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2016

2016 Fall 

The Board of Directors (BD) of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) met November 17-19, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency, Orlando, Florida. 

President Karen Fischer discussed our call to service. She challenged the BD to think about the responsibilities that come with taking the ‘i’ out of service.

LWMS membership stands at 852 congregations and 12 individual members.

LWMS was represented by Beth Taticek at the funeral of Pastor Harold Essmann. Pastor Essmann was the first pastoral advisor for LWMS, initiated mission projects in Nepal and originated Multi-Language Publications. The LWMS mission flags were displayed at his funeral. Pastor Essmann’s contributions to LWMS and missions will be recognized at the 2017 Convention.

A delegation of BD members will travel to New Ulm, MN on January 5, 2017 to Martin Luther College (MLC) for the LWMS-sponsored dinner. The winter BD meeting will be held later in January, the date to be determined.

Eleven miniature flag sets were ordered and sent out to the circuits. 

Online registration using PayPal and Finalweb will be ready for the 2017 Convention. Credit card scanning options will not be supported for the 2017 Convention.

Videos of the 2016 Convention are being uploaded to the LWMS Facebook and website. 

A definition of multi-site congregations, as opposed to dual congregations, was received from Pastor Keith Free. A multi-site congregation shares both a pastor and at least one other thing, i.e. council or budget. In the future, the BD may change how the number of ballots, the number of reporters and the amount of dues for multi-site congregations are determined. However, at this time the BD decided to simply recommend that multi-site congregations add extra monies to their dues to help defray expenses.

BD members visited six fall circuit rallies.

The BD reviewed planning for the upcoming LWMS mission trip in cooperation with WELS Mission Office. The trip is planned for May 20-28, 2017. The selected home missions and participants are being finalized.

The BD reviewed the working schedule for the 2017 Convention. The business meeting is being scheduled outside of workshop hours to allow delegates to attend more workshops. 

BD members met with the Florida co-chairwomen and committee chairpersons to review planning for the 2017 Convention. The BD and the chairpersons toured the Hyatt Regency facilities reserved for the convention.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

The Bylaws Committee continues to review circuit bylaws. The BD advised that the committee help circuits with their bylaws so that they are better prepared to recruit candidates for their circuit boards and to work within their term limits. In addition, circuit bylaws will be reviewed for speaker selection and offering distribution guidelines to ensure they are mission-focused.

The LWMS Awareness Committee (LAC) has prepared updates for the LWMS Awareness Kits. The updates will be distributed to circuit presidents along with a ‘how to use’ letter. Outgoing circuit presidents need to remember to pass the kits on to new presidents.

BD Decisions

  • The BD voted to approve and print new Send One Sister (SOS) brochures for the LAC Awareness Kit.
  • The BD voted to finalize the worship leaders, presenters and workshops planned for the 2017 Convention.
  • The BD voted to finalize fees for early bird, regular and late registrations for the 2017 Convention.

2016 Summer

The Board of Directors (BD) of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) met August 18-20, 2016, at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry and the LWMS Central Office, West Allis, Wisconsin. 

Pastor Paul Lindhorst led the BD in devotion based on Galatians 6:10. 

LWMS membership stands at 846 congregations and 11 individual members.

Board members were briefed on a year-long initiative by WELS for increased mission support. The theme is Every Neighbor, Every Nation and be will kicked off with a special mission edition of Forward in Christ.

The BD is in the planning process for a mission trip in cooperation with the WELS Missions Office. The trip will focus on multiple home missions.

The BD selected speakers and workshop presenters for the 54th Annual LWMS Convention.
 
The BD continues to research the impact of the increasing number of multi-site congregations with the decreasing number of LWMS member congregations. The BD will suggest that congregations with more than one reporter make an additional donation with their membership dues in the October membership renewal mailing.

The BD decided to send a delegation to Martin Luther College in January to represent the board at the LWMS-sponsored senior dinner and then hold a full board meeting via conference call later in the month.

The Spiritual Growth Committee plans to distribute new Befriend a Mission assignments for 2017/2018 by the end of September.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

LWMS Awareness Committee (LAC) is planning a Repeat program for the next convention that combines the previous campaigns for Recharge, Reach Out and Rejoice. 

LAC is requesting testimonials from Send One Sister (SOS) recipients for a new SOS promotional brochure.

BD Decisions

  • The BD voted to implement online registration and payment for the 2017 Convention registration using PayPal and Finalweb.
  • The BD voted to expand the Communications Committee to five members with the addition of a writer.
  • The BD voted on the mission for the 2017/2018 kids c.a.r.e. project. The project will be announced at the 54th Annual LWMS Convention.
  • The BD voted for Central Office to offer a set of miniature mission flags for circuits to order. The order form will be sent via the President’s Google Group.
  • The BD voted for the purchase of 2000 additional Rejoice postcards that will be offered via the President’s Google Group.

2016 Convention 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) and Administrator Beth Taticek met June 21-23, 2016 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois.

Pastor Lindhorst led the BD in a Bible study of Paul’s hymn and prayer of praise to Christ in Chapter 1 of Ephesians.

LWMS membership stands at 840 congregations and 11 individual members.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

Bylaws Committee – Committee member Jill Doering acted as chair of the committee and as parliamentarian for the convention business meeting since Mary Fischer was unable to attend convention.

Communications Committee – The committee will be looking to add another writer as soon as possible and a graphics art designer in the future.

LWMS Awareness Committee (LAC) – Sheet music for piano and vocal parts are available to all of the circuits for the Rejoice Song. Copies of the Rejoice video are available on DVD. The committee will be updating Send One Sister (SOS) in the future.

LAC members Gloria Knoll and Elisabeth Wagners’ terms ended. New LAC members Leigh McGrath and Patsy Kramer began their new terms at convention.

Quilt Coordinator Bambi Tuttle is working with WELS Humanitarian Aid to distribute quilts as needed. Currently, the early childhood center at Beautiful Savior in Topeka, Kansas is in need of baby quilts.

BD Decisions

  • The BD approved the purchase of a new laptop computer for the historian.
  • The BD approved an honorarium for the individual producing the videos for the Rejoice, Reach Out, Rejoice campaign over the last three years.

2016 Spring 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek, and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met April 6-8, 2016 at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin.

Pastor Shevey asked the BD to invite Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Senior Caleb Schmiege to present his senior thesis topic on the spiritual battle of Christians who are attracted to those of the same sex. Another seminary student, Nathan Wordell, also briefly presented on the topic of transgender issues. The presentation was on Friday in place of the scheduled Bible study.

LWMS membership stands at 873 congregations and 11 individual members.

The BD hosted a dinner for the graduating class of the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and their guests at Galiotos restaurant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The students also enjoyed a lively LWMS version of getkahoot.com with their cellphones. A senior student will use a free registration giveaway to attend the St. Charles, Illinois convention in June. 

WELS retired the software used for our President Listserv. Martin Spriggs set up a Google Group to replace the Listserv and Beth Taticek of Central Office automatically signed up all the current circuit presidents to the new group. 

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

The BD approved the appointment of Karen Goetzinger as the new chair of LAC starting in June.

Quilt Coordinator, Bambi Tuttle, reported all the stored quilts have been distributed.

LAC reported the new Rejoice song introduced at convention will also be available on the resource page of the Web site following convention.

BD Decisions

  • The BD approved SG-MAC’s recommendation for HM-2016-25 Missionary Conferences to be the designated project to receive Mission & Ministry’s annual 4% distribution. 
  • The BD approved a new four week paid vacation policy for employees serving LWMS for 20 years or more.
  • The BD voted to send Emily Kom, Beth Taticek, and Kathy Kolander to tour the 2018 convention venue in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • The BD approved using a portion of the money generated by the convention choir fee to offset some expenses of the convention children’s choir.

2016 Winter 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met January 17-20, 2016 at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Pastor Paul Lindhorst led the BD through a 19-Minute Bible study which examined the following keywords: miracles, signs, and wonders.

LWMS membership stands at 868 congregations and six individual members.

Emily Kom reported 7-8 circuit visits are scheduled for this spring. A revised presentation will be used as the BD goes out on the visits.

The BD hosted a dinner for 95 Martin Luther College seniors and their guests at the New Ulm Community Center. The students enjoyed playing a lively LWMS version of getkahoot.com with their cellphones and winning door prizes. MLC senior Erin Westendorf was selected from a random drawing to receive a free registration to attend the St. Charles, Illinois convention in June. 

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

The BD approved SG-MAC’s two home and two world mission project recommendations for 2017.

A newly commissioned song of rejoicing will be introduced at convention as part of the Recharge, Reach Out, Rejoice campaign of the Awareness Committee.

BD Decisions

  • Due to a high volume of reporters requesting reporter handbooks from the membership form, the BD has decided to e-mail the file link to all of them.
  • The BD approved the slate of candidates for vice president, secretary, and pastoral advisor as presented by the Nominations Committee for the 2016 ballot.
  • The BD approved the revised 2017 Prayer Calendar cover as presented by the Communications Committee.

2015

2015 Fall 

The Board of Directors (BD) of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) met November 12-14, 2015, at the Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, Illinois.

Pastor Wayne Shevey led the BD through a devotion based on Ruth 1:1-18, the account of Ruth, a Moabite woman who remained committed to her widowed mother-in-law Naomi, an Israelite.

LWMS membership stands at 867 congregations and six individual members.

Karen reported she signed all the paperwork for the establishment of the LWMS Legacy Endowment Fund.

Central Office mailed out the updated membership renewal forms which now indicate the membership dues date to be January 1 of each year rather than April 1.

The BD discussed adding alternate convention hotel room options with the staff of Pheasant Run Resort after recently hearing about plans for renovation of the facility. Convention Planner Kathy Kolander will be working to procure the needed rooms.

Fourteen circuits were visited by BD members in 2015.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

Membership Committee – The committee will make no further changes to the membership dues at this time.

Awareness Committee – Awareness kits will be mailed to the Circuit Presidents in January. 

BD Decisions

  • The BD voted to approve the 2016-2017 kids c.a.r.e. project suggestion of #HM-2016-08 Mornings with Mommies of the Spiritual Growth – Mission Awareness Committee.

2015 Summer 

The Board of Directors (BD) of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) met August 16-18, 2015, at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry and the LWMS Central Office, West Allis, Wisconsin. 

Pastor Wayne Shevey led the BD through a devotion titled Grand Themes Key Words from a devotional series 19-Minute Bible Studies. 

LWMS membership stands at 866 congregations and six individual members.

Beth attended the WELS 2015 Tech Conference where she learned about project management systems and app development options.

The BD has begun a conversation about updating the current website.

The BD is in the process of investigating another mission trip in cooperation with the WELS Missions Office. 

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

Membership Committee –The committee is doing further research into alternate membership fee options to address the issue of multi-site and joint member congregations. The committee agreed to encourage individual members and those eligible for individual membership to consider becoming congregational members. 

Spiritual Growth – Mission Awareness Committee – The committee voted to approve purchasing a new Velcro kids c.a.r.e. display board. Hands to c.a.r.e. - In light of the dwindling number of projects available, the committee determined they would suspend the website link and refer those interested in projects directly to their BAM assignment.

BD Decisions

  • The BD voted to create a WELS Legacy Fund as a restricted endowment with the WELS Foundation in the amount of the $50,000.
  • The BD voted to establish a Legacy Task Force which includes BD members Robin, Karen, and Emily. The board will ask former LWMS President Sarah Malchow to also be a part of the task force.

2015 Convention 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek, and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met June 23-25, 2015, at the Holiday Inn, Rapid City, South Dakota. 

Pastor Lindhorst led the BD in a Bible study based on the specific biblical terms of “ministry” and “sanctification” from his devotional series entitled: “Terms of the Bible.”

LWMS membership stands at 865 congregations and six individual members.

The BD started a new cycle of circuit visits with the spring 2015 circuit rallies.

The BD plans to research the establishment of a Legacy Endowment Fund with WELS Foundation.

The building in which the LWMS CO is located is for sale.

President Martin acknowledged Beth Taticek’s 20 years of service to LWMS.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

Bylaws Committee – Former BD Secretary Jill Doering has been appointed to replace Devon Cole. The committee is seeking an additional member.

Communications Committee – Members Trish Babler and Kristen Smith have both agreed to serve on the committee for another three-year term.

LWMS Awareness Committee (LAC) –The website will offer a link to the three minute “Reach Out” promotional video and the new “Reach Out” Bible Studies. The committee is investigating a redesign of the website. LAC is preparing a pre-packaged reporter bulletin board kit to be available in 2016 through the circuits. The committee also has plans to update the Send One Sister (SOS) campaign prior to the 2016 convention. 

Quilt Coordinator Bambi Tuttle hopes to get more quilt requests from churches seeking quilts for those struggling emotionally or physically.

BD Decisions

  • The BD voted to direct LAC to commission a song for the 2016 convention in honor of the “Rejoice” theme from the Recharge, Reach Out, Rejoice campaign.

2015 Spring 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD) and Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek met March 25-27 at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin.

Pastor Paul Lindhorst led the BD in a devotional study entitled: “Terms of the Bible.” The group closely examined the Biblical term: church.

LWMS membership stands at 862 congregations and five individual members.

The BD hosted a dinner for the graduating class of the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and their guests at Galiotos restaurant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The students also enjoyed rotating LWMS presentations, participating in a Jeopardy game, and winning random door prizes.

Donna reported that three $500 undesignated working fund donations have been received. 

The CO office building is for sale. The landlord assures CO that the current leases will be honored for the next three years.
The BD approved the rental of a truck to be used for transporting items to convention. The costs for transportation will be divided between LWMS and the 11 vendors renting space.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

The Nomination Committee will be making new appointments to the Bylaws Committee shortly.

LAC has created college survival kits for college students in cooperation with Campus Ministry.

Karen prepared a new circuit visit presentation for the new cycle of circuit visits.

BD Decisions

  • The BD approved the use of $5621.08 in M&M funds to be used for WM-201427 Partners in Apache Learning (PAL).

2015 Winter

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD) and Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek met January 18-20 at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Pastor Paul Lindhorst led the BD in a devotional study entitled: “Terms of the Bible.” The group closely examined the Biblical terms repentance, stewardship, and vicarious atonement.

LWMS membership stands at 859 congregations and six individual members.

Karen Fischer reported 12 circuit visits are scheduled for this spring. A new presentation will be used as the BD restarts the circuit visits.

The BD hosted a dinner for 79 Martin Luther College seniors and their guests at the New Ulm Community Center. The students also enjoyed rotating through LWMS poster presentations, participating in a Jeopardy game, and winning random door prizes.

MLC senior Lauren Maertz won the random drawing for a $300 stipend to attend the Rapid City, South Dakota convention in June. The stipend funds were donated by the Ohio Circuit.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

LAC Member Lanita Nolte alerted the BD of her decision to step down from the committee. 

The BD approved SG-MAC’s two home and two world mission project recommendations for 2016.

The BD approved the appointment of Jennifer Vik and Karen Goetzinger to serve on LAC.

BD Decisions

  • The BD voted to deposit the check from the Joan Spaeth estate in the amount of $3537 into the Mission & Ministry Endowment fund.
  • The BD voted to have the delayed $15,000 Antioch Foundation matching funds check to be applied to the Russian kids c.a.r.e. mission project.
  • The BD approved the motorcycle tour plans of Pastor Rick Tuttle for the Rapid City convention.
  • The BD approved the slate of candidates presented by the Nominations Committee for the 2015 ballot.
  • The BD approved continuing the circuit visits after the first round of visits are completed.

2014

2014 Fall 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek, and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met November 1-4, 2014 at Hotel Alex Johnson, Rapid City, South Dakota.
 
The BD also met with Convention Planner Kathy Kolander and the Black Hills Circuit Convention Committees at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Rapid City, South Dakota.

Pastor Paul Lindhorst led the BD in a devotional study entitled: “Terms of the Bible.” The group closely examined the following Biblical terms: Christ, Means of Grace, and Faith.

LWMS membership stands at 879 congregations and five individual members.

An LWMS Facebook contest will be held to select members to receive 2014 convention T-shirts.
CO Administrator Beth Taticek will investigate computer cloud vendor pricing for safe storage of CO files and the sharing of internal BD documents.

CO Administrator Beth Taticek created new personalized e-mail addresses for CO Assistant Lois Miller and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

The SG-MAC selected the new kids c.a.r.e. project as Project #WM-2014-12: Central Africa Medical Mission: Malawi–Orphan/Infant Care.

The SG-MAC reported that new BAM assignments will not be made after May 1 of an even numbered year in order to eliminate the need to “carry-over” assignments.

BD Decisions

  • The BD voted to approve the sale of extra storage space on the convention rental truck.
  • The BD plans to host a Saturday convention luncheon for circuit officers and reporters and will order ribbons for the name badges for both groups.
  • The BD approved Linda Klein’s application to serve as the LWMS historian.
  • The BD approved sending LWMS President Jeanne Martin as a representative to the Christian Leadership Conference in January.

2014 Summer 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek, CO Assistant Vicki Behringer, and CO Assistant Lois Miller met August 10-13, 2014 at the LWMS Central Office in West Allis, Wisconsin. 

The BD also met with the WELS Missions Office Administrators and WELS Foundation Representatives at the WELS Office in Waukesha, Wisconsin on August 11.

Pastor Lindhorst led the BD in a devotional series based on the 2014 LWMS convention theme: You Will Be My Witnesses (Acts 1:8).

LWMS membership stands at 878 congregations and five individual members.

An LWMS Facebook contest will be held to select members to receive 2014 convention T-shirts.

Updates have been completed on the LWMS Resource Catalog and Circuit Handbook.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

The Nomination Committee is assembling a slate of candidates for the board positions of President-elect, Spiritual Growth Mission Coordinator, Treasurer, and Pastoral Advisor.

Quilt Coordinator Bambi Tuttle is seeking four to five contact women throughout the US to store quilts until needed. She also has an interest in creating quiet bags for kids in church.

BD Decisions

  • The BD moved to authorize the closing of the LWMS Thrivent account in order to place the funds within an unrestricted WELS Investment fund instead.
  • The BD voted to approve the continuation of the circuit visits with a new direction in 2015.
  • The BD would like the Bylaws Committee to investigate moving the membership dues date from April 1 to January 1 for a number of added benefits.
  • The BD will ask the Bylaws Committee to investigate the changing of the bylaws in order to have the ballots mailed to CO rather than the secretary for a number of added benefits.
  • The BD selected the 2015 convention speakers, workshop presenters, and worship leaders.

2014 Convention

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek, and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met June 24-26, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dallas, Texas.

Pastor Lindhorst led the BD in a Bible study based on specific Biblical terms.

LWMS membership stands at 879 congregations and five individual members.

Five circuit visits remain for the BD to complete this fall.

Secretary Sims shared the results of the online survey of member pastors and circuit presidents with the BD.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

The Nomination Committee reports the following board positions will be on the 2015 ballots: Pastoral Advisor, President-Elect, Spiritual Growth—Mission Awareness Coordinator, and Treasurer.

LWMS Awareness Committee (LAC) plans to create a Web site for the Recharge, Reach Out, Rejoice membership campaign offering Bible studies and monthly devotional material.

LAC Member Elisabeth Wagner has been communicating with a newly formed Social Media Group designed to reach out to the tech savvy women of the WELS.

Bylaws Committee Member Devon Coles’ term will end June 30, 2015. A replacement for Devon is needed.

Quilt Coordinator Bambi Tuttle will be working with Vice-President Dessecker to rejuvenate the Hands to Care project.

Historian Kathryn Banbury’s two terms of office have come to an end. A replacement for Kathryn is needed.

BD Decisions

  • The BD voted to retain the LWMS Awareness Committee as an ad hoc committee for another three years.

2014 Spring 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek, and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met April 2-4, 2014 at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin.

Pastor Paul Lindhorst began with prayer. Later, Bible study tips were shared. The meeting ended with a discussion based on the handout Christian Questions for Introspection and Discussion.

LWMS membership stands at 872 congregations and four individual members.

The BD hosted a dinner for the graduating class of the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and their guests at Galiotos restaurant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The students also enjoyed rotating LWMS presentations, participating in a Jeopardy game, and winning random door prizes.

The BD did not seek funding from Thrivent for this year’s convention tote bags.

Melinda Sims will share the online membership survey results at the convention business meeting.

The BD has begun the discussion of making LAC a permanent committee rather than an ad hoc one.

Karen Fischer will update the convention evaluation forms and include the URL of the online version.

The BD discussed the idea of having a stronger presence at the women’s spiritual retreats.

Additional edits have been made to the 50th anniversary booklet by former and current board presidents.

The BD finalized the 2014 convention schedule.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

LAC plans to kick off the Recharge, Reach Out, Rejoice! (RRR) campaign with a two minute video at convention.

The BD approved the creation of a booklet of six Bible studies and 36 month devotions sent to LWMS members for the next three years as part of the RRR campaign.

LAC has asked seven women to serve on their new Social Media Committee for a year.

In cooperation with Missions Office, SG-MAC has updated the convention flag narration.

CC is working on the conflicting number system of the convention binder and the worship folder.
 

2014 Winter 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek, and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met January 19-22, 2014 at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota.

Pastor Brady Coleman challenged the BD members to a Christmas story quiz. Later, a devotion based on the theme of Training in Righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16) was shared. The meeting ended with a Biblical question, answer, and application session.

LWMS membership stands at 869 congregations and four individual members.

The BD reaffirmed that the special shipping offer on the 2014 calendars served as a way to reduce a larger than normal inventory.

Karen Fischer reported six circuit visits are scheduled for this spring and only three unvisited circuits remain.

The BD is accepting applications from those circuits interested in hosting the 2017 convention.

The BD hosted a dinner for Martin Luther College seniors and their guests at the New Ulm Community Center. The 84 students also enjoyed rotating through LWMS poster presentations, participating in a Jeopardy game, and winning random door prizes.

The BD finalized the 2014 convention schedule.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

The BD approved SG-MAC’s two home and two world mission project recommendations for 2015.

The Nomination Committee received BD approval to invite Bambi Tuttle to serve as the next quilt coordinator.

BD Decisions

  • The BD approved the spending of up to $515 on a DVD duplicating machine for Central Office needs.
  • The BD voted to remove the minimum charge of $5.00 in shipping fees from the Resource Catalog. Shipping invoices will be mailed instead.
  • The BD approved the Membership Committee’s creation and distribution of an online survey for member pastors and circuit board presidents.
  • The BD approved the slate of candidates presented by the Nominations Committee for the 2014 ballot.
  • The BD approved the purchase of an additional flag for the flag presentation.
  • The BD approved continuing the circuit visits after the first round of visits are completed.

2013

2013 Fall 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek, and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met at the Hyatt Hotel in Dallas,Texas, November 6 – 9 2013. The BD also met with Convention Planner Kathy Kolander and the Red River Circuit Convention Planning Committees.

Pastor Coleman asked the BD members to share a favorite psalm. Several passages were read aloud and analyzed. God’s providence and grace were highlighted in each psalm.

LWMS membership stands at 880 congregations and three individual members.

The Northern Lights Circuit will begin to disband due to a lack of member congregations.

Joan Richards, the convention attendee who fell and broke her leg during the convention, sent a note of thank to LWMS for the outpouring of concern and prayers.

The BD approved a combined registration and meals package price for the 2014 convention.

A visual aid is being created to assist circuits in choosing speakers for rallies.

The 2014-2015 Home & World Missions Projects booklet has a new design.

SG-MAC plans to host a panel discussion and role play with LAC at the Dallas convention.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

The Membership Committee is developing two online surveys designed for pastors and circuit board presidents. The committee plans to release the survey in February of 2014.

The Bylaws Committee plans to put together a report on the standard operating procedures of each circuit’s meetings and rallies.

The LWMS Awareness Committee will kick off the Recharge, Reach Out, Rejoice! campaign in 2014.

BD Decisions

  • LWMS received $5000 from the estate of Rose Heikes. Rose attended the first LWMS convention and was active in supporting missions and LWMS. The BD voted to add the money to the M&M Endowment Fund where it will continue to support missions.
  • The BD approved the idea of having future convention hosting circuits use a sub site of LWMS’s Web page in order to allow for shared access between CO and the circuit.
  • The BD voted to accept SG-MAC’s recommendation for the 2014-2015 kids c.a.r.e. project to be HW-2014-03: Children’s Ministry Assistance.
  • The BD approved a limited time free shipping offer on all 2014 prayer calendar orders placed between December 8, 2013 and January 15, 2014.

2013 Summer 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD) and Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek met at the LWMS Central Office in West Allis, Wisconsin, August 14-16, 2013. The BD also met with the WELS Missions Office Administrators at the WELS Office in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Pastor Brady Coleman led the BD in a Bible study based on the theme: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, “Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord!” Christian Worship Hymn 176.

LWMS membership stands at 881 congregations and 3 individual members.

Seven circuit visits were completed by BD members in the spring of 2013. After the fall of 2013, only eight visits will remain.

The BD reviewed the convention evaluations and plans to address these major concerns at the 2014 convention:

  • Set out a list of the Moments with the Missionary speakers on the registration tables
  • Continue to send the choir music out to the choir members early
  • Have President Martin highlight the convention binder information on Thursday night
  • Obtain SD cards from the convention photographer(s) in order to have access to all the photos taken during the convention

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

  • The Nomination Committee is assembling a slate of candidates for the positions of pastoral advisor, vice-president, and secretary.
  • The Communications Committee has a slideshow of the anniversary banners available and they plan to place it on the LWMS Web site.

BD Decisions

  • The BD selected the 2014 convention speakers and workshop presenters.
  • The BD voted for “Lift High the Cross in the Hills” to serve as the theme for the 2015 Convention in Rapid City, SD.
  • The BD approved a face-to-face meeting for the LAC.
  • The BD moved to update the current paid vacation policy for CO employees.

2013 Convention 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met at the Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, Wisconsin from June 25-27, 2013.

Pastor Mahnke led the BD in a Bible study based on I Thess. 4:13-18, the coming of the Lord and I Thess. 5:1-11, stay alert and watch.

LWMS membership stands at 880 congregations and four individuals.

Central Office reports the new copier is in place.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

LWMS Awareness Committee suggested forming a new Social Media Committee. By January 2014, the LWMS Awareness Committee is hoping to have a list of names for consideration for the committee.

Communications Committee wants to add an additional member to their committee.

The Nomination Committee reports the following board positions will be on the 2014 ballots: Vice President, Secretary, Communications Coordinator and Pastoral Advisor.

Bylaws Committee Chair Mary Fischer discussed the confusion some ladies have over whether the BD should be considered the LWMS International Board or International LWMS Board.

BD Decisions

  • President Hieb appointed the president-elect to serve on the LWMS Awareness Committee. The BD approved the appointment.
  • The BD approved a suggestion to update the tabs in the Reporter’s Handbooks. A new tab will be mailed to reporters with their August mailing.
  • The BD voted to increase the amount of money given to circuits hosting future conventions to cover the cost of required items and adopted a formula to further increase that money for conventions of more than 1000 attendees.
  • A motion passed to recognize John Rittierodt for his work on the anniversary crosses.
  • The BD approved the logo for the 51st Annual LWMS Convention in Dallas, Texas.

2013 Spring 

  • The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek, and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS), Mequon, Wisconsin from April 10-13, 2013.
  • Pastor Mahnke led the BD in a Bible study based on I Thessalonians 4:1-12. The Bible reading’s central theme focused on living and working to please God.
  • LWMS membership stands at 878 congregations and five individuals.
  • The BD members have now visited 38 of the 61 circuits. More visits will be scheduled in the fall.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

  • On behalf of the Membership Committee, Melinda would like to work on two surveys to assess the levels of interest in LWMS within ladies of member congregations and amongst WELS pastors. She hopes to have the survey ready by the fall.

BD Decisions

  • The BD approved this year’s M&M Endowment of $4719 to go to Repatriation Conferences for missionary families returning to the United States.

Other

  • The BD met with Thrivent representatives on Wednesday, April 10 in Mequon, Wisconsin.
  • The BD hosted a dinner and LWMS presentation for the WLS graduating class and their guests at Galioto’s Twelve 21 Restaurant in Thiensville, Wisconsin on Friday, April 12.
  • The BD attended the funeral visitation of former LWMS BD president Nancy Koeplin on Friday, April 12.

2013 Winter 

The LWMS Board of Directors (BD), Central Office (CO) Administrator Beth Taticek, and CO Assistant Vicki Behringer met at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota from January 20-22, 2013. The BD hosted a dinner for the MLC senior class on Tuesday, January 15.

Pastor Mahnke led the BD in a Bible study based on I Thessalonians 2:8-12. The Bible reading’s central theme focused on public ministers sharing their lives with fellow believers.

LWMS membership stands at 871 congregations and 4 individual members.

Pastor Coleman laid out plans to create a small handbook on How to Start a Women’s Group. The handbook would be added to the resource catalog.

The LWMS Mission representatives Jackie Hieb and Karen Goetzinger will join Paula Danekas, Pastor Paul Hartmann, and his wife, Carol, on their journey to Nepal on February 14.

CO staff member Vicki Behringer and BD member Karla Jaeger are updating the reporter handbook. They plan to transfer the updates to the circuit handbook as well.

The BD hosted a dinner for 112 Martin Luther College seniors and their guests at the New Ulm Community Center. The students enjoyed an after dinner LWMS presentation and door prizes.

The BD finalized the convention schedule.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

LAC recommended the BD approve the forming of  a social media subcommittee to gather ideas for using social media in connection with LWMS.

BD Decisions

  • The BD approved holding the 52nd Convention in Rapid City, South Dakota from June 25-28, 2015.
  • The BD approved purchasing additional promotional items to sell in the Central Office booth at the 50th convention.
  • The BD approved the slate of candidates presented by the Nominations Committee for the Board of Directors ballot.
  • The BD approved the design of the 2014 calendar covered as presented by the Communications Committee.
  • The BD approved presenting complimentary convention registration to two interested students as a door prize at the MLC student dinner.