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All Lutheran Women's Retreat (ALWR)

This year's All Lutheran Women's Retreat (ALWR) will be held November 3 - 5, 2022, at the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center in Natural Bridge, Virginia. The ALWR is a gathering of women from all branches of the Lutheran faith, beyond our individual women's organizations, that has been held every other year since 1981.  For all these many years, Lutheran women from the different branches of the faith have served on the planning committee and faithfully planned a retreat simply for the enjoyment of coming together, spiritual growth, and renewal.  Forming new bonds and friendships along the way, we are most of all guided by the Holy Spirit.  A history of past retreats may be found at this link The ALWR Planning Committee feels that the same need for this organization exists today as when it was established 41 years ago, that is a chance to be in community together as Sisters-In-Christ.  For that reason, ALWR is intentionally reaching out to SED LCMS to invite women members to participate in this opportunity.   We hope if you are not able to join us for this year's retreat, that your group will consider attending the 2024 retreat.  In January 2023, we will begin planning and site selection for the 2024 retreat.  Several churches that plan their own retreats, give themselves a break from planning and attend ALWR as a group.     



ALOA is a nationwide resource to the church focused on strengthening ministry by, with and for older adults. Effects of the current Age Wave, a surging demographic population explosion, have major implications for every congregationo. ALOA offers practical resources, ideas and multi-media tools to help congregations support and expand ministry to this important group. Updated information and market intelligence is added regularly to reflect the expanding knowledge base of later life stanges and the aging process. ALOA is a Recognized Service Organization of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

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Cancer Companions

At Cancer Companions, we create and provide access to Christian cancer tools and contacts so every cancer patient’s focus on their faith can bring fullness to their lives.   Our Christian cancer tools and connections provide cancer patients with a lifeline which dramatically decreases their depression and anxiety.    Cancer Companions was founded in September of 2011 when Executive Director, Karen Tripp, trained 3 volunteers to lead the Seeing God in Your Cancer Journey program at a local church. From there, additional Bible studies were printed, accompanying videos produced, and our national event 30 days of Cancer Prayer was launched. Since then, we have grown to have 71 active churches in 24 states with over 400 volunteers, making Cancer Companions the premiere national Christian Cancer Ministry.

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Concordia Plans

Through the Concordia Plans, caring congregations, schools, and other special ministry organizations provide workers and their families with excellent comprehensive employee benefits including health, retirement, disability, survivor, and specific resources for ministry. By partnering with us, LCMS organizations and church workers have an ally who understands their unique needs and provides necessary benefits and services for all those enrolled. In addition to benefits and resources to care for the emotional, financial and physical well-being of church workers, Concordia Plans also offers ministries solutions designed to help with the business side of running a ministry, such as HR and payroll solutions. 

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Concordia Seminary

For nearly 200 years, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis has been preparing men for the Holy Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the LCMS. The Seminary also prepares women through its Deaconess Studies programs, offers advanced degree programs to qualified students of theology, and serves as a center for theological research, scholarship and continuing education of the clergy. Since its inception, Concordia Seminary has provided more than 13,000 workers for the church. Learn more at

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Faithful Innovation - Strategic Visioning & Coaching

Would you like to have more clarity about what God is calling you to do in your life, ministry, or organization? Faithful Innovation helps leaders and teams uncover their unique gifts for ministry and identify the strategies that allow them to thrive. ** LEADERSHIP COACHING: Pastors, Second Chair, and Lay Leaders benefit from a safe and confidential space to work through the challenges and discover opportunities for their way forward. ** MINISTRY MASTERMINDS are facilitated group coaching forums, where similar-minded leaders come together in community to provide mutual and collaborative support for each other. ** CONGREGATIONAL TEAMS: The best way to lead your church into the future is honoring and discovering where the congregation’s values and current collection of gifts best meet the community’s needs. There’s no “silver bullet.” The way forward is through healthy conversations that stretch thinking and allow you to discover the unique path for your congregation. We offer Envisioning Workshops, Strategic Visioning, and Outreach Coaching.

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Immigrant Mission Field Network

At the IMFN we believe immigrant mission fields are everywhere and reach everywhere; and we want everyone to learn about this and encourage others to join in as the IMFN works as a social connection hub and through scholarly research. We support LCMS congregations and associations in their engagement with as many immigrant mission fields at the same time as possible. Doing so utilizes the heritage of a synod that was itself born of immigration and has the current capacity to work in all contemporary immigrant mission fields.

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LCMS Foundation

The Foundation and its team of church workers have three primary areas of focus:  Gift Planning: Working with the LCMS members to create Christian estate and gift plans that allow them to make the very best gifts possible to family and ministry.  Endowment and Investment Management: Offering LCMS congregations and ministries access to world class investment expertise via a low-cost diversified investment model. Trust Administration: Providing expertise in all aspects of trust management, including charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, donor-advised funds, and pooled income funds.

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Lutheran Federal Credit Union

As the credit union of The LCMS, LutheranFCU offers everyday banking and lending needs to the people and organizations of the LCMS community. Started and supported by the LCMS, we are proud to have a growing membership that chooses LutheranFCU as their day-to-day financial partner. Connected to more than 30,000 network ATMs and 5,000 network branches, LutheranFCU serves members in all 50 states, which means YOU!  LutheranFCU.  Good for You.  Good for the Church.

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Lutheran Hour Ministries

Lutheran Hour Ministries is a trusted resource in global media that equips and engages a vibrant volunteer base to passionately proclaim the Gospel to more than 150 million people worldwide each week. Through its North American headquarters and ministry centers on six continents, LHM reaches into more than 60 countries, often bringing Christ to places where no other Christian evangelistic organizations are present. LHM’s flagship ministry, The Lutheran Hour®, airs weekly on more than 1,800 radio stations and the American Forces Network. We encourage those people who are reached through these ministry efforts to respond by contacting staff or volunteers. LHM then cultivates relationships with those who respond to ultimately facilitate a relationship between them and a Christian community, thus helping grow the kingdom of God.

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Lutheran Mission Society of Maryland

Lutheran Mission Society of Maryland, established in 1905, is a Christian health & welfare agency serving over 500 walk-in clients per day through Compassion Place Ministries' nine Compassion Centers, providing food, clothing, housewares, personal care items, and spiritual care. Compassionate Grace Counseling Center is a Christian counseling program providing quality counseling services from a professional perspective in order to empower individuals, families, and youth to take control of their emotional health.