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October 24, 2019

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The Devil: Liar, Murderer, and... Instrument of God?
"One of the most effective strategies of the Devil in destroying Christian souls remains convincing us that he does not exist." So writes Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau in this issue of The Canadian Lutheran magazine. READ MORE

Lutherans hold convention in Ukraine
The Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine held its annual convention September 30-October 2, during which time the church reelected Bishop Alexander Yurchenko. READ MORE

In review: Downton Abbey
Rev. Ted Giese reviews the recent Downton Abbey film, saying its "thick with plots but out of character." READ MORE

International Lutheran News
- Ingrian Lutherans in Russia elect new bishop
- ILC World Seminaries Conference explores common curriculum
- World Seminaries Conference comes to an end


  • Rev. Jamie Bosma - Currently serving Bethel (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
    Considering a call to Our Saviour (Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan)
  • Rev. Cody Cooper - Currently serving LaRonge Fellowship (LaRonge, Saskatchewan)
    Considering a call to Christ Lutheran Church of Mellowdale (Barrhead, Alberta)


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  • NATIONAL - Ongoing
    Lutheran Foundation Canada, Christian Estate Planning - Call 877-711-4438 to book a free seminar at your congregation.
  • EAST - October 25, 2019
    Tasty Taco Fiesta - Faith Lutheran Church (247 Westmount Rd., Kitchener, Ontario) is hosting a Tasty Taco Fiesta on Friday, October 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Three tacos, side dish, dessert, and drinks for $15. Twelve, or more, condiments, vegetarian options, rice side dishes, Tres Leches with fresh fruit and a cookie surprise. Sangria (non-alcoholic) or coffee and tea. Proceeds support the 2020 Nicaragua Mission. To reserve tickets, call Jane at 519-884-2367. Tickets also available after worship services on October 6, 13, and 20. Advance tickets preferred, especially for takeout orders.
  • CENTRAL - October 26, 2019
    LLL Canada Annual General Meeting 
    - The 2019 Annual General Meeting of Lutheran Laymen's League of Canada will take place at Grace Lutheran Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Come to hear about the last year's events and learn about new materials and resources. Voting members will have an opportunity to elect the board president and say goodbye to long serving board member Ian Adnams, whose term has ended. Coffee and refreshments will follow. LLL Canada thanks Grace for its hospitality. Please let organizers know if you plan to attend by calling 1-800-555-6236 or send an email to
  • EAST - October 26, 2019
    Tasty Taco Fiesta 
    - St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stratford, Ontario is hosting a Ham and Scalloped Potato Supper on Saturday, October 26 starting at 5:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, October 6. The cut-off date is October 20. Prices are $15 for Adults, $6 for Children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free. All proceeds will go towards helping support our adopted seminary student and his family. For ticket information, email
  • EAST - October 26, 2019 
    Hymnfest for the Commemoration of Paul Gerhardt 
    - The Kitchener Circuit is hosting a Hymnfest at Redeemer Lutheran Church (78 John St. W., Waterloo) on Saturday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m. Congregational hymns, Scripture, readings about the life of Paul Gerhardt, the Lutheran Chamber Singers, circuit organists, and refreshments and fellowship to follow, will make for an event you will not want to miss. Free admission.
  • EAST - October 27, 2019 [Date Change]
    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 27.
  • 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 ( to download the registration forms. The deadline is October 16, 2019.
  • CENTRAL - November 1-3, 2019
    Fall Youth Retreat
    - Peace Lutheran Church in Winnipeg invites you to attend its annual Fall Youth Retreat from November 1-3. Rev. Glenn Worcester will be discussing "The Strangest Things" (Acts 17:20) people find in God's Word, from the time of the disciples all the way to the present. All youth and leaders are invited to attend. Find the registration package at Registration deadline is October 25, 2019.
  • EAST - November 1-3, 2019
    EDLYA Meets Again!
    - The fall retreat for Lutheran Young Adults (ages 18-35) will be hosted November 1-3 at Grace Lutheran in St. Catharines, Ontario. The group will be hosting joint sessions with Lutherans for Life-Canada, and look forward to hearing Dr. Leah Koetting Block speak on Christians Confronting Their Loved Ones Suffering. For more information and to register, please visit
  • EAST - November 2, 2019
    Annual Meeting for Lutherans for Life - Canada
     - The Annual Meeting for Lutherans for Life-Canada will take place Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church (213 Linwell Rd.) in St. Catharines, Ontario. In the morning, in conjunction with the East District Lutheran Young Adults, we have our opening worship service along with a presentation by Dr. Leah Koetting Block on "Misguided Mercy: Medical Assistance In Dying in Canada and How Christians Can Respond." Following a lunch (which will be provided), the business meeting will take place with reports of officers, election of members to the Board of Directors and other business. Cost is $15, to be paid upon registration. Please pre-register by email to the secretary: Glenn Kahle, Pre-registrations are appreciated by October 21, but will be accepted after this as well. For further questions or information, write the president, Rev. Richard Juritsch ( or call him at 905-359-4109.
  • EAST - November 9, 2019
    Garage and Thrift Sale
    - LCC Short Term Mission Team Zion will be hosting a Garage and Thrift Sale at Redeemer Lutheran in Waterloo on November 9 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. All funds raised are supporting the January 2020 Mission Trip. Furniture, clothing, books, and much, much more. If you are interested in donating items to sell, please contact Lisa Jackson at the LLL office (519-578-7420) or Darryll Holland at LCC's East Region office (519-578-6500).
  • 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
  • EAST - November 17, 2019
    75th Anniversary - Grace Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario will be celebrating a milestone on Sunday, November 17th with a special 75th anniversary service at 3:00 p.m., followed by a pork and sauerkraut dinner at 5:00 p.m. If you are attending and plan to stay for dinner, please contact the church office at This will help the team in preparing food for this special occasion. Dinner will be a freewill offering.
  • WEST - January 1, 2020
    CLS Honourary Award Nominations 
    - Nominations for Concordia Lutheran Seminary's honourary awards are due by January 1, 2020. For more information, visit:
  • EAST - January 10, 2020
    CLTS Honourary Award Nominations 
    - Nominations for Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary's honourary awards are due by January 10, 2020. For more information, visit:
  • 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 for more information.


Mrs. Eileen Schnarr, mother of Pastor Jim Schnarr (Hamilton, ON) and grandmother of Pastor Cameron Schnarr (Winnipeg, MB) was called to glory on Thursday, October 17. During the prior week she had suffered a massive stroke which left her unable to eat, drink, or move the right side of her body. Rev. Jim Schnarr writes, “She passed peacefully in Jesus Thursday, Oct. 17 at 1:30 pm as I held her hand while reading John 14. A blessed death. In our sorrow we now await the joyous resurrection together for the heavenly celebration. The Lord bless you and keep you and give you peace." Her funeral was held on Wednesday, October 30 at Erb and Good Funeral Home in Waterloo. Please hold the Schnarr family in your prayers.

Mrs. Eugenie Schulz passed away peacefully at the St. Catharines General Hospital on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. In her 89th year, Eugenie Schulz (nee Breithut), beloved wife of Horst Schulz for over 67 years, loving mother of Norbert Schulz (Becky) and Cornelia (Michael Turner). Loved oma of Matthew (Lois), Mark (Summer), Elizabeth (Brandon), Edward (Rosalind), Karoline (Jack), Jonathan (Naomi) and Sarah, great-grandmother of Lillian, Matthew, Leila, Addison, Ava, Brice, Josiah, Ezra, Ariana, Arthur, Evelyn. Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews in Germany. Predeceased by her sister Lillie and two brothers Wilhelm and Karl. Eugenie and Horst served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 35 years, 28 of those years in Papua New Guinea. The funeral service was held at Grace Lutheran Church in St. Catharines on Monday, October 21, 2019. Memorial donations to Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada (1-800-463-1143) or Lutheran Bible Translators of Canada (519-742-3361) would be appreciated by the family.


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The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace

“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). For He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by hearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Abundant Blessings

 “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”   Ephesians 3:20-21

One of the challenges we have as human beings is being able to see things the way God sees things. We simply do not have the capacity to do so. When it comes to our blessings, God delights in exceeding expectations and in pouring out mercies in abundance. This truth stands in stark contrast to our human fears about lacking what we need for ‘this body and life.’ Too often we submit to a ‘poverty mentality.’ Yet we have been abundantly blessed by God who has proven His love for us on the cross. How could we not trust Him? How could we not respond to His love with thanksgiving and generosity toward His mission in the Church? How could we not have a desire to imitate Him in blessing others?
Consider what this means within our own life. No doubt, as a faithful supporter of your church, you give annual offerings, but what happens when you die? The opportunity to continue supporting your church occurs within your Will through a legacy gift. If you have never considered how valuable a gift can be, just think of the impact not having your weekly offerings might have on the work of your congregation. To learn more about how you can establish a charitable end-of-life gift, please contact your regional Gift Coordinator or visit Lutheran Foundation Canada’s website at


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