OWLS Senior Convention

Don’t miss the 2023 Lutheran Convention for Seniors

Sponsored by the Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS)

You Are Welcome!

Some people feel sidelined after they retire, reach a certain age, or become empty nesters. Have you ever felt as though your life no longer has purpose? That’s not how God sees his redeemed people. You are called to be a blessing to others. You’re invited to an event for Lutheran seniors to learn more!

All seniors who are members of a WELS or ELS congregation are encouraged to attend the Lutheran Convention for Seniors (sponsored by the OWLS). The 2023 convention will be held October 11-13 in Stevens Point, Wisc., at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center.

The theme for this year’s OWLS convention focuses on the impact God’s people can have on others during our senior years: “Called to be a Blessing.”

Why attend the OWLS Convention for Seniors?

  • It’s a great opportunity for fellowship and finding new friends in the faith.
  • This year’s theme, “Called to be a Blessing” will offer opportunities to reflect on our Christian vocation. Even in retirement, God calls us to be a blessing to our families, neighbors, friends, fellow believers, and strangers.
  • You can enjoy historic Stevens Point.
  • You will meet leaders (a seminary professor, a Synod leader, a retired professional basketball player), and hear them discuss the roles God gives Christians throughout life including during senior years.
  • You’ll find workshops on a variety of topics.

The agenda and registration materials are downloadable at the links below.

OWLS Booking link for – Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Stevens Point, Wisc.

Read about last year’s convention in Together.

Guidelines for Prison Ministry Projects and Donations

Individuals and groups can do much to support our sharing of Jesus with people impacted by incarceration. The resources found here give guidelines for ways to support and provide materials for this gospel outreach.

Resource Descriptions

  • Prison Mission Projects –WELS Prison Ministry operates because God’s people pray for us, volunteer their time, and give generously from their worldly treasure. Only 10 percent of our funding is provided from the WELS regular budget. Follow these guidelines to support the spread of God’s Word to hurting souls as an individual or a group.
  • Guidelines for Meditation donations – WELS Prison ministry redistributes gently used (less than one year old) Mediations, Time of Grace, and other devotional booklets. Please follow these guidelines.
  • Guidelines for cards, artwork, school projects. Inmates LOVE receiving encouragement from their younger brothers and sisters in Christ. Many have been abandoned by their families and have little if any contact with anyone, let alone children. These guidelines lay out ways anyone, including children, can share the love of Jesus.

Prison Ministry – Supplemental Printed Resources

In addition to our correspondence course material, WELS Prison Ministry offers a variety of additional resources that we offer free of charge to inmates and chaplains. Descriptions can be found in the document list below. Download sample portions of the documents from the package using the links below. Order copies of the supplemental material using the order form below.

Resource Descriptions

  • Scripture passages and prayer –Bible verses and prayers arranged by topics that apply to people affected by incarceration and other life crises. The downloadable sample is the chapter on forgiveness.
  • Facing Freedom – A wealth of spiritual and practical reminders and encouragement for soon to be released or released inmates. The downloadable sample is the chapter on decision making.
  • New Testament in Everyday American English. This translation of the original Greek text into everyday American English has been very popular among inmates and chaplains. The downloadable sample is John Chapter 3.
  • Water of Life Printed Bible Studies – A series of 30 Bible studies (6 modules of 5 lessons each) intended for recently released inmates (either individually or as a group) with a mentor or spiritually mature leader. Includes both participant sheets and leader guides printed together in a spiral bound notebook. Samples are available in the Ministry to the Released section.
  • La Promesa – A Summary of God’s Plan of Salvation in Spanish. The downloadable sample is “La Promesa – Tú tienes la paz” (The Promise – You Have Peace).

Use the order form to order printed copies of the Bible courses and other resources.


Prison Ministry – Newsletters

Learn more about Prison Ministry work and how it is making a difference in the lives of inmates.

Prison Ministry – Printed Material Order Form

A complete list of Bible Teaching Series Bible studies and resources can be found on the order form below.  All of the Bible studies were designed for use in jails and prisons.  They require no instructor; a student can complete a course working independently.  At the end of each Bible study is a test that can be mailed to WELS Prison Ministry.  Volunteers will go over the test and give the prisoner feedback on his answers, and WELS Prison Ministry will send the next course in the series.

Bible study samples are available for preview here.

For more information, contact Prison Ministries.

PO Box 452
New Ulm, MN 56073
[email protected]
Telephone: 507-354-3130
Fax: 507-354-3219