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Convention business agenda set as committees meet

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WINNIPEG – Three committees tasked with drafting resolutions for Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) tenth convention met April 11-12 in Winnipeg. Chaired by LCC’s three district presidents, Rev. Tom Prachar (Central), Rev. Don Schiemann (ABC), and Rev. Paul Zabel (East), the members (drawn from the convention delegates) reviewed overtures submitted from across Canada, read reports published in the Convention Workbook, and found common areas of concern the convention can address under the topics of Faith, Witness, and Parish Services; Higher Education; and Constitutional, Administrative, and Financial Matters. “These committees, along with the Nominations ...

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The Agony in the Garden

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

by Ted Giese Recently I had the privilege to take part in Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s (CLWR) 2014 Global Encounter, held in Israel and Palestine. In addition to visiting places like the Augusta Victoria Hospital and various Lutheran schools which are supported in part through funding from CLWR, I also had the opportunity to see many locations connected to the life and work of Jesus. One such place was the Mount of Olives. On the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane in the dark of night, Jesus prays, “Father, if ...

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Consultant change, administration outsourcing for WBP

Friday, April 11, 2014

WINNIPEG – The Board of Managers (BOM) of LCC’s Worker Benefit Plan (WBP) is very aware of the pressure employers are under to reduce costs. The BOM is thus  doing its utmost to deliver programs efficiently and in the most cost-effective manner possible. While the BOM has made great strides in reducing administrative costs, it came to a point where it had no ability to further lower expenses with its incumbent consulting firm. The BOM therefore embarked on a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to find a replacement consulting firm that ...

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Convention Opening Service set for downtown Vancouver

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WINNIPEG – Few forget the powerful preaching from God’s Word, stirring music, and congregational singing when Lutherans gather by the hundreds for Divine Service. Lutherans in the Vancouver area and Lower Mainland will have that opportunity Friday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Holy Rosary Cathedral, 646 Richards St. in Vancouver at the opening service of Lutheran Church–Canada’s 10th national convention. “We have to go to another sacred site for this event because none of our LCC parish churches have enough seating,” explained Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) President Robert Bugbee. “The cathedral ...

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New hymn resource for anniversary celebrations

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is pleased to encourage the use of a new resource for congregations celebrating special anniversaries. Rev. Dr. Howard W. Kramer, who served as President of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catharines, Ontario) from 1984-1990 has released his hymn “Father, Who with Wisdom Infinite” for the use of LCC congregations. The hymn, written to the tune of Ebenezer, follows a Trinitarian theme, in the first three verses thanking each of the Persons of the Trinity for “years of blessing.” The final verse reads as follows: Father, Son and ...

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Selfless love

Monday, April 7, 2014

by Don Schiemann The Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year award for 2013 goes to the word “selfie.” The official definition given by Oxford is: “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” There is a lot of focus on self these days. Looking out for number one can range from insisting on having “me time” all the way to the 18 year-old girl in New Jersey who sued her parents because she felt they owed her ...

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LCC convention to welcome international visitors

Friday, April 4, 2014

WINNIPEG - Guests from several countries will attend Lutheran Church–Canada’s 10th national convention at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in June. The event will welcome representatives from confessional Lutheran church bodies in Australia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and the United States. “Our Canadian church deeply cherishes the relationships we have forged through the International Lutheran Council (ILC) and through our own mission work,” noted Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, President of Lutheran Church–Canada and Vice-Chairman of the ILC. “We are honoured to have them join us and share with us their vibrant ...

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