History - Conventions 1974 - 1983

LWMS Convention 1974 - 1983

Eleventh - June 29, 1974

Appleton, WI, Fox Valley Lutheran High School

Theme: "Spread, Oh Spread, Thou Mighty Word"
Attendance: 1,152
Member congregations: 595
Notes: Rev. O.J. Naumann spoke about the difficulties faced in entering mission fields - from Apacheland, our first, to Columbia, South America, our newest.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Canvass & Survey Fund ~ $ 7,468.75
World: Furnishings & Equipment for South America ~ $ 7,468.75
Worship Service Offerings:  $1,690.00 to WELS Church Extension Fund           

Twelveth - June 28, 1975

New Ulm, MN, Dr. Martin Luther College

Theme: "Grace to Serve"
Attendance: 1,082
Member congregations: 615
Notes: Rev. David Zietlow spoke of work in Alaska.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Spanish Language Fund ~ $ 8,130.00
World: World Seminary Conference ~ $ 8,130.00
Worship Service Offerings:  $1,747.11 to WELS Grace 125

Thirteenth - June 26, 1976

Watertown, WI, Northwestern College

Theme: "One in Service the World Around"
Attendance: over 1,300
Member congregations: 645
Notes: A panel discussion was held by representatives from various WELS seminaries, including those in Japan, Hong Kong & our sister church in Sweden.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Equipment Fund ~ $ 9,175.00
World: Books for Missions ~ $ 9,175.00
Worship Service Offerings:  $2,237.42 to Books for Biblicum

Fourteenth - June 24 - 26, 1977

Estes Park, CO, the YMCA of the Rockies

Theme: "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains"
Attendance: 967
Member congregations: 675
Notes: First convention held outside 3-state area (WI, MN, & MI)

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Inner-City Conference Fund ~ $ 9,800.00
World: Libraries for National Pastors ~ $ 9,800.00
Worship Service Offerings:  $1,780.00 to Mission for the Visually Handicapped

Fifteenth - June 23 - 25, 1978

Rock Island, IL, Augustana College

Theme: "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past, Our Hope for Years to Come"
Attendance: 766
Member congregations: 712

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Radio & Taped Services ~ $11,221.00
World: World Seminary Exchange Program ~ $11,221.00
Worship Service Offerings:  $1,756.70 to African Medical Nurses’ Residence

Sixteenth - June 22 & 23, 1979

Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin Lutheran High School

Theme: "They Went Everywhere Preaching the Word"
Attendance: 1,418
Member congregations: 751
Notes: Those unable to be seated in auditorium saw convention on closed circuit TV in gymnasium.
The MVH now has a permanent home in St. Paul, MN.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Information Outreach Fund ~ $12,261.55
World: Latin America Mission ~ $12,261.55
Worship Service Offerings:  $3,451.10 to Indonesian Equipment Fund

Seventeenth - June 27 & 28, 1980

Wheaton, IL, Wheaton College

Theme: "God's Word Is Our Great Heritage"
Attendance: 735
Member congregations: 781
Notes: Newly acquired building in St. Paul for MVH now fully paid for.
Membership dues raised to $15.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Canvass and Survey Fund ~ $14,028.68
World: Language Study Grants ~ $14,028.68
Worship Service Offerings: $2,705.58 to Sweden Conference and Aid Fund

Eighteenth - June 26 - 28, 1981

Phoenix, AZ, Phoenix Hilton Hotel

Theme: "The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom Like a Rose"
Attendance: 697
Member congregations: 779

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Mass Media Ministry ~ $14,699.70
World: WM Building Fund ~ $14,699.70
Worship Service Offerings:  $3,030.21 to Malawi Bible Institute
Sunday Service - $872.71 to El Paso, Tucson Mission Fund (Spanish Language Fund)

Ninteenth - June 25 & 26, 1982

St. Paul, MN, Bethel College

Theme: "Come to the Waters"
Attendance: 1,151
Member congregations: 805
Notes: Tours of the MVH facility were given.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Campus Ministry Aid Fund ~ $16,971.45
World: Conference Fund & Film Fund ~ $16,971.45
Worship Service Offerings:  $3,927.15 to plain paper copy machine for the Print Shop and Seminary in Japan

Twentieth - June 24 & 25, 1983

Saginaw, MI, Saginaw Civic Center

Theme: "Go for Christ as you Grow for Christ"
Attendance: 906
Member congregations: 811
Notes: Japan & Taiwan were featured missions.

Mission Box Offerings:
Home: Equipment Fund ~ $16,164.00
World: Subsidy for "El Mansajero Luterano" ~ $16,164.00
Worship Service Offerings:  $3,030.00 to Latin American Puerto Rican Vicar
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