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[June 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

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 …


In: ABC District News, Central District News, Headline, Mission News

[June 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

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 | ]

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 …


In: ABC District News, Headline, National News

[May 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – Rev. Dr. John R. Stephenson will be guest speaker at a 500th Reformation Seminar in Winnipeg this coming weekend. The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is playing host to the event, which takes place May 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Guests are invited to come hear Dr. Stephenson “enlighten us with insights of the Reformation in Martin Luther’s day, as well as how the Reformation still influences us in our day and age!” promotional material for the event explains. Dr. Stephenson is Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia …


In: Central District News, Headline, Reformation 500

[May 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – On February 11, 45 people from 15 different congregations gathered to discuss outreach efforts in urban centres. Participants were encouraged to speak for 2-3 minutes about their congregation/ministry’s outreach efforts under the categories: small scale, neighbourhood, community service, regional, and social media outreach. After each individual’s presentation, time was given for the group to ask questions and discuss implementing the idea in other contexts.
Some of the ideas that were discussed included:

Children’s activities like nursery schools, kids’ clubs, and VBS events at different times of the year and …


In: East District News, Headline, Mission News

[May 2, 2017 | No Comment | ]

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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