- Spring Pastors' Conference 2018
April 9, 2018 - April 11, 2018
3:00 pm - 11:15 am
MANKATO CONFERENCE of the MN District of the WELS
Brothers of the Minnesota District,
The Mankato Conference is looking forward to hosting you for the Spring Minnesota District Pastor’s Conference April 9-11. The theme of the conference this year is “Every Church A Mission”. The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Owatonna, MN. It is located at 2365 43rd St. NW Owatonna. Their phone number is 507.446.8900. This year you are responsible to make your own reservation at the hotel and arrange your own roommate. There are rooms with two double beds and rooms with a single king. There are also a limited number of family suites available. The deadline for making your reservation is March 10 to be guaranteed the conference rate of $99. Check-in is at 4 p.m. Wristbands for the waterpark are provided for each person in the room (up to 5 per room). The waterpark is on winter schedule so it is open from 3-9 p.m. each day.
Registration for the conference itself is made through the district website www.welsmn.org. Registration should be made no later than March 16th. Easter is early this year which moves our conference date earlier. Do not delay in making your arrangements and getting your registration done. Fees for the conference are as follows:
- $160 for those registering by March 16.
- $180 for those registering after March 16. (Final deadline to register is March 20)
- $25 non-attendance fee.
- $50 spouse registration.
- $25 per child 6 years and over.
Monday Meal and Opening Worship
The Monday evening meal and opening worship service are both held at the Conference Center. The meal begins at 5:30 p.m. in the pre-conference area just outside conference room. The meal is Tex-Mex dinner buffet with a children’s option of chicken fingers. There is space for around 100 to eat at a time. If you are able to eat earlier and make room for others coming later it would be greatly appreciated. Worship with Holy Communion is in the conference room and begins at 7 p.m.
Meals and Tuesday Banquet
All meals will be in the area just outside the conference room. Seating will be available at all meals other than Monday dinner in the conference area. There is a hot breakfast each day. The banquet meal on Tuesday evening features your choice of roast breast of turkey served with pan gravy or sliced roast beef with mushroom gravy, or a vegetarian option of Spinach Tortelloni topped with sun-dried tomato cream sauce. Please indicate your choice during online registration. If you require gluten-free, please indicate this also when you register. Entertainment that evening is provided by Mr. Chris Driesbach. This will also be held in the conference area.
Wifi is available in the conference room for free. There are a limited number of electrical outlets available. If you will need to plug in your computer during the conference, you may want to bring an extension cord and a powerstrip so others can share.
There is opportunity for fellowship Monday and Tuesday evening. There is a cash bar in the conference area where you may purchase beer, wine, or mixed drinks. There will be snacks available and plenty of room to gather and space to play cards. We will also have a suite available in the hotel. This space will be smaller and not so easy to host large groups.
You and your spouse are honored guests of the District at this conference. The registration fee, food, lodging and gas money will be paid by the District. Hotel reservations should be made by you. Please hold to the registration deadline of March. Follow the retiree directions at welsmn.org. Retirees should not pay any expenses with the registration.
We welcome wives and families to join us at the conference. On Tuesday morning the wives have an opportunity to visit the Minnesota State Public School for dependent and neglected children museum. More information can be found here: www.orphanagemuseum.com. There is no charge for this tour. Lunch will be on your own that day. The Medford Outlet Center Mall is just a few minutes North of Owatonna on I-35. On Wednesday morning, the wives will meet with Ms. Peggy Myers for open discussion on current issues facing pastor’s wives. This will take place at the conference center. Childcare will be available during the session on Wednesday morning with Peggy.
All payments for the conference will be done online at WELSMN.org and will take place via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT). You will need to have access to the Payor’s ABA bank routing number (first 9 numbers on the bottom left side of the check) and checking account number (the 7 numbers before the check number on the bottom of the check) to complete the registration. Thank you for saving the district significant money by using EFT. Use of this electronic path will also simplify the registration process for your conference host as well. (Please, no physical checks!)
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send me a message: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mankato Conference looks forward to hosting you in April. God’s blessings as you lead people to Jesus’ cross and empty tomb!
BEFORE YOU SELECT YOUR REGISTRATION OPTION:
- READ THE OPTIONS CAREFULLY. YOU MAY ONLY CHOOSE ONE OPTION.
You should know as you complete this registration, if your wife will attend, if your children will attend, etc.
- PARENTS WITH CHILDREN -FOR REGISTRATION PURPOSES, THE PACKAGE YOU SELECT BELOW ONLY APPLIES TO CHILDREN FIVE AND OLDER.
We will ask on the following page about children accompanying you. If your children are under the age of five, they should not be counted as you choose your registration package since there is no requirement to purchase a meal plan for them.
- RETIREES WILL HAVE NO EXPENSES DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. HOWEVER, WE DO NEED REIREES TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION PROCESS.
For the sake of good order and to provide as accurate counts as possible to those who are needing them, we need everyone to complete the registration process.
Venue Phone: 507-446-8900
Holiday Inn & Suites of Owatonna is home of the Great Serengeti Indoor Water Park open Monday through Thursday 3-9pm, Friday and Saturday 8am-10pm and Sunday from 8am-1pm. Come experience the adventure! Our award winning hotel is located just 45 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul, next to Cabela's, features 130 guest rooms and suites! We offer amenities for business or leisure! For the business traveler our guest rooms feature a spacious work desk and high-speed wireless Internet and a business center available 24 hours a day. Our Meeting & Banquet facility features 5 meeting rooms with multiple room combinations for up to 300 people. Banquets and meetings offer personalized menu planning with a wide variety of food and beverage selections. For the leisure traveler, we're located adjacent to Cabela's; MN's 2nd largest tourist attraction, and minutes away from the Preferred Outlets at Medford! At the hotel, The Great Serengeti Indoor Water Park features a body & tube slide, lazy river, zero depth entry activity pool, water basketball, and a relaxing waterfall spa. The Lion's Den arcade features a large selection of the latest video games, as well as interactive games for all ages. Come experience the adventure at the Holiday Inn & Suites of Owatonna!