Love Abounds – Family Convocation

October 21-22, 2022

Bethel Lutheran Church & Ramada Inn, Bismarck

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18


Friday               1:00 & 2:00 pm  Optional Mercy Meals

                             7:00 pm Opening Worship 

                             7:45 pm  Fellowship and Service Project with youth 

Saturday 8 am – 3:15 pm

Rev. Dr. Mark Wood

Lutheran Family Services

Comfort Dog Gideon

Lunch Provided


La Quinta Inn & Suites, 2240 N 12th St., Bismarck, ND, 701-751-3313

Ramada Inn, 1400 E Interchange Ave., Bismarck, ND, 701-258-7000

Rev. Dr. Mark Wood

Presenting on revitalization: for the love of our neighbors.

Pastor Mark Wood serves in the LCMS Office of National Mission as the director of Witness & Outreach and Revitalization and as the Making Disciples for Life Team Leader. He is the creator of the Everyone His Witness and Re:Vitality resources and the author of Connected to Christ: Witnessing in Everyday Life (CPH 2021) and Meaningful Outreach: An Essential Guide for Churches (CPH 2022).

Lutheran Family Service

Rev. Max Philips is the executive director for Lutheran Family Service in Iowa. He will share an overview of the services offered to both pastors and the church through LFS.

Toni Larson is the director of Worker Wellness for LFS. She will reveal the unique challenges pastors and other church workers and their families face and how LFS assists workers to overcome these challenges in a compassionate, Christ-centered manner.

Comfort Dog Gideon

Judges 6:12 “When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior”. Gideon is a trained LCC K-9 Comfort Dog at St Michael’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. He serves every day in the community in which he is placed and is deployed in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those affected, including first responders and the volunteers who serve them. Gideon is a friend who brings a calming influence and allows people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them. Comfort Dogs are available to visit your church or group.

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