LWML Grant #2 - Loving Retreat for the lord's Disabled
St. Andrew’s of Stockton has had a ministry to the adult mentally and physically handicapped for the last 54 years. Three Saturdays a month church members welcome the adults for a worship time, a Bible story craft, celebrate birthdays, sing Bible songs and share prayer requests. Through this ministry 43 often overlooked children of God have come to know our Lord and been baptized. Grant funds are needed to help provide for a spiritually enhanced every-other-year retreat, often the only vacation most of these adults will ever experience.
Based on the Biblical account of the widow's mite (Luke 21:1-4), the mite box is intended for regular contributions of "mites" - offerings above and beyond the support given to congregations and the LCMS. Mite Box contributions amount to millions of dollars that fund district and national mission grants and implement the LWML program.
Mite Boxes, available from the district, zone or LWML office, are distributed to every woman in a society, and often to each member of the congregation. Local groups submit mite box offerings to the appointed district officer.
The Widow's MiteJesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything - all she had to live on" (Mark 12:41-43).