MORE CONVENTION GOOD NEWS FROM LWML MICHIGAN DISTRICT
LWML Michigan District
The Blue Water Convention Center Port Huron, Mich., was the setting where 543 registrants to the LWML Michigan District Convention celebrated their 75th anniversary, July 20–22. The theme, “Shout for Joy to God!” was based on Psalm 66:1–2, which states, Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! The convention objective was that attendees would be sent to live a joy-filled life in Christ, and they accomplished that goal! Three pre-convention Bible Studies were offered on Friday morning, setting the focus of this convention on their Savior.
The convention opened with a worship service. LCMS Michigan District President Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier serving as Proclaimer, spoke on receiving, rejoicing in, and relying on God’s grace. Throughout the weekend, a dozen Heart to Heart Sisters gathered in celebration, as did the 21 Young Woman Representatives. Convention music was led by song leader Karen Kempin. LWML Michigan District President Susan Gruber handled the business of the district which included the adoption of the 2018–2020 Mission Goal, the selection of 12 mission grants totaling $242,050, and the election of officers. LWML Vice President of Special Focus Ministries Kaye Wolff served her district as their convention Bible study leader and LWML Vice President of Organizational Resources Debbie Larson brought greetings on behalf of the LWML. LWML Sr. Gift Planning Counselor Pat Bilow spoke of the importance of the “Gifts of Love” program. Rev. Dr. Les Stahlke, founder of LAMP Ministry, declared the LWML to be the mothers of mission and shared how LAMP’s first plane was a gift from ILWML. Mission speakers included Global Lutheran Outreach missionaries Tim and Beth Heiney who share Jesus in Guinea, POBLO International Ministries representative Cynthia Khan, and Deaconess Christie Neuendor who spoke of her service in Latin America. The “River Raisin Chorus” and humorist Elaine Bickel provided the entertainment Saturday evening. Early Sunday morning breezes greeted the walkers/runners as they enjoyed the fresh air along the St. Clair River for the Joyful Mite Pledge Walk. Rev. D. Lee Cullen Jr. led the closing celebration and sending service. Debbie Larson shared, “Rev. Maier said that the difference between a Christian and a disciple was that Christians go to heaven, and disciples change the world before they do! It is evident that God is working through all the disciples in this district. Alleluia!”
The LWML is the leading group for LCMS women where each woman is welcomed and encouraged to use her unique God-given gifts as she supports global missions and serves the Lord with gladness.
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