LCMC Blog [Events Topic] http://lcmc.net/blog/feed.html?topic=10 Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us Grand View University Welcomes LCMC for Called 2 Serve Youth Event http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/grand-view-university-welcomes-lcmc-for-called-2-serve-youth-event/a729.html Wed, 03 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0600 Students in Grand View University Wellness CenterHigh school students and youth group leaders from across the nation headed to Grand View University in Des Moines last month to take part in our 2016 summer youth event, Called 2 Serve

According to Cathy Nichol, LCMC’s administrative assistant, a total of 300 people from 32 different LCMC congregations attended the four day event, which was designed to help strengthen the ministry of the local church by giving students a better understanding of what is possible in their own church and local community. 

The event featured keynote speakers Culynn Curtis, Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake, MN, Alex Krumm, Director of Student Ministries at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA, Ken Jones, Professor of Theology and Religion at Grand View University, and Jody Skogen, Director of Youth and Family Ministries at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion, IA, who emceed the event.

Also speaking at the event were Kyle Fever, Pastor of Beyond Ministries and Director of Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, Jamie Strickler, Assistant Dean of Educational Ministry for North American Education at the Institute of Lutheran Theology, Wendy Berthelsen, Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, and LCMC staff members Mark Vander Tuig, Steve Lien and Dan Clites

Throughout the week, students also had the chance to explore topics such as love, truth, their "call", the life that Jesus promises and how to follow Jesus during high school by taking part in interactive breakout sessions and enjoyed music performed by the worship band at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA. 

On Thursday, participants had the option to take part in one for four different service projects that were geared towards making a real difference in the local Des Moines community. 

Approximately one third of participants opted to help pack meals for the hungry with non-profit organization Meals from the Heartland.  After exceeding our goal of raising $10,000 in donations from LCMC congregations (enough to purchase enough supplies for 50,000 meal kits), volunteers were able to package a total of 80,784 meal kits in under three hours. 

Another group of volunteers chose to visit Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp, where they laid a gravel path, mulched the facility's low ropes course, cleaned and weeded any landscaped areas, mulched a whole trail and stained a large fence. 

A third group met up with the people at Hope Ministries, an organization who seeks to help meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of people who are homeless.  Participants volunteered at some of the various sites that Hope Ministries operates, performing tasks such as cleaning and organizing items at a local thrift store. 

A fourth group went out into the local community to perform random acts of kindness, such as cleaning up a local park, giving away cookies, cleaning up several areas on the Grand View University campus, and handing out bottled water to people with scripture verses attached. 

While there were plenty of opportunities for learning and serving at Called 2 Serve, the event also offered everyone a chance to get connected with others through small group discussions, games and mixers led by Chip Reynolds, Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, TX, 

Participants also enjoyed an ice cream social featuring Peanut Butter Belly Buster, Cake Batter, Knee Deep in Chocolate and Cookies & Cream flavors from Over the Top, followed by a live concert by christian rock group Remedy Drive

Overall, the event was well-received by those who attended.  Here are just a few of the comments our staff has received from participants' evaluation forms:

  • "This was by far one of the best weeks I have ever had and I thank you all for it. God Bless."
  • "Longer! I loved it and I wish it was longer! Breakout sessions more interactive and how it's applicable to life."
  • "I loved how service project was incorporated with the event. This was an excellent event. I am looking forward to the next one."
  • "Thank you for your hard work! God moved in some awesome ways!"
  • "We had a wonderful time at the National Youth Gathering. Having attended two NYG in another denomination, I appreciated that there was no political agenda or ideological propaganda spewed forth at our kids. It was nice to be centered in the Word, what Jesus has done for us, and the privilege to share that message as those Called2Serve."
  • "Our group of [people] were barely more than Sunday friends from multiple high schools and wound up growing personally and collectively in Christ. They're bonded with big ideas for God now! Two, who've attended church their entire lives and been confirmed, shared with me that it was the very first time they were truly feeling a personal connection to Jesus, prayer, and seeing how Christian support works. I'm so grateful! These ladies arrived home and were so on fire that our pastor is devoting an entire Sunday service/sermon in August for them to share the Called 2 Serve Bible message, music, and a takeaway activity to hopefully inform and inspire our congregation to sharing their gifts, loving one another and being called to service!"
  • "God moved in many ways: - Students started sharing their stories of faith with one another in small groups during family time - Students started thinking about going into vocational ministry maybe for the first time - Student spent her first extended time away from home, successfully! - Student became more of her aware of her actions and asked for forgiveness from leaders. - Student left the week with an understanding that serving is more than something we do it’s about who we are as Christians - Student felt the presence of the Holy Spirit during the Thursday night worship gathering - Student felt her calling to be someone who is there for her friends during difficult times. That is just SOME of the cool things God did during the youth event!"
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LCMC to Launch New Website, Logo at Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-launch-new-website-logo-at-annual-gathering/a726.html Tue, 02 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0600 The LCMC Staff and Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that on Monday of this year’s Annual Gathering, we will be launching a brand new, re-designed version of our website.  To help make using our site a better experience for all, our new design will be easier to navigate and completely optimized for use on your smartphone or tablet while still providing the same information and resources that are available today.  

At this time, we will also be rolling out with an updated version of our logo and branding.  A great deal of time, thought and effort has gone in to creating a logo that embodies the mission and vision of our association, and we are confident that our new design will help communicate exactly who we are: a first century church for the twenty first century.  

Whether you’ll be joining us in person or tuning in online via live stream, we look forward to sharing these improvements with you in just a few short weeks.  

The LCMC 16th Annual Gathering, themed Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century, takes place October 2-5, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Early bird registration ends September 1, so be sure to sign up soon to receive the best rate!

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Plan Now: 5th Annual Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/plan-now-5th-annual-three-days-of-prayer/a727.html Mon, 01 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0600 In January 2013, LCMC congregations from across the nation and around the world kicked off the new year by joining together in prayer during Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ's first ever Three Days of Prayer

The event, organized by LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, was designed to help the people of LCMC become more and more a people of prayer and has since become an annual tradition in LCMC. 

During the first week of each new year, all of the people who make up LCMC (934 congregations as of today) are invited to join in prayer for three days.  Each day has a theme: day one is a day for confession, day two a day for petition, and day three a day for vision.  Congregations can organize the three days in any way they choose.

Over the past four years, our congregations have come up with a slew of creative ideas on how to organize each of the three days.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Host a special prayer service or vigil during each of the three days
  • Organize a prayer walk
  • Use online tools, such as email, social media, or a mobile app to help engage your congregation during each of the three days
  • Organize a special event or project during each of the three days
  • Have the members of your congregation sign up for time slots to pray during the three days
  • Design brochures, booklets or even prayer clocks and distribute them to the people in your congregation

January might seem like a long way off, but if you'd like to take part, it's best to mark your calendars and start planning early!  The number one piece of advice our staff has heard from congregations who are seasoned participants have given was to start planning a few months in advance, as January comes right after the busy holiday season.

Our 5th Annual Three Days of Prayer takes place January 3-5, 2017.  Additional information and resources can be found by clicking here

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LWR Service Project Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lwr-service-project-update/a728.html Sun, 31 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0600 As many of you know, we will be teaming up with Lutheran World Relief during our 2016 Annual Gathering in Denver, CO to help assemble personal care kits for people who are victims of natural disasters.  Our goal for this project is to raise $50,000 to help participants at the event assemble 10,000 kits. 

As of today, we have officially raised $43,750 in donations to help cover the cost of supplies for this project. 

If your congregation would like to learn more or make a donation, you may do so online or by mail by clicking here

If you will be attending the Annual Gathering and would like to sign up to help assemble the kits, you may do so by checking off the appropriate box on your registration form

The LCMC 16th Annual Gathering, themed Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century, takes place October 2-5, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Early bird registration ends September 1, so be sure to sign up soon to receive the best rate!

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Annual Gathering Photo Contest Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-photo-contest-now-open/a723.html Fri, 27 May 16 00:00:00 -0600 We’re looking for photos that exemplify what it means to be “in mission for Christ” in the 21st century to include in the 2016 Annual Gathering Book and on our website.  If your congregation has taken part in any projects, events or activities over the past year that fit this theme, we would love to hear about them!  This might include:

  • Community Outreach
  • Service Projects
  • Mission Trips
  • Creative/Artistic Projects
  • Disaster Relief
  • Church Planting Efforts

Photos must be submitted via our online photo submission form and will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Theme:  The subject matter of the photo must be relevent to the topic. 
  • Quality:  We are unable to use photos that are blurry, distorted, very small or have text over them. 
  • Story:  Each photo must be submitted with a caption explaining what's going on in the photo and the event or project that it was taken during. 

The deadline to submit photos for this year's book is Friday, July 1

 

More Info:  Submit a Photo  |  FAQs  |  Past AG Books

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Service Project Update: Lutheran World Relief and Meals from the Heartland http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/service-project-update--lutheran-world-relief-and-meals-from-the-heartland/a724.html Wed, 25 May 16 00:00:00 -0600 Over the past few years, "service" has become a central part of our Annual Gatherings.  In 2014, we packaged almost 300,000 meals with Meals from the Heartland and raised over $90,000 to do so.  Last year, we donated just over 160 pints of blood to a local blood bank in Texas.  This year, we will be working with Lutheran World Relief to help assemble personal care kits at the Annual Gathering, and participants at our Called 2 Serve youth event will be packaging meals with Meals from the Heartland
 

Lutheran World Relief Project

Our goal for this year's Annual Gathering in Denver is to assemble 10,000 personal care kits for those whose lives have been affected by natural disasters.  To date, we have raised $17,119.52 of the $50,000 needed for supplies.  

If your congregation would like to make a donation to this project, click here.  All donations must be received by July 1, 2016 so that we can acquire all necessary supplies. 

If you plan on attending the Annual Gathering this fall and are interested in helping assemble the kits, simply check off the "Service Project" box on your registration form


Meals from the Heartland Project

This summer, one of the service projects high schoolers attending Called 2 Serve will be taking part in is packaging meals kits for the hungry.  

Thanks to the generosity of our congregations, the staff of LCMC is pleased to announce that we have not only met our fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Meals from the Heartland service project, but have exceeded it with a total of $15,743.15!  

Thank you so much for helping make this project possible! 

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Annual Gathering & Seminarian Retreat: Online Registration Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--seminarian-retreat-online-registration-now-open/a722.html Fri, 29 Apr 16 00:00:00 -0600 Online registration for our 16th Annual Gathering and our 2016 Seminarian Retreat is now open! 

Annual Gathering

The theme of our 2016 Annual Gathering is Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century.  Held October 2-5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, the event features plenty of opportunities to get inspired, connect with other people in LCMC and get the latest news updates on our association. 

This year, we'll be teaming up with Lutheran World Relief for a special service project, where we plan to assemble 10,000 personal care kits for people whose lives have been affected by natural disasters.  We will also be hosting a fellowship dinner on Monday evening, giving participants an opportunity to make new friends, reunite with old friends, or get connected with a fellowship group of their choice.  

The event also features keynote speakers, worship services, more than 30 breakout sessions and the ability to connect with various mission and ministry organizations in our vendor area. 

All pastors, leaders, church members, delegates and visitors who register for the Annual Gathering by Thursday, September 1 will receive $60.00 off the cost of registration!  

Register Now!  >>

Seminarian Retreat

Hosted at the Ponderosa Camp and Conference Center in Larkspur, CO the weekend before the Annual Gathering, the Seminarian Retreat gives seminary students a chance to connect with one another, connect with seasoned pastors in LCMC, and ask questions about the seminary process. 

Registration is $60 per person with meals and accommodations included.  Spouses are also invited to attend.  Advance registration is required.

Register Now!  >>

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Leadership Conference Videos Now Available for Streaming http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-videos-now-available-for-streaming/a721.html Tue, 26 Apr 16 00:00:00 -0600 Earlier this month we hosted our 2016 Leadership Conference, which focused on three shifts congregations can make in order to better reach out and make a difference in today's plugged in and over-booked world.  A total of 243 people attended the event, which was held from April 10-12 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA. 

Videos of this year's keynote presentations are now available at our website for streaming.  To check out our video blog, click here

Be sure to mark your calendars for our next Leadership Conference, which will take place April 30 - May 2 at Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha, NE.

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Service: A Central Part of Our Gatherings! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/service-a-central-part-of-our-gatherings/a712.html Fri, 04 Mar 16 00:00:00 -0700 Dear Friends,

“Service” is becoming a central part of our gatherings!

This year for our Called 2 Serve youth event, which takes place July 19-22 at Grand View University in Des Moines, one of the service projects is again working with Meals from the Heartland.

In order to reach our goal, we need about $10,000 to have 140 young people package meals for two hours, which would amount to about 50,000 meals. 

At our Annual Gathering this year, we are working with Lutheran World Relief (LWR), one of the most efficient and effective relief agencies in the world. 

Our goal is to have Annual Gathering participants (we normally get between 750 -1,100 people in attendance) assemble 10,000 personal care kits. To make this happen, we need to receive about $50,000 in special offerings from the congregations of LCMC. The people with LWR believe that we can easily assemble that many kits in Denver!

The people of our congregations have been extremely generous for these projects in the past, and I am hoping we can be once again.

If your church would like to participate, please send checks, made payable to to LCMC and earmarked for "Meals from the Heartland" or "Lutheran World Relief" to the LCMC office at:

LCMC
7000 N Sheldon Road
Canton, MI 48187

You can also make a donation online by clicking one (or both!) of the following links:

All funds need to be received by July 1, 2016 so we can purchase needed supplies.

Sincerely In Christ,

Mark Vander Tuig
LCMC Service Coordinator

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Why an LCMC Youth Event? http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/why-an-lcmc-youth-event/a708.html Fri, 05 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0700 First, Youth Are the Present.

The best people to witness to other youth are the youth that we already have.  The local church must do what they are able to train and equip youth to be disciples to their own generation.  One of the best ways to do that is to build mentor relationships with mature Christian adults who can mentor youth in the development of their relationship with Jesus.

Second, Youth Are the Near Future.  

One of the things that we have not done very well is prepare our youth for the next chapter.  Many of our youth after leaving high school tend to struggle with their faith in a culture that pulls them in a hundred different directions.  University campuses are not always friendly places for Christians and are we helping them figure out how to navigate that new setting?  But almost no place in the culture: work, military, vocational tech, etc. is welcoming to young adults who also want to remain faithful to Jesus.

Third, Youth Are the Further Future.  

One of the biggest issues we face is finding leaders for the local church who love Jesus, love the church and love the people the Holy Spirit brings.  Raising local leaders for the local church must become a priority for each congregation.

Fourth, Youth Are the Future Pastors.  

The vocation of ministry requires the brightest and the best that our congregations have to offer.  People forget that pastors come from congregations...and so we need to find ways to help youth catch the vision that serving Jesus happens in every vocation, but the vocation of ministry is one of them. Being a pastor/leader of a congregation has been a great life for many and has been a great blessing to those families.  We need more and more youth to ask the question: could God be calling me to consider pastoral ministry as my vocation?

Our 2016 “Called 2 Serve” youth event is July 19-22, and registration closes March 1st.  If you are planning to attend, please register!

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LCMC Celebrates 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-celebrates-4th-annual-three-days-of-prayer/a707.html Tue, 02 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0700 Congregations across the nation took part in our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer from January 5-7, 2016.  Every congregation, member and pastor in LCMC was invited by Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig to start off the new year by setting aside some time during each of the three days to pray.  

While congregations were encouraged to structure each of the three days in any way that made sense to the congregation, there was a theme set for each day.  Day one was a day for confession, day two a day for petition and day three a day for vision.  

Over the past four years, LCMC congregations came up with creative ways of organizing the three days including prayer walks, prayer clocks, designing brochures and planning special events.  

For 2016, the majority of congregations reported hosting special events and/or distributing brochures to members of the congregation who wanted to participate at home.  

While congregations generally focus on inviting their members to take part in the event, one congregation had the experience of an interested non-member joining them.  

“We had info on our front sign and it was exciting that someone actually read it, turned around and came in to pray,” said Paula Mann, the congregational president of Living Word Lutheran Church in Lantana, FL.  

Each year, the number one piece of advice that LCMC-ers have given to others who may be taking part in Three Days of Prayer for the first time is to start planning in advance, then get the word out early and often.

“Trust God,” advises Karen Mason of Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello, MN.  “A basic format is a good idea, and likely reassuring to many participants, but just show up, praise God, then see what He does.”

After participating in Three Days of Prayer for the first time, Karen’s congregation plans to continue offering weekly prayer meetings, which will be open to anyone in the local community who would like to attend.  

There are still eleven months left to plan for our next Three Days of Prayer, which will take place January 3-5, 2017.   

To learn more about Three Days of Prayer and download resources to help you plan for next year, visit www.lcmc.net/three-days-of-prayer

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2016 Event Registration Deadlines http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2016-event-registration-deadlines/a706.html Thu, 28 Jan 16 00:00:00 -0700 If you're headed to one of our spring or summer events, don't forget to register.  These deadlines will he here before you know it!

2016 Youth Event

The registration deadline for Called 2 Serve is Tuesday, March 1.  The event is open to students completing grades 8-12 and takes place July 19-22, 2016 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  Chaperones are required. 

2016 Leadership Conference

The early bird deadline for our 2016 Leadership Conference is fast approaching!  Pastors, church leaders and church members who register for the conference by Monday, February 29 will save $30 per person on the cost of registration.  Seminarians who register in advance will also receive discounted admission. 

The event, themed Shift: Retooling Church, takes place April 10-12, 2016 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA and features keynote speakers, worship, and a chance to connect with fellow LCMC-ers through interactive discussion groups. 

 

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2015 Annual Gathering Videos Now Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2015-annual-gathering-videos-now-available/a704.html Mon, 18 Jan 16 00:00:00 -0700 Videos from our 15th Annual Gathering, themed "Our DNA", are now available for streaming in our video blog

Available videos include:

  • Keynote Speakers:  Rev. Dr. W. Bruce Wilder, Rev. Dr. Paul M. Cross, Dr. Steve Paulson, Rev. William Bohline, and a panel discussion with Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Mrs. Sharon MacFadyen and Rev. Bill Sullivan. 
  • International Focus:  Rev. Dr. Ove Sander. 
  • Staff Reports:  Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Rev. Dan Clites and Rev. Steve Lien. 
  • Worship:  Pr. Becky Hand and Rev. John Waak.
  • Bible Study:  Rev. Steven E. King
  • Breakout Sessions:  Rev. William Moberly, "Growing a Missions Sending Culture in Your Congregation"; Rev. David Rispoli, "Traditional Values, Contemporary Lives" and Rev. Dr. David Glesne, "Why Your Church Needs Apologetics".

Downloadable copies of the 2015 Annual Gathering Book are also available, and can be found by clicking here

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Three Days of Prayer Starts Tomorrow: Take Our Survey! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/three-days-of-prayer-starts-tomorrow-take-our-survey/a688.html Mon, 04 Jan 16 00:00:00 -0700 Our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer begins this week, January 5,6 and 7, 2016.  Obviously, we pray more than three days a year but this is an opportunity for the congregations of LCMC to spend this time together before the throne of Grace.  Each congregation is free and encouraged to do this in the way that seems best to them. 

 

Structuring Each Day

For us together, Day One is a prayer of Confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against one another and even against ourselves.  I believe the church will never rise up until we first get to our knees. 

Day Two is a day of petition, bringing every prayer and concern to the foot of the Cross.  There are so many in our congregations who are hurting—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  But we also pray for our congregations, the people of God to again humble ourselves before an Almighty God. 

Day Three is a day of prayer for direction, seeking God’s will and hope for the days to come.  How is it that we will be ambassadors for Christ in this generation and cultural context.

 

Poll & Newsletter Article

We've created a short survey for anyone who has taken part in Three Days of Prayer this year.  Those who fill it out will have the chance to answer poll questions, share their experiences with Three Days of Prayer, upload (optional) photos and offer advice and ideas to congregations who may be taking part in it for the first time.  Responses to the survey will be used in consideration for a future article in our newsletter and website and must be submitted by January 22, 2016

Take the Survey >>

 

Learn More

For more information on Three Days of Prayer, as well as resources, click here or go to Events > Annual Events > Three Days of Prayer

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Registration Now Open for 2016 Leadership Conference http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/registration-now-open-for-2016-leadership-conference/a685.html Wed, 25 Nov 15 00:00:00 -0700 Registration is now open for Shift: Retooling Church, our 2016 Leadership Conference, which will take place April 10-12 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA.  

Through the use of keynote speakers, skits and small group discussions, this year's conference will bring to light three major shifts that the Holy Spirit is inviting us to make in order to be retooled for His mission to a plugged-in and over-booked world:

  • From congregational-focused to kingdom-focused
  • From pastor-dependant to pastor-equipped
  • From consumer-making to disciple-making

Speakers for the event include Rev. Jo Saxton, Rev. Dan Clites, Rev. Steve Turnbull, Mrs. Laurel Swanson, Rev. Jeremey King, Rev. Nathan Anenson and Rev. Per Nilson. 

Pastors, church leaders and church members who register for the conference by Monday, February 29 will receive a discounted registration rate!   Register Now! >>

 

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Our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer Takes Place January 5-7, 2016 http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-4th-annual-three-days-of-prayer-takes-place-january-5-7-2016/a683.html Wed, 18 Nov 15 00:00:00 -0700 Our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer is set for January 5,6 and 7, 2016.  Obviously, we pray more than three days a year but this is an opportunity for the congregations of LCMC to spend this time together before the throne of Grace.  Each congregation is free and encouraged to do this in the way that seems best to them. 

For us together, Day One is a prayer of Confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against one another and even against ourselves.  I believe the church will never rise up until we first get to our knees. 

Day Two is a day of petition, bringing every prayer and concern to the foot of the Cross.  There are so many in our congregations who are hurting—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  But we also pray for our congregations, the people of God to again humble ourselves before an Almighty God. 

Day Three is a day of prayer for direction, seeking God’s will and hope for the days to come.  How is it that we will be ambassadors for Christ in this generation and cultural context.

You can find out more about Three Days of Prayer under Events  >  Annual Events (or by clicking here), and you can find downloadable resources here

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Pre-Register Now for Called 2 Serve http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/pre-register-now-for-called-2-serve/a681.html Fri, 06 Nov 15 00:00:00 -0700 Registration is now open for Called 2 Serve, our 2016 youth event featuring keynote speakers, breakout sessions, service projects, mixers and an outdoor concert featuring christian rock group Remedy Drive.

The event is designed to help strengthen the ministry of the local church by giving high schoolers a vision of what is possible in their own church and local community.  Participants will have a chance to meet other high schoolers from all over the country, lend a hand to people in need, and gain a better understanding of what God might be calling each person to do within his or her local comunity. 

Students attending the event will have the ability to choose from three of five different breakout session topics, as well as one of four service projects.  Participants also have the option to purchase discounted tickets to Adventureland Theme Park and Adventure Bay Water Park.

The event is open to high school students completing grades 8-12.  For the safety of the students, a minimum of 2 chaperones is required per group, with 1 adult for every 5 youth attending.

The cost to register is $325.00 per person, which includes housing and all meals listed on the conference schedule.  Priority will be given to pre-registrants for air-conditioned housing.

Called 2 Serve takes place July 19-22, 2016 on the campus of Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  For more information, click here

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Our DNA: Tuesday and Wednesday Recap http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-dna--tuesday-and-wednesday-recap/a672.html Wed, 07 Oct 15 00:00:00 -0600 Registration numbers reached 744 on Tuesday morning as the LCMC 15th Annual Gathering continued on for its third day.  

The day opened with worship led by Living Word Lutheran Church in of Grapevine, TX and Bible study led by Rev. Steven E. King, Managing Editor of Sola Publishing.  

Rev. Dr. Paul Cross, Senior Pastor at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND and Rev. Dr. Steve Paulson, Professor at Luther Seminary, were Tuesday’s keynote speakers.  The assembly was also joined by Rev. Dr. Ove Sander, who currently serves as President of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church.  

During the afternoon session, Rev. Dan Clites, LCMC Coordinator for New Ministry Development, introduced the new ministry leaders from LCMC who were present and encouraged the audience to start planting more new churches.  

The blood drive wrapped up on Tuesday evening.  64 pints of blood were donated over the course of Monday and Tuesday afternoons, resulting in 192 lives saved from LCMC donors.

During the Tuesday business session, voting delegates at the gathering voted on the winners for the Thrivent Financial Foundation Reformation Anniversary Grant Program. 

Wednesday morning began with a morning worship service led by Trinity Lutheran Church of Stonewall, TX and Bible study led by Managing Editor of Sola Publishing Rev. Steven E. King.  

Following the worship and Bible study segment, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced that the association’s 2016 Annual Gathering would be held in Denver, CO.  

Also on Wednesday morning, LCMC Board of Trustees Chair Rev. Kip Tyler updated the assembly on the new officer positions for the Board of Trustees.  Rev. Sean Kelly (Area 1) was named Chair and Rev. Julie Smith (Area 3) Vice Chair.  Laurel Swanson was re-elected as Treasurer and Rev. Martha Uecker Nelson was re-elected as Secretary.  

Sharon MacFadyen, LCMC’s Director of Operations, then announced the winners of the Thrivent Financial Foundation Reformation Anniversary Grant Program.  They are:

  1. Falls Community Church, Sioux Falls, SD
  2. Holly Cross Lutheran Church, Nairobi, Kenya
  3. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Kodiak, AK
  4. Living Waters Lutheran Church, Peoria, IL
  5. The Anchor Church, Phoenix, AZ
  6. Christ The Servant, Norfolk, NE
  7. Bethel Lutheran Church (Grant Proposal #1), Colorado Springs, CO
  8. Zion Lutheran Church, Des Moines, IA
  9. Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, IA
  10. First St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hastings, NE
  11. Peace Lutheran Church, Holbrook, AZ
  12. St. Michael Lutheran Church (Grant Proposal #2), Canton, MI
  13. Christ Lutheran Church, Maple Plain, MN
  14. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Lead, SD
  15. Trinity Lutheran Church, Titusville, FL

To read full grant proposals from these and other LCMC congregations, click here.  

The Annual Gathering then concluded with a keynote presentation by Rev. Bill Bohline of Hosanna! Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN and a closing worship service led by Zion Lutheran Church in Priddy, TX and preached by Rev. John Waak from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of VIctoria, TX.

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Our DNA: 15th Annual Gathering Video Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-dna--15th-annual-gathering-video-update/a673.html Wed, 07 Oct 15 00:00:00 -0600 Videos of this year's speakers will be available at our website in winter 2016.  We'll make an announcement via the LCMC E-Newsletter once our videos have been delivered, edited, and uploaded to our website, so stay tuned! 

For videos, books and other media downloads, go to "Events", then "Media and Downloads" or click here.  

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Our DNA: Sunday and Monday Recap http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-dna--sunday-and-monday-recap/a671.html Mon, 05 Oct 15 00:00:00 -0600 This week, 744 people from the U.S. and abroad traveled to Frisco, TX for the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ 15th Annual Gathering.  The theme this year was “Our DNA”.  

The event kicked off on Sunday night with dinner and an opening worship service featuring Pr. Becky Hand from Life in Grace Lutheran Church of Odessa, TX and the worship team from Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Giddings, TX.  

Dessert and a reunion for all church planters within the association followed the service.  

Monday morning opened with worship led by Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Victoria, TX and Bible study with Rev. Steven E. King, Managing Editor of Sola Publishing.

Rev. Dr. W. Bruce Wilder, Senior Pastor of First Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM took the stage as our first keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion featuring LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Rev. Bill Sullivan (Lead Pastor of New Life Lutheran Church and former Service Coordinator of LCMC) and LCMC Director of Operations Sharon MacFadyen.  

During the afternoon session, LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Rev. Steve Lien announced the association's 2016 Leadership Conference, which will take place April 10-12, 2016 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA.  The theme for next year’s conference is Shift: Retooling Church.  He extended a special invitation to young pastors and church leaders for the event.

Steve then invited district leaders, certification interviewers, new congregations, new pastors seminarians and military chaplains to stand and be recognized.  Pastors who are currently celebrating ordination anniversaries of 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50+ years were also recognized.  

During the Service Coordinator’s report, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced two events for 2016, Called 2 Serve and Three Days of Prayer.  

Called 2 Serve is an LCMC youth event for high school students, which will take place at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA from July 19-22, 2016.  Registration for this event will open soon.  

Mark also stated that every congregation, church member and pastor is invited to take part in our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer from January 5-7, 2016.  Each congregation can organize the three days in any way that makes sense.  The focuses of each day are:

  • January 5:  Confession
  • January 6:  Petition
  • January 7:  Direction

During the opening business session, Pastors Sean Kelly (Area 1) and Enrique Estrada (Area 7) were re-elected to the Board of Trustees.  Laurel Swanson was re-elected as Treasurer.  

The afternoon concluded with a fellowship dinner, giving LCMC-ers a chance to connect with a fellowship group or district of their choice. 

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Our 15th Annual Gathering Starts Today. Watch It LIVE Here! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-15th-annual-gathering-starts-today-watch-it-live-here/a670.html Sun, 04 Oct 15 00:00:00 -0600 Our 15th Annual Gathering, themed "Our DNA", kicks off tonight at 5:30 P.M. CDT and continues through Wednesday morning.  The event features keynote speakers, worship and Bible study, vendors, breakout sessions and plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow LCMC-ers from across the nation and around the world. 

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Early Bird Registration Ends September 1st! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/early-bird-registration-ends-september-1st/a663.html Mon, 24 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0600 Next Tuesday, September 1st is the last day to register as an "Early Bird" and save $50 per person on the cost of registration for the Annual Gathering!

Registration rates for visitors, church leaders, church members and voting delegates are as follows:

  • 9/1 & Before:  $200
  • 9/2 – 9/25:  $225
  • After 9/25:  $250

The event, to be held October 4-7 in Frisco, TX (a suburb of Dallas), features keynote speakers, worship and Bible study, breakout sessions, LCMC news updates, vendors and plenty of time for fellowship.  We'll also be hosting a blood drive as our service project for 2015.

We hope to see you there!

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Blood Drive Sign-Up Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/blood-drive-sign-up-now-open/a664.html Mon, 24 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0600 This year, we will be hosting a blood drive with Carter Blood Care as our service project during the Annual Gathering.  Appointments for donating blood are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and available from 12:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, October 5th and Tuesday, October 6th.

Volunteer sign-up is being handled separately from Annual Gathering registration.  To schedule an appointment, click on one of the links below and select your preferred time slot:

For more information on donating blood, check out the Carter Blood Care website at www.carterbloodcare.org.


Blood Drive Info  |  Annual Gathering Info  |  Annual Gathering Registration

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Time is Running Out! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/time-is-running-out/a661.html Wed, 24 Jun 15 00:00:00 -0600 Deadlines for Annual Gathering photo submissions, grant proposals and event registrations are approaching fast!  Read on to learn more about some of our upcoming projects and events. 

AG Photo Deadline

Has your congregation been in Mission for Christ over the past year?  There's still time to submit your photos for our 2015 Annual Gathering Book!  All eligible photos submitted by July 31, 2015 will be considered for publication in the book that will be distributed at the Annual Gathering and on our website.  Special consideration will be given to all eligible photos submitted by June 30th. 

Learn More & Submit Photos >>

 

Grant Program

The last day to submit grant proposals for the Reformation Anniversary Grant Program is August 15, 2015.  All eligible proposals will be voted on at the Annual Gathering this fall. 

Learn More & Submit a Grant Proposal >>

 

Early Bird Annual Gathering Registration

Church leaders, church members, voting delegates and visitors who register for the Annual Gathering by September 1, 2015 will save $50.00 on the cost of registration! 

Register Now! >>

 

Seminarian Retreat

Registration for the all seminarian retreat ends September 25, 2015.  Space is limited, so register today to secure your spot!

Learn More & Register >>

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Register Now for LCMC's 15th Annual Gathering! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/register-now-for-lcmcs-15th-annual-gathering/a655.html Wed, 03 Jun 15 00:00:00 -0600 Online registration is now open for our 15th Annual Gathering, and those who register on or before Tuesday, September 1st will save $50.00 on the cost of registration!  (Click here for registration fees.)

This year's Annual Gathering is all about exploring and celebrating the very thing that makes us, as an association, who we are: our DNA. 

Whether you’re new to LCMC, just checking us out for the first time, or a long-time member looking to make new friends and reunite with old ones, our 15th Annual Gathering is the perfect place to get inspired, get informed, get equipped and get connected. 

Highlights of this year's event:

  • Find out more about what it really means for us, as an association to truly be Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ by hearing from some of the founding members of LCMC.  

  • Enjoy Worship and Bible Study with LCMC-ers from all over the world.

  • Learn more about what we have accomplished as an association over the past year, our vision for the future, and be the first to find out about news and upcoming LCMC events!

  • Get to know some of our international members, church planters, new ministry leaders, seminarians, chaplains, pastors, staff members and more!

  • Connect with other LCMC-ers at our Monday Night Fellowship Dinner and/or at one of our scheduled fellowship meet-ups.  (Click here to learn more!)

  • Get in touch with dozens of LCMC’s mission and ministry partners, as well as other vendors, by exploring our vendor area.

The event takes place October 4-7, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Dallas - Frisco Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Frisco, TX (near Dallas). 

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2016 Youth Gathering: Save the Date! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2016-youth-gathering-save-the-date/a653.html Fri, 22 May 15 00:00:00 -0600 At our 2014 Annual Gathering, it was decided that we should have a National Youth Gathering.  I have been meeting with a team of volunteers; we have proposed our ideas to the Board of Trustees and they have approved the following proposal:

  • Theme:  Called 2 Serve
  • Purpose:  To strengthen the ministry of the local church
  • Location:  Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dates:  July 19-22, 2016
  • Participants:  Youth going into 9th grade through 12th
  • Cost:  $325 per person, which includes meals, lodging, wi-fi, facilities and costs (all you have to do is get there!)
  • Registration:  Goal—811 participants

There will be more detailed information to follow, but I wanted you to know: it’s going to happen!

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Leadership Conference Podcasts Now Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-podcasts-now-available/a649.html Fri, 08 May 15 00:00:00 -0600 Podcasts from our 2015 Leadership Conference are now available at our website. 

Head to Events  >  Media & Downloads  >  Video & Presentations (or click here) to find presentations from each of our keynote speakers, including: Rev. TJ Anderson, Rev. Jeremey King, Rev. Steve Turnbull and Rev. Dr. Reggie McNeal. 

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Last Call for Fellowship Activity Sign-Up! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/last-call-for-fellowship-activity-sign-up/a646.html Thu, 23 Apr 15 00:00:00 -0600 Our 2015 Leadership Conference is just one week away, however there is still an opportunity for those who plan on attending the conference to sign up for one of the Guided Fellowship Activities on Tuesday, May 5th!  These activities require tickets and/or a headcount, so advance registration is required. 

Guided Fellowship Activities at the Leadership Conference include:

  • Columbus Clippers Baseball Game:  Enjoy an evening of Columbus Clippers Minor League Baseball at Huntington Park, conveniently located in downtown Columbus.  Watch the AAA Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians take on the Chicago White Sox AAA affiliate, the Charlotte Knights in a recently built and award-winning Minor League ballpark.   Be on the lookout for foul balls and a special scoreboard shout out to the LCMC attendees.  Adults $10; Youth (12 & under) and Seniors  (60+) $7.  Location:  330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 462-5250.  Approximately 9 miles from the Church at Mill Run.  Advance registration is required.

  • North Market Tour/Dinner:  Embark on an Amazing Tastes Tour of downtown Columbus’ largest public food market.  During the one hour tour you will meet some of the North Market merchants first-hand, sample some fabulous local foods and then enjoy a $5 voucher to purchase a delicious dinner.  Relish your meal in the balcony eating area while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of an international array of foods.  $15 per person, 4:30pm.  Location:  59 Spruce Street, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-463-9664.  Approximately 10 miles from the Church at Mill Run.  Advance registration is required.

  • SON Ministries:  Observe one of the most comprehensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs in the country.  Learn how the Church at Mill Run hosts a program to support ESOL families with children from infancy to teens by providing both professionally-taught English classes as well as infant, preschool and school-aged reading, tutoring and extra-curricular programs for the children of the attendees.  Tour and view the different aspects of the ESOL program, and then enjoy time talking with the staff to exchange ideas.  Location:  The Church at Mill Run, 6:30pm.

If you are interested in the Columbus Clippers Baseball Game, North Market Tour/Dinner or SON Ministries, we must have your paid, advance registration NO LATER than Friday, April 24th.

Contact Cathy Nichol at (734) 788-7476 for reservations.

Self-Guided Fellowship Activities, which do not require advance registration, will also be offered.  To learn more, click here

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LCMC Staff Welcomes Photo Submissions for 2015 Annual Gathering Book http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-staff-welcomes-photo-submissions-for-2015-annual-gathering-book/a645.html Wed, 25 Mar 15 00:00:00 -0600 Our 15th Annual Gathering, themed “Our DNA”, is all about celebrating what it truly means for us to be Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ:  

  • We’re free in Christ
  • We’re accountable to one another
  • We’re rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions
  • We’re all working together to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations

In accordance with this year’s theme, we’re inviting all “LCMC-ers” out there to show us, in a photograph, how their congregation exemplifies what it means to be an LCMC congregation. 

More detailed information, including a list of photo guidelines, can be found here

Special consideration will be given to all photos submitted on or before Tuesday, June 30th, however all photos received by Friday, July 31st will be considered for publication in our 2015 Annual Gathering Book and on our website.

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2015 Seminarian Retreat Registration Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2015-seminarian-retreat-registration-now-open/a643.html Tue, 03 Mar 15 00:00:00 -0700 All seminary students in LCMC are invited to join us in Denton, TX from October 2-4  for LCMC's 2015 Seminarian Retreat

Held the weekend leading up to our 15th Annual Gathering, this retreat gives fellow LCMC seminarians the opportunity to connect with each other, connect with members of the ministry board, and connect with a few seasoned pastors.  

Participants will learn about the DNA of LCMC, the seminary process, how to arrange an internship, and the certification process.  We will share meals, prayer, worship and question and answer time.

Space is limited and advance registration is required, so reserve your spot today! 

Click here to learn more and register.

 

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Leadership Conference Update: Fellowship Activity Sign-Up http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-update-fellowship-activity-sign-up/a639.html Wed, 11 Feb 15 00:00:00 -0700 Our 2015 Leadership Conference will be here before you know it, and the deadline to sign up for some of our planned Fellowship Activities is fast approaching! 

As tickets for the Columbus Clippers Baseball Game and North Market Tour/Dinner must be purchased in advance, all Leadership Conference attendees who would like to take part in either fellowship activity should register for the conference by Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The conference, themed iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus, takes place at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, near Columbus OH, from May 3-6, 2015 and features four keynote speakers, live music, learning labs, and more. 

To learn more, click here

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LCMC Comes Together for Third Annual Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-comes-together-for-third-annual-three-days-of-prayer/a638.html Tue, 03 Feb 15 00:00:00 -0700 Photo courtesy of Karen Mason, Faith Lutheran Church, Monticello, MN.LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig invited members of LCMC to start off the New Year with three consecutive days of prayer, focused on confession, petition and vision, and organized in any way that made sense to the participants.  

From January 6-8, 2015, congregations, members and pastors of LCMC came together for the association’s Third Annual Three Days of Prayer.

Based on a brief online survey that was conducted in January, about 46% of the congregations who reported taking part in the event this year were first-timers.  

While many LCMC congregations organized prayer services, meetings, walks and other special events to celebrate Three Days of Prayer, many congregations also reported distributing printed and online resources, allowing people to participate individually, as well.  

“Our prayer ministry team organized the event and attended to welcome people who came to pray.  Prayers with scripture passages, the daily themes, and Bibles were made available to all who came,” said Amy Williams, a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kerrville, TX.  “Some folks reported praying at home if they could not come to the sanctuary.”

In fact, nearly 50% of people who responded to the survey reported having prayed individually on at least one of the three days.  

According to Rev. Donna Lou Zipp, the people of First Lutheran Church in El Campo, TX prayed individually, as well as in small groups.  Her favorite part of Three Days of Prayer this year was coming together with others from her congregation on the Day for Petition.

“It is amazing that during the precise time of the Three Days (this year and last) we witnessed God answering our requests right then and there. I was called to serve this congregation last year, and this year the exact ages of children needed to fill slots at our school enrolled and a very surprising, yet sizable contribution was given to our congregation. We are a struggling congregation who is in what I would refer to as a "recovery phase". The Three Days of Prayer is amazing...as you know, great things happen on the Third Day! We witnessed miracles.  We look forward to expanding and enhancing our participation next year,” Rev. Zipp said.  

Many of this year’s participants cited the themes for each day, as well as the sense of togetherness that they felt, as their favorite things about this year’s event.  

“It's good to know that your prayers are joining those of a larger community, and to have a specific focus for the community.” said Karen Mason of Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello, MN.  

LCMC’s 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer is scheduled to take place from January 5-7, 2016, so mark your calendars, because the number one piece of advice that was given by this year’s participants was to start planning early.

“Start talking about it with the planners in September to decide how to celebrate the event in your own particular congregation. December is too busy to be planning it,” advised Marda Kirkwood, a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls, ID. 

Photo courtesy of Karen Mason of Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello, MN.

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Don't Miss Out on LCMC's 2015 Leadership Conference! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/dont-miss-out-on-lcmcs-2015-leadership-conference/a637.html Mon, 26 Jan 15 00:00:00 -0700 It’s been two years since LCMC held a national Leadership Conference, and May 3rd will be here before you know it.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to be together and learn how better to serve Christ and His church!

iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus will be held at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, near Columbus, Ohio, May 3-6, 2015. 

The Ministry Board of LCMC has been hard at work preparing this event, eager to gather leaders from across our association for dynamic worship, study, conversation, fellowship and even a little rest and relaxation in beautiful Columbus, Ohio!  It’s all about life-on-life discipleship, helping us learn to make a trip to the grocery store a mission trip. 

Keynote speakers include Reggie McNeal, Steve Turnbull, and Jeremey King.  They’ll be joined by worship leader Jen Alexander who will help shape this once a year learning opportunity. 

Hotel space is filling up, and your mother always said “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today!”  So, click here to register

See you in Ohio!

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LCMC Forms Prayer Ministry Team http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-forms-prayer-ministry-team/a636.html Mon, 26 Jan 15 00:00:00 -0700 A prayer ministry team has been formed and is active! 

At our last Annual Gathering, I made an invitation to sign up for a prayer ministry team, and we now have over 50 people who are praying each week for LCMC congregations. 

Cheryl Coffman is the leader of this team and she is looking for others who may also be interested joining.

Each Monday, Cheryl contacts five congregations from our list that are selected at random by a computer program.  She then sends those out to the prayer team and contacts the congregation to let them know and invite any specific prayer concerns.  If there are specific things about which to pray, those are communicated to the team.  At the end of the week, she follows up with the five congregations and the whole process starts again the next week.

Any other prayer concerns from congregations may also be submitted to Cheryl at any time.

If you would like to be a part of praying for our congregations and any specific concerns they might have, please contact Cheryl or click here to sign up online and she will get you on the list!

“We need to become more and more a people of prayer!”

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How Would Your Congregation Use $5,000? http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/how-would-your-congregation-use-$5000/a633.html Thu, 01 Jan 15 00:00:00 -0700 To celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation, LCMC and the Thrivent Financial Foundation will be awarding $5,000 grants to 15 LCMC congregations for use in planning a project to benefit their local community. 

To apply, congregations must complete an online application, available at our website, which includes a short essay describing how the congregation would use a $5,000 grant.  The program begins January 1, 2015 and ends August 15, 2015

All eligible applications received by the deadline date will be voted on at our 15th Annual Gathering in Dallas, TX in October.  Recipients of the grant will be announced at the end of the Annual Gathering, and the results will be posted at our website after the gathering commences. 

To read the complete details and view our online application form, click here.

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LCMC Workshops to Continue in 2015 http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-workshops-to-continue-in-2015/a631.html Mon, 29 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0700 2015.  I am looking forward to a great year together. 

Steve Lien will continue to offer workshops on call committee coaching, Dan Clites will continue to offer workshops on the development of new ministries, and I will continue to offer workshops for congregational leadership

One of the things that we hope to be is a resource to our congregations.  Other models for staffing in church bodies looks to do the work for the congregation; we want only to help, encourage, strengthen, challenge and empower the congregation to do the work that the Lord of the Church has entrusted to her!

To strengthen the churches we have and to plant the ones we don’t is what I am committed to doing for as long as I am able and allowed to. 

The Board of Trustees understands that this is a good use of our time (the staff of LCMC) and the resources of our association, and all it takes is an invitation. 

We are not forming boards, commissions, study committees to develop positions papers, and all the rest of the “institutional” structures that tend only to perpetuate themselves.  In LCMC, from the beginning, we have had a desire to help congregations do what the Lord has called them to do:  “Go, make disciples of all nations!”

2015: Still in the hands of Almighty God.  We know that God is at work.  We just want to be a part of what God is doing.  “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  May his kingdom come also to us, and his will be done among us!

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Three Days of Prayer Poll Results http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/three-days-of-prayer-poll-results/a632.html Mon, 29 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0700 LCMC's Third Annual Three Days of Prayer is set to kick off on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.  Last month, we asked our congregations how they planned to organize the three days. 

The Results:

Learn More:

To learn more about Three Days of Prayer, check out these links:

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2014 Annual Gathering Videos Now Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2014-annual-gathering-videos-now-available/a630.html Tue, 23 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0700 Videos of the speakers at our 14th Annual Gathering in Des Moines, IA are now available at our website. 

Videos of individual speakers, as well as manuscripts from our keynote speakers, can be found in our Video Blog.  This includes:

  • Keynote Speakers: Rev. Dr. Walter Sundberg, Rev. Margaret Manning & Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes
  • Preachers (Opening & Closing Worship): Rev. Julie Smith & Rev. Randy Freund
  • Bible Study Leaders: Rev. Destaye Crawford, Pr. Sean Tyler & Rev. Jonathan Haseley
  • Reports from Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Rev. Dan Clites & Rev. Steve Lien
  • Video of our service project with Meals From the Heartland

Photo galleries and downloadable copies of our Annual Gathering Book are also available, and can be found here

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Call Committee Coach Training to Continue in 2015 http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/call-committee-coach-training-to-continue-in-2015/a625.html Fri, 19 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0700 Pastor Steve Lien, our Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, is currently accepting invitations to conduct his eight-hour workshop to train Call Committee Coaches, a new initiative to equip volunteers, lay and clergy, around the country to help resource and encourage congregational call committees if and when they seek additional support. 

Steve has already conducted the workshop in Georgia, and has upcoming workshops in Medesto, California (January 12), Rancho Palos Verdes, California (January 17), and Farmersville, Ohio (February 9).   

To RSVP or inquire further, email Cathy Nichol, Administrative Assistant, at cathy@lcmc.net.

 

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Registration is Now Open for iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/registration-is-now-open-for-ifollow-life-together-in-the-way-of-jesus/a615.html Wed, 26 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0700 Online registration is now open for iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus, our 2015 Leadership Conference. 

The conference will take place May 3-6, 2015 at the Mill Run campus of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and aims to focus on overcoming the challenges of following Jesus in our 21st Century world of selfies, Tweets and Facebook. 

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Rev. TJ Anderson - Senior Pastor of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Columbus, OH
  • Rev. Steve Turnbull - LCMC Ministry Board; Senior Pastor of First Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, MN
  • Rev. Jeremey King - LCMC Ministry Board; Founding Pastor of Radiant Church in Huntington Beach, CA
  • Rev. Reggie McNeal - Author; Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network

The event will also feature live music by Jenn Alexander, Worship Leader at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN, six exciting Fellowship Activities to choose from, and an optional Workshop and Luncheon with Rev. Reggie McNeal. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in specialized Learning Labs, or facilitated discussion groups for pastors and church leaders of similar sized and geographically-located congregations. 

To learn more about the Leadership Conference, and to register, click on the links below. 

Learn More  |  Register Now!  |  Frequently Asked Questions  |  Hotels

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Take Our Three Days of Prayer Poll http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/take-our-three-days-of-prayer-poll/a614.html Wed, 19 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0700 Does your congregation plan to take part in LCMC's Third Annual Three Days of Prayer from January 6-8, 2015

Let us know how your congregation plans to organize each of the three days. 

Click Here to Take our Poll! 

Next month, we'll share the results here in our Blog, as well as in our E-Newsletter!

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Annual Gathering and MFTH Project Statistics Announced! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-and-mfth-project-statistics-announced/a609.html Wed, 29 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0600 Earlier this month, 1,012 people from around the world came together in Des Moines, IA for LCMC’s 14th Annual Gathering.  

Throughout the year, the 833 congregations that make up LCMC came together to raise a total of $91,005.40 for our service project with Meals from the Heartland (13.75% more than our goal of $80,000).  On the evening of Tuesday, October 7th, many of the people who attended the gathering met up at the convention center and assembled a total of 291,168 meals[Watch Video]

During the Business Session of the gathering, Pastors Christopher Miller (Area 2) and Kenneth “Corky” Spitler (Area 5) were elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees.  Pastors Nathan Hanson and Stephan Turnbull were appointed to serve on the Ministry Board.  

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced the launch of the LCMC Prayer Chain, an opportunity for people to sign up to pray for all of the congregations in LCMC on a weekly basis.  Click Here to learn more and sign up.

It was also announced that our 15th Annual Gathering will take place from October 4-7, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco, TX. 

Photo galleries from the Annual Gathering, downloadable copies of our 2014 Book, and presentation notes from our Keynote Speakers are now available at our website.  To view any of these materials, Click Here

Videos of our speakers will not be available until later this winter.  We will announce via E-Newsletter, blog, Facebook and Twitter when these videos have been posted.  

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Three Days of Prayer Begins January 6th! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/three-days-of-prayer-begins-january-6th/a608.html Tue, 28 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0600 This January, join with us for our Third Annual Three Days of Prayer.  This is an opportunity for us to join together across our association to come before God Almighty and bring our concerns, our ministries, our people and our future to the throne of grace and to the foot of the cross. 

Day One, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 is a day of confession, recognizing that we have sinned against God, against each other and ourselves.  We have been caught up in big arguments about small things when there are those we love who do not know Jesus, and not connected to His church. 

Day Two, Wednesday, January 7, 2015 is a day of petition.  There are so many things, people and issues to pray for and about, this day is committed to bringing our petitions to God.  We know that He hears our prayers and is at work in ways that we can see, and ways that we will never know.

Day Three, Thursday, January 8, 2015 is a day of seeking God’s vision for your church, and for our association.  The church belongs to Jesus and we simply ask the Lord of the church to lead, guide and direct our mission and ministry.

Prayer is the most effective tool in our toolbox and the most powerful weapon in the arsenal.  The church of Jesus Christ will not rise up until we first get to our knees.

Learn More  |  Resources  |  Facebook Event

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Our 14th Annual Gathering Has Officially Begun! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-14th-annual-gathering-has-officially-begun/a596.html Sun, 05 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0600 Reason for Hope, LCMC's 14th Annual Gathering, begins today at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. 

Over 1,000 LCMC-ers from around the globe will come together this week for a chance to connect with one another and to explore 1 Peter 3:15 as it relates to our culture today.  The event also features two worship services, live music, morning Bible studies, breakout sessions and vendors. 

Our official hashtag for this year is #LCMC14.  Attendees are also invited to tweet their favorite photos from the event to @lcmcupdates

For those who are unable to attend the gathering this year, we are once again streaming the event live at www.lcmc.net/live beginning with Opening Worship tonight at 7:00 P.M. 

Videos from each of our speakers this year will be available in our Video & Media blog this winter.  Our staff will announce once they've been posted via E-Newsletter, Facebook and Twitter pages. 

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WE DID IT! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/we-did-it/a592.html Mon, 08 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0600 Last year, we announced to all of our congregations that one of our goals as an association for 2014 was to raise $80,000 for our 14th Annual Gathering service project with Meals from the Heartland.  Today, we reached that goal! 

100% of the donations that we have received will be used to purchase enough food, packaging supplies and shipping to feed 400,000 people in need, both in the U.S. and abroad. 

The food packages will be assembled on Tuesday, October 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. by LCMC-ers from around the globe. 

The process of assembling and packaging the meals will require the help of about 1,000 people, so if you plan to attend the Annual Gathering this year, we need your help!  If you haven't already, please consider signing up to help package meals for an hour or two.  All you've got to do is check off one or both of the "Meal Packaging Project" boxes when you Register for the Annual Gathering

If you have already registered for the Annual Gathering, but did not sign up to package meals and would like to, you can also notify our staff that you are interested via email at cathy@lcmc.net

See you in Des Moines! 

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Early Bird Annual Gathering Registration Ends September 1st! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/early-bird-annual-gathering-registration-ends-september-1st/a590.html Fri, 29 Aug 14 00:00:00 -0600 Register for the Annual Gathering by next Monday, September 1st and save up to $40 per person!  

The registration rates for Annual Gathering visitors, church leaders, church members and voting delegates are as follows:

  • September 1 & Before:  $180.00
  • September 2-25:  $200.00
  • September 26 & After:  $225.00

As most of you know, one of our goals for this year's Annual Gathering is to package 400,000 meals for the hungry with nonprofit organization Meals from the Heartland on Tuesday, October 7th.  In order to make this happen, we are still very much in need of volunteers to help package meals!  If you plan to join us in Des Moines this year, please consider signing up to help out.  Volunteer sign-up is handled with Annual Gathering registration; simply check off one or both of the "Meal Packaging Project" checkboxes on your registration form. 

To learn more about the project, or to make a donation, click here

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New Training Opportunities Available for Certification Interviewers http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/new-training-opportunities-available-for-certification-interviewers/a578.html Thu, 31 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0600 Rev. Steve Lien, LCMC's Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry, announces Interviewer Inservices for those who conduct Certification Interviews.  Join him for this two-hour refresher and training session just before or after any of the following District Conventions:

  • Texas District: Friday, August 1, 2:00-4:00 P.M. (Seguin, TX)
  • Heartland District: Friday, August 15, 2:00-4:00 P.M. (Fremont, NE)
  • Iowa District: Saturday, November 15, 3:30-5:30 P.M. (Story City, IA) - TENTATIVE
  • Greater Atlanta Area: Saturday, November 8, 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Email steve@lcmc.net to register or ask questions.


 

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Annual Gathering Lodging Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-lodging-update/a576.html Mon, 28 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0600 Accommodations at the The Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel have sold out for the week of the Annual Gathering

For your convenience, the Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus and the Des Moines Marriot Downtown are also offering reduced rates to LCMC-ers who are traveling to Des Moines for the Annual Gathering.  Be sure to mention that you are part of the LCMC group while making your hotel reservations to receive the discount. 

Of course, there are other hotels located in the Des Moines area that you are welcome to check with, as well. 

More detailed information on lodging and transportation for the Annual Gathering can be found by clicking here

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Retirement Consultations to Be Offered at Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/retirement-consultations-to-be-offered-at-annual-gathering/a573.html Tue, 15 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0600 At the 2014 Annual Gathering in Des Moines Iowa, you will be able to learn more about how to plan for your retirement.  Planning should start early, when you still have time to prepare and save. But, no matter what your age or how far off your retirement is, you can benefit from the information available to you through LCMC. 

Tom Luing of Capital Management Associates, will be available at the Annual Gathering to meet one-on-one with you about your retirement readiness. 

Contact Tom Luing by phone at (952) 746-1111 or via email at toml@tomluing.com to schedule a time and find out what to bring with you. 

Space is limited, so sign up soon! 

Tom will also be conducting three Breakout Sessions on retirement on Monday and Tuesday of the Annual Gathering. 

See you in Des Moines! 


Not attending the annual gathering?  If you are not attending the annual gathering, feel free to contact Tom to discuss your financial situation and/or the LCMC 403b Retirement plan any time. Click here for more info.

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Can We Really Feed 400,000 People? http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/can-we-really-feed-400000-people/a569.html Wed, 11 Jun 14 00:00:00 -0600 One of LCMC's goals for 2014 is to help fight hunger in the U.S. and abroad by preparing 400,000 meals together with Meals from the Heartland this fall.  As an association made up of over 800 congregations worldwide, this is something that we can accomplish, but only if we work together! 
 
To make our service project happen, we are going to need two things: volunteers and supplies. 

We will be packaging the meals on Tuesday, October 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. as part of our 14th Annual Gathering in Des Moines, IA. 

In order to package all of the meals within our two hour time frame, we are going to need at least 1,000 volunteers to help out.  Those who are interested in participating may sign up to do so by checking off one (or both!) of the "Meal Packaging Project" boxes on their Annual Gathering Registration Form

To date, there are 61 volunteers signed up to help package meals in the 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. time slot and 32 volunteers signed up to package meals from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. 
 
This winter, we also began raising the funds needed to purchase food, packaging supplies and postage for the project. 
 
As of May 31, 2014, our association has collectively raised $40,750 towards the $80,000 we will need in order to reach our goal of packaging 400,000 meals.  We've made it past the halfway point, but if we're going to raise enough money in the next three and a half months to purchase the supplies we need, we still have our work cut out for us.

Those interested in making a donation to the project may do so by clicking here.  100% of donations will be used to help purchase supplies.
 
Presently, LCMC is comprised of 714 congregations in the U.S. and a total of 820 congregations worldwide.  If each congregation were to give $100, we could achieve this goal in no time! 
 
To help fellow LCMC-ers get the word out about the project, the following resources are available:

If we can get 1,000 volunteers to help us package meals and raise $80,000 for supplies, we will be able to put together enough meals to feed 400,000 people in just two hours.  (According to the United States Census Bureau, that's more than the entire population of the city of Minneapolis!)

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Annual Gathering Offers Fellowship Meet-Ups for Up-And-Coming Leaders http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-offers-fellowship-meet-ups-for-up-and-coming-leaders/a568.html Mon, 09 Jun 14 00:00:00 -0600 Building working relationships with friends and fellow colleagues in ministry is important.  That's why at this year's Annual Gathering, which is set to take place from October 5-8, 2014 in Des Moines, IA, we will be setting aside time for new or up-and-coming leaders in LCMC to do just that.  

 

In addition to our annual District Dinner Night, an opportunity for members of the various geographic and non-geographic districts of LCMC to come together for dinner, we will be hosting the following fellowship meet-ups:

  • Seminarians:  Join other seminary students for a dessert fellowship on Sunday evening after Opening Worship.  (See Also: Seminarian Retreat)
  • Young Adults:  Get to know other young adults in LCMC during a breakout session titled "20-30 Somethings" on Monday afternoon.  (See Also: LCMC: The Next Generation)
  • Church Planters:  Pr. Dan Clites will host a fellowship meet-up for church planters on Monday evening.  (See Also: New Ministry Workshop)

To learn more, click here.  

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Getting Connected! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/getting-connected/a556.html Tue, 29 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0600
Three years ago, I invited the leaders of all the districts at that time to come together for a day to consider how we might be more effective in encouraging each in fellowship and support, as well as accountability.  We are still at those goals, and so once again, three years later, we have invited leaders of every district to get together to gauge our progress and to continue to learn how we can improve.  

Our district leaders will be meeting on July 15th and 16th at Hosanna Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Illinois.  

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LCMC Staff Welcomes Photo Submissions for 2014 Annual Gathering Book http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-staff-welcomes-photo-submissions-for-2014-annual-gathering-book/a555.html Tue, 22 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0600 How has your congregation been "in Mission for Christ" over the past year?  Whether you've organized a creative fundraiser to help raise money for our meal packaging project, traveled abroad on a mission trip, or put together a program to help reach out to the people in your very own community, we want to hear about it! 

 
For the next several weeks, our staff is inviting all "LCMC-ers" to send us photos of themselves (or fellow members of their congregation) "in Mission for Christ".  All photographs received by Thursday, July 31st will be considered by the LCMC Staff for possible inclusion in the design of the book that will be distributed at the Annual Gathering this October, and on our website!

From 5k races to beauty treatments to English as a Second Language programs, we've seen all kinds of interesting photos and creative ideas in the past.  We are very much excited to see what is going on within the congregations of our association, and to incorporate these stories into the artwork of this year's Annual Gathering book.

 

Before you get started, please read through the requirements and instructions below.

What we're looking for:  Photos of you (or people in your congregation) in action!  For examples of photos we've used in the past, check out some of our previous books here

What we're not looking for:  Pictures of buildings, but no people. 
 

Here are a photo guidelines, terms & conditions:

  1. Our staff welcomes photo submissions from now through Thursday, July 31st, with special consideration being given to photos received by Monday, June 30th.  Due to early printer deadlines, any photos submitted after this date will be ineligible for consideration.
  2. Please do not place text or clip art on photos, as these things can be difficult to read should we need to re-size your photo. 
  3. Because chosen images will be used in a printed publication, please send only high resolution/print quality images.  Very small and/or distorted images will not print clearly.
  4. Acceptable file types are: JPG (preferred), GIF, TIFF and PNG.  (No PDFs or Word documents, please!)
  5. Any photo submitted must be an original work (owned by the individual or the congregation), and not the intellectual property of another party.  
  6. By submitting any photo(s), you agree that any images (and likeness or subject matter within) submitted may be used without compensation for the purposes described above.
  7. Photos must be submitted by pastors, congregation members/staff or associate members of LCMC.  
  8. Photo content must be relevant and in accordance with who we are and what we believe.
  9. Each photo submission must be accompanied by your name, the name and location of your congregation, and a brief description of the photograph (see below for more info).  
  10. Please note:  Due to space, time and other constraints, we are unable to guarantee the publication of each and every photograph submitted to us.
     

How to Submit Photos:

Please be sure that we receive your photo entries no later than Wednesday, July 31.  All photos submitted to LCMC must be accompanied by the following information:

  1. A brief description of the photo(s) 
    • Who is in the photo?
    • When and where does it take place? 
    • What's going on in the photo?
    • How has your congregation been "in Mission for Christ" over the past year?
  2. The name of the person submitting the photograph and/or the photographer's name
  3. The name of the congregation, and the city and state in which it's located. 

Photo entries and all accompanying information may be submitted to us in one of the following ways:

  1. Online:  Click here for an online form, which will allow you to upload a photo.
  2. Email:  Attach the photos to an email and include all description information in the body of the email.  Photo entries should be sent to Kristy Thomas, Communications and Public Relations Specialist for LCMC, at kristy@lcmc.net
  3. Flickr Users:  If you have a Flickr account and would like to submit your photos by sharing an album, please email a link to the album, along with the requested information, to kristy@lcmc.net.  If you are submitting multiple photos this year, we highly encourage you to submit your photos using this method. 
  4. Instagram:  Photos uploaded to Instagram will be considered for submission when accompanied by the hashtags #lcmc and #2014agbook

 

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Register Now for LCMC's 14th Annual Gathering! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/register-now-for-lcmcs-14th-annual-gathering/a525.html Thu, 27 Mar 14 00:00:00 -0600 What do we say and how do we respond?  These are the questions that often face Christians and Lutherans in 2014 right here in America.  We are now living in a “post-denominational era”; the way we used to do church is no longer working.  Times have changed and we now need to be able to defend, explain and affirm our faith in Christ alone.  We have been given a great heritage of faith and theology through the Lutheran Reformation.  This theological framework is more than capable of helping us to proclaim the Gospel to our generation.  We just have to figure out how to do it, and then start.

From October 5-8, 2014, we will gather leaders, pastors, and church members from all over the world to celebrate our 14th Our Annual Gathering and Convention in Des Moines, IA. 

The focus of our gathering this year is “Reason for Hope”.  We have invited three keynote speakers who will each in their own way help us to consider how we might engage this culture with the Good News of Jesus Christ and his gracious love and atoning sacrifice:
  • Rev. Dr. Walter Sundburg, Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary
  • Rev. Margaret Manning, Speaker/Writer, RZIM
  • Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes, Professor of Theology, Grand View University

Our gathering will also include two worship services, morning Bible studies and singing, over 75 vendors, more than 30 breakout sessions and opportunities for fellowship and networking.

This year we will also have a chance to serve the hungry of the world, both here and abroad by participating in a meal packaging event on the Tuesday evening of our gathering.  If we can raise $80,000, gather 1000 people for two hours, we could put together 400,000 meals, a part of what it means to be “in Mission for Christ”!
 
Registration is now open at our website.  
 
Register Now!  |  Learn More  |   Meal Packaging Project Info
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LCMC Hosts Fall Retreat for Seminary Students http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-hosts-fall-retreat-for-seminary-students/a524.html Wed, 26 Mar 14 00:00:00 -0600 Seminarian Retreat during the weekend before the Annual Gathering

Throughout the weekend, seminarians will have the chance to: 
  • Meet fellow seminarians in LCMC
  • Ask questions about seminary, LCMC, first call, and pastoral family life
  • Gain wisdom and advice from a few pastors who have been there
  • Build relationships with your future colleagues in ministry
  • Relax at the beach or take a trip to Arnold's Park
It will take place October 3-5, 2014 at Riverside Bible Camp in Story City, Iowa. 

The retreat is for seminary students only.  (Sorry, seminaries and teachers, we'll see you in DesMoines on Sunday!)

Registration will be open later this spring. 
 
For more information, click here.  
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Meal Packaging Project Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/meal-packaging-project-update/a515.html Thu, 27 Feb 14 00:00:00 -0700 Annual Gathering in October.  
 
As of January, we have collectively raised $8,940.67 to be used for obtaining food, packaging materials and postage for the project. 
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Those wishing to make a donation to the project, or to download promotional flyers and posters to help promote the project, can do so by clicking here
 
We have also created a Facebook event page, titled "Two Hours. 1,000 People. 400,000 Meals.", to help make it easier for social media users to stay updated on the project and to share the event details with others. 
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LCMC-ers Celebrate Second Annual Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-ers-celebrate-second-annual-three-days-of-prayer/a518.html Sat, 01 Feb 14 00:00:00 -0700 Three Days of Prayer.  

For the second time in the association's history, LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig invited members of LCMC to start off the New Year with three consecutive days of prayer, focused on confession, petition and vision, and organized in any way that made sense to the participants.  

The goal?  To see LCMC become more and more a people of prayer. 

"We too often see prayer as the last resort, and even as an acknowledgement of defeat. But it is not! It is the greatest and most effective thing we can do," Rev. Vander Tuig said.  

Based on a survey conducted during the month of January, 52% of people who took part in the event this year were first-timers.  

Hosting prayer services or vigils and distributing prayer booklets proved to be the most popular methods for organizing the three days, and an effective way to encourage participation from congregation members.

One such congregation, Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Maple Lake, MN, distributed themed pamphlets to its members each day and hosted prayer vigils, which were attended by 45 people, each night. "People really enjoyed the prayer stations on "Petition Day", Pr. Culynn Curtis said.  "Although it was part of our worship service, these Lutherans got out of the chair, focused on an object and offered prayers of petition for themselves, family and friends, creation, the world, the hungry and homeless, and those in need of healing."

Over a third of the people surveyed also reported coming up with other creative ways to boost participation and emphasize the importance of prayer.  

"We offered a prayer clock to each person. These were distributed in the bulletin and via email from the pastor. The clock consisted of 3 areas of prayer for each hour of the day, " said Linda Lerum of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls, ID.  "We had three areas for prayer in each hour: One, to praise God for who He is using the attribute listed; Two, to thank God for what He has already done; and Three, to ask God for the needs listed on that hour, [at] which there was three requests: a person (staff), a ministry team, and a mission we support outside our walls."

For other LCMC-ers, the event was an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the power of prayer.

Hawley Lutheran Church of Hawley, MN encouraged participation by offering people a chance to submit written prayer requests and conducting a prayer walk.  "Prayer is intimidating to a lot of people, so our goal is to try to make our prayer experiences less intimidating; more practical,"  said Pastor Jeff Teeples.

Others thought even further outside the box, thinking up creative ways to help people with weekday commitments find time to participate.

Congregation members at First Lutheran Church of Washburn, ND were invited to lunch, complete with a speaker and time set aside for prayer, on each of the three days.  Many students and working people were able to attend the event on their lunch hour.  Judy Beaudry, who helped coordinate the event, enjoyed the fact that many of the congregation's younger families were able to attend.  

When asked what their favorite part of Three Days of Prayer was this year, 31% of people mentioned that they enjoyed praying together as a congregation and/or as part of LCMC as a whole.  Another 31% of people enjoyed the event's focus on Confession, Petition, and Vision.  

"I prayed on my knees each day.  It felt good to emphasize national and international concerns with other LCMC-ers who were doing the same," said, John Magness of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, TX.

Many others seemed to agree.  

"One participant said that it was so refreshing to pray together, they wished we could have a prayer service every month!  We will have to think about that," said Lila de Waal, a Diaconal Minister at Victory Lutheran Church in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.

"I personally felt an amazing presence of the Holy Spirit the moment I walked through the door.  All my cares, burdens, and worries were lifted and [this] allowed me to have peace.  It was awesome.  I felt 'blessed' to have this experience," said Rhonda Zingler of Gloria Dei Lutheran in Tomah, WI.  

Next year's Three Days of Prayer is set to take place from January 6-8, 2015.


"I think it is something that should continue year after year," said Pr. Frank Remski.  "It gives you a time of reflection and calmness."

As always, more information and additional resources can be found by clicking here.
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LCMC Announces Leadership Training Events for Spring 2014 http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-announces-leadership-training-events-for-spring-2014/a507.html Wed, 29 Jan 14 00:00:00 -0700
Pastor Steward will be joined by nationally known consultants and well-loved pastors Dr. Hal Seed (Dynamic Church Planting International), Pastor Paul Cross (Seguin, Texas), and worship leader, composer and presenter, Steve Young.

A complete schedule, details about speakers, area hotels, restaurants, beaches and on-line registration are available by clicking here.

Do your part to network with fellow pastors: invite a colleague to join you! See you there!

Calling all Certification Interviewers:

If you’re one of the heroes in the parish who volunteer to conduct certification interviews, or if you’re interested in joining those valuable ranks, plan now to join us on Saturday morning, May 17, 2014, following The “GO” Conference to discuss this important aspect of our Certification process.  We’ll network with one another, offer feedback on the process, and offer some further training and insights.  Stay tuned for further details.]]>
LCMC Service Coordinator to Present New Workshop Series http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-service-coordinator-to-present-new-workshop-series/a508.html Mon, 27 Jan 14 00:00:00 -0700 Rev. Mark Vander Tuig has created a new series of workshops designed to help as many members and leaders of LCMC congregations to make the paradigm shift from membership to discipleship as possible.

In each Congregational Workshop, he will present some Biblical concepts that will hopefully challenge, inspire and encourage our people to remember who we are as the Body of Christ and to whom we belong: Jesus.
 
Click Here to learn more.

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LCMC Announces New Board Members, Facebook Groups and Future Events http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-announces-new-board-members-facebook-groups-and-future-events/a471.html Mon, 04 Nov 13 00:00:00 -0700
The event served as an opportunity for "LCMC-ers" from all over the world to connect with one another, and reflect on this year's theme, "The Grace of Giving". 

Additionally, the association welcomed one new member to the Board of Trustees and two new members to the Ministry Board, established two new online discussion groups, and announced the details for its next two events. 

Board of Trustees & Ministry Board


Rev. Julie Smith
of Springfield, MN was elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees.  Newly appointed to the LCMC Ministry Board were Rev. Paul Owens of New Braunfels, TX and Rev. Sally Gausmann of York, PA.  (View Board & Staff Page)

New Online Discussion Groups


To help make it easier for those in LCMC who face similar challenges to be able to connect with one another, two new discussion groups were established via Facebook last month. 

LCMC: The Next Generation was created by a group of LCMC pastors and leaders in their 20s and 30s during this year's Annual Gathering as a place for young adults in LCMC to connect with one another, share resources, offer prayer and support, and plan activities. 

LCMC Clergy Spouses
is a discussion group which offers a place for the clergy spouses of LCMC to come together for prayer and support.

Three Days of Prayer


In his State of the Association speech, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced that our next association-wide event, Three Days of Prayer, will take place from January 7-9, 2014.  

2014 Annual Gathering


The details for LCMC's 14th Annual Gathering, "Defending the Faith", were also announced.  The event will take place from October 5-8, 2014 at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines, IA and feature a special meal packaging service project.  

"Our hope is to get 1,000 people to package meals on Tuesday night during our gathering," Rev. Mark Vander Tuig said.  "If we can do this, we could package 400,000 meals together in two hours."  To achieve this goal, we will need to raise $80,000 for supplies and shipping.  (Read More...)

Videos & Photos


Photo galleries, video presentations and downloadable copies of our past and present Annual Gathering Books can be found by visiting our Media & Downloads page.  

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http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/st-peterís-lutheran-to-host-missional-conference/a454.html Mon, 16 Sep 13 00:00:00 -0600 “Follow Me!: Living in the Mission of Christ” is a three-day missional event (Thursday, September 26 – Saturday, September 28) that will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and School (6168 Walmore Road, Sanborn, NY).  Sponsored by the Northeast District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), this event will include church planting training as well as a conference with seminars and resources for Christian congregations looking to become more mission-minded and focused on discipleship.  The Conference Speaker will be Pastor Dan Clites, LCMC Coordinator for New Ministry Development.
 
Pastor Clites will lead two seminars on church planting – two consecutive nights running from 6:30 – 9 PM.  On Thursday, September 26, “Discovery” training is intended for those people interested in learning about, or seeking preliminary training for, church planting.  On Friday, September 27, “Developing” training is intended for those people seeking to understand the nuts-and-bolts of church planting.
 
On Saturday, September 28, the missional conference will be held from 9 AM – 3 PM.  Seminars for the day include topics such as discipleship, starting new congregations, kingdom-minded churches, and community transformation.  Lunch will be provided.      
 
This event is free and open to Christian pastors, church leadership team members, ministry leaders, and other congregational members. 
 
For information and/or to register, please call Jonathan Haseley, Associate in Ministry of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, at (716) 731-4422.
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Members Invited to Share Photos for Annual Gathering Book http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/members-invited-to-share-photos-for-annual-gathering-book/a409.html Thu, 16 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 dictionary definition

Get your cameras ready, because it's time to share with LCMC what your congregation has been up to for the past year!
 
In celebration of our 13th Annual Gathering, themed "The Grace of Giving", our staff is inviting pastors, leaders, church members and staff from any and all LCMC congregations to share with us in a photograph what your congregation has done over the past year in order to reflect financial stewardship, generosity and discipleship.  
 
All photographs submitted to our office by Wednesday, July 31st will be considered by the LCMC Staff for possible inclusion in the design of the book that will be distributed at the Annual Gathering this October!

We are very much excited to see what is going on within the congregations of our association, and to incorporate these stories into the artwork of this year's Annual Gathering book.
 
Before you get started, please read through the requirements below.

What we're looking for: 
II Corinthians 8:1-7 -- We are interested in photographs taken by members, pastors, leaders or staff of any and all LCMC congregations that illustrate what your congregation is doing within itself, within its local community, or anywhere in the world to reflect "The Grace of Giving" and exemplify financial stewardship generosity and discipleship. 

What we're not looking for:  Pictures of buildings, but no people. 

Here are a few rules, guidelines and tips:

  1. Photo submissions will be taken from LCMC members until Wednesday, July 31st at 5:00 PM EST.  Due to early printer deadlines, any photos submitted after this date may be ineligible for consideration.
  2. Because chosen images will be used in a printed publication, please send only high quality images.  Very small or distorted images will not print clearly, and therefore we will be unable to include them.
  3. Acceptable file types are: JPG, GIF, TIFF and PNG.
  4. Any photo submitted must be an original work (owned by the individual or the congregation), and not the intellectual property of another party.  
  5. By submitting any photo(s), you agree that any images (and likeness or subject matter within) submitted may be used without compensation for the purposes described above.
  6. Photos must be submitted by congregations or associate members of LCMC.  
  7. Photo content must be relevant and in accordance with who we are and what we believe.
  8. Each photo submission must be accompanied by your name, the name and location of your congregation, and a brief description of the photograph. 
  9. Please note:  Due to space, time and other constraints, we are unable to guarantee the publication of each and every photograph submitted to us.

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Online Registration for Annual Gathering Now Open http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/online-registration-for-annual-gathering-now-open/a393.html Tue, 07 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 What would happen in your congregation if every household could give the first 10% back to God through the ministry of the local church? 
 
From October 6-9, 2013, come together with other pastors, leaders and church members from all over the world as Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ celebrates its 13th Annual Gathering, themed "The Grace of Giving", at the Adoba Hotel in historic Dearborn, MI.
 
This year’s annual gathering will give us a chance to think about how we can become more generous in our financial stewardship and more clear about our discipleship.  If we can recapture our commitment to making disciples, generosity will come!

Online registration is now open for all who wish to attend. Those who register early will receive:
  • The lowest possible registration fees from now through September 1
  • First dibs on tickets to our Tuesday night Dinner at the Henry Ford Museum event (we are expecting it to sell out fast!)
  • The peace of mind of no longer having it on that lengthy to-do list
Much more information on the event can be found here.  Additional details will be announced on our website as soon as they are available.

 
Info Updates:  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
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Prayer Warriors Wanted http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/prayer-warriors-wanted/a379.html Fri, 26 Apr 13 00:00:00 -0600 Please consider signing up to “bathe” our Annual Gathering in October with PRAYER

Thirty days before the Gathering, we would like to start our “Prayer Warriors” on a path of Prayer for a successful gathering.  Our intent is to shower the Staff, Participants, Volunteers and Speakers with prayer for a Spirit-filled, God-centered Gathering.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming months. 

I am looking for Volunteers to help with the logistics, format and coordination, and computer format help would be greatly appreciated. You may contact Pastor Ron Winslow at (419) 699-2500 or email pastorronzion111@gmail.com.

Thank You!



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LCMC and CALC Attend Breakforth Canada http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-and-calc-attend-breakforth-canada/a356.html Fri, 01 Feb 13 00:00:00 -0700 Why would anyone travel to the City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in January when temperatures can dip to -40 Fahrenheit?  

The answer: Breakforth Canada!  It is truly a unique event. There is nothing else like it in all of Canada, and maybe even North America. About 15,000 people, representing over 1,000 churches, from all over Canada, the US and the world gathered January 25-27 for Breakforth 2013.  Its aim is to equip and renew Christians.
 
In a demonstration of solidarity and partnership in mission above the 49th parallel, representatives from LCMC and the Canadian Association of Lutheran Congregations (CALC) participated in this year’s Breakforth.

The conference brought together internationally known Christian speakers including, Francis Chan, Kay Arthur, John Ortberg, David Nasser and Tony Nolan. The conference also brought together world class Christian recording artists who participated  in worship, which occurred twice each day.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights were capped by concerts.  On Friday night there were three concerts in three venues. Performers included the Christian band Casting Crowns, Christian rock band Building 429 and Christian comedian Bob Cates.  On Saturday night another three concerts were hosted in three venues. Performers included Kari Jobe, Brian Doerksen, Gary Park, Paul Baloche, a variety of up and coming Christian artists, the finalists in a Breakforth talent competition and Christian comedian Bob Cates. The concert for Sunday night  featured Peter Furhler, Phil Wickham and legendary Christian recording artist Amy Grant.

Participants could take part in any of 180 intensive workshops from Friday to Sunday. Topics covered included: Alpha, Bible Study Skills, Children’s Ministry, Creative Arts, Disability Ministry, Drums, Family Ministry, Gospel Music Industry, Healing Transformation, Hebraic Roots, Instrument Clinics, Justice, Leadership, Marriage, Men, Missions, Multimedia, Not-Evangelism, Parenting, Personal Finance, Prayer, Prophecy, Soaking, Social Media, Sound, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Renewal, Stewardship, Student Ministry, Video, Vocal, Women, Worldview and Worship Leadership.       

Breakforth was founded by Arlen Salte and his wife Elsa. Arlen is an award-winning Contemporary Christian Artist with a Lutheran background. His recordings are diverse and include rock, pop, instrumental, worship, folk and children’s music.  He has sold over 250,000 albums, making him one of the top selling Canadian Christian recording artists. He was rated as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people by Alberta Venture Magazine. The Gospel Music Association awarded Arlen a Lifetime Achievement Award  and National Promoter of the Year Award.  Arlen also received an award from the office of the Prime Minister of Canada for his contributions to family life.

Edmonton’s Shaw Center was Breakforth’s primary venue. It is located in the heart of  downtown Edmonton. The Assembly Level (where the main conference assemblies occurred) features 82,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space which seats about 10,000. About 70% of the building is built into the hillside above the North Saskatchewan River. The terrain  disguises how very large the building is. It is more than 10 stories in height from bottom to top. The various levels are connected by stairs and escalators which rise up and descend the equivalent of 10 stories. The up and down escalators are separated by cascading manmade waterfall features  and lush tropical plants. The water features and plants brought the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to mind.  Classes and events also took place in adjacent schools, hotels and church buildings.  

The event also included a massive Exhibit Hall. Vendors included, mission groups, Christian publishers, church camps, evangelistic ministries, artisans and Christian schools, universities and colleges. Each set up a display booth  and hosted guests. LCMC set up an informational booth hosted by Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator;  Sharon MacFadyen,  Director of Operations;  and Rev. Martha Nelson, Board Member.  Pastor Ed Skutshek, President of CALC, was invited to join them at the booth and  to provide information about CALC to those who came by. The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) also had a booth in the Exhibit Hall. NALC’s General Secretary, Mark Chavez and two Canadian Pastors from NALC churches manned their booth. Breakforth’s participants hail primarily from Evangelical Churches, that  is, non-Mainline denominations, including, Baptists, Pentecostals, Mennonites and many from the Reformed tradition.  We were presently surprised by the interest shown in the LCMC/CALC booth by those who attended the event.

This was the first time that representatives from LCMC or CALC participated in Breakforth and was therefore a great learning experience for us. We were all impressed by the magnitude of the event and how well it was organized. It is quite a feat to move some 15,000 people around. Close to 600 volunteers  wearing yellow, purple, blue and red “Breakforth” T-shirts helped shepherd participants to all the venues.

The consensus among those from CALC and LCMC that participated in the conference was that Breakforth is an important event. Both LCMC and CALC have   congregations in Western Canada. 16 of  CALC’s 21  congregations are located in the Province of Alberta, and the two adjoining provinces of Saskatchewan and British Columbia. LCMC has 4 congregations in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan  and one in British Columbia. Two of these seven congregations are dually rostered, that is, are members of CALC and LCMC. Members of many of these congregations attend Breakforth. A very visible presence of leaders from  LCMC and CALC at Breakforth may encourage  our member congregations to  network with  leadership from CALC and LCMC and one another. LCMC and CALC could intentionally plan an event or events especially for representatives of our congregations that attend Breakforth. The conference provides additional opportunities for us. Interest in Martin Luther is  on the rise among Evangelicals. It seems that speakers from all denominational backgrounds are increasingly quoting Dr. Martin Luther in their presentations. Breakforth may offer LCMC and CALC  the opportunity to provide information to an audience that is eager to learn more about  Martin Luther and our Lutheran Confessions.

On behalf of all of the congregations of CALC, I want to thank LCMC’s Board for permitting CALC to participate in Breakforth with you.   It is my hope and prayer that, in the months that follow, representatives from LCMC and CALC can brainstorm and find ways to use Breakforth as a venue for bringing Confessional Lutherans together and for sharing our faith as expressed in our Confessions with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Breakforth.  
 
 

In Christ’s service

Pastor Ed Skutshek
President, CALC      
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2012 Annual Gathering Videos Now Available Online http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2012-annual-gathering-videos-now-available-online/a355.html Thu, 31 Jan 13 00:00:00 -0700 The first of the 12th Annual Gathering videos from Denver have been posted online at our website, and can be found on our Video & Presentations page. 
 
To view additional videos from this and other events, please keep checking back regularly, as new presentation materials are added as they become available. 
 
Videos from the 2012 Annual Gathering will, in general, be posted in the following order:
  1. State of the Association
  2. Keynote Speakers*
  3. Preachers*
  4. Bible Study Leaders*
  5. Select Breakout Sessions

The editing process is quite time-consuming, however we do hope to get the remaining videos posted to our website as soon as possible.  Thank you again for your continued patience.

* Please Note:  Due to various technical difficulties, the following videos cannot be made available:

  • Rev. Phil Reimers
  • Rev. Reggie McNeal (part one only)
  • Rev. Sean Kelly

Should any of these videos become available to our staff, they will be posted here.


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LCMC to Host Church Council Workshops http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-host-church-council-workshops/a346.html Thu, 10 Jan 13 00:00:00 -0700 New for 2013, LCMC will be hosting a series of Church Council Workshops at LCMC congregations throughout the year.
 
Workshops will be led by Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, the Service Coordinator of LCMC, and focus on gathering church council members, leaders, and pastors to center our ministries on the Great Commission of Matthew 28.

For more information, click here, or check out our Events Calendar for scheduled dates and locations.
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Surplus LCMC Logo-Embroidered Apparel Now Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/surplus-lcmc-logo-embroidered-apparel-now-available/a338.html Thu, 06 Dec 12 00:00:00 -0700 For those interested in snagging some sweet new LCMC apparel for the holidays (or anytime), an array of surplus, logo-embroidered clothing items from October's Annual Gathering is up for grabs in a colorful assortment of styles and sizes. 
 
Supplies are first come, first serve, and limited to availability. 
 
For more information, please contact our administrative assistant, Cathy Nichol, via email at cathy@lcmc.net.
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Annual Gathering Registration, Hotel & Business Announcements http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-registration-hotel--business-announcements/a315.html Wed, 19 Sep 12 00:00:00 -0600
The LCMC 12th Annual Gathering is less than three weeks away!  With our biggest event of the year just around the corner, here are just a few updates and announcements regarding registration, hotel accommodations and business information.
 

Preregistration

For those who plan on attending the Annual Gathering, but have not yet registered, we highly recommend preregistering online (or by mail) as soon as possible.  The current registration rate of $140.00 per person for Annual Gathering visitors, church leaders, church members and voting delegates is still in effect until Tuesday, September 25After this date, the registration rate will increase to $160.00 per person.
 
If you are interested in attending the District Dinner Night on Monday, October 8 and/or the Ken Davis event on Tuesday, October 9, please be sure to indicate so on your advance registration form.  Space may be limited for these events, so advance registration is recommended.  For additional information about either event, please click here
 

Updated Hotel Information

Due to the fact that hotel accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel, Towne Place Suites and Sleep Inn DIA have already been booked, we have updated the Annual Gathering Lodging Information page to include a list of additional hotels that are located within a mile of the venue at which the event will be held. 
 

Voting Delegates

Our website has also recently been updated with detailed information for Voting Delegates from LCMC Congregations who will be attending this year's gathering.  This page contains frequently asked-for information, including what a voting delegate is, the topics to be voted on this year, and an outline of how the procedure works. 
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By-Law Changes to be Voted on at 12th Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/by-law-changes-to-be-voted-on-at-12th-annual-gathering/a309.html Mon, 13 Aug 12 00:00:00 -0600  LCMC was founded in March of 2001 and its constitution and by-laws approved in October of the same year. About three years ago, it was decided that we should review those original documents and make any necessary changes, additions and deletions. Our constitution and the “pastoral admonition” have not changed—they both continue to serve our association well.

However, in reviewing our by-laws, the team assigned to this task noticed a number of editorial inconsistencies and, in addition, there were a few things missing that needed to be included, primarily in Section 2.  The Board of Trustees has reviewed their work and has approved for your consideration
the proposed by-laws.

The by-laws, with the recommended changes and additions, are being sent to you and every LCMC congregation for your review.  The changes are highlighted so that you can see what is being recommended. These by-laws will then be voted upon at our Annual Gathering in Denver, Colorado, October 7-10. There is also a break out session dedicated to this topic that if you have interest you may attend.
 
Rules for changing by-laws are outlined in detail in the last section of the by-laws, section 9.01.
 
Thank you for your commitment to and partnership in the Gospel.  I believe that God is at work in our congregations, that the name of Jesus is being proclaimed and that the Holy Spirit is in fact calling, gathering, enlightening and sanctifying his people.  I believe that our association continues to be
true to our beginning: a commitment to the authority of Scripture, a desire to fulfill the Great Commission and living in the freedom of the Gospel.

I want to express thanks to all those who have worked so diligently on this task on behalf of our Board and all of our congregations.

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LCMC Announces September Missions Conference http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-announces-september-missions-conference/a306.html Thu, 02 Aug 12 00:00:00 -0600 This September, the Great Commission Lutherans of Northwest Iowa will host A Light for All Peoples!, a Missions Conference aimed at equipping pastors and church leaders with the skills to ignite a passion within their congregations for sharing God's mission beyond the walls of the church building.
 
Keynote speakers Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, Ethiopian Evangelist and NALC’s leader of World Mission, Rev. Ken Kimball, Dean of the Iowa Mission District of the NALC, and Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator of LCMC will take the stage at this two day event, which takes place September 28-29, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Church of Spencer, IA.
 
On Friday evening at 6:00 P.M., a forum designed for congregational leaders will be held.  Featuring all three keynote speakers, this session will offer pragmatic help to "lead congregations into mission".
 
Saturday's programming will feature discussion on local and world missions with Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, as well as an open forum with all three keynote speakers.
 
Those attending the conference will also have an opportunity to learn more about several missions organizations through breakout sessions and exhibit tables. 
 
Breakout sessions scheduled include:
  • John Spaulding – “Christians Meeting Muslims”
  • World Mission Prayer League
  • Rusty Bailey – Haiti
  • Ken Kimball – NALC Update and Information
  • David Lerseth – Madagascar Ministry
  • Kevin Grimes – Dream Center
  • Jan Turner – Cherish Center
  • Rod Quanbeck/Dan Antoine – Ingham/Okoboji
  • Julie Schieb – Discovery House
  • Mark Vander Tuig – LCMC Update and Information
 
The cost of registration is $20.00 per person.   To register for this event, please contact Faith Lutheran Church via email at  faithlutheran@smunet.net or call (712) 580-4316.
 
Additional details for this event will be announced as they become available.
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Last Day for A4C Photographs http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/last-day-for-a4c-photographs/a304.html Wed, 01 Aug 12 00:00:00 -0600 Throughout the month of July, the staff of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ has invited the members who make up our association to send us photographs depicting how they have been working as "Ambassadors for Christ" within their own congregations, within their community, or anywhere within the world.  
 
The goal?  To incorporate the personal stories of our own members, rather than stock art, to depict the theme of this year's Annual Gathering, Ambassadors for Christ, throughout the Big Book that will be distributed at this year's event in October.
 
Those who are still interested in contributing their photos for possible publication in the Annual Gathering Book are welcome to do so through the end of the day today by emailing their photographs and all accompanying information to kristy@lcmc.net.
 
If you haven't seen it yet, feel free to check out my previous blog post for a full list of guidelines and instructions for submitting your pictures.
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What in Haiti Are You Doing? http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/what-in-haiti-are-you-doing/a300.html Tue, 17 Jul 12 00:00:00 -0600
The Board of Trustees has scheduled a breakout session at the fall assembly for all of us who have the call to share in the Gospel work of Jesus Christ in Haiti. 

If your congregation is currently involved with doing mission work in Haiti, please send a brief bio of your mission work and a couple of pictures to be included in a slide presentation to be played at our breakout session. 

If you congregation is looking for mission partnership and has put Haiti on your heart, this is where you can come to hear how you can get involved.

Please send your information to:

Pr. Rusty Bailey

PO Box 123
Swea City, IA - 50590
pastorrusty@yahoo.com
 

See you in Denver!
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Don't Just Tell Us, Show Us! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/dont-just-tell-us-show-us/a297.html Mon, 02 Jul 12 00:00:00 -0600 Get your cameras ready! 

Design projects for the LCMC 12th Annual Gathering are currently underway, and to help illustrate this year's theme, Ambassadors for Christ, our staff is currently seeking photographs from our member congregations to be incorporated into the design of our Big Book, which will be distributed at the event this October.
 
Photo submissions are welcome from any and all LCMC congregations.  This includes congregations young and old, large and small, new and long-established. 
 
What we're looking for:  Photographs taken by staff, leaders or members of LCMC congregations that illustrate what your church is doing within itself, within its local community, or anywhere in the world to embrace being an Ambassador of Christ.  This includes, but is definitely not limited to:
  • Community service or community involvement projects
  • Missions trips or other related projects
  • Ministry or teaching programs
  • Creative endeavors (music, drama, artwork, etc.)
What we're not looking for:  A photo of your building.  Even if it's really cool. 
 
 
We are very much excited to see what is going on within the congregations of our association, and to incorporate these stories into the artwork of this year's Annual Gathering book.

Here are a few rules, guidelines and tips:

  1. Photo submissions will be taken from LCMC members until Wednesday, August 1 at 5:00 PM EST.  Due to early printer deadlines, any photos submitted after this date may be ineligible for consideration.
  2. Because chosen images will be used in a printed publication, please send only high quality images.  Very small or distorted images do not print clearly.
  3. Acceptable file types are: JPG, GIF, TIFF and PNG.
  4. Any photo submitted must be an original work (owned by the individual or the congregation), and not the intellectual property of another party.  
  5. By submitting any photo(s), you agree that any images (and likeness or subject matter within) submitted may be used without compensation for the purposes described above.
  6. Photos must be submitted by congregations or associate members of LCMC.  
  7. Photo content must be relevant and in accordance with who we are and what we believe.
  8. Each photo submission must be accompanied by your name, the name and location of your congregation, and a brief description of the photograph.
  9. Please note:  Due to space, time and other constraints, we are unable to guarantee the publication of each and every photograph submitted to us.
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Annual Gathering Registration Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-registration-now-open/a278.html Sat, 02 Jun 12 00:00:00 -0600 Registration for the 12th LCMC Annual Gathering, "Ambassadors for Christ", is now open at our website, and those who plan on attending the gathering are encouraged to register for the event in advance.
 
Church leaders, church members, voting delegates from LCMC congregations and visitors choosing to submit their registration forms by September 1, 2012 will receive a special Early Bird Registration rate of $120.00 per person.
 
Single-day visitors are $60.00 per person and seminarians may attend free of charge.
 
Those who plan to purchase tickets for District Dinner Night on Monday evening or dinner and "Lighten Up" with Ken Davis on Tuesday should indicate so on their advance registration form to ensure a ticket for either event, as space may be limited.
 
The gathering will take place October 7-10, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel & Convention Center in Denver, CO.
 
For more information on the event, click here.
 
To register online now, or find a printable mail-in version of the registration form, click here.
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Online Registration to Open for Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/online-registration-to-open-for-annual-gathering/a275.html Thu, 24 May 12 00:00:00 -0600 Planning for the LCMC 12th Annual Gathering this October has been underway for quite sometime, and we are pleased to announce that registration for the event will be open to the public shortly.
 
The gathering, which is set to take place from October 7-10, 2012, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, CO.
 
Members of the association should be receiving their printed registration packet in the mail within the next few days, and the LCMC staff plans to open online registration at our website by the end of next week. 
 
Church leaders, church members, visitors and voting delegates from LCMC congregations registering before Saturday, September 1 will receive a special reduced rate of $120.00, with the cost of registration increasing after that date.
 
The cost of attending for single-day visitors is $60.00, and current seminary students may attend the gathering free of charge.
 
All registration fees are per person and include dinner on Sunday evening and lunches on Monday and Tuesday.
 
As in the past, tickets for special event dinners, which will be held on Monday and Tuesday, are available for purchase at the time of registration. 
 
Those interested in taking part in either dinner are encouraged to purchase their tickets at the time of registration, as seating for either event may be limited. 
 
For more information on the 12th Annual Gathering, click here.
 
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Annual Gathering Registration to Open Soon http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-registration-to-open-soon/a236.html Mon, 23 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 With the 2012 Annual Gathering just a few months away, we should be ready to have registration for the event officially open within the next couple of weeks. 
 
The festivities will take place from October 7-10 in Denver, CO.
 
Those interested in attending the event will have the ability to register for the event online at our website or the old fashioned way, via mail.  
 
Please continue to check our blog (or your mailboxes) for further announcements regarding registration, accommodations, breakout sessions and more.
 
Additional details regarding the Annual Gathering are available at our website under the "Events" menu or by clicking here.
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Leadership Conference Video Online http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-video-online/a225.html Wed, 04 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600  
For those of you who plan on attending this year's Leadership Conference, the registration deadline of April 11th will be upon us in one week! 
 
If you have not yet registered and still plan on attending, please be sure to let us know by sending us your completed registration form ASAP.
 
For those of you who are unable to make it to Fargo this year, we do have plans to make video from the conference available on our website.
 
While we will not be streaming video live, as we did for the 2011 Annual Gathering, the presentations will be included in our Video & Media Blog.
 
The videos should be available for viewing within a few weeks of the conference.
 
We will make an announcement when they are posted.
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LCMC's Kip Tyler to Speak at International Conference http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmcs-kip-tyler-to-speak-at-international-conference/a207.html Sun, 01 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 Kip TylerThe Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) (www.eecmy.org) hosts its second international conference this April, and LCMC Board of Trustees Chair Kip Tyler will be speaking at the event.

Members of LCMC are invited to come together and connect with other Lutherans from all over the world at the Second International Mission and Theological Conference.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Lutheran Theologians and church leaders from over twelve countries including Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, England, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania, USA and more!

Theological educators, bible school teachers, Synod presidents, key synod leaders, pastors, theological students (undergraduate and graduate school students) evangelists and other lay and ordained church leaders are all welcome to attend.

This six day intercultural conference takes place from April 21-26, 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and includes presentations by:

  • Kip Tyler
  • John Bradosky
  • President Idossa
  • Michael Bradly
  • Various leaders from locations in Europe and Tanzania

The event will be primarily focused on equipping, encouraging and empowering church leaders to serve in their mission field in this day and age, wherever that may be.

For questions regarding the conference and to register, please email Rachel Sosebee at rsosebee@thenalc.org or call (614) 777-5709.

Please contact Mr. Endalkachew (Endy) Kidanewold by calling (919) 201-1637 for air travel and hotel information.

Printable event flyers and further details for this event are available in the downloadable PDF documents below.

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Important Leadership Conference Announcements http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/important-leadership-conference-announcements/a221.html Tue, 20 Mar 12 00:00:00 -0600 logoOur annual Leadership Conference in Fargo, ND is just around the corner.
 
With less than a month until the event begins,  we'd like to make a few important announcements for those of you who are interested in this year's conference.

Hotels

For those of you who still plan on attending and have not yet booked your hotel room, please be advised that the deadline for doing so at a reduced rate is soon approaching.
 
The hotels listed on our website have each reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate for those who plan on attending our conference next month.
 
We have recently been advised to inform any interested Leadership Conference participants who have not yet booked a hotel room but still plan on attending this event that these accommodations will only be available for one more week.
 
While attendees will still be able to reserve rooms in or near Fargo during the time of the conference after this date, it is highly likely that the rate for each room will increase.

Registration

As a general reminder, the deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 11, 2012
 
If you have not yet registered for the Leadership Conference and still plan on attending, we ask that you please send us your registration information and payment of $60 per person at your earliest convenience.
 
Processing our registrations on time will allow us to plan the best possible experience for our guests.
 
Registration is available online at our website, or by printing and mailing us your completed registration form.

Sunday Evening Activities

While earlier Leadership Conference announcements listed the event as April 16-18, 2012, please note that there are additional activities planned for Sunday April 15.
 
We will be meeting at Atonement Lutheran Church beginning at 5:30 PM on Sunday for opening registration as well as a chance to catch up and get acquainted with one another.
 
The evening will wrap up with worship music at 7:00 PM, followed by dessert and coffee at 8:00 PM.
 

Leadership Conference Videos

If you are unable to attend this year's Leadership Conference, but are still interested in listening to one or more of the presentations, you're in luck.
 
This year, we do have plans to make video from our conference available online at our website.
 
As there are several hours of work that will go in to creating each video, these videos may not be available until several weeks after the conference.
 
We will announce further details on our Leadership Conference videos as they become available.

 
 
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Events Made Easy! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/events-made-easy/a198.html Mon, 12 Dec 11 00:00:00 -0700 Good news, everybody!

There is now a way to submit events for the LCMC calendar directly through our website!

To do so, simply find the "Submit an Event" page listed under the Events menu, or click here. From there, all you have to do is fill out the form and submit it.

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First Annual Gathering Videos Posted! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/first-annual-gathering-videos-posted/a186.html Fri, 28 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 Good news, everybody!

Videos from the first two talks at the 11th Annual Gathering are finished and posted.

Feel free to check them out here. You can also find them on our website under Annual Gathering > Annual Gathering Presentations.

I will be posting the rest of this year's Annual Gathering videos as I finish them, so check back regularly. I am hoping to have more finished next week.

 

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11th Annual Gathering Videos Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/11th-annual-gathering-videos-update/a183.html Tue, 25 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 I am happy to announce that I have received the video files from the 2011 Annual Gathering.

I plan on uploading these videos to our website and our YouTube page as soon as the files are done being edited.

Please keep in mind that the video editing process can be quite time-consuming, so it may take a while for me to be able to get all of the content put together and onto the internet.

I still have some technical difficulties to work out with this project, but I hope to get everything posted to our site in the near future, and will be working hard to make sure that I am able to do so.

Again, I thank you all for your patience.

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Upcoming Youth Events http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/upcoming-youth-events/a179.html Mon, 17 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 For those of you who are interested in finding out more about Youth Encounter, I have created a page on our website under Networking > Partners to make it easier to find information about events for the national youth ministry program. You can also view the page at the following link: www.lcmc.net/youth-encounter/460.html.

Youth Encounter events for the upcoming year have also been added to our LCMC Calendar.

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11th Annual Gathering Videos http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/11th-annual-gathering-videos/a181.html Wed, 12 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 In response to the high volume of email requests that we have been receiving regarding video coverage of the presentations made at the LCMC 11th Annual Gathering, let me first apologize that it is taking a bit longer than expected to get these items posted to our website.

Rest assured, we are working hard to ensure that video content will be made available on our website and on our YouTube page as soon as possible.

The video editing process can often be quite time-consuming and bring with it many technical difficulties, so I thank you in advance for your patience regarding this matter.

For those of you who are anxious to see some of the presentations from Des Moines, I have some good news for you. Until we can get the Annual Gathering coverage uploaded to our site, the videos are temporarily being hosted at the following link: http://www.livestream.com/markeysav/folderhttp://www.livestream.com/markeysav/folder.

Again, thank you for your patience.

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Annual Gathering :: Wednesday Wrap-Up http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--wednesday-wrap-up/a173.html Thu, 06 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 The LCMC 11th Annual Gathering concluded in the early afternoon on Wednesday, October 5.

Bible Study Leader Rev. Carl Billings of Discover Church was the first to present on Wednesday morning.

His talk was followed by a presentation by Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Gemechis D. Buba, Missions Director of the North American Lutheran Church.

"Buba really set the tone well," commented Robert Thompson, who was in the audience during the morning program.

After a half-hour break, the fourth and final day of the gathering concluded with a closing worship service, during which Rev. Jaynan Clark preached a sermon.

As the festivities in Des Moines came to a close, people were eager to share their feedback on this year's experience with the LCMC staff.

"It's been uplifting," commented Donna Thompson of the 11th Annual Gathering as a whole.

"All in all, I thought it was a positive experience," said Kathy Williams of Minneapolis, who was a first-time attender of the event.  "I thought the speakers were excellent.  I feel inspired, and I feel the need to take that back with me."

"I come to these things to get recharged," said Rev. Mark Schimmel, who is a seasoned participant of LCMC Annual Gatherings.

In addition to inspiration, those who attend also enjoy the opportunity to reunite with old friends and connect with new people.

"I love the camaraderie here.  That's the most important part to me.  It's almost like a big family reunion," Rev. Schimmel said.

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AWAKEN Performs at Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/awaken-performs-at-annual-gathering/a172.html Wed, 05 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 AWAKEN Ministries performance at The PlexAttenders of the Annual Gathering joined together at the Polk County Convention Complex on Tuesday October 4 for dinner and a dramatic performance by AWAKEN Ministries.

The dramatic ministry group, mainly comprised of college students, acts out the story of God to contemporary music.

More unique, the actors of AWAKEN carry out their entire performance without the use of words.

As people piled into the The Plex's auditorium on Tuesday, many had no idea what to expect.

Just before the start of the performance, members of the audience were asked to keep the aisles between seats clear, to take anything that they were handed, and to eat any food they were given.

It was on this note that the presentation began.

While AWAKEN's presentation heavily involved the use of mime, choreographed battles and interactivity with the audience enhanced the experience for those who came to watch.

Also unique to AWAKEN's performance was the use of a character donning a gray shirt, a representation of the viewer and his own struggles in life.

From beginning to end, the focus of the audience was kept not on any single aspect of the performance, but on God Himself.

The drama concluded with a standing ovation from the audience.

Many members of the crowd blotted tears from their cheeks while they cheered.

"I thought it was fantastic," said Theodore Rice, who was in the audience that evening."Everything kept building and building and each scene just fit together."

"It was fabulous," agreed Sharon Rice."The best part was they way they staged the ending and Jesus' resurrection."

Cathy Pannkuk, a first-time attender of the LCMC Annual Gathering, enjoyed the performance as well.

 

"I thought it was very enjoyable," Pannkuk said."It's amazing how they did it without using words.It's also encouraging to see young people involved in ministry like this.

 

The performers and crew from AWAKEN also appeared to be fired-up after the performance.

When asked what she enjoys most about being a member of the group, actor Emily Miller said, "I think it's an awesome opportunity to share the Gospel in an unconventional way and to a new audience every single time."

"It was really awesome being here," said Jon Anenson, who formed AWAKEN Ministries in 2005 while working as a member of the staff at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City, IA.

Anenson spent eight summers at Riverside, where the mime-style drama began in the 1980s as part of the weekly programming.

He said that his idea to form AWAKEN was a response to the popularity of Riverside's "mime drama" program.

Since the program's beginnings, Anenson reports putting on performances for approximately 13,000 people in 63 venues across four states.

The team is based in Des Moines, Iowa and generally tours the Midwest from February through April, thanks to financial support provided by donors and local congregations.

"Our mission," said Anenson, "is to "AWAKEN" hearts to the story of the Gospel."

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Annual Gathering :: Tuesday Highlights http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--tuesday-highlights/a171.html Tue, 04 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 The 2011 LCMC Annual Gathering continued into Tuesday, October 4 with a full day's worth of programming.

Attenders of the event appeared to be in high spirits throughout the course of the day.

Rev. David Preus and Rev. TJ Anderson addressed the crowd on Tuesday morning.

The day continued with a presentation on international focus efforts and business announcements, followed by the last two time slots for breakout sessions.

Delegates from LCMC congregations met later that afternoon for area caucuses and the election of Board members.

Rev. Becky Lee and Rev. Martha Nelson were both re-elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees for another three year term.

The evening concluded with dinner and dessert at the Polk County Convention Complex, followed by dramatic portrayal of the story of the Gospel by AWAKEN Ministries.

At the end of the evening, Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Assistant, and Sharon MacFadyen, LCMC Director of Operations, reported walk-in registrations for twenty one individuals for the day.

The four-day event will conclude on Wednesday afternoon.

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Annual Gathering :: Monday Recap http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--monday-recap/a170.html Mon, 03 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 The LCMC 11th Annual Gathering continued Monday, October 3 at the Polk County Convention Complex with a full day of music, meetings, presentations and time to socialize.

Social TimeThe registration table opened at 8:00 AM and received approximately 25 walk-ins over the course of the day.

Reverend Elisa Ashley of Redeemer in Mission for Christ and keynote speaker Reverend Greg Ogden of Christ Church addressed the crowd during the morning program.

Attendees were presented with announcements and business information following a 12:00 PM lunch.

The first breakout session of the gathering took place at 4:30 PM and was followed by meetings for various area caucuses.

Annual Gathering participants then met up with others from their respective districts for dinner at 6:00 PM to wrap up the evening.

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Annual Gathering :: Sunday Evening Synopsis http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--sunday-evening-synopsis/a169.html Sun, 02 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 The PlexSunday, October 2 marked the first day of the 2011 Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Annual Gathering, the eleventh of its kind.

The event, which is being held at the Polk County Convention Complex (The Plex) in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, will take place for three more days, wrapping up on Wednesday afternoon.

Today's festivities began with registration at 4:00 PM, followed by dinner at The Plex.

The evening continued with an opening worship service, which was preached by Reverend Bill Bohline of Hosanna! Lutheran Church.

The evening commenced with desserts and fellowship time at The Plex.

According to Sharon MacFadyen, Director of Operations for LCMC, approximately 1,100 people pre-registered for the Annual Gathering this year.

Sunday Dinner"They were just flying in today," said LCMC Administrative Assistant Cathy Nichol, who helped handle registration for the event.

Nichol reports thirty-eight at-the-door registrations for day one of the gathering.

Day two of the Annual Gathering will begin at 8:00 AM tomorrow and feature singing and Bible study led by Reverend Elisa Ashley, a presentation by keynote speaker Reverend Greg Ogden, and the first installment of the Annual Gathering Breakout Sessions.

Interested in seeing more photos from the 11th Annual Gathering? Click here to view the photo gallery.

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LCMC to Stream Annual Gathering Live http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-stream-annual-gathering-live/a167.html Sat, 01 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 Greetings from Des Moines!

The LCMC 11th Annual Gathering is just around the corner, and we're excited to get the ball rolling for this year's event, which will take place from Sunday through Wednesday at the Polk County Convention Complex here in Des Moines.

We are happy to announce, for those of you who will be unable to attend this year's conference, that we are planning to stream coverage of the Annual Gathering live right here on our new website.

Interested in checking it out? Just visit www.lcmc.net/live at the time of the event to see what's going on. We'll also be placing a link to the video feed on the homepage of our site for easy access.

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Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended for Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/early-bird-registration-deadline-extended-for-annual-gathering/a74.html Wed, 31 Aug 11 00:00:00 -0600 If you still haven't registered for the 2011 Annual Gathering in Des Moines, we have extended the deadline for Early Bird Registration until September 9, 2011.

The Early Bird special is still $90.00 for LCMC Congregational Delegates, Associate Members and others.

While this change has not been reflected in our printable registration form, the extension date for this special will be in effect for gathering-goers who decide to register online or by mail.

For those of you who have been having problems with online registration, we have made improvements to this section of the website. You can access both versions of the registration form by clicking here.

Also, on behalf of everyone on the LCMC staff, I would like to thank all of you for your patience as we continue to work out some of the bugs on our new site. It is our goal to make our website as user-friendly as possible, and we are working hard to make sure that this goal is met.

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LCMC to Host New Ministry Workshop following Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-host-new-ministry-workshop-following-annual-gathering/a73.html Mon, 29 Aug 11 00:00:00 -0600 A workshop designed to gather at least one pastor and one leader from each of our new ministries will take place at Zion Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa following the Annual Gathering.  
 
This workshop is designed for all LCMC congregations that have formed within the past five years, and will include discussions oh how LCMC can best support, encourage and help develop its newest member congregations.  
 
There will also be networking opportunities for participants.  
 
For additional information and to register, please click here
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