Clergy gather for 8-county event

The Bluebonnet Conference (formerly known as the Victoria Conference) of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America Congregations had its 32nd annual Equipping the Saints event Feb. 1, hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church in Victoria. Once again, a crowd of laity and clergy gathered from eight counties for worship, learning opportunities in a variety of workshops offered throughout the day, fellowship and a great meal. Among the speakers at the event, from left, are the Rev. Barney Matocha, host pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Victoria; Lane Johnson, the preacher for this year's opening worship service at Equipping the Saints; Pastor Herb Beyer, dean of the Bluebonnet Conference and Equipping the Saints chairman; and Don Angerstein, lay minister at Trinity Lutheran Church in Victoria assisting with the service.