2018 - Green Bay

Quick Facts ~ 2018
55th Annual LWMS Convention
Green Bay, WI ~  June 21-24

Speak, O Lord, from the Valley to the World


Registered attendees:  1450
Number of circuits represented: 58 of 60
Current membership:  839 congregations ~ 11 individual members

Mission Presentations
Kirk Massey and Gary Lupe ~ 125 Years of Grace in Apacheland
Scott Wolfram ~ Divine Word, Plover, Wisconsin
Philip Hunter ~ Bethel, Menasha, Wisconsin
Shannon Bohme ~ Mission Journeys

Worship Leaders
Thursday evening opening worship – Preacher:  Dr. Glen Thompson, Academic Dean of Asia Lutheran Seminary ~ Presiding Minister:  Rev. Wayne Shevey, LWMS Pastoral Advisor
Friday morning devotion - Rev. Troy Schreiner, Mount Olive, Appleton, Wisconsin
Friday afternoon devotion - Rev. Joel Heckendorf, Immanuel, Greenville, Wisconsin
Saturday morning devotion - Rev. John Dorn, Living Water, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Saturday afternoon devotion - Rev. Jonathan Zietlow, Grace, Crivitz, Wisconsin
Sunday morning closing worship – Preacher:  Rev. Joel Zank, Northern Wisconsin District President ~ Presiding Minister:  Pastor James Douglas, LWMS Pastoral Advisor

"Intercultural Assimilation: From Minority to Majority" ~ Rev. Timothy Flunker, WELS Hispanic Outreach Consultant
“Bringing Christ's Light to Campus” ~ Rev. Charles Vannieuwenhoven, Campus Ministry
“Early Childhood Education as a Bridge to Jesus” ~ Rev. Zachary Gebert and Ann Potter, Appleton, Wisconsin
“Moments with our Missionary Wives” ~ Carolina Acosta, Sheree Massey, Aneela Paul, Beth Thompson
"Ignite - Passion for Missions" ~ LWMS Awareness Committee

Business Meeting
Delegates voted to raise the dues to $85 per congregation for 2019.

Thank you to outgoing officers:
Pastoral Advisor Wayne Shevey

Thank you to outgoing committee members:
Bylaws Committee - Mary Fischer and Ruth Schaller
Communications Committee - Kristen Kay Smith
Present Officers - 2018-2019
President Emily Kom, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
President-elect Cynthia Natsis, Saline, Michigan
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 James Douglas, Charlotte, North Carolina 
Pastoral Advisor Paul Schulz, Safford, Arizona

Sixty-one mission flags were presented on Friday morning.

kids c.a.r.e.

2018-2019 Home Mission Project:  Kids Summer Bible Camps
2017-2018 World Mission Project:  Feeding Jesus' Lambs in Nepal ~ $49,443.57
2016-2017 Home Mission Project:  Family Ministry for Outreach ~ $37,379.45
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-2016-14 ~ Caribbean Scholarship Fund - $37,985.03
Project #WM-2016-07 ~ Cameroon - $37,985.04
Worship Service Offerings
Project #HM-2016-01 ~ First Public Service Assistance - $30,914.52
Project #WM-2016-34 ~ Academia Cristo - $30,914.53
Offering Totals
Mission Projects Offering - $125,413.64
Worship Services Offering - $61,829.05

Mission projects to be voted on in 2019
Home Missions

Project #HM-2018-09 ~ College Student and Campus Pastor Conferences
Project #HM-2018-25 ~ Sudanese Leadership Training 
World Missions
Project #WM-2018-01 ~ Mission Journeys
Project #WM-2018-14 ~ Chinese Outreach Project

Future Convention Sites

2019 ~ 56th Annual LWMS Convention, June 27-30, 2019 ~ Hosted by Wild Rose Circuit, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa

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