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News from the ABC District Vol. V #4

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Vol. V – Issue #4

January 26, 2015


Attention Treasurers:


When sending in your mission remittances and / or loan payments to the ABC District office we are requesting that you do not include any “agency” remittances with your submission effective immediately.  Agencies include CLWR, Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Concordia University College of Alberta, LAMP, LLL, Lutheran Hour, Malabar Mission Society, Lutheran Hospital Ministries, etc.  Please forward any donations directly to the organization directly.

Addresses for these organizations can be found in the back of the Church and Pastor’s directory under “Other Organizations” or by emailing

As always, we welcome your questions, comments, and feedback!
Please feel free to use any of this information in bulletins, newsletters,
calendars, or announcements. 

AnouncerPrepare For Worship

Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright. Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
  • Deuteronomy 18:15-20
  • 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
  • Mark 1:21-28

Our Lord Jesus Christ, True God in the Flesh, Cleanses Our Consciences from Sin


As He promised, the Lord our God has raised up “a prophet” like Moses, namely Jesus, our brother in the flesh. “To him you shall listen,” because the Word of the Lord is “in his mouth” (Deut. 18:15-18). Indeed, He is more than a prophet and more than a scribe of the Scriptures; He is the incarnate Word, and He speaks “a new teaching with authority” (Mark 1:22, 27). He enters “the synagogue” of His Church and provides true Sabbath rest, using His authority to silence and cast out “even the unclean spirits” (Mark 1:21-27). By His Word of the cross, He removes the accusations of the Law and of the devil, and He cleanses our consciences before God the Father, “from whom are all things and for whom we exist.” Hence, we are now set free from bondage and commended to God by the one Lord, Jesus Christ, “through whom are all things and through whom we exist” (1 Cor. 8:6). Therefore, use your freedom to care for your brothers and sisters, neither causing them to stumble nor wounding their consciences (1 Cor. 8:9-12), but cleansing and strengthening them with the Gospel.


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



For Carol MacKay, wife of Pastor Larry MacKay, who continues to recover in hospital after a fall at home.
For the family of Janet Kraemer, widow of the sainted Dr. Richard Kraemer (2010) and mother of Rev. Jonathan Kraemer (professor at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton) who was called to her heavenly home January 18.

Pray without Ceasing! 

The ABC District Week of Prayer (January 18-25) has concluded but God’s people will continue to pray as St. Paul exhorts, “Pray without ceasing!”  Yes, we will continue to converse with our Father sharing our most intimate thoughts and desires for ourselves, our brothers and sisters in the faith, and for those who have yet to believe in Christ Jesus as their Saviour. As you “pray without ceasing” you are encouraged to continue to use theprayer resources at: PRAY! 

Calls and Vacancies

Please note that any congregations which is seeking to call a pastoral, teacher or DPS candidate or is seeking to apply for a vicar must have their applications in to the District Office no later than March 15, 2015.

For the most up to date information please visit

Upcoming News & Events:
(all events are for 2015 unless noted otherwise)

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Convention Update 

In light of the current CEF situation and in order to provide congregations more opportunity to respond via the Convention, the Board of Directors has extended the following deadlines …more

  • Feb. 23 – Nomination forms for the 2015 ABC District Convention are due at the District office by Jan. 19, 2015 …more

extConvention Deadlines Extended

In light of the current CEF situation and in order to provide congregations more opportunity to respond via the Convention, the Board of Directors has extended the following deadlines:

All Nomination Forms Returned Feb. 23, 2015
Submission of Pastoral, Lay & Alternate Delegates Forms Feb. 23, 2015
Appointment of Convention Committees Feb. 27, 2015
Submission of Reports & Overtures March 13, 2015
Meeting of Nominating Committee March 7, 2015
Meeting of Floor Committees March 21, 2015
No changes to these dates:
Congregational Assessments Due March 31, 2015
Workbook Completed and e-mailed April 7, 2015
Online Hotel & Meal Registration Closes (4:30 pm.) March 31, 2015

District Youth Gathering Update: 

Wondering who’s behind planning and presenting the 2015 ABC District Youth Gathering?


Check out the bios page of the website for more information!

NFHave you submitted your Nomination Forms?
*note extended deadline

Nomination forms for the 2015 ABC District Convention are due at the District office by *Feb. 23, 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

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Anniversaries in 2015

For event details see our online listings.


60th – May – Hope Lutheran Church in Port Coquitlam, BC

50th – May – Trinity Lutheran Church, Quesnel, BC

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


Have an upcoming anniversary? Let us know

Resource of the week
Blessings and Prayers for Men
by Doeffler, Alfred

For men who are constantly on the move, it’s comforting to carry along a compact, pocket-size devotional resource that helps them meditate on God’s Word and His forgiveness and grace through Christ Jesus. Blessings and Prayers offers a suggested order for devotions based on the Daily Office.

Blessings and Prayers for Men contains:

  • Daily prayers
  • Psalms
  • Hymns and canticles
  • Scripture readings
  • A brief summary of the Christian faith

…more information

God’s Blessings on your week!
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