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September 27, 2019

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The latest news and views from CanadianLutheran.ca

HEADLINES

Guinness Wold Records 2020 features LCC pastor
The 2020 edition of Guinness World Records is out now, and one of those featured prominently is Lutheran Church–Canada’s own Rev. Dr. Kevin Fast. READ MORE

CLS calls for Honourary Award nominations
Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton) invites individuals, congregations, and Boards of Lutheran Church–Canada to submit names of persons to be considered for one of the seminary's honourary degrees and awards. READ MORE

Hair-Raising Horror: It Chapter Two
Rev. Ted Giese reviews the film It: Chapter Two, and reflects on what Christian viewers should remember. READ MORE

International Lutheran News
- ILC Africa Region meets in South Africa

ANNOUNCEMENTS


LCC SEEKING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER - Lutheran Church–Canada’s Synod office in Winnipeg is seeking a Communications Director. The person in this position is responsible for maintaining ongoing communication program of synod and developing new strategies for communication with internal and external constituencies. Under the supervision of the President of Synod, the Communications Director is proactive in identifying issues and current events to which LCC should respond or report upon. The director is also responsible for online and print publications that share the mission and ministry of Lutheran Church–Canada. As part of the synodical office team, the Communications Director provides advice and guidance on communication issues for each area of the Synod’s work.

For a full description of responsibilities and information on how to apply, CLICK HERE.
 

CALLS / CHANGES

  • Rev. James Avery - Currently serving Bethel (Sherwood Park, Alberta)
    Considering a call to Christ (St. Catharines, Ontario)
  • Rev. Rod Parker - Currently serving Grace (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
    Considering a call to Cypress Parish (Maple Creek/Ponteix/Swift Current, Saskatchewan)

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COMING EVENTS

  • NATIONAL - Ongoing
    Lutheran Foundation Canada, Christian Estate Planning - Call 877-711-4438 to book a free seminar at your congregation. lutheranfoundation.ca/seminars-and-webinars/
  • EAST - September 27-28, 2019
    East Region Pastors' Wives Retreat
     - Guelph Bible Conference Centre.  The topic for this year's retreat is "Faith Under Pressure: Discovering Strength and Courage in Adversity," led by Rev. Greg Johnson. Take a break from your routine and come enjoy a wonderful weekend of relaxation and fellowship at this annual retreat. If you can't stay for the night, just come for the day. In the interests of saving money and trees, the retreat will be foregoing paper invitations this year in favour of electronic invitations to be sent in June. For more information, or if you do not receive your invitation by June 15, please contact eliseristau@gmail.com.
  • WEST - September 28, 2019
    LBTC Presentation and Mohr Music Concert 
    - Rev. Mike Kuh (Lutheran Bible Translators of Canada missionary) and Mohr Music (LBTC Executive Director Rev. Ron and Karen Mohr) will present at Bethany Lutheran (Campbell River, B.C.) on Saturday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. Hear the exciting news of what God is doing through LBTC missionaries, along with a concert of jazz, pop, showtunes, and Christian vocal duets. Enjoy delicious food and excellent Christian fellowship. A potluck supper will take place at 6:00 p.m.
  • WEST - September 29, 2019
    LBTC Presentation and Mohr Music Concert 
    - Rev. Mike Kuh (Lutheran Bible Translators of Canada missionary) and Mohr Music (LBTC Executive Director Rev. Ron and Karen Mohr) will present at Redeemer Lutheran (Victoria, B.C.) on Sunday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. Hear the exciting news of what God is doing through LBTC missionaries, along with a concert of jazz, pop, showtunes, and Christian vocal duets. Enjoy delicious food and excellent Christian fellowship. A potluck supper will take place at 5:00 p.m.
  • WEST - October 4-6, 2019
    BC Ministry Wives Retreat - Camp Hope, Hope, BC. Our theme is “The Shelter of God's Promises”. Join us for a weekend of encouragement and learning - this year's registration fee is only $75! To register, click here. Registrations are due by September 27. Questions? Contact Deanna Hautz at deanna.hautz@gmail.com.
  • EAST - October 5, 2019
    Spaghetti Dinner Extraordinaire - Redeemer Lutheran (Waterloo, Ontario) will host a Spaghetti Dinner Extraordinaire on October 5 in support of the Zion Mission Team (with members from across Canada) who will be going to Nicaragua in January 2020. All proceeds will be used to finance VBS supplies, building materials for a parsonage in Leon, and food hampers. There will be two sittings: one at 4:30 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 each or $50 for families of 3 or more. The spaghetti dinner includes Caesar salad, buns, pie, coffee and juice, and door prizes. You can choose a tomato meat sauce or creamy white sauce. For tickets, contact Redeemer Lutheran's office at (519) 745-5027, Lutheran Laymen's League (519) 578-7420, or the LCC East District Office (519) 578-6500 ext. 4.
  • NATIONAL - October 6, 2019
    Life Chain
    - Life Chains are being organized in many cities/towns across Canada by cooperation of prolife organizations like Right to Life Chapters, Lutherans for Life-Canada, and Campaign Life Coalition. Life Chain is an easy way to get involved in pro-life activism. Your local Life Chain organizer will provide you with a non-graphic Life Chain sign to hold, and you may pray silently for an end to abortion and for those affected by it. For a list of all locations, visit: https://www.campaignlifecoalition.com/life-chain
  • EAST - October 7-9, 2019
    Fall Pastors' and Deacons' Conference
    - The 2019 Fall Conference will be held October 7-9 at Camp Pioneer, Angola, NY. (Note: you will require a passport to cross into the United States.) The main speaker is Rev. Dean Kavouras, a 1978 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. He has served as a parish pastor, as well as Safety Forces chaplain for the City of Cleveland (1995 - present), and for the FBI - Cleveland Division (1997 - 2014). He was called to Christ Lutheran Church, Cleveland, in 1999 as Assistant Pastor, and became Pastor in 2008. Pastor Kavouras is an avid student of liturgical and early church history. He married his wife, Barb, in 1973. The couple has three children and ten grandchildren.  Anyone requesting time at the conference to make an announcement should contact Rev. Don Schieman as soon as possible to have a place on the agenda at revskiman@gmail.com or 519-631-4020 (church) or 519-631-4414 (home). Camp Pioneer has rooms for 2 or 3 and cabins for 4. If possible, please arrange roommates in advance.  Conference Registration forms were sent out by email. If you didn’t receive yours, please contact ilene@lutheranchurch.ca. Registration deadline: September 23.  
  • CENTRAL - October 7-9, 2019
    Manitoba/Northwest Ontario Church Workers Conference
    - The 2019 Manitoba/Northwest Ontario Church Workers Conference will take place October 7-9, 2019 at Luther Village, off Hwy 71 southeast of Kenora, Ontario. All rostered church workers are required to attend, barring an excused absence. For  more information, contact Rev. Harold Borchardt at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Winnipeg.
  • WEST - October 9, 2019
    GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
    - Rev. Jan Pastucha will lead a nine-week grief support group at Memories Funeral Home (13403 St. Albert Trail, Edmonton)  beginning on Wednesday, October 9.Two sessions are available to choose from (9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.). If you or someone you know would benefit from such a support group, please contact Rev. Pastucha at 780-886-1790 or at revrev@telus.net. Cost for the nine-week session is $30 which covers the cost of two resource books for each participant. Space is limited to 10 people for each session.
  • EAST - October 20, 2019
    St. Peter's Lutheran 75th Anniversary
    - St. Peter's Lutheran Church (Simcoe, Ontario) is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. The congregation will celebrate the anniversary on October 20.
  • EAST - October 20, 2019
    Christ Risen Lutheran 50th Anniversary
    - Christ Risen Lutheran Church (Kanata, Ontario) is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a service and luncheon at 10:30 a.m. on October 20.
  • EAST - October 20, 2019
    Grace Lutheran 75th Anniversary
    - In celebration of their 75th anniversary, Grace Lutheran (Kitchener, Ontario) invites you to join them on Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. for a special concert featuring guest performers Tara-Lyn Hart and Ebytown Brass. A freewill offering will go towards the purchase of a new chalice. Refreshments will follow.
  • CENTRAL - October 21-23, 2019
    2019 Saskatchewan Church Workers Conference
    - The 2019 Saskatchewan Church Workers Conference will take place October 21-23, 2019 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Regina, with accommodation at Holiday Inn South Albert. Guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. John Hellwege of Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton). All rostered church workers are required to attend, barring an excused absence. Registration forms are due by September 15. For  more information, contact Central Regional Pastor David Haberstock (dhaberstock@lutheranchurch.ca) or Marlene Mohr (mmohr@lutheranchurch.ca).
  • WEST - October 27, 2019 [POSTPONED]
    St. Matthew 125th Anniversary
    - St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Stony Plain, Alberta) has postponed its 125th anniversary celebration to some time in the new year.
  • WEST - November 1-3, 2019
    Fall Youth Retreat
    - The Calgary circuit youth retreat committee is pleased to announce that Rev. Mike Kuhn will be the speaker at this year’s fall youth retreat, Jars of Clay (2 Corinthians 4:6 7), at Foothills Lutheran Church, on November 1-3, 2019. All LCC youth and leaders are invited! Visit the website (www.lutheranyouthretreat.ca) to download the registration forms. The deadline is October 16, 2019.
  • EAST - November 15-17, 2019
    It's Jello Time!
    - Save the date of November 15-17,2019 for the Jello-on-a-Stick Youth Retreat at Trinity Lutheran Church (30 Erie Avenue North, Fisherville, Ontario). This retreat is for youth enrolled in confirmation classes, as well as for those already confirmed (up to Grade 12). Cost: $35. Youth leaders attend at no cost. Brochure and registration form will be available soon. Questions can be directed to Rita Rickus at trinityfisherville@gmail.com.
  • WEST - July 2-5, 2020
    IMPACT Youth Gathering
    - It's just one year away! All LCC youth and leaders are invited to the IMPACT Youth Gathering on July 2-5, 2020 at Pines Bible Camp in Grad Forks, B.C. Watch for registration info coming later this year, and join us for a weekend of community, growth, and equipping centered on Christ. Visit www.impactyg.ca for more information.

LECTIONARY SUMMARY FROM THE LCMS

3-year and 1-year Series available HERE.

 

ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

Our Father in Heaven Protects His Children by Giving His Holy Angels Charge Over Them

We live in “a time of trouble” (Dan. 12:1), in the midst of great tribulation; for Satan and his wicked angels have been thrown out of heaven and have come down to earth “in great wrath,” with woeful “temptations to sin” and with constant accusations (Rev. 12:8–12; Matt. 18:7). Even so, we are encouraged by the presence and protection of St. Michael and the holy angels, whom God sends to help us in the strife (Dan. 10:11–13). By “the authority of his Christ,” His holy angels guard and keep us in body and soul. These heavenly servants of God preserve His human messengers on earth, the ministers of “the blood of the Lamb,” against all the power of the enemy; for by “the word of their testimony,” the Church is saved and the devil is defeated (Rev. 12:10–11; Luke 10:18–19). By their preaching and Baptism of repentance, the old Adam and the old evil foe are “drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6); and as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, so are His people delivered and raised from the dust of the earth through the forgiveness of their sins (Dan. 12:1–3).


More Wisely


 “And how are they to preach unless they are sent?”  - Romans 10:15

Each week, in our churches, we have the privilege of hearing the life-saving Word of scripture. In fact, every day all around the world, the Word goes out wherever it is preached and read. All who hear it are blessed in many ways. This brings us great joy, but even more joy is derived by knowing God has blessed us with being part of this sending of the Word. When we return a portion to Him in the Church for His work, we help deliver the Word. And thus, we are doubly blessed: we receive the Word and we get to send it forth to others.
 
One way in which we can return a portion to God is through our estate. Adding a charitable gift in your will, or through other means, enables you to give a portion of your blessings for the Lord’s work. Your gift can be a wonderful way to continue to send forth the Word. Lutheran Foundation Canada can help you create great plans that help you share your blessings. For more information, please visit www.lutheranfoundation.ca or speak to one of our regional Gift Coordinators.

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