OWLS Senior Convention

OWLS Convention 2020 Canceled

With all of the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, the OWLS Board of Directors met May 4 to discuss the wisdom of continuing to plan and promote a national assembly of seniors, the most vulnerable demographic in this crisis. After much discussion, including consultation with national public health officials, the OWLS Board of Directors has voted to cancel the 2020 OWLS Annual Meeting and Convention for Seniors.

Those who have registered for the 2020 OWLS gathering will receive a full refund of all registration fees. Those who have reserved hotel rooms for the convention should obtain a refund of their deposits by contacting the hotel directly.

The 2020 election of OWLS officers will be conducted by mail-in absentee ballot. The OWLS membership shall elect a Vice-President, Secretary, and two members of the Board of Directors, each for a two-year term. The Nominating Committee will present the official slate of candidates, and the official ballot, in the next edition of New Horizons, the OWLS quarterly newsletter.

Information about the cancellation, the election of officers and the nomination process can be found by downloading the resources below.

Questions, comments, concerns, etc., can be directed to Norman Schell, President (402-880-3645 or email), and/or John Paulsen, Executive Director (507-469-2011 or email).


Read about the 2019 convention.


Love in Action

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 here.

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.