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News from the ABC District Vol. IV – #55

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Vol. IV – Issue #55

December 15, 2014


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Please feel free to use any of this information in bulletins, newsletters,
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AnouncerPrepare For Worship
Fourth Sunday in Advent


Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins which weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

  • 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
  • Romans 16:25-27
  • Luke 1:26-38

The Lord Builds a House for David: Jesus Christ Who Comes in the Flesh

When King David “lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies,” he piously supposed that he would build a house for God (2 Sam. 7:1-2). But the Lord would turn it around: He would establish a house for David and an everlasting throne. This He has done not only for David, but also for all His people, in the Son of David, Jesus Christ, “conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary” (Apostles’ Creed). That holy child, the incarnate “Son of the Most High,” receives “the throne of his father David” and begins to reign “over the house of Jacob forever” (Luke 1:32-33). Having given Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, His body is the true and eternal temple of God in which His people have their own place of peace and rest. That is “the mystery that was kept secret for long ages” but is now “made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God” in order that we may have faith and life in Christ (Rom. 16:25-26)

 Like these summaries? You can find them, and more, on LCMS’s website.



For Rev. Jon Estes who is undergoing surgery for his cancer.


That God would give all of our church workers the energy they need during this busy Advent and Christmas season.


Calls and Vacancies

For those congregations who are considering applying for a candidate or vicar/intern, the deadline for application is March 15, 2015

For the most up to date information please visit

Upcoming News & Events:
(all events are for 2014 unless noted otherwise)

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  • Mission Commitment form deadline is past due.  Please send finalized forms to the ABC District Office as soon as possible.Thank you to all churches who have now completed this. The Mission Commitment form is on the ABC District website if required.
  • Jan. 19, 2015 – Nomination forms for the 2015 ABC District Convention are due at the District office by Jan. 19, 2015…more

Multiple Staff Seminar


Are you currently serving in a team ministry setting? Team ministry brings many wonderful rewards and challenges. Join together with other ministry teams for “Leading Well from the First Chair or Second Chair,” a seminar to help strengthen and encourage those serving others with others.


“Leading Well from the First Chair or the Second Chair” will be presented and facilitated by a two pastors in team ministry the last 20 years at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Mark Zehnder, Senior Pastor, and Dr. Roger Theimer, Executive Pastor, will share what they have learned about leading well from either the first chair or the second chair. Participants will help select the topics by April 1st by taking a 3 minute survey. Rate potential 20 topics according to your interest. The top 10 topics will be presented. Each topic includes a 20 minute teaching by one or both of the presenters followed by group discussion. Then each team meets for 15 minutes to discuss their takeaways.


Mark your calendars now to join us in Calgary, right before the ABC District Convention. The seminar will begin May 21 at 1:00 pm and conclude May 22 at noon. Costs will be minimal (hotel accommodations and some meals). Registration will begin in the new year. For more information, please contact Deloyce Weist: Additional information on the speakers can be found on the ABC District Website.

NFHave you submitted your Nomination Forms?
Nomination forms for the 2015 ABC District Convention are due at the District office by Jan. 19, 2015. If your congregation hasn’t yet taken advantage of this opportunity to nominate District officers for the 2015 election, please do so before time runs out. The nomination forms were mailed to every congregation in early September. If you can’t find your forms, contact the District office ( and we’ll re-send them to you by email.

Nominations for the position of District President, Vice-presidents and Circuit Counsellors must be sent to the District Secretary, Mrs. Rhonda Buck, 7040 Ada Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 4E3.

All nominations for other positions must be sent to the Chairman of the Nominations Committee, Rev. Neil Stern, at

“Come to Him Who Answers Prayer.”


St. Paul connects praying for government leaders with God’s desire to save all people (1 Timothy 2:1-6).
During the ABC District Week of Prayer (January 18-25, 2015) Jesus’ followers will be praying for leaders both at home and abroad and for people in all nations to come to faith in Jesus as their Saviour. Plan to pray with us! Looking for some prayer resources as you prepare to participate in this Week of Prayer? Then visit: PRAY!

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Have YOu Ever Considered a Church Work Vocation?


Is God calling you, or someone you know, to consider a calling as a full-time church-worker as a Pastor, Lutheran Teacher or a Director of Parish Services (DPS)?  We want to challenge and help you as you work through these questions.


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LogoRecent Blog Updates
12-15-2014 10:52:10 AM

For the past two weeks, an article by Dr. Douglas Rutt, “Martin Luthers’s Platzregen in Action: The Changing Face of Global Christianity” in the Concordia Journal (Summer 2014 pages 225-238) has been featured in “Go!”  Dr. Rutt has described the … Continue reading →…»

12-14-2014 09:58:09 AM

To learn about additional prayer needs for the people of Portugal, please visit: PRAY!…»

12-12-2014 10:27:10 AM

“Defending the Faith” with Dr. Jonathan Strand (Principal, School of Theology, Ethics, and Leadership, Concordia University College of Alberta) will be the next Quest course offered by Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton. There will be four sessions: Jan. 20, 27, … Continue reading →…»

12-11-2014 11:51:27 AM

Lutherans for Life has produced materials for Life Sunday 2015. Here is some information, they have released for Life Sunday: They get labeled “political” and “social” and “moral.” But the reality is that the life issues are “Matters of the … Continue reading →…»

12-10-2014 11:14:07 AM

Verge shared an article by For The City Network in which they discuss how Christian service can have an impact now, and all year long.  The four acts of service they recommend are: 1. Providing a Christmas for foster care children and families … Continue reading →…»


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60th – May 2015 – Hope Lutheran Church in Port Coquitlam

20th – May 2015 – Academic Year of Hope Lutheran School in Port Coquitlam


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Resources of the Week

Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpetsby Franzmann, Martin

Pastors and parishioners alike will enjoy this assemblage of Rev. Martin H. Franzmann’s moving and inspirational sermons. Fifteen sermons delivered at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, have been reprinted for this truly eloquent collection. Read more…

God’s Blessings on your week!
In This Issue
2014 LCC Convention Proceedings
District Convention – Nomination Forms
“Come to Him Who Answers Prayer.”
Canadian Lutheran
“Go!” Updates
Resource of the Week


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