Peoria/Pekin 2020 Convention

Announcement from LWML CID President regarding the 2020 District Convention

The past few weeks have brought many changes in our lives and our plans. In all this we remember that we are loved by God and that He knows the plans He has for us. LWML District Presidents across the United States, especially those who have conventions in April and early May, have been communicating and praying for all those who would attend a convention.

With the mandate for the entire state of Illinois to “shelter in place”  until April 7th, the decision to wait until March 30th to make a final decision, whether to have the convention next month or not to have it, became moot. By their vote, the LWML CID Board of Directors has cancelled the 2020 date of the 75th convention – or as some stated, postponed the 75th convention until 2021.

What does this mean for us an LWML district?

  • The convention will be held next year at Bethel, Morton, from April 29 to May 1.
    • We will celebrate our 75th convention and our 75th anniversary at the same convention.
    • Our keynote and banquet speaker will still be Jan Struck.
    • Every attempt to have the breakout session leaders (listed in your convention letter) back for the 2021 convention.
    • Since all the preliminary work has been done by the Peoria/Pekin Zone host committee, logistics and events slated for this year (except for e below) will take place in 2021.
    • Elections and Gants Selections will still occur in April 2020 (see below.)
    • New mailings will be sent out to you next year regarding registration for convention.
    • Any registration monies already sent in will be returned.
    • Those serving on the steering and host committees will receive further instructions from the convention chairmen.
  • Elections/Grants
    • In a few days, ballots will be emailed to all members of the board of directors.
    • Zone presidents will email or send (via US post) ballots to all active societies.
    • Zone presidents will serve as tellers for their zone.
    • Zone Presidents will send their tallies into President Sheila Lutz and Corresponding Secretary Cheryl Long
    • Please read and follow the instructions that will accompany your ballot. These instructions, accompanied by the ballot, should arrive in your email by Wednesday March 25th.

In the influx of discussion and correspondence that has come to me in the past two weeks, this quote from Luther, written during the black plague, was included:

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence…If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash no foolhardy and does not tempt God.” 

And … One pastor’s sermon I watched Sunday morning said (paraphrased):

Right now, people throughout our world are focused on one thing. This thing, this virus, is so small, but, so far, it has been so unstoppable. Is this a divine moment in history from God—with all the world concentrating on one thing? Not that He has sent this disease, but that He is using it to help us focus?  God can take anything and everything – even this virus – and make it for good. This disease has made us aware of our human limitations. It has made many aware that they are mortal. When we come to the end of our ability to control … our ability to prevent … to the end of ourselves, we can then look beyond ourselves to God – to His Hope and His power.  We then know we’re not perfect. We then know we need a Savior. Jesus is still in control of the world; eternal death cannot overtake us. Hope in Jesus can shine through the moments of darkness, despair, and death. For this time, we are united in this disease and dis-ease and in our weakness. What will we learn from God through this experience? Show others Jesus through the days of shelter at home. Use your computer, your phone, your cards, and your prayers to reach out.

He suggested that we each pray Psalm 86 as well as turn to Him with our own prayers.

Please pray with me.

O Lord,

You alone are the omnipotent King of all that is on heaven and earth. Grant us your grace during these trying times and days of challenges. Wrap your arms around us, walk with us, and carry us during the worst of these days – through health concerns, restricted travel, economic downfall, loss of wages, or cabin fever. Grant us health and healing, according to Your will. Grant us Your peace, and let us share that peace with others. We know all things work together for good for those who love You. Come along side us and give us the words to speak and the stories to share – the lessons we learn and the Gospel we love. Let us also tell why You are the Savior of the world, the true Light of our darkness, and our only Hope. All praise be to You for all that we are and have. Let us boldly bear Your name and show the world Your mission and Your kingdom will not end by any arrows Satan hurls at us. Be Thou ever with us.

Amen and Amen .

Sheila Lutz

LWML CID President

Jeremiah 29: 11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you.You will seek Me and find Me, when you see Me with all your heart.”