April 2018 Newsletter


Service Circle for April is Rebecca.

Worship begins at 11:00am

Pastor- Jim Vickers 848-0237
Deacon- Hilde Vickers 636-2144
Administrative Assistant- Sylvia Linda Kaktins 636-2259

Pastor's Perspective

Christians have travelled a long way. I don’t mean Mexico, Texas, Costa Rica or Cuba either. We have travelled a long way from being that small group of disciples cowering in a locked room afraid that the temple police or the Roman soldiers were going to appear and haul them off for crucifixion. We became part of a culture that has physically and intellectually dominated the planet. So, what happened?

When the Judean and Roman authorities crucified Jesus they may not have heard the saying “there is no way to kill an idea whose time has come” but Gamaliel (Acts 5:33-39) seemed to have an inkling of what could happen, and what actually did happen. The liberation of human beings from their societies’ conventions because of the countercultural message of Jesus allowed tremendous developments at various times in human history. His call to Jews to return to the basics of their faith reverberated all across the world of that time.

Jesus’ disciples were guided by the Spirit to reach out across cultural lines to proclaim the Good News that God loves us and wants us to love God and love and forgive one another. This simplification of what it means to be a follower of God allows for tremendous creativity and experimentation no matter what culture a person grows up in. The pushback to such innovation inevitably meant that church structures become threatened and change stalls sometimes for centuries, but inevitably what love means is re-examined in the ever new contexts we Christians find ourselves.

So how do we know we’re on the right track when there is so much change and there are so many seemingly different approaches to being a follower of Jesus? Paul lists the fruits of the Spirit in Galations 5:22 where he says: “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.” In contrast to this he says “the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkeness, carousing, and things like these.

I think these are good indications that what is happening in our lives is good for us and those around us or not. Sometimes we can be instrumental in bringing these things into other people’s lives as well, so let us examine ourselves and our impact on our society. If we are going astray Jesus has set an example of forgiveness when he forgave the soldiers who were crucifying him saying “Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing”

Go in peace, remember the poor.

Submitted by Pastor Jim

Council Report

Mutual Ministry Committee has distributed the “Where are We Now?”. Survey. The committee would like surveys returned by the end of March.

Mission as Hope Appeal: Please consider making a donation to this MNO Synod Appeal. Since this annual appeal began in 2009, it has allowed the Synod to continue funding ongoing mission in our Synod, ministries like Luther Village, Lutheran Urban Mission, Youth and Young Adult Programming and Cameroon visits. Perhaps even more significantly, it has provided resources to do some new things in our Synod each year, which would not have been possible with the regular benevolence dollars.

Easter Services: Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. (service to strip the alter)
Good Friday at 11 a.m. (Pastor Jim)
Bethel Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 7 p.m. Breakfast to follow.
Easter Sunday at 11 a.m.

Spring Cleaning date is Saturday. April 21, 2018.

Submitted by Benita Nylen

Notes of Thankfulness

Thank you to the choir and the hymn sing band for your faithfulness bringing hymns and songs to worship. And a special thanks to the congregation, pastor, deacon, and lay people for sharing God’s Word in love and care in our church and community. A special person who works tirelessly behind the scene writing and printing the bulletins and newsletters, thank you Sue. There are many, many more folks; cleaners, altar guild, ushers, hosts, readers, council, ELW, Sunday School teacher, recorders, office administrator, . . . . . . the many workers in the kingdom are endless and we say “Thank You”.

Welcome back to the folks who have been away for the winter. We are thankful for safe travel.

Celebrations that Matter

God purpose sending His Son at Christmas becomes complete at Easter. We cannot have one without the other.

The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!
Sing for joy, O heaven, for the Lord has done this.
Shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests, and all your trees.
Our joy is complete.

Come celebrate with us.

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

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.

ELW News

Service Circle is Rebecca
Circle Meetings Thursday April 21
1:30pm Rebecca at church with Amy and Portia as hostess
7:30pm Naomi at Benita’s

A big thank you to all who assisted with and attended the Red and White Cafe.

Thanks to those who brought soup and bread for Lenten prayer and soup held at our church.

At the joint circle meeting in March the following funds were dispersed.

$1000 for flannelette for layettes
$500 towards ELC anniversary celebrations (18 & 19 August, 2018)
$750 to Barb Hoogstratin to assist her establishing her home for 4 of her grandchildren that she is now raising.

Westman Lutheran spring gathering will be held at Redeemer in Brandon on Saturday May 5. If you plan to attend please contact Dolores.

Submitted by Dolores Hall

World Day of Prayer

This year the St. Jude's ladies presented the 2018 World Day of Prayer at Erickson Lutheran. The theme, “All God’s Creation is Very Good” written by the women in the Republic of Suriname ( in the northeastern part of South America) was very upbeat. “As humans we make promises that we do not keep, but this does not mean that we should just sit and wait. God is trustworthy, and the Spirit of God prays with and for us. Let's not lean back, but do our utmost to preserve the earth for those who come after us.”

A little trivia:

When and where was Canada’s first World Day of Prayer service?
January 9,1920, in Lindsay, Ontario

What organization is the national coordinating body for the World Day of Prayer in Canada?
The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) is the coordinating body in Canada for the World Day of Prayer.

What will WICC be celebrating in 2018?
The WICC of Canada will celebrate its hundredth anniversary in 2018.

How many World Day of Prayer services are expected to take place in Canada this year?
About 1,250 services.

How much time does the host country World Day of Prayer committee spend creating their service?
The host country World Day of Prayer committee spends three years creating their service.

Which country will unite us in prayer in 2019?
Solvenia will unite us in prayer in 2019.

What does your World Day of Prayer offering support?
Last year, WICC received 225 applications for World Day of Prayer grants. In Manitoba, Selkirk Survivor’s Hope Crises Centre Inc. (Sexual assault crises intervention services expansion) received $5,000.

More information about other grants www.wicc.org.

World day of prayer at Erickson, Manitoba.

World day of prayer at Erickson Lutheran Church.