Locals attend Lutheran convention

Almost 400 delegates, guests, past district presidents and board members from the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League met in convention in Mankato from June 22-24.

The convention’s theme was "Extreme YOU Makeover" and the bible verse was Ephesians 2:8a, 10a: "For by grace you have been saved through faith. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works." (ESV)

Attending as delegates from this area were Ruth Bury and Rhonda Stauffer of St. Peter’s LWML, Watertown; Amy Weege of St. Paul’s LWML, Watertown; Helen Bunge and Peggy Uecker of Zion LWML, Mayer; Karen Roepke and Majel Wendorf of St. Mark’s LWML, New Germany; and Shelah Burandt, Deb Vinkemeier, and Carol Hubert of Trinity LWML, Waconia.

Attending the convention as Young Women Reps from the Carver LWML Zone were Chelsea Kovar of Zion Mayer and Mary Stuedemann of Emanuel Hamburg.

The convention began with bible study and a worship service featuring a sermon by Rev. Dr. Lane Seitz on Friday, June 22. Seitz’s term as President of the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod ends this summer.

During sessions held on Saturday, June 23, a Mission Goal of $225,000 was established for the 2012-14 Biennium. Twenty-five percent of this will support the National LWML Mite Goal and 75 percent to 12 different mission projects in Minnesota and worldwide. Also on June 23, the Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary St. Louis, led an Extreme You Makeover bible study.

On Sunday, June 24, newly elected officers were installed and the convention closed with a worship service featuring a sermon by the Rev. Thomas Ries, President of Concordia University St. Paul.