March 18, 2013 - 2013 Free Conference Invitation

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The date of the Third Annual ACELC "Free Conference" and Business Meeting to be held on April 16, 17 & 18, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas is fast approaching, and we would like to cordially invite you to join us. The theme of this year's Conference is extremely timely: "Christ For Us : The Divine Service." We have an excellent lineup of speakers to address this issue, and we have selected speakers who are proponents of the area they will be addressing. We want to make sure that we present each side of this issue in a balance fashion, and that the person presenting each position will be able to defend it as an advocate rather than an opponent. An overview of this year's Conference is listed below.

You may register by clicking here for our online registration form. Also, this year we are offering online registration payments via PayPal. If you would like to pay this way rather than mailing us a check, the link to do this is the right side of the ACELC Home Page at the top of the Announcements section.

If you would like to see more details, here's a more comprehensive list of our Conference Schedule.

CHRIST FOR US: The Divine Service”
Hosted by the Association of Confessing Evangelical Lutheran Congregations​ (ACELC)

What: This Conference is designed to address doctrinal and practical issues in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. It is a “working” conference that includes both presentations for doctrinal study and group discussion to engage in a “what does this mean” dialogue about ministry and worship. Our "Foundation" speaker (the Rev. Rick Sawyer, of Branson, Mississippi) will lay down the essential questions before us as we attempt to deal with and discuss the theology and practice of Lutheran worship. Our three "core" speakers will cover the spectrum of worship practices now being conducted in the LCMS - Contemporary (the Rev. David Langewisch, of Lakewood, Colorado) Traditional (the Rev. Phil Hale, of Lyons, Nebraska), and High Church (the Rev. Rick Stuckwisch, of South Bend, Indiana). And our "Pinnacle" speaker (the Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, of Aurora, Colorado) will speak to a “Concordist” position on Lutheran Worship. A series of Table Talk discussions will broaden the discussion in an effort to identify areas of agreement, areas of true Christian liberty, and problem areas for Biblical resolution. It is our hope and desire to be able to begin a meaningful dialog that will ultimately result in a clear confession of Lutheran Worship for today, and how to do it well and with much clarity and devotion. The Conference also includes the annual business meeting of the ACELC congregations.

Who:  This Conference is a public service to all members of the LCMS. Anyone who is interested is invited and encouraged to attend.

When:  Tuesday, April 16 – Thursday April 18, 2013

Where:  Trinity Lutheran Church,  1207 W. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756

Cost:  $95 ($125 with a spouse); which includes the banquet. If you live close by and would simply like to attend the Banquet, the cost to do that is only $30.  Seven scholarships covering registration and 2 nights lodging are available to called pastors who are presently serving in Texas parishes (not retirees or vacancy pastors) who are neither members nor associate members of the ACELC and have never attended an ACELC conference before.

Nearest Airport:

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (approximately 10.6 miles/30 minutes from Trinity)


Days Inn, $58.65 - single occupancy / $50.15 double occupancy plus tax. Mention ACELC when registering; (512) 835-4311 (4.0 miles from Church)

Super 8, $69.00 including tax - double occupancy, (512) 451-7001 (2.5 miles from Church)

Ramada Inn, $91.91 including tax  - double occupancy, (512) 454-1144 (3.0 miles from Church)

Fairfield Inn and Suites, $137.95 including tax – double occupancy, (512) 302-5550 (2.5 miles from Church)

Note: These hotels are a sampling of what is near the conference site. Rates are quotes given for double occupancy for the week of the conference. Please call and verify the rates when making a reservation. For additional hotel options, Google “hotels near Trinity Lutheran Church, Austin, TX.”

Conference Summary:

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

8:00 am – 9:30 am     Registration
9:30 am – 5:30 pm     Devotion & Speakers
5:30 pm                       Closing Devotion

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

8:30 am – 5:30 pm     Devotions, Speakers, Group Discussions
7:00 pm                        Banquet

Thursday, April 18, 2013

8:30am – 1:30pm        Devotions, ACELC Business Meeting

Registration Fee:  $95.00 ($125 with a spouse). Price includes Banquet. Banquet only: $30. This year you can register and pay online! See the top announcements on the right side of this page.

Please Note: Registration and payment are due by April 9, 2013, in order to accommodate the banquet head count deadline … thank you!

If you are sending a check, it should be made payable to ACELC and mailed in with the Conference Registration Form to the following address:

ACELC Conference Registration
PO Box 194

Holt, MO  64048-0194

If you have any questions, please contact:

Rev. James Gier (, or
Mrs. Ginny Valleau ( – (816) 674-3005


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