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[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, …


In: ABC District News, District Presidents, District Presidents, Headline

[April 20, 2017 | No Comment | ]

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 | ]

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 | ]

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 | ]

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