A total of 763 people joined together in Omaha from September 29 - October 2, 2019 for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ’s 19th Annual Gathering and Convention.
The total number of participants included 440 delegates, 190 church members, 24 seminarians, 49 vendors, 2 speakers, 8 members of the Board of Trustees, 6 LCMC staff members, and 44 guests who were non-members of LCMC.
The event kicked off with dinner on Sunday evening, followed by an opening worship service preached by Andrea Paulson, Associate Pastor of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Hastings, NE).
Greg Finke, Executive Director of dwelling114.org, and Grace Johnson, Education Administrator at The Master's Institute Seminary, keynoted this year’s event, which focused on inspiring our congregations to “Listen Up!” to God’s calling on our lives, His calling on the people around us, and the callings and challenges that face us across generations.
Bible studies were led each morning by Jim Cords, who serves at Desert Hope Lutheran Church (Tucson, AZ) and on the LCMC Ministry Board.
Over the course of the four day event, participants also took part in fellowship meet-ups, and breakout sessions, networked, plus had the chance to connect with dozens of the mission and ministry organizations who participated as vendors.
In his Service Coordinator Report on Monday afternoon, Mark Vander Tuig announced his retirement in 2020, as well as new working relationships with people in Brazil and Norway.
Also announced were three upcoming events for 2020:
- Three Days of Prayer - January 7-9 in Your Congregation
- Youth Event - July 21-24 in Des Moines, IA
- 20th Annual Gathering - October 4-7 in Arden Hills, MN
You can download and view the slides from the Service Coordinator Report by clicking here.
LCMC staff members Dan Clites and Perry Fruhling recognized those who were celebrating significant anniversaries of ordination, new congregations and pastors, military chaplains, seminarians, and church planters on Tuesday afternoon.
On Tuesday evening, a concert was offered featuring Rachel Scott, a singer, songwriter, and worship leader from Omaha. For more information on Rachel and to view a copy of the music she recently wrote for LCMC, click here.
On Wednesday morning, the assembly joined Mark Vander Tuig in thanking Julie Smith and Steve Hagler for their service on the LCMC Board of Trustees and welcoming two newly elected members, Jonathan Anderson (Area 2) and Randy Freund (Area 3).
The current LCMC Board of Trustees consists of Brodie Taphorn (Area 5 - Chair), Jason Eliot (Area 7 - Vice Chair), Darrin Vick (Area 6 - Secretary), Jeff Wold (At Large - Treasurer), Jonathan Anderson (Area 2), Randy Freund (Area 3), Susan Gunderson (Area 4), and Jeremey King (Area 1).
After the election results were announced, a panel discussion on ministry was held featuring Becky Hand (Pastor at Life in Grace Lutheran Church, Odessa, TX), Jody Skogen (Pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, IA), Aaron Thompson (Seminarian from Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, Columbus, OH), and John Waak (Pastor at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Giddings, TX).
The event wrapped up on Wednesday morning with a closing worship service preached by Jonathan Haseley, East Campus Pastor of Lutheran Church of the Master (Omaha, NE).
Just in case you were not able to catch the live stream of this year’s event, LCMC plans to have videos of this year’s speakers available in our mobile app and on our website (under Events > Media > Videos & Podcasts) after the new year.
Our next Annual Gathering and Convention will be held October 4-7, 2020 at North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills, MN. For updates, be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter, follow our blog, or download our moble app and subscribe to Annual Gathering push notifications in the app settings [here's how].
Just for Fun...
We asked our Facebook followers their favorite thing about attending the Annual Gathering. Here are just a few of the responses:
- "Where do I start? The two keynotes have been phenominal. Worship on Sunday was the exact thing I needed: excellent preaching, and the prayer team I went to after communion was so warm, kind and said a very heartfelt prayer for me. I am so grateful for the people in LCMC and this convention. Top notch! THANK YOU!!!" – Heather Becklin Ploen
- "Networking!" – Marcus Carlson
- "It was the best yet! Thanks for all your work putting this together and for a great organization to be a part of." – Scott Bowles
- "I really enjoyed Greg Finke on Monday. I bought his book and already working through it. So much to bring home already." – Eric Hullstrom
- "Keynotes were challenging! In a great way." – Laurel Neff Swanson
- "Both of the keynotes were wonderful!" – Sherrie Hansen
Lost and Found:
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