Meet Katie Ditschun

Katie grew up in Brantford, Ontario, where she was baptized, confirmed and married at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was a very active member at Faith, says Katie “As a teen I would round up the kids around Christmas and Easter and would organize rehearsals, choose the music, and direct our little choir.” 
“Church felt like my family. We didn’t live near my extended family, so the members of Faith seemed to fill in that role. How wonderful to feel like you had multiple grandmothers!”

Faith in Action:

Thank You Oscar

The ‘Lord is My Light’ is the inspirational solo selected and offered by Oscar Zarnke on the occasion of his retirement from St. John’s Lutheran Church (Waterloo) Choir duties at age 98. Oscar’s commitment and dedication to the choir covers 84 years, having started as a boy soprano when he was 14 years old. His career has seen over two dozen Pastors, approximately twelve organists and two church edifices while belonging to ONE congregation. Over the decades he has attended over 4000 choir rehearsals and untold number of worship services.

Faith in Action:

A Little New Year Risk Taking

I’m sure the vast host of parenting experts would have much to say about my decision to put my tiny, three year old daughter on a 30 year old wooden toboggan and give her a good push down a short but rather steep hill - a hill that emptied out onto a road. Yes, I’m sure the parenting experts would have much to say about that!

Faith in Action:

New Beginnings

Oct 4, 2015 was a day of new beginnings for a group of Lutherans in Montreal.  The Finnish congregation had to move out of their church building and the proper closing service had been held.  The question of where they would go was a problem until the Estonian church invited them to share their building.  Rev. Matthew Anderson led the first joint service for the two congregations.  Bulletins were prepared in Finnish, Estonian and English.  Members of both congregations shared in the well-attended service which included communion, a baptism and of course lunch after.

Faith in Action:

Church As a Toddler by Jordan Smith

A reflection for churches / ministries that are developing

Proverbs 8:22-3; Psalm 104 1,12-19

At the start of our synod council meeting on Thursday, Bishop Pryse mentioned the stages that groups go through when they start working together: storming, forming, norming, and performing. These are the stages that many of our ministry area teams are experiencing as they start to work together and form relationships.

Faith in Action:

90th Anniversary Service

On Sunday, August 30, 2015 St. James Lutheran Church in Branch La Have, Nova Scotia celebrated 90 years of Praise and Worship. The day was spectacular weather wise, and members from the two other churches comprising the Northfield Parish (West Northfield and Upper Northfield) joined in our celebrations. The service was conducted by Pastor Catharine House, and our organist Ina Weldon led us in some old time hymns. Four members of our congregation, namely Barbara Kelly, Vivian Feindel, Alice Wile and Arthur Young, spoke to the congregation about what St.

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