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[June 16, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Dr. Glenn E. Schaeffer

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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[June 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta – Canadian Lutheran World Relief, in partnership with Lutheran Church–Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, is implementing a project in Alberta to support people who lost their homes due to the 2016 Fort McMurray wild fire. As part of this response, CLWR is providing funds to Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) who will be building 6-7 homes for those in need.
MDS works with volunteers to respond to disasters all over Canada and the United States, and CLWR is hoping to promote this to Lutherans who may …


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[June 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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EDMONTON – The Alberta-British Columbia District of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) and the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Edmonton are sponsoring a joint concert to commemorate the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. “With One Voice: Hymns and Choral Works of the Reformation Era” is scheduled for June 11, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) at St. Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton.
“The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,” notes promotional material for the event. “In the past, Reformation anniversaries were often characterized by animosity and discord, especially between Catholics and Lutherans. …


In: ABC District News, Headline, Reformation 500

[May 24, 2017 | No Comment | ]
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CANADA – May 11, 2017 marked Canada’s twentieth annual national March for Life. Ever year, thousands of Canadians march through the streets of downtown Ottawa to draw attention to life issues including abortion and physician assisted suicide. The March for Life is the largest annual demonstration on Parliament Hill, though it generally garners very little media attention. This year’s theme was “Life, We Stand on Guard for Thee.”
While the Ottawa march is the largest in Canada, it is by no means the only march. On the same day, Canadians across …


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[May 2, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Dr. Glenn E. Schaeffer

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
My friend, Roger Miller, died a few years ago after a lengthy fight with cancer, but he died “convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
Roger loved to fish. One of my fondest fishing memories involving Roger occurred when he and I, with our friend, Tom, …


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[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 …


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