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[April 20, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Ruben's "Resurrection of Christ" (1611).

by Paul Zabel
So the other disciples told him (Thomas), “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into His side, I will never believe.” – John 20:25
Christ’s resurrection from the dead is one of the basic beliefs of our Christian faith. Christ returned to life after suffering and dying on the cross for our sins, and remained here on earth until the Ascension. …


In: East District News, Headline

[April 10, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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ALBERTA and BRITISH COLUMBIA – In September 2016, Allen Schellenberg, as Lutheran Foundation Canada’s executive director, and the gift coordinator within the ABC District, attended the local meeting of pastors (a winkel) in the Vancouver and Fraser Valley Circuits with 14 congregations represented. His goal was to give them a short presentation on planned giving, as well as an overview of what was covered in the Foundation’s three-hour seminar on Christian estate planning.
After working eight years within the ABC District and presenting more than 100 seminars, Schellenberg found four congregations …


In: ABC District News, Headline, National News

[April 7, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Dr. Thomas Winger; Terri, Sophia, and Isaac Paik; Matthew and Laurin Fenn; Iris Barta with Isaac Fenn; and Janice Buchner.

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada (LWMLC) hosted its annual vicars’ dinner for students of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catharines, Ontario) on March 24, 2017.
The dinner was held at Christ Lutheran Church in St. Catharines. LWMLC President Iris Barta spoke on the multifaceted work of the women’s missionary league, and presented each vicar with a gift bag of LWMLC materials illustrating the depth of resources the organization provides the Canadian church.
CLTS has one regular vicar available for placement this year: Matthew Fenn, a native of Windsor. He …


In: East District News, Education News, Headline

[March 27, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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TORONTO – An open letter to Ontario’s 107 legislators from faith leaders, including the president of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, asks the Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) to amend Bill 84 (Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act) to include the right of physicians and health-care workers to decline providing medical assistance in dying (MAID) based on their conscience. The bill amends various existing pieces of legislation to allow assisted suicide and euthanasia.
By including “conscience rights” the bill would address the current guidelines adopted by the …


In: East District News, Headline, National News

[March 16, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Paul Zabel

by Paul Zabel
In one of the spare bedrooms of my parents’ home hangs a very beautiful and thought-provoking picture: an image of a guardian angel walking beside and hovering over a little boy and girl as they are crossing a footbridge over a ravine. The angel has his hand extended to give the boy and girl special care, for on the wooden footbridge there is a slat in the bridge missing both behind them and just ahead of where they are to step next.
What a fine reminder for our life …


In: District Presidents, East District News, Headline

[March 2, 2017 | 2 Comments | ]
2017-Ellefson-Poster

EDMONTON – Grammy-award-winning musician David Ellefson of Megadeth will give a lecture entitled “From Megadeth to Megalife” at Concordia University of Edmonton on March 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m..
In addition to being a long-standing member of the band Megadeth, Ellefson has also studied at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis, and is the founder of MEGA Life ministries, a satellite of Shepherd of the Desert Church (a member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod) in Scotsdale, Arizona.
Ellefson’s lecture will present Martin Luther’s view on music in a Law and Gospel oriented …


In: ABC District News, Education News, Headline, Reformation 500