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2013 - LWMS Convention in La Crosse, Wisconsin

"Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water"

The 2013 50th Anniversary LWMS Convention was held in LaCrosse, WI, just 31 miles down the Mississippi River from Winona, MN, the place where the LWMS was founded in 1963. The theme makes reference to the geographical location of LaCrosse where the Black and LaCrosse Rivers flow into the mighty Mississippi
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Welcoming Committee for River Travelers

Quick Facts ~ 2013
50th Annual LWMS Convention
La Crosse, Wisconsin  June 27-30

Like A Tree Planted by Streams of Water
He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:3

Attendance

Registered attendees:  1756
Number of circuits represented: 58
Current membership: 880 congregations ~ 4 individual members

Mission Presentations
Pastor Nathan Berg~WELS Mission Restart, Faith, Black River Falls & Cataract,Wisconsin
LWMS Nepal Mission Trip
John Hildebrant~Asia
Pastor Pheng Moua~Imannuel Hmong, St. Paul, Minnesota
Pastor Joel Schulz, VBS Camp Support, Cross of Life, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Naoko Aminaka (formerly of Chiba, Japan) La Crosse, Wisconsin
Pastor Terry Schultz, Haiti Mission, Dominican Republic

Worship Leaders
Thursday evening opening worship - Pastor Mark Zarling, President Martin Luther College, Preacher ~ Pastor Jeffrey Mahnke, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Presiding Minister
Friday morning devotion - Pastor William Bader, St. Paul, Onalaska, Wisconsin
Friday afternoon devotion - Pastor Roy Hefti , St. Paul Bangor, Wisconsin
Saturday morning devotion - Pastor Gerald P. Arnold, Jr., St. Matthew, Stoddard, Wisconsin
Saturday afternoon devotion - Pastor John Derme, St. John, Lewiston Minnesota
Sunday morning closing worship – Pastor Paul Wendland, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary President, Preacher ~ Pastor Brady Coleman, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Presiding Minister

 Bible Study
"God’s Church in Thessalonica:  Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water" ~ Pastors Brady Coleman and Jeffrey Mahnke, LWMS Pastoral Advisors  

 Workshops
 "Different Ways to Share Jesus with Your Spanish-Speaking Neighbors" ~ Pastor Daniel Schmidt,
"Establishing Roots in the Community!" ~ Staff Minister Daniel Schoeffel and Wendy Schibbelhut
"Prepared to Answer – Insights from a World Missionary" ~ Pastor Michael Harman
"Reaching Muslim Women in My Community" ~ Pastor Pieter Ried

Thank you to outgoing officers:
President Jackie Hieb
Pastoral Advisor Paster Jeffrey Mahnke

Thank you to outgoing standing committee members:
Quilts Coordinator Linda Glisson
 
Present Officers
President Jeanne Martin, Saginaw, Michigan
President-elect Karen Fischer, West Bend, Wisconsin
Vice President Hali Dessecker, Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Secretary Melinda Sims, Grove City, Ohio
Treasurer Donna Cook, Lenexa, Kansas
Spiritual Growth-Mission Awareness Coordinator Karla Jaeger, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Communications Coordinator Joyce Schultz, Saginaw, Michigan
Pastoral Advisor Brady Coleman, San Tan Valley, Arizona
Pastoral Advisor Paul Lindhorst, Litchfield, Minnesota 

37 Mission flags were presented

kids c.a.r.e.

2013-2014 World Mission Project: Russia
2012-2013 Home Mission Project:  VBS Camp Support ~ $53,284.22
2011-2012 World Mission Project:  Partners in Apache Learning  (PAL) ~ $81,886.25
2010-2011 Home Mission Project:  Caribbean Missions ~ $80,232.01
2009-2010 World Mission Project:  Pakistan ~ $74,606.76
2008-2009 Home Mission Project:  Peace In Jesus Vietnamese Outreach, Boise, Idaho ~ $61,813.51
2007-2008 World Mission Project:  WELS Mission to the Children ~  $65,158.90
2006-2007 Home Mission Project:  Children and Adult Bible Study Material ~  $12,239.06
2005-2006 World Mission Project:  India Orphanges ~ $13,464.23

Mission Projects Selected

Ballot

Project #HM-2012-16 ~ Students in Multi-Ethnic Seminary Program - $37,610.68
Project #WM-2012-18 ~ Indonesia Projects - $37,610.68

Worship Service Offerings
Project #HM-2012-14 ~ Caribbean Missionary Conference - $29,548.37
Project #WM-2012-05 ~ Nigeria Projects - $29,548.37
 
Offering Totals
Mission Projects Offering - $75,221.36
Worship Services Offering - $59.096.74
 
Mission projects to be voted on in 2014
Home Missions

Project #HM-2012-02-Equipment Fund
Project #HM-2012-26-General Hispanic Outreach 
World Missions
Project #WM-2012-28-World Mission Seminary Conference
Project #WM-2012-29-Translation Working Group (TWG) in Hong Kong

Future Convention Sites
2014 - 51st Annual LWMS Convention, June 26-29, 2014 ~ hosted by Red River Circuit,  Dallas, Texas
2015 - 52nd Annual LWMS Convention, June 25-28, 2015 ~ hosted by Black Hills Circuit, Rapid City, South Dakota

LWMS - Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society

UPDATE:

The Missionaries assigned to our LWMS Freedom Circuit through the “Befriend a Mission” program, are:

  1. Light of LifeLutheranChurch, Covington, WA, a mission development in the Pacific Northwest.  
     
  2. Trinity Lutheran Church in Castries, St. Lucia in the West Indies.


The Mary-Martha Guild has posted information about these missions and their families on the LWMS board in the fellowship area, and are working to encourage them with notes and e-mails, as they spread the gospel of our Lord in their respective fields.  Newsletters and updates from TrinityLutheranChurch are also posted. 

Our Freedom Circuit voted at our rally on Oct. 17th, to make a donation to Trinity Lutheran Church from our working fund, in support of their current building project.  They are extremely grateful for our prayers and encouragement.

Please keep these missions and missionaries in your prayers.     


LWMS Freedom Circuit

 “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” -2 Corinthians 3:17b.

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