May 19, 2014

God is busy in South Dakota and Illinois! Here are just two of the many ways LFL chapters, Life Teams, and congregations are reaching out For Life! First, I want to share this excerpt from an article by Marge Mischnick of Zion Lutheran Church, Chamberlain, South Dakota, on Teaming Up For Life:

Zion’s Life Team’s first outreach project actually came looking for them, in a manner of speaking. A Zion member, Richard Swanson, offered some free billboard space on one of his signs on I-90 … all agreed that this was an incredibly generous gift and tremendous opportunity … In the end, the team tweaked an older bulletin insert from Lutherans for Life … The Zion Life Team is very excited about this witness to the sanctity of life, and is hoping that you will watch for the sign when you are in the area heading east on I-90 in South Dakota, approximately one quarter mile east of the Pukwana exit 272.

Here’s a story from Yorkville, Illinois, about a place offering hope and healing for those who have lost a child:

“God’s Garden for Little Ones,” at Cross Lutheran Church’s Ament Road cemetery, has been established to bring healing and hope to those who have experienced the pain and grief from the loss of a baby due to miscarriage or abortion, stillbirth. or newborn death. In many of these situations the option of having a burial and/or memorial site was not possible … It is a country setting, surrounded by farmland. In the southwest corner of the cemetery, nestled between pine and maple trees, the memorial stone is encircled by a paved area. Beautiful plantings provide a gentle border around the site. Pavers with verses from the Bible have been inset into the paved area … Contact Cross Lutheran Church (630.553.7335) if you have questions or to order a paver. In the spring, between Mother’s and Father’s Day, an annual memorial service is held remembering and honoring these little lives.

Photo: (l-r) Barb Lux, Nancy Moore, Laura Laesch, Nancy Schmitz – Life Team members, Cross Lutheran Church

Lori Trinche is the Mission & Ministry Coordinator for Lutherans For Life.