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November 2018 Message

November 2018 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – We have just concluded the season of Area Gatherings: Northern (Sept. 28-29 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Stony Plain in collaboration with St. John Lutheran of Golden Spike, Spruce Grove and St. Matthew, Spruce Grove), Southwestern (Oct. 13 […]

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March 2018 Message

March 2018 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Beloved of God – Many have noted that I sign correspondence with the word, Shalom.  This has been my practice since my first call serving with and among the people of God at Bethany Lutheran, Dickson. Recently I ran across an explanation of Shalom […]

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February 2018 Message

February 2018 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders   Dear Beloved of God – In the fall of 2017 I was privileged to participate, among other events, in three Common Prayer Services with the Roman Catholics, and with Anglican presence and participation, in Calgary, Edmonton and Whitehorse. The Common Prayer Services were meaningful […]

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January 2018 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders

Dear Beloved of God – In the fall of 2017 I was privileged to participate, among other events, in three Common Prayer Services with the Roman Catholics, and with Anglican presence and participation, in Calgary, Edmonton and Whitehorse. Following the Common Prayer liturgy prepared for the Lutheran-Roman Catholic service in Lund, Sweden in 2016 when […]

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December 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders

Dear Beloved of God – As we enter the season of Advent I have been thinking of Joseph and Mary journeying to Bethlehem. The gospel writer tells us that as the hour of birth drew near they tried to secure lodging and they found no room in the inn (Luke 2:7). Founded in this verse […]

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November 2017 Message

November 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders   Dear Beloved of God – The season of Area Gatherings (formerly Conference Conventions) is upon us. As I write the Northern Area Gathering and the East/West Central Area Gathering have taken place and I am anticipating the South/SW Area Gathering on Saturday (October 21). […]

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October Message

October 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders   Dear Beloved of God – Soon we will be gathering across our Synod, the ELCIC, and indeed, around the world to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Already much has taken place, for example: the Common Prayer service in Lund, Sweden in October […]

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September 2017 Message

September 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ – With you I have been greatly disturbed by the recent events in Charlottesville.   Plainly and without question, both the hatred and prejudice expressed in Charlottesville and the attack on counter-protesters are murderous acts.  There is no way in […]

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June 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ – The month of June holds two of my favorite synodical gatherings. They aren’t the Ponder Anew planned giving events happening throughout the Synod – although I am looking forward to these gatherings.  The Bishop’s Self-Care and Renewal Team will be meeting and, though very important for me personally, […]

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May 2017 Message

May 2017 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders   Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ – I invite your prayers for the 12th Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation taking place May 10-16, 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia.  The ELCIC will be represented by four delegates: National Bishop Susan Johnson, Rev. Katherine Altenburg, Dan […]

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