2016 - St. Charles

Quick Facts ~ 2016
53rd Annual LWMS Convention
St. Charles, Illinois ~  June 23-26

Christ Alone, Our Cornerstone


Registered attendees:  1054
Number of circuits represented: 56 of 60
Current membership:  840 congregations ~ 11 individual members

Mission Presentations
Steve W. ~ Asia Lutheran Seminary
Michael Quandt ~ Redemption, St. George, Utah
David & Holly Beckman ~ India
Luis & Carolina Acosta ~ Risen Savior, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Worship Leaders
Thursday evening opening worship – Dr. Terry Schultz, Mission Coordinator, Haiti, Preacher ~ Pastor Wayne Shevey, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Presiding Minister
Friday morning devotion - Pastor John Stelljes, Light of Life, Greenwood, Indiana
Friday afternoon devotion - Pastor Nicholas Schmoller, Lamb of God, Lafayette, Indiana
Saturday morning devotion - Pastor Nathan Cordes, St. Matthew’s, Niles, Illinois
Saturday afternoon devotion - Pastor Dustin Blumer, Amazing Love, Frankfort, Illinois
Sunday morning closing worship – Pastor David Rutschow, Former Southeastern Wisconsin District President, Preacher ~ Pastor Paul Lindhorst, LWMS Pastoral Advisor, Presiding Minister

 Bible Study
“Missionaries of Jesus FIRST” – LWMS Pastoral Advisors Paul Lindhorst and Wayne Shevey 

"Small Space, Great Opportunity" ~ Pastor Andrew Johnston, Antigua
“A Day in the Life of a Missionary” ~ Luke Wolfgramm, Russia
“His Name Is Popular but His Work Is Unknown” ~ Pastor Michael Quandt, St. George, Utah
“Stepping Stones to Spiritual Growth” ~ Spiritual Growth-Mission Awareness Committee

Thank you to outgoing officers:
Vice President Hali Dessecker
Secretary Melinda Sims
Communications Coordinator Joyce Schultz

Thank you to outgoing ad hoc committee members:
LWMS Awareness Committee Gloria Knoll and Elisabeth Wagner
Present Officers
President Karen Fischer, West Bend, Wisconsin
President-elect Emily Kom, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Vice President Sheila Frey, Mobridge, South Dakota
Secretary Donna Kuehl, Schofield, Wisconsin
Treasurer Robin Christopher, O'Fallon, Missouri
Spiritual Growth-Mission Awareness Coordinator Ruth Schmitzer, Arlington, Ohio
Communications Coordinator Trish Babler, Van Dyne, Wisconsin
Pastoral Advisor Paul Lindhorst, Watertown, South Dakota 
Pastoral Advisor Wayne Shevey, Muskego, Wisconsin

Thirty-nine mission flags were presented.

kids c.a.r.e.

2016-2017 Home Mission Project:  Family Ministry for Outreach 
2015-2016 World Mission Project:  Central Africa Medical Mission Orphan/Infant Program ~ $60,816.17
2014-2015 Home Mission Project:  Children's Ministry Assistance ~ $39,762.96
2013-2014 World Mission Project: Russia ~ $64,764.55
2012-2013 Home Mission Project:  VBS Camp Support ~ $53,284.22
2011-2012 World Mission Project:  Partners in Apache Learning  (PAL) ~ $81,886.25
2010-2011 Home Mission Project:  Caribbean Missions ~ $80,232.01
2009-2010 World Mission Project:  Pakistan ~ $74,606.76
2008-2009 Home Mission Project:  Peace In Jesus Vietnamese Outreach, Boise, Idaho ~ $61,813.51
2007-2008 World Mission Project:  WELS Mission to the Children ~  $65,158.90
2006-2007 Home Mission Project:  Children and Adult Bible Study Material ~  $12,239.06
2005-2006 World Mission Project:  South Asia Orphanages ~ $13,464.23

Mission Projects Selected


Project #HM-2014-11 ~ Summer Student Assistants - $41,529.28
Project #WM-2014-32 ~ Television Broadcast for Muslim World and Theological Seminars - $41,529.29

Worship Service Offerings
Project #HM-2014-20 ~ Outreach to Asians - $25,805.14
Project #WM-2014-26 ~ Apache Leadership and Maintenance - $25,805.15
Offering Totals
Mission Projects Offering - $143,874.74
Worship Services Offering - $51,610.29
Mission projects to be voted on in 2017
Home Missions

Project #HM-2016-02-Equipment Fund
Project #HM-2016-15-Cross-Cultural Mission Conferences and Training 
World Missions
Project #WM-2016-02-Repatriation Conferences
Project #WM-2016-32-Nepal Projects

Future Convention Sites

2017 - 54th Annual LWMS Convention, June 22-25, 2017 ~ hosted by North Florida, Florida Sun Coast, and Tampa Bay Circuits, Orlando, Florida
2018 – 55th Annual LWMS Convention, June 21-24, 2018 ~ hosted by Paperland Circuit, Green Bay, Wisconsin