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LWMLC meets Mission Grant goals for 2012-2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

CANADA – Lutheran Women’s Missionary League – Canada (LWMLC) has announced that it has successfully raised all its mission grant projects for the 2012-2015 triennium. “I am thankful to God for each of our members and supporters across the country,” said Iris Barta, President of LWMLC. “Through their faithful giving in mite offerings, we are supporting Gospel proclamation and social ministry outreach at home in Canada as well as internationally in places like Central America, Southeast Asia, and Ukraine.” LWMLC has a long-standing tradition of raising funds through members’ mite boxes. Members collect their change ...

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Why I Prefer a Small Church

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

by Harold Ristau As a military chaplain, my family moves around a lot. One of the first things that we consider before choosing a home is its proximity to the closest Lutheran church. Many factors are involved, and size matters too. Yet people are often surprised that, despite the choices of many other newcomers into a community who tend to visit the largest congregations, we seek out the smaller ones. And here’s why: 1. Personalized Pastoral Care In a small church, you receive lots of attention from pastor. I heard it once said ...

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Central District Convention wraps up

Monday, April 20, 2015

SASKATOON – Thursday, April 15 marked the close of the Central District’s 2015 Convention. The day brought to an end to Rev. Dr. James Gimbel’s three-part keynote address on prayer. Dr. Gimbel, President of Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, spent three days exploring prayer in the Old Testament , in the ministry of Jesus and His disciples, and in the Lord’s Prayer respectively. Earlier on April 14, the convention had studied the problem of vacant congregations unable to call a pastor. Following a presentation by Rev. Jeremy Swem on the nature of ...

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Central District requests changes to LCC's structure

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SASKATOON – On April 15, the Central District meeting in convention adopted a resolution to request Synod’s Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (CCMS) to propose changes to the structure of Lutheran Church–Canada. The resolution suggested that “the present organizational structure does not resolve the uncertainties as to where responsibility for a particular function should properly rest between the Synod and Districts,” that a “new structure could bring greater financial stability and unity with LC-C.” It also notes that “in many aspects District Conventions duplicate matters carried out by Synodical Conventions” ...

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President Prachar reelected at Central District Convention

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SASKATOON – The 10th (49th) regular convention of the Central District of Lutheran Church–Canada re-elected Rev. Thomas Prachar as District President on March 14, 2015. This election marks President Prachar’s sixth term as President of the Central District, having been first elected in 2000. He was reelected 48-43 (with 1 ballot spoiled) over Rev. David Haberstock. In his report later in the day, President Prachar noted that he had wrestled over the question of allowing his name to stand for this election, eventually deciding in prayer that he would accept the will ...

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He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

by Donald Schiemann We celebrated Easter at church this morning,” the eight-year-old said to his parents. “We talked about Jesus rising from the dead!” “But wait a minute,” the father said, “this is October. Easter doesn’t happen until April next year.” The little boy responded, “But our Sunday school teacher taught us that every Sunday is a little Easter and in our church service we worship Jesus who rose from the dead.” The Sunday school teacher was right on. The Early Church chose to worship on Sunday because that is when Jesus ...

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Marge Lehman called to glory

Monday, April 13, 2015

EDMONTON – On April 9, Marjorie Evelyn Lehman (née Huber) was welcomed into the loving arms of her heavenly Father. Marjorie was the wife of Rev. Dr. Edwin Lehman, Lutheran Church–Canada’s first President after the church body became autonomous in 1988. Marjorie was born in 1934. She passed away in the presence of family as they prayed, sang, and read Scripture, following several weeks of hospitalization in Edmonton. Left behind to await a glorious reunion with her are her husband of 58 years, Edwin, her son Rodney, daughters Barbara (Keith) Haberstock, Katherine ...

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