Convention SummaryELS Convention 2014Highlights Engaging Others With Jesus in Times of Trial served as the theme for the week, with the essay being given by Rev. Thomas Rank. In his conclusion, Pastor Rank stated, “As we engage with Jesus those who are undergoing trial, let us remember that within the vocations God hasplaced each of us, there are opportunities to show compassion simply with the physical aspects of life in this world… This may well lead to opportunities to presenting the eternal respite given by our Savior, Jesus Christ.” Grace Lutheran in Lincoln, IL, was received into membership. Columbia Lutheran School in The Dalles, Oregon, was commended for implementing the classical education model in its opening this fall. This model is being urged for use throughout the synod. Approval was given for the planned 100th anniversary (2018) offering to go for home mission starts, with also a seminary component in identifying and placing suitable candidates into our missions. The congregational contribution portion of the ELS budget was adopted at $760,000. A healthy invitation exists: funds received over $725,000 are to be allocated for use by the Board for Home Outreach. The Board for World Outreach was asked to prioritizeavailable resources in light of potential challenges in ourvarious mission fields. In the area of doctrine: encouragement was given to continue monitoring a Bible translation effort – The Wartburg Project; also, meetings with the Church of the Lutheran Confessions (CLC) were urged. Our Board for Youth Outreach is asked to conduct a survey on our pastors’ practices of Bible history instructionin their parishes. Collaboration between our Bethany Lutheran Collegeand our Board for Youth Outreach is encouraged in assisting with expenses to bring youth to our college campus for activities. The Board for Christian Service is to continue its studyof health insurance options for called workers and reportannually. Many calls have been issued for the Evangelism/MissionCounselor position. The Board for Home Outreach isurged to continue the calling process. A priority in our synod’s strategic plan is to view eachcongregation in the ELS as a “mission congregation.”encouragement is given for members of every church toengage others with Jesus as God gives opportunity. Elected to a fourth 4-year term as president was Rev.John A. Moldstad. Rev. Glenn Obenberger was reelected as vice president for the ELS. Pastors honored for years of service were: J. Olsen (50years), M. Harstad (40 years), R. Otto (40 years), D. Basel (25 years), and R. Tragasz (25 years)
Welcome to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church. We are a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) and in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). We invite you to visit our church. Sunday service is at 11:00 am. Feel free to share any comments or questions that might be on your mind through our online guest book. If you're not currently a member of our church and would like more information please call Pastor Londgren (231 330-2095 cell).
We hope you and your family will have a warm and Christ-centered experience with us as we worship and fellowship together at our service, events, and Bible Studies.
Many blessings to you,
Pastor Jeff Londgren
Meditations is a daily home devotion booklet published by Northwestern Publishing House (WELS). We would like to give you a free copy. Contact Londgren@msn.com or call 231 330 2095.