Posted by: lolpres | January 7, 2016

ABC Connect – January 5, 2016

ABC Connect
Keeping the District Connected
Please feel free to use any of this information in bulletins, newsletters, calendars, or announcements.
From the District President

January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany.  Epiphany is known as the “Thirteenth Day of Christmas” and as the “Christmas Celebration of the Gentiles.” The festive occasion centers on the Magi from the East worshipping Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah.  As we were reminded throughout the twelve days of Christmas, Jesus is no ordinary child.  He is not only the promised Messiah but God in the flesh (John 1:14).

Now, throughout the season of Epiphany, we see that God’s Son entered into this world for a purpose … to dispel the darkness of sin (Is. 60:1–2) and to “bring justice to the nations.” (Isaiah 42:1)  Time and again, in the appointed Gospel readings for the season of Epiphany, Jesus is manifested as the One who has authority over all things. He has authority over all creation as he turns water into wine” (John 2).  He has authority to release people from captivity to sin and to make the spiritually impoverished, rich (Luke 4:21-22).  He has authority to drive out demons and heal the sick and dying (Luke 4:40-41).

The beginning of a new year usually begins with optimism and this is especially true for followers of Jesus, the Messiah.  We begin the new year not knowing what it will bring, but assured and confident that the Child manifested as God-in-the-flesh, the Child King worshipped by the Magi, the Liberator from sin, death, and hell promises us, “I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10b).

Rev. Dr. Glenn E. Schaeffer
District President, ABC District
1 Timothy 6:12

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for Pastor Mark Schultz (Zion, Rimbey AB), his wife Tamara, and their family as they mourn the death of Pastor Mark’s mother.
  • Please pray for Shireen Redenbach and the family of Rev. Sieg Redenbach as they mourn his death.
  • Please pray for the DIL depositors as they review and make their decision about the proposed DIL Plan of Arrangement.

DIL Update

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions of District Investment Limited (DIL) Depositors

The staff at the District office and at Deloitte have fielded many of same questions from DIL Depositors.  Deloitte has prepared a Q/A answer sheet for some of these more common questions. You can access DIL “Frequently Asked Questions” by clicking on




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Charitable Estate Gifts

God’s people show their concern for the on-going mission and ministry of the church, through the establishment of planned gifts within their estate.  These gifts may be designated for their congregation, missions within the District or Synod, Seminaries, or one of the many Listed Service Organizations or Auxiliaries of  Lut

heran Church – Canada.  Estate gifts are popular for many donors for two primary reasons:- as the gift is often a small portion of their entire life’s accumulation of assets, it still makes a substantial gift with very little impact to other beneficiaries, and; there’s NO financial impact during their lifetime.  Gift options might include a tithe of their estate residual, a specific investment account, an insurance policy, or simply an outright gift of cash.  Of lesser importance to the donor is the charitable tax receipt received by the estate.  In BC, 43.7% of the gift is “returned” to the estate as a non-refundable tax credit, whereas in Alberta, the tax credit is a full one-half of the gift, or 50%.   For widowed individuals who have large amounts remaining in non-taxed registered investments, upon death the entire amount becomes taxable on their final tax return, often placing their estate in the highest marginal tax bracket.  A charitable gift within your estate is a great way to reduce the tax paid by the estate to Canada Revenue, instead directing these funds in support of a ministry for which you have a passion.  If you would like to find out more about estate gifts, speak to Allen Schellenberg at Lutheran Foundation Canada, 1-877-711-4438 or visit the Foundation’s website at


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Iran:  I Forgive You

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Thinking Christianity is Dying? No, Christianity is Shifting Dramatically

The Washington Post published an article by Wes Granberg-Michaelson on May 20, 2015. The author observes that Christianity is actually growing … in other regions of the world! he writes, While Christianity may be on the decline in the United States, …Continue reading →



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