2021 Virtual

Quick Facts ~ 2021
Virtual Convention
June 24–27, 2021

The 58th Annual LWMS Convention in Sharonville, Ohio, was cancelled due to the coronavirus global pandemic. LWMS worked with event planner Erin Able to host a virtual convention.

Proclaim God’s Promises 2 Peter 3:3-9

Registered participants:  556 – All 60 LWMS Circuits had at least one registrant!
Current LWMS membership:  794 congregations ~ 9 individual members

Mission Presentations
Speakers scheduled to give mission presentation or workshops at the convention gave video presentations 
Ryan Kolander, Palabra de Vida, Detroit, Michigan
Gary & Beth Evans, Central Africa Medical Mission
Allen Kirschbaum, Spirit of Life, Caledonia, Michigan 
Abram Degner, Paraguay 
Brad Wright, Risen Savior, Mansfield, Ohio
Matthew Doebler, East Asia 
Stephen Wiesenauer, East Asia
Keith Free ~ Home Mission Update
Larry Schlomer ~ World Mission Update

Daily Devotions – Devotions were posted each morning and afternoon
Rev. Joel Voss, WELS Second Vice President, Resurrection, Centerville, Ohio
Rev. Troy Jacobs, Abiding Word, Maineville, Ohio
Rev. Robert Krueger, Immanuel, Findlay, Ohio, Michigan Mission Board Chairman 
Rev. Alex Groth, Beautiful Savior, Cincinnati, Ohio
Rev. Paul Schulz, Grace, Safford, Arizona, LWMS Pastoral Advisor 
Rev. Jonathan Zietlow, Grace, Crivitz, Wisconsin, LWMS Pastoral Advisor
Rev. Snowden Sims, St. Paul, Columbus, Ohio, Michigan District President 

Business Meeting
The business meeting was held via video conference on Saturday, June 26.
Delegates voted to approve the proposed amendment to the LWMS Bylaws.

Thank you to outgoing officers:
President Cynthia Natsis
Pastoral Advisor Jonathan Zietlow
Spiritual Growth Woman/Befriend A Mission Coordinator Sophie Korte
Communications Coordinator Patty Hirthe 

Present Officers - 2021–2022
President Patsy Kramer, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
President-elect Jacky Stoll, Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
Vice President Kristine Olson, Ames, Iowa
Secretary Mary Jo Barnes, Lomita, California
Treasurer Rebecca Jungwirth, Appleton, Wisconsin
Spiritual Growth-Mission Awareness Coordinator Carol Gibson, Franklin, Indiana
Communications Coordinator Wendy Wright, Joplin Missouri
Pastoral Advisor Andrew Schroer, Edna, Texas 
Pastoral Advisor Paul Schulz, Safford, Arizona

Outgoing Committee Members
Karen Goetzinger, LWMS Awareness Committee
Jennifer Vik, LWMS Awareness Committee
Jill Doering, Bylaws
Linda Klein, Historian

Sixty-five mission flags were presented via video.

Other Content
The virtual convention website also included LWMS mission projects and kids c.a.r.e. introductions for the 2021–2022 projects, the presidential gavel exchange, and an invitation to the 59th Annual LWMS Convention in Rochester, New York. 
Registrants also were able to participate in three “Zoom Room” discussions during the weekend. The first “Sisters of the Round Table Discussions” featured breakout sessions for information about Circuit Officers, Reporters, Standing Committees, and Send One Sister. Session 2 featured “Symposiums for Sharing Brainstorming Discussions” on the topics of the future of LWMS, Befriend A Mission, and kids c.a.r.e. Session 3 was Continuing the Discussion with our Missionaries and Missionary Wives with breakouts featuring Ryan & Sarah Kolander, Palabra de Vida, Detroit, Michigan; Gary & Beth Evans, Central Africa Medical Mission; and mission wives Cynthia Johnston-World & Julia Wagenknecht-Home; and Susan Wright-Home & Krista Wiesenauer-World.

kids c.a.r.e.
2020–2021 Home Mission Project:  Children's Ministry Outreach ~ $26,180.53
2021–2022 World Mission Project:  Outreach to Roma ~

Mission Projects Selected
Project #HM-2020-01 ~ First Public Service Assistance - $40,456.98
Project #WM-2020-01 ~ Hmong Outreach in Vietnam- $40,456.98
Worship Service Offerings 
Project #HM-2020-17 ~ Cross-Cultural Mission Conference and Training - $21,427.50
Project #WM-2020-08 ~ Africa Theological Education -$21,427.50
Offering Total
Mission Projects Offering - $107,094.49
Worship Offering Total - $42,855.00

Mission projects to be voted on in 2021
Home Missions
Project #HM-2020-05 ~ Musical Assistance
Project #HM-2020-13 ~ WELS Campus Ministry Support 
World Missions
Project #WM-2020-28 ~ Latin American Special Projects
Project #WM-2020-29 ~ Native American Special Projects

Future Convention Sites
2022 ~ 59th Annual LWMS Convention, June 23-26, 2022 ~ Hosted by Freedom Circuit, Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, New York
2023 ~ 60th Annual LWMS Convention, June 22-25. 2023 ~ Hosted by TBD.

The Virtual Convention website will be available for at least one year www.lwms.org/Virtual2021.

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