UPDATE: Lexington prepares for Lutheran Women’s convention, largest since pre-pandemic

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UPDATE POSTED JUNE 21, 2021 AT 3:19 P.M.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington is gearing up for its first large convention since before the COVID-19 pandemic with the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

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With the expected number of over 2,600 attendees, 15 hotels from Newtown Pike to downtown to Lexington Green will welcome these guests. The conference is estimated to leave an economic impact of $3.2 million. In celebration of the conference, prominent buildings downtown will be lit up in purple.

“We are excited to welcome our first large convention since the pandemic began,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX. “Lexington will be filled with conventioneers who will spend their money in our hotels, restaurants and stores. The community also will benefit from their good works as they hold a blood drive and collect items for pregnant women in need.”

This will also be the first large convention to use the new Central Bank Center. On Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to a free worship service at Rupp Arena.

“The excitement is growing as we anticipate women and men from across the country to come to Lexington,” said Debbie Larson, president of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, which is headquartered in St. Louis. “During the planning stages, we found the convention center and hotels eager and willing to negotiate, and we are looking forward to our time in the Bluegrass state. What a privilege to praise God in the newly renovated Rupp Arena.”

Joe Fields, Director of Convention Sales, Central Bank Center shared, “We appreciate the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League for being such loyal friends and partners over the many years of planning for this convention.  They have stayed with us through the unknowns of construction and the pandemic and now we look forward to finally showing them Lexington’s amazing hospitality–and showing off the new Central Bank Center!”

Registration for the event has gone up by over 20% since social distancing restrictions have been lifted.

“We are thrilled to welcome back Lutheran Women to Lexington. The last 15 months have been difficult for the industry, and we are grateful that they are trusting Lexington to exceed their expectations. Welcoming back Lutheran Women will let everyone know that Lexington is back open for business.” said Alex Lugo, general manager of the Hilton Lexington Downtown.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JUNE 15, 2021 AT 11:09 A.M.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Plans are being finalized for the 39th Biennial Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention, June 24-27, 2021, in Lexington, Ky.

The LWML is an official auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries, and supporting global missions.

The theme of the convention is “Running the race … Looking to Jesus” based on the Bible verses from Hebrews 12:1-2.

The women and men of the LWML meet every two years to vote on the mission goal for the next biennium and the mission grants that are funded by donations to the mission goal. The proposed mission goal is $2,150,000 and there are 34 mission grant proposals on the ballot from all around the world.

Thursday night’s opening worship service is open to the community and will be led by Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Michigan District President. Over 2,600 women, men & children are expected to travel to Lexington from every state in the union including Alaska and Hawaii.

Many activities will happen during the day on Thursday including an early morning prayer service, blood drive, seminars for district leaders, and servant events. Two of the activities are assembling food kits for Love the Hungry, a Christian volunteer organization feeding people throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana; and making no-sew fleece pillows and lap robes for Grace Works, a Christian organization helping their neighbors with food, shelter, and support in Williamson County, Franklin, Tennessee.

The LWML is excited about being in Lexington, Kentucky. Many are planning to take advantage of the tours around the Lexington area and visit this beautiful state. Thank you for your hospitality.

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is an official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.