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October 3, 2019

Announcements Calls/Changes Coming Events
 

The latest news and views from CanadianLutheran.ca

HEADLINES

Maker of All Things... Invisible
This past Sunday the church commemorated the feast of St. Michael and All Angels. But what exactly are angels, and what do they do? Rev. Dr. John Stephenson explains. READ MORE

Free Online Course: Lutheran Distinctives
Concordia Lutheran Seminary is offering a free four-part course on Lutheran Distinctives, and you can participate online. READ MORE

The Value of the Kingdom of Heaven
Rev. Brad Schollenberg reflects on the value of the Kingdom of Heaven in the light of a recent mission trip with LAMP. READ MORE

CLS welcomes guest professor on missions
Concordia Lutheran Seminary welcomed Rev. Dr. Mark Press as a guest professor for the September short-term course "Missions and Evangelism." READ MORE

International Lutheran News
- New Chairman for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of England declares fellowship with Finnish and Norwegian churches

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)
    Declined a call to Christ (St. Catharines, Ontario)
  • Rev. Jamie Bosma - Currently serving Bethel (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
    Considering a call to Our Saviour (Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan)
  • Rev. Todd Hoeffs - Currently serving Redeemer (Winnipeg)
    Considering a call to Prince of Peace (Burlington, Ontario)
  • Rev. Rod Parker - Currently serving Grace (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
    Declined 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/
  • WEST - October 4-6, 2019
    BC Ministry Wives Retreat - Camp Hope, Hope, BC. Our theme is “The Shelter of God's Promises”. Please pray for the women as they gather to study God's Word, laugh and cry together, and encourage each other.
  • 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).
  • EAST - October 26, 2019 
    Oktoberfest Dinner
    - 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 office@stpeterstratford.ca.
  • EAST - October 26, 2019 
    Hymnfest for the Commemoration of Paul Gerhardt, Hymnwriter
    - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 www.peacelc.com. Registration deadline is October 25, 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.

PRAYER

Please hold Rev. Dr. Kenneth Voege (Our Saviour, London) in prayer, as he was scheduled for more hip surgery the morning of October 3, 2019.

Please hold Rev. George Reinhart (Emeritus, Mitchell) in prayer, as he is currently hospitalized in Stratford, Ontario.

On September 15, 2019, Mrs. Eleanor Palmer, mother of Nancy (Rev. Robert) Bryans, was called to everlasting life at the age of 96. Please hold the family in prayer in this time as they mourn, miss, and remember a beloved mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law. A memorial service will be held on October 18 at 1:00 p.m. at Jubilee United Church (40 Underhill Dr., Don Mills, Ontario).
 

LECTIONARY SUMMARY FROM THE LCMS

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SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

We Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight, in the Peace of Christ’s Forgiveness

We are surrounded by “destruction and violence” (Hab. 1:3) because the Law “is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (Hab. 1:4). In fact, the Law cannot rescue us from our enemies; it is our fiercest enemy of all. Therefore, not by sight, experience or feeling, nor by works, “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). “Temptations to sin are sure to come” (Luke 17:1), but as often as we sin, the Lord rebukes us, turns us to repentance and forgives us. We pray that He would thus “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). And indeed, He does! Though we are His “unworthy servants” (Luke 17:10), He prepares His Supper for us, dresses us properly and gives us His body and blood to eat and drink. He appoints pastors for us, “by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:1). For the Gospel brings “life and immortality to light” (2 Tim. 1:10). This we believe. Therefore, “follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard,” by which He guards you “in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:13).

Giving Even When There is No Need
 


“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3

We have all been children and we know how much we trusted our parents to provide for our needs and take care of us. Do you remember how excited you would be giving your parents gifts? Things like cards or crafts made at school, bouquets of dandelions from the front yard, and so forth. Our parents never needed these gifts and certainly they didn’t add to their wealth. But our parents delighted in receiving these signs of love and thankfulness.
 
In a similar manner, we are all children of our heavenly Father, and he invites us to trust in Him. He provides us with our every need, and He has given us proof of His trustworthiness by sending His Son to save us. He certainly doesn’t need our gifts and offerings, yet it is to our benefit to give them, and He delights in our generosity. Considering the many blessings we have received in our lifetime, it is good to delight in sharing a portion of these blessings for the work of the Kingdom. Our faith and trust that God will always provide, gives us the ability to be generous, especially through our end-of-life plans. Learn how you can be a great blessing by visiting www.lutheranfoundation.ca or contact your regional Gift Coordinator.

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