Belle Plaine, MN–The 39th annual meeting of The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) was held on January 17 at The Lutheran Home Campus at 611 West Main Street in Belle Plaine. Delegates, pastors and guests from the 215 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) congregations from across the nation, which own and operate TLHA’s not-for-profit ministry, attended the meeting.
The event included campus tours, lunch, a worship service and a business meeting. Rev. Mark Zarling, President of Martin Luther College, shared God’s Word as the guest preacher.
Incumbents Lowell Hoffman of Belle Plaine and Rev. Henry Koch of New Prague were re-elected to TLHA’s Board of Directors. LaVay Heintz of Bloomington, Rev. Dennis Schmidt of Big Lake and Rev. Mark Liesener, Chair, of Shakopee were reappointed to TLHA Foundation’s Board of Trustees for a three-year term. Peg Melber of Linden, Virginia, was newly appointed to the Board of Trustees. Rev. Arnold Lemke of Excelsior, a member of the Board of Trustees, retired and was honored for his 14 years of volunteer service.
Michael Klatt, President and Chief Executive Officer of TLHA, reported on TLHA’s diverse services, future initiatives, growth and development opportunities and current and future issues affecting TLHA. He thanked the Association for their prayers, volunteer efforts and financial support.
Other updates were provided regarding TLHA’s spiritual care programs, health care services, Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM), finances, TLHA Foundation and the Office of Mission Advancement. Pastor Curt Seefeldt, Chaplain at The Lutheran Home Campus in River Falls, discussed the available Alzheimer’s resources. Jackie Mayer, Community Relations Director for JCM, shared her story and presented about the “New Friends” program at Manitowoc Lutheran High School. Employees honored for years of service at 2012 Annual Meeting
A highlight of the meeting was the recognition of long-time TLHA team members. All of the individuals honored work at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine. Michael Klatt presented the awards for 25 and 30 years of faithful service, shared highlights about each of individual and thanked them for their dedication to TLHA’s ministry. Team members honored for 25 years of service were Mary Anderly, Lynn Brown, Shelia Schmidt and Lori Wolff. Donna Heine and Leona Sellnow were recognized for 30 years of service.
TLHA’s annual Care of the Soul Leadership Award recipients were also honored. Learn more about this year’s three recipients.
The dedication of TLHA’s team members is one of the reasons this 113-year-old ministry’s services have grown at the Belle Plaine campus and to other areas of the country. TLHA remains firm in its commitment to provide for the care of the soul.