Women’s Ministry Conference – July 18-20, 2019
This year’s conference will highlight God’s design and purpose for the Christian woman in our society today. From openly speaking about Jesus at work or on the college campus, to reaching out in love to another generation, to working with others in God’s kingdom, each woman is uniquely and purposefully in that place by God’s design.
With God’s Word, this conference will nurture, encourage and equip you to see how God intends for you to thrive in the unique situation He has placed you.
Venue and Transportation
Holiday Inn Express
101 Aviation Way
Watertown, WI 53094
$135.99 for Thursday night, $149.99 for Friday night
Call hotel directly or make reservations at 1-800-Holiday
Book online at www.hiexpress.com/watertownwi
Enter arrival/departure and Group Code WLS
Break out sessions
Cost and Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made by May 30, 2019, will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made between June 1 and June 30 will receive a 50% refund of their registration fee. No refund available after June 30, 2019.
Registration and Contact Information
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Living Stones Conference Poster
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Please share this letter with your pastor and the leaders of your congregation to help us promote the conference! Letter for Pastors and Leadership -2019 WM Conference
Devotions – Living Stones
A New Year
A new year means a new you, right? Out with the old. In with the new! New potential. A fresh start. A clean slate.
We love the idea of pushing the restart button and getting a “do-over”. At least that’s what we’re led to believe.
But what if we are exactly where we’re supposed to be? What if we are doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing? What if the only change that needs to be made is to see God’s design from God’s perspective?
Peter knew that was exactly what the early Christians needed, so he wrote them a letter of encouragement we know as 1 Peter. Scattered throughout Asia Minor, God’s people were exiles. Because of their different culture, food, work, customs, political views, and religion they were “suffering grief in all kinds of trials” (I Peter 1:6). They were treated with ridicule, suspicion, and even persecution. I don’t care who you are, every exile is looking for a fresh start.
We might think Peter would encourage them to “blend in.” “Create the new you!” “Captain your ship, just don’t rock the boat!”
Instead, Peter greets them with grace and peace in Jesus. He lifts their eyes beyond the present circumstance to the future inheritance waiting for them in heaven. He reminds them their hope is “living” because it was bought with the precious blood of Christ. And he encourages them to continue living as strangers by setting their minds on the grace to be revealed when Jesus comes instead of conforming to the world around them.
Because there was much more going on than these Christians could see from their limited and isolated perspective. God was building something and they were a part of it.
Just like Jesus, who was “chosen from before the creation of the world” to be the cornerstone and foundation of their faith, the exiles were also—like living stones, being built into a spiritual house. This spiritual house was like the temple in Jerusalem where God’s presence dwelt.
The Christians would have clearly understood Peter’s message to them: With Jesus as your cornerstone, you are the living stones God is using to build His house. You. Exiles God has called holy, chosen, and precious because of Jesus. You, the priesthood of believers, are uniquely placed, but lovingly set together, as the house where God will dwell. And by living God’s way, as strangers in a godless world, you are showing Him to the world around you!
They didn’t need to change anything or reinvent themselves. They were exactly where God wanted them to be for His kingdom to be built and his salvation revealed.
By repaying evil with blessing and wrongdoing with humility and compassion. By serving others. By suffering for bearing God’s name. By submitting to corrupt governors because God gives authority. By working hard for unfair bosses. By offering hospitality without grumbling. By living Godly lives despite the ridicule and hardship. By not conforming to the world. By living for God.
They would be different than the world around them. But in doing so, they would point to Jesus.
We need that same encouragement today. The world we live in is as foreign to God’s kingdom as it was 2000 years ago. We suffer grief in all kinds of trials at work, from unbelieving friends and neighbors, while raising children whose friend’s parents have different standards, when making sacrificial priorities with time, treasures, and talents, or suffering difficulty for bearing the name of Jesus. When we do these things as God’s children, we look different than most people around us.
And Peter’s encouragement in I Peter is for us, as well. His message to us: There’s a bigger picture than what you can see. Because your faith is founded on the living Stone – you also, like living stones are being built into a spiritual house. You are where God dwells. And when you give thanks to Jesus by the way you live, you show the world who God is.
That’s God’s design for every Christian and the perspective we have as aliens and strangers in the world around us.
It was important enough for Peter to write a letter to the early Christians 2000 years ago. And it’s important enough to have a conference about it in 2019. That’s why the theme for the 2019 WELS Women’s Ministry Conference is Living Stones, Positioned to Thrive. With the words of I Peter, WELS Women’s Ministry wants to nurture, encourage, and equip women to use her gifts and talents to build God’s kingdom and bless those around us, wherever that may be.
You don’t need a fresh start or to become the new you. When you founded on the Living Stone, you are exactly where you should be, doing exactly what you were meant to be doing. You are a living stone! You are being built into God’s spiritual house. By living different than the world around you, you are thanking Jesus. And in doing so, you are showing God to the world.
Join women from across the Synod, July 18-20, 2019 at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI to find out what that means for your life. Be nurtured by God’s word to understand what that looks like at home and in the world. Be encouraged by sisters in Christ in similar circumstances. Be equipped with ideas and resources for life as a living stone. Most importantly, see God’s design from God’s perspective.
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