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ABC Connect – Keeping the District Connected

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ABC Connect
Keeping the District Connected

Week of August 22, 2016

Please feel free to use any of this information in bulletins, newsletters, calendars, or announcements.
From the District President
The late Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship and BreakPoint, tells of an experience he had at Buckingham Palace. He writes,

“When I was at Buckingham Palace last year [in 1997], Prince Philip asked me, “What can we do about the crime here in England?”  I replied, “Send more children to Sunday School.”

He thought I was joking.  But I pointed to a study by sociologist Christie Davies, which found that in the first half of the 1800s, British society was marked by high levels of crime and violence, which dropped dramatically in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  What changed an entire nation’s national character?

Through that period, attendance at Sunday School rose steadily until, by 1888, a full 75 percent of children in England were enrolled.  Since then, attendance has fallen off to one-third its peak, with a corresponding increase in crime and disorder.  If we fill the Sunday Schools, we can change hearts and restore society.” (Leadership, Spring 1998, Vol. XIX, No. 2, p. 73)

I realize Sunday school attendance isn’t want it used to be.  An increasing number of congregations don’t have enough children to warrant a Sunday school; while other congregations have to organize classes according to multiple age levels; while other congregations are delivering “Sunday School” directly into the homes of their members.  But, Sunday schools, confirmation instruction, and other congregation education programs continue to have a significant impact on the spiritual well-being of those who participate in them. Hence, one of the reasons why many congregations are recruiting and training Sunday school teachers, ordering materials, and encouraging parents to bring their children to Sunday school or some other congregation-based educational program.

My purpose in highlighting Sunday school is not to dwell on the challenges of Sunday school, but to thank the Sunday school organizers and teachers for the important work they do as they teach God’s children the wondrous truths in His Word.  To all people who are engaged and committed to Christian education programs in your congregation, I say,“Thank you for your faithfulness in preparing the lesson plans from week to week (and often year to year!). Thank you for your commitment to loving the children and making known to them the way of salvation.  I pray that as you prepare the lessons and recount the stories of God’s merciful interventions on behalf of His people, that the Spirit of the Lord will cause your love to abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ (Philippians 1:9-10), and I pray that your heart is filled with joy knowing that the Spirit of the Lord is using you to help the children and their families build their houses on solid rock.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

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

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

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Church Anniversaries
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Peace Lutheran Church, Spruce Grove, AB – October 2, 2016

Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Spruce Grove invites you to rejoice with them as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary, Oct. 2, 2016.

Celebration Worship Service at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 303 Church Road 2:30pm and Dinner and program at the Elks Social Hall 400 Diamond Ave. at 6:00pm.  For dinner tickets please call Kaeli at 780-960-8312.

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Surrey, BC – October 16, 2016

The congregation of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Surrey, B. C. (7086 – 124th Street, Surrey, B.C.  V3W 3W8) invites all former members and friends to an afternoon of Praise, Worship and Fellowship in celebration of 60 years of service to our Lord.  Celebration Service at 3:00 p.m., October 16, 2016, to be followed by a light supper.  LCC President Rev. Robert Bugbee, guest preacher.

Please contact the Anniversary Committee for any additional information / correspondence:
Telephone:  604-594-4033, Fax:  604-594-40710

Recent GO! Blog

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Are you interested in serving your Lord by being a participant on a international volunteer trip? Lutheran Hour Ministries is organizing servant mission opportunities in Argentina, Cambodia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jamaica, Latvia, Malawi, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay, and … Continue reading →

The Process of Bible Translation Explained by a Lutheran Bible Translator

Lutheran Bible Translators // Presentation from AFLC Schools on Vimeo. You are encouraged to learn more about the work of Bible translation by visiting: Lutheran Bible Translators and Lutheran Bible Translators: Canada.

Inspirational Children’s DVD’s Available through The Voice of the Martyrs: Canada

VOMC is providing an opportunity for you to purchase two or more of August’s featured animated DVDs for only $10.00 each (regularly priced at $15.00 each). You will be encouraged by the inspiring testimonies of these honoured ‘women of faith’ … Continue reading →

Embryo Adoption — Kim Laube

National Lutherans For Life had an educational retreat for the Board of Directors, State Federation Presidents, Regional Directors, and staff at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa, on Friday, June 24, 2016. During the day, there were sessions on embryo adoption, …Continue reading →

Affirming Mission — Rev. Klaus Detlev Schulz

Rev. Klaus Detlev Schulz writes, Mission is thus the activity by which God puts His salvific intentions into practice.  That is, God intentionally uses His Word and Sacraments as signs and testimonies of His will toward man, ‘intended to awaken … Continue reading →

Resource of the Week
Human Sexuality: Three Keys Issues   – The Lutheran Church of Australia has published a study paper on human sexuality. In the Preface to the “Background Paper ”, it is stated, “Marked changes in community attitudes and civil legislation make it essential that the Church clarify its teaching on human sexuality and provide sound pastoral guidance for its members. First and foremost, this paper spells out a Lutheran theology of sexuality and marriage. Then it thinks through the implications of our theology for divorce, remarriage after divorce, cohabitation, de facto relationships and equal (same sex) marriage. Next, the paper focuses on the issues associated with being single, highlighting the avenues of service being single opens up for those who embrace their being single as a unique calling and those who go further and regard their being single as a special gift of God.”

In addition to the “Background Paper”, the Lutheran Church of Australia has published a summary paper and five Bible studies that support these papers. In order to download these resources, click on: LCA (Doctrinal Statements)

and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find links to PDF copies of these resources.

Prepare for the Sunday Divine Service


(28 August 2016)
Proverbs 25:2–10
Hebrews 13:1–17
Luke 14:1–14

We Are Humbled and Exalted by the Cross of Christ

“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,” Jesus proclaims, but “he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). For your hope is in the name of the Lord, who humbled Himself unto death on the cross and was exalted in His resurrection. So, are you humbled by His cross, and “at the resurrection of the just,” He will say to you,“Friend, move up higher” (Luke 14:10; 13–14)? By His grace, the King will honor you “in the presence of a noble,” where your eyes will gaze upon the Prince, His dearly beloved Son (Prov. 25:7). As He has dealt so graciously with you, “do not neglect to do good and to share what you have” (Heb. 13:16) and “do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers” (Heb. 13:2). Humble yourself and exalt your neighbor.

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