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[October 18, 2017]

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) has released the 2017 edition of its annual Mission Newsletter.
“The 2017 Mission Newsletter presents just a few snapshots of what the Lord Jesus has accomplished in the lives of people through the missions and social ministry of Lutheran Church–Canada this year—how communities have been graced by His love and mercy,” explains Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel in the introduction to this year’s newsletter. Dr. Neitzel is LCC’s Executive for Missions and Social Ministry.
The theme for this year’s publication draws on LCC’s 2017 convention theme—Christ Alone, Christ …

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[October 17, 2017]

KITCHENER, Ontario – Lutheran Church-Canada has voted at the 2017 synodical convention in Kitchener, Ontario to restructure the church body, accepting changes to the church’s statutory bylaws, constitution, and synodical bylaws.
The Convention adopted Resolution 17.1.01 “To Adopt the Proposed Changes to the Statutory Bylaws of Lutheran Church-Canada” by ballot on October 14, with 77.3 percent of votes in favour. The vote required 2/3 majority of the convention to be adopted.
Resolution 17.1.02 “To Adopt the Proposed Changes to the Constitution of Lutheran Church-Canada” was passed on October 15, with 92 voting …

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[October 16, 2017]

KITCHENER, Ontario – Rev. Timothy Teuscher gave his first address as President Elect to the convention of Lutheran Church–Canada on October 15.
He began by noting advice the late Rev. Dr. Albin Stanfel, then President of the Ontario District, had given him as a young pastor—advice to allow his name to stand if ever nominated for positions in the district or synod, and to let the church decide.
But now that the church had decided to make him president, he confessed, he was left wondering: “Why should I be the one to …

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[October 15, 2017]

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada has declared altar and pulpit fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland.
The action was taken during LCC’s synodical convention meeting in Kitchener, Ontario, and was adopted unanimously. It comes following discussions between representatives of the two church bodies revealed doctrinal unity, with LCC’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations recommending the declaration of fellowship.
The Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland emerged out of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland as a result of that church’s departure from historic Christian teaching. The Mission Diocese was …

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[October 14, 2017]

KITCHENER, Ontario – On October 14, 2017 Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) elected Rev. Timothy Teuscher as synodical president. The vote came during the second day of LCC’s 2017 synodical convention being held in Kitchener, Ontario.
Rev. Teuscher currently serves as First Vice President of the East District of Lutheran Church–Canada (2012-current) and pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stratford, Ontario (1996-current). He formerly served as Second Vice President of the East District (2000-2006), as well as on LCC’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations (1993-1999). Prior to being called to Stratford, …

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[October 14, 2017]

KITCHENER, Ontario – Approximately 335 people gathered October 13, 2017 at Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for the opening worship service of Lutheran Church–Canada’s eleventh synodical convention in Kitchener, Ontario. Attendees of the divine service filled the pews and overflowed into the gymnasium of the church.
Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, President of Lutheran Church–Canada, served as celebrant and preacher for the event. His sermon, which was entitled “Christ, First in Everything,” drew on Colossians 1:15-20.
Serving as co-celebrant and confessional pastor was Rev. Larry Gajdos, pastor of Historic St. Paul’s. LCC’s three …