WINTER 2015 learn grow serve President’s Message Happy New Year! You may have heard those words on November 30, the First Sunday of Advent (and the beginning of the new Church year). You may have heard those words again in the wee hours of January 1, 2015. In Revelation 21:5, Christ’s final victory message says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” From the cross, He said “It is finished”—believers walk in the newness of life. The resurrected Jesus said, “don’t be afraid, it is me”—believers find new hope in bodily resurrection to a new and better life. In Holy Baptism, Jesus makes the believer a new creation—all of His children daily receive new forgiveness, new mercies, new strength. The CLS mission to “form servants for Jesus’ sake” is fulfilled when we prepare men to share this old news with you and your congregation and community in new ways. We will face new challenges at CLS in 2015. This includes completing the massive cleanup from the November 12 fire, rebuilding the library and study areas. We face new challenges in preparing men to share the changeless Christ in a rapidly changing world. We continue the search for new faculty. EDMONTON 7040 Ada Boulevard Edmonton, AB T5B 4E3 (780) 474-1468 [email protected] www.concordiasem.ab.ca But we know we are not alone; you and other believers struggle with challenges of your own. God’s mercies are new every morning to face whatever lies ahead for any of His children. dr. james gimbel New changes can feel overwhelming. Yet the same God who has supported CLS throughout its 30-year history of preparing men for the Word and Sacrament ministry of the Gospel is with us today, and we know He is also with you. Thank you for being our partners in ministry. Your faithful commitment … made new with each prayer and word of encouragement and new donation … support our ministry. Thank you for your gifts and support. And … God bless you in this new year! Dr. James Gimbel, President Christos narodivsya – Slavimo Yogo! calendar of events January 5 First Day of Short Term II Classes January 15 Last Day of Short Term II Classes January 19 First Day of Semester II Classes January 19 & 20 Joint Board of Regents Meeting – St. Catherines, ON January 20, 27 & February 3, 10 Winter Quest Course January 22 Timothy Lectures January 28 Wetaskiwin Circuit Meeting @ CLS February 16 Family Day – Office Closed March 30 - April 2 Spring Break – Office Open April 3 - 6 Easter Break – Office Closed April 11 Sat @ Sem (A Recruitment Day) May 1 Last Day of Semester II Classes May 4 - 6 Final Exams May 28 & 29 Board of Regents Meeting May 29 Sacred Convocation 7:00 pm 2 I want to greet you with the traditional Christmas greeting that is heard everywhere in Ukraine now: Christos narodivsya – Slavimo Yogo! Which means: Christ is born! Let’s glorify Him! My name is Oleksiy. For the last 9 years I have been a pastor and a missionary among students in one of the largest Ukrainian cities, Dnepropetrovsk. This fall I came to Canada together with my family and commenced intensive studies at CLS. This is our first Christmas away from home and our church. With great anticipation and excitement, we observe Canadian Christmas traditions and, of course, compare them with ours. Probably one of the emerging innovations in Ukraine is a new tendency to celebrate Christmas two times. This trend is caused by historical and geographical factors. Ukraine is located on the invisible border between Western and Eastern churches. Most Ukrainian churches Orthodox and Greek Catholic follow the Gregorian Calendar which is also called New Style and celebrates Christmas on January 7th. On the other hand, Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Reformed churches, use the Julian Calendar which celebrates Christmas on December 25th. Lately, however, more and more Ukrainian churches participate in both Christmas celebrations. First Christmas December 24th we celebrate together with those who are interested in Western traditions. On Christmas Eve we have a service at the big Lutheran Church located right downtown in our city. This Christmas service is oriented to people who have not heard about Christ yet, so we diligently invite friends, coworkers and strangers. Second Christmas celebrated on January 6th has a different focus. This evening service seems like a big family gathering. After the Service, no one is in a rush to go home but rather stays for a church supper. After supper, our church youth go to the city Square to sing Christmas carols and bring the Joy of Christmas to everyone. If you ask us if we are missing our Ukrainian Christmas? Our answer would be Yes and No. We miss Ukrainian traditions, but not the Joy of Christmas. Our Christmas Joy, our dear Lord Jesus is here with us in Canada. Even being far from home we do not feel lonely because we are being warmly accepted into the CLS family. Therefore I am confident that our Ukrainian Christmas greeting is relevant in Canada as well! Christos narodivsya – Slavimo Yogo! In Christ, Oleksiy Navrotskyy Upcoming Quest Courses winter 2015 Tuesday nights: January 20 and 27, 2015 & February 3 and 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm MST “Defending the Faith” Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Strand (Principal, School of Theology, Ethics, and Leadership, Concordia University College of Alberta) Quest classes are open to pastors, lay leaders, and all Christians as a service of CLS. The face-to-face course at CLS is webcast to those outside of driving distance with the same opportunity to hear and interact online. registration Cost: No registration fee – donations welcome. To register for the free classes contact Rhonda Buck, Administrative Assistant to the President at: [email protected] Tel: 780-474-1468, ext. 225 Session One: The Concept, Theology, and Practicalities of Defending the Faith What is ‘defending the faith?’ What is the theological basis for defending the faith? And how might we defend the faith most effectively? Session Two: The Case for God How an understanding of scientific reasoning, and a careful consideration of the world, provide strong evidence of the existence of God. Session Three: The Case for Christ and Scripture How the concept of God, and the historical evidence, indicate that Jesus really was God-in-the-Flesh. How Jesus’ teachings then indicate that the Bible is the Word of God. Session Four: Dealing with Objections How to respond to objections such as: ‘The evil in the world proves that there is no such God.’ ‘If God existed He would make his existence obvious.’ And ‘Science has shown that Christianity is not true.’ Guild News The function of the Seminary Guild is to support students. A simple mission; a simple goal. You are invited to join in the work of the guild as a “friend of the Guild” with your contribution. From your gift, the Seminary Guild provides grocery gift cards for seminarians and their families. The Seminary Guild provides annual Christmas gifts to our students. The Seminary Guild sends students to unique ministries during their second year of seminary in the “Take Wing” program. Jason Legacy and his wife Amber participated in this year’s Take Wing program November 11-16, 2014 to Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver, BC. The Seminary Guild also provides funding for building improvements that make the Seminary a warmer and friendlier place for students to learn and grow. Please consider a donation through the Seminary Guild. The suggested donation for Friends of the Seminary is a minimal amount that allows anyone on any size budget to be part of this venture. But as a minimum, we also welcome – and often receive – significantly more from many of you. Thank you! We welcome you to use our electronic donation process through Canada Helps. This safe, secure method allows you more easily to provide your support. But above all, we ask for your prayers and support. Pray for Aaron, Scott, Cody, Eric, Keith, Alexey, Will, Jason, Scott, Kai, Ken, and Andrew – and their families. They face many challenges, but your support provides them with a powerful message of support as they train to become pastors of YOUR Churches throughout LCC. dr. jonathan strand DISTANCE EDUCATION This semester at CLS, once again faculty and students engage in several distance education experiences. Professor Kraemer teaches The Pentateuch, a combined class of Edmonton and St. Catharines students; Dr. Chambers uses videoconferencing to share his Pastoral Ministry Seminar class for 4th year students with a remote colloquy student; and CLS students attend both Dr. Winger’s Pericope Seminar and Dr. Stephenson’s History III with CLTS students via videoconference. Contact Registrar Jeffrey Nachtigall for more details: Tel: (780) 474-1468 ext 227 3 The Sacred Convocation You are our precious partners in “forming servants for Jesus’ sake.” This process culminates after a student completes the academic requirements and vicarage for earning a Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) and receives a theological diploma and call to serve the church as a pastor. Thank you for being there with us throughout our journey and theirs. See you then! Please join us on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm when our newest candidates will graduate and be placed in their first congregation. This is a time for thanksgiving and celebration. Rev. Nolan Astley, father of one of our candidates, is scheduled to be our preacher. We also anticipate the awarding of honorary degrees (and welcome your nominations). You may join us in person at the Concordia University College of Alberta Tegler Centre, including the reception that follows, or tune in to the live online electronic feed of this significant event for the Church. pizza night On Friday, October 17, CLS hosted a pizza night for potential seminary students in the Edmonton area to meet the faculty and students and enjoy a time of fellowship and foosball. Nearly a dozen students from the area attended the event, and we’re looking forward to larger class sizes in the next few years. If you would like to attend an event like this, or know someone who would, contact Jeff Nachtigall at [email protected] The Deadline for the Entrance Scholarships is Approaching! If you or someone you know is planning to apply to Concordia Lutheran Seminary for the 2015-16 Academic Year, now is the time! Five Entrance Scholarships of $2,500 are available to qualified students who submit their application to the M.Div. Program by February 1, 2015. Simply complete the MDiv. Application for Enrollment form and submit. The qualifications for the Entrance Scholarship are the following: • an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution • earned credit in both Greek and Hebrew • a member in good standing of a congregation of Lutheran Church—Canada The Entrance Scholarships are sponsored in part by the Concordia Lutheran Seminary Guild. For more information see: www.concordiasem.ab.ca Or contact Professor Jonathan Kraemer, Director of Financial Aid at: [email protected] Tel: 780-474-1468, ext. 223 4 have you ever considered a church work vocation? left to right: scott, levi, elliot, michelle and kennedy gamble Seminary Student in Focus Name: Scott Gamble Year: 4 Home District: ABC District I grew up in the small hamlet of Markerville, just outside of Red Deer, AB. I was blessed with the support of loving Christian parents and strong role models in my home congregation, Christ Lutheran Church, where I saw the love of Christ in action within the church and community. It is these relationships and examples that nurtured my faith and eventually led me to pursue the office of pastoral ministry. I was attending Concordia University College of Edmonton when I met my wife to-be, Michelle. I graduated in 2008 and we were married that summer. God has blessed me with an unbelievable partner, and three little ‘angels’ who have multiplied our blessings over the past six years. I entered Seminary part-time in 2010 while Michelle was on maternity leave with our first son, Elliot. Seminary has rarely been easy, but it has always been rewarding, with regular and abundant blessings and support coming from God through the Church. Last year we were on vicarage in Calgary at Foothills Lutheran Church. The plethora of lessons I learned and experiences I gained were equally matched with the incredible friendships we made with the saints at Foothills – our family in Christ is ever increasing as we are blessed to learn and grow in service. Being back in Edmonton for one final year is again a great gift – to be able to take time to grow as much as I can, those gifts God has given me to serve the Church, and to work on those weaknesses that hold back my gifts (or maybe more appropriately, to learn to see those weaknesses as points where God’s strength shines through all the more). God surpassed our expectations when moving back to Edmonton by providing a great (and reasonably priced) place to live, an incredible part-time teaching job for Michelle, a fantastic child care provider, ample financial support from the Seminary Financial Aid, and wonderful friends and family to support us. All of these gifts, from my earliest days of hearing God’s Word to preparing to deliver God’s Word to His people, have made me the recipient of abundant blessings. I see all this now as ‘fuel’ in preparation for going out, that I may be a faithful servant that delivers the abundant grace of our God to His people. Thank you to everyone throughout the Church that has played even the smallest role in helping me get here; may God continue to provide workers for the harvest, to serve His people through His people, the Church. Is God calling you to serve as a Pastor, a Lutheran Teacher or a Director of Parish Services (DPS)? Or do you know of someone who should consider a vocation as a full-time church-worker? We want to challenge you and assist you as you work through these questions. We have launched a website to help answer your questions. The address is: www.IsGodCallingMe.ca 5 Financial News – Remembrance Donations In Memory Of: Remembered by: In Memory Of: Remembered by: Albert Bauer Kathleen Bauer Rev. Carl Janzow Terry & Jacquelyn Hagen Frank Belden Norman & Muriel Threinen Delores Jensen Alvin & Hertha Scheetz Harold Bosche Lorraine Parr-Pearson Hulda Jansen Tom & Karen Hutchison Mr. & Mrs. Botschatzke William & Lorraine Irwin Laurel May Kalmbach Redgie Kalmbach Shirley Clemis Wilfred & Dorothy Ramsay Elfriede Korok Wayne & Bev Dahlen Richard Dobel Helene Dobel Ulrich & Renate Hess Henry Doell Marie Doell Doris Moore Richard Donald Dyck Inez Paap Helen Eifert John & Dorothy Bartlett St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Dawson Creek, BC I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Wayne & Bev Dahlen Jack & Clara Schram Wayne & Laurel Dahlen Emmy Steinke Philippians 1: 3-4 Susan Steinke Florence Eifert Lawrence & Gail Eifert Percy Kotzer Bernice Kotzer Paul & Ruth Eifert Art Kriesel Linda Nunweiler Lawrence & Myrna Eissfeldt Oma Else Kroll Brenda Horton Glen Fireside Heidi Lobitz Barry & Diane Campbell Violet Gunderson Ivan William Macklin Beverly Emes-Macklin Leith & Dorothy Pack Carole Mann RaymondMann Harold & Ruth Ruf Ellen Mayan Tina Keeble Ottilie Steinke Doris Melick John & Ruth Adam Elsir Epp Bruce & Karen Broughton Doug & Irene Dahl Mr & Mrs W. 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Herb Heinemann Linda McDowell Ed & Agnes Oldhaver Denise Hind Perry Hennig Paul & Ellen Neyka 6 Randall & Diana Morgan Darren & Karin Siegle Damon & Helen Orsten Shirley Reinbold John & Pauline Hergesheimer Patricia Hergesheimer Clorence Petersen Ethel Petersen Henry Pischke Harold & Ruth Ruf Andrew Vincent Hess-Schmidt Harold & Sharon Schmidt Dale Pregizer Rudolph & Edna Pregizer Mr. & Mrs. Irwin William & Lorraine Irwin Violet Printz Wilbert Printz Rev. & Mrs. Reinhold Gerardo & Marilyn Schmidt In Memory Of: Remembered by: Armin & Margaret Rehbein AdrienneBrooks Carl & Melida Reutter Eric Reutter Eleanor Rithaler Bruce & Karen Broughton Chris & Bertha Ritter Eleanor Anne Scobey Alma Ross & Dorothea Toole Gordon & Marilyn Toole Mr & Mrs S. Sawyer Dennis & Maureen Evachewski Maria Schmidt Gerardo & Marilyn Schmidt Greg Schultz Herman & Herta Briese Linda Burgess Judith Cote Darren & Cynthia Lock Peter & Shelley McNaughton Harriet Pollon Dietmar & Doreen Schmidt Donna Jean Taylor Tanyss Tews Ben & Janice White William Sorobey Shirley Sorobey Erwin Streik Delores Elgert Gordon Vikse Margaret Becker Douglas & Inge Latta Melba Willie Tina Keeble Jack & Linda McKellar Marvin & Marie Schole In HONOUR Of: Remembered by: Carol & Emil Bulas – 50th Anniversary Darrin & Christina Bulas Dr. James Gimbel Robert & Margaret Mairs Ken & Elsie Rodeman Norman Threinen John & Jennifer Maxfield New treasurer/ Bookkeeper Team Welcome to our new Treasurer/Bookkeeper team, Amy Thera and Janice Godbout, who began in November and are helping address the complexities of our financial profile. Thanks to your generous support, thumbnail figures indicate that we are on track for achieving our balanced budget for the year. Gifts received December 2013 to November 2014 7 Yes, I want to make a donation to Concordia Lutheran Seminary Your Seminary exists to serve you and your congregation. Out of love for the Lord’s church, we invite you to sustain your Seminary with your interest, your prayers, and your gifts. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. Name: 2 Corinthians 9:7 Province: Address: City: Postal Code: Telephone: E-mail: Your Congregation (Name and City): Enclosed is our gift given in support of: (please specify if applicable) Did You Know... You can now join the “Friends of the Guild” (membership) by simply checking this box? 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