LCMC Blog [Annual Gathering 2021 series] http://lcmc.net/blog/feed?series=24 Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us LCMC Just Held Its 21st Annual Gathering & Convention - Here's Everything You Need to Know http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-just-held-its-21st-annual-gathering--convention---heres-everything-you-need-to-know/a958.html Mon, 11 Oct 21 00:00:00 +0000 445 people attended Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ's 21st Annual Gathering & Convention, held October 3-6, 2021 at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Hilliard, OH.  

The total number of in-person attendees included 280 voting delegates, 76 members, all eight board of trustees members, and five members of the LCMC staff. 

"Speak It, Live It, Share It" was the theme for the event, which focused on exploring some practical ways in which the Gospel can be spoken, lived, and shared in one's everyday life. 

Katie Borden leads worshipProgramming began on Sunday evening with an opening worship service preached by Steve Turnbull, the senior pastor of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, along with Katie Borden serving as this year’s worship leader.  

Morning Bible study was led by Erik Anderson, the discipleship pastor at New Life Lutheran Church.  

Pastors Jeremey King of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and Nathan Hoff of Trinity Lutheran Church keynoted the event on Monday morning. 

Ebassa Berhanu speaks during a breakout sessionMike Bradley presented his service coordinator's report on Monday afternoon, which was followed by the first of three breakout sessions. 

As programming wrapped up for the evening, attendees had the opportunity to attend a fellowship dinner or get connected with one the various districts and fellowships in LCMC. 

Tuesday morning's programming featured keynote speaker Jenn Alexander, the worship and speaking pastor at Hosanna Church, followed by a panel discussion on ministry featuring LCMC Coordinator for Districts and Fellowships Julie Smith, Upper Arlington Lutheran Church’s Director of Children’s Ministry Andrea Taphorn, and Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Nathan Hoff.  

Perry Fruhling, the LCMC coordinator for pastoral ministry, recognized and prayed for the pastors, seminarians, and congregations in LCMC on Tuesday afternoon. 

LCMC Board of Trustees membersDuring the business session, Jeremey King (Area 1), Jonathan Anderson (Area 2), Susan Gunderson (Area 4), Jason Eliot (Area 7), and Cindy Glessner (At Large) were elected to serve on the LCMC Board of Trustees.

The current board members are:

  • Jonathan Anderson (Area 2) – Secretary
  • Jason Eliot (Area 7)
  • Randy Freund (Area 3) – Chair
  • Cindy Glessner (At Large) – Treasurer
  • Susan Gunderson (Area 4) – Vice Chair
  • Jeremey King (Area 1)
  • Brodie Taphorn (Area 5)
  • Darrin Vick (Area 6)

The event wrapped up on Wednesday morning with a keynote presentation by LCMC Service Coordinator Mike Bradley, followed by a closing worship service preached by Gabrielle Arland, the student ministry director at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. 

The association’s next Annual Gathering & Convention will take place October 2-5, 2022 at Hosanna Church in Lakeville, MN. 

The following upcoming events were also announced:

  • Youth Leadership Webinars: ongoing monthly, online via Zoom [More Info...]
  • 10th Annual Three Days of Prayer: July 4-6, 2022 in your congregation [More Info...]
  • National Youth Event: July 19-22, 2022 at Grand View University (Des Moines, IA) [More Info...]
  • District and Fellowship Leaders Retreat: June 14-16, at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles, IL [More Info...]

Those who participated in this year’s Annual Gathering are invited and encouraged to share their thoughts by completing our evaluation form.  All responses received by the October 22 deadline date will be reviewed by the staff and board of trustees in upcoming meetings.  We appreciate your feedback!

Annual Gathering Media

  • VIDEOS:  The LCMC staff plans to update the LCMC website (go to Events > Media > Videos & Podcasts) and mobile app with edited videos of this year’s Annual Gathering & Convention speakers by winter 2022.  If you would like to be notified when new videos become available, please be sure you’re subscribed to our monthly e-newsletter.  A playlist of the livestreams is temporarily available at ualc.org/lcmc2021
     
  • BOOKS:  Downloadable copies of our Annual Gathering book can be found on our website under Events > Media > Annual Gathering Books or by clicking here.  
     
  • PHOTOS:  For additional photos from the event, be sure to check out our official Facebook page, and search the hashtag #LCMC21AG on social media. 

Just for Fun...

We asked those who follow the LCMC Facebook page what they enjoy most about LCMC Annual Gatherings.  Here are a few of their responses:

  • "Reconnecting with dear friends and colleagues as we share the joys and heartaches of ministry. As Julie said “every pastor needs a pastor” and LCMC Gathering provides that, as we encourage and preach the promise to one another. See y’all in MN next year." – Andrea Paulson
     
  • "The speakers were great. The focus on the Kingdom and as a new person to the LCMC knowing I found a home!" – Mary Arfmann
     
  • "The Gospel! The people and the presence of Christ which is joy! The priority of Bible, the prayers, the humor and deep love of God and each other. Spiritual Direction was a nice touch. Thank you to everyone who put 2021 Annual Gathering together." – Joseph Beal
     
  • "Practical teachings and fellowship with others." – Bryan Anderson
     
  • "I love the speakers, but the fellowship and networking is great. Those are conversations that are invaluable." – Eric Hullstrom
     
  • "Meeting people with similar passions." – Mark Loche

 

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Watch Live - 21st Annual Gathering & Convention http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/watch-live---21st-annual-gathering--convention/a957.html Fri, 01 Oct 21 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC's 21st Annual Gathering & Convention, a four day event featuring speakers, worship, fellowship, Bible study, vendors, and networking, will kick off this Sunday, October 3. 

Registration for the event has closed early due to space limitations caused by construction delays at the venue, however a livestream option will still be available on our website beginning with opening worship on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. EDT

For those who are tuning in via livestream, a copy of the schedule is available on our website (go to Events > Annual Gathering > Schedule) as well as in our 2021 Annual Gathering book.  All times listed on the schedule are in the Eastern Time Zone. 

The event wraps up on Wednesday, October 6 at 11:00 A.M. EDT after the closing worship service as ended. 

The LCMC staff plans to make edited videos of this year's speakers available for streaming online and in our app by winter 2022.  Those who would like to be notified when new videos become available may subscrible to our monthly e-newsletter by clicking here

Reviewing, editing, and cataloging our Annual Gathering videos can sometimes be a time-consuming process.  Your patience while we work to make this happen is very much appreciated! 

In the meantime, a playlist of the livestreams can temporarily be found here


This article has been updated to include the YouTube link for the livestream. 

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Registration for the Annual Gathering is Closed http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/registration-for-the-annual-gathering-is-closed/a955.html Thu, 16 Sep 21 00:00:00 +0000 Due to construction delays, the main sanctuary space at UALC will not be ready for use by the time the Annual Gathering is going to start on Sunday, October 3, 2021. We must move to a much smaller space, hence closing registration for the Annual Gathering this year.

All registrations received through Thursday, September 16, 2021, have been confirmed.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept walk-in registrations. If you do not have a confirmed registration, we will not be able to make an exception due to space limitations.

We regret the frustration and disappointment that capping the registration will cause for you.  We thank you for understanding.

Livestreaming will be available starting with opening worship on Sunday, October 3 at 7:00 P.M. EDT.  More information on how to access the livestream will be available on our Annual Gathering page in October. 


This article has been edited to include the reason for capacity limits at the event and an update on registration confirmations.

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Now Closed - 21st Annual Gathering & Convention Registration http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/now-closed---21st-annual-gathering--convention-registration/a953.html Tue, 07 Sep 21 00:00:00 +0000 Registration is now closed for the 2021 Annual Gathering & Convention

Due to space limitations at the venue, we have closed registration and can no longer accept new registrations for the event. 

We look forward to a great event and will be live streaming, so if you are not able to attend in person, you are welcome to participate online. 

More information on how to access the livestream will be available on our Annual Gathering page (Events > Annual Gathering), and on the LCMC Facebook page, in October.  As you are making your plans, do note that all times listed on the schedule are in local time (EDT) for Columbus, OH.

A digital copy of this year's Annual Gathering book will also be available on our website (Events > Media) and in the LCMC app once the event is underway.

The staff and board of trustees appreciate your understanding!

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Annual Gathering and Convention Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-and-convention-update/a950.html Wed, 25 Aug 21 00:00:00 +0000 LCMC's 21st Annual Gathering & Convention begins October 3 at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Hilliard, OH.  Each year, the event serves as an opportunity for people across the association to gather together for a time of fellowship, networking, worship, speakers, and more.

Registration for the event has closed. 

If you are unable to attend in person this year, don't worry, we will still be livestreaming the event each day.  More information on how to access the livestream will be available on our Annual Gathering page (Events > Annual Gathering), and on the LCMC Facebook page, in October. 

As you are making your plans, do note that all times listed on the schedule are in local time (EDT) for Columbus, OH.

A digital copy of this year's Annual Gathering book will also be available on our website (Events > Media) and in the LCMC app once the event is underway.


This article has been edited to indicate that registration for the event is closed as of 9/7/2021. 

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We Need Your Help! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/we-need-your-help/a945.html Wed, 14 Jul 21 00:00:00 +0000 Hello everyone!

I’m writing to you to ask for your help with our upcoming Annual Gathering & Convention. We’ve all been through a lot since early 2020, and we’ve had to go through much of that time without being able to gather together in person, but now it’s time.

It’s time to gather again in the same place at the same time with the Lord and one another. It’s time to come together to worship the Lord, to encourage each other, exhort one another, and pray for our sisters and brothers. It’s time to rekindle relationships we already have and be surprised at the new ones God has waiting for us as we gather at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Hilliard, OH from October 3-6

There is a growing sense of anticipation and excitement for many as they look forward to coming together again. We share that anticipation and excitement as a staff but to make this time together the best it can be we need your help.

Planning and hosting a gathering like this involves hundreds of details, details which are difficult to plan for if we do not know how many people will be attending. It would be a big help to us if you’d go online today and register for the LCMC Annual Gathering.  As a reminder, the discounted rate will be available through August 15. 

Thank you for taking the time to help us out in this way.

We look forward to seeing you in person this October!

Mike Bradley
Service Coordinator, LCMC

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Register Now! - 21st Annual Gathering and Convention http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/register-now---21st-annual-gathering-and-convention/a932.html Tue, 06 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 “Speak It, Live It, Share It” is the theme of our 21st Annual Gathering & Convention, which will take place October 3-6, 2021 at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Hilliard, OH, and registration is officially open!  

Keynote speakers Jeremey King, Nathan Hoff, Jenn Alexander, Julie Smith, Andrea Taphorn, and Mike Bradley will take the stage to help us uncover some practical ways in which we can speak, live, and share the Gospel in our everyday lives, as well as how the association can help support our congregations to be able to do so.

Steve Turnbull and Gabrielle Arland will preach the opening and closing worship services, and Erik Anderson will serve as our Bible study leader each morning.  

Throughout the four day event, participants will also have the opportunity to join together in worship with other LCMC-ers from across the country, connect with mission and ministry organizations in our vendor area, take part in up to three breakout sessions, and enjoy time for fellowship and networking.  

The cost to register is $200 per person for those who sign up by the “early bird” deadline of August 15.  All registration fees include program, dinner and dessert on Sunday, plus lunch on Monday and Tuesday.  

This year’s event will also be live streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.  More detailed information on how to access the live stream will be available on the Annual Gathering page of our website in October.

For more information and to register, click here. 

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