2019 LFL Regional Conference – Rochester, Minnesota – Speaker and Hotel Information

REGISTER NOW: 2019 LFL Regional Conference – Rochester, Minnesota – September 14
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Trinity Lutheran Church
222 6th Avenue SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Registration: 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Conference: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Adults: $50 • Students: $25

Lunch is included in registration fee.

Area Hotels:

Kahler Inn and Suites
9 3rd Avenue Northwest
Rochester, MN
0.4 miles from church

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
1125 2nd St. SW
Rochester, MN 55902
0.5 miles from church

Courtyard by Marriott
161 13th Ave. SW
Rochester, MN 55902
0.7 miles from church

Holiday Inn Express
155 16th Avenue SW
Rochester, MN
0.8 miles from church

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndam (North)
4210 US Hwy 52
Rochester, MN
4.3 miles from church

Speakers Include:

Rev. Fredric Hinz, Public Policy Advocate, Minnesota North & South Districts – LCMS – “Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, Transgenderism (and whatever comes next): Cutting Them Off at Their Root” – Today, the hearers of the Gospel are told, and increasingly believe, a particular ancient heresy which claims that our physical body was not created but evolved, that it is not loved but disposable, and that it has no innate purpose or meaning. Come hear Rev. Fredric Hinz as he explains how this heresy has been revived in our day and how it functions to corrupt our society and cause great and unnecessary suffering. And, most importantly, what we can do to counter its destructive effects.

Mona Fuerstenau, Director of Ministry Partnerships, Bethesda Lutheran Communities – “Did God Really Say Indispensable?” – A look at 1 Corinthians 12:22, exploring the place of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Body of Christ. Practical tools and resources to support people with disabilities and their families in your congregation.

Biography: Mona joined Bethesda Lutheran Communities in 2010 as a ministry consultant and now serves as the director of Lutheran Ministry Partnerships. She is a parent of two very diverse learners, a retired speech pathologist, and an avowed disability advocate. Mona was chair of the national Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Disabilities Task Force for four years after chairing the NW District Disability Awareness Task Force for six years. Mona guest lectures and writes on disability issues and has spoken for over 15 years at a growing number of regional and national conferences. She works towards a ministry model that successfully supports families who experience disability, addresses attitudinal and accessibility barriers, and connects people together in communities rich with the gifts of people of all abilities.

Rev. Chris Wheatley, Hospice Chaplain – You Know the Way: Dying Naturally with Hospice Care – How can you find a hospice that respects natural death and God’s timing? What questions should you ask of a potential hospice before you commit a loved one to its care? What does natural death with a focus on quality-of-life treatments look like in hospice care? Pastor Chris addresses these questions as somebody who has worked with a variety of end-of-life agencies, both religious and secular.

Biography: Rev. Wheatley is the son, nephew, and brother of Lutheran pastors from various denominations. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where he wrote his thesis on death and mortality in the thought of Soren Kierkegaard. He has served as a chaplain in a variety of settings: within various hospitals, Veterans’ Affairs, an HIV/AIDS house, and two hospices, one of which he helped create. He is a passionate advocate for comfortable, natural death, and speaks regularly against physician-assisted suicide in medical and church settings. He believes that the American hospice movement is currently at a crossroads, and it will soon decide whether it continues to support life until death or enters the field of medical killing.

Rev. Michael W. Salemink, Executive Director of Lutherans For Life – “A Sixty-Seven-Cent Check Saved My Life” – In 1974, a sixteen-year-old Iowa farm girl’s surprise pregnancy threatened to ruin lives. Roe v. Wade made abortion available just one year earlier for situations like this. But Planned Parenthood was no match for Zion Lutheran Church. The courage and compassion of plain saints patiently serving according to their various vocations cultivated a forty-five-year marriage, three children, twelve grandkids, two pastors, a soldier, and a whole lot of Gospel-motivated Lutheranism. Listen and learn how God’s using you to do the same!