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2018 Nebraska District Convention News

 

Convention Business: Resolutions

Delegates to the convention didn’t have to spend a lot of their time wrestling over business matters, but they did take care of some important work for the District. The Floor Committee presented its first proposed resolution “To Amend the Nebraska District Bylaws” on Friday afternoon. It had been several conventions since the District Bylaws had undergone significant review, and the delegates voted to adopt the changes presented. As suggested by the LCMS Commission on Constitutional Matters, there were several minor changes needed to bring the Nebraska District Bylaws into compliance with Synod Bylaws, while also cleaning up some outdated language and terminology. The most notable change came as a result of a recommendation from the West Point Circuit, made as Overture #L1.07, which now gives each congregation the right to nominate two pastors for the position of District President and two pastors from their region for the position of vice president.

Delegates passed two other resolutions calling for action. The first, “To Celebrate and Give Thanks to God for the 125th Anniversary of Concordia University, Nebraska,” noted that Concordia University was founded on November 18, 1894, and asked the District Convention to memorialize the LCMS at its July 2019 convention to declare November 17, 2019, “Concordia University, Nebraska Sunday.” The other resolution that encouraged action was “To Encourage Support of the Nebraska District Crisis Fund,” which informed delegates of an existing Crisis Fund for church workers as part of the District’s annual budget and encouraged donations to this fund.

There were also several Overtures the Floor Committee suggested to decline and the convention agreed. The Overtures declined were:

  • To Encourage Continuing Education for Pastors
  • To Encourage Synod to Use Good Stewardship
  • To Explore the Feasibility of Calling Deaconesses to Assist in Regional Hospital Visitations
  • To Explore the Feasibility of a District Youth Activities Coordinator
  • To Modify the Process of District Reconciliation

A copy of the final resolutions will be available on this page when they have been proofed and completed.


Final Elections Results:

Nebraska District President Rev. Richard Snow, was elected to his second term as president of the Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod by the delegates attending the 19th convention of that body in Kearney, Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. Rev. Snow has served as District President since 2015, and is eligible to serve two more three-year terms.

District vice presidents elected at this Convention are: First Vice President, Rev. Craig Niemeier of Zion (Worms), St. Libory, serving his second term as vice president; Second Vice President, Rev. Karl Ziegler of First, Papillion, serving his second term as vice president; Third Vice President, Rev. David Kuhfal of Grace, Neligh and Trinity, Elgin, serving his second term as vice president; and Fourth Vice President, Rev. David Ohlman of Immanuel, Polk, who was elected to his first term as vice president. Each will serve a term of three years and will be eligible for re-election at the next District Convention in 2021.

Other officers elected included:

Secretary: Rev. James Rasmussen, associate pastor at Divine Shepherd, Omaha, for a second term.

Board of Director members: Bruce Wall of Schuyler, Paul Burger of Kearney, James Kovac of Beaver Crossing, Debra Sunderman of Norfolk, and Kevin Warneke of Omaha.

Holding current terms on the Board of Directors are: Andrew Rohwer of Kearney; Jim Conner of Holstein; Virginia Von Seggern of Orchard; David Knorr of Humboldt; and Steve Trusty of Council Bluffs, IA.

Completing terms on the Board of Directors are: Marvin Swan of Grant; Annette Sonntag of Columbus; and Chair, Kent Warneke of Norfolk.

Nominations Committee: Rev. Michael Awe of South Sioux City, Rev. Harrison Goodman of Winside, Rev. Robert Kuefner of Lexington, Sandy Armstrong of Grand Island, Kim Cornett of Wisner, Glenn Van Velson of North Platte, and Kent Warneke of Norfolk.

Constitution and Handbook Committee: Rev. Bart Fouts of Battle Creek, Rev. Robert Mayes of Beemer, Scott Ernstmeyer of Lincoln, and Kurth Brashear of Seward.

Board of Regents, Concordia University Nebraska, Seward: Rev. Eugene Gierke of Seward, Krista Barnhouse of Lincoln, Ryan Burger of Lincoln, and Dick Helms of Arapahoe.

The 312 voting delegates, composed of one pastor and one lay person from congregations in the Nebraska District, were joined by 73 advisory delegates, generally teachers and other pastors serving in the District, and 97 guests and staff members, for a total of 482 attending the triennial convention at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

 


imageedit_2_74339384216/15/18, 4:00 p.m. : Nebraska District President Rev. Richard Snow was elected to his second three-year term as president of the Nebraska District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod on the first ballot Friday afternoon with 80% of the vote.

 


6/15/18, 5:30 p.m. : A nomination for vice president for Region B was made from the floor. The vote for Region B was delayed to provide time for consideration. The votes for Regions A, C, and D proceeded.

Region A had two candidates on the ballot: Rev. Craig Niemeier of Zion (Worms), St. Libory, and Rev. Greg Volzke of Christ, Juniata. Rev. Niemeier was named to his second term as Region A vice president with 75% of the votes. Rev. Volzke received 25%.

Region B began with only one candidate, Rev. David Ohlman of Immanuel, Polk, and a nomination was made from the floor to add Rev. Jeff Bloom of Immanuel, Lincoln to the ballot. That vote will be held later this evening.

Region C began with two candidates on the ballot: Rev. David Kuhfal of Grace, Neligh and Trinity, Elgin, and Rev. Frank Winter III, of Christ, Norfolk. Rev. Kuhfal was elected to his second term as Region C vice president with 59% of the vote. Rev. Winter received 41%.

Region D had two candidates on the ballot: Rev. Karl Ziegler of First, Papillion and Rev. Lance Berndt of Zion, Omaha. Rev. Ziegler was elected to his second term as Region D vice president with 59% of the vote. Rev. Berndt received 41%.


6/15/18, 8:00 p.m. Other election results today include:

Board of Directors commissioned member, Area II (Regions C &D): Bruce Wall

Board of Directors lay member, Region A: Paul Burger

Board of  Directors lay member, Region B: James Kovac

Board of Directors lay member, Region C: Debra Sunderman

Board of Directors lay member, Region D: Kevin Warneke


6/15/18, 9:00 p.m. : On Friday, delegates chose and ranked the District’s four vice presidents who will serve until the next Convention in 2021. A nomination for vice president for Region B was made from the floor, so the vote for Region B was delayed to provide time for consideration. The votes for Regions A, C, and D proceeded, and the Region B vote was held after dinner.

Region A had two candidates on the ballot: Rev. Craig Niemeier of Zion (Worms), St. Libory, and Rev. Greg Volzke of Christ, Juniata. Rev. Niemeier was named to his second term as Region A vice president with 75% of the vote.  Region B began with only one candidate, Rev. David Ohlman of Immanuel, Polk, and a nomination was made from the floor to add Rev. Jeff Bloom of Immanuel, Lincoln to the ballot. Rev. Ohlman was named to his first term as Region B vice president after receiving 51% of the vote. Region C began with two candidates on the ballot:
Rev. David Kuhfal of Grace, Neligh and Trinity, Elgin, and Rev. Frank Winter III, of Christ, Norfolk. Rev. Kuhfal was elected to his second term as Region C vice president with 59% of the vote.  Region D had two candidates on the ballot: Rev. Karl Ziegler of First, Papillion and Rev. Lance Berndt of Zion, Omaha. Rev. Ziegler was elected to his second term as Region D vice president with 59% of the vote.

After the four vice presidents were chosen, the delegates voted to rank them.  Rev. Niemeier will serve as first vice president,  Rev. Ziegler as second,  Rev. Kuhfal as third, and  Rev. Ohlman as fourth vice president.


 

 

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