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December 12, 2019

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The latest news and views from CanadianLutheran.ca

HEADLINES

If the Lord Wills: A Report on Synodical Planning
Arnold Drung, Chair of LCC's Board of Directors, reports on the board's critical targets through June 2021. READ MORE

LCC Financial Update (Nov-Dec 2019)
Read the latest financial update from Lutheran Church–Canada's Board of Directors and download a bulletin insert for use in congregations. READ MORE

LCC launches new Moving Assistance Fund
Lutheran Church–Canada is launching a new Synod-Wide Moving Assistance Fund (MAF) to assist congregations in paying moving expenses when they call a rostered church worker or request a church worker such as a DPS Intern or Vicar. READ MORE

ILC News: LLDP classes study Church Leadership and the Charismatic Movement
The Lutheran Leadership Development Program (LLDP) met for the next round of classes in November at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The LLDP provides Lutheran church bodies around the world with the opportunity to develop leaders who are competent in confessional Lutheran theology as well as practical skills in leadership and resource management. READ MORE

CHRISTMAS SERVICE TIMES


LCC congregations have been contacted by email and invited to submit Christmas service times for LCC to post online. If your congregation did not receive this email, please contact LCC's office for the link. A reminder that submissions of this information are requested by December 18.

CALLS / CHANGES

  • Rev. Vincent Moore - Currently serving Christ Lutheran (Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta)
    Considering a call to St. John's Lutheran (Warman, Saskatchewan)

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REMINDER: SEMINARY AWARDS


A reminder that award nominations for Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton) and Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catharines, Ontario) are due January 1 and January 10, 2020 respectively. For more information, see the following two links:

- CLS Award Nominations
- CLTS Award Nominations

COMING 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/
  • 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: https://www.canadianlutheran.ca/cls-calls-for-honourary-award-nominations/
  • EAST - January 6, 2020
    ESL Community Outreach
    - ESL Community Outreach in Kitchener will reconvene in January 2020 at new locations. The English Conversation Circle (which meets Mondays) will now meet at Holy Cross Lutheran (322 East Avenue), while the Monday evening "English Cafe" will now meet at Grace Lutheran (136 Margaret Avenue). For more information, visit www.eslco.ca.
  • 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: https://www.canadianlutheran.ca/clts-calls-for-award-nominations-3/
  • 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. With the God-given wisdom found in the Bible, the Small Catechism, and the Confessions, anyone can gain knowledge and understanding when learning how to approach what they are viewing on the screens that surround us every day. Download an information packet here. Cost is $45USD/$60CAD per person. 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.
  • 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. www.impactyg.ca

PRAYERS


Please remember Rev. Greg Kjos and his extended family in prayer, as they mourn the loss of Greg's brother Dwayne. He passed away from cancer in Lethbridge hospital on December 10. A committal celebration will be held in the near future.

London Outreach:  A mission campaign led by Faith Lutheran Church (London, Ontario) has officially begun.  A digital billboard located at Wonderland and Southdale roads in London went live on Monday November 25 and will run for four weeks. The billboard is based on Matthew 11:28 and has the website address www.you-are-invited.ca. The Website tells people they are invited to: belong, have peace and joy, have purpose, have hope, be free of past hurts, and have community. The website also features videos of personal stories, a resource section for books, songs, videos, and download files plus a contact us page. During church on November 24, members were invited to take business cards to distribute within the community. The cards have a picture of the billboard ad on one side and on the other side feature the Lutheran Hour Ministries logo and a QR code for the digital resources link. A visitor center is also being worked within the church. Please keep this outreach effort in prayer.

LECTIONARY SUMMARY FROM THE LCMS

3-year and 1-year Series available HERE.

 

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT

The Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Brings True Rejoicing, Even Under the Cross

Sometimes life requires the astonishing patience of Job. Like him, we are to rejoice in the midst of affliction, be grounded in repentance under the cross of Christ, and hope relentlessly in His resurrection, that we might see “the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11). In the promise of the Gospel, therefore, be patient and “establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:7, 8). Like St. John the Baptist, whatever your own kind of prison or suffering may be, call upon Jesus and receive the strength of His Word from those He sends to you. For as “the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up,” so is the Good News of Jesus preached to you also (Matt. 11:5). He comes and restores the fortunes of Zion, His Holy Church, so that “sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Is. 35:10).


Who Made Who?
 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." - Genesis 1:1

Christian generosity begins with the realization that we are the sheep of God’s pasture. It is He who has made us, not we ourselves. The way we as Christians look at our lives then takes on a different perspective than the secular world. We should use all that God has given us toward His purposes. What are His purposes? Consider your callings in the Lord: in your family, in your church, in your community, and in society at large. How can you use the financial gifts the Lord has given you in each of these areas?
 
Most of us, if we have a family, recognize how we use our gifts to care for them. But what about your church family? Have you considered how you can be a blessing to them? One way is to use a portion of what God has given you to establish a charitable gift in your will for your congregation or other ministry. Doing so enables those ministries to continue sharing the Gospel long into the future. 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 www.lutheranfoundation.ca.

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