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January 23, 2020

 

The Latest News & Views from: CanadianLutheran.ca

HEADLINES

LCC, LCMS, and NALC continues dialogue

USA – Representatives of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) met for the latest round in their ongoing dialogue November 11-12, 2019 in Columbus Ohio.
The November meetings were hosted by the North American Lutheran Church. They also represented newly elected NALC Bishop Daniel Selbo’s introduction to the dialogue group. Bishop Selbo was elected on August 9, 2019.
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Abrams' End to the Star Wars Saga


Rev. Ted Giese takes on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in his latest movie review.

As The Rise of Skywalker opens, General Leia Organa and her beleaguered Resistance are foiled, and find themselves attempting to stay alive to fight another day. 
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WHAT'S IN THE WORKS?

Communications Director, here! Work continues to get resources together that will provide useful tips on improving communication-related efforts within our congregations and beyond!

An FAQ and related documents will soon be released to clear up and provide further information concerning the next Synod Convention. Stay tuned!

MISSIONS MEDIA UPDATE:
We will be producing a short video to showcase both the theological education and humanitarian works of mercy taking place in Nicaragua. This video will combine photos/footage from the mission site as well as motion graphics and kinetic typography.

Lastly, LCC InfoDigest has undergone some visual changes! Please direct any feedback to communications@lutheranchurch.ca so that I can get a better idea of what's working and what is not working!

In Christ,
Alex Steinke

MISSION PRAYERS


Remember Lutheran Church–Canada's mission and ministry partners in prayer each week. Consider including the picture and biography of each missionary in your bulletins the same week you name them during General Prayers.

This week, we remember Rev. Dr. David Somers of Lutheran Church–Canada. Rev. Dr. Somers serves as Missionary at Large for Lutheran Church–Canada’s French ministries in the province of Quebec. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, as Your Son sent forth His Church to make disciples in all nations, we lift up before you Rev. Dr. David Somers in Montreal, Quebec, asking you to sustain him by Your Spirit and bless his labours for the sake of the Gospel; Lord in your mercy, C: Hear our prayer.

CALLS / CHANGES

  • Rev. Michael Montague - Currently serving Christ Lutheran Church, (Red Lake, ON)
    Considering a call to Trinity Lutheran Church (Fisherville, ON)
  • Rev. Eric Moffett - Currently serving Foothills Lutheran (Calgary, AB) 
    Declined a call to Zion Lutheran/Vanderhoof Lutheran (Prince George/Vanderhoof, B.C.)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

National: Looking to contact part-time/bivocational pastors in LCC
Rev. David Milette serves Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Moncton, NB) part time and also teaches ESL and FSL at local colleges. He would like to connect with other part-time or bivocational pastors across the synod, as well as those interested in supporting and connecting with pastors who can't always participate in circuit and other pastors' conferences. Please contact him at: d.milette.moncton@gmail.com.

National: Moving Assistance Fund - A reminder that the initial deadline for LCC's new Synod-Wide Moving Assistance Fund is February 28, 2020. The MAF assists congregations in paying moving expenses when calling rostered church workers. For more information, and to apply, click HERE.

National: Statistics for 2019 - The new Annual Statistic Information Form has been sent out to congregations. The collection of this data keeps current the information found in the LCC Annual and provides a snapshot of activities across the Synod. Congregations are reminded that statistical information for 2019 will be due March 31, 2020. Direct any questions to Marlene Mohr mmohr@lutheranchurch.ca or call 204-895-3433 ext 224.

West: Bethel Lutheran Church seeks Youth Ministry Assistant - Bethel Lutheran Church (Sherwood Park, AB) is currently looking for a Youth Ministry Assistant to serve in a part-time contracted position. Applicants should be committed Lutheran Christians with a heart for young people. Coursework in youth ministry and prior experience would be an asset. Submission deadline is January 29, 2020. For more information or to apply, please contact: Michael Gillingham at: mgilingham@bethelchurch.com

East: St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Port Colborne, Ontario, has sold their church building and parsonage. Many items are available from St. Peter's as a donation to churches and service organizations, and for a small fee to individuals according to CRA rules. Please email stpeterslutheranchurch@cogeco.net for details and pictures.

East: Available from Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Kitchener, ON) - Please contact Historic St. Paul's Lutheran Church, located at 137 Queen Street, Kitchener, ON, at 519-745-4891 if you would like any of the items available. Please call during office hours, which are Monday-Thursday 9-1 pm. First come, first served for all items listed.
  • 4 swivel office chairs (Orange, brown, black, buff)
  • 1 large swivel office chair (Black)
  • 2 five drawer file cabinets 12-14” wide
  • 2 two drawer file cabinets
  • 2 computer tables triangular and square
  • 1 small table 2’x3’x2’ (Brown)
  • Several book cases
  • 2 7’ wall units
  • 2 computer keyboards
  • 2 metal shelves
  • 2 Board Room tables 8’ (Sturdy)
  • 4 red board room chairs
  • 5 orange cloth board room chairs
International: Bem-vindos ao Canada ! - For decades lay people and pastors from Brazil have been part of Lutheran Church–Canada. They have participated in church life at the congregational and synodical levels. In fact, several pastors from the Igreja Evangélica Luterana do Brasil (IELB) have served in Canada. In the past three years the number of Brazilian Lutherans coming to Canada has accelerated.

In Montreal, for example, there have usually been 1 or 2 Brazilian students at a time attending de l'Ascension, Montréal since the 1990's. Three yeas ago, in addition to single students, young families started coming and participating in congregational life as well. Though some return to Brazil after their studies, many are staying in Quebec (4 families to date). They are a welcome and appreciated part of the diverse membership in Quebec's Lutheran churches, and are only part of the increasing Brazilan Lutheran immigration that has joined LCC.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • NATIONAL - Ongoing
    Lutheran Foundation Canada, Christian Estate Planning - Call 877-711-4438 to book a free seminar at your congregation. Visit: lutheranfoundation.ca/seminars-and-webinars/
  • CENTRAL - February 20-21, 2020
    Higher Things Retreat - Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Regina will host a Higher Things Retreat entitled "Watching With Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding" from February 20-21, 2020. Rev. Ted Giese will lead participants through a study of film from a Christian perspective. Download an information packet here. Register online here, or contact Rev. Ted Giese at (306) 543-9744/mountolive@sasktel.net or Tana McKenna at (888) 482-6630/retreats@higherthings.org.
  • EAST - February 23, 2020
    St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Port Colborne, ON)
     has sold their church building and parsonage. The final service and rite of Disposition of a Church Building will be Sunday February 23rd at 3:00 p.m., at 200 Erie St. in Port Colborne ON. Light refreshments will be served following the service. Everyone is invited.
  • WEST - February 23, 2020
    125th Anniversary Service & proceeding Heritage Potluck 
    - St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Stony Plain, AB) celebrates their 125th Anniversary on February 23, 2020, with a worship service at 10:30 am followed by a Heritage Potluck at SML Christian Academy gymnasium. All are welcome to join!
  • NATIONAL - February 28, 2020
    Moving Assistance Fund: A reminder that the initial deadline for LCC's new Synod-Wide Moving Assistance Fund is February 28, 2020. The MAF assists congregations in paying moving expenses when calling rostered church workers. For more information, and to apply, click HERE.
  • EAST - February 28-29, 2020
    MEN'S RETREAT 
    - Holy Cross (Guelph, ON) will hold its annual Men's Retreat Weekend February 28-29, 2020 at the Guelph Bible Conference Centre. Registration is open to all men, including those who are not members of Holy Cross. Registration deadline is February 23, 2020. For more information and the registration form, visit: http://www.holycrosskitchener.org/mens-retreat
  • WEST - March 4-6, 2020
    SABBATH 2020 Conference 
    - Sabbath 2020, a conference for deacons, non-rostered workers, and others who serve in similar ways, will be held March 4-6, 2020, at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta. The theme for 2020 is Vocation and the Future of Church Work. The conference fee is $150 for in-person (includes program and meals) and $30 for online participation. Registration deadline is February 1, 2020. Register here: https://forms.gle/WShad8vnyfR7gf1r9. Please contact Jenn Frim at jfrim@concordiasem.ab.ca for more details.
  • WEST - April 24-26, 2020
    LWMLC Spring Retreat 
    - The LWMLC Parkland Zone's Spring Retreat "Unquenchable Joy" will be held on April 24-26, 2020, at the 4H Centre, Westerose in Alberta, ON, with guest speaker, Grace Fox. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2595148507220295/?active_tab=about
  • WEST - July 2-5, 2020
    IMPACT Youth Gathering
    - The IMPACT Youth Gathering registration package is now available for download. All LCC youth and leaders are invited for a weekend of community, growth, and equipping centered on Christ from July 2-5, 2020, at Pines Bible Camp in Grand Forks, B.C. For more information, visit: www.impactyg.ca
  • EAST - July 26-31, 2020
    Lutheran Catechetic Family Camp 
    - Taking place July 26-31, 2020 at Camp Pioneer (Angola, NY), this event can be described as a confirmation camp for all ages! It will include liturgical worship, solid preaching, and lots of outdoor and indoor activities. Registration is open to families, singles and couples of all ages. This year the theme is “Life in Christ” and the teaching will be led by attending pastors and seminary professors (CLTS), as well as Lutherans in Africa (LST). To register, visit: www.pioneercamp.org  (Select Summer Camps/Family Camp). Contact info@pioneercamp.org with any questions.

PRAYERS

Rev. Robert Bauer (Cross of Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf, Edmonton) is currently in Good Samaritan Nursing Home, where he is very ill and may be approaching death. Please keep him in prayer.

 

Repent and Believe


“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ ” - Matthew 3:1-2

John prepared the way for Jesus by preaching repentance. Then, when Jesus’ ministry was complete and He was raised from the dead, He sent out His disciples to preach “repentance and the forgiveness of sins.” Our position today is the same as it was in John’s day. We never outgrow the need for repentance – examining our lives, turning away from our sins, and turning toward Jesus in faith to receive His forgiveness and strength for a renewed life of godliness.
 
Like John, our church prepares the way for people to receive forgiveness and the life-giving body and blood of Christ. Each week, all across our synod and around the world in locations Lutheran Church-Canada operates, pastors deliver Word and Sacrament ministry. This life-giving message may seem out of vogue in our post-modern world, but we know how important it is and how necessary it is to deliver.

Supporting your church through charitable gifts ensures this message continues to be shared. To learn how you can develop a charitable gift either in life or in death, please speak with a Foundation representative or visit our website at www.lutheranfoundation.ca 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY FROM THE LCMS

3-year and 1-year Series available HERE.

 

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 9:1–4
1 Corinthians 1:10–18
Matthew 4:12–25

(January 26, 2020)

The Lord Manifests His Glory through His Office of the Holy Ministry

By His coming in the flesh and by His preaching and miracles, the Lord Jesus shines the light of His Gospel upon the people who walked in darkness and who dwelt in a land of deep darkness (Is. 9:2). He also has multiplied the nation and increased its joy (Is. 9:3) by calling disciples to Himself from the ends of the earth. For this purpose, He calls Peter and Andrew, with James and John, to follow Him and be fishers of men (Matt. 4:19). As Jesus did, they also go forth proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people (Matt. 4:23). They preach the foolishness of the cross of Christ as the very power and wisdom of God. This word and preaching of the cross divides those who are perishing from us who are being saved (1 Cor. 1:18), but it unites the Church, the one Body of Christ, in the same mind and the same judgment (1 Cor. 1:10).

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