LCMC Blog [Annual Gathering 2017 series] http://www.lcmc.net/blog/feed?series=18 Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us 17th Annual Gathering Videos Now Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/17th-annual-gathering-videos-now-available/a796.html Tue, 12 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0700 Videos of the speakers from our 17th Annual Gathering are now available for streaming online as well as in our mobile app!  Available videos include keynote panels, Bible study, the opening and closing worship services, the Service Coordinator's report, and a dramatic portrayal of Martin Luther and his wife, Katy. 

Mobile App:

The LCMC Mobile App allows users to stream video content from a mobile device.  It is also fully integrated with Apple AirPlay and Google Cast, so you can also watch videos from your TV screen.  To learn more and get the app, click here

Watch Online:

Videos from past LCMC events can also be found online.  Our "Videos & Podcasts" page can be found under Events > Media on the LCMC website, or by clicking here
 


For updates on this and other LCMC events, be sure to sign up for push notifications in our mobile app and/or subscribe to our e-newsletter

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A Word from Mark... http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/a-word-from-mark/a790.html Wed, 15 Nov 17 00:00:00 -0700 Our 17th Annual Gathering and Convention was held in Minneapolis, MN on October 8-11, just a few weeks ago.  We had just over 900 people in attendance, representing 412 of the 750 congregations of LCMC. 

This year for the first time we sat around tables so that participants could discuss the information presented and it was genuinely appreciated. 

To recognize the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, we considered three of the fundamental themes of the Reformation: Justification, The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms, and the Priesthood of All Believers.  We also had a dramatic portrayal of Martin Luther and Katie by Johan and Sonja Hinderlie, and we showed the movie: Martin Luther, the Idea that Changed the World.

At this gathering we had two resolutions come from the floor for consideration by the convention.  Our constitution and by-laws allow for resolutions to come during the convention without advance notice or preparation.  They did not come from either of the Boards and therefore could not be disseminated in advance to give people time to consider or even understand the issues being presented.  Ultimately, no action on the resolutions were taken as the floor voted to table the discussion. The Board of Trustees is meeting in late November and will discuss and evaluate the content of the resolutions along with the discussion from the floor.

Thank you to all who took the time to submit evaluations of this year’s gathering. Critical points of feedback often expressed about our gatherings generally focus on cost and food.  

This year, there was the added element regarding the lack of preparation specific to the resolutions presented from the floor—which is addressed above. 

Cost is real.  When we gather 900-1100 people we look for facilities that can accommodate space for the general sessions, the vendor areas, any service project that might be included, breakout sessions, and the ability to feed that many people in one setting.  There is no LCMC congregation that can do all of that.  They may be able to handle 2 or 3 of the needs but not all five.  Holding our gatherings in smaller markets help keep costs down, but cost is real.

Food?  The convention food and beverage divisions do their best to provide good, healthy and tasty meals, but how many of our children ever liked the same foods? 

In spite of the concerns expressed, we had a great time together.  We laughed, prayed, sang, worshipped and encouraged one another.  We re-connected with friends, and made new ones.  There were great conversations about what makes us Lutheran and what makes us people of LCMC. 

To be honest, I am already looking forward to coming together again in Des Moines, October 7-10, 2018!  Mark it down on your calendars, its going to be great!

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Luther and Katy Presentation Well Received http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/luther-and-katy-presentation-well-received/a787.html Fri, 20 Oct 17 00:00:00 -0600 During the 2017 Annual Gathering, Johan and Sonja Hinderlie shared a skit depicting on Martin Luther and his wife Katy in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. This was well received and we have had many requests for more information. 

Johan has graciously provided a video on the 95 Thesis that we have linked here.  It is available for download so you will be able to share it with you congregation as you wish. 

They have also ishared with us an ebook resource titled What Drove Luther's Hammer to accompany the video, which can be downloaded by clicking here

For more information about their ministry, check out section 5 of this year’s Annual Gathering book

 

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Over 900 Attend LCMC 17th Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/over-900-attend-lcmc-17th-annual-gathering/a786.html Mon, 16 Oct 17 00:00:00 -0600 A total of 903 people attended our 17th Annual Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota from October 8-11, 2017.  

The theme of this year’s event was “We Confess Our Faith” and featured keynote presentations focusing on three of the fundamental teachings of the Reformation: Justification, The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms, and the Priesthood of All Believers.

The gathering kicked off with dinner and an opening worship service preached by Pastor Julie Samuelson on Sunday morning.  Our worship leader this year was Mr. Eric McIntyre of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fridley, MN.  

Seminarians and church planters had an opportunity to meet up on Sunday evening for dessert and fellowship.  

Monday’s program began with worship, prayer, and Bible study, followed by a keynote panel featuring Pastor Steve Turnbull, Rev. Enrique Estrada, Rev. Tom LoVan, and Pastor Ingrid Aderhold.  

After table discussions, a networking session, and lunch, LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig gave an update on the association.  

The day wrapped up with a fellowship dinner, where participants had the option to get connected with a fellowship group in LCMC or simply join a general group of people for dinner at the convention center, followed by meetings for the various geographic and non-geographic districts within the association.  

Tuesday opened with worship, prayer, and Bible study followed by a dramatic portrayal of Martin Luther and his wife Katarina performed by Rev. Johan and Sonja Hinderlie.  (For more information about their ministry, check out section 5 of this year’s Annual Gathering book).  

Tuesday morning also included a keynote panel on the concept of two kingdoms featuring Dr. Ken Jones, Pastor John Kline, Rev. Dr. Pêri Rasolondraibe, and Pastor Siimon Haamer, followed by a table discussion.

On Tuesday afternoon, LCMC staff members Mark Vander Tuig and Dan Clites recognized district leaders, certifiers, new congregations, pastors, seminarians, military chaplains, and those who were celebrating significant anniversaries of ordination.  

Throughout the day, LCMC partnered with Days for Girls to learn about their ministry and help assemble sustainable and reusable hygiene kits for women and girls in need around the globe.  

In the evening, attendees had the option of attending a global worship service at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Minneapolis, viewing the movie commissioned by Thrivent Martin Luther, The Idea That Changed the World, taking part in a pop-up worship session, or taking part in one of several different meet and greet sessions.  

After worship, prayer, and Bible study on Wednesday morning, LCMC Board of Trustees Chair Rev. Sean Kelly thanked pastors Martha Uecker Nelson and Christopher Miller for their service on the board and announced that pastors Sue Gunderson (Area 4) and John Fauerbach (Area 2) were newly elected.  

Current Board of Trustees officers for LCMC consist of pastors Sean Kelly (Chair), Brodie Taphorn (Vice Chair), Darrin Vick (Secretary), and Mrs. Laurel Swanson (Treasurer).  

The event concluded with a keynote panel featuring Rev. Julie Smith, Mrs. Jennifer Desarmo, Rev. Bill Moberly, and Dr. Kyle Fever, followed by a closing worship service preached by Rev. Dave Wollan.  

Videos of the speakers from this year’s event will be available on our website and in our mobile app in winter 2018.  We will make an announcement via e-newsletter, blog, and mobile app when our videos have been posted, so stay tuned! 

Our next Annual Gathering will take place October 7-10, 2018 in Des Moines, IA.

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Our 17th Annual Gathering Kicks Off Tonight! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-17th-annual-gathering-kicks-off-tonight/a785.html Sun, 08 Oct 17 00:00:00 -0600 Our 17th Annual Gathering in Minneapolis opens tonight with Opening Worship at 7:00 P.M. 

Preaching for tonight's service is Pastor Julie Samuelson from Hands for Pine City in Pine City, MN.  Our worship leader is Mr. Eric McIntyre, who serves at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fridley, MN.

We will be updating our blog and Facebook page regularly over the next few days, so stay tuned for updates!

 

Video Streaming

If you're tuning in from home, you can catch a live stream of the main session for each day of the event here.

After the event has ended, videos of this year's speakers will be available for streaming here and in our mobile app during winter 2018.  We will make an announcement once the videos have been posted. 

 

Mobile App Features

The LCMC Mobile App gives Annual Gathering participants the chance to view event information from a smartphone or tablet.  Use the app to access a digital copy of our book, look up meeting room locations, submit feedback on this year's event, and more!  Be sure to opt in for "On Site Notifications" if you'd like to receive updates while at the event.  (You can also choose to sign up for general news updates, or to only receive updates on your favorite events.)

 

Annual Gathering Books

For a digital copy of this year's book, check out our app or go to www.lcmc.net/ag-books/summaries

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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/a775.html Fri, 11 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0600 Friday, September 1st is the last day to register for our 17th Annual Gathering and still receive the discounted rate!  

The format of this year's event will be a bit different from that of previous years in the interest of offering people in LCMC more opportunities to connect with one another than ever before.  After a brief introduction of each topic from a theological perspective, followed by a panel discussion focusing on application to daily life in both domestic and international contexts, participants will have the ability to form discussion groups at their tables after each presentation has ended.  

Be sure to sign up for our annual Fellowship Dinner on Monday evening for a chance to reunite with old friends and colleagues, meet new ones, or get connected with a fellowship group of your choice.  Reserved seating will be available for young adults (20-30 somethings), clergy spouses, the Cross Alone, Mid-Atlantic, and Twin Cities fellowship groups, and various districts within LCMC.  Select this activity on your registration form to sign up.

Once again, we will also be offering meetups for seminary students and church planters, district gatherings, and a "meet and greet" breakout session to help match up pastors who are available for call with congregations who are seeking a new pastor.  

The event takes place October 8-11 in downtown Minneapolis.

Learn More & Register >>

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SALE: Shop the 17th Annual Gathering Collection! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/sale--shop-the-17th-annual-gathering-collection/a773.html Mon, 31 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0600 What's better than attending our 17th Annual Gathering in Minneapolis this October? 

Attending our 17th Annual Gathering in style while sipping coffee from a brand new LCMC-themed travel mug, of course! 

Select t-shirts and coffee mugs are on sale in the LCMC Store now through August 9th, so if you haven't had a chance to nab any items from our limited time 17th Annual Gathering Collection yet, now's your chance!  Visit Our Store >>

And if you haven't already, be sure to register for the Annual Gathering by September 1st to get the Early Bird discount (you'll attend for $100 less than you'd pay at-the-door)! 

This year's Annual Gathering will offer more fellowship and networking opportunities than ever before including table discussions, fellowship meet-ups, a fellowship dinner, district meetings, and even a breakout session to help connect pastors who may be seeking a call with congregations in search of a new pastor.

Participants will also have the option to take part in a Global Worship Experience with the people of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, or view the documentary commissioned by Thrivent: Martin Luther, The Idea That Changed the World.

To read more about the Annual Gathering, click here

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AG Photo Contest Deadline is July 17th http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/ag-photo-contest-deadline-is-july-17th/a772.html Wed, 05 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0600

 

 

 

 

There's still time to enter our 2017 Annual Gathering photo contest before the Monday, July 17th deadline date! 

If your congregation has taken part in any projects, organized any events, or participated in any mission or ministry activities that exemplify what it means to be "in Mission for Christ" at a local, national, or international/global level over the past year, we're inviting YOU to submit photos to be considered for publication in our 2017 Annual Gathering Book.

To learn more and submit your favorite photos, click here

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Shop the 17th Annual Gathering Collection! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/shop-the-17th-annual-gathering-collection/a768.html Tue, 06 Jun 17 00:00:00 -0600 To celebrate our upcoming Annual Gathering in Minneapolis, we've added some new items to the LCMC Store, including a limited time collection of items with the logo for our 17th Annual Gathering. 

Available items include t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, tank tops, mugs, bags, notebooks, and art prints. 

Check out what's available by clicking on the link below.

View the LCMC Store

 


For more information on this year's Annual Gathering, and to register, click here or go to "Events", then "Annual Gathering". 

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Enter the 2017 Annual Gathering Photo Contest! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/enter-the-2017-annual-gathering-photo-contest/a767.html Wed, 31 May 17 00:00:00 -0600 If your congregation has taken part in any projects, organized any events, or participated in any mission or ministry activities that exemplify what it means to be "in Mission for Christ" at a local, national, or international/global level over the past year, we're inviting YOU to submit photos for our 2017 Annual Gathering Photo Contest! 

Here's how it works:

  1. Photos must be submitted by a member, pastor, or staff member of an LCMC congregation
  2. Go to www.lcmc.net/17-ag-photocontest and review the photo guidelines
  3. Fill out the entry form, upload a photo, and click "submit"

Photos will be selected for publication based on subject matter (how closely they fit the theme), quality of the photo (photos should not appear "squished", "fuzzy" or contain clip art), and the story behind the photo (how your congregation is making a difference on the local, national, or global level).

All eligible photos received by Monday, July 17th will be considered for publication in The 2017 Annual Gathering Book.  Hard copy books will be available at the Annual Gathering in October, and a digital edition will be available on our website and in our mobile app once the Annual Gathering begins. 

 

Click Here to Submit a Photo

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Register Now for our 17th Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/register-now-for-our-17th-annual-gathering/a765.html Tue, 16 May 17 00:00:00 -0600 Online registration is now open for our 17th Annual Gathering and Convention, which takes place October 8-11, 2017 at the Hilton Minneapolis in downtown Minneapolis, MN. 

The theme of this year's event is “We Confess Our Faith”.  Our format will be a bit different this year, hoping to engage those attending in the conversation of three of the fundamental teachings of the Reformation:

  • Justification
  • The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms
  • The Priesthood of All Believers

The format will start with a brief introduction of the topic from a theological perspective, a panel discussion focusing on application to daily life—both domestic and international contexts – and discussion at tables by those attending the gathering.

This year we also celebrate the 500th anniversary of the nailing of the 95 theses of Martin Luther to the church door in Wittenburg, the beginning of the Reformation.  We will be screening documentary commissioned by Thrivent, “Martin Luther, The Idea That Changed the World”.

Once again, this year's event will include service projects, vendors, breakout sessions, and great worship opportunities. 

Early bird registration ends September 1st, so be sure to sign up before the price increases! 

For future updates on this and other events, be sure to download our mobile app and enable push notifications. 

Learn More  |  Register Now!

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