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It’s all about neighbours

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

With events like free car washes, barbecues and historic tours, almost 200 Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) congregations from coast-to-coast are gearing up to touch the lives of their neighbours this weekend. Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 mark LCC’s National Lutheran Open House. “Our faith tells us to love our neighbours,” said Ian Adnams, LCC’s director of communications. “And that can mean washing cars, serving free food, entertaining children and sharing interesting information!”

This is the first time Lutheran Church–Canada has brought congregations together for a single, national one-time event. Although under the umbrella of the National Lutheran Open House, each congregation has developed its own way to celebrate the weekend and connect with their communities. Participation was voluntary and the national office in Winnipeg provided resources to help members prepare. Along with e-mail information, most of the resources were online at www.lutheranchurch.ca/openhouse.

“It’s wonderful to see how the people in our churches are excited about serving their communities in very practical and imaginative ways,” Adnams said. “I’m curious to know what our church in Brandon, Manitoba means when it talks about an indoor boat tour!”

Although electronic files of special invitations were available online, the national office also pre-printed 40,000, most of which are now in circulation, with an unknown number printed locally. More than 12,000 multi-lingual DVDs about Jesus are also in circulation across the country. Some churches have banded together to purchase radio and newspaper ads, others have delivered flyers and invitations door-to-door.

As a continuing presence after the event, the website www.whatyoubelieve.ca helps people with their spiritual beliefs, life problems and can be used to find an Open House.

Lutheran Church–Canada was founded in 1988 by Canadian congregations of the St. Louis-based The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. With more than 325 congregations from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island, it is the second largest Lutheran church body in Canada.

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