Younes Conference Center, Kearney
“Finding Variety: Trends in Preaching.”
Presenter: The presenter for this conference will be Rev. Dr. David Schmitt from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Dr. Schmitt is the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Professor of Homiletics and Literature. He joined the faculty of Concordia Seminary in 1995, and he is currently serving as Professor of Practical Theology. He is also chairman of the homiletics instructors group. His interests and areas of expertise include preaching, the intersections of faith and culture, particularly literary culture, spiritual autobiography, and the devotional life.
Worship: Individual Confession and Absolution will be available at Holy Cross Lutheran Church from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Monday prior to the start of the opening worship service. Confessor will be Rev. Karl Ziegler, Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Papillion. The opening worship will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Coffee, juice, fruit, and pastries will be served in the fellowship hall prior to the service. The offering will be designated for the Joint Seminary Fund.
Registration Information: Below you can find the agenda, presenter information, registration form, and lodging information. Please return the registration form and full payment or register and pay online by Monday, February 20. The current Handbook of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod states, “All ordained and commissioned ministers on the district rosters are expected to attend meetings of their official conference or present a valid excuse.” Bylaw 4.8.2.(d)
Conference Fee: The conference fee of $135.00 is due with the registration form. This fee includes registration, breaks, meals, and speaker costs.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing – postmarked, emailed, or faxed – no later than February 20, 2017. Written requests for refunds received after February 20 and before March 6 will be refunded 50% of the registration fee. Important: Refund requests on or after March 6 will only be considered at the discretion of the District President. Online registrations will be refunded minus the online processing fee.
Meals: Lunch on both Monday and Tuesday will be provided at the conference center. The evening meal on Monday will be on your own. President Snow and Valorie will host a fellowship time with beverages and light snacks at the Younes Conference Center beginning at 8:00 p.m. Monday evening.
Hotel/Motel Accommodations: Please make your own lodging arrangements. Participants are responsible for their own lodging expenses, as well as any necessary tax-exempt documentation when reservations are made and upon check-in to their room. Included here you will find a lodging information sheet. The guaranteed room rates are as follows:
Comfort Inn — $99.95 plus tax for a standard room
LaQuinta Inn & Suites — $99.95 plus tax for a standard room; $139.95 plus tax for a suite
Fairfield Inn — $104.95 plus tax for a standard room; $159.95 plus tax for a suite
We have reserved a block of rooms at each hotel for the evenings of Sunday, March 5, and Monday, March 6. If you wish to reserve a room in this block, reservations must be made before the cut-off date of February 6, 2017, at which time any remaining rooms will be released. When making your reservation, please ask for the Nebraska District LCMS 2017 Pastors’ Retreat special rate.
Spouse Registration: Complete the spouse registration part of the form if your wife is attending. There will be a $75.00 registration/participation fee for your wife to attend the conference, and she is welcome to attend any of the sessions and eat all of the meals or break foods. Also, no childcare will be available at this conference. Parents must supervise children attending the conference at all times to eliminate disruption of conference sessions.