Highlights-2019 Board Meetings

Highlights - 2019 LWMS Board Meetings

2019 Winter 

The Board of Directors (BD) of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) met January 26, 2019 via a video conference call. 

LWMS membership stands at 843 congregations and 11 individual members.

On January 10, 2019, a delegation of BD members; Emily Kom, Cynthia Natsis, Sheila Frey, Donna Kuehl, Trish Babler, and Pastor James Douglas traveled to New Ulm, Minnesota for the Martin Luther College dinner to honor senior students and introduce them to LWMS.

A Frequently Asked Questions page is available in the convention registration section on the LWMS website. Registrants can use the information to help plan for the convention.

The BD continued planning for the 2019 LWMS Convention.

Hardware has been delivered to the Central Office for their technology update and installation is in progress. 

A contract is finalized to hold the 2020 LWMS Convention in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the Southern Hills Circuit. The announcement will be made through a Facebook Live presentation on February 1, 2019.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News


BD Decisions

The BD approved the international bylaw changes that will be presented for final approval by the delegates at the 2019 LWMS Annual Convention. Delegates will receive a mailing with the changes prior to the convention to allow time for review and discussion.

The BD approved a final slate of candidates for the 2019 BD elections.

2019 Spring 

The Board of Directors (BD) of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) met April 3–5, 2019, at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) in Mequon, Wisconsin. 

LWMS membership stands at 839 congregations and 11 individual members.

As part of the technology upgrade, new computers were installed at the Central Office (CO) in late February. Staff training was started and is ongoing.

Emily Kom, president, and Sheila Frey, vice president, reported on their mission trip in March to Novosibirsk, Russia, sponsored by the Joint Mission Office. Both women are available as speakers for circuit rallies. Ruth Schmitzer, spiritual growth–mission awareness coordinator, reported on her participation in a synod mission trip to South Asia and is also available as a speaker.

Updated Circuit Officer, Reporter, and Non-circuit Reporter Handbooks are posted on the website and are available for download.

The BD hosted a dinner for WLS seniors on Friday evening. The BD used the opportunity to introduce the seniors to LWMS and to share how they can incorporate LWMS programs and resources in their ministries.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

An ad hoc committee consisting of BD and Bylaw Committee representatives was appointed to complete an extensive review of the international bylaws over the next year.

The Communications Committee completed the Photo Mission Cards project. The cards are available for purchase through CO and at the upcoming convention. They also finished a new kids c.a.r.e. letter and trifold and have a new poster in progress.

The LWMS Awareness Committee (LAC) is organizing a Friday night convention mixer for Send One Sister and first-time attendees at the convention.

BD Decisions

The BD approved purchase of a large presentation flag and miniature flags for Peru. Peru and Cuba will be added to the convention flag presentation.

The BD reviewed and approved numerous plans for the 2019 Annual LWMS Convention in Des Moines, Iowa and the 2020 Annual LWMS Convention in Athens, Georgia.

2019 Convention

The Board of Directors (BD) of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) met June 25–27, 2019, at the Hilton Hotel and Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. 

LWMS membership stands at 821 congregations and eleven individual members.

The Legacy Fund and Rakow Fund distributions for 2019 will be directed to the second World Missionary Wives Conference to be held in Barcelona, Spain in 2020. The monies contributed to the project will complete funding needs for the second conference and will jump start a future third conference.

The Purposeful Passion fliers will be sent to the circuit president’s Google Group in August. The circuit presidents are encouraged to use the fliers at their fall rallies. 

Women who have attended 50 or more conventions will be given special recognition during the 2019 Annual LWMS Convention.

New kids c.a.r.e. materials for the 2019-2020 project, Indonesia: Early Childhood Education, will be available for distribution at the kids c.a.r.e. convention display and through the LWMS website. This is the last year that DVDs will be available. In the future, members should be prepared to download the materials from the LWMS website.

Nominations for BD vice president, secretary, communications coordinator, and pastoral advisor are needed for the 2020 ballot.
Members are encouraged to consider volunteering for the positions.

Many members from the Southern Hills Circuit are attending the 2019 Annual LWMS Convention and will be sharing information on their plans for the 2020 Annual LWMS Convention in Athens, Georgia.

Standing and Ad Hoc Committee News

The LWMS Awareness Committee presented the Ignite program at nine spring rallies and currently have seven fall rallies on their schedule.

BD Decisions

The BD appointed Ramona Czer to a second term on the Communications Committee.

The BD approved making funds available to a circuit, upon request, to help cover travel expenses for a current or former BD member presenting at their rally. Circuits are encouraged to request Emily Kom, Sheila Frey, or Ruth Schmitzer to give presentations about their recent mission trips.

2019 Summer

Scheduled for August 21-24, 2019 in Waukesha and West Allis, WI.

2019 Fall 

Scheduled for November in Athens, Georgia.