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Convention Trail: East District Report 1

Monday, May 11, 2009

More than 250 people gathered at First Lutheran Church, Windsor, Ontario Sunday May 10 for the Opening Worship Service of LCC’s East District Convention. Guest preacher was President Robert Bugbee.

Business sessions began Monday morning May 11. Following an orientation delegates considered the first order of business. Before any elections could take place, a resolution proposing a change to how the district is represented had to come before the convention. Following considerable debate and two attempts at amending, the convention decided to defeat the resolution.

-Dr. James Lamb, executive director of Lutherans for Life presented his first lecture on the theme Give Jesus Glory: Our body–His Temple. He addressed pro-life issues based on everyone’s value before God. His topic was Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
- welcomed to the district congregations Peace, Tillsonburg, Ont and Ascencion, Montreal
-Elected Rev. Paul Zabel, St. John’s, Clifford, Ont., East District President on second ballot
-President Maleske’s final report walked delegates through the district’s Strategic Plan encouraging delegates to participate actively in making the plan a reality
-Delegates adopted resolutions thanking God for the service of President Maleske; former district mission executive Rev. Mark Hartburg; and Board of Directors chairman Dr. Kenneth Currie.
-Adopted a resolution encouraging congregations to support life issues in their communities
- Reports from LCC’s auxiliaries and district departments provided updated information
- A resolution empowering the district Board of Directors to access specific funds to help balance the budget was defeated.
-Travelled to Good Shepherd, Amherstburg, Ont, for Jubilarian and Memorial Services. Pastors serving 25, 40 and 50 years received recognition and those called home to be with the Lord in the past triennium remembered.
-Following dinner at Good Shepherd delegates and guests heard presentations from LCC Missionary Aleksey Navrotsky, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and Javed Khan who works with new Canadians living in the Windsor area.

The convention continues until Wednesday, May 13 and is available online.

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