Vine and Branches Conference Vine and Branches
 

An Annual Conference for Lutherans in Southern Minnesota
 
South Central Minnesota
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Previous Conferences


Our first conference was held in 2007 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont, MN.  The theme was "Bearing Fruit in Vocation" with the following topics:

  • "Bearing Fruit in the Family" by Deaconess Pam Nielsen
  • "Bearing Fruit in Work" by Rev. Mark Sell
  • "Bearing Fruit in Government" by Dr. Joel Okomoto
  • "Bearing Fruit in Church" by Prof. John Pless

Our second conference was held in 2008 at The Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom, MN.  The theme was "Passing on the Faith" with the following topics:

  • "What is the Faith?" by Dr. David Adams
  • "Who is the Pass the Faith On?" by Rev. John Fehrmann
  • "How do we Pass the Faith On?" by Rev. Daniel Preus

Our third conference was held in 2009 at St. Paul Lutheran Church near Lakefield, MN.  The theme was "Heaven, Hell, and YOU" with the following topics:

  • "Heaven & Hell in Spiritual Welfare" by Dr. Steven Hein
  • "Heaven & Hell in the Church's Song" by Rev. Jon Vieker
  • "Heaven & Hell in the World" by Rev. William Cwirla

Our fourth conference was held in 2010 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield, MN.  The theme was "Why Go To Church?" with the following topics:

  • "To Be Satisfied?" (Gifts in the Divine Service) by Rev. Dr. Kenneth W. Wieting
  • "To Be Uplifted?" (Music in the Divine Service) by Rev. Jon J. Sollberger
  • "To Be Empowered?" (The Christian's daily life of service and mercy after being served in the Divine Service) by Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver III

Our fifth conference was held in 2011 at The Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom, MN.  The theme was "Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Rural Ministry" with the following topics:

  • "Witness from the Past" by Rev. Terry Cripe
  • "Mercy at the Present" by Rev. Dr. Carl Fickenscher II
  • "Life Together for the Future" by Rev. Dr. Wallace Schulz

Our sixth conference was held in 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield, MN.  The theme was "Where is God in the Midst of Suffering?" with the following topics:

  • "God in the Midst of Suffering" by Rev. Dr. Gregory Schulz
  • "Man in the Midst of Suffering" by Dr. Beverly Yahnke
  • "Christ in the Midst of Suffering" by Rev. Dr. Harold Senkbeil

Our seventh conference was held in 2013 at The Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom, MN.  The theme was "Family Matters!" with the following topics:

  • "Pro-Family" by Rev. Todd Jerabek
  • "Pro-Children" by Rev. Rolf Preus
  • "Pro-Life" by Mr. Ed Szeto

Our eighth conference was held in 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brewster, MN.  The theme was "God's Design for Life" with the following topics:

  • "Natural Law in the State" by Mr. Mark O. Stern
  • "Natural Law in the Church" by Rev. Dr. Gifford Grobien

 

Our ninth conference was held in 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield, MN.  The theme was "Broken: If We Can Just..." with the following topics:

  • The First Path: The Idolatry of Order by Rev. Jonathan Fisk
  • The Second Path: The Idolatry of Worship by Rev. Jonathan Fisk
  • The Third Path: The Idolatry of the Leader by Rev. Jonathan Fisk

 

Our tenth conference was held in 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield, MN.  The theme was "Religious Liberty" with the following topics:

  • The Recent Supreme Court Decisions: What Did They Say/Didn't They Say? by Mr Andrew DeLoach
  • The Recent Supreme Court Decisions: What Can We Do About Them? by Mr Andrew DeLoach
  • Pastoral Response To These Societal Changes: How Did We Get Here? by Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford