Lutheran Care Ministry

LUTHERAN CARE MINISTRY

Lutheran Care Ministry is a partnership of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories, Rev. Peter Chau (retired, Calgary), several congregations and the leadership of the Southwestern Area, and Campus Ministry – UofC.  It is newly formed in response to an ever-increasing number of international immigrant families, many fleeing uncertain situations, and with little preparation or support.  This includes a large influx of students attending universities and other post-secondary institutions in Calgary. The mandate is to exemplify our care, compassion, and love for those we encounter in our daily activities and in our community.

In addition to orientation and welcome programs, academic and personal counseling offered by the institutions, this ministry will provide:

  • Workshops on Canadian culture and values, study skills and strategies, housing, accessing  health care, taxes and tax benefits and stress management.
  • Discussion sessions led by precedent students (mostly from Hong Kong) to share their  experiences and success stories.
  • Social networking sessions for faith communities and social services agencies in Calgary.

You can visit the website at  elciccareministry.com; this ministry is welcoming volunteers and donations as it begins ministry with and among those arriving from Hong Kong.

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Thank you for your support of our initiative to start Lutheran Care Ministry in August, 2022. The Lutheran Care Ministry held a Thanksgiving Celebration on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Hope Lutheran Church.  We had a gathering of over 50 people including students from Hong Kong, married students with their family members, and the members of our Fellowship Group.

We were very thankful to have Rev. Kevin Powell, First Lutheran Church, sharing the history of  Thanksgiving  in Canada and Miss Barbara Resch, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, talking about  special dishes prepared by the Canadian families celebrating Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 

 

October 13, 2022–At Hope Lutheran, Calgary, Bishop Larry met for a time of fellowship with some of the members of the Fellowship Group of Lutheran Care Ministries.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events
Saturday November 12,2022   Remembrance Day  is a special memorial  day in Canada. We have invited Rev. Kristian Wold, Hope Lutheran Church, to share with us.   We will also have poppies for the students and make a donation to the veterans.  This will also be our first gathering with the Hope Lutheran congregation.

Sunday December 18, 2022    The Celebration of  Chinese Winter Solstice Festival and Christmas
There is an old saying that Dongzhi (‘the Winter Solstice’) is more important than Chinese Lunar New Year. It has an important place in the traditional festivals of China. It is usually celebrated on December 20th or 21st, when the night is longest, and the day is shortest in the northern hemisphere.   Chinese people celebrate Dongzhi Festival in many ways. The most popular ones are thinking of heaven and our ancestors, making rice wine, and eating dumplings and ginger rice.

Again, thank you, and please continue to remember us in your prayers.

Rev. Peter Chau