September 2018 Newsletter

Announcements

Service Circle for September is Naomi.

Worship begins at 10:00am

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

Mark on Your Calendar!

Anniversary
Banquet Sat, Aug 18 Reg 4 - 6 supper at 6 pm. Cost $25/person. At Legion Hall. Rsvp to Sharon by Aug 1. Sunday service Aug 19 at 10 am. Potluck lunch to follow at Legion hall


Service in the Park
Aug. 12 at 2:00 pm at the bandstand in Wasagaming. Our Hymn Sing Band will be playing. Bring a lawn chair!

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.

The New Eternity For Today is now available. Pick one up for yourself and a friend.

Our Daily Bread is now available for all who are interested. Take one to a friend as well.

Pastor’s Perspective

We had a Vacation Bible School in Erickson Lutheran church in August. The theme was Get Up And Grow. It began with the Creation Stories in Genesis. Every culture has a creation story that tries to make sense of who we are, where we come from, where the world comes from etc. The Biblical Creation stories, describe humanity as being created in God’s image, and the rest of the Bible tells us how badly we humans are doing at getting along with one another and how God keeps trying to help us get back on track.

Our relationship to other human beings is just one of our relationships that we have that are crucial to our lives. God gave us laws to live by. One of the first ones that we become aware of as babies is that when we cry we get fed and held. Another one we learn quickly is the law of gravity, as well as the lesson of the hot stove, or cup. As we grow older we become aware of some basic laws of human society. Don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t talk back to your parents, don’t swear, don’t be greedy. Later we learn about don’t worship false gods and don’t commit adultery. Finally, we learn that we should take one day off in the week to think about all these things. There are many other laws in our society that are there to keep us from destroying one another and ourselves.

Also important is our relationship with the plants and animals. Our very lives depend upon the ability of plants to generate oxygen by using sunlight. The health of plants is intimately connected with that of the animals.

Jesus uses illustrations from the natural world to describe our relationship with the Creator and the Creation Our relationship with the Creator is one of dependence. “Jesus is the vine and we are the branches” was the third lesson in the VBS. If there were no Creation, we would not be here. We are a product of the Creation; we are part of it. However we have come to dominate the small part of the Creation where we live. The 8.5 kilometers thick layer of air above sea level and the 500 meters under the sea is where we live and we have occupied it all in one way or another. There are about 7 billion human beings on earth right now. For every human being there is approximately 0.67 cubic kilometres of space for us to occupy. That is a space 1 kilometre by one kilometre by 670 metres high For a rural Canadian, that doesn’t seem much space at all. Of course if you live in a city it is a lot of space. However we share that space with the bacteria, the animals the fish, the birds and the plants. Things are starting to get a little crowded here. Humans are starting to have a serious effect on the space we occupy. Because we affect it all, we have responsibility for it all. That is what the words of “fill the earth and have dominion over it” from Genesis mean.

The VBS also explored how we learn about the Good News of Jesus. The parable of the sower shows us that we all react to the Good News of Jesus differently and the importance of not only hearing the Good News, but also putting it into practice which is the final VBS lesson. The Fruits of the Spirit.

Fall is a time when we reflect on the summer growing season. How well have our fields and gardens grown? What fruits can we harvest? What will we need to do to be ready for winter? Will there be enough feed for the cattle? The winter the church is encountering now also needs preparation. We the community of Jesus’ followers have to get ready for times when congregations have to do more with less. We have to evaluate what resources we have and how they should be deployed. What is the mission of the church here in Erickson and in the Westman area. We give thanks for our lives and God’s Word Jesus who came to earth to help us make our lives a blessing for the whole earth....Amen

Submitted by Pastor Jim

Clay Gathering

Buses arrived on the way to Clay Gathering in Thunder Bay. They all slept in the church.
The next day Breakfast was served and lunches made.
There were 100 plus people. Thank you to all who helped

Thank You!!

A big thank you to all who helped in any way during the Anniversary Weekend. We have much to be thankful for. We look forward to what God is going to do in the future.
To God be the Glory
Church Council & Planning Committee

Ordination of Rev. Jason Zinko

It is with great delight that we invite you to the ordination of Rev. Jason Zinko as Bishop of the Manitoba/ Northwestern Ontario Synod. The ordination service will take place on September 8, 2018 at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 560 Arlington St., Winnipeg, MB starting at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow.

Please pray for Bishop-Elect Jason and for our whole synod as we prepare for this celebration and journey together.

VBS 2018 - "Get Up & Grow"

Our VBS was full of Growing in God’s Garden. Plants and vines, and a garden full of flowers created by the children filled the church. Learning about God’s creation and our need to really take care of it, we also learned a bit about plastic garbage. It is not only an eyesore but also dangerous to animals, sea creatures, and even dangerous to our own health. Making creations out of junk was a favourite free time activity and even kept the children indoors at lunchtime during the very hot weather. We planted cress seeds and learned about God sowing seeds of love in our hearts in the parable of the Sower and the Seeds. Seed mosaics were created by the older children. And they helped plant a birch tree behind the church. We learned about the importance of remaining connected to God and to one another in the words of Jesus: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine” (John 15:4). We practised the Lord’s Prayer, because prayer is one way of abiding in Christ. And finally, we learned some of the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal.5:22-23). And we ate a lot of fruit!

Many thanks to all who came, all 39 children from Erickson, Rolling River, Onanole, Brandon, Winnipeg, and even Alberta! They divided very evenly with 9 or 10 in each class. Many thanks to all the teachers and assistants: Pastor Jim for grades 5-7, Linda Squance for grades 3-4, Sue Riediger for grades 1-2, Hilde Vickers, Joan Lee and Betty Lynn Nylen for pre-school & kindergarten. Thank you to Viola Burkett and Val Wickdahl for the great music and songs! Thank you to Kayla and Krystal Fucci for their tireless enthusiasm and fun games in the heat outside! Many thanks to Barb Clarke, Islay Shellborn and their special helper, Erica Miko, for the beautiful garden in the narthex and all the craft creations! (It was very hard to see that garden taken down so the kids could take their flowers, bees, birds, and butterflies home.) A big thank you to Marlenne Beatty, Marie Zatylny, Kathy McMurphy, Lana Bachewich and Portia Kruse, for keeping us very well fed! And thank you to all who contributed muffins and pizza bun toppings! Thank you to all, for your help, your support and your prayers, that made this VBS grow into something great for God!

Submitted by Deacon Hilde

Hymn for September

Hymn 506: The Word of God is Source and Seed


Delores Dufner is one of the best-known hymn writers in the church today. She is a writer of liturgical, scripturally based hymns and sing texts which have a broad ecumenical appeal.
The music composed by David Hurd is a concert organist, church musician, teacher, and choral conductor.

ELW News

Service Circle is Naomi

Circle Meetings:
1:30 pm Rebecca at Viola’s
7:30 pm Naomi at Alice’s

Wednesday 19th September 7pm General ELW meeting.

Saturday 13th October 9:30- 3pm Westman Women at Erickson Lutheran Church. Speaker- Heather Howdle on her experiences on her trip to Germany and Switzerland.

A Year of Triumphs Among Challenges

It has been a year of mechanical problems and bad weather, but the Lord is faithful! Ontario and Manitoba have temporarily lost two of our key tools for the majority of our summer ministry - our planes. Dennis, Andrew and myself are making contingency plans upon contingency plans, and we have been able to get where we needed to be although it took considerable more time, thousands of additional kms on the road and a few commercial flights. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!

Our Teams are Amazing

LAMP is blessed with having teams who are committed to and love the communities where they serve. As I travel from place to place I see so many smiling faces - from both the children and the volunteers alike. And then many tears when it becomes time for the team to leave - from both child and volunteer. We praise God that we have so many volunteers who are spreading the knowledge and love of the Lord throughout the Canadian North. Next month we will be talking about the need for more teams to serve in communities that remain on our waiting list.

Please continue to keep our teams in your thoughts and prayers. There are still 15 teams who will be serving in communities during August. May they have a fruitful and safe time in the community which they love.