OWLS Senior Convention

Don’t miss the 2022 Lutheran Convention for Seniors

Sponsored by the Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors (OWLS)

The 2022 OWLS Convention for Seniors will be held at Stoney Creek Hotel and Convention Center in Onalaska, Wisconsin, on October 11-13, 2022. The theme will be “There is a River” (Psalm 46). A small stream flows out of Lake Itasca in Minnesota over which a person can easily walk. On its way to the Gulf of Mexico, it is joined by many other streams and rivers, and it becomes the mighty Mississippi River where ocean going ships may travel as far as Baton Rouge. As the faith of an individual is joined by others from every nation, tribe, language, and people, it too becomes a river that makes glad the City of God.

Join your fellow WELS seniors this fall for fellowship, learning, making a difference, and fun at the annual convention for seniors. Come early and take a tour of historic LaCrosse. Learn about ministries to the blind and visually impaired, people with Alzheimers, Momons, and others. Discover how to create more color in your landscape, ministry in the Urkraine, Noah’s Ark, and more.

Agenda and registration materials are downloadable at the links below.

Read about last year’s convention in Together.

Love in Action

WELS Special Ministries
Showing God’s love to those with special needs or in special circumstances

In these pages, you’ll learn about the eight areas of WELS Special Ministries:

  • Visually Impaired
  • Care for Called Workers
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Mental Health
  • Health and Wellness
  • Prison Ministry
  • Military Services

Funding for the programs you’ll learn about in these pages comes from people like you, who have a heart to share Christ’s love with those who may face hurdles in worship and in life. Our special ministries are primarily supported by special offerings from individuals and groups.


To order FREE copies of the Love in Action booklet, e-mail WELS Special Ministries at specialministries@wels.net.

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 under “Ministry to the Military resources.

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. Download Bible studies

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