Thanks to the Conference Committee

As usual the BJS conference was well run and overflowing with grace and hospitality thanks to the conference committee pictured here: Donna Linnemeyer (Bethany Program Administrator and occassional BJS blogger), Phyllis Rossow (Pastor Rossow’s wife), Aimee Walsh (Bethany Lutheran School Admissions Director and “the world’s happiest person”), Erin Thompson (Bethany First Grade Teacher) and Pam Mueller (Bethany Principal). We also thank the dozens of other Bethany staff and volnteers who helped out. 


The banquet on Friday


A Manly Breakfast prepared by Bethany Lutheran Church and School


Thanks to all who helped to make the BJS 2011 conference possible.


There were homade sticky buns hot out of the oven!


A small snack during break before the Real Food of the Divine Service

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Thanks to the Conference Committee — 10 Comments

  1. And in addition… thanks to Norm and Frank for doing all the audio/video work that they did; including the streaming content.

    This was an excellent conference and I am looking forward to next year already.

  2. Pastor Rossow – please extend our blessings and gratitude to the entire staff of Bethany Lutheran Church for another excellent BJS conference. The worship was divine, the food was heavenly and the brother (and sisters) were a welcome respite to the winter hibernation of the north. Koinonia is worthy of study by the brothers and even more so practiced; another joyous event we were honored to attend.

    The members of Hope Lutheran, DeWitt, MI
    Dennis Peskey

  3. Thanks for a great conference—I’m never sure which I enjoy more: the presentations or the schmoozing. I’m glad that I had a chance to practice the technique of CG (Curmudgeon Growth) as the membership in the club increased exponentially over the weekend. And it is notable that we have CW also (Curmudgeon Women), as a great many women have joined our ranks (it was never verboten).

    I found it very interesting that people do read the stuff we post here–lots of comments to that effect–kind of makes one sit up and take notice–rather sobering, as well as gratifying.

    Johannes (incognito, once again…)

  4. @Johannes #5
    I’m proud to be a card carrying Charter Member of the club. What I want to know is why did the ladies get to pick from 4 different card icons, but (appearantly) the men didn’t?

    Thanks to all the people at Bethany for your spectactular hospitality. You outdid yourselves again this year. The food and fellowship alone were well worth the drive from Kansas City. The presentations were wonderful as well (in fact I’m still wondering about Pastor Rossow’s). : ) I don’t know how you do it with a budget based on the conference fee of a mere $50. The food alone was worth that. Thanks again! You all rock!

    Eric Ramer

  5. I’d like to offer one more special thank-you to Cantor Magness and the entire Bethany Choir for indulging me by letting me join you for the Divine Service. It was really a pleasure, and as usual, the music was terrific (my presence not withstanding).

    Eric Ramer

  6. My thanks as well, the conference was well worth the 12 hour drive, no doubt due to the content and the planning.

  7. BRAVO! Thanks to all involved in making this a truly great experience for all attendees. All your hard work did not go unnoticed. The hospitality, food, speakers… all first class. Thank you for all your hard work!

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