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Seminary opening services focus on faithfulness

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Acting president Dr. Thomas Winger and Rev. Lawrence Eifert of Ottawa, recipient of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Emeritus Crucis award

The seminaries of Lutheran Church–Canada officially launched their academic years Sunday, September 7 in St. Catharines, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta.

At the Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS) service in the seminary’s Martin Luther Chapel, acting president and academic dean, Rev. Dr. Thomas Winger, preached on II Timothy 2:8-13, highlighting the role of both faithfulness and suffering in the pastor’s life. The theme of God’s faithfulness provided the focus for the service. The opening followed a week which included orientation for six new students, a faculty forum, registration and a two-day retreat.

The service for Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS), Edmonton at Bethel Lutheran Church in Sherwood Park, Alta., welcomed five first-year students, one Pastor with Alternate Trainin student, and five colloquy students. Rev. Jonathan Kraemer, assistant professor of Old Testament Exegetical Theology, preached from Lamentations 3:23, “Great is Your Faithfulness,” this year’s theme.

Both seminaries gave special honours and recognition during their services. Rev. Lawrence Eifert, a retired pastor, received the Emeritus Crucis award from CLTS for his faithful service in the ministry. Seminarians Mark Smith, Matthew Sorenson and Wayne Zhang received President and Mrs. Kramer Honours Endowment Fund Awards for academic excellence.

In Edmonton, CLS administrative assistant, Karen Sorensen, was recognized for five years of service to the seminary.

Both seminaries not only prepare pastors for service in Lutheran Church–Canada, but strive to provide their Lutheran communities with ongoing educational opportunities.

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