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[July 24, 2017 | One Comment | ]

BC Interior – Wildfires raging in the British Columbia interior are affecting Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) congregations. Rev. Noel Smith, who serves St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williams Lake, reported he is part of the evacuation of more than 10,000 residents. The pastor noted in a July 17 post on Facebook that “the good people of our sister church in Kamloops are organizing a list of people willing to open their homes to those now stranded in Kamloops.” Kamloops is almost 300 km southeast of Williams Lake. He reported that some …


In: ABC District News, Headline

[July 4, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – As part of this year’s celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catharines, Ontario) will hold a conference exploring the Reformation’s impact on parish life. The conference “The Reformation of Worship and Preaching” will take place September 10-11, 2017.
Two guest speakers will headline the event: Rev. Dr. Jobst Schöne, Bishop Emeritus of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany and Rev. Dr. Fredrik Sidenvall, Principal at L.M. Engstöms Gymnasium, Lutheran High School in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The conference will begin following the …


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

[June 29, 2017 | No Comment | ]

NICARAGUA – On January 10, a team of 18 people, mostly from central Alberta, headed to Nicaragua for a mission trip. Planning for the trip had begun about a year prior, when, with the help of Dr. Neitzel, Lutheran Church–Canada’s Mission Executive, a building project had been picked and dates for the trip approved.
The project the team selected was to build a wall around the Mission Centre in Chinandega. Some of the property is being used as an orchard and garden so protection is needed. There are also many larger …


In: ABC District News, Headline, Mission News

[June 22, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Timothy Teuscher
Everything in the Christian church is so ordered that we may daily obtain full forgiveness of sins through the Word and through signs (i.e., the Sacraments) appointed to comfort and revive our consciences as long as we live.
These words from Luther’s Large Catechism are not only fitting words for us to hear as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, but they are also necessary words to take to heart and actually put into practice, especially in light of the present state of turmoil and …


In: District Presidents, East District News, Headline

[June 20, 2017 | No Comment | ]

REGINA – The series, “Keeping Canada Safe” has begun on CBC. The purpose is to capture intimate and dramatic behind-the-scenes stories of the everyday heroes who keep our country secure—from first responders and professionals who do important work of which we often are not aware, to ordinary citizens driven to take action in the face of pressing needs.
A segment on the Regina Police Services features the Central District chaplain Rev. D.J. Kim. The clip is available as a stand-alone digital moment being shared on social media.
Watch the short one-minute segment …


In: Central District News, Headline

[June 16, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
There was nothing secretive about Pentecost. Sounds of violent wind filled the house—a sign that the Spirit of the Lord was among them. Visible flames of fire rested on their heads fulfilling John the Baptist’s prophecy that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. Inspiring speech flowed from the lips of Jesus’ followers as they began to speak in a variety of foreign languages.
These Spirit-filled followers spilled out into the streets of Jerusalem! There was such a ruckus that God-fearing Jews in the city for …


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