News Release #46 – June 5, 2015

LWML Gathers in Des Moines, Iowa

Men and women of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) from across the nation will gather together for the 36th Biennial Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention, June 25-28, 2015, at the Iowa Events Center, in Des Moines, Iowa. The theme for this convention, “Bountiful! Sow ž Nourish ž Reap,” is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV).

The worship proclaimer for Thursday’s opening worship will be Rev. Gregory Seltz, speaker of The Lutheran Hour® radio program. Rev. Keith Piotter, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bettendorf, Iowa, will serve as proclaimer for Sunday’s closing worship service. Bible studies will be led by former LWML Pastoral Counselor Rev. Michael Mattil, from Denison, Texas.

For those not able to participate in person, LWML will offer high quality, real-time video streaming of all events taking place in the main convention hall. Groups are encouraged to host any or all LWML worship services and programing events via live streaming. A downloadable pdf of the opening worship service will be available at for printing making participation easy. Go to for complete instructions.

Guest speakers include Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. James Lamb, Executive Director of National Lutherans For Life; Carly Hatcher, Executive Director of Mission Opportunities Short Term (MOST) Ministries; Rev. Jim Rivett, an LCMS Southern Illinois District Prison Ministry Coordinator; Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities; and Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mekonnen Mendedo, president of Concordia College, Selma, Alabama. Gary Thies, Director of Mission Central, Mapleton, Iowa, will speak at one of the eight special interest luncheons.

Recommended changes to the Bylaws, selecting mission grants recipients, election of officers, and other business of the LWML will be intermingled with mission speakers, song, and laughter. For a lively finale to a busy day, Humorous Interrupter Jan Struck, from Appleton, Wisconsin, and Convention Song Leader Dr. Dina Vendetti, from Dover, Delaware, will provide the Saturday evening entertainment.

More information is available on the LWML website at

Please remember LWML in your estate plan.
Our legal name is "Lutheran Women's Missionary League."

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries, and to support global missions.

Contact: Debbie Larson, LWML Public Relations Director 

LWML Office
3558 S Jefferson Ave
St Louis, MO 63118

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