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LUTHERANISM TODAY

• The missionary Luther

• Why the Reformation still matters

• The state of Quebec Lutheranism


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The missionary Luther

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Features

Departments

Table talk

ConTenTs

The missionary Luther 6

The state of Quebec Lutheranism 9

Why the Reformation still matters 12

Martin Luther: Sinner/Saint 5

Presidential Perspective

Our beloved family... in Australia and around the world 50

News Section

International News 15

World Lutheran leaders meet in Canada • German bishop elected

Chairman of the International Lutheran Council • Australian and

Canadian church leaders meet • ILC welcomes new member church

• Interview with President of Lutheran Church of Australia

National News 19

2013 Outreach Conference and Youth Gathering to be held together

• Stand Firm! And see the salvation of the Lord • LCC musician

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Martin Luther: Sinner/Saint

Occasionally when sharing

my faith with others, I

will be met with the reply:

“You’re a Lutheran? But don’t

you know the terrible things that

Martin Luther did?”

More often than not, these

people are referring to Luther’s

treatise On the Jews and their Lies.

In this work, Luther writes some

dreadful things, including his

“sincere advice” to Christians

to go and burn down the Jews’

synagogues and schools; destroy

their houses; forbid their rabbis to

teach under pain of death; deprive

them of wealth and property; force

young Jewish men and women into

hard labour; or simply drive them

out of the country. In the years

leading up to World War II, the

Nazis would rediscover this book of

Luther’s and use it in their twisted

campaign to first imprison and then

murder the Jewish people.

Now there are a whole host of

defenses one could fall back on

to try to excuse Luther for this

book. One could argue that he

was simply a product of his times.

Antisemitism was prevalent in

most of Europe during the Middle

Ages, after all, and Luther was

merely writing as many thinkers of

his age did. Or one could point out

that Luther’s book was precipitated

by the publication of a Jewish

tract which (apparently) aimed

to convert Christians to Judaism;

Luther was no doubt writing

in anger rather than reasoned

thought. One could even point out

that Luther’s earlier writings on

the Jews were generally counsels to

love them, not persecute them. Yes,

one could do all these things when

confronted by people disgusted

with Luther and what he wrote. But

I suggest there is a better approach

to take.

We should agree with them.

The fact is, Luther was a man.

God accomplished incredibly

important things through him—and

we would do well to sit and learn at

his feet—but he was nevertheless

human. He was flawed and sinful,

like you and me.

And really, when you think

about it, that is the good news of

the Gospel. God justifies us despite

our failings. He covers us with

the blood of Christ and forgives

our sin. The recognition that we

are simul iustus et peccator (“at

the same time righteous and a

sinner”) is a cornerstone of the

faith rediscovered by Luther. On

the one hand, we understand that

we are sinners because of our evil

inclinations and actions; on the

other hand, we know we are saints

because God has forgiven us.

Luther was a saint only insofar

as he was also a sinner, for his

righteousness depended not on

his own works but on the grace of

Christ. He was not perfect nor are

we today. Like Saint Paul, each of us

must confess in brokenness, “I do not

do the good I want, but the evil I do

not want is what I keep on doing...

Wretched man that I am! Who will

deliver me from this body of death?”

(Romans 7:19, 24).

For St. Paul, there was only one

answer to the problem of sin: Jesus

Christ. Christ alone had died for St.

Paul’s sins. Christ alone had risen

again and promised St. Paul new life.

For us today, the answer remains the

same: salvation is found in Christ

alone. Though we constantly fail to

live the lives we should, He just as

constantly offers us mercy. Coming

to us again and again through the

Scriptures, through Baptism, and

through Holy Communion, He

showers us with grace we do not

deserve. We live in the light of

forgiveness; we dwell in the house

of His mercy.

TabLe TaLk

by Mathew Block

In this issue of The Canadian

Lutheran, we explore why the

Reformation still matters for Lutherans

today. We see what the granddaddy of

reformers himself, Martin Luther, has

to say to us on the subject of missions

and evangelism. We explore how the

faith handed down by the reformers

has taken root in the mission ground

of Quebec. Finally, we reacquaint

ourselves with the teachings of the

Reformation—reminding ourselves

why “grace alone, faith alone, Scripture

alone, and Christ alone” remain evercentral

tenets of our faith.

To put it simply, we’re reminded

that Lutheranism is relevant today

because the Gospel is relevant today.

And that’s the message we can

bring to our unbelieving friends.

Christianity is not for the healthy;

it’s for the sick. It’s for people like

Martin Luther and St. Paul. It’s for

people like you and me. And—the

good news we are privileged to

share!—it’s for people like those

friends of ours so concerned with the

sinfulness of Martin Luther.

So when you’re asked, “Don’t

you know the terrible things Luther

did?,” say yes. Then respond, “But let

me tell you what Christ did.”

“We are [God’s] children, and yet

sinners; we are acceptable, and do

not do enough—all this is the work of

faith firmly grounded in God’s grace.

But if you ask where faith and

confidence may be found or whence

they come, it is certainly the most

necessary thing to know.

First, without any doubt it does not

come from your works or from your

merits, but only from Jesus Christ,

freely promised and freely given.”

– Martin Luther –

“God shows his love for us in that

while we were still sinners,

Christ died for us.”

– St. Paul –

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“A

current joke has to do with a new

Martin Luther doll,” writes John Warwick

Montgomery almost 40 years ago. “You

wind it up and it just ‘stands there!” Montgomery asks,

“Did Luther just stand there—at Wittenberg, at Leipzig,

at Worms, at Marburg—or did he move dynamically

with a sense of mission to the lost?”

Over the centuries scholars have suggested Martin

Luther had no interest in taking the Gospel to other

lands, but Montgomery, reacting to such assertions,

says that “to attribute such views to Luther is, however,

to fly directly in the face of the evidence.” You need

only read Martin Luther’s own writing: “In these New

Testament times,” he writes, “there is always a lack of

Christians; there never are enough of them. Therefore

we must not stop inviting guests to partake of this

Paschal Lamb. We must keep on preaching. We must

also go to those whom Christ has hitherto not been

proclaimed. We must teach the people who have not

known Christ, so that they,

too, may be brought to the

spiritual kingdom of Christ.”

Why must Christians

“go to those whom Christ

has hitherto not been

proclaimed?” Answer: Apart

from faith in Jesus Christ,

people cannot be saved.

As Luther explains in the

Large Catechism, “Outside

the Christian church (that

is, where the Gospel is not)

there is no forgiveness, and

hence no holiness.”

Luther goes on to explain

his concept of the Church’s

missionary role:

“He [the Holy Spirit] has a unique community in

the world. It is the mother that begets and bears every

Christian through the Word of God. The Holy Spirit

reveals and preaches that Word, and by it he illumines and

kindles hearts so that they grasp and accept it, cling to it

and persevere in it …. Until the last day the Holy Spirit

remains with the holy community or Christian people.

Through it he gathers us, using it to teach and preach

the Word. By it he creates and increases sanctification,

causing it daily to grow and become strong in the faith

and in the fruits of the Spirit.”

Luther speaks in terms of this “unique community”

as a “profane church.” Not “profane” in the sense of

the church being crude or using gutter language, but

“profane” in the Latin sense of the term, meaning to

“move outside the temple.” There is a temptation for

Christians to insulate themselves from the evil world in

which they live or to make Sunday worship the end goal

of what they say and do, but Christians are to “move

outside the temple.” The Holy Spirit not only “calls,

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We must also go to those

whom Christ has hitherto not

been proclaimed. We must

teach the people who have not

known Christ, so that they, too,

may be brought to the spiritual

kingdom of Christ.

gathers, enlightens and sanctifies” us by the Gospel, but

He sends us as His missionary people into the world.

Commenting on 1 Peter 2:9, Luther says, “We live on

earth only so that we should be a help to other people.

Otherwise, it should be best if God would strangle us

and let us die as soon as we were baptized and had

begun to believe. For this reason, however, he lets us

live that we may bring other people also to faith as he

has done for us.” Having been the recipient of God’s

overflowing love and forgiveness, the Christian delights

in sharing Christ with others. Luther says,

“Once a Christian begins to know Christ as his Lord

and Savior, through whom he is redeemed from death and

brought into His dominion and inheritance, God completely

permeates his heart. Now he is eager to help everyone

acquire the same benefits. For his greatest delight is in

this treasure, the knowledge of Christ. Therefore he steps

forth boldly, teaches and admonishes others, praises and

confesses his treasure before everybody, prays and yearns

that they too, may obtain such

mercy. There is a spirit of

restlessness amid the greatest

calm, that is, in God’s grace

and peace. A Christian cannot

be still or idle. He constantly

strives and struggles with all

his might, as one who has no

other object in life than to

disseminate God’s honor and

glory among the people, that

others may also receive such a

spirit of grace.”

For Luther, there is a

vital connection between

missionary proclamation

and the power of God’s

Word because God’s Word

provokes Christians to speak the Good News. Again,

Luther observes, “This noble Word brings with it a

great hunger and an insatiable thirst, so that we could

not be satisfied even though many thousands of people

believe on it; we wish that no one should be without it.

This thirst ever strives for more and does not rest; it

moves us to speak, as David says, ‘I believe, therefore

have I spoken’ (Ps. 116:10). And we have (says St. Paul,

II Cor. 4:13) ‘the same spirit of faith … we also believe

and therefore speak.’”

A Missionary in Action

Martin Luther’s lifelong body of work demonstrates

the connection between God’s Word and a Christian’s

insatiable desire to share God’s Word. According to

Lutheran missiologist, Eugene Bunkowske, Martin Luther

was a missionary in action. During his lifetime, Luther:

1. Published 350 works and penned 3,000 letters

to people.


The

MISSIONARY

Luther

by Glenn Schaeffer

THE CANADIAN LUTHERAN September/October 2012 7


2. Instructed no fewer than 16,000 theological

students enrolled at the University of Wittenberg

between 1520-1560. One third of the students came

from other lands. This means no fewer than 5,000

students who learned from Luther’s sermon and

lectures (and his successors) went out to spread

Luther’s deep desire that all should be brought to a

saving knowledge of Christ, even to the very end of

the earth.

3. Authored a plethora of pamphlets to instruct

and edify God’s people. These tracts were translated

into many languages and distributed by missionaries

so that they might be read by young and old.

4. Composed more than 35 hymns communicating

the Good News of Jesus and expressing his desire

to have all people come to faith in Jesus Christ. For

example, in Luther’s hymn, “May God Embrace Us With

His Grace” we find the mission message, “Let Jesus’

healing power be revealed in

richest measure, converting

every nation,” and “May

people everywhere be won

to love and praise you truly”

(Lutheran Worship 288).

5. Wrote the Large and

Small Catechisms. With

the Catechisms Luther

introduced a thorough

instruction in church and

school in which, according

to his own words, “the

heathen who want to be

Christians are taught and guided in what they should

believe, know, do and leave undone according to the

Christian faith.”

6. Translated the Bible into the German language.

Luther’s German translation of the Bible did much to

evangelize the spiritually-lost, not only in Germany but

also throughout Europe where other Bible translations

were made with reference to Luther’s German

translation.

7. Encouraged the study of Islam and Judaism.

Luther desired that the Turks (Muslims) and Jews

would know the Gospel of Christ. On various occasions

he discussed different methodologies that might be used

to convert Muslims and Jews.

Our calling

Martin Luther lived by the conviction that the Holy

Spirit converts people through the proclamation of the

Gospel, whether spoken by pastors or by the priesthood

of all believers who—by virtue of their baptisms—are

sent as missionaries to participate in Jesus’ mission of

seeking and saving lost people. In Luther’s Treatise on

Christian Liberty (The Freedom of a Christian Man), he

states, “We conclude, therefore, that a Christian lives

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A Christian lives not in

himself, but in Christ

and in his neighbour.

Otherwise he is not a

Christian.

not in himself, but in Christ and in his neighbour.

Otherwise he is not a Christian. He lives in Christ

through faith, in his neighbor through love. By faith

he is caught up beyond himself into God. By love he

descends beneath himself into his neighbor.”

Followers of Jesus Christ share the love of Christ in

their own “Jerusalem” through word and deed, moving

ever outward to the ends of the earth. Luther writes,

“With this message or preaching, it is just as if one

throws a stone into the water. It makes waves and

circles or wheels around itself, and the waves roll always

further outward. One drives the other until they reach the

shore.… So it is with the preaching. It is started through

the apostles and always proceeds and is driven farther

through the preacher to and fro in the world, driven out

and persecuted; nevertheless, it is always being made more

widely known to those that have never heard it before.”

God’s Gospel, working in the hearts of God’s people,

will simply not allow them

to say, “Here I stand. I can

do no other.” A static church

is an unfaithful church.

Dr. Reinhard Slenczka, in

his keynote address at the

International Lutheran

Council’s Third World

“Seminaries” Conference in

Pretoria, South Africa said,

“If a confessional church is

not a confessing church, it

is no church at all.” As the

confessional and missional

grandchildren of Martin Luther may we heed his

evangelical call to “convert every nation” by seeing

ourselves as missionaries sent by God so share His

Gospel in our own homes, workplaces, neighbourhoods,

provinces, and country. To this end we pray with

Martin Luther, “Dear Father, we pray Thee, give us

thy Word, that the Gospel may be sincerely preached

throughout the world and that it may be received by

faith and may work and live in us.” Amen.”

Rev. Dr. Glenn Schaeffer is Executive Assistant—Outreach for the

Alberta-British Columbia District of Lutheran ChurchCanada. He blogs

at “Go!”, a site dedicated to encouraging God’s people to participate

in Christ’s mission of seeking and saving the lost. Vist it at www.

goandmake.ca.


The political relationship between Quebec and

the rest of Canada has often been a difficult

one, with nationalist groups at various times

asserting the province’s linguistic and cultural

distinctiveness. The recent victory of the Parti

Quebecois in the September provincial election will

no doubt add to this historical narrative. A religious

distinctiveness within the Christian context is part

of what makes Quebec culturally unique in Canada,

and it is something closely woven into the province’s

political heritage. So what has and does this mean for

confessional Lutheranism in Quebec? Various mission

efforts have taken place and continue to take place,

most of which are in some way influenced by the

provinces linguistic, cultural, and political heritage.

The secularization of Quebec

The influence of the Roman Catholic Church,

with which most French-speaking Quebecers can be

identified, has declined considerably since the early

1960s. Before 1962, the province did not even have

a Department of Education; schools and most social

services were the responsibility of the Church. Even

labour unions were largely under the umbrella of

Roman Catholicism. Conservative Quebecers believed

the church’s influence upon state functions was a key

way of preserving francophone identity.

This changed dramatically with a series of events

known as the “Quiet Revolution”—a time when Quebec

began to become a secularized civil state. Liberal

The state

of

Quebec

Lutheranism

by James Morgan

nationalists and federalists believed more opportunity

would be available to Quebecers if the education system

and social services were delivered by the provincial

government through taxpayer funding. At this time,

there was also growing opposition to the Union

Nationale party which had governed the province

for all but four years between 1936 and 1960, mostly

under the leadership of Premier Maurice Duplessis.

The government had close ties to the Roman Catholic

Church; priests often endorsed the Union Nationale

in their homilies.

As the province became more secular in its approach

to education and social services, church attendance

was also greatly affected. Add in the general decline

of church attendance in North America since World

War II, and you get the liberal, secularized Quebec

you see today.

The Lutheran element

Although the overall influence of Christianity in

Quebec has weakened in recent decades, the Lutheran

presence in the province dates to 1629 when the Kirke

brothers travelled with a mercenary army to what

was then New France in a failed effort to recapture

the colony for England. According to the Inventaire

du patrimoine religieux immatériel du Québec, two

Lutheran chaplains were among the soldiers. The

daughter of notable early colonist Louis Hebert was

baptized by a Lutheran pastor. After the British defeat

of the French in the 1769 conquest, many confessional

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Lutherans were among the ranks of the British Army

in Quebec.

In the late 19th century, Norwegian Lutherans were

among the immigrants who settled in the Gaspé and

Eastern Townships regions. Four parishes, attached to

either The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS)

and what is now the Evangelical Lutheran Church

in Canada (ELCIC), were

founded in the Outaouais

region. The first Lutheran

church in Montreal, St.

John’s (ELCIC), was

founded in 1853 by German

immigrants. Slovakian

immigrants followed, arriving in Montreal in the 1920

and founded Ascension Lutheran Church/L’Église de

l’Ascension, as a member of the LCMS and eventually

Lutheran ChurchCanada (LCC). It is now the largest

and, arguably, most diverse LCC congregation in

Quebec.

LCC at work in Quebec

It is from Ascension in Montreal that most of LCC’s

Quebec mission efforts, in both French and other

languages, take place. Rev. Dr. David Somers serves the

congregation as its pastor and is also LCC’s missionary

for Quebec. Mission efforts to serve francophone

Quebecers interested in Lutheranism began in the

1980s, and efforts to serve the French speaking Haitian

immigrant community have since followed. A Chinese

congregation was also established.

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“Religion is considered

irrelevant and an attitude of

indifference prevails.”

In 2010, mission work extended to St. Jean-sur-

Richelieu to allow francophone Lutherans in that city

to worship in the chapel located at the Canadian Army

base there. A mission congregation began in Quebec

City in 2008 with two LCC chaplains stationed at

nearby CFB Valcartier leading Lutheran services there.

The Quebec City mission is now officially recognized

by LCC’s East District, and

is called Église Évangélique

Luthérienne de la Sainte-

Trinite. After meeting for

several years in the reading

room of a private library,

services moved to the

campus chapel at Université Laval, further increasing

Lutheran visibility among French-speaking students.

Liturgies et cantiques luthériens

A major breakthrough that has allowed LCC

to better reach French-speaking Quebecers and

francophones throughout Canada was the publication

in 2009 of a French counterpart to the Lutheran Service

Book. Titled Liturgies et cantiques luthériens, it contains

hymns, psalms, and Divine Service settings like its

English counterpart, but features hymns unique to

the French language. Workshops have been held to

better familiarize pastors and parishioners with the

French hymnal so it may be more easily used in their

congregations. Dr. Somers, along with Rev. David

Saar (St. John’s, Mount Forest, Ontario), coordinated

the creation of the French language hymnal as part of

LCC’s Francophone Liturgy Committee.

The late Rev. Dr. Wilbert Kreiss, who died in

October 2011, was also a major

influence in the development of

LCC’s mission activities in Quebec.

Rev. Dr. Kreiss, who served as the

President of the Evangelical Lutheran

Church, Synod of France and Belgium

from 1992 to 2000, had also been a

guest professor for two Concordia

Lutheran Theological Seminary

(St. Catharines, Ontario) courses

held in Montreal for francophone

students. He contributed the text

of several hymns for Liturgies et

cantiques luthériens and was the chief

translator of the Divine Service IV

liturgy for the book. “His works still

constitute the bulk of all confessional

Lutheran works written in French,”

says Dr. Somers, calling Dr. Kreiss a

“patriarch of francophone LCC.”

LCC’s recent work has succeeded

in raising Lutheranism’s profile

in Quebec. L'Église évangéilque


luthérienne de l'Ascension was recently selected to

represent Lutheranism for a government cultural

heritage project on religious diversity in Quebec.

The result is a series of video interviews and texts

explaining LCC and its beliefs which have now been

posted on a government sponsored website. For more

information on the project, see “Provincial project

presents the face of Lutheranism in Quebec” on page

38 of this issue.

The challenge

Rev. Dr. Somers acknowledges that reaching

Quebecers with the Gospel in a Lutheran context does

have its challenges, but they are not entirely different

from the challenges Lutheran missionaries, parish

pastors, and laymen face elsewhere in Canada. In

the past it was necessary to spend time highlighting

the differences between Lutheranism and Roman

Catholicism. This, Rev. Dr. Somers believes, is an

increasingly minor factor.; Christianity is “so far off

the radar” in contemporary Quebec, he says, that

many aren’t even familiar with the Roman Catholic

Church let alone Lutheranism. “Religion is considered

irrelevant and an attitude of indifference prevails,” he

adds—a challenge to the Church which he believes even

more serious than persecution.

Another obstacle is the unpopularity of the social

and political legacy of the Church in Quebec from past

decades, and biblical teachings regarding homosexuality

and women’s issues. The answer, Rev. Dr. Somers says,

is this: “The challenge is to convey restoration, peace,

reconciliation with God, self, and others through a

culture of repentance, forgiveness as the Gospel’s gift

to the world in Jesus Christ.”

James Morgan is writer and former broadcaster living in Gatineau,

Quebec where he is completing a Ph.D in History at the University of

Ottawa. His home congregation is Trinity Lutheran near Gowanstown,

Ontario, and he also worships at the Lutheran Tri-Parish of Western

Quebec.

“The challenge is to

convey restoration, peace,

reconciliation with God,

self, and others through

a culture of repentance,

forgiveness as the Gospel’s

gift to the world in Jesus

Christ.”

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Why the Reformation

still matters

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95

Theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. If

that hammer could have announced the seismic

changes to come in Europe and the Christian Church, its

echoes would have shook the world. Today, however, it

is hardly more than a whisper.

For many Protestant churches, it has been like the

“telephone” game, where a little was added here, a little

changed there, a little taken away somewhere else. The

general population has now moved into a post-Christian

era, where differences in Christian theological tenets

matter less than choices on the restaurant menu.

So is the Reformation still relevant today?

We could rephrase the question in this way: “Is the

Gospel of Jesus Christ still relevant today?” For that is

what the Reformation was about: the salvation Christ

won for the world. In proclaiming justification by faith

alone, through God’s grace alone and not by our own merit

and works, the gates were opened for millions to know

God’s mercy. The Reformation was about the Gospel, the

Good News of Jesus Christ—which is why the Lutheran

church’s first name was “Evangelical,” coming from the

Greek for “good news.”

Sola fide

I came to the Reformation backwards, having been a

Baptist and then a Presbyterian. After a long and winding

road trying to merit divine mercy, God sent a Lutheran

preacher to speak to me the message of grace: “By grace

you have been saved through faith. And this is not your

own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). The

words had the same force and power they did when

Luther rediscovered them, for one simple reason: they’re

not Luther’s words; they’re God’s.

This first principle of the Reformation we call sola

fide: “faith alone.” Lutherans teach that we add nothing

to salvation; Christ does everything. If we do not stand

firm on this point, Luther taught, all is lost. The Christian

gains salvation through faith alone.

This does not mean that we put our faith in our faith,

but rather that our faith relies on God’s promises and

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by Peggy Pedersen

what Christ has done for us. In Christ, we find assurance

of salvation—something we could never have if we had

to look for sufficient sincerity, repentance, or prayer in

ourselves. Instead we cling securely to the promise of

Christ: “Whoever lives and believes in me shall never

die” (John 11:26).

Sola gratia

The second principle of the Reformation, also drawn

from Ephesians, is sola gratia: “grace alone.”

The established church was quite happy to acknowledge

the role of faith and grace in salvation, of course. It was

that little word “alone” they couldn’t stand. To claim no

works were necessary for justification seemed to fly in

the face of reason.

Many people in Luther’s day believed God justified

the righteous (“good people”) and damned sinners (“bad

people”) to hell. But Luther found in Scriptures this truth:

God justifies sinners, purely by His own free will, solely

based on what Christ has done. God did not save those

who were trying to do their best or who were the most

improved, but instead those who came empty-handed—or

not empty handed, but with hands full of sin. Luther said

we are saved by “sheer grace.” For Luther, the Scriptures

were clear: justification is 100% Christ and 0% us, and

any attempt to increase our percentage is heresy.

“For Luther, the Scriptures

were clear: justification is

100% Christ and 0% us.”

Solo Christo

This leads to the next principle, solo Christo: “by

Christ alone.” Jesus said: “I am the way, and the truth,

and the life. No one comes to the Father except through

Me” (John 14:6). Luther’s theology was grounded in

the incarnation. Christ’s incarnation—His becoming


human—was necessary for our salvation. He lived, died,

and rose again for us. The entire Bible is a revelation of

Christ, and it is in Him that that God desires to be known.

In Christ, God has hidden in plain sight, revealing His

desire to save mankind. He puts off His heavenly glory,

is born of human flesh and dies naked, nailed to a cross

to save us.

And so we rely on Him, not ourselves, knowing He

did not come to show us the way but to be the Way for us.

God transfers Christ’s perfect righteousness to us, taking

away from us the sin we inherited from Adam. There is

no way to obtain Christ’s righteousness except by being

united to Him in faith.

“He did not come to show

us the way, but to be the

Way for us.”

Sola Scriptura

The other “sola” is sola scriptura: “Scripture alone.”

This doesn’t mean that we should throw out all tradition.

Some early reformers tried to do that, but Luther taught

us to keep those traditions which are scriptural. Other

traditions may also be kept, he said, if the congregation

and church wanted them, so long as they did not

contradict Scripture.

What the teaching of sola scriptura did was set God’s

Word above all earthly authority, including the Pope’s. It

confirmed that Christ is head of the church, and it is His

Word, not our interpretation of it, that must be the judge

of truth. The Word of God interprets itself. Scripture must

be read as a whole, not extracted as proof texts out of

context. That’s why we follow the Lutheran Confessions:

because they agree with Scripture.

God’s Word is alive and active. Through it, the Holy

Spirit works to convict us of sin: this is the Law. It leads

us to repent of all the things we are and do that displease

God. But the Bible doesn’t leave us in despair: the Gospel

Word speaks forgiveness and comfort to us. The Gospel is

that Christ is “for you”— He loved you and gave Himself

“for you.” He accomplished everything necessary for your

salvation. When Christ died, He said, “It is finished.” The

Reformation Lutheran knows there is a period at the end

of that sentence.

So what?

The teachings Lutheran theologians have handed

down to us are precious treasures—not because of

tradition but because they are the true doctrines of

Christianity. If you look at our Confessions, you will see

references to Scripture over and over again. The authors

knew that, if something contradicted God’s Word, then no

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matter how beautiful, ancient, impressive, and reasonable

it may appear, it is not pleasing to God. The Reformation

matters because the reformers were proclaiming God’s

unchanging Word.

So what can the Reformers teach us today?

The Reformation focuses us on the true mission of

the Church. The Church is God’s kingdom, and it is

where He bestows His gifts on His people. It is where His

Truth is proclaimed. Sermons must not just talk about

Jesus, but deliver Him. When we lose sight of this, we

can become confused as to our purpose. We are drawn

to adopt the marketing model of business, the numbersmodel

of mega-churches, the social service model of

charitable institutions, or, worst of all, to feel we need to

“update” our doctrine and practices to meet the changing

philosophies and mores of the world. Christ has told us

that we are to be in the world but not of it. We can learn

from the Reformation the importance of using media to

spread the Gospel, but always remembering that it is the

Holy Spirit creating faith in human hearts through His

Word, not our methods.

Above all

The Reformation taught us we must, above all, know

and cling to God’s Word. All who depart from it lose

their way. In our age there is a great falling-away, with

many paths offering enticements and ease. The path of

the cross appears bitter, and many turn aside to follow

paths that seem sweeter, more culturally acceptable and

“tolerant,” yet are lifeless. Lutherans, having learned that

biblical truth is often in paradox, know that the path of

“The Reformation taught us we must,

above all, know and cling to

God’s Word.”

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glory leads to sorrow and the path of the cross leads to joy.

Every other religion teaches we must bring something

to the table—merit, love, works, obedience, improved

lives, or sincerity. The result is either pride or despair. But

Lutherans call out “No! Salvation is a totally undeserved

gift from start to finish! God gives even the faith to believe

and accept it!” We must continue proclaiming this, not

only in our Confessions but also in how we worship and

in our daily lives. If we cease, the Word of God will not

cease. But it will pass us by, a relic of our former selves,

and instead be put on other tongues, or the stones will cry

out: “Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Sola Scriptura, Solo Christo!

Here we stand; we can do no other.”

We simply have the best news anyone can hear. Like

an Olympic baton, the gift of God has been passed on to

us from God through our forefathers in the faith. We are

called to take up where they left off: to learn, proclaim,

defend and pass along the faith to our generation and the

next, because it is not the doctrine of men but the pure

Gospel of Christ. The relevance of that is beyond measure,

for the treasure itself is beyond measure. Soli Deo Gloria.

“To God alone be the glory!”

“That which you have, therefore, hold fast until

I come” (Revelation 2:25).

Peggy Pedersen is a freelance writer in Victoria, B.C., where she is

a member of Redeemer Luthrean Church.


World Lutheran leaders meet in Canada

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - For the

first time in its nearly twenty-year

history, the International Lutheran

Council (ILC) met in Canada for

its triennial conference. From

September 16-21, church leaders

from 33 confessional Lutheran

church bodies around the world

gathered in Niagara Falls, Ontario

to conduct ILC business and discuss

issues and challenges facing the

global Church.

Leaders of these churches—

bishops and presidents—represent

church bodies in Africa, Europe,

North America, Latin America,

and Asia. All view the Bible as the

ultimate authority of faith and life,

and their churches address societal

issues in the context of God’s

unchanging Word.

That trust in Scripture is no

longer shared by many Christian

denominations—including some

Lutheran denominations outside

the ILC. Keynote speaker for

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Representatives and guests to the International Lutheran Council conference held in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

the conference, Rev. Dr. Edward

Kettner, discussed this topic in his

opening address Sunday, September

16. He says that to “deny that the

Scriptures are the Word-of-God-

Written, is to abandon the Lutheran

Confessions’ own understanding of

the Scriptures. It paves the way for

rejecting certain clear statements

in the Scriptures, declaring them

‘culturally conditioned.’” Dr.

Kettner is Professor of Systematic

Theology at Concordia Lutheran

Seminary (Edmonton, Alberta),

and former chairman of the

Commission on Theology and

Church Relations for Lutheran

ChurchCanada.

Based on the Scriptures, the

Lutheran Confessions outline the

faith taught and defended by 17th

century reformers in Europe. In

2017, Lutherans will commemorate

the 500th anniversary of the

Reformation sparked by Martin

Luther in Wittenberg, Germany.

The opening worship service

of the ILC Convention took

place September 16 at Concordia

Lutheran Theological Seminary in

St. Catharines, Ontario. President

Robert Bugbee of Lutheran

ChurchCanada preached and

former President Ralph Mayan

served as liturgist.

Throughout the week, ILC

leaders heard presentations on

preaching to a 21st century society;

same-sex issues in the church;

the ordination of women; and the

need of pastors for a Bible-infused

life. Speakers on these topics came

from the Philippines, Australia, the

United States, and Brazil.

Business items included

welcoming a new church body

into the ILC’s membership;

consideration of official dialogue

with the Roman Catholic Church;

an international conference for ILCrelated

seminaries; and the 500th

anniversary of the Reformation.

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German bishop elected Chairman of the International Lutheran Council

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - On

September 20, the International

Lutheran Council (ILC) elected

its officers for the new triennium,

with Bishop Hans-Jörg Voigt of

the Independent Lutheran Church

in Germany elected to serve as

Chairman of the ILC.

“It was a very hard decision to stay

for this election,” admitted Chairman

Voigt, “but I accept the election.”

He continued: “I ask our Lord and

Saviour Jesus Christ to support me in

this service, and for the welfare of the

ILC and this conference.”

Bishop Voigt has served as

Interim Chairman of the ILC since

2010, when previous Chairman

Gerald Kieschnick was not reelected

as President of The Lutheran

Church—Missouri Synod. The

ILC’s constitution requires the

Chairman to be actively serving

as the head of a member church

body. As a result, Bishop Voigt,

Vice-Chairman of the ILC at the

time, was automatically advanced

to Interim Chairman.

The assembly of the ILC also

elected President Gijsbertus van

Hattem of the Evangelical Lutheran

Church in Belgium to serve as

Secretary for the Executive Council.

In addition to the Chairman and

Secretary, the Executive Council

of the ILC is composed of a Vice-

Chairman and five World Area

Representatives. According to the

ILC constitution, members elect

church bodies rather than individuals

to fill the world area roles.

Elected to represent the Africa

world area was the Lutheran Church

of Nigeria. The Lutheran Church of

the Philippines will represent the

Asia world area. The Latin America

world area will be represented by the

Lutheran Church of Brazil. For the

Europe world area, the Evangelical

Lutheran Church in England was

elected. Finally, Lutheran Church

Canada was elected to represent the

North America world area.

The Vice-Chairman of the ILC

is elected not by the assembly

Chairman Hans-Jörg Voigt

but by the Executive Council

from among its World Area

Representatives. Following the

convention, the newly elected

executive reappointed President

Robert Bugbee of Lutheran

ChurchCanada to a second term

as Vice-Chairman of the ILC.

The executive also appointed

Rev. Dr. Albert Collver III as the

ILC’s Executive Secretary for the

new triennium. Dr. Collver takes

over from Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan

(former President of Lutheran

ChurchCanada). Dr. Mayan had

been serving in an interim position

following the end of Rev. Dr. Samuel

H. Nafzger’s longstanding service

in the position. Dr. Nafzger’s

service was recognized by the ILC’s

2012 convention at a banquet held

in his honour.


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Australian and Canadian church leaders meet

Front Row: Rev. Greg Pfeiffer, Dr. Leonard Harms, Rev. Thomas Kruesel, Rev. Robert Bugbee, Rev. Michael Semmler, Rev. Noel Noack, Rev.

Donald Schiemann. Back Row: Rev. Warren Hamp, Rev. Nolan Astley, Rev. Paul Zabel, Rev. Nevile Otto, Dr. Ralph Mayan, Rev. Mark Dressler,

Rev. Thomas Prachar, Rev. Greg Pietsch.

SURREY, B.C. - National and

district leaders of the Lutheran

Church of Australia (LCA) and

Lutheran ChurchCanada (LCC)

began a week of meetings September

24 to deepen the relationship between

the two churches, and to explore

potential new areas of cooperation.

“This is actually the second such

joint meeting between our Council of

Presidents (COP) and our Australian

colleagues,” noted LCC President

Robert Bugbee. “The first took place

in 2008 before I took office, so there

has been quite a turnover in the

ranks of leadership on both sides of

the Pacific.”

A special confessional

relationship between LCC and LCA

has existed since the 1993 signing of

a Memorandum of Understanding.

The two churches have much in

common: fairly small memberships

working in geographically large

countries, a strong commitment

to the Bible as God’s Word and

to the Lutheran confessions, a

heritage as churches within the

British Commonwealth, challenges

of ministry in societies that have

become very secularized, and a

desire to move forward in mission

efforts both in their own countries

and abroad.

“There are a lot of things

we have in common,” said LCA

President Michael Semmler, noting

a number of areas where the two

churches could work together. “It

seems that time is short and the

world is small, if I may say so, and

it would make sense to pool our

resources when possible.”

Joining President Bugbee as

representatives of LCC were synod’s

vice-presidents Nolan Astley (First

VP), Thomas Kruesel (Second

VP), and Mark Dressler (Third

VP), as well as district presidents

Don Schiemann (Alberta-British

Columbia), Tom Prachar (Central),

and Paul Zabel (East). LCC was

also represented during some

sessions by Dr. Leonard Harms,

LCC’s former mission executive,

and Rev. Warren Hamp, Chairman

of LCC’s Commission on Theology

and Church Relations (CTCR).

The Lutheran Church of Australia

was represented by President

Semmler, district presidents Noel

Noack (Queensland), Greg Pietsch

(Victoria-Tasmania), and Greg

Pfeiffer (Western Australia), as

well as by mission executive Rev.

Nevile Otto. Presidents Semmler

and Bugbee took turns chairing the

various discussion sessions.

Daily meetings began with

morning devotions and Bible

studies conducted by retired LCC

President Dr. Ralph Mayan, who

over the years has been a strong

supporter of the relationship with

the Australian church.

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ILC welcomes new member church

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - On

the afternoon of September 17, the

International Lutheran Council

(ILC) passed a resolution to accept

the Lutheran Ministerium and

Synod–USA (LMS–USA) as a

member of the ILC.

“The ILC is the most important

body of confessional Lutheran

fellowship today,” said President

Ralph W. Spears of the LMS–USA.

“I rejoice and give thanks for our

acceptance into membership.”

Vice-Chairman Robert Bugbee of

the ILC (and President of Lutheran

ChurchCanada) brought the

resolution before the assembly,

noting that the LMS–USA has been

long interested in membership with Bishop Hans-Jörg Voigt and President Ralph W. Spears

the ILC and has been a consistent

supporter of the organization. The said Chairman Hans-Jörg Voigt of the His grace to our fellowship.”

motion passed unopposed.

ILC (and Bishop of the Independent The LMS–USA is an American

“I want to say a warm welcome Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lutheran church body with about

to our brothers and sisters from the Germany). “It is a great pleasure as a 500 congregants and 22 pastors.

Lutheran Ministerium and Synod– worldwide organization to welcome

USA as new members of the ILC,” this church among us. May God give

Interview with President of the Lutheran Church of Australia

President Michael Semmler

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -President

Michael Semmler of the Lutheran

Church of Australia has been in

Canada over the past few weeks

for the triennial convention of the

International Lutheran Council as

well as for a week of meetings between

the Lutheran Church of Australia’s

(LCA) College of Presidents and

Lutheran ChurchCanada’s (LCC)

Council of Presidents. During that

time, President Semmler was kind

enough to consent to an interview,

conducted by Mathew Block, giving

us some background on the church

down under, the relationship between

LCA and LCC, and potential areas

where the two churches might be able

to partner together in the future.

MB: The Lutheran Church of

Australia has a relationship with

world Lutheranism in which it sits

as an associate member of both

the Lutheran World Federation

and the International Lutheran

Council. How did that come about?

MS: In 1966, two former Lutheran

synods of Australia came together.

Both severed all relationships with

all overseas churches. When we got

together, we decided that we would

go one after another to check out

what relationships were appropriate.

At that particular time, some people

were not keen to go into the Lutheran

World Federation totally and the

International Lutheran Council was

certainly on the horizon for us, and

so the synod decided that we could be

associates of both and test the waters

for a while.

But in the meantime what really

happened was Lutheran Church

Canada came into the equation. And

that’s why I’m here...

The interview continues at http://

www.canadianlutheran.ca/interviewpresident-michael-semmler-of-thelutheran-church-of-australia/.


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2013 outreach conference and youth gathering to be held together

WINNIPEG - In early July

next year Lutheran Church

Canada members of all ages

will converge on Winnipeg for

a first-ever national outreach

conference which includes

spending time with the National

Youth Gathering. While LCC’s

youth receive encouragement in

their faith at the University of

Manitoba, adults will meet down

the street July 5-7, 2013 for an

outreach conference.

Working with Lutheran Hour

Ministries’ Regional Outreach

Conference (ROC) staff, LCC

plans to begin the event Friday

evening with a plenary session

and continue on Saturday with

morning sessions.

Guest speakers include Rev.

Gregory Seltz, speaker of The

Lutheran Hour, and a number of

25

years

Reach Out

Canada

Canada

Reach Out

Winnipeg, www.reachoutcanada.net

July 5-7, 2013

Dynamic speakers • Practical workshops • Joint youth gathering events

Lutheran ChurchCanada 25th Anniversary Celebration Service

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outreach workshop presenters

who will help focus on sharing the

Gospel in the Canadian context.

Saturday afternoon the ROC

will join the youth on the

University of Manitoba campus

for more workshops, another

plenary session and then a

major outreach event.

Sunday, July 7 will feature

a 25 th Anniversary Service of

Thanksgiving for God’s work in

and through Lutheran Church

Canada since the founding

convention in 1988. The

organizers are also planning

to bring the youth and adults

together in servant events

Sunday afternoon.

This is the only ROC

scheduled for Canada in 2013.

More details will be available

later this year.

Reach Out Canada is a joint project of Lutheran ChurchCanada, Lutheran Hour Ministries and Lutheran Laymen’s League of Canada

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Stand Firm! And see the salvation of the Lord

WINNIPEG - The Stand Firm

National Youth Gathering

committee has been hard at

work to create a time for

teenagers across Canada to

come together and see the

salvation of the Lord (Exodus

14:13-14). In a recent meeting,

the committee was able to delve

deeper as it considers how

best to create an atmosphere

conducive to “Standing Firm.”

In planning for a youth

gathering, there is a recognition

that youth aren’t separate from

the Church but are instead an

important and integral part of

it. The 2013 National Youth

Gathering will take place July

4-9, and will overlap with a

Lutheran Hour Ministries

Regional Outreach Conference

and the celebration of the

25th anniversary of Lutheran

ChurchCanada as a synod.

Holding the events together

reminds youth (and other

members of the church) that

they all stand firm on the same

foundation: the promises of Christ.

There will be several presenters

coming to Winnipeg for the youth

gathering. The ever popular band

Lost and Found will provide

musical teachings; These Guys will

share God’s love through dramatic

representations; The Worship

Band from Peace Lutheran Church

(Winnipeg) will lead the youth as

they praise God with their music;

and Dr. Micah Parker will take the

main stage to talk about what it looks

like to “stand firm.” As a special

treat for youth leaders, Dr. John

Oberdeck, author of Eutychus Youth,

will also be speaking, discussing

how to help youth stand firm.

At its most recent planning

meeting, the gathering committee

welcomed a new member to the

team: Rev. Glenn Worcester from

Peace Lutheran, Winnipeg. The

rest of the committee includes

Deacon Michael Gillingham (DPS,

Bethel Lutheran, Sherwood Park,

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Alberta); Rev. Mark Dressler

(St. Paul’s Lutheran, Saskatoon,

Saskatchewan); Deacon Amanda

Knodel (DPS, Good Shepherd

Lutheran, Regina); Bill Wardekker

(youth leader, Peace Lutheran,

Winnipeg); Rev. Mark Danielson

(Trinity Lutheran, Fisherville,

Ontario); Tony Marchand, (youth

leader, Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran,

Kitchener, Ontario); and Deacon

Kaitlyn Roller (DPS, Trinity

Lutheran, Fisherville, Ontario).

“We are all so excited about

the opportunity to Stand Firm

as we gather in Winnipeg, July

5-9, 2013 and we want you to get

equally excited!” said committee

member Amanda Knoedel. “Join

us on Facebook (search for ‘LCC

National Youth Gathering’),

check out our website at http://

nyg.lutheranyouth.ca/, or talk

to any member of the planning

committee.”

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LCC musician nominated for 2012 Covenant Award

BURLINGTON, Ont. -

On September 25, the Gospel

Music Association of Canada

(GMA Canada) announced the

nominations for the 2012 Covenant

Awards. Among the nominees is

Lutheran ChurchCanada (LCC)

singer-songwriter Jennifer Jade

Kerr (JJK). JJK has been nominated

for “Pop/Contemporary Album

of the Year” for her 2012 release

Permission to be Broken.

“I am thrilled to receive my first

Covenant Nomination,” said JJK

on hearing the news. “So many

people had a hand in bringing this

album together, and now we all get

to celebrate!” She continued: “To

be included in the same category as

folks like downhere and Matt Maher

is an incredible affirmation of the

work I’m doing as a musician. I’ve

definitely got a perma-grin today!”

Jennifer Jade Kerr serves as

Director for Youth Ministries at First

Lutheran Church in Kelowna, B.C. She

spent a year on the CREW Ministries

team Saltwater, and has led music and

played concerts at numerous Lutheran

events across Canada.

The Canadian Lutheran reported

on the launch of Permission to be

Broken—her second album—in its

2012 March/April issue, noting that

one of the songs on the album—“The

Heart of God”—had been sponsored

by the Central District of Lutheran

ChurchCanada as part of its Music

Ministry Support Program.

This is not the first time JJK

has received accolades for her

music. Her 2009 album Somehow it

always does… won a Saskatchewan

Country Music Award for Gospel

Album of the Year and was further

nominated in the Album of the

Year category. She’s also been a

Jennifer Jade Kerr’s album Permission to be Broken

finalist in the Canadian Radio

Star Competition and twice been

a finalist in the Gospel Music

Association of Canada’s Cross

Canada Talent Search.

Jennifer Jade Kerr and another

LCC musician, Kelti Malone

(highlighted in the 2012 July/

August issue of The Canadian

Lutheran), will be going on a

concert tour of southern Ontario

on their way to Burlington for

the 2012 GMA Canada Week.

Tour dates are still in the process

of being finalized. Visit www.

jenniferjadekerr.com/shows/ for

information. The Covenant Awards

ceremony will take place November

7 in Burlington, Ontario and will be

broadcast on Crossroads Television

System (CTS).

To purchase Permission to be

Broken, visit www.jenniferjadekerr.

com and click on the iTunes or

CDBaby links. For more information

on GMA Canada Week and the

Covenant Awards, visit www.

gmacanada.ca.

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LCC’s first treasurer called home

WINNIPEG - On the afternoon of

August 16, Ken G. Werschler passed

on to glory following a brief stay in

hospital. Ken was Lutheran Church

Canada’s (LCC) first treasurer, and

served four terms in that position

before retiring in 1999. He is survived

by his wife Dot and their children.

The son of missionaries to Brazil,

Ken was always active in church life. In

1978, Ken was elected to serve as a lay

member of the Board of Directors for

the then Manitoba and Saskatchewan

District. Following the retirement of

the district treasurer, the board asked

Ken to consider the position. Ken

accepted and began full-time church

work in 1981. He would be recognized

for his service to the church in 1987,

when Concordia College (Edmonton)

presented him with the Distinguished

Service Award.

Ken also served on committees

leading up to the formation of

Lutheran ChurchCanada as an

autonomous church body in 1988.

At the opening convention, Ken

was elected to serve as the first

treasurer of LCC. Among his many

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accomplishments, Ken

was instrumental in

organizing the church’s

Worker Benefits

Plan and locating a

permanent home for

LCC’s synodical office

in Winnipeg.

“As the first elected

treasurer of LCC, Ken

was responsible for

setting up a national

accounting system to

provide for synod’s

obligations in missions,

higher education,

communication, and

administration,” said LCC’s first

president, Rev. Dr. Edwin Lehman.

“He always approached his work

with enthusiasm, energy, and

churchmanship.”

In 1997, Ken suffered a stroke

and was confined to a wheelchair.

He retired in 1999.

That year The Canadian Lutheran

paid homage to Ken Werschler in a

feature article entitled “A man of

faith.” In the article, the late Rev.

Convention sermons posted online

ONLINE - This year saw a number

of Lutheran conventions take

place in Canada. In addition to

the three district conventions,

Lutheran Women’s Missionary

League - Canada (LWML-Canada)

and the International Lutheran

Laymen’s League (Int’l LLL)

held conventions in Kelowna and

Saskatoon respectively.

President Robert Bugbee of

Lutheran ChurchCanada was

invited to be the guest preacher for

both convention’s opening services.

Videos of those sermons are now

available to watch online.

At LWML-Canada’s convention

at the beginning of July, President

Bugbee preached a sermon

entitled “By this Gospel.” The

text for reflection, drawn from the

convention’s theme of “Hold Fast to

the Word,” was 1 Corinthians 15:1-

2: “Now brothers,

I want to remind

you of the Gospel

I preached to you

which you all have

received, the one

by which you have

come to stand. By

this Gospel you are

saved, if you hold

firmly to the word

I preached to you.

Otherwise, you have

believed in vain.”

Watch the sermon

online at www.canadianlutheran.

ca/video-by-this-gospel/.

The Int’l LLL held their

convention at the end of July.

There President Bugbee preached

a sermon entitled “A call to all to

join the song,” based on the Psalm

113, from which the convention

Dr. Roy Holm called Ken “a gift

from God to His Church,” noting

that “one of the ways in which

God truly blesses His church is by

providing skilled, dedicated leaders,

full of the Holy Spirit and who

know Jesus Christ as their Lord and

Saviour.” Ken, he said, was just such

a blessing.

A funeral service for Ken was

held Wednesday August 22 at St.

James Lutheran Church (Winnipeg).

took its theme verse: “From the

rising of the sun to its setting, the

name of the LORD is to be praised”

(Psalm 113:3). Watch it online at

www.canadianlutheran.ca/videointernational-lutheran-laymensleague-convention-sermon/.


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Mueller named worthy recipient of Servant of Christ Award

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – On June

3, Delores Mueller received the

Servant of Christ Award at an event

held at Immanuel Lutheran Church,

Lethbridge. Delores was born in

Maple Creek, Sask., and married in

Medicine Hat, Alta., before moving

to Lethbridge to raise her family.

Delores is first a servant of Christ in

her vocation as wife, mother of three

and grandmother of four. She has

worked as a stenographer and also

as a bookkeeper for the family paint

business. But she was nominated for

the award in particular recognition

of the many ways she has dedicated

her time and talents in service

to Christ’s church, especially at

Immanuel Lutheran.

Delores volunteered for many

years as a Sunday school, VBS, and

weekday school teacher and was

actively involved in the Lutheran

Women’s Missionary League. She

is currently on the altar guild at

Immanuel and volunteers as head

teller. She has participated in many

Bible studies including the Bethel

series, Crossways, and LifeLight,

both as a student and as a leader. In

addition to all of the above, she has

played the organ and piano in church

consistently for Sunday worship,

as well as for weddings and many

funerals. She has also accompanied

the choir and many fine soloists over

the years.

Delores served on the building

fund-raising committee for

Immanuel’s new church building

constructed in 2005. The congregation

has been treated to her great cooking

skills at numerous turkey dinners, as

well as German, Hawaiian, Irish, and

Italian suppers. She also helps with

making coffee and baking for coffee

fellowship. Delores has also provided

transportation to church for various

people over the years.

While this list of accomplishments

and areas of service is impressive, the

reason Immanuel Lutheran Church

nominated Delores is that all of these

acts of service were motivated by her

faith in Christ Jesus and by her love

Delores Mueller visits with other members of Immanuel Lutheran after receiving the Servant

of Christ Award.

for the Lord and His Church. She

is a genuinely selfless person who

is willing to put the needs of others

ahead of her own. It is with gratitude

Trinity Lutheran welcomes new members

RICHMOND, B.C. - On June 10,

Trinity Lutheran Church welcomed

15 new members: two by baptism,

six by adult confirmation, and seven

by transfer. To welcome the new

Rev. Steven Harold (far right) welcomes new members.

to God for Delores’ willingness to

share her gifts that she is deemed

a worthy recipient of the Servant of

Christ award.

members, a potluck luncheon with

cake was held after the service, and

over 60 people attended.

Christine Kuo, Richmond

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Half a century of God’s blessings!

CALGARY - Many people, including

former pastors and members, came

together June 10 for two memorable

services, a delicious roast beef

banquet, and a reception with sweets,

to celebrate the 50th anniversary of

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Former pastors, rom left: Revs. Lloyd Huber (1977-1990), Michael Dorn (1991-2005), Paul

Dorn (2000-2005), James Chimirri-Russell, and Keith Haberstock (2007-present). Other former

pastors (not pictured) include: Revs. Herb Heineman (1962-1966), Walter Krenz (1966-1968,

deceased), and Art Rader (1968-1976).

Worship to go!

DRUMHELLER, Alta. - As the

Canada Day Parade was Sunday at

noon, it was the consensus of the

congregation that we have “church

on the float!”

“Worship to Go” flyers were

delivered in the community and

left on the door of our church.

Grace Lutheran Church brought the

message of the ”Good Life” in Christ

to the wider community through the

Canada Day Float for Grace Lutheran Church, Drumheller

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. It

was wonderful to see pastors who

led the congregation in the past and

to connect with people who hadn’t

visited in a while.

Rev. Herb Heineman (1962-1966)

float that we entered in the Canada

Day Parade.

Prior to the parade there was a

time of prayer. The Grace Lutheran

Music Team sang praise songs

along the entire parade route and

there were Sunday School Children

providing lots of energy in the form

of dance. Grace Lutheran placed

second in the “community” category.

Rosalie Nimmo, Grace Lutheran, Drumheller

gave the sermon at the morning

service. Rev. James Chimirri-Russell,

the only member of the congregation

to have become a pastor, gave the

sermon at the afternoon service.

The event featured beautiful

musical performances during the

services and banquet. It was a day

to remember how God blessed the

ministry of our church the last 50

years.

Gloria Sihlis, Prince of Peace

Serving the Lord

through Esther

CRESTON, B.C. - On the Feast

of Purim (March 7), Redeemer

Lutheran Church hosted a dinner

theatre on the Book of Esther

featuring a full course meal of

ethnic food. The first night was a

sellout, so the group presented it

again March 9 as a dessert theatre,

again with a sellout crowd. Proceeds

of $715.81 were sent to the Bibles

for Israel organization. That money

will sponsor the writing of the 4th

chapter of the book of Esther. When

printed, it will appear with Redeemer

Lutheran Church's name inscribed.

Joyce Bilodeau, Administrative Secretary,

Redeemer Lutheran

Acting out the Book of Esther

Lutheran Church

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DRUMHELLER, Alta. - Excitement

mounts before an upcoming

vacation—especially when it has

been three years since your last one.

Robert Martin, a member at Grace

Lutheran Church in Edmonton,

recounts his visit to the Passion Play

in Drumheller and the blessing it was

to see the work God has done and

continues to do through this event!

As he arrived for the play, it was

raining, but Robert’s spirits were not

dampened despite the 50- to 60-yard

walk up the hill and even though he

found that his seat was in the flood

section! It had been four years since

he last saw this play.

His enthusiasm was shared by

the more than 2,700-person crowd

(many visiting from other countries)

that had come to see and to hear

the Gospel story. This year the play

was based on the Gospel of John,

highlighting some new stories not

seen previously in this Passion

Play. The wedding at Cana was

particularly well portrayed; one could

truly say they experienced what a

wedding was like back then. The

hundreds of cast members (most of

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To see the work that God has done!

"Glory to God in the Highest"

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alta. -

Every November, Bethany Lutheran

Church—in association with

"Christmas in the Heartland"—

promotes an annual nativity display

featuring more than 500 nativities.

An ever-increasing number of

people visit the church each year

as members display more and more

of their nativities,

sharing the Gospel

story of Jesus Christ

with all who visit.

Cindy Gabert,

Dennis and Jean

Titosky, and

members of Bethany

are instrumental in

setting up this mission

project each year.

For the 2011

display, Bethany

them volunteers)

were incredibly

professional in

their roles on

stage but also very

approachable to

visit with offstage.

M a n y

members at Grace

Lutheran Church

(Drumheller)

have been

actively involved

in the Passion

Play since its

beginning. Rev.

Lloyd Huber, Emeritus, serves on

the script-writing committee; Helen

and Ron Leonhardt serve in the

parking lot area and information

table where they can visit with guests

as they come and go. Helen expressed

how she believes the play touches

people very deeply. She remembers

her young grandson after the play,

walking up to an actor portraying a

roman soldier and told him, “I don’t

like you – you killed Jesus!” Her

grandson later became an actor in

the productions, helping share the

hosted an orchestra playing

Christmas carols and hymns, and

also provided horse-drawn sleigh

rides. One could also see an ice

sculpture of a nativity scene being

prepared outside the front of the

church by skilled artisans. Christmas

goodies and refreshments, including

mulled apple cider and hot chocolate,

Annual nativity display at Bethany Lutheran; right, ice carved nativiy.

Scene from the Canadian Badlands Passion Play set in the Amphitheatre

of Drumheller

Gospel message through the play.

Vance Neudorf, executive

manager of the production, shared

a recent survey demonstrating that

98% of those who attended the

Passion Play would bring someone

back to see it! To learn more about

the Canadian Badlands Passion

Play, visit their website at http://

canadianpassionplay.com, and see

for yourself the work God has done

through this ministry!

Robert Martin, Grace Lutheran, Edmonton

were available both days. Members

served as greeters, hosts, and guides.

Bethany Lutheran Church

members enjoy bringing the message

of Jesus Christ to visitors, giving

"Glory to God in the highest" each

Christmas. On November 24-25, 2012,

Bethany will host its next nativity

display. For further information

please call the church at

780-998-1478 or email

thechurchatbethanyfort@

gmail.com.

Rev. Richard Williams, Bethany

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District youth – SHINE!

CALGARY - One hundred and

five youth, leaders, and volunteers

gathered in Calgary July 12-15, 2012,

for the District Youth Gathering

(DYG). Highlights included main

sessions with Rev. Mike Kuhn,

worship music with the DYG

band, an afternoon at the Calgary

Stampede, various servant events,

small group Bible studies, impact

sessions, and Late Night Spots. Most

of the sessions and activities took

place at Foothills Lutheran Church.

Attendees stayed in the dorms at the

University of Calgary, and had some

activities there as well.

The goal of the sessions was to

equip the youth to share their faith

by teaching them some basics of why

Lutherans believe what we believe.

Rev. Kuhn commented that “this was

my first time being the main session

speaker at a youth gathering.” He

continued: “I was humbled to have

the opportunity to speak to the

youth and enjoyed their enthusiasm!

I left the gathering feeling very

encouraged. Many of the youth

of our church have a mature and

infectious faith.” He did a brilliant job

presenting the

material in a fun

and interactive

format, using

videos, games,

and discussion

to help the kids

focus on the long

sessions.

There were

four different

servant events,

and the groups

were given

assignments that

varied widely.

One group went

to help the Cross

Pointe church

plant do a flyer

drop in nearby

neighbourhoods.

Another group

went to Nose

Hill, an urban

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nature reserve overlooking the

city, where they participated in a

prayer walk. Two groups stayed at

Foothills, where one group helped

the church prepare for several

upcoming outreach events, including

two vacation Bible schools and a

Stampede breakfast. Another group

decorated and packed bag lunches for

the Mustard Seed, one of Calgary’s

homeless ministry programs. There

were also four impact sessions that

each group attended: one on creation

and evolution, one on mission

work at home and abroad, one on

peacemaking, and one on sensing

God. On Saturday night, Rev. Keith

Haberstock led a candlelight service.

Volunteers worked hard to keep

food costs down, preparing a number

of home-cooked meals to supplement

meals eaten at the university dining

centre. And attendees were wellfed:

on spaghetti night, 105 people

consumed 25 pounds of pasta alone,

not including meat sauce, salad,

garlic bread, and dessert.

One comment received on the

feedback form read: “Thank you for

everything you guys did for us. It was

awesome to be able to learn more about

shining my light for Christ. Thanks

again for giving me this opportunity.

It was just what I needed.”

“The DYG would not have

been possible without the over 25

volunteers who helped in many

different ways,” said Gathering

Co-Chair Michelle Heumann. “I’m

very thankful for each and every

one of them.” She continued: “The

Lutheran community is an amazing

family with many different talents

and gifts, and it’s a joy to be a part

of it. Being able to host it at my

home church was amazing, and I’m

very thankful for how supportive of

youth ministry the congregation at

Foothills is and has been. Finally,

thank you to all those who helped,

my co-chair DPS Tracy Wemyss and

committee advisor Rev. Ian Wemyss,

and especially the leaders who came

and brought their youth—we’re

glad you could be a part of the 2012

DYG!”

Michelle Heumann, Co-Chair, 2012 ABC DYG

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Honorary title bestowed

CALGARY - Foothills Lutheran

Church has bestowed upon Rev.

Eldon Ohlinger the honourary title

of ‘Pastor Emeritus,’ in recognition of

the faithful service of Rev. Ohlinger

to the Lord and His church, especially

From the President

had to replace the windshield on

I my car this summer. That’s not an

uncommon thing in Western Canada.

Windshields tend to have a short life span here. I’m

sure it won’t be long before highway driving begins

to take its toll on this new windshield and stone chips

and cracks start to appear.

It is nice, for now, to see clearly through a

windshield unmarred by rock damage. However, there

are bugs. Some of them are tiny and leave small specks

on the glass after I hit them. Then there are the big ones

which invariably hit directly in my line of vision and

whose remains cure harder than the toughest manmade

polymer within a matter of seconds.

I try to clean my windshield regularly but the effort

always seems so futile. There are always many more

bugs which are happy (so it seems) to replace the ones

I’ve cleaned off. This struggle with winter stones and

summer bugs will continue as long as I take my car

on the road.

St. Paul had a similar problem. It wasn’t with

windshields, but with his life. In his Epistle to the

Romans, chapter 7, he laments his constant struggle

with sin. While he was a child of God, washed clean

in the redeeming blood of Jesus, he still speaks of sin

which plagues him and mars his life.

He really describes the life of all Christians. Forgiven

and redeemed, our new nature desires to live as God’s

child—but our old sinful nature strives to return us to

our old unregenerate selves. It’s a daily struggle and

it is often hard. St. Paul cried out, “What a wretched

man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death”

(Romans 7:24)?

As we study Scripture, we see St. Paul’s dilemma

was not unique. Great heroes of the faith, like those

listed in Hebrews 11, also shared in this tough struggle.

And I stand with them—not as a great “hero of the

faith,” but as a poor miserable sinner who fails daily.

Like the windshield of my car, this redeemed sinner is

constantly splattered with the results of sin.

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with the congregation at Foothills.

Rev. Ohlinger was pastor of

Foothills Lutheran Church from

January 1969 through June 1997.

During his ministry, the congregation

built their present building and grew

to be one of the larger congregations

of the district. He continues to serve

the congregation as a LifeLight Bible

study leader and as an encourager.

He continues to preach in various

locations in the district.

Rev. David Bode, Foothills Lutheran

“Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our

Lord” (Romans 7:25)! That was Paul’s response to

his wretched state. God’s people share in the greater

victory that is ours through our crucified Saviour

who gave up His life on the cross to purchase our

forgiveness. He rose from the dead, conquering

death, and daily He comes to give us new life. His

Spirit comes to us through the means of grace with

forgiveness, life, and salvation. God does not forsake

us—instead, He promises us His abiding and eternal

gracious presence. He assures us “Therefore, there

is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ

Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the

Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death”

(Romans 8:1).

As long as I drive my car, I will have to deal with

rock chips, cracks, and bug splatters on my windshield.

As long as I live in this world, daily I will struggle with

Satan, the world, and my own sinful flesh. Like the

great sinner/saint King David, daily I pray “Create

in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit

within me.” And daily, through the means of grace, I

hear these beautiful words: “Your sins are forgiven.”

What messes up your windshield? What sins do

you struggle with? The promises of forgiveness, life,

and salvation are available to you through Christ.

Jesus died for you as much as He did for St. Paul, for

King David, and for His own disciples. On the day of

Pentecost, in response to St. Peter’s sermon, people in

the crowd said, “‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ Peter

replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you,

in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your

sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The promise is for you and your children and for all

who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will

call’” (Acts 2:37-39).

This promise is for you! When we are wearied and

scarred by our daily struggle, we find forgiveness

of sins in our Saviour and the comforting assurance

expressed in St. Paul’s triumphant cry, “Thanks be to

God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Rev. Don Schiemann

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Servant of Christ award – Walter and Beverley Nachtigall

NANAIMO, B.C. - The ABC District

awarded the Servant of Christ Award this

year to Beverley and Walter Nachtigall

from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in

Nanaimo, B.C. When they lived in

Winnipeg, Walter served as an elder and

also as chairman in their congregation.

In addition, they were instrumental

in helping to bring some Vietnamese

refugees to Winnipeg. From 1977 to

1993 they served the Lord as foster

parents and special needs daycare

caregivers, both before and after school,

for about 175 children.

Walter and Beverley have

continued as foster parents in

Nanaimo for 55 more children

since 1994. They have cared for

around 230 children in Winnipeg

and Nanaimo combined. A number

of these children were also brought

to church and learned to know

Christ while living in the Nachtigall

home. Walter and Beverley adopted

two girls from among their foster

children in addition to their own

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - On June

3, Rev. Ken Edel was installed as

the new pastor of St. Paul Lutheran

Church. The service was led by

Rev. Carl Bogda of Peace Lutheran

Church (Taber, Alberta), the liturgist

was Rev. Richard Brown (emeritus,

Lethbridge, Alberta), and the guest

preacher was Rev. Jan Pastucha of

King of Kings Lutheran Church

Servant of Christ Award recipients (l-r)

Walter Nachtigall, Beverley Nachtigall, Rev.

Colin Liske.

four children, and are in the process

of adopting a third child.

Walter and Beverley have been

faithful members of St. Paul’s

Lutheran Church, Nanaimo, for

many years. Walter has served as

head elder for most of this time,

been on the properties committee,

and headed up minor construction

jobs at the church, as well as being

involved in some major ones. He has

often been the congregational and/or

New shepherd for St. Paul, Medicine Hat

(St Albert, Alberta). Guest clergy

included Rev. Brian Amison of St.

John Lutheran Church (Magrath,

Alberta) and Rev. Nathan Fueher

of Immanuel Lutheran Church

(Lethbridge). Rev Edel hails from

Winnipeg and has served as a

chaplain with the Canadian Armed

Forces in Edmonton. Following

the service, approximately 200

From left to right: Rev. Nathan Fuehrer, Rev. Richard Brown, Rev. Jan Pastucha, Rev. Ken Edel,

Rev. Brian Amison and Rev. Carl Bogda.

circuit representative at both district

and synodical conventions.

Beverley is a long-time member of

the Lutheran Women’s Missionary

League, and has for many years

headed up the church’s kitchen and

fellowship team. She has also been

very involved in Sunday school and

vacation Bible school.

Walter and Beverley have both

been on mission trips to Rev. Benoit’s

parish in Haiti to help teach children

and work on small construction jobs

in Gonaives. They have sponsored a

child in the area for many years.

Both Walter and Beverley

serve as representatives for the

Church Extension Fund in their

congregation. They have also been

instrumental in bringing a refugee

family from Colombia to Nanaimo.

Walter and Beverley have been, and

continue to be, stalwart workers in the

Lord’s church, locally, in the district,

nationally, and even internationally.

Rev. Colin Liske, St. Paul’s, Nanaimo

congregational members attended a

dinner and a short program in the

Fellowship Hall to welcome Rev.

Edel, his wife Claudia, and their

children Hannah and Luke.

Phil Hawley, Medicine Hat

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BERGHEIM, Sask. - St. Paul’s

Bergheim Evangelical Lutheran

Church marked its 100 th anniversary

with a celebratory service August 12

at which Lutheran ChurchCanada

President Robert Bugbee served as

guest preacher. One hundred and ten

people attended.

An update to the congregation’s

history book was available for

purchase, as were anniversary

plaques and wooden treasure boxes

commemorating the hundred-year

milestone.

The anniversary service also

saw the dedication of new hymnals,

purchased with a donation from the

Wruck family, long-time members.

The church began with a

group of German Lutherans who

settled southeast of Aberdeen

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Bergheim congregation celebrates its centennial

St. Paul’s Bergheim Lutheran Church

(Saskatchewan) near

Bergheim School. In 1906,

area resident John Boelke

asked Rev. F. Pempeit,

the Lutheran pastor in

Rosthern, to consider

ministering to the group.

Pempeit agreed, and

between 1906 and 1912,

came every four weeks to

serve the Lutherans of the

Bergheim district, holding

services in the Boelke home.

In 1919, the congregation

was in a financial position to build a

church, which was dedicated August

10 that year.

While the church has been a

rural congregation throughout its

hundred years, current part-time

pastor Rev. Howard Ulmer notes

that some congregants now come

from the city. “I think it’s a tribute

to the congregation that it has been

able to maintain a church over the

one hundred years. There were

times, when the congregation was

composed of larger families, that the

church had a full-time pastor, but

mostly it has been served by parttime

ministry.”

Music has always been a big part

of worship at St. Paul’s Bergheim. It

had a church band for many years,

and today, Rev. Ulmer says, there

Congregation celebrates 100 faithful years

BROADVIEW, Sask. - St. Paul’s

Lutheran Church celebrated its 100th

anniversary on August 12.

About 75 people attended the

anniversary service, a service of

rededication officiated by present

pastor Rev. Gerald Andersen. Central

District President Rev. Thomas

Prachar also attended along with

four other pastors: Rev. Martin Olson

(son of the congregation), Rev. Barry

Wood (former pastor, 1987-90), Rev.

Raymond Maher (former vacancy

pastor), and local pastor Abe Driedger,

(Broadview Community Fellowship).

Former member Eva Korfman gave

a history of the congregation and

the building. Following

the service everyone was

given a commemorative

coffee mug and then the

group celebrated with a

barbecue and pot luck

dinner.

The congregation had

its beginnings as part of

a tri-parish September

3, 1912, along with

congregations in Grenfell

and Oakshela, and

presently it forms a parish

with Peace, Grenfell and

Zion, Wolseley.

Rev. Gerald Andersen

are often as many as 25 people in

singing groups.

“That’s a pretty good

participation, given that our average

attendance on a Sunday is 30 to 40

people. At Christmas, it’s nearer

100.”

The church holds a fall supper for

the community the first Sunday in

October and generally draws about

200 people. There is also an active

women’s group, and the vacation

Bible school held each summer at

Bergheim School is a decades-old

ministry.

Over the years, the congregation

has been connected with various

synods. It started in the United

Evangelical Lutheran Church and

later became part of the Evangelical

Lutheran Church in Canada. Three

years ago, the congregation joined

Lutheran ChurchCanada.

To mark the hundredth

anniversary, new signs were

erected at each of the church’s two

cemeteries, and a new directional

sign was posted on Highway 41.

As well, the windows and roof

were repaired and a new front door

installed.

with notes from an article by Darlene

Polachic, The StarPhoenix

St. Paul Lutheran’s eldest member (yet much younger than

the church) Dorothy Rif cut the cake along with Pastor

Andersen.

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Successful summer camps

ROBLIN, Man. - Jackfish

Camp was blessed with a

warm, beautiful summer

this year. The camp

hosted 68 campers over

four weeks, sharing

God’s Word with each

one. The campers

enjoyed the lake, the

swimming pool, soccer, a

small rock climbing wall,

trampolines, and many

other activities.

After last year’s

problems with excess

water, a new well was

established with filtered

and treated water. The

camp hopes to see many

more campers next year

as it strives to maintain

and improve its facility.

Wendy Lutz

PASQUA LAKE, Sask.-

Camp Lutherland 2012

was a great success, with

each week seeing about 30 campers

take part.

The weather was mostly cooperative:

the kids’ week was

exceptionally hot and the youth week

had mixed (but workable) weather.

The lake was useable this year, which

was a great way to beat the heat.

Campers also enjoyed the dunk tank

and the slip-and-slide.

During the youth week there was

an also an adult baptism, which was a

unique opportunity for all to witness.

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Saskatchewan,

Saskatchewan,

Manitoba,

Manitoba,

NW

NW

Ontario

Ontario

Elaine

Elaine

Stanfel,

Stanfel,

editor

editor

Enjoying a dip.

Outdoor Bible study

“On behalf of the board and as

director, I would personally like

to thank everyone involved with

making camp happen this year,”

said Rocky Campbell. “This is an

excellent outdoor Christian ministry.

Lutherland has been enjoyed for

the last 80 years and with the grace

of God and the help of so many

volunteers, it can be enjoyed for

many more years to come!”

Rocky Campbell

Fellowship nurtures body, mind and spirit

REGINA - The Body, Mind and

Spirit Men’s Network of Good

Shepherd Lutheran Church hosted a

trap shoot and cook out in June. The

day was organized and supervised

by Greg Valley and sons, Brett and

Dillon, at the farm of Bob Clubb. No

men or animals were hurt on this

fun day, but a lot of smokies were

polished off at noon over an open

campfire.

Participants were not

experienced with

shotguns but had a

lot of fun.

Men’s NetWork

group receives inperson

visit

SASKATOON - A group of men from

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church gathers at

a local restaurant at 7:00 a.m. each

Thursday for breakfast. After their

meal they turn their attention to

video studies provided by Lutheran

Hour Ministries’ “Men’s Network.”

Sometimes they watch and discuss

The Baloney Shop with Rev. Ken

Klaus, former Lutheran Hour speaker.

But mostly they use “Stuff They

Didn’t Teach Me in Sunday School,”

hosted by Bruce Wurdeman, Executive

Director of Lutheran Hour Ministries.

On Thursday, July 26, just prior to

the International Lutheran Laymen’s

League convention being held in

Saskatoon, they had the opportunity to

host and chat with Bruce Wurdeman

in person at breakfast.

Men’s breakfast.

Visit the Central District website

at www.lcccentral.ca

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Central District News

Saskatchewan,

Saskatchewan,

Manitoba,

Manitoba,

NW

NW

Ontario

Ontario

Elaine

Elaine

Stanfel,

Stanfel,

editor

editor

Long-time vacancy filled as pastor joins community

HUDSON BAY and MISTATIM,

Sask. - The dual parish of Good

Shepherd Lutheran Church (Hudson

Bay) and Zion Lutheran Church

(Mistatim) celebrated the end of a

five-year vacancy July 29 with the

ordination and installation of Rev.

Stephen Bartlett. Rev. Robert Grout

(St. John Lutheran, Humboldt,

Saskatchewan) led the service, with

Central District President Thomas

Prachar preaching and Rev. Ken

Keller (then of Faith Lutheran

Church, Middle Lake, Saskatchewan)

reading the lessons.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve

had a full-time pastor,” said Hudson

Bay congregant Sandra Block. “We’re

very thankful to have Pastor Bartlett

with us, and we pray God’s blessings

on his ministry.”

The congregations also celebrated

the faithfulness of lay-leaders who

led worship during the long vacancy,

with Hudson Bay congregant Joyce

Lutherans touch hearts at Regina exhibition

REGINA - Who stops at a Christian

booth at an exhibition? Most people

just walk by, but some facing pain

or searching for answers stop to

talk: a woman whose boyfriend was

murdered, or the abused wife of an

alcoholic, both searching for answers

and comfort. Or a Hindu couple,

a man from India, a woman from

South Africa, all wanting to learn

more about the Christian faith. Or

a young mother who loved Sunday

school when young, and now wants

to start taking her children to church

and Sunday school.

A mother and her hearingimpaired

son stopped when he

saw the “head of Christ” cards.

He immediately folded his hands

in prayer. He was ecstatic when

he received the card and a Bible.

A mother stopped by to thank us

for giving her daughter a Bible a

couple of days earlier. Various people

stopping by to thank us for our

outreach and for being at the fair.

Pape making cakes to celebrate

both the lay-leaders’ service and the

installation of Rev. Bartlett. Vacancy

pastor Rev. Bill Stanfel (formerly of

Nipawin, Saskatchewan) was unable

to attend the installation as he had

just accepted a call to Ontario.

“I am overjoyed that God has

called me to such a friendly and

inviting community,” said Rev.

Bartlett. “I look forward to serving in

God’s Church during my time here.”

Lay- leaders who led

services over the vacancy.

Back-row: Orville Lutz

(Mistatim), Rod Wildeman

(Hudson Bay), Garth Lutz

(Mistatim), Terry Kennedy

(Mistatim), Arnold Neu

(Hudson Bay) Front-row:

Roly Purcell (Hudson Bay),

Pieter Maree (Hudson Bay),

Wayne Pape (Hudson Bay).

Not pictured: Merv Myhr

(Hudson Bay)

Bibles, New Testaments, and

Children’s Prayer booklets were

requested by many of the people

stopping at the booth during the

course of exhibition August 1-5.

Booklets about depression, stress,

angels, why bad things happen, and

the Bible were most requested. The

booklet “What Happens When I

Die” was new and popular this year

as well.

Rene and Maryann Olson,

members of Good Shepherd Lutheran

(Regina), fair booth volunteers for

many years, explained the booth’s

importance this way: “Lives are

touched by our witness and our

outreach in ways we will never

know. It is a ministry we must

continue to carry on.”

The Wascana Zone Lutheran

Laymen’s League thanks all those

who support the ministry by

volunteering or through financial

support, including the LWML–

Canada Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Pastor Bartlett cuts the cake.

Faye and Walter Bittner of Mount Olive

(Regina) two of the more than 30 volunteers

that served in the fair booth.

District for supplying Bibles. The

league asks Lutheran Church

Canada members to pray for those

who have been touched by this

ministry, that they may be comforted

by the love that only Christ can give.

Ed Tiefenbach

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Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NW Ontario Elaine Stanfel, editor

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NW Ontario Elaine Stanfel, editor

Local volunteers serve as convention hosts

SASKATOON - For

nineteen months a

dedicated group of

volunteers prepared

and then served as

hosts for the almost 600

guests from around the

world who attended the

94th convention of the

International Lutheran

Laymen’s League in

Saskatoon July 26-

28. Most volunteers

came from the four

LCC congregations in

the city as well as the

congregation in the

nearby community of

Warman. The planning

committee chairman came from

Good Shepherd Lutheran, Regina

and the assistant worship chairman

serves the parish of Wilkie/Unity.

Besides the planning committee,

many others helped with things

like ushering, taking tickets and

VBS roundup

The planning committee in the Bessborough Gardens, Saskatoon, where the

Family Night program was held on a perfect prairie summer evening. Not

available for the photo: Rob Tomiyama, Gerald Langner, Lorence Peterson,

Gord Martens, Cliff Pyle. Photo: Wayne Timm

NORTH SOUTHEY, Sask. - For the past 10 years, children in North Southey

have spent three mornings each August singing, studying God’s Word,

and making crafts. For the past two years, the children and leaders have

(Right) ESTEVAN, Sask. - St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Estevan

hosted an “Amazing Desert Journey” July 23-26. Nearly 110

children attended over the four evenings, enjoying a variety of

games, crafts, and songs such as “I’m Christian and I Know It.”

Most importantly, the children learned important Bible messages

related to the desert theme.

providing information about local

activities and the city.

Many of those attending the

convention departed saying how

much they enjoyed the convention

and the work done on their behalf.

Those from outside Canada were

pleased to visit our

country and the city of

Saskatoon made many

new friends.

Convention

committee chairman,

Ed Tiefenbach, in his

final note to volunteers

following the convention

had this reminder: “Step

back and remember why

International LLL has

these conventions and

why we volunteer for

events such as these. It

is to do the work of the

Lord, to praise our Lord,

to glorify Him, to equip

His people to spread

His gospel to our neighbourhoods

and around the world, to encourage

one another in fellowship, to do the

business of the League, and to have

fun doing it!” Serving as hosts for this

convention truly was serving our Lord

and fellow Christians.

taken part in a servant event in place of one craft session,

putting their Christian faith and love into action! In 2011,

more than 20 pairs of socks were stuffed with toiletry

items for a Regina shelter. This year, more than two dozen

food bags for the Regina Food Bank were put together by

24 children from the community with the confirmation

students serving as junior leaders, under the theme “The

Feeding of the 5000.” Items in the bags included powdered

milk, tuna, a can of soup, juice, and macaroni. Some of the

supplies were purchased through a matching grant from a

FaithLife challenge to collect pennies and coins.

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Showing solidarity

BRANDON, Man. - “Fellowship

in the Word” is a study group

at Grace Lutheran Church,

encouraging weekly Bible study

and providing weekly fellowship

along with the study.

Some members of the group

recently heard about the case

of William Swimner and the

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Central District News

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NW Ontario Elaine Stanfel, editor

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NW Ontario Elaine Stanfel, editor

(l-r) Ken Stelmack, Ilde Rodriguez, Maxine Tokar,

and Carla Usher.

Ponderings from the president

A Lilliputian lesson

Recently, I read again Jonathan

Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. If you

remember the story at all, you

will recall that Gulliver starts out to see the world

and is promptly shipwrecked. The only survivor of

his expedition, he awakens after spending a night

on the beach to discover he can’t move; he has been

tied down by the tiny inhabitants from the land of

Lilliput. After quickly learning to communicate with

his captors, he gains their trust and is released.

In the course of many conversations with Reldresal,

the imperial Secretary of Private Affairs, Gulliver learns

that Lilliput is in a dire conflict with the neighbouring

empire of Blefuscu. Apparently, Lilliput and Blefuscu

have been “engaged in a most obstinate war for six

and thirty moons past. It began upon the following

occasion. It is allowed on all hands, that the primitive

way of breaking eggs before we eat them, was upon

the larger end: but his present Majesty’s grandfather,

while he was a boy, going to eat an egg, and breaking

it according to the ancient practice, happened to cut

one of his fingers. Whereupon the Emperor his father

published an edict, commanding all his subjects,

upon great penalties, to break the smaller end of their

eggs. The people so highly resented this law, that…

there have been six rebellions raised on that account,

wherein one Emperor lost his life, and another his

crown…It is computed, that eleven thousand persons

have, at several times, suffered death, rather than

submit to break their egg at the smaller end. Many

hundred large volumes have been published upon

this controversy, but the books of the Big-Endians have

been long forbidden, and the whole party rendered

incapable by law of holding employment. During the

course of these troubles, the Emperors of Blefuscu did

frequently expostulate by their ambassadors, accusing

us of making a schism in religion.”

religious freedom controversy

sparked by his T-shirt (see http://

www.canadianlutheran.ca/t-shirtsparks-row-over-religious-freedomat-nova-scotia-school/).

As a group,

they wanted to show their support,

and had similar T-shirts made.

More t-shirts are being printed as

others in the congregation request them.

Rev. Edmund Mielke

Gulliver reluctantly agrees to assist Lilliput in their

battle, using his size to single-handedly capture the

pesky Blefuscans and force a peace.

Some commentators I’ve read believe that Swift is

lampooning differences in the faith that have divided

Christians down through the centuries. It is not really a

question of whether or not you break your egg at the big

or little end, making you either a “Big-Endian” or “Little-

Endian.” It’s about how small, seemingly insignificant

events can blow up into monumental issues.

The same is true of our relationships with one

another in the church. We need to remember that

our arguments often start over either material or

personal issues. When we discuss material issues, we

concentrate on substantive matters: “What colour

will the new carpet be?” “How much will we pay our

pastor?” And then there are personal issues that bring

into play our feelings, attitudes, and motives: “She’s

an idiot to want that colour of carpet!” “He needs his

head examined if he thinks we can afford that salary

for our pastor!” But really, the question we should be

asking is this: “Is this issue really worth a fight?”

In many situations, hurt feelings could be avoided

if we overlooked minor offenses that people commit

against us. “This isn’t worth fighting over—I’ll ignore

that person’s words or actions.” But as Ken Sande writes

in his book The Peacemaker, certain offenses are too

serious to overlook—especially when they publically

dishonour God, damage relationships, or hurt others,

including the person who has wronged you.

As Holy Scripture says: “Good sense makes one

slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense”

(Proverbs 19:11). And the apostle Paul encourages:

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression,

you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of

gentleness” (Galatians 6:1).

Rev. Thomas Prachar

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Bidding farewell

SASKATOON - At

a farewell service

July 15, Rev. James

Dimitroff preached

his last sermon as

pastor of Grace

Lutheran Church.

Rev. Dimitroff

was ordained and

installed at Grace

Lutheran on

August 10, 2003;

he retired at the

end of June 2012.

Rev. James

Vosper, Central District Vice-

President for the Saskatoon Region,

conducted the Rite to Bid Farewell

and Godspeed to a Pastor Entering

Retirement. John Riggs, Board of

Lay Ministry Chair, presented best

wishes and a farewell gift on behalf

of the congregation. Following

the service a farewell luncheon

gave congregational members the

Red Lake receives pastor

RED LAKE, Ont. - Michael

Montague, a graduate of Concordia

Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton, was

ordained in a service on Saturday,

September 1 at Christ Lutheran

Church. He was installed as the

newest pastor of that congregation

by Central District President Thomas

Prachar.

Rev. James Wood, pastor of Rev.

Montague’s home church (Our

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Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NW NW Ontario Elaine Stanfel, editor

(l-r) Rev. Jim and Christina Dimitroff, with Rev. James Vosper

opportunity to also bid farewell to

Pastor Jim and Christina.

The Dimitroffs plan to remain in

Saskatoon for the immediate future.

They hope to do some travelling,

beginning by visiting parts of the

province they have heard so much

about but have had little opportunity

to explore during the time they have

been in Saskatchewan.

Arlene Hiller

Saviour, Dryden) and also the

vacancy pastor at Red Lake, preached

on “beautiful feet” based on Romans

10:15. Rev. Garry Heintz (Redeemer,

Kakabeka Falls) was liturgist, and

Rev. Brian Lee (Calvary, Thunder

Bay) was lector. The service was

held on a Saturday morning in Red

Lake to allow pastors from Thunder

Bay to attend.

(l-r) Revs. Garry Heintz, Thomas Prachar, Michael Montague, James Wood, Brian Lee.

Returning “home”

SASKATOON - On July 15 Grace

Lutheran Church celebrated

as Rodney Craig Parker, newly

graduated from the Master of Divinity

Program at Concordia Lutheran

Seminary, Edmonton, was ordained

and installed as the congregation’s

fifth resident pastor. Rev. Parker’s

call followed a five-year partnership

with Grace through the seminary’s

Adopt-A-Student program.

The new pastor and his

wife Tammy are both native

Saskatchewanians; Rod was born in

Regina, baptized at Zion, Weyburn,

and confirmed at Emmanuel, Moose

Jaw; Tammy is from the Tisdale

area. In Rev. Parker’s words, they

are both “overjoyed to be returning

to our home province (Go Riders!)

and to return to a congregation that

has supported us so much already.”

Arlene Hiller

Rev. Rod and Tammy Parker. Tammy

presented the stole at her husband’s

ordination.

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East East District News

Ontario, Ontario, Quebec, Quebec, New Brunswick, Brunswick, Nova Scotia Ilene Fortin, editor

“I Believe” . . . another successful Banana Cram

KITCHENER, Ont. - “I Believe…

Exploring the Apostle’s Creed” was

the theme of the East District fall

Confirmand Retreat. Confirmands

from all over the district met the

weekend of September 28-30 at

Grace Lutheran Church to study,

pray, and play.

Over the course of the weekend

the Confirmands had the opportunity

to delve deeper into what it means

to confess the faith in times of

opposition, and to better internalize

the faith that we believe, teach,

and confess as a church. During

the devotions, participants sang

the articles of the Creed and their

meanings using the musical settings

available from the new “Sing

the Faith” CD from Concordia

Publishing House. The orders for

“Daily Prayer: For Individuals and

Families” (Lutheran Service Book

p.294ff) were employed for devotions

in both large and small group format

with the hope that the youth would

bring back this usage to their homes

and youth groups.

Those who came also had a

good deal of fun. For a fourth year

in a row, participants competed for

the coveted Banana Cram Trophy.

The trophy is won by the team that

not only gains the most points in a

series of ungainly games but is also

foremost in their attentiveness and

participation during the “Logos”

teaching sessions.

At the confirmands ‘camp out’ at

the church on Friday and Saturday

night, a copy of “Sing the Faith” CD

was given to the confirmand who

was most helpful in restoring the

facility to good order for Sunday

morning.

Having adopted the hymn

“Glory to God, We Give You Thanks

and Praise” (LSB #946) as the

theme hymn for the weekend, and

having practiced it during the daily

devotions, the Confirmands then

enriched the Sunday morning Divine

Service at Grace with their gutsy

singing of the same.

“Many thanks to all on the East

District Youth

Committee who

helped organize

the weekend,”

said Rev. David

Smilek of the

committee, “and

also to the many

tireless youth

leaders who kept

careful watch

over their charges.

Extra praise is

also in order

for the fantastic

volunteers at

Grace Lutheran

who blessed us

with their musical

and culinary

gifts.”

Rev. David Smilek,

Youth Committee

Top right: group

study; middle: games;

bottom: choir; below:

trophy.

Commentary on Romans republished

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -

The Justification of the

Ungodly: An Interpretation

of Romans, by Jonathan F.

Grothe, former president

of Concordia Lutheran

Theological Seminary,

has been widely received

with enthusiasm since its

publication in 2005. With

the first print run sold out,

Dr. Grothe took the opportunity to

review the text thoroughly, correct

typographical errors, and

re-format the work so that it

now fits in one volume.

The second edition is

now available through www.

lulu.ca, a print-on-demand

service, in hardcover,

paperback, and electronic

editions. The Adobe

Digital Editions PDFmay

be used on a computer or transferred

to an e-book reader or iPad.

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Grothe

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TILLSONBURG, Ont. - During the

July 16-20, 53 children and numerous

teachers and helpers gathered each

morning at Peace Lutheran Church

to take An Amazing Desert Journey.

They learned how God continually

cares for His people—after the fall

into sin that led Adam and Eve out

of the Garden of Eden, during the

wandering of the Israelites in the

desert, during the temptation of

Jesus by Satan, followed by His death

and resurrection, and finally also a

glimpse of Heaven.

Each day the children participated

in the opening, led by Rev. Ron

Mohr, where they were introduced

to songs and a Bible truth of the day

explaining how God takes care of

them. Following that, they studied

…and in Dashwood

DASHWOOD, Ont. - The 2012

Amazing Desert Journey at Zion

Lutheran Church was a great

success, with 67 students and 30

adult teacher/helpers attending the

vacation Bible school held July 23-27.

The Amazing Desert Journey

included desert themed music that

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East District News

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Ilene Fortin, editor

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Ilene Fortin, editor

Children take Amazing Desert Journey in Tillsonburg

Desert journey participants gather for a group photo.

a Bible story in their classrooms.

Games and snacks reflected the

theme of the week and each day the

Bible challenge was based on one of

the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer.

The mission project for the week

was to raise funds for a school in

Kapasseni, Mozambique. Through

video presentations, the children

studied Kapasseni and were able to

see the very different and difficult

conditions these African children

experience in school life. A free will

offering of $600 was raised for the

Kapasseni Project, matched by a

$500 grant from FaithLife Financial.

On Friday evening a large

crowd of students, parents, and

congregation members gathered

to observe what the children had

kept everyone moving. During the

closing program for family and

friends, the children performed the

songs learned over the week and

displayed the crafts they had created.

Total VBS donations were

$443.76, plus 22 boxes of 8-pack

Crayola Crayons for a VBS to be held

Children participate in a Bible Challenge

session.

learned. A hotdog supper followed.

All who attended agreed that not

only the journey was amazing but

we have an amazing God who takes

care of all of our needs.

Janice Buchner, Peace Lutheran Church

in Nicaragua at the end of this year—

the third mission trip to Nicaragua

from Zion Lutheran Church. Some of

those taking part in the mission trip

have participated in all the church’s

Nicaragua trips to date.

Doris Osgood, PR Chairman,

Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood

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DASHWOOD, Ont. - The “9-

11 Remembrance Moment” was

observed again this year September

9 at Zion Lutheran Church. The

County of Huron has established the

Sunday closest to September 11th as

the Annual Day of Remembrance for

all our local volunteer fire fighters,

emergency service personnel and

law enforcement officers. Each

year on this day, members of Zion

Lutheran take the opportunity

to recognize our own local heroes

who protect us everyday through

the year. As they work among

us, with us and on our behalf,

we recognize their special gifts and

sacrifices and we thank God for the

grace and strength that allows them

to continually face the challenges. We

pray that the world will never have

to face such a tragedy again.

Doris Osgood, Zion Lutheran Church

BORDEN, Ont. - While a Lutheran

chaplain with the Canadian Forces

(CF), I kept a journal of my

thoughts and experiences

during my deployments

to Afghanistan.

I decided to

publish the journal

shortly thereafter.

Not all entries

could be published;

some I deemed

inappropriate—not

only due to the

kinds of events they

described, but also

due to questions of

national security, in light

of the fact that our forces are still at

mission.

The selection process was more

difficult than it sounds. Those that

I eventually selected, were edited

and many of the names, places,

and dates were changed. After

posting them on the internet, I

quickly realized what a helpful and

therapeutic resource these journal

entries were to families of both

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East District News

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Ilene Fortin, editor

Congregation honours local heroes

At Peace with War

(back l-r) Rev. John Trembulak III, Firefighters Ken Rader, Jim Hoffman, Assistant District Chief

Peter Datars, Firefighters Vern Sorensen, Sam Datars. (front l-r) District Fire Chief Jeremy Becker,

Paramedic Jennifer Miller, Firefighters Dave Gackstetter, Aaron Datars, Josh Becker, Jamie Becker,

Radio Operator Mary Becker and Captain John Becker

veterans and deceased members

of the Canadian and American

military. Many commented on how

comforting these

honest Christian

reflections were to

them, and how they

helped them better

understand the postwar

emotional and

spiritual struggles of

friends and family

returning from a theatre

of war. I eventually

turned the diary into a

kind of devotional and

added prayers with this

readership in mind.

In a review of the

book, President Robert Bugbee of

Lutheran ChurchCanada said this:

“Christian people and their pastors

can learn here about how tenets of

the faith are not just ideas on paper,

but actually leap to life when seen

through the lens of fear, boredom,

separation from loved ones, and

the ever-present threat of death…

If you’re looking for systematic

theology or an author claiming to

be a hero, you’ve come to the wrong

place with this book. But if you

want to meet a workaday chaplain

showing how faith and soldering

can walk together, I recommend ‘At

Peace with War’ very highly indeed.”

I hope that it serves both as a

resource of our church and as a

way of honoring chaplains and

CF members who have served

overseas. For this reason, all royalties

and proceeds from the book will

go to the Haiti Lutheran Mission

Society, remembering that our

troops were recently deployed to

that poverty-stricken country. The

book is available on Amazon.ca,

and can also be ordered directly

from Wipf and Stock: https://

wipfandstock.com/store/At_

Peace_with_War_A_Chaplains_

Meditations_from_Afghanistan.

Canadian orders from Wipf and

Stock need to pass through: orders@

wipfandstock.com.

Padre Harold Ristau is a Chaplain with the

Canadian Armed Forces.

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MONTREAL - L’Église évangéilque

luthérienne de l’Ascension was

selected by a government cultural

heritage project to represent the

Lutheran Church in an effort to

increase public awareness of religious

diversity in Quebec. In collaboration

with Université Laval and the

Ministère de la Culture, ethnologists

with the 6-year study have been

preparing texts and video clips

allowing various groups to explain

their history themselves—beliefs,

key texts (e.g. the Bible, the Small

Catechism, the Book of Concord,

and LCC’s official hymnal, Liturgies

et cantiques luthériens) as well as

worship and educational practices.

The results have been posted on

a website entitled “Le patrimoine

immatérial religieux du Québec.”

“It all started with a letter,”

explained Rev. Dr. David Somers,

“and ended with a series of video

clips and explanatory texts on

Lutheranism being posted on a

government sponsored website.”

“Imagine the province saying, ‘Tell

38 THE CANADIAN LUTHERAN September/October 2012

East District News

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Ilene Fortin, editor

Provincial project presents the face of Lutheranism in Quebec

New mission building dedicated

STRATHROY, Ont. - With over 120

people in attendance, the celebration

of God’s achievements thus far in

Strathroy were celebrated. Rev. David

Bode, founding pastor, returned to

share a message of Longing, Loving

and Living with the people who have

gathered at Grace Lutheran since the

dream began, and with many from

the circuit and beyond who shared

in the blessings of God in this new

congregation.

Three children of the congregation

shared their talents with violin and

piano music while Faith Lutheran

Church, London, added their voice

with a choir piece. Proceeds from

the 125th Thanksgiving Fund of the

East District assisted the beginnings

of this new mission start but much

effort and energy was provided by

continued next page...

Screen shot of the Patrimoine website.

us who and what and why you

are,’” he continued, “and Lutheran

ChurchCanada called the shots!”

To see examples of the material,

visit “Lutheranism in Quebec”

New congregation celebrates .

at www.ipir.ulaval.ca/fiche.

php?id=984 and “The Lutheran

Faith” at www.ipir.ulaval.ca/fiche.

php?id=1049.

Rev. Dr. David Somers, Montreal, QC

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continued from previous page

both the people of God gathered at

Faith, London, and those who have

come together to be the members of

Christ’s church under His Grace in

Strathroy. Pray for them so they may

be a blessing to this community.

Rev. Larry Gajdos, Mission Executive,

East District

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East District News

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Ilene Fortin, editor

From the president

The Virtue of Patience!

“He sets on high those who are

lowly,and those who mourn are lifted to safety”

(Job 5:11).

Lately in my travels within the East District, I have

found myself delayed in reaching my destination

due to the mishaps and accidents which unfortunately

occur so frequently on many of our highways in

southern Ontario. I recently read in the newspaper

the account of a woman who was one day brought to

a local hospital as a result of one of these accidents.

Her hospital-trip was brought on merely because she

had tried to be kind and helpful. She had observed a

minor highway accident, and had stopped her own

car, deciding that someone ought to direct oncoming

traffic. For a few moments she had the situation well

in hand, but then one driver failed to heed her signals

and went crashing into one of the wrecked cars. It,

in turn, hit her. The kind lady, who was not involved

in the initial accident, suddenly found herself being

taken to the nearest hospital.

Sometimes it seems that when we show kindness

and consideration to others it only turns into

dissatisfaction and regret. Perhaps we offer our

services to people and get only sneers and bitter

remarks in return. We begin to wonder if it is

worthwhile to be generous and thoughtful at all.

Undoubtedly, many of the kind things we do go

unappreciated and seemingly fail to accomplish their

purpose. But life in the Master’s spirit never loses

its worth, even in an ungrateful world. By merely

demonstrating patience and perseverance, a great

deal can be accomplished.

A young student from a sparsely settled region

of the country became disheartened because of the

difficulties of his studies and the long years it took to

finish school. He threw down his books in despair

and went back to the rather remote and distant

area in which his home was located. There, to his

bewilderment, he saw a woman rubbing a bar of steel

on a large rock. He asked her what she was trying

to do. He was told that she wanted a needle, and

intended to rub the steel until it was small enough.

It seemed utterly ridiculous, but it served the young

man as an example of real patience.

Our Lord Jesus Christ did not ask anything in return

when He went about doing good to His fellow men.

Most of the time, He received nothing but ridicule

for the things He was doing, the things He was

attempting to accomplish. But that ridicule did not

keep Him from living abundantly. Never did He lose

His perspective. Patiently, even as He tended to the

physical and spiritual needs of others, He kept focused

on His ultimate goal: going to the cross and dying

there for our sins. And through that, He finally gained

the victory of defeating sin, death and the devil.

May God grant to each and every one of us the

patience to keep ourselves focused on the tasks He

places before us. And may we ever be willing and

able to do with zeal those things which give glory to

Him and which will benefit others. And may we do

so looking forward to that final day when our Lord

will bring us to Himself in heaven, because He Himself

patiently fulfilled the task of our redemption!

Rev. Paul Zabel

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40 THE CANADIAN LUTHERAN September/October 2012

East District News

Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Ilene Fortin, editor

New shepherd installed in Petawawa

PETAWAWA, Ont. - On July 15,

members of Christ Lutheran Church

welcomed Rev. Bill Stanfel, his

wife Elaine, and their family at his

installation service, officiated by

President Paul Zabel.

Assisting in the service were

liturgist Rev. Clair Denninger, who

had served the congregation as

vacancy pastor, lectors Rev. Dr. Bryan

King, Rev. Deane Detlefsen, and Rev.

Richard Lockstadt. Also present were

Rev. Stephen Alles and Rev. Harold

Patzer. Christ Lutheran’s Senior Choir

and Handbell Choir provided festive

music for the service. Approximately

124 were in attendance, including

congregation members, clergy, family,

and other guests.

Following the service, a potluck

supper was held in the basement

where members had a chance to meet

Rev. Stanfel and his family.

Rev. Stanfel served the joint

parish of St. Mark, Choiceland/

Zion, Nipawin, first as vicar in 2003,

New dual parish installs pastor

HAMILTON, Ont. - On July 22,

Rev. Eric Betsch was installed as

pastor of Redeemer Evangelical

Lutheran Church, a church which

became a dual parish with Christ

Our Saviour Lutheran Church in

Grimsby, Ontario on June 10 of this

year. Rev. Betsch has been Grimsby’s

(front, l-r): Rev. Clair Denninger, Rev. Bill Stanfel, Rev. Harold Patzer (back, l-r): Rev. Stephen

Alles, Rev. Richard Lockstadt, Rev. Dr. Bryan King , Rev. President Paul Zabel, Rev. Deane

Detlefsen.

and then as pastor following his

graduation in 2004 from Concordia

Lutheran Theological Seminary (St.

pastor since January 2010.

There were 78 people in

attendance with representation from

both congregations. Pastors from the

Hamilton Circuit and a few others

participated in the Worship Service

including installer and preacher

President Paul Zabel and Rev. Kevin

(Back l-r) Dr. Bill Mundt, Rev. Robert Bryans, Rev. Peter Gatluak, Rev. Walter Hambrock, Rev. Mark

Koehler; (front l-r) Rev. Richard Wukasch, Rev. Kevin Walrath, Rev. Eric Betsch, Rev. Paul Zabel.

Catharines, Ontario).

Stephanie Nieman, Christ Lutheran Church,

Petawawa

Walrath, Circuit Counsellor.

All attending were blessed

spiritually and bodily, strengthened

by the Word of God, and enjoying a

pot blessing meal afterward.

Rev. Eric Betsch, pastor, Redeemer-Hamilton/

Christ Our Saviour-Grimsby

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Ilene Fortin, district editor

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275 Lawrence Avenue,

Kitchener, Ontario N2M 1Y3

E-mail:

ilene@lcceastdistrict.ca

Fax: 519-578-3369

Next deadline:

December 16, 2012

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BC Mission Society: A question with impact

PARKSVILLE, B.C. - All of

a sudden there was a voice

roaring behind us. The team

of students from the Canadian

Lutheran Bible Institute and I

quickly turned to see someone

barreling down the hill at us.

We were a bit startled, but

discovered the roar was coming

from an eight year old boy! We

all braced for impact, but just

before he would have typically

slammed into us, he slowed

up and started chuckling. He

teased us for a minute about

how scared we looked but

then stopped short again and

simply asked, “Why did Jesus

have to die?”

That simple question left

a bigger impact on the group

of students than if he would

have just slammed into them

physically.

We at the BC Mission

Boat Society (BCMBS) are

constantly amazed at how God

works through the teams who

minister with us. Questions

like these, and many others

that I have heard during my

last three visits to Klemtu,

show that the seeds that have

been sown are being nourished

and we are seeing fruit.

This eight year old boy had

heard the BCMBS and other mission

groups teach the Easter story a

number of times over the previous

years, but something about this

specific time, with this specific team

from CLBI, clicked for him and he

felt a strong enough friendship to

ask his question.

One of the students shared,

“They welcomed us so warmly,

it didn’t take long, sometimes

hardly more than a sentence, to be

friends.” Another team member

explained it this way, “It takes

smiling at a stranger, colouring

a picture, and sharing crayons,

telling a story, or saying a simple

heartfelt prayer…it’s the little

things that matter more than we

Mission Update

Working with a Kid's Club participant.

think or can see.”

We have been blessed with

teams that return year after year

to build on past friendships, and

others that are joining for the first

time, making new connections that

other teams haven’t been able to.

God is continually working through

the gifts and talents of the teams as

a whole and individually, for He

knows the needs of each specific

community we work with.

Well after the group had

recovered from the impact of the

eight year old’s question, they

responded to him with joy and

individual attention. They shared

how Jesus had to die for the sins

of the world and just how amazing

God’s love truly is—something,

they later reflected, was not the

easiest of messages to get across to

an eight year old.

The young boy pondered this for

a child-like moment and then took

off with the same roar he greeted

us with, but this time with a big

smile on his face. As we turned the

corner, there he was again, waiting

for us at the door. He was waiting

for Kid’s Club and wondering what

was taking us so long.

Marcus Huff is Executive Director of the BC

Mission Boat Society.

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LCC launches 2012 missions newsletter

WINNIPEG - Lutheran

ChurchCanada (LCC)

has released a newsletter

highlighting the mission activity

of some of its Auxiliaries and

Listed Service Organizations.

“LCC is privileged to have

numerous partners to support

it in its mission work both

here at home and around the

world,” the booklet begins. “In

this newsletter, we highlight

some of those partners, letting

you know how their work

supports Synod as it shares

the Gospel of Jesus Christ—a

Light for our dark world.”

This year’s issue features

ten LCC-associated agencies,

highlighting how their work

supports Gospel proclamation

and social ministry service not

only in Canada but around

the world in places like

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Mission Update

Website for youth and young adults launched

CANADA - For years, Lutheran

Women’s Missionary League—

Canada (LWML-Canada) has offered

a devotional for recent high school

graduates entitled Now What?.

When LWML-Canada decided in

2011 it was time for an update, they

approached the original booklet’s

author Lynn Gergens. While the new

project—Glimpses of Grace—includes

the production of a new booklet, it

quickly expanded into a much larger

vision: the development of a website

with material for a broad range of

ages, not just those graduating from

high school.

“As I started to pray about this

project and discuss with my students

what they would like to read,” Lynn

Gergens said, “I kept coming to a

common answer: we all need grace—

lots and lots of grace.”

And so Glimpses of Grace

was born. “I wanted to provide

‘glimpses of grace’ to hang onto

when life gets complicated and

tough and incomprehensible,” said

Lynn. “I want to show all the hope

and love and confidence found in

God’s grace.”

In order to do that, Lynn recruited

additional help from her young

adults group. “As I thought about

how I could best do this, I thought

about how many other gifted people

I know who could give different

‘glimpses of grace’—people who

have important things to share.”

And share they did. The website

currently features devotions, Bible

Thailand, Cambodia, Costa Rica,

Nicaragua, Honduras, Ukraine,

Haiti, Mozambique, Cameroon,

Botswana, and India.

“LCC’s Missions and Social

Ministry Services is grateful to Jesus

Christ, the Lord of the Church, for

providing human and financial

resources for LCC’s proclamation

of the Good News of salvation,”

said Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel,

LCC’s Executive for Missions and

Social Outreach. “We request the

continued prayers of all LCC pastors,

congregations, and organizations

on behalf of our Auxiliaries and

LSOs—as well as LCC’s Missions

and Social Ministry Services—in

their efforts to reach out with the

Gospel of Jesus Christ to many.”

Download a print-ready version

of the newsletter at http://www.

lutheranchurch.ca/missions/2012missions-booklet-print.pdf.

studies, videos, poems, songs by

Lutheran ChurchCanada musicians,

a photography project, and a “Dear

Grace” column answering real life

questions. Resources continue to

be added. Visit the project online at

www.glimpsesofgrace.ca.

Glimpses of Graces went live in

July of this year. A printed booklet

of the same name can be ordered

from the LWML-Canada Resource

Centre to be used to introduce

young people to the website. Contact

resourcecentre@lutheranwomen.ca

or 1-888-596-5226, ext. 2220.


Mission Update

Final year of studies for Ukraine’s seminarians

The 2012 opening worship service at Ukraine’s Concordia Seminary.

UKRAINE - After “a very short

summer,” as one student described

it, students have slowly made their

way back to Concordia Seminary

in Odessa, Ukraine. For all the

students, summer was a busy time.

Some worked to help their parents

and earn money for their families.

One had the opportunity to serve in

a church, trying out the things he

was learning in class. A number of

students came back a few days early

in order to prepare the seminary for

the beginning of classes.

The year’s first instructor—

Rev. Colin Liske of St. Paul’s

Lutheran (Nanaimo, B.C.)—arrived

in Odessa September 2 with his

wife Judith. They will be staying

in Odessa for nearly twelve weeks,

during which time Rev. Liske will

teach a course on dogmatics and a

few courses on books of the Bible.

The new academic year of

Concordia Seminary was opened

September 4 with a small service.

Rev. Oleg Schewtschenko opened

the service—and with it the final

school year for the six students—

with a reading from the first chapter

of the book of Daniel.

That chapter focuses on Daniel,

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s

experience as “believing students”

in the education system of Babylon.

During the opening service, the

seminarians looked at this early

group of “believing students,”

applying the biblical story to their

own experience in Odessa today—

how they too can grow in faith

and knowledge together when they

trust God’s Word and its power,

follow His holy will, and receive

the gifts He gracefully gives His

beloved children.

The service included much

singing and many prayers for God’s

blessing on the new academic year.

While this is the third and final

year for the students, there is still

much to learn, many questions to

be asked and answered.

The seminary requests

continued prayers for students and

teachers, as well as the churches

where students will serve vicarages

and, ultimately, be called to serve as

pastors and missionaries. Students

also express thanks for the support

received from Lutheran Church

Canada, its President Rev. Dr.

Robert Bugbee, the Concordia

Lutheran Mission Society, and the

Rector of Concordia Seminary in

Odessa, Rev. Dr. Norm Threinen.

Rev. Oleg Schewteschenko pastors the

Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches of

Ukraine (SELCU) congregation in Odessa,

Ukraine. SELCU is LCC’s partner church in

Ukraine. Concordia Seminary is operated

by LCC.

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44 THE CANADIAN LUTHERAN September/October 2012

Mission Update

Theological education in Nicaragua

Seminary students of Iglesia Luterana Sinodo de Nicaragua.

NICARAGUA - It has been amazing to

see the fields of sandias (watermelons)

in Nicaragua these days, even though

it has not rained much this year. As

one drives on the highways, large,

grown-up watermelons are easily

spotted, lying in the fields waiting to be

harvested. There are lots of boots along

the carreteras (highway) and people

waiting to make some money. A ten

to twelve pound sandia is sold for 25

Córdobas—around one dollar. They

are sweet as honey. There is a sense

of urgency in the sandia business for

if they are not picked they will spoil.

The fourth intensive session of

seminary classes in Nicaragua was

recently completed, and the same sense

of urgency for harvest is evident. There

are 40 students in the class: 15 men in

the pastoral ministry program and 25

women in the diaconate program. For

over one year, several of these students

have received daily mentorship from

their pastors and been involved in

ongoing practical church, education,

and mission work. The students still

have a long way to go in their training,

both academically and practically.

However, it has been interesting to

witness the level of their maturity

and spirituality in class discussions

and small groups. They have a clear

perception of their role in the church

and mission as future pastors or

deaconesses. Their discussions are

often geared toward starting new

missions or witnessing the Gospel to

people on a personal level.

I see this as a positive and powerful

tension in theological training. The

pastors in Nicaragua are few compared

to the number of their congregations.

There are currently 13 pastors and

23 congregations. The harvest is

indeed great, and in mercy the Lord

of the Church has provided Word

and Sacrament to all congregations

in Nicaragua. And church workers

continue to reach out with the Gospel

of Jesus Christ to new areas. Our

pastors near the capital city of Managua

have four of their members studying

at the seminary. These students are

learning to work with children in

the Education Program, and to reach

out with the Gospel into Managua.

Contacts have been established already

and, according to the Lord’s strength

and guidance, a new mission station

may be established in the near future.

It is very common to hear the

seminary students speak in this way:

“Nicaragua is a large country with

many people, and we are in only one

part of the country. Our goal is to

reach out to the entire county with

the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” There is

also one student from Tegucigalpa,

Honduras, being trained at the

seminary for pastoral ministry.

As Lutheran ChurchCanada

(LCC) continues to invest greatly

in the training of church workers

for Central America, we thank the

Lord for providing workers for His

harvest field. And we pray that He

will continue to provide the financial

resources necessary for the Church to

carry on His mission in that area.

For more information on

supporting LCC’s mission work in

Nicaragua, other parts of Central

America, or Ukraine, Thailand,

and Cambodia, please, contact LCC

Mission Executive Leonardo Neitzel

at missions@lutheranchurch.ca.

Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel is LCC’s

Executive for Missions and Social Ministry.


Baptismal blessings in Honduras

Rev. Aguilar baptizes a young girl during an August

service.

HONDURAS - Lutheran Church

Canada’s (LCC) missionary

work in Honduras continues to

bear fruit. Missionary Douglas

Aguilar reports that, this August,

a group of girls was received into

LCC’s congregation in the city of

Olanchito through holy baptism.

“Praise be to our God!” writes

Rev. Aguilar. “Five young girls

were baptized and received by

CLWR elects new executive

WINNIPEG - The board of

Canadian Lutheran World Relief

(CLWR) elected a new executive

committee at their biannual meeting

held September 28-30, 2012.

Marcus Busch was elected

president of the board, and is now

serving his second term on CLWR’s

board of directors. He is a social

worker working in the education

sector in Edmonton, Alberta. Busch

is a member of the Evangelical

Lutheran Church in Canada.

Rev. Gerhard Wilch was

returned as vice-president, and is

in his second term on the board

Mission Update

the Saviour Jesus Christ”

during a service held

August 5, 2012. The

parents were reportedly

overjoyed to celebrate with

their daughters the day of

their baptism.

The baptisms follow

weeks of Bible studies with

the children’s families on

the blessings conferred by

God through His means

of grace.

“For my

part,” Rev.

Agular says,

“I am very happy

and grateful to God

for the impact the

Gospel of Jesus

Christ has had in

the lives of these

families.”

Rev. Douglas

Aguilar is a pastor

to the congregation

in Olanchito and

of directors. Rev.

Wilch is the

senior pastor at

Faith Evangelical

Lutheran Church,

a Lutheran ChurchCanada

congregation in Surrey, British

Columbia.

Gene Blishen was returned

as treasurer of the board, and is

currently serving his first term.

He manages a credit union in

the Fraser Valley and resides in

Burnaby, British Columbia. Blishen

is a member of the Evangelical

Lutheran Church in Canada.

Rev. Dr. Faith Rohrbough was

elected secretary of the board

and is currently serving her third

term. She is a retired professor

and a past president of the

surrounding villages in Honduras

as part of LCC’s Mission Cristiana

en Honduras (Christian Mission in

Honduras).

For more information on

Lutheran ChurchCanada’s

mission work in Honduras, contact

LCC Mission Executive Rev. Dr.

Leonardo Neitzel at missions@

lutheranchurch.ca or call 1-800-

588-4226.

Rev. Aguilar poses with the four girls at their baptism.

Lutheran Theological Seminary in

Saskatoon. She lives in Saskatoon,

Saskatchewan. Dr. Rohrbough

is a member of the Evangelical

Lutheran Church in Canada.

CLWR’s other board members

are Deanna Friesen, Rev. Dr. Mark

Harris, Lisa Janke, Rev. Dr. Glenn

Schaeffer, and David Schulze.

Rev. Robert Bugbee, President of

Lutheran ChurchCanada, Rev.

Susan Johnson, Bishop of the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in

Canada, are advisory members,

and Dr. Ishmael Noko of Geneva,

Switzerland is the board’s

international advisor.

From a CLWR release.

THE CANADIAN LUTHERAN September/October 2012 45


EDMONTON - On August

20, the Concordia High School

(CHS) Board of Governors

announced that CHS would

be closing immediately and

permanently. What follows

is the statement released

by the Concordia High

School Board of Governors

announcing the school’s

closure:

“It is with deepest regret that

the Concordia High School (CHS)

Board of Governors announces

that Concordia High School will

cease operations of the 2012-

2013 academic year effectively

immediately and will be closed

permanently.

Every effort is being made

to ensure placements for CHS

students for the upcoming year

to other academic programs that

will address their needs and future

success. This will also include

efforts with government partners

to find employment for teachers

and staff at CHS.

On Monday, April 13, 2012 at

2 pm, CHS was notified that our

partnership and lease agreement at

the present campus location with

the Eminata Group was terminated

and negotiations would not be

possible to find a solution. Due to

this unanticipated development,

Concordia High School has been

left with no facility to operate its

dormitory program or academic

courses.

‘This is extremely disappointing

to everyone here at the school.

Every possible solution to this

challenge has been researched and

exhausted in efforts to locate a

new facility prior to the start of the

academic year in order to continue

school operations. There is simply

not enough time to find another

feasible option,’ Trevor Johnson,

Chair of CHS Board of Governors.

Although the avenue of a one

year recess in order to locate a new

facility and rebuild for the future

46 THE CANADIAN LUTHERAN September/October 2012

Education Report

Concordia High School closes permanently

was explored, it is no longer an

option under the Alberta Provincial

School Act. Concordia High School

is working in partnership with

Alberta Education to complete the

formal closure process as efficiently

and effectively as possible for all

parties concerned.

The Board of Governors would

like to take this opportunity to

thank all who have supported

Concordia High School throughout

its rich 90 year history.

Information and updates

for parents, students and other

parties will be made available

on the CHS website (in the near

future) once the domain name

has been transferred to the Board

of Governors. In the interim,

information will be provided

through the EMS Creative website:

updates, contact information, phone

numbers and new information as it

becomes available at http://www.

emscreative.ca/concordia.

For over 90 years, Concordia

High School has provided excellence

in Christian leadership education

for students from around the globe.

As Alberta’s only international

boarding school, our mission of

providing Christian education to

high school students has reached

out to communities in China,

Korea, Russia, Hong Kong, Africa,

Europe, the Canadian north, and

more. This has provided a unique

and engaging learning environment

for all students; the multicultural

aspect of the student body has

taught students respect for diversity

and learning to work in a

diverse, global environment,

better preparing them to be

leaders in the international

work force.

In preparation for growth

and expansion in the next

chapter of its 90 year history,

CHS moved in August 2011

from its previous location

on the Concordia University

College of Alberta campus

to its present southwest Edmonton

location. The plans for this bold

move into the future included

increased classroom space,

expanded dormitory facilities and

new curricular initiatives creating

leading edge learning opportunities

in the educational marketplace.”

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Growing hope in Christ

PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. - For

the past two years, Hope Lutheran

Church and Christian School have

been developing a High School

program, adding a new grade each

year. In 2010, Grade 9 opened at a

local recreation center. Classrooms

were rented, and seven students

were enrolled. In 2011, Grade 10 was

added, and the High School hosted

15 students. This year, another step

has been taken—the most exciting

step to date.

Not only has Hope added Grade

11 this year, but they have rented a

new facility which has become the

official home of Hope High. The

school has been restructured to

include Grades 8-11 and now has

over 50 students.

God has been faithful over the

years of growth at Hope. To start this

school year, the community at Hope

paused to celebrate God’s goodness.

A dedication service was held

Saturday, September 8 at the new

location. President Don Schiemann

of the Alberta-British Columbia

District of Lutheran ChurchCanada

preached on the importance of

sharing the faith with people of all

ages, starting with a foundation in

childhood. President Robert Bugbee

sent greetings from synod.

So, what’s next for Hope? There

is even more exciting news. Not

only is the school growing through

the High School grades, but it is also

Education Report

expanding its elementary program.

There are plans to create a second

class for each grade, and this year, a

second Kindergarten class was added.

Parents signed up quickly for this new

class. In fact, parents have already

registered children for Kindergarten

for the next two years, making sure

their space at Hope is secured!

“We thank God for His goodness

and faithfulness, and we pray for His

blessings as we move forward,” said

Principal Mike Schiemann. “Please

continue to keep Hope in prayers as

God blesses the ministry going on in

Port Coquitlam.”

Hope faces challenges of acquiring

property and building new facilities

over the upcoming years. They

are currently engaged in a capital

campaign in which they are seeking

three million dollars over the next

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follow his laws have good understanding. To him belongs

eternal praise.”

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EDMONTON

- Concordia

Lutheran

Seminary has

announced

the school will

award four onetime

entrance

scholarships

totalling $16,000 for first-year

students beginning pastoral studies.

“Do you know of someone who

is planning to study at Concordia

Lutheran Seminary to prepare to

become a pastor?” a release from

the seminary asks. “Are they ready

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Education Report

Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary installs president

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Thirty

pastors were among the 120 attendees

at the opening service for the 37th

school year at Concordia Lutheran

Theological Seminary (CLTS) in St.

Catharines September 30. As usual,

the seminary choir participated

and the Board of Regents, who had

just met the previous two days,

joined in the procession. Unusual

this year was the number of out-oftown

clergy and guests joining the

seminary faculty and family for the

installation of Dr Thomas Winger

as the seminary’s President.

President Robert Bugbee

of Lutheran ChurchCanada,

conducted the rite of installation and

Rev. Dr. John Stephenson preached.

Vice-Chairman Nolan Astley of the

Board of Regents brought greetings

and best wishes on behalf of a

number of people, including a letter

from CLTS’ first president Rev. Dr.

Howard Kramer. Rev. Dr. Norman

Threinen, Interim President of

Concordia Lutheran Seminary,

Edmonton also brought greetings

from that institution.

Dr. Winger, a 1990 graduate of

CLTS, joined the faculty in 1999 and

served as a deployed tutor at Westfield

House in Cambridge, England, for

seven years. During this time he

also served on the liturgy committee

for the preparation of the Lutheran

Pastors present for the installation of Dr. Winger (center-front).

Service Book. In 2006, he returned

to St. Catharines to serve as Professor

of New Testament and Liturgics. He

has also served as Academic Dean,

Dean of Chapel, and most recently

as Acting President since 2008. In

addition to his teaching duties, Dr.

Winger has also been preparing a

commentary on Ephesians for the

Concordia Commentary series.

Special recognition was given

to Rev. Lester Prusha as this year’s

“Emeritus Crucis” recipient. This

award, rotating among LCC districts

and chosen by the district’s Board

of Directors, honours men who

have demonstrated faithful service

in years of parish ministry. As a

“veteran of the cross,” their example

encourages the students who are

preparing for such service. Rev.

Concordia Lutheran Seminary offers $16,000 in entrance scholarships

to start but just do not have the

money?”

For the 2013-2014 academic

year only, the seminary will award

$4,000 each to the four top LCC

students entering the Master of

Divinity program. Applicants must

have completed both the Greek and

Hebrew language requirements

and hold a minimum grade point

average of 2.5. There is no special

application form necessary; simply

apply for the program.

“Every year we hear of potential

students who have great academic

qualifications, but who are planning

Prusha had also taught Pastoral

Practice as a guest instructor at CLTS

from 1995 to 2002.

Four students also received

academic awards. Milton Lam was

honoured with the Zondervan

Publishing House award for

excellence in Greek and Hebrew.

The President and Mrs Kramer

Honours Endowment Fund Awards

went to the students with the highest

marks in second and fourth year:

James Preus, Basil Christoforidis,

and Wesley Hromowyk.

Refreshements were provided

by the Seminary Guild. Special

music for the vent was provided

by James Preus, (seminary choir

director), Paul Walrath (organist),

Anne Winger (violin), and Benjamin

Winger (trumpet).

to work a year or more because

they just don’t have the funds,”

said Professor Jonathan Kraemer,

Director of Financial Aid. “We’re

hoping these entrance scholarships

will make it possible for them to

begin their studies sooner than they

thought possible.”

The application submission

deadline to the Master of Divinity

program for hte 2013-2014 year is

April 1, 2013. For more information,

visit the seminary’s website at www.

concordiasem.ab.ca, or contact

Professor Jonathan Kraemer at

jkraemer@concordiasem.ab.ca.


announCemenTs CLassified

Rev. Doug Stapleton of Creston,

BC., has submitted an application

to the Pastoral Colloquy Program

of Lutheran Church-Canada.

Communications regarding this

application should be submitted in

writing within four weeks to:

Rev. Tom Kruesel, Chairman

LCC Colloquy Committee

c/o 201 Birch St.

Campbell River, BC, V9W 2S6

Email: lcc.colloquy@gmail.com.

Suzanne Eberhard, Helen

Gagnier, Lori Laszewski, Monica

Morin, and Sharlene Procknow

of Windsor, Ontario, have completed

the Teacher Colloquy Program of

Lutheran Church-Canada and are

eligible to receive a call. Contact:

Rev. Tom Kruesel, Chairman

LCC Colloquy Committee

c/o 201 Birch St.

Campbell River, BC, V9W 2S6

Email: lcc.colloquy@gmail.com.

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Celebration: November 3-4, 2012.

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PresidenTiaL PersPeCTive

President Robert Bugbee

It helps me to think of our synod

as a family. It’s a long way from

Dartmouth in the east to Port

Alberni in the west, a long way from

Kingsville in the south to places

like LaRonge and the Peace River

district in the north. That could

easily make the old saying come

true, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

Most of us don’t see most of the

rest of us very often. There are long

stretches between conventions.

Even then, few of our people can

come in person. So, just as parents

stay close to a daughter or son

who left for the military or moved

halfway across the country, I try

through my intercessory prayers to

get my arms around our family and

to hold you all close. I also know I’m

not the only one in the synod who

does this.

We have an extended family,

too. Some of its wonderful members

came to visit in September. For the

first time ever, the International

Lutheran Council (ILC) held its

World Conference in Canada. Most

of the presidents (or bishops) of its

34 member churches came to Niagara

Falls for that “family reunion.”

Like many extended families, our

members appear in all shapes and sizes.

There are big ones (like the Missouri

Synod) and tiny ones (like our partners

in Portugal); growing ones (as in

Brazil), and those struggling in places

very resistant to the Gospel (such

as western Europe). Some endured

terrible repression in years past (like

the Ingrian Church of Russia); others

spoke of earthquakes (Chile) and

tsunamis (Japan) since the last family

reunion three years ago. The dining

hall in Niagara Falls echoed with

conversations in English, Spanish,

50 THE CANADIAN LUTHERAN September/October 2012

Our beloved family...

In Australia and

around the world!

German, French, and Chinese.

This reunion did me good. It

made clear that we Canadians

have something to give our family

members around the world. They

also—even the small and modest

ones—have something to offer

us, too, treasures like patience,

endurance, and the courage to

be bold for Christ in a way that

can make us want to grow in that

area. Despite barriers of distance,

language, and customs, the ILC is

a heartwarming, loving family. It’s

such a joy to see one another. It’s an

emotional experience to say goodbye

when the meetings come to an end.

After Niagara Falls, I jetted out

to Surrey near Vancouver, because

other loved ones were coming to call.

National and district presidents from

the Lutheran Church of Australia

(LCA) spent a workweek meeting

with our own Lutheran Church

Canada Council of Presidents. We

have very unique and close ties with

the Australians; in fact, LCC is the

only church in the world that enjoys

a formal confessional relationship

with the LCA.

We have so much that draws

us together: a relatively small

membership spread over a vast

land mass, societies that are “post-

Christian” in that many people in

both countries seem to have cast

Christ’s Gospel aside, the challenge of

trying to help aboriginal people, and

a strong desire to do mission work

among new ethnic groups within our

own lands, as well as to expand our

mission efforts abroad.

Family reunions always reveal

that other family members don’t see

everything precisely as I do. Perhaps

they even display shortcomings,

as I surely display some of mine

for them to see. But we are family,

not because we decided to create

a touchy-feely connection to each

other, but because Christ died and

was raised as the Saviour of us all,

and because Christ has united us

in a shared confession rooted in the

infallible Holy Scriptures, the Word

of God written (Ephesians 2:11-22

and 1 Corinthians 1:10 would be

good to ponder here).

My predecessors, Edwin Lehman

and Ralph Mayan, worked very

hard to deepen our ties, both to the

ILC and to the Lutheran Church of

Australia. Both served as chairmen

of the ILC for many years; both

traveled repeatedly to Australia to

stay close to our extended family in

that particular country. I am deeply

committed to carrying forward what

they started so well.

When you’re at home and in

your local congregation, it’s very

natural to pray for the issues that

touch the families and friends you

see in person, or the challenges

faced by your congregation and its

neighbourhood. Keep at it! But I ask

you also to think sometimes about

the faraway extended family we have,

begging the Lord to meet their needs

and helping our eyes to see when He

is opening a door for us to be in touch

with them or to encourage them in

some way.

You can get to know these loved

ones of ours online too, so I’m

providing their website addresses

in the hope you might do some

“visiting” very soon!

Visit the International Lutheran

Council at www.ilc-online.org. Visit

the Lutheran Church of Australia at

www.lca.org.au.


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