The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is the official women's auxiliary of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. For almost 75 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.

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. It uses the phrase from the Bible, "Serve the Lord with Gladness" (Ps. 100:2) as an all-encompassing description of what the organization stands for.

Each Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation can have a local LWML Society. Our society here at Hope is made up of women who are dedicated to the LWML mission, and serve the Lord in many ways at Hope, in the Maryville community, and throughout the world.

LWML at Hope

Our local LWML Society meets monthly from September-June on the first Tuesday of each month at the church. Our meetings include a time for fellowship and refreshments, a short bible study, and a business meeting where local projects are planned and discussed.

Some of our annual activities include:

  • Holding an annual rummage sale to raise money for missions.
  • Providing desserts once a month to Shepherd's Kitchen, a weekly meal prepared for those in need.
  • Organizing a canned food drive to assist the Ministry Center which helps local individuals and families in need.
  • Providing a Thanksgiving Dinner for the Lutheran Campus Center Students.
  • Providing Christmas ornaments each year for the Sunday School Children.
  • Decorating the church for Christmas.
  • Creating "Love Boxes" - care packages sent to college students of the congregation and to the students at the LCC on Valentine's Day.
  • Planning receptions for our Junior Confirmands and our High School Graduates.
  • Creating floral displays on the altar at Christmas and Easter.
  • Hosting a picnic for the residents of Bethesda Group Home.
All women of the congregation are considered members of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. We invite all women to join us in "Serving the Lord with Gladness!"


Mites are the offerings each LWML member commits to the organization and its mission. These offerings are called mites as a reminder of the Bible Story of the widow who gave two little coins (called mites) to the temple treasury. When the temple officials scoffed at her offering, Jesus praised her, for she had given all she had. The women of the LWML work to give all they can to serve their Lord, and they do it with joy, knowing their mites will go to help people better know their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

At each meeting, mites are collected to support the mission projects of LWML at the national and district levels. These projects include helping those in need around the world, providing medical care, developing schools for Christian education, helping at-risk youth, supporting the elderly, and many other worthwhile endeavors. Every two years, the LWML meets nationally and at the District level to choose specific programs and agencies that will receive mite contributions over the next Biennium. For this past two years, the mite goal was 1.8 million dollars at the national level and $138,000 for the Missouri District.

Shepherd's Kitchen

Shepherd's Kitchen is a weekly meal that is served at the First Presbytarian Church each Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Members of Hope bring desserts to this meal on the second Thursday of each month. For a complete listing of dates and volunteers, click HERE.

The LWML Pledge

In fervent gratitude for the Savior's dying love and His blood-bought gift of redemption we dedicate ourselves to Him with all that we are and have; and in obedience to His call for workers in the harvest fields, we pledge Him our willing service wherever and whenever He has need of us. We consecrate to our Savior our hands to work for Him, our feet to go on His errands, our voice to sing His praises, our lips to proclaim His redeeming love, our silver and our gold to extend His Kingdom, our will to do His will, and every power of our life to the great task of bringing the lost and the erring into eternal fellowship with Him. Amen.

© 1955 LWML authored by Rev. Harry Fricke

To learn more about LWML, check out the following links:

National Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Missouri District Lutheran Women's Missionary League