Mary Beth Photo Cropped 2015

Whether you are still in the throes of winter or enjoying tulips blooming where you live, close your eyes and imagine the warm breezes of Minnesota “lakes country,” with God’s star-drenched sky above! This is your invitation to spend Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:00 am-3:00 pm (registration 8:30 am), with women from coast-to-coast at our WMCLB Convention in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The theme: “His Song in the Night!

Featured Presenter: Mary Beth Carlson

Mary Beth Carlson is a composer, recording artist, author, inspirational speaker, and former Teacher of the Year. She performs nationally as a pianist and speaker for a wide variety of special events and organizations, including Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Joni Eareckson Tada’s ministry, Joni and Friends. Mary Beth has produced and recorded twenty-six albums of piano orchestral music and six DVDs.

Growing up as Mary Beth Trones, she attended Ebenezer LBC in Minneapolis, MN, graduating from Hillcrest Academy in 1969. Married to Kent Carlson in 1974, she was a member at Oak Hill LBC, Bloomington, MN for twenty-five years. They’re blessed with three daughters and eight grandchildren.

Much of Mary Beth’s original music has been inspired by her daughter Jody, who was born with cerebral palsy and autism. Mary Beth’s mission is to help provide God’s peace, hope, joy, and inspiration through the music he has graciously given her. Her life reflects our theme verse, “By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life” (Psalm 42:8).

Afternoon workshop choices:

Sue Olson:

What’s really on God’s heart? How does he show and tell us? What should be our response? Come and share in the stories of seeing how simple it can be to mirror the mission heart of God, right now, right here, with you just the way you are.

Carolyn McElfatrick:

The conscience of America is increasingly controlled more by political correctness and emotion than by God’s Word. How do we, as Christians, determine our role in a changing society and be authentic “light in the darkness” to a rapidly deteriorating culture?

Gretchen Ronnevik: 

God brought her from a missionary dream, to the ministry of motherhood. She will share how writing about her life, faith and art online has drawn her into an unexpected ministry to women from all walks of life in over forty countries. She’ll brainstorm ways to reach the next generation of women.

Elizabeth Christenson: (TBA).

Mary Beth Carlson will conclude the day, as we gather together again. We hope you’ll join us July 16! Register at your local CLB church or online at by June 15 ($25), or $30 after June 15.

Cheryl Olsen is the Faith & Fellowship correspondent for Women’s Ministries of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren.


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