October 2017 Newsletter


Service Circle for October is Naomi.

Worship begins at 11:00am

Check out our Erickson Lutheran Church Facebook page

Every week you can be part of helping feed many hungry people in body and spirit by bringing non- perishable food for the Southquill and Area Food Bank. There are boxes and baskets by the pew in the Narthex.

ELW News

Service Circle is Rebecca

Circle Meetings:
Thursday 12 October: 1:30am Rebecca @ Viola’s
7:30pm Naomi @ Barb’s

Remember to bring items for the Thanksgiving display, to church by 10 am Saturday 7th October.

As the subscription rates to the Gather Magazine have more than doubled it was decided at the General Meeting to not order the magazine in bulk for 2018. If an individual wants to order please speak with Deacon Hilde.

Dolores will lead a joint circle Bible study on Prayer for January, February and March, 2018.

Remember the Luncheon and Bake Sale on Saturday November 25th with Rebecca Circle in the Kitchen.

Happy Thanksgiving

Submitted by Dolores Hall

Pastor's Perspective

Canada has had the 150th birthday of our Confederation. Canada is a unique country. We have people from many different cultures all over the planet living here. Unlike some areas of the world we still have people who are indigenous living in our midst. They bring us close to the Creation in many different ways that the European culture does not. We have inherited political and economic structures that are still changing and developing and hopefully in ways that can serve us all.

When Israel came into the promised land they were told that if they were to prosper they had to act like God’s people; respecting one another and dealing justly and compassionately even with the strangers in their midst. Otherwise, the land itself would become polluted and unable to sustain life. I think we too have to pay attention to the way we deal with one another because what we do with and to one another has a very real physical impact on our physical surroundings, and therefore on the generations that follow us.

This year marks another significant anniversary as well. When Martin Luther circulated his 95 theses, and nailed them on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517 it marked a significant change in the Christian church. There had been other reformers before him in England, Czeckoslovakia, and Italy, and there would be more following him in other countries as well, but the confluence of the printing press, German nationalism, and the renaissance combined to change many things in the church, and inspire people to question authority and seek the roots of their faith. People came to new understandings of their relationship with God, each other, and the structures of the church and the states in which they lived.

At this time the church in our society and all over the world is involved in significant changes as well. The changes in Global communications that have brought the message of Jesus to all parts of the world have also brought all cultures to our doorstep. Authorities are once again being challenged. We are learning to be open to other ways of thought and information exchange that seem to change and grow with each generation. Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus in this unsettled environment brings us back to the basics. No matter what anyone says, study God’s Word, Jesus, and filled with the Holy Spirit, love one another, forgive one another, “In everything do to others what you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matt7:12)

Submitted by Pastor Jim

In Reach/Out Reach Committee

If you know of someone who would like a visit please contact Viola Burkett, Dolores Hall, Mary Nichols, or Heather Howdle.

Lay Academy Fall Session - Nov.18th & 25th

Expectation. Preparation. Anticipation. Hope. Longing. And then, Good News! We have all gone through the process of waiting for something yearned for. It is no different now than it was in days past. Today, as is then, there is the hunger for good news. And finally it arrives - Christ is Coming! Advent – the season where we prepare not just for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, but also for Christ’s second coming, as we remember how our Lord comes to us in our daily lives.


Join Bishop Sid Haugen of the SK Synod, Bishop Larry Kochendorfer of the AB & Territories Synod, Bishop Elaine Sauer of the MNO Synod, and Bishop Greg Mohr of the BC Synod, as they discuss the Advent texts and help us to ‘get ready and remember’. Our four Bishops of the Western Synod will be conversing together with us and one another on the Readings of Advent. Mark your calendars for November 18th and 25th and save the dates! It will be a time of illuminating insights, learnings, dialogue and more. Bring your Bible and rediscover “The Arrival” again. The sessions will run from: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm SK/MB Time.

Registration fees are $27 per session or $52 for the 2 dates. Further information on Registration and Sites of attendance can be found on the Lay Academy website. Erickson Lutheran Church will be a host site.

Reformation 500 Social

Social on Saturday October 14th 2017 (hosted by St. Luke's Zion, Abundant Life, Sherwood Park and Prince of Peace) Transcona Country Club, 2070 Dugald Road Come celebrate Luther's 500th anniversary of the Reformation! Win some great prizes, dance the polka, raise a pint to Luther, and get together with some really awesome LUTHERANS. The Oompah Band, Live Band starting at 8:30 pm, DJ Evan Irwin (Wavelength sound and Light)

Proceeds will go to Reformation 500 challenge - LWF endowment fund. Sponsored by Faithlife Financial Tickets Contact: Megan Schwartz: megs_schwartz@hotmail.com /(204) 995-0313 or Lisa van Dijk: splc- youth@live.ca / (204) 293-6357 Anyone wishing to donate a prize for the Silent Auction Contact Kim Gerbinski Cell 204-799-5324 kim.gerbinsk@gmail.com

Sing to the Lord a New Song!

New songs/old songs. In October we celebrate the 500 anniversary of the Reformation. To celebrate we will sing hymns that were written by Martin Luther on each Sunday in October.

Some many not relish the idea of singing songs THAT old, but the messages continually confirm, “we are saved by faith”.

October 1 the hymn for that day “From Heaven Above”
October 8 we will sing last Sunday's hymn and another Luther song “Lord, Keep us Steadfast in Your Word”
October 15 we will sing the last two songs plus “God’s Word”
October 22 now we are singing three of Luther's songs plus “Come, Holy Ghost”
October 29 added is the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress”

A new/old anthem the choir will be rehearsing is Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) a 2013 arrangement by Joel Raney. For Thanksgiving the choir will sing Ten Lepers.

“Never Ending Joy” is a catchy little song that can be enhanced with instruments.

And so singing continues as we rehearse on Tuesday at 6:30. If you love to sing, come and join us.

In Christian service, WORSHIP comes before work.

Submitted by Viola Burkett

Council Report

Council met Thursday, September 21. We rejoiced to have Cliff Nichols back at the table with us.


• THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS THAT HELPED WITH VBS. Very successful outreach to approximately 40 children.


• A tree planting to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Reformation will take place on Sunday, October 15. More details to follow.

• We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ELC Congregation Thanksgiving Sunday 2018. Anyone interested in helping plan for this special event please speak to any council member.

• Services to Seniors sponsored exercise classes will continue to be held in our basement.

We wish Pastor Jim & Deacon Hilde a safe journey as they travel to Sweden to welcome a new grandchild.

Submitted by Benita Nylen

ELCIC Annual Reports Now Available

The 2016 Annual Report for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is now available. Read stories about our work as a church and how we respond together to the call to be a church In Mission for Others. Several copies of the Report are in the narthex.

Study Guide for Conversations on Medical Assistance in Dying

The ELCIC has prepared a new resource for conversations on the needs of people in times of death and dying. National Church Council commends it to congregations and members. The Task Force looks forward to hearing feedback from your conversations. Feedback deadline is February 1, 2018. To access this study guide, please click on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Decisions-at-the-end-of-life/

Please let Deacon Hilde know if you would like to do this study together with others.

Mining Justice: Open for Justice

Make Canada 'Open for Justice' by enacting an extractive-sector Ombudsperson and facilitating access to Canadian courts for those harmed by the international operations of Canadian resource extraction companies. KAIROS invites you to write a letter to your MP in support of mining justice.

In 2013 Joint Declaration, the ELCIC committed to supporting Responsible Resource Extraction.


With 20 million women, children and men struggling to find food and safe drinking water in parts of Africa and Yemen, Canadians donated more than $8 million to the Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies during the “Stop Famine Together” joint campaign.

Thanks to the Government of Canada’s Famine Relief Fund, which matched eligible donations, even more relief aid is available to those in need.

The seven member agencies of the Humanitarian Coalition are providing immediate life-saving aid. Some examples of their assistance on the ground include:
• Food, clean water and health intervention for internally displaced people in South Sudan
• Medical assistance for people, especially children and pregnant women, on the brink of starvation in Somalia
• Clean water and hygiene assistance to prevent the spread of cholera in Yemen
• Shelter for refugees in Uganda
• Clean water, sanitation and hygiene assistance to communities in Ethiopia
• Safe places for children and women displaced by drought in Kenya

This help would not have been possible without Canadians across the country responding compassionately and creatively. In addition, the Prime Minister, MPs and mayors took to social media to promote the campaign and encourage Canadians to donate.

Canadian Lutheran World Relief, a member of the Humanitarian Coalition, also welcomes the Government of Canada’s funding announcement of $1.2 million to support South Sudanese refugees and members of host communities in Uganda. Implemented by Lutheran World Federation Uganda, the project will reduce the vulnerability of 15,310 people through addressing water and sanitation needs, the protection of women and children and the requirements of people with specific needs.