2020 - Taste and See

Quick Facts ~ 2020
Taste and See Online Event
June 27–July 11, 2020

The 57th Annual LWMS Convention in Athens, Georgia, was cancelled due to the coronavirus global pandemic. LWMS worked in conjunction with WELS Missions to offer an online event that was a combination of the LWMS convention and WELS Missions Taste of Missions event.


"Taste and See that the Lord is Good," Psalm 34:8

Registered participants:  1,767
Current LWMS membership:  811 congregations ~ 11 individual members

Mission Presentations
Speakers scheduled to give mission presentation or workshops at the convention gave video presentations 

Christina and Katie Wolfgramm ~ So Where are You From? Tales of Growing Up in a Mission Field

Rev. Lucas Bitter ~ Bringing the Gospel to the City, Intown, Atlanta, Georgia

Friendly Counselor Greg Bey ~ Growing in God's Glorious Grace, Gereja Lutheran Indonesia (GLI)

WELS Campus Ministry at 100 ~ Rev. Brian Wrobel and members of the campus ministry group at Zion, Gainsville, Florida

Rev. John Holtz ~ Kalulu Wakupyolera Mtunda Utari (Even a Hare Gets Heavy on a Long Journey): Carrying Each Other’s Burdens in Africa

Moments with Our Missionaries Wives ~ Mindy Holtz, Malawi, Africa, Rachel Hartman, Miami, Florida, and Jennifer Melso, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Rev. Eric Melso ~ Church Planting Dos and Don'ts, Living Hope, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Rev. Keith Free ~ Home Mission Update

Rev. Larry Schlomer ~ World Mission Update

Worship Leaders
Opening Worship – Preacher:  Rev. Larry Schlomer, Administrator for World Missions ~ Presiding Minister:  Rev. Jonathan Zietlow, LWMS Pastoral Advisor. The service was followed by the LWMS mission flag presentation.
Closing Commissioning Worship – Preacher:  Paul Wendland, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary ~ Presiding Minister:  Rev. Mark Schroeder, WELS president. Missionaries commissioned during the service: Howard Mohlke, One Africa Team, Paul Bourman, Tigard, Oregon, and Joel Nitz, Southeast Asia.

Daily Devotions
Rev. Jonathan Scharf ~ Abiding Grace, Covington, Georgia
Rev. Larry Schlomer ~ WELS World Missions Administrator
Rev. Jared Natsis ~ Rock of Ages, Nashville, Tennessee
Rev. Wayne Uhlhorn ~ Board for Home Missions Chairman
Rev. Lucas Bitter ~ Intown, Atlanta, Georgia
Rev. Tim Flunker ~ Hispanic Outreach Consultant, Board for Home Missions
Rev. Paul Janke ~ St. Martin's Watertown, South Dakota, Board for World Missions Chairman
Rev. Michael Kober ~ Sola Fide, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Rev. Keith Free ~ WELS Home Missions Administrator
Rev. Jonathan Zietlow ~ Grace, Crivitz, LWMS Pastoral Advisor
Rev. Nate Seiltz ~ WELS Multi-Language Productions Director
Rev. Paul Schulz, Grace, Stafford , Arizona, LWMS Pastoral Advisor

Business Meeting
The business meeting was held via video conference on Friday, June 26.
Delegates voted to approve the proposed amendment to the LWMS Bylaws.
Annual dues fees will remain unchanged for 2021.

Thank you to outgoing officers:
Vice President Sheila Frey
Communications Coordinator Trish Babler
Secretary Donna Kuehl

Present Officers - 2020–2021
President Cynthia Natsis, Saline, Michigan
President-elect Patsy Kramer, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Vice President Kristine Olson, Ames, Iowa
Secretary Mary Jo Barnes, Lomita, California
Treasurer Rebecca Jungwirth, Appleton, Wisconsin
Spiritual Growth-Mission Awareness Coordinator Sophie Korte, Torrance, California
Communications Coordinator Patricia Hirthe, Appleton, Wisconsin
Pastoral Advisor Jonathan Zietlow, Crivitz, Wisconsin 
Pastoral Advisor Paul Schulz, Safford, Arizona

Sixty-five mission flags were presented.

Other Taste and See Video Content

The Taste and See website also included cooking tutorials and recipes, coloring book pages, a scavenger hunt, LWMS skits from the board and the 58th Annual Convention circuits, LWMS mission projects and kids c.a.r.e. introductions for the 2020–2021 projects, and forty Moments With Our Missionaries videos.

kids c.a.r.e.
2020–2021 Home Mission Project:  Children's Ministry Outreach ~
2019–2020 World Mission Project:  Indonesia: Early Childhood Education ~ $40,879.56

Mission Projects Selected
Project #HM-2018-16 ~ Hmong Evangelist Training - $41,117.55
Project #WM-2018-11 ~ Philippine Projects- $41.117.56
Worship Service Offerings
The amount donated through Taste and See ($72,925) will be divided between these projects.
Project #HM-2018-23 ~ Hispanic Outreach (General) 
Project #WM-2018-24 ~ Mexico Projects 
Offering Total
Mission Projects Offering - $123,114.67
Taste and See Giving Total - $72,925

Mission projects to be voted on in 2021
Home Missions

Project #HM-2020-01 ~ First Public Service Assistance
Project #HM-2020-17 ~ Cross-Cultural Mission Conferences and Training 
World Missions
Project #WM-2020-08 ~ Africa Theological Education
Project #WM-2020-13 ~ Hmong Outreach in Vietnam Project

Future Convention Sites
2021 ~ 58th Annual LWMS Convention, June 24-27, 2021 ~ Hosted by Heartland and Ohio Circuits, Sharonville Convention Center, Sharonville (Cincinnati), Ohio
2022 ~ 59th Annual LWMS Convention, June 23-26, 2022 ~ Hosted by Freedom Circuit, TBD

2020 Quick Facts PDF

The Taste and See website will be available for at least one year. https://welstasteandsee.com/