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12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another. (ESV, John 15:12-17)

 

As it is time to review your Gospel-motivated life activities of 2021, things you have accomplished by thought, word, and deed, it is also appropriate to be brought before the Word of God! The quote from John 15 (above) includes the 2022 Life Sunday Theme verse – “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit….” Being chosen by God is the easy part for us. It comes freely by God’s gracious action in Christ. He chose to die for us to put our sins away and reconcile us to the Father. Then, the Holy Spirit chooses to blow into us with faith in these words and actions, through Baptism and through the Word preached or received in the Sacrament. God chooses to create us, to redeem us, and to call us to Himself!


We may think the hard part is bearing fruit, but even that is something that God chooses to do in us and through us. He appoints us to bear fruit in His name. As a Lutherans for Life member, that fruit is born in Gospel-motivated thoughts, words, and deeds toward your neighbors. Some of them are fellow Christians like yourself. Some may not be yet, and the Holy Spirit may be blowing through the fruit of your service to help bring them to faith! In either case, God has chosen you and now works through you to bring His love, grace, and mercy to this dying world of sin, death, and destruction. What a blessing He chose you! What a blessing that He appoints you to produce fruit that will abide.


As you fill out your 2021 Annual Activity Report keep in mind all the ways that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit chooses you for good! Please tell us about the activities – whether in thought, in word, or in deed – that He has appointed you and your group to accomplish in 2021. Where has His Gospel-motivated voice of love shown through you to another? What have you accomplished for your brothers or sisters in Christ as well as the hurting world in need of God’s love? Even if you have struggled to bear fruit, don’t feel discouraged!  We are praying for you and know the Lord of the Church who chose you in Christ has even allowed you to accomplish fruit to the best of your abilities in 2021.  Think of what this same God is going to do in, with, and through you in 2022! How awesome you are IN CHRIST – who chose you for life!

 

As you use this 2021 Annual Activity Report remember how loved you are and that you are chosen in Christ to bear fruit that abides in service to your neighbor. We love your stories and appreciate with them your pictures of what Life Ministry in 2021 looked like for you.


May God’s peace that comes in being chosen in Christ sustain you throughout 2022!

 

Rev. Jeff Duncan

Director of Mission and Ministry                                          

(316) 708-0791

jduncan@lutheransforlife.org

 

 

Note: If you are in the state of Texas or Minnesota, the following individual will follow up with you concerning your AAR:

 

Regional Director of Texas                                                    Regional Director of Minnesota

Dr. Barbara Geistfeld                                                            Virginia Flo

bgeistfeld@lutheransforlife.org                                          vflo@lutheransforlife.org

 

As a reminder…

·      An Annual Activity Report must be submitted every two years, so please be diligent about returning this to us. 

·      To that end, if there are Leadership Changes to the group, those need to be updated to our National Office at any time of year as they occur. 

·      Call or write about changes to:

o  Lutheran for Life National Office, Leadership Changes,

§ 1101 5th St. Nevada, IA 50201-1816;

o  (phone) 888.364.LIFE ;

o  or email to jnessa@lutheransforlife.org or jduncan@lutheransforlife.org .

2021 Annual Activity Report – Life Chapter

* NAME OF LIFE CHAPTER
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ADDRESS-CITY-STATE-ZIP
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PREFERRED PHONE NUMBER
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ADDITIONAL PHONE NUMBER
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EMAIL ADDRESS
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WEBSITE
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IS THIS A NEW CHAPTER ADDRESS, PHONE #, OR EMAIL?
WHO FILLED OUT THIS AAR? (INCLUDE NAME, CHAPTER POSITION, PHONE#)
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CURRENT LIFE CHAPTER OFFICERS & POSITIONS HELD:

Please remember, Executive Committee must be and remain members in good standing of Lutheran congregations and possess current memberships in Lutherans For Life, Inc. Membership is maintained simply by making an annual donation (of any amount) to LFL, Inc. and can be accomplished by visiting our website or calling our national office at (888) 364-5433.

PRESIDENT: NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE/EMAIL
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SELECT YES IF THIS IS NEW
VICE-PRESIDENT: NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE/EMAIL
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SELECT YES IF THIS IS NEW
SECRETARY: NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE/EMAIL
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SELECT YES IF THIS IS NEW
TREASURER: NAME/ADDRESS/PHONE/EMAIL
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SELECT YES IF THIS IS NEW
OTHER POSITION HELD (LIST):
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SELECT YES IF THIS IS NEW
OTHER POSITION HELD (LIST):
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SELECT YES IF THIS IS NEW

Please update the following administrative questions for our National Office:

AAR'S (ANNUAL ACTIVITY REPORTS)
SEND TO: (LIST NAME, POSITION, EMAIL, AND/OR SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS)
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DIRECTIONS NEWSLETTER
SEND TO: (LIST NAME, POSITION, EMAIL, AND/OR SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS)
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LIFEDATE QUARTERLY- BULK QUANTITY DESIRED:
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BULK LIFEDATE SHIP TO: INCLUDE ADDRESS/CONTACT PHONE/EMAIL
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LIST OTHER LIFE CHAPTER MEMBERS & THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION

(INCLUDE NAME/ADDRESS/EMAIL/PHONE)

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1. CONGREGATIONS REGULARLY REPRESENTED AT YOUR LIFE CHAPTER MEETINGS: (NAME, CITY, STATE, PASTOR)
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2.   How often has your Life Chapter met? 

(You may consider pre-Covid19 and Covid era.)

PRE-COVID19
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COVID-ERA 2021
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3.How does your Life Chapter meet? You may consider pre-Covid and Covid era

PRE-COVID19
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COVID-ERA 2021
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4.   Indicate Life Chapter Status:

(Active / Inactive / In-development / Need for Coaching)

***An ACTIVE Life Chapter is defined as a chapter that:

            i.  Is made up of Gospel-motivated members that meet regularly to help equip their churches and community

             ii.  Submits an Annual Activity Report at least every other year

OUR CHAPTER IS: (CHOOSE ONE)

In-development – a Life Chapter actively searching, revising, or defining their mission, vision, or values and developing ways to equip their communities regarding life issues.

5. OUR CHAPTER IS IN DEVELOPMENT: (LIST STAGE)

 Needs coaching – a Life Chapter recognizing a need for coaching and/or mentoring with respect to equipping their communities to be Gospel-motivated voices for life.

6. OUR CHAPTER NEEDS COACHING IN THESE AREAS:
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7. PLEASE WRITE A FEW SENTENCES DESCRIBING WHY YOU WROTE WHAT YOU DID
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8. USE THE 'WORD LIST' TO IDENTIFY WHAT YOUR GROUP IS EXPERIENCING (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY)
9. WHAT 'TOP THREE' WORDS CURRENTLY DESCRIBE YOUR GROUP AND WHY?
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10. WHAT 'TOP THREE' WORDS WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR GROUP TO BE DESCRIBED AS?
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11. WHAT TRAINING OR INSPIRATION MIGHT LFL PROVIDE TO AID YOUR GROUP TO ACHIEVE THIS?
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Please share what events and activities your group engaged in 2021. Share as many details/descriptions as you feel comfortable. Would you be willing to share pictures of the event with your response to this Annual Activity Report? 

12. EVENT (INCLUDE: DATE/DESCRIPTION/CONTACT /ARE PICTURES AVAILABLE TO SEND?
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EVENT (INCLUDE: DATE/DESCRIPTION/CONTACT /ARE PICTURES AVAILABLE TO SEND?
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EVENT (INCLUDE: DATE/DESCRIPTION/CONTACT /ARE PICTURES AVAILABLE TO SEND?
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EVENT (INCLUDE: DATE/DESCRIPTION/CONTACT /ARE PICTURES AVAILABLE TO SEND?
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How has God blessed your group or activities in 2021? Where did you find your greatest satisfactions? In what ways did the Lord multiply your efforts or open new opportunities to share His love for life? How/where did your Gospel-motivated voice for Life thrive? What would you share with other Life Groups to aid in their experiences and activities?

13. BLESSINGS DISCOVERED IN 2021
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14. PLEASE SHARE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS THAT HAVE NOT ALREADY BEEN ADDRESSED
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15. WOULD YOU OR SOMEONE FROM YOUR CHAPTER BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS,VIA PHONE OR ZOOM, TO DISCUSS ACTIVITES OR EVENTS?
IF YES, PLEASE PROVIDE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THOSE WILLING
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Thank you in advance for sharing your 2021 year with our staff at LFL! Remember, we appreciate your response. God bless and keep you in His care always.