG has also approved funding for additional worship services in either Guam or Okinawa in the fall.
Please take a few moments to look at our website, www.lutheranmilitary.org. You will see fresh content regarding our young people who wear the uniform, pastors who have served, PTSD resources, etc. Also posted is a year to date list of grants that have been awarded from LMSG (Special Projects & Grants Tab).
It is a special privilege to be able to serve in LMSG. My heartfelt thank you for your continued support and prayers which are propelling us forward.
In His Service,