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News from the ABC District Vol. IV – #56

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Vol. IV – Issue #56

December 22, 2014


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AnouncerPrepare For Worship

First Sunday after Christmas
O God, our Maker and Redeemer, You wonderfully created us and in the incarnation of Your Son yet more wondrously restored our human nature. Grant that we may ever be alive in Him who made Himself to be like us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
  • Isaiah 61:10-62:3
  • Galatians 4:4-7
  • Luke 2:22-40
The Time Has Fully Come for Redemption and Purification through Jesus Christ, Our Lord
“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,” born of the woman, “to redeem those who were under the law” (Gal. 4:4-5). Therefore, “according to the Law of Moses,” Mary and Joseph “brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). There He was received and taken up into the arms of Simeon, who was righteous and devout, “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25). Simeon praised God and blessed the parents by confessing the cross for which this child was appointed. “At that very hour,” old and faithful Anna, who had watched, prayed and worshiped in the temple for so long, came up and “began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38). The Lord causes “righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations” (Is. 61:11). We also “greatly rejoice in the Lord,” because this child has clothed us “with the garments of salvation,” covered us “with the robe of righteousness” and called us “by a new name” (Is. 61:10; 62:2).


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



For Rev. Jon Estes who continues to be in hospital following cancer surgery.


Calls and Vacancies

Rev. Scott Lyons has declined the call to Grace Lutheran, Drumheller

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

ABC District Directory


The 2015 Directory will be emailed out in January. Please notify us of any changes or additions to your contact information if you have not done so already, by Monday, January 5, 2015.  Updates can be sent to

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
12-21-2014 15:54:43 PM

The “Go!” administrator is taking a break from posting during the Christmas season.  Blog posts will return in January 2015.  May you imitate the shepherds this Christmas season who said, “Let’s GO! to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which … Continue reading →…»

12-20-2014 12:09:55 PM

Christmas is about many things – family gatherings, gift sharing, sumptuous feasts, (and these aspects of Christmas are truly gifts of God!) – but Christmas is really about so much more. Christmas is “about the cross … its about my … Continue reading →…»

12-19-2014 12:38:34 PM

Jesus is the Saviour of all people. Over the centuries, God’s missionary people have participated in His mission of bringing His life-creating and life-sustaining message to people in every land. Consequently, Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth worldwide. Here is how some Christians will be celebrating Jesus’ … Continue reading →…»

12-18-2014 16:27:26 PM

Are Canadians for or against euthanasia and assisted suicide? Despite the media hype and the systematic, well-funded plan of Canadian pro-euthanasia groups to legalize euthanasia and assisted-suicide in Canada, the majority of Canadians waver significantly on this issue depending on the context. The National … Continue reading →…»

12-17-2014 09:15:03 AM

Why not consider a Gift from the Heart? The items in the Canadian Lutheran World Relief catalogue symbolize the development and relief work Canadian Lutherans support overseas. Honour your loved ones with a gift that changes lives! Please click here to see … Continue reading →…»

12-16-2014 15:39:01 PM

Rev. Dr. Peter Meier, the Executive Director of the Center for US Missions, has an interesting that highlights the myriad of ways that communities of faith can be born and be missional in nature.  He rightly points out that the … 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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God’s Blessings on your week!
In This Issue
2014 LCC Convention Proceedings
ABC District Directory
Multiple Staff Seminar
District Convention – Nomination Forms
“Come to Him Who Answers Prayer.”
Canadian Lutheran
Have You Ever Considered
“Go!” Updates


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