OWLS Convention 2018

Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors is trying something new this year for their fall convention . . .

Each year the OWLS host a fall convention with the purpose of getting members together to be spiritually enriched, have fun, meet new people and renew old acquaintances. Over the years the OWLS have shown their love for their Savior through the support of the European Civilian Chaplaincy offerings and more recently scholarships for Martin Luther College students.

Most congregations minister to their ‘over 55’ members in some way. The OWLS Board would now like to invite these “Senior groups” to come and enjoy the many blessings the OWLS have been experiencing at the annual Convention.

The 2018 convention is being held on October 10-12 at the beautiful Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The Osthoff Resort is an impressive building complex overlooking pools and gardens surrounded by woods with the lake in the distance. This gorgeous venue is too nice to be kept as an OWLS secret.

Elkhart Lake is also the home of the famous Road America racetrack. The board has arranged a tour of the Road America facility. This could be an attraction for many car oriented seniors. Other tours under consideration are of the Kohler Design Center and the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush.

This will be an impressive and rewarding convention. Since we will be in Elkhart Lake, near the racetrack, the theme for the coming Convention is “Finish Your Race”. The speakers and section leaders will share insights and encouragements so Christian seniors can run the race the Lord has prepared for them.

Christian fellowship is one of the many blessings the Lord gives to His children. Now the goal is to attract younger seniors to enjoy with us this beautiful part of Wisconsin just a little northwest of Sheboygan. Please do what you can to encourage all the seniors you know to consider this fellowship opportunity.

Ministry to the Aging Bible Study

The four lesson Ministry to the Aging Bible Study series can be used to start a congregational ministry to shut ins or to revitalize church members who are carrying out ministry to the aging.


Resources for chaplains include:

  • WELS Chaplains Code of Ethics
  • Great Physician brochures

Also view the booklet A Pastor Looks at PTSD.

Martin Luther College offers courses for Chaplain Certification. Find course information and forms on the MLC website.


Helping Frail Elderly in the Pew – This brochure lists some obstacles and suggests how to help frail members so they can be served in the public service until they can no longer leave home.

Aging Bible Studies – Devotions and Bible reference for use in ministry to the aging.

Parish Nurses

Resources to help a congregation develop a strong Lutheran parish nurse program that functions in harmony with the pastor and other leaders and is a blessing to members.

Resources include:

  • Parish Nurse Guidelines
  • A Word to Pastors about Parish Nursing
  • Rite of Installation – Parish Nursing
  • Parish Nursing Blood Pressure Ministry

Find more resources on the WELS Nurses Association website.