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[September 1, 2015]
Rev. Paul Zabel

by Paul Zabel
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”
(Matthew 11: 28, KJV).
Have you ever taken a vacation or gone on holidays and after a few days away from home thought or said to yourself, “Boy, it sure will be good to be back home again!” When I travel away from home, often times it is these type of thoughts that I find myself having. When it is time to go, I am anxious to get going; but after I …

Headline, National News »

[August 31, 2015]

CANADA – An image layering problem resulted in the province of Quebec being unintentionally hidden from view in a map on page five of the print edition of the July/August 2015 issue of The Canadian Lutheran. We apologize for the error and any offense it may have caused.
Quebec is an integral part of the Lutheran Church–Canada family, and we actually report some of its mission successes a page earlier (on page four) in the same issue in which the error occurred. All online editions of the magazine have been updated …

Education News, Headline »

[August 28, 2015]

CANADA – While Lutheran Church–Canada no longer designates a specific day as “Seminaries Sunday,” it nevertheless encourages its congregations to remember the two seminaries with prayers and offerings. Many congregations choose to observe it in conjunction with an Education Sunday in September, remembering the opening of the seminaries’ academic year.
The seminaries encourage you to use the propers appointed for the day, but you may also choose to make use of the seminaries’ joint theme verse for the year: “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am …

Headline, Mission News, National News »

[August 27, 2015]
A recent issue of Tapestry.

CANADA -Earlier this year, Tapestry, the magazine for women of Lutheran Church–Canada published by Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada received another award from the Canadian Church Press (CCP). Judy Grande’s article in the spring 2014 issue entitled, “Just a small thing… but it made all the difference” won third place in the Personal Experience/First Person Account category for publications with a circulation under 10,000.
Kathy Birkett, Tapestry‘s assistant editor, often attends Canadian Church Press conventions on behalf of the magazine. She shares her thoughts about how Tapestry measures up against publications from a …

Central District News, Headline, Mission News »

[August 26, 2015]

WINNIPEG – Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is hiring a full-time Executive Assistant to serve in their Winnipeg office.
The individual will be responsible for senior administrative support to the Executive Director (primary), the Board of Directors, the Finance & Administration Director and other staff, and coordination of administrative services for the organization.
Required skills/knowledge includes a Business Administration or related certificate/diploma and/or a minimum of five years professional work experience in administration.
CLWR asks interested applicants to please submit a cover letter, resume, and three reference letters to by September 4, …

Headline, International News, Mission News »

[August 26, 2015]
Mozambique’s newly ordained pastors pose with TEE instructors Rev. Carlos Winterle (back left) and Rev. André Plamer (back right).

MOZAMBIQUE – Mozambican Lutherans celebrated a major milestone on August 9, 2015, as Concordia Lutheran Church– Mozambique celebrated its first graduating class of eight pastors. The event drew significant local and national attention: more than a thousand people gathered in the Vila de Sena for the ordinations, including local dignitaries, and national television gave ten minutes of coverage to the event. Special church dignitaries in attendance included President Egon Kopereck of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil (IELB) and Bishop Dieter Reinstorf of the Free Evangelical Lutheran Synod in South …