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January 9, 2020

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The latest news and views from CanadianLutheran.ca


HEADLINES

One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church: Going Out of Business?
Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau reminds us that the church is in no other business than giving, by the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus' death for us on the cross. READ MORE

2019 Manitoba-North Western Ontario Church Workers’ Conference
Seventeen church workers gathered at Luther Village for fellowship and a supper at the opening of the Manitoba-North Western Ontario Church Worker’s Conference in Kenora, Ontario. READ MORE

Frozen II: Knee-Deep in a Religious Blizzard
"By the time the fictional story of Frozen and Frozen II takes place, both the Sámi and Norwegian peoples shared a common Christian faith as Lutherans—a fact in no way acknowledged in the film." Rev. Ted Giese takes on Frozen II, the sequel to Disney’s massive 2013 hit Frozen. READ MORE

EDLYA’s year in review
The East District Lutheran Young Adults (EDLYA) group has enjoyed a year full of blessings, with exciting opportunities, new visitors, and much support. With some of the highest numbers ever, they look forward to a year of continued growth. READ MORE

WHAT'S IN THE WORKS?
 
Greetings from the Communications Director: It has been a productive first week, meeting with team members to further my understanding as to the communication needs of our Synod. In an effort to keep you all in the loop, I will be utilizing this section to share upcoming projects and progress updates with regards to congregational resources and tools pertaining to communications. It is my hope that in doing so, I will be better able to monitor feedback and ensure that these efforts are faithfully serving our congregations and the Church at large. You can reach me via email at: communications@lutheranchurch.ca or call me at: 1-877-770-7842.

The title begs the question, what is in the works? Well, what's in the works is the answer to that question. More to come in the next InfoDigest!

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 Deaconess Neak Mao, a member of Cambodia Lutheran Church who serves as Deaconess in Preach Lutheran Church in Kompot Province in Cambodia. She is also serving as a Bible teacher at Garuna Christian School in Kompot.    
 
Prayer: Heavenly Father, since Your Son has saved the world through His holy, innocent, bitter sufferings, and death and sent forth His Church to proclaim the Good news of this salvation to the ends of the earth, we pray that You would sustain Neak Mao in Preach Lutheran Church in Kompot Province, in Cambodia by Your Spirit and bless her labours for the sake of the Gospel, that Christ’s Kingdom might be extended further into the world; let us pray to the Lord. C: Lord, have mercy. 

CALLS / CHANGES

  • Rev. Eric Moffett - Currently serving Foothills Lutheran (Calgary, Alberta)
    Considering a call to Zion Lutheran/Vanderhoof Lutheran (Prince George/Vanderhoof, B.C.)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Epiphany: Lutheran Church–Canada has released a series of bulletin inserts for the season of Epiphany. The inserts are available in English and French in both letter and legal format. Download the 2020 Epiphany inserts HERE.

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.

A reminder that award nominations for Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catharines, Ontario) are due January 10, 2020. For more information, see the following link: CLTS Award Nominations.

National: Statistics for 2019 - The new Annual Statistic Information Form will be sent out to congregations next week. 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 210.

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/
  • 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/
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 - 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
  • 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

Robert Floyd Raaflaub, father of Dcn. Louise Gondosch (St. Catharines, Ontario) was called home to glory on January 5, 2020 at the age of 87. Visitation will be held at the Thompson-Mott Funeral Home in Waterford on January 9, 2020 at 6:00-8:00 pm. The funeral will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Simcoe on January 10, 2020 at 11:00 am. Please remember the Rauuflaub and Gondosch families in prayer.

LECTIONARY SUMMARY FROM THE LCMS

3-year and 1-year Series available HERE.

 

THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD
(First Sunday after the Epiphany)

The Triune God Is Manifested and Reveals Himself to Us in Holy Baptism

The Baptism of our Lord is an “epiphany” of the one true God in the flesh and blood of Jesus. He is the chosen servant of the Lord, anointed with the Spirit for the rescue of God’s people to bring forth justice to the nations (Is. 42:1). Thus, He makes all things new, and He is given as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations (Is. 42:6). In the waters of the Jordan, He takes His place with sinners and takes all the sins of the world upon Himself. He undergoes the Baptism of repentance in order to fulfill all righteousness for us (Matt. 3:15). He submits Himself to the curse of sin and death in order to redeem us. We are baptized with a Baptism like His, thereby dying and rising with Him, so that we will also live with him (Rom. 6:8). Indeed, all of us who are baptized into Christ Jesus are anointed with His Spirit and named by His Father as beloved and well-pleasing sons and daughters.

 


Rejoice

 
 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” - Philippians 4:4

Life was no easier for the Philippians than it is for us today. They faced the same sorrows, sicknesses, and disappointments that we do. Yet St. Paul tells them to rejoice in the Lord. We have an abiding joy, a peace which passes all understanding because we know our Lord Jesus and His love for us. This gives us confidence in the face of every hardship; it gives us strength to lead lives in imitation of Jesus’ own generous love.
 
As we begin a new year and a new decade, what comfort these words can give us. For though we may not know all that is in store for us, we do know that Christ has promised to be with us always. When so many do not know of Christ’s great love, the Church brings that message to the world. This work is life-saving regardless of what we might go through.
 
Consider how a gift in your will can provide incredible resources for your church to continue to proclaim the message of Christ’s love. If you would like more information on how to establish a gift, please contact Lutheran Foundation Canada or visit our website at www.lutheranfoundation.ca.

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