The Nebraska Lutheran Laymen’s League annual convention was held in Norfolk with the theme, “Spirit Driven.”
The 115 persons attending the convention were provided with considerable information about the progress their organization, which involves Lutheran Hour Ministries, has made in recent years.
They learned that their flagship program, The Lutheran Hour, was now heard over 1,358 stations in the U.S. and Canada, by 630,200 listeners each week. Nearly 10,000 subscribe to the text version of the Lutheran Hour sermon.
Other programs of Lutheran Hours Ministries include: five14, a program to help teens share their faith effectively with their peers; Woman to Woman, a radio program offering hope and help for the challenges facing women today; a Bible correspondence course in more than 30 countries; regional outreach conferences providing tips to reach out with the Gospel; and Project Connect, a display of variety of topical LHM booklets now located in many church narthexes.
The International Lutheran Laymen’s League with its outreach through Lutheran Hour Ministries, is an auxiliary of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and Lutheran Church Canada.
Zone Three of the Nebraska LLL hosted the conventon Friday night and Saturday in Norfolk. On Friday evening early arrivals enjoyed a Wisconsin fish boy at Christ Lutheran Church, followed by tours of the Orphan Grain Train, an organization the LLL is closely involved in, then spent time making beaded bracelets which will be given away at the LLL’s booth at the state fair later this year.
The official business session was called to order Saturday morning. Major business of the session was consideration of a proposed new constitution and bylaws which had been studied at length by a committee that included Dr. Marvin Swan of Grant. The new unit updated procedures that were in operation some 25 years ago.
The delegates gave overwhelming approval to the new document with only one nay vote.
The group adopted a budget for its special project for the next year of $28.000 to come from donations throughout the district.
It will provide assistance in conducting a seminary banquet to acquaint soon-to-be pastors with how the LLL can assist them; funds to conduct a state fair ministry, assistance to the ministry in Lebanon, assistance to the new Nebraska Men’s Network, and more than 50 percent of its goal earmarked for providing scholarships to students entering college for full time church work.
The current year’s project, similar in scope, has had contributions of over $13,000 with the year ending May 31, 2010.
Reports were heard from various officers, including Myron Hubert, Minden, treasurer, on the financial status; Dr. Marvin Swan, Grant, special projects status; Paul Schmidt, Hastings, state fair activities; and Delwyn Daberkow, Laurel, presidential report.
Six past presidents of the district were present for the convention, including Mel Warneke of Pierce, Michael Onnen of Davenport, Dr. Marvin Swan of Grant, Paul Schmidt of Hastings, Lorris Haarberg of Arapahoe and Burnell Von Seggern of Orchard.
Entertainment was provided by the Norfolk men’s chorus.
Those attending from the area were Dr. and Mrs. Marvin Swan and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Narjes.
“The Lutheran Hour” is a ministry of the LLL and can be heard locally on 930AM KOBA radio Sunday morning at 8:05 a.m.