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News from the ABC District Vol. V #8

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Vol. V – Issue #8

Feb 23, 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.  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. 


For Carole MacKay, wife of Rev. Larry MacKay, who continues to be hospitalized from complications from a fall.

For LCC’s Council of Presidents and Board of Directors as they meet this coming week.

Calls and Vacancies

 No new calls to report

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)

(Shortcut – External Link)

  • Feb. 27 – Appointment of Convention Committees …more
  • April 16-18 – Ambassadors of Reconciliation Conference : Cultivating Lifestyles of Reconciliation, St. Louis, MO…read more

ABC District Chaplain’s Conference

The 3rd ABC District Chaplain’s Conference is for pastors and other church workers who are involved in any kind of chaplaincy work whether full-time or part-time, paid or volunteer.  A number of our church workers serve as chaplains in various capacities: police, hospital, army, prison, senior’s home, sports, and so on. All chaplains will benefit from their participation in this conference.

For more information or to register see here.

Praying A-Z!

During the ABC District’s Week of Prayer (Jan. 18-25, 2015), the members of Concordia Lutheran Church (Edmonton) wrote 26 prayers … a prayer for each letter of the alphabet.  The majority of the prayers focused on various aspects of the ministry and mission (e.g. “Z” is Zest for the Mission; “P” is for Prayers for Peace for God’s People;” “Q” is Quiet Time for Reflection on God’s Word”) of the ABC District, but some of the prayers were written for ABC District office staff.  Each District staff worker received their own personal prayer (usually with a Bible passage written out as well) composed by a member at Concordia. The 26 prayers were shared with the District office staff and they were read during staff devotions.   What a wonderful, uplifting gift!  “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:18)

Has the CEF Situation Affected the Gathering?

DYG Update

The youth gathering committee has been asked if we still intend to have a District Youth Gathering in light of the CEF crisis…and the answer is YES! We believe that district youth ministry should persevere, and while our DYG finances may be affected, we’re still making plans to provide a valuable time of worship, fellowship, and learning, even if we’re unable to draw on our CEF account.

However, in order to provide a financially sustainable youth gathering, we must have 120 people registered by May 7, 2015, or we may not be able to provide a gathering with a balanced budget. If you/your youth group find value in youth gatherings and want to be in Langley in July, please register!

We’ve also been asked what youth groups should do if their fundraising efforts have been affected by the CEF troubles, either because their fundraising account is held by CEF, or because congregation members who would usually support youth fundraising aren’t able to access their CEF funds. We strongly believe that God will provide and we suggest looking outside of the church community in your fundraising efforts. If you need ideas and support, please don’t hesitate to contact the gathering committee to discuss the situation.

See you in July!

Ambassadors of Reconciliation hold Conference 

Reconciliation; who needs it?  All of us!  So much so that God sent His only Son into this world for the sole purpose of reconciling us to himself! (2 Cor. 5:18) The Cultivating Lifestyles of Reconciliation Conference in St. Louis, MO, will explore how this most profound of all truths impacts each of our lives today. You will have a choice from among 25 workshops with dynamic speakers from around the globe.

Visit their website for further details, bulletins, registration, etc.

The Lutheran Historical Institute (LHI) is Looking for Volunteers 

The Lutheran Historical Institute (LHI) is asking for volunteers to come forward and offer their services in the archive.  While LHI encourages people from the greater Edmonton area, those outside of this area can also offer their talents.  Please go to, read the introductory page, fill out the application form and send it in.

Someone from the LHI administration will contact you shortly.

Structuring your congregation according to the “Parish Church Model” or as “Missional Communities”

This might be a future direction that is worth exploring by your congregation. Are you unfamiliar with the “parish church model” and “missional communities?” Are you wondering how to replant your church in a rented facility like a school, a movie theatre or community hall?  If you want to explore these options for your congregation, please contact me (Dr. Glenn Schaeffer) at or 780-474-0063. Let’s talk!

Introverts Make Great Witnesses for Jesus! 

Introverts and evangelism seem to be an oxymoron and yet research reveals that introverts are gifted witnesses. Are you an introvert who desires to share the Gospel in your social context?  If so, Dr. Glenn Schaeffer offers a 1 1/2- 2 hour workshop that will equip you as Christ’s witnesses. If this witness workshop does not interest you, but you are desiring to equip God’s people to be Jesus’ witnesses in some other way, contact Dr. Glenn Schaeffer ( or 780-474-0063) and a workshop can be tailored to your congregational needs.

extConvention Deadlines

DEADLINES (updated):
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

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.

Check out

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How God really speaks today – 02-23-2015 16:39:28 PM
New church workers for Nicaragua – 02-20-2015 13:43:20 PM
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LogoRecent Blog Updates
02-20-2015 16:17:52 PM

Verge Network has published the story of Daoud Nassar. Daoud is an Arab Palestinian Christian who lives on a small farm outside of Bethlehem.  Each summer he hosts a creative arts camp for refugee children and teaches them to strive for … Continue reading →…»

Conversation or Confrontation? A Free Witness Webinar with Pastor Billy Newell

02-18-2015 16:06:40 PM

Passion for truth can sometimes come across as passion for being right. People are more likely to leave the church or never come at all if they are experiencing confrontation instead of conversation with Christians. As people pour out their hearts … Continue reading →…»

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

110th – September – St. Matthew Lutheran Christian Academy in Stony Plain, AB

Have an upcoming anniversary? Let us know

Resource of the week

Moments with God: Refreshing Daily Meditations
by Grube, Edward

People sometimes are distracted by what they encounter throughout the workweek.

This collection of devotions is especially for the adult Christian who is looking for a few minutes respite from the challenges for his/her day. There are 365 devotions that help the reader cope with the busy-ness of everyday life through the serenity of Christian life…
…more information

AnouncerPrepare For Worship – (Mar. 1)

  • Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
  • Romans 5:1-11
  • Mark 8:27-38

By the Cross of Our Lord Jesus, We Inherit Life Everlasting with God

In His covenant with Abraham, the Lord promised to be with him, to bless him and to make him “the father of a multitude of nations.” It is “an everlasting covenant” in Christ Jesus, the seed of Abraham who is blameless before God Almighty. All who believe in this Lord Jesus are the offspring of Abraham and are blessed “throughout their generations” (Gen. 17:1-7), because the Christ has suffered many things. He was rejected and killed, and after three days He rose again (Mark 8:31). To comprehend this theology of the cross, we must set our minds “on the things of God,” and not “on the things of man” (Mark 8:33). “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Therefore, having been “reconciled to God by the death of his Son,” much more “shall we be saved by his life” (Rom. 5:10). Baptized into His cross and resurrection, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and by faith we rejoice in the hope of His glory (Rom. 5:1-2).

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

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Chaplains Conference
Praying A-Z!
DYG Update
AOR upcoming Conference
Volunteers for LHI needed
Structuring your congregation…
Introverts Make Great…
Convention Deadlines Extended
Have You Ever Considered
Canadian Lutheran
“Go!” Updates
Resource of the Week
Prepare for Worship


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