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.

Organization of WELS Lutheran Seniors

2017 OWLS Annual Convention

Oct. 9-12, 2017
Country Springs Hotel, Pewaukee, Wis.
“Filled with the Gospel.”

Pastor Aaron Christie will tell OWLS about Luther and his music, former WELS chaplain Pastor Josh Martin and his wife will talk about the joys of their life and serving the European civilian chaplaincy in Germany, seminary Professor Bradley Wordel will tell of the work being done in our Japanese mission field.  Pastor Tony Schultz will fill hearts with the joy of sharing Jesus with young and old.

Early arrivals at the convention can enjoy Monday morning’s tours of historic WELS churches in the Milwaukee area as well as tour the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry.

Workshops will offer OWLS a wide variety of topics, including guidance on writing your life story, information about puppet ministry, little known facts about US presidents and their wives, the international student program at MLC, or meet with a WELS member who serves as a representative in the Wisconsin Assembly, Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt.

The Organization of WELS Seniors (OWLS) convention is open to all WELS / ELS members who are retired and / or over the age of 50. Among the special guests this year, former WELS Civilian Chaplain in Europe, Pastor Josh Martin and his wife Katie will be present. The OWLS have been major funders of the WELS European Civilian Chaplaincy, and this year’s convention features a silent auction with proceeds designated for that cause. The hotel complex provides a complimentary indoor water park for attendees. With plenty of time to make new friends and connect with friends from the past, the Pewaukee Convention promises to be a relaxing and enjoyable opportunity for seniors.

Registration materials are available below.  If you’ve attended previous conventions, a mailing has been sent to you.

Questions? E-mail the Convention Coordinator, Werner Lemke, at wandjlemke@msn.com.

The 2016 OWLS convention was held in October in Omaha, Nebraska. Learn more here.

Read here to find out more about the OWLS organization.

2015 OWLS Convention

Find information on the upcoming convention including: registration, workshops, speakers, agenda, and conference tours.