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ABC Connect – Keeping the District Connected

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ABC Connect
Keeping the District Connected

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Please feel free to use any of this information in bulletins, newsletters, calendars, or announcements.
From the District President
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.  Again, Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’” (NIV, 1984)

Peace be with you!  What wonderful words Jesus spoke to His followers. They were words they needed to hear.  Maybe you need to hear these words today.

Maybe you are grieving the death of loved ones. Jesus says, “Peace be with you!” Our triumphant Saviour promises, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)

Maybe you are overcome with shame or guilt because you struggle with an addiction or you continue to find yourself breaking God’s law. Jesus says, “Peace be with you!”  John reminds us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgives us our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Maybe you are experiencing anxiety or depression. Jesus says, “Peace be with you.”  The prophet Isaiah assures us, “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.” (Is. 42:3)

Maybe you are concerned about the downturn in the oil industry … maybe you are one of those people who have been laid off or concerned about making payments on your house or car. Jesus says, “Peace be with you.” Through his prophet, Jeremiah, the Lord promises, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Maybe you are being bullied. Jesus says, “Peace be with you.” … “I call you my friend, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)

Maybe you are concerned about a health issue. Jesus says, “Peace be with you!”  …“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matt. 6:26-27)

“Peace be with you.”  Let these words of our resurrected Lord permeate deeply into your heart … your mind … your soul.  “Let not your heart be troubled, be not afraid, for your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ … lives!”  Alleluia!

Jesus’ peace … it’s what all the people in this world need so desperately! Has there ever been a time in human history when there has been more blood shed in wars and conflicts? Has there ever been a time when more people are coping with life by turning to prescription drugs?  Has there ever been a time when more people, especially in North America, have thought they can buy their way into “peace”? Has there ever been a time when more people have searched for peace in a spirituality that has nothing to do with the Prince of Peace?

Our living Lord’s desire is that all the people of this world would have His peace. Hence the reason, He says to his disciples, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’

God’s grace and peace is yours through Jesus Christ!

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

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for Pastor Mel Knoll and Charlette. Pastor Knoll’s chemo treatments have been very difficult leaving him with a very high fever and extreme weakness. Charlette’s health is also suffering from the stress. Pray that the Lord give them strength, patience and His peace that passes all understanding.
  • Pray a prayer of thanksgiving as the Lord has blessed Pastor Vince and Melissa Moore with a second child, Elijah.
News and Announcements
Interim Pastoral Leader’s June Schedule 
Rev. Nolan Astley, Interim Pastoral Leader will be in the ABC District until June 16.
CEF / DIL Update
Visit Deloitte Restructuring

to read the Monitors Twentieth Report,

including the minutes from the District Meeting held on June 10, 2016 and the results of the vote.

Fort McMurray Update
Some of the members of Trinity Lutheran Church have returned to Fort McMurray.  In a few instances, significant damage has been done to their homes while other member’s homes experienced smoke damage.  The church building and parsonage suffered smoke damage but otherwise was unscathed by the fire.

President Schaeffer led a service at Trinity on Sunday, June 12th and met with two of the families.  Rev. Garry Dombrosky and his wife, Janet, are heading to Fort McMurray so that Pastor Dombrosky can lead the Sunday services (June 19 and June 26), provide pastoral care to members and non-members, and scout out opportunities for laity and pastors to serve the people of Fort McMurray.

A number of congregations have granted permission for their pastors to serve in Fort McMurray on a rotational basis so Pastor Vince Moore, the circuit counselor of the Elk Island Circuit, is scheduling pastors to serve throughout the summer months and into the Fall.

A number of congregations and church groups have expressed interest in sending work teams to Fort McMurray. We are still trying to determine how best these teams might serve the people of Fort McMurray and will be sharing opportunities for service in future ABC Connects.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) type teams are a possibility, but dates for the VBS events need to be set soon so that proper publicity in the community can be done. The VBS team can stay on the church premises. If you are interested in sending a VBS team to Fort McMurray later this Summer or Fall, please contact Janice Ruf at the District office(1-780-474-0063 or email jruf@lccabc.ca) and she will get you in touch with a local contact person.

Financial donations can still be made to: Canadian Lutheran World Relief, specifically for the

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