Canadian Association

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2793 Southview Drive SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 2H1, P: 403-527-5617, E: office@victorylutheran.ca, W: victorylutheran.ca

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Pastor Jim Bredeson

Victory Voice


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Associate Pastor Roland Weisbrot pastorroland@victorylutheran.ca


Over the past few months

we have been highlighting

the hymn “We Seek Your

Kingdom Lord.” The hymn

was written for the annual

prayer outreach of the

Church of England called

“Thy Kingdom Come.”

Picture from the music video

This, of course, is part of

the Lord’s prayer, we pray

each week: “Thy Kingdom

come, thy will be done.”

Who does God use to bring

about His kingdom in this

world? Clearly ordinary

humans. That is how God

came into the world in the

person of Jesus Christ,

fully God yet fully human.

The song contains the

chorus “Transform, Revive,

and Heal Society.” When

the Kingdom of God comes

into a culture it is transformed.

The process of

transformation is rarely

immediate but rather is a

gradual change over time.

First one person…then

another…and yet another

begin to reflect the love of


Eventually, a critical mass

is reached and society as a

whole is transformed.

Thy kingdom come we

pray. His kingdom comes

first to us and through us

to others.

Be strong in the Lord!

Pastor Jim

“The Church is indeed a home;

it is your home. So I would say

to you with my whole heart:

you are always welcome!

Always feel at home in the

Church and don’t ever worry

about whether you will be at

home there.

Nobody ought ever keep you

or anyone else away from the

Church!” Pope Francis

Canadian Association

of Lutheran Congregations



Pastor Jim was elected the

new president of our particular

denomination, the Canadian

Association of Lutheran

Congregations, at a convention

held both virtually and in person

in Edmonton on September

11 th . He succeeds Pastor

Ed Skutshek of West Kelowna,

BC who served a president for

12 years---including a period of

rapid growth and transformation.

Although he was not

the founding president, he was

certainly the most influential.

Our challenge as a church

body is how to interact and

bring the gospel of Jesus into a

secularized society. CALC

consists of 33 churches in 5

provinces from Vancouver to




This year, Victory has

chosen the theme

“Transform, Revive, and

Heal Society.” Over the

course of the next three

Victory Voices, myself and

Pastor Jim will be unpacking

what this means. The

focus for this issue is


In Romans 12:2a, the

Apostle Paul says that

believers in Christ ought

“not conform to the pattern

of this world, but be

transformed by the

renewing of your

mind.” (NIV). So, what

does this mean and how

does it connect to

Victory’s theme this year?

Well, I believe it means

that although we live in

this world, we are to

pursue holiness, and that

means we are pursuing an

“otherness” which sets us

apart from the “norm.”

Now this does not mean

we lock ourselves in a

closet or live in some sort

of self-righteous bubble,

but it does mean that we

must be consciously resisting

the elements of our

socio-cultural context

which do not conform to

Scripture. After all, as the

Apostle Paul declares, we

are to “be transformed by

the renewing of [our]


Now you are probably

asking, well how can we

renew our minds? By the

power of the Holy Spirit!

He alone can give us the

renewal of the mind needed

for the transformation

which the Apostle Paul

speaks of; even now He is

at work in all who believe,

transforming us bit by bit

to be more like Christ in a

process theologians call

sanctification. This is really

what transformation is

about: the death of the

old sinful nature and the

rising of the new in Christ,

as the Apostle Paul

explains in Romans 6. But

this does not just work at

the individual level, it also

works at the societal level.

Society is made up of individuals,

so what happens

when those individuals

become transformed? The

answer is obvious, and so

the best thing we can do

to transform society is to

begin with transforming

ourselves through the

renewing of our minds by

the power of the Holy

Spirit. Ask for transformation,

and you shall receive

brothers and sisters,

just as Jesus promised us

(cf. Matthew 7:7).



Victory Lutheran will be offering the

Rite of Confirmation at the 10:30am

worship service on Sunday, October

31st (The Feast of Reformation

Day according to the Church Calendar).

For those of you who have been

through Confirmation in the past

two years, you are eligible to partake

in this Rite of the Church.

Therefore, if you wish to be Confirmed

on Sunday, October 31st at

the 10:30am worship service,

please email Pastor Roland at


and he will provide more details.

Otherwise, the next opportunity will

not be until the Spring of 2022.



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Victory Voice

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With Pastor Roland

Join Pastor Roland for a study

through the Old Testament

book, Ecclesiastes.

Continues in October on

Tuesdays, 5, 12, 19 & 26

at 1:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, 6, 13, 29 & 27

at 7:00 p.m.

Ends: November 30 &

December 1, respectively



The continuing pandemic has

caused the following to be

postponed: Sunday School

Senior’s Lunch


Coffee Time

Looking forward to the time we

can resume!




Victory is blessed with wonderful

musicians who can share

the talents they have been

given from God with us each


On Organ: Glenda Bauer and

Brian Eichelbaum,

On Piano: Joanne Hodges,

Heather Schlichting and

Rachel Weisbrot.

We say goodbye to Barb

Stuber, who has decided to

give her fingers a rest from the

keyboard. May God bless

Barb for her faithfulness for

many years behind the piano.

Going ahead you will see

more of these talented people

playing at different services

times than in the past. To enhance

your worship, these

talented musicians will be on a

rotation and you will appreciate

the smorgasbord of worship

music they have to offer.

We thank, Eleanor & Jayda

Zabolotney, Wanda Fruson

and Myron Wenzel who

recently gave us the gift of music

at the 10:30 a.m. We look

forward to the next time.

We also look forward to when

this pandemic allows our

choirs and praise teams to

come together once again and


“David and all Israel were celebrating

before God with all

their might, singing songs and

playing all kinds of musi-

cal instruments—lyres, harps,

tambourines, cymbals, and

trumpets.” 2Chronicles 7:16



Thank you to the ladies and

gentlemen on our Altar Guild.

Their decorative talents are

appreciated by all.

Time to bring the thanksgiving

produce, gourds, squashes, root

veggies from your garden &

preserves from your pantry.

Please bring donations to the

church on or before Thursday,

October 7th. Thanks a lot.


Talk to Gary Ziel about helping

in the library

Adopt a bulletin board

Talk to Eleanor Zabolotney

about joining the Altar Guild

Think about teaching Sunday

School when it starts up

How about leading the Sowers

Of The Spirit, prayer shawl


Let Marlene Sackman

know if you would like to

usher on Holy Communion


Victory Lutheran Women

Sadly we have been unable to

meet as one group of VLW the

past 17 months due to health

restrictions because of the pandemic.

On a happy note, we met most

months in two separate groups

for Bible Study.

On September 15, 2021 God

blessed us as we could meet as

one group with some restrictions.

Pearl Dubourt led the Bible Study

and VLW Vice President Joyce

Schuh chaired the meeting.

There were 21 members present.

The members decided to postpone

the Fall Parish Fair. We

hope it will be possible to have a

2022 Spring Parish Fair.

As I listen to the newest Provincial

health regulations due to over

filled hospitals with Covid-19

patients many prayers are needed,

for all of us.

In October our Bible Study is

“Rejoice In the Lord!” Page 22

In All Things Which Will Be. A

New Bible Study will follow -

Spiritual Realms.

A big thanks to all volunteers for

continuing to pray so we can meet

to Study God’s Word and to enjoy

each other’s fellowship.

Our next meeting is October

20,2021, 1:30 pm in the Fellowship

Hall. We’ll have our Bible

Study and meeting.

You will be notified if this meeting

has to be cancelled.

Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have

raised with Christ seek the things

that are above ,where Christ is

seated at the right hand of God. 2)

Set your mind in things that are

above, not on things that are on


Submitted by,

Sherry Walker

VLW President

Come and give and take, be

supported, share and care.

Who are you caring for? A

friend, family member? You

are welcome here!

Let’s talk about the joys and

challenges of caring for

those we carry in our hearts.

We meet once a month on

the third Thursday at 1:00

pm., in the Christian Education


Next meeting with Pastor

Jim: Thursday, October

21st at 1:00 p.m.


Do you pray?

Where and when do you


What do you pray about?

It seems to me that prayer

can fall into several categories:




Ritual prayer is prayer we

do at certain times regularly

like meal-time grace, bedtime,

or church.

Conversational prayer is

prayer that isn’t defined by

any of those sorts of times. It

can happen anytime or anywhere.

Instinctual prayer is the

prayer of crisis.

Non-religious people pray

sometimes. Some of them

wonder why they do, and why

they don’t stop.

Rachel Treweek, bishop of

Gloucester, said: “We should

not be surprised by these recent

findings, which reflect

human longing for the mystery

and love of God amid experiences

of daily life.”

According to Isabelle Hamley,

chaplain to the archbishop of

Canterbury, prayer is

“primarily a line of communication

with God – thinking,

reflecting, bringing one’s concerns

and worries into a bigger


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Sunday Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday



Sanctuary = S

Christian Education RM. = CE

Fellowship Hall = FH

Kidz Zone = KZ

Youth Office = YO

9:00 a.m. Worship

Holy Communion

10:30 a.m. Worship

Holy Communion


9:00 a.m. Worship

10:30 a.m. Worship




Pastor Jim presides

at worship in Bow Island

and Foremost

on the 4th Sunday of

each month.

1:30 p.m. Teddy Bear Club: KZ

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: CE

5:30 p.m. TOPS: FH

Church Closed


1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: CE

5:30 p.m. TOPS: FH


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1:00 p.m. Bible Study: FH

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: CE

8:00 p.m. A.A: FH

1:00 p.m. Bible Study: FH

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: CE

7:00 p.m. Coin & Stamp: CE

7:00 p.m. Elder’s Meeting: S

8:00 p.m. A.A: FH


TRUNK OR TREAT: our parking lot outreach will begin at

5:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. Put candy in your trunk to



shell out to costumed kids, as they go door to door in

our neighbourhood. Decorate yourself! Decorate your

car! Candy in your trunk goes to candy in the hand of fun

loving kids!

Church Office Closed

11:00 a.m. Al-Anon: FH

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12 - 1:00 p.m. Church closed

for Hour Of Prayer

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: Anon: CE

7:00 p.m. Bible Study: CE

7:00 p.m. Young Adults: YO


12 - 1:00 p.m. Church closed

for Hour Of Prayer

1:00 p.m. MH Ministerial: FH

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: Anon: CE

7:00 p.m. Bible Study: CE

7:00 p.m. Young Adults: YO

9:00 a.m. Quilting Group: FH

9:00 a.m. Quilting Group: FH


Church Office Closed

9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving


Church Office Closed


11:00 a.m. Al-Anon: FH

11:00 a.m. Al-Anon: FH


9:00 a.m. Worship

Holy Communion

10:30 a.m. Worship

Holy Communion


9:00 a.m. Worship

10:30 a.m. Worship



24 & 31



5:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: CE

5:30 p.m. TOPS: FH

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: CE

5:30 p.m. TOPS: FH


1:00 p.m. Bible Study: FH

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: CE

8:00 p.m. A.A: FH

1:00 p.m. Bible Study: FH

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: CE

7:00 p.m. Coin & Stamp: CE

8:00 p.m. A.A: FH


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12 - 1:00 p.m. Church closed

for Hour Of Prayer

1:30 p.m. VLW: FH

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: Anon: CE

7:00 p.m. Bible Study: CE

7:00 p.m. Young Adults: YO

12 - 1:00 p.m. Church

closed for Hour Of Prayer

1:30 p.m. AL-Anon: Anon: CE

7:00 p.m. Bible Study: CE

7:00 p.m. Young Adults: YO

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9:00 a.m. Quilting Group: FH

1:00 p.m. Caregivers: CE

9:00 a.m. Quilting Group: FH

Church Office Closed

9:00 a.m. Undecorate


Church Office Closed

7:00 p.m. Reformation Lecture: S

Part 1

11:00 a.m. Al-Anon: FH

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11:00 a.m. Al-Anon: FH

1:00 p.m. Reformation Lecture: S

Part 2



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(continued from page 5)

None of those prayers are

right or wrong. But imagine

connecting them to faith.

The prayer of faith can

bring healing to the body,

soul, and spirit.

We as humans are created

in the image of God.

God is triune, that is, threein-one.

So are we in a

sense. We are composed of



and Spirit.

The body is obvious. Let’s

look at the difference between

soul and spirit.

The soul is the personality

or the mind.

The spirit is the place of

connection to God. This is

important to understand to

see why we baptize infants

for instance.

Praying for healing for the

body includes a human connection.


Are any of you sick? You should

call for the elders of the church to

come and pray over you, anointing

you with oil in the name of the

Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in

faith will heal the sick, and the

Lord will make you well. And if

you have committed any sins, you

will be forgiven. James 5: 14-16

It is important to have a human

connection (elders).

There is significance in the

action of anointing with oil.

First, symbolic: oil is a

symbol of the Holy Spirit.

Second, there is the naming

of the One whose power

is being invoked, the Lord.

And finally, there is the

power of touch. Jesus

touched some people while

healing them.

Now, to the divine connection:


Such a prayer offered in faith

will heal the sick, and the Lord

will make you well.

The source of healing is


The place of connection with

God is the spirit.

Note it says, “the prayer offered

in faith.” Whose faith?

Faith is not the faith of the

one being prayed for but in

the one praying.

That leads us then to praying

for healing for the soul.


Are any of you suffering hardships?

You should pray. Are any

of you happy? You should sing


These are emotions and

hence located in the soul.

“Are any of you suffering


This is trouble and often

where instinctual prayer

comes in.

Hardship often revolves

around loss, such as, death,

illness, income, security, or


We also called to pray in joy

as well. “Are any of you

happy?” Happy times are

times when hopes and

dreams are fulfilled. These

are things like births, weddings,

or graduations. They

are times of completion or


Finally, we have prayers for

the healing of the spirit.

And if you have committed

any sins, you will be forgiven.


Confess your sins to each other

and pray for each other so that

you may be healed. The earnest

prayer of a righteous person has

great power and produces wonderful


This is the connection between

forgiveness and healing.

The first is peace within.

Peace includes calm but also

a sense of wholeness. Physical

healing is intimately

connected with state of

mind and the state of your


Peace within leads to peace



Confess your sins to each other

and pray for each other so that you

may be healed.

Confession?!? That’s not

very Lutheran, is it? Well, is

it in the Bible? Then it is!

The power in confessing

your sin to another human

being means that you are

letting the secret out.

The secret is what keeps

you bound.

Do you have to confess your

sin to another human? No.

You don’t have to…but you

get to!!

Forgiveness is ours through

faith in Jesus Christ. Freedom

can be ours as well.

Prayer can be a ritual.

Prayer can be conversational.

Prayer may come instinctually.

No matter what it has

power when coupled with


Preached by Pastor Jim at Bow

Island September 26th


August 2021 Weekly Budget $7,656

Date Offering Expenses Net income/loss

August 1 - 7 $20,365 $14,073 $ 6,292

August 8 - 14 $ 339 $14,309 $13,970

August 15 - 21 $12,449 $ 3,443 $ 9,006

August 22 - 28 $ 404 $ 5,690 $ 5,285

August 29 - 31 $ 6,758 $ 53 $ 6,705

TOTALS $40,315 $37,568 $ 2,748

NOTE: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) $3,405

September 2021 Weekly Budget $7,656

Date Offering Expenses Net income/loss

Sept. 1 - 4 $17,213 $ 4,919 $12,294

Sept. 5- 11 $ 9,251 $12,836 $ 3,585

Sept. 12 - 18 $ 5,515 $ 1,236 $ 4279

Sept. 19 - 25 $ 2,224 $ 7,802 $ 5,578

Sept. 26 - 30 $ 1,090 $ 593 $ 497

TOTALS $35,293 $27,386 $7,907

Lots of prayer, worship, participation

and money goes into

making a healthy church. Victory

continues to be blessed by God.

We are so thankful for His blessing

and guidance as we navigate

through this very unique time.

Council, Pastors and staff are

very thankful for all who call

Victory home, supporting the

work of the Lord right here.


Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for

this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:16-18



For The Congregation

Dearest Jesus, I thank you that

through Holy Baptism you have

made me a member of your

body, the church. I entreat you

to bless most richly the congregation

of saints of which you

have called. May your Word

always be purely preached and

taught among us, and may we

gladly hear it, learn it, & grow in

knowledge & love for you. May

your Sacraments be given

according to your command and

may we always value, most

highly, the forgiveness of sins

and eternal life you give us

through them. Work in us love

and respect for our pastors.

Help us to uphold them in prayer

and obey them as your

under shepherds. Please give

them joy to fulfill their tasks.

Prepare us, through their ministry

to use the gifts you have given

us in service to others, that

your body might be built up.

Keep far from us, pride and dissension.

Help us, without jealousy,

to value the diverse gifts

you have given our brothers &

sisters. Teach us to suffer with

and support those who suffer &

rejoice with those who rejoice.

Call, gather, and enlighten

many others to travel with us on

the journey to heaven, where

the Father, son and Holy Spirit

are worshiped by saints and

angels, now and forever.




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In keeping with our Welcome

Home Theme, you will see stories

in Victory Voice answering the

question - Why does Victory feel

like home?

This month, our Finance Councilor,

Gail Ukalchuk, answers that question:

When I heard the theme for

Kick off Sunday was “Welcome

Home”, I found myself asking

the question, “Why does Victory

feel like home to me?” Here

is my answer.

In 1978, my family and I were

among the original members of

Victory Lutheran Church, I was

12 years old. I recall my parents

receiving the phone call

from the church telling them

that I was at the age to attend

Confirmation classes and the

classes would be held Monday

evenings and Sunday mornings

for 2 years. I was a figure skater

in my younger days and

Monday nights were one of my

skating nights. I remember asking

my Dad if I really had to attend

and much to my surprise,

he said I had to ask my Mom.

There was no discussion, the

answer was plain & simple,

“YES!” you are attending.

The first night I cried all the

way to the church because I

did not want to go.

Long story short, I attended the

confirmation classes on Mon-

day evenings lead by Pastor

Milton Rude and then youth

group on Sunday mornings lead

by various dedicated youth leaders.

We had an awesome group

of confirmands and became

good friends. For awhile, our

youth leaders were a very influential

couple, Ben & Chris

Ledene. They took the youth

group to the Youth Conference

in Edmonton. It was my first

experience hearing Christian

rock music and listening to inspirational


As I recall, the weekend was life

changing for many of us. As a

teenager you are eagerly seeking

for a place to belong, a

place to feel accepted and that

is how this group made me feel

at Victory. Victory made me feel

at home.

After confirmation I took on the

role of leading the Sunday

School openings. I asked my

one of my friends to help me.

Neither she nor her family attended

church but after spending

time at Victory, at 17 years

old, she was baptized. Her mom

attended her baptism and was

so proud of her.

After Pastor Rude’s retirement

my family transferred to St. Peter’s

Lutheran Church as my

grandparents were members

there and they were getting up

in age. I was married at St.

Peter’s and my daughter

Charlee started Sunday School


I enjoyed my membership there,

but it didn’t quite feel like Victory

had felt to me, it did not feel like


So, when Charlee turned 3, we

decided to transfer back to

Victory, we decided to “come

back home.”

The yearning of our hearts to

feel at home comes when we

make our home in Christ. This

home is ultimate acceptance,

safety, and peace. John 15:4

Jesus said, “Abide in me and I

in you”, translating abide means

“to remain or to make our home

in”. When we come home to

Jesus, we’ll experience safety &

acceptance, and we will be

empowered to live fruitful lives.

In Christ, and Christ alone, we

find the home sustains, protects,

and empowers.

Luke 12:34 For where your

treasure is, there your heart will

be also.


This month, let’s look into a

Revival that happened in our

own back yard. Well sort of,

North Battleford, SK.

It happened in 1948 at Sharon

Orphanage & Schools and the

Bible School in North Battleford.

In November 1947, the teachers

and students began praying,

fasting and studying the

Scriptures with intensity. When

they gathered for devotions on

Feb. 12, 1948, the Holy Spirit

met them! Kneeling in adoration,

manifestation of the gifts,

healings and great repentance

prevailed on everyone present.

This move of the Holy

Spirit became known as the

Latter Day Rain.

Holy Spirit you are welcome


May you know His love today, and

always, Judy Brown

Thanksgiving! This year we may wonder

what to thank God for. We are in

the middle of a pandemic that has

claimed nearly 28,000 lives in Canada

(50 in Medicine Hat). It has now been

declared the deadliest pandemic in

American history surpassing the Spanish

Flu of 1918. Our society is polarized

into all sorts of factions. Reports

of violence are increasing. What on

earth do we have to be thankful for?

Let me take you back in time a bit. A

man named Martin Rinkart became

pastor of the Lutheran Church in

Eilenburg, Saxony, Germany. He had

received musical training at the famous

St. Thomas Church in Leipzig

that would soon become home of

Johann Sebastian Bach. He began his

pastorate at one of the worst times

imaginable. Germany was being

ripped apart by the Thirty Years War,

a war which began as a religious

struggle but soon degenerated even

further into a grab for power. Eilenburg

was swamped with refugees who

flooded in from the countryside as

Swedish armies besieged them. In the

midst of the refugee crisis, a plague hit

claiming 8000 lives (including Pastor

Rinkart’s own wife). At one point he

was doing 40-50 funerals a day! Following

the plague, a disastrous famine

hit the city. It is said that mobs of people

would fight over a dead cat or

crow. Then, the Swedish army again

besieged the city. You think you have


How would you respond? I can tell you

that I have felt tired and even overwhelmed

when we recently endured a

wave of deaths, more Covid restrictions,

and a divisive political campaign.

The vitriol expressed especially

by professing Christians on social media

is depressing. But listen to how

Rinkart responded. He wrote this


1 Now thank we all our God

with heart and hands and voices,

who wondrous things has done,

in whom his world rejoices;

who from our mothers' arms

has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love,

and still is ours today.

It may seem difficult to thank God or

others when we are struggling. But the

power of thanksgiving! Paul reminds

us to “Give thanks in all circumstances.”

Thanksgiving enables us to look

beyond our situation and invites us to

see the positive. Paul also tells us,

“And now, dear brothers and sisters,

one final thing. Fix your thoughts on

what is true, and honorable, and right,

and pure, and lovely, and admirable.

Think about things that are excellent

and worthy of praise.” Thanksgiving

works by turning our focus from self to

God, from the negative to the positive.

Happy Thanksgiving, Medicine Hat!

Pastor Jim Bredeson

To be published in

Medicine Hat News,

Saturday, October 9, 2021


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Pastor Mike Leist

Little Plume Evangelical


Premier Jason Kenny & MLAs

October 10, 2021

Pastors Dave Cartright &

Seth Maier

Crossroads Church

Fire Chief Brian Strath

Medicine Hat

October 17, 2021

Interim Pastor Randy Blatz

River Valley Church

Mike Worden, Chief of Police

Medicine Hat

October 24 2021

Captains David & Lorenda Dale

Salvation Army

Kevin Fuhrmann

Remand Centre, Medicine Hat

October 31, 2021

Pastor Oz Lorentzen

St. Barnabas Anglican Church

MLA Drew Barnes




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