WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A group of eight women joined over 750 others in late June to attend the 49th Annual Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS) Convention in Winston-Salem, N.C. Members from over 880 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) congregations meet annually for mission support, spiritual renewal, motivation, and fellowship.
LWMS is women dedicated to serving Jesus by increasing awareness of, interest in, and support of the mission outreach of WELS.
The weekend convention used the theme "Our God Reigns." Attendees were provided opportunities to meet missionaries and hear first-hand about the work being done in World Missions, such as India, Hong Kong and Home Mission such as Apache Land, where Gay Lupe was welcomed as the first WELS Native American Pastor, and the increasing mission work in the military installation. The also heard reports of work in the New York City Mission located blocks away from Ground Zero.
Among the women from the Lake Superior Circuit who attended the annual Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society Convention in Winston-Salem, N.C., were: from left as faces appear, Pat Klinow and Joyce Czerwen, Mount Olive Lutheran, Iron Mountain; Gail Maxwell, Grace Lutheran, Powers; Helen Herst, Salem Lutheran, Escanaba; Marvella Herbst, St. Paul Lutheran, Hyde; Jan Baker, Salem Lutheran, and president of the local Lake Superior Circuit of LWMS; Linda Robinson, St. Paul Lutheran; and Lorraine Kerr, Trinity Lutheran, Coleman, Wis. Not pictured is Jane Landwehr, Mount Olive Lutheran.
Other highlights of the convention included Bible studies, the presentation of over $62,000 to WELS Home and World Mission projects, and a variety of mission displays. The new "Kids Care" program, now in its fourth year, raised $81,000 for the Apache Land children. Of the $81,000, $56,890 was raised by the children of the Wisconsin Synod, Sunday schools, and Lutheran grade schools throughout the county, and $25,000 from a private foundation.
The 50th Annual LWMS Convention will be held in LaCrosse, Wis., on June 27-30, 2013, hosted by the Winona Circuit. The theme is "Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water: 50 Years - Growing in Christ."