President Cynthia Natsis announced the cancellation of the 57th Annual LWMS Convention via Facebook Live video on Friday, April 24. That same morning an email was sent to everyone registered for the convention. Those registered without an email address will be notified by mail. Here is a copy of the email sent to attendees.
Subject: Taste and See that the Lord is Good.
LWMS is not
going to be able to meet in Athens this summer for the 57th
Annual Convention. While we are sorry that we will not see each other face to face, we want to do what we can to see that everyone remains safe and healthy. So, no travelling this year, however, we do have the unique opportunity to partner with our friends in the WELS Missions Office to hold an exciting online event that combines the best of our convention with the exciting missions event Taste of Missions
Plans are underway to hold a two-week online event called Taste and See.
During this event we will have live-streamed worship services, the LWMS flag presentation, workshops, mission speakers, and devotions, as well as cooking tutorials with mission families, recipes, family fun activities, and mission updates. So, mark your calendars to save the date
! Taste and See will begin, Saturday, June 27 and wrap up with the commissioning of new missionaries
on Saturday, July 11.
Please continue to check the LWMS and WELS websites, social media pages, and email newsletters for more information regarding Taste and See as it becomes available.
Now down to business, Taste and See will be a free
event, please visit the LWMS Convention website to request a refund for your convention registration fees prior to June 16, 2020. See https://www.lwms.org/site/cpage.asp?cpage_id=180063805&sec_id=180014736
for the cancellation form.
If you are not aware of LWMS practices, our members vote on home and world mission projects through mail-in ballots that are counted before the convention. The winning ballot projects receive the mission money donated during the year. The projects not
selected on the ballot receive the money collected during the convention in the worship service offerings. Since the collection of mission money has been disrupted this Spring and the service offering will not happen, we are giving attendees a chance to donate a portion of their registration fees to these projects on the refund form. The description of the four mission projects can be found at https://www.lwms.org/site/cpage.asp?cpage_id=180112605&sec_id=180021411
If you registered for a hotel room using the link on the lodging page of the convention website, your room reservation will automatically be cancelled for you by the Athens Convention Bureau. Please see the website for a complete message regarding those cancellations. https://www.lwms.org/site/cpage.asp?sec_id=180014736&cpage_id=180063803
Finally, the LWMS Central Office is technically closed until May 26, 2020, under the Wisconsin Safer at Home order. We are doing everything we can with limited office access while working from home. We will answer your phone calls and emails and process refunds as quickly as we can while working on the production of Taste and See with the LWMS Board of Directors and WELS Missions Office.
"Taste and See that the Lord is good!" (Psalms 34:8)
LWMS Central Office