Time to Gather, Celebrate, and Pray

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
Each summer hundreds of members from Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ come together from across Texas for what we call our Annual Gathering. In a few short weeks on July 29-30, we will once again gather in Victoria to celebrate and pray for our mission, and you are invited to join us! Our theme this year is PRAY EARNESTLY based on Matthew 9:38: “Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Our objective is always to equip and encourage one another in mission for Christ. This year we are focusing on how to faithfully respond to our Lord’s invitation in our theme verse by praying with a missional mindset, discipling and equipping leaders, and working in the harvest.
We are blessed to welcome keynote speakers Jeremy Walloch, Lead Pastor of Olivet Lutheran Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin and LCMC’s Service Coordinator Mike Bradley from Gilbert, Arizona. We will be led in worship by our two Victoria host congregations, Our Saviour’s and First English, and receive messages from preachers Lalahery Andriamihaja, Senior Pastor of Our Saviour’s and Julie Smith, LCMC’s Coordinator for Districts and Fellowships from Springfield, Minnesota.
One of the highlights for participants is choosing three of fifteen breakouts to attend. Each attendee can explore areas of particular interest in a smaller group setting with various presenters. Several ministry partners will also be represented and have tables with displays, including Harvest Workers, American Church Group of Texas, Hebrews 10:24, Spiritual Orphans Network, Lutheran Asian Ministries, Lutherans for Life, and more!
And I am so grateful that students entering 6th grade through high school graduates are also invited to attend our Youth Gathering and Lock-In that takes place concurrently. A team of dedicated leaders is planning a fun and impactful weekend that will surely be a blessing to students.
It is my earnest prayer that you will seriously consider this invitation to come and join in this Annual Gathering of church members like you and that your life of faith can be enriched and that the Gospel message may work in and through you to accomplish God’s will in the world.
To learn more and register, visit the Annual Gathering event page at www.lcmctexas.org/annual-gathering.