History - Conventions 1964 - 1973

LWMS Convention History 1964-73

First - June 27, 1964

Winona, MN, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

Theme: "Oriental Harvest"
Attendance: 256
Member congregations: 104
Notes: $2 annual membership fee adopted.

Second - June 26, 1965

Madison, WI, St. Eastside Lutheran Church

Theme: "Thy Neighbor Next Door"
Attendance: 407
Member congregations: 201
Notes: LWMS seal and motto adopted.

Mission Box Offerings:
Tape Recorder Fund ~ $889.42
Student Canvass Fund ~ $889.42
Japanese Radio Broadcast ~ $889.42

Third - June 25, 1966

Stevensville, MI, St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Theme: "Eat This Roll" (Ezekiel 3:1)
Attendance: 269
Member congregations: 275
Notes: A radio mission program was about to start in Puerto Rico, the Eastern States and Alaska.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Radio Mission ~ $2,149.24
World: Radio Mission ~ $2,149.24

Fourth - June 24, 1967

North St. Paul, MN, Christ Lutheran Church

Theme: "That the Blind May See"
Attendance: 465
Member congregations: 310
Notes: Workshop for the blind was dedicated after this convention.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Radio Mission ~ $2,897.83
World: Radio Mission ~ $2,897.83
Worship Service Offerings:  $466.42 to Mission for the Blind

Fifth - June 29, 1968

Watertown, WI, St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Theme: "Reaching Out"
Attendance: 937
Member congregations: 346
Notes: A Mission Booklet entitled "Reaching Out" was in folders.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Furnishings Fund ~ $3,647.95
World: Radio Mission ~ $3,647.95
Worship Service Offerings:  $1,056.83 to Mexico Mission

Sixth - June 28, 1969

Benton Harbor, MI, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

Theme: "Lifting the Cross"
Attendance: 456
Member congregations: 395
Notes: Rev. Richard Poetter presented LWMS with a flag from Japan in appreciation for LWMS support of the radio broadcast.
Mrs. James de Galley is presented first LWMS pin in memory of her son. First office mailing from Eastside Lutheran, Madison, in March 1969.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Church Extension Fund ~ $3,823.59
World: Radio Mission ~ $3,823.59
Worship Service Offerings:  $547.64 to Latin American Mission

Seventh - June 27, 1970

Lake City, MN, St. John's Lutheran Church

Theme: "Build Ye the Kingdom"
Attendance: 754
Member congregations: 427
Notes: More flags from countries where mission work is being done were presented.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Radio Mission ~ $4,042.04
World: Support for Pre-ministerial Japan student ~ $4,042.04
Worship Service Offerings:  $786.85 to WELS Scholarship Fund

Eighth - June 26, 1971

Beaver Dam, WI St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Theme: "Serve to Save"
Attendance: 863
Member congregations: 456
Notes: Rev. Daniel Gieschen announced the birth of the "Colonial Conference" at Falls Church, VA - "2000 people worshipped on Easter Sunday." (Now the North Atlantic District).
Central Office established on June 25; Mrs. Alvin Maas manager - at Good Shepherd's Lutheran School, West Allis, WI.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: New Mission Equipment ~ $4,812.04
World: Taiwan ~ $4,812.04
Worship Service Offerings:  $1,021.28 to Church Extension Fund

Ninth - June 24, 1972

Westland, MI, St. John's Lutheran Church

Theme: "To Tell the Love of Jesus"
Attendance: 425
Member congregations: 500
Notes: Missionaries fro Japan, Hong Kong, and Africa highlighted the convention.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Canvass & Survey Fund ~ $5,006.30
World: Seminary Student Aid Fund for Africa ~ $5,006.30
Worship Service Offerings:  $560.87 to WELS Committee on Relief

Tenth - June 30, 1973

Winona, MN, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

Theme: "Rejoicing Together"
Attendance: over 1000
Member congregations: 549
Notes: Convention held in same location as first - same host pastor, same worship service speaker, same convention chairwoman - as 10 years before.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Radio & Taped Service ~ $6,526.25
World: Latin American Radio ~ $6,526.25
Worship Service Offerings:  $1,223.38 to WELS African Medical Mission
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