A wonderful tradition has grown up over the years at St Michael's Finnish Lutheran Church, of serving the homeless of downtown Montreal at one of the fall meals at the Old Brewery Mission. The OBM is a venerable Montreal institution that sits atop a downtown expressway where it continues to house and feed men and women whose only home is often the sidewalk, providing shelter and warm food to those who need it most.
Submitted and Written by Rev. Hilmar Lorenz - Gatineau, Quebec (Editorial for The Eastern Synod Paper)
The Eastern Synod Lutheran is an excellent example for what its church wants to be: in mission for others. Grouped around the “Bishop’s Journal, “ articles are published that report about events in the “congregational life around the synod“ and other activities that show the ELCIC in mission for others.
Out of the Cold is an outreach ministry that provides food, fellowship and shelter to the homeless and less fortunate during the winter months in our community. There are 9 churches involved in this program, with each church running their program on a specific night of the week. The Out Of The Cold outreach ministry has been in operation since 1999.
Ralph Weigold began an internship at Trinity Village in September of 2010 as part of his Master of Divinity degree program at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary - an affiliate college on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus. He is completing his work at Trinity to move on to a parish, now that he has graduated from the program.
When Pastor Melvin Janke (St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, East Zorra) and Pastor Vernon Zehr (Cassel Mennonite Church) forged their friendship in the 1970’s they probably did not anticipate the longevity of their actions into the next century. With regard to the process of study and reconciliation between Lutherans and Mennonites, this has seemed for decades to be a non issue for these two rural congregations near Tavistock, Ontario.
A Ground Breaking Ceremony for a new fellowship hall was held on May 13th, 2012 at Zion Lutheran Church, Sault Ste. Marie. The ground level extension includes also a kitchen, meeting room and space for offices. Hawkey Church Management begins the construction work in mid- June and the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Here are a few thoughts which you might find useful as we seek to encourage our members to invite family, friends, neighbours and strangers to church and enter into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ in a local church community.