LWML 39th Biennial Convention Highlights2 min read

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) welcomed nearly 3,000 people, including 586 first-time participants, to the LWML Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, June 24–27, 2021, under the theme “Running the Race … Looking to Jesus.” The convention theme was based on Hebrews 12:1–2. The LWML voting body adopted a $2,150,000 mission goal for the 2021–2023 biennium. This goal, by the grace of God, will fund 28 mission grants as women and men respond in prayer, offerings, and Mite Box donations during the next two years.

Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier preaching at the opening worship service

Attendees worshiped together and intently listened to Mites in Action speakers sharing how, as past mission grant recipients, God is working in their organizations.

Heart to Heart Sisters, Young Women Representatives, and many other volunteers carried signs or flags from 82 countries in the Saturday morning Mission Flag Procession. Children and teens from the King’s Kids Clubhouse paraded through the arena.

Four offerings were collected with the first offering given to the upcoming biennium’s LWML Mission Goal. The other three offerings were designated to opportunities to share God’s love and mercy in the districts hosting the convention.

Mission Walk

A mission pledge walk was held to support the new $2,150,000 mission goal for the 2021–2023 biennium. Groups and individuals unable to attend the convention were encouraged to walk in their neighborhoods. In Lexington, nearly 1,100 individuals took part, walking from the convention center to Thoroughbred Park in a 1.5 mile loop. Contributions raised totaled $96,232.92.

The Sixth Biennial Tee Up 4 Mites Golf Outing was held on Wednesday, June 23, at the beautiful University Club of Kentucky. There were 69 golfers, comprising 18 teams sponsored by the Lutheran Federal Credit Union. The funds raised totaled $30,710.00 in gross receipts.

The 2021 LWML Convention was hosted by the Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio LWML Districts. The Host Committee serves the needs of convention attendees by providing adequate facilities and personnel for the business and programming of the convention. It takes many volunteers from the host districts to make this all possible.

Featured photo: opening worship service. Photo courtesy of Pat Maier

Other photos courtesy of LWML

LWML President Debbie Larson
The banners of each LWML Host District
Offering buckets

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Ruth Thomas served as the 2021 Host Committee Chairman for the LWML Convention

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