Schedule and Activities

LCMS 2016 National Convention: Schedule and Activities

The 66th Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will be held July 9-14, 2016, in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Center.

There is a full schedule of convention events, including opportunities to worship and join in fellowship with attendees.


Tentative Schedule

The tentative convention schedule has been released. It is considered tentative because the President shall “at the first session and during the course of succeeding sessions of the convention, announce the order of business for the day and following days” (Bylaw 3.1.9[i][2]).

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Guests and Visitors

The convention is open to the public, and guests do not need to register.

All guests are invited to sit in the convention observation area at the back of Halls A and B, and large video screens will be available to monitor convention activities.

Guests are invited to attend the opening worship and many evening events, and they may visit exhibitors in the exhibit hall.

Convention guests are permitted to use electronic devices unobtrusively for Internet use, text-messaging and other communication.

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Floor Committee Open Hearings — Saturday, July 9

Each floor committee will hold hearings open to the public on Saturday morning, July 9, at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, which is located downtown at 333 W. Kilbourn Ave.

During the open hearings, each floor committee will receive comments, questions and suggestions from attendees regarding resolutions as they appear in the First Issue of Today’s Business or Overtures in the Convention Workbook. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Please note the various hearing times for each committee.

Floor Committee 1: National Witness — 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Lakeshore Ballroom C (1st floor)

Floor Committee 2: International Witness — 8:30 a.m. to noon; Milwaukee Room AB (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 3: Mercy — 10:30 a.m. to noon; Lakeshore Ballroom C (1st floor)

Floor Committee 4: Life Together — 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Lakeshore Ballroom B (1st floor)

Floor Committee 5: Theology and Church Relations — 8:30 a.m. to noon; Regency Ballroom B (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 6: Seminaries — 8:30 a.m. to noon; Executive Ballroom B (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 7: University Education — 8:30 a.m. to noon; Executive Ballroom A (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 8: Parochial Schools — 10:30 a.m. to noon; Lakeshore Ballroom B (1st floor)

Floor Committee 9: Finance — 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Lakeshore Ballroom A (1st floor)

Floor Committee 10: Stewardship: Funding the Mission — 10:30 a.m. to noon; Lakeshore Ballroom A (1st floor)

Floor Committee 11: Structure and Administration — 8:30 a.m. to noon; Regency Ballroom A (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 12: Ecclesiastical Supervision and Dispute Resolution — 8:30 a.m. to noon; Regency Ballroom D (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 13: Routes to Ministry — 8:30 a.m. to noon; Regency Ballroom C (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 14: Church and Culture — 10:30 a.m. to noon; Executive Ballroom D (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 15: Reformation — 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Executive Ballroom D (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 16: Family, Youth and Young Adults — 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Executive Ballroom C (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 17: Preaching and Church Worker Continuing Education — 10:30 a.m. to noon; Executive Ballroom C (2nd floor)

Floor Committee 18: Worker Wellness — 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Crystal Room (2nd floor)

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Delegate Dinner — Saturday, July 9

The Convention Delegate Dinner is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, in the Wisconsin Center Ballroom. The dinner is being hosted for voting and advisory delegates, various Synod officers, district presidents, and members of boards and commissions.

There are a limited number of tickets available for other convention attendees and guests for $35 per person. Please mail the completed ticket form and a $35 check, payable to “LCMS Delegate Dinner,” to the address on the form.

Dinner tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Tickets should be picked up in the convention office (Room 201C) no later than 3 p.m. on July 9.

The dinner menu includes artisan rolls and butter, spinach and apple salad, red-skinned mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and grilled rib pork chop with apple almond sauce. Dessert will be lemon pound cake topped with fresh seasonal berries and a Grand Marnier sauce with minted cream.

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Concordia Plans Lunch-and-Learn Sessions — Sunday through Tuesday

Concordia Plan Services will host six complimentary lunch-and-learn sessions Sunday through Tuesday. Two sessions are scheduled each day.

The sessions will focus on personal health and financial well-being, and attendees will learn about the resources available to support them in these two important areas.

Boxed lunches will be provided. Pre-registration is required at the Concordia Plan Services booth in the exhibit hall.

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Morning Walks — Sunday through Wednesday

Convention delegates and spouses are invited to participate in walks from 6:15 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in downtown Milwaukee. The walks will be canceled in inclement weather.

Each route will be about 1 1/2 miles along the Milwaukee River and other walkways. Walkers will depart from the main entrance of the Wisconsin Center at the corner of Fourth Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Each morning, every participant will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50 Visa gift card compliments of Concordia Plan Services and Wheat Ridge Ministries, sponsors of the walk. Four gift cards will be distributed each day.

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Lutheran Church Extension Fund Hosts “Sundaes on Sunday” — Sunday, July 10

The Lutheran Church Extension Fund will host convention delegates and friends for an ice cream social, “Sundaes on Sunday,” from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, in the Wisconsin Center Ballroom on the first floor. Enjoy a sundae bar during an evening of relaxation and conversation.

LCEF is a financial organization that empowers ministries to share the Gospel while providing opportunities for congregations and members to borrow, grow or invest resources.

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Concordia University Wisconsin Dinner and Concert — Monday, July 11

Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis., will welcome all LCMS Convention attendees, guests and exhibitors for a campus dinner event on Monday evening, July 11. Spouses and children are welcome to attend.

The event will offer opportunites for fellowship, food and a special concert performance by Erin Bode. International Student and Church Careers expos will be on display.

Attendees may obtain event wristbands at the CUW table near the convention registration desk.

Courtesy shuttles will depart from and return to the Wisconsin Center throughout the evening, and attendees may drive to the CUW campus, which is 20 minutes from downtown.

Concordia’s beautiful 200-acre campus sits atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, and the campus is an ideal place to enjoy Midwest Lutheran hospitality.

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Worship at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church — Tuesday, July 12

Convention delegates and visitors are invited to a Prayer at the Close of the Day service at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church, which is located at Ninth Street and Highland Avenue in downtown Milwaukee.

Starting at 8:10 p.m., shuttles will depart from the north side of the Wisconsin Center near Fourth Street and Wells Street.

The brief service in Trinity’s beautiful 1878 sanctuary will feature Cantor Phillip Magness, convention organist, and choral music by members of Milwaukee-area LCMS churches. Light refreshments will follow in the church courtyard.

Shuttles will depart from Trinity every five minutes beginning at 9:45 p.m., and stops will be made at each of the convention hotels.

The service is being coordinated by DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel, which provides a continuing education program for pastors and laity on the care of souls.

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