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[July 28, 2015]
President Don Schiemann

by Don Schiemann
As District President, this is probably the last devotional article I will write for The Canadian Lutheran. Our District will soon have its newly elected president to look to, as well the Interim Pastoral Leader to be appointed by Synod.
I have served in the ministry for 39 years; the last fifteen years have been in the office of District President. In 1976, I attended my first District Convention as a newly-minted seminary graduate in what was then called the Ontario District. At the Convention banquet, the guest speaker …

East District News, Education News, Headline »

[July 27, 2015]

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – In June, Concordia Publishing House (CPH) released the 28th volume of its landmark Concordia Commentary series. This volume (on Ephesians) was written by Rev. Dr. Thomas Winger, President of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Dr. Winger’s commentary unfolds the mysteries of the Gospel through meticulous analysis of the Greek text and reverent exposition of the epistle’s proclamation of Christ and His gifts for the sake of the Church,” a CPH release notes. “Winger’s commentary addresses such timeless topics as our eternal election in Christ; …

Feature Stories, Headline, Mission News, National News »

[July 24, 2015]
The logo of the 2015 LWMLC convention. (Find out more about the design here.)

WATERLOO, Ontario – Mission, service and fellowship are the elements Lutheran women consider key in an organization. How do you keep and increase those elements while making major revisions to how you are organized with the intent to free up resources, time and finances to respond in greater measure to God’s call? Women, meeting in Waterloo, Ontario, for the ninth national convention of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada (LWMLC), tackled this question in small and large group discussions.
The convention saw Iris Barta reelected as President of LWMLC for another three years. …

Feature Stories, Headline »

[July 23, 2015]
Carl and Ruth in earlier days.

by Rod Buck
The pie was obviously from Safeway: it still had the sticker on it, yet Carl insisted straight faced (eyes twinkling) that he baked it especially for my visit. It became a running joke between us. Truth was, there was a lot of laughter each time one of the pastors from St. Matthew would visit Carl and Ruth, especially when Ruth would announce she was going to tell us a joke she’d heard, and Carl in a patient long suffering way would plead “No Ruth, don’t tell the pastor …

District Presidents, Headline »

[July 17, 2015]
Rev. Paul Zabel

by Paul Zabel
“And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.” (1 Corinthians 2:3)
Did you ever stop to think that recognizing your own weaknesses and inadequacies is a first and necessary step to becoming strong? It is no proof of spiritual advancement when you feel that you yourself are capable of doing anything for God. For when Christ gave His warning to the members of the Church in Laodicea in the Book of Revelation, He wrote: “When you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and …

ABC District News, Headline, National News »

[July 16, 2015]

EDMONTON – At the most recent hearing on June 26, 2015 the Court granted a stay of proceedings which extended protection to the Alberta-British Columbia (ABC) District under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. One result of the court order is that the District will be protected from legal action until at least August 31, 2015 when the matter returns to Court.
Since then, the ABC District has further announced that their office building is being sold. Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS – Edmonton) has offered the use of vacant space in their …