October 2019 Newsletter


Service Circle for October is Naomi.

Worship begins at 10:00am

Administrative Assistant - Sylvia Linda Kaktins 204-636-2259
Council Chair - Dolores Hall 204-636-2415

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.

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.

Council News

To improve security of the church, the locks have been rekeyed with semi-restricted locks and keys. New keys have been distributed to those who need regular access to the church. The code to the key locker at the front door has also been changed. Anyone needing access to the church should contact Dolores or Heather.

REMINDER to anyone who has church related files on their home computers to share them with the Admin Assistant at admin@ericksonlutheranchurch.ca so all church related files can be centralized. If the files are paper, copies can be made, scanned and stored on the computer.

Thanksgiving Sunday Service will be lead by the Philips. Bishop Don will lead communion and his wife (a Spiritual Guide with the Anglican Church and retired nurse) will provide the message.

Fall Cleaning of the church on Saturday, October 19th at 9:30 a.m. Light lunch will be provided. All ladies and gentlemen are invited to attend. Many hands make light work.

Worship and Music

October - a month to celebrate “Thanksgiving”. Only one month to say thanks? - a month to remember “Reformation”. Why do we remember Martin Luther?

Remember, this is a gift to say thanks.
We give thanks for the gift of music.

From the words of Martin Luther - “Next to the Word of God, MUSIC deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of SONG was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music”. Martin Luther wrote: “I ask that men make no reference to my name; let them call themselves Christians, not Lutherans. What is Luther? After all, the teaching is not mine. Neither was I crucified for anyone. St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 3, would not allow the Christians to call themselves Pauline or Petrine, but Christian. How then should I - poor stinking maggot-fodder that I am - come to have people call the children of Christ by my wretched name? Not so, my dear friends; let us abolish all party names and call ourselves Christians, after him whose teaching we hold. The papists deservedly have a party name, because they are not content with the teaching and name of Christ, but want to be papist as well. Let them. Be papist then, since the pope is their master. I neither am on want to be anyone’s master. I hold, together with the universal church, the one universal teaching of Christ, who is our only master.”


We give thanks for our congregation and choir. We appreciate your help enabling us learn a new hymn each month. The new hymn for September is #826 Thine the Amen. This hymn written by Herb Brokering, a writer, poet, activist of a subtle means, and world traveler. In 1989, under his leadership 16 people ventured to Germany and Poland, one of several trips behind the Iron Curtain, bringing people together from disconnected worlds so their stories could be told. The words in this hymn expresses praise. We can sing this selection with great Thanksgiving.

The music composed by Carl F. Schalk is named “Thine”. In April the hymn of the month, #374, was composed by Mr. Schalk. He had ongoing collaborations with poets Jaroslav Vajda and Herbert Brokering, producing tunes for several of their hymn texts.
If you enjoy singing you are welcome to join us at choir, Tuesdays at 7:00pm. Reading music is not a requirement, we learn together.

The Eternity For Today Is now available in the Narthex.

All are welcome to them. Pick on up for a neighbour or take one when you visit someone.

ELW News

Service circle is Naomi Circle meetings:
Wednesday 9 October 1:30 pm Rebecca at Kathie’s
Thursday 10 October 7:30 pm Naomi at Anne’s

Saturday 5th October Westman Women’s gathering at ELC 9:30-3:00 pm.
“Forced to Flee” with guests from the House of Peace, Winnipeg.

Please bring items for the Thanksgiving display to church by 10:00 am Saturday, October 12th.

Lunch and Bake sale is Saturday, November 30th. Christmas Dinner Wednesday, December 4th.

At the general meeting it was decided to purchase flannelette for diapers. Also needed are sleepers and receiving blankets.

In 2020 Red and White cafe will be open Friday 9-11:00 am starting January 3rd, closing April 3rd.

2020 Bible studies will focus on Prayer.

Every Day is a day of Thanks Giving

Submitted by Dolores Hall

Date: September 22, 2019 Stewardship Sunday Dear Congregation,

Erickson Lutheran Church is like your home, your church family. It is like a good cup of coffee, warm, comforting and part of a daily routine. For 50 years this is a place people have called home. We are working with our hearts for communication to, with, and for our church family. Of course, we all know that finances are important for everyone and it is no different for our church.

Stewardship, however, is also about sharing, building relationships and supporting one another in prayer and service. Worshipping together where two or more are gathered in Jesus name provides the power of communal prayer and sacraments.

Our core beliefs of acceptance, living out the Gospel, and social justice and service are what we are about seven days a week. Our church is a place for laughter, for tears and a place to find refuge from the busyness of life. We are delighted to that you are part of the Erickson Lutheran Church family. We also seek to invite others and provide excellent worship experiences to all. We welcome anyone who enters our doors, just as they are.

We are in the process of calling a new Pastor as our current leaders have retired June 30th, 2019. We are planning to be ready to receive a new Pastor in 2020 and want to ensure that we can support a Pastor for years to come.

With the financial support that we received in 2019 we were able to support a half time Pastor and 1/8th time Deacon. We hope that with some increased support from our members that we will be able to provide for the equivalent of a full-time Pastor to help continue to grow our church family, the services and outreach. A full-time Pastor (with shared ministry with a congregation close by) will make it easier to be part of the communities and decrease travel.

We have on average 30 to 40 people attend worship services and this increases on special church services to 60 or 70. We hope to increase our ministry with a Pastor to address worship services, Pastoral visitations, community outreach and inter-faith relationship building.

We are writing to ask for your financial support of Erickson Lutheran Church. We thank-you for your support to date, and hope that you can consider increasing your offering by just the cost of a toonie, a cup of coffee each week. That will help us be able to call a permanent Pastor to welcome to our faith family!

The POP offertory is no longer available but we are registered with Canadahelps.org. We are looking into a cost- effective alternative to the POP. Until then, please continue to use the offertory envelopes and consider writing post- dated cheques which also helps if you are away.

Thank-you! May the Lord bless you and keep you...The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy... The Lord look upon you with favor and give you Peace.

Heather Howdle and Mary Nichols – Stewardship reps