Bulletin – Thanksgiving, The Festival of Harvest, October 7, 2018

FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCHThis Weeks Events  (October 8 – 14, 2018)

Wednesday:          8:30 a.m.      Chapel Service (at FLCA)

7:00 p.m.      Trustees

Thursday:     4:30-5:45 p.m.      Confirmation Instruction

Next Sunday:       8:45 a.m.      German Worship/Holy Communion

9:45 a.m.      Adult Bible Class

11:00 a.m.      English Worship

COME, YOU THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME!  We welcome all worshipers, visitor and member alike, in the holy Name of Jesus.  Visitors, we are especially encouraged by your presence.  If you need help with anything while you are with us, let one of the ushers know.  Come again when you can!

ATTENDANCE LAST SUNDAY (September 30):  German Service, 33; English Service, 66; TOTAL, 99.

TODAY’S USHERS:  Rob Bierer, Jonathan Buller, Joshua Buller, Jeff Laszewski

NEXT SUNDAY’S USHERS:  Mike Gagnier, Rich Garton, Bryan Johnson, Gerry Skillings

TODAY’S ACOLYTES:  Grace Johnson, Ashley Verdonck

WE GIVE THANKS for the many blessings the Lord bestows upon us and we ask Him to help us become faithful Christians who serve Him joyfully.  We ask that your Thanksgiving offerings be brought up directly to the altar by the individual families (the ushers will assist you in doing this).  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

SEMINARIAN MATT FENN, a member of our church, recently concluded his year as vicar (intern) at Dryden and Vermilion Bay in northwest Ontario, and has returned to the St. Catharines Seminary for his final year of study.  We’re very glad to have him assisting in the English service today.  The Lord bless his studies, and get him ready for his first call next spring!

ASLEEP IN CHRIST:  Sarah Buller (1925-2018), who died in the Lord last Sunday, received a Christian burial following services here in our church this past Thursday, October 4.  Jesus Christ said, “As I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19).  God comfort Sarah’s sorrowing loved ones with this promise sealed by Jesus’ own resurrection.

THANKSGIVING MUMS were placed on the altar to the glory of God and in loving memory of Mrs. Adelheid Jechalke (who was called to eternity on October 6, 2001) by her children Cornelia and Russ Anderson, Karen and David Darling, Ron and Ronita Jechalke, and her grandchildren Christopher, Alyssa, Lindsey, Kassie, Ashley, Jocelynn and Peyton.  God bless your family, and give you comfort in the promises of Christ Jesus.

THE ALTAR FLOWERS were placed today by our Altar Guild,  to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for our congregation’s many blessings.

CALL NOTICE:  Last Sunday evening, September 30, our Voters’ Assembly unanimously resolved to call The Rev. Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson as an Assistant Pastor (part-time) to work with us in his retirement years.  After serving parishes in Alberta and then in Germany for 37 years, Pastor Torgerson has been helping at our St. Catharines Seminary since 2012.  He is prepared to serve here without salary, so that we are responsible only for rental accommodations.  Please hold him in your prayers as he deliberates over this call.

ALL LADIES are invited to this year’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Canada – Windsor Zone “Fall Rally”.  The Rally takes place this Saturday, October 13th at Christ Lutheran Church in Sarnia beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Speakers include Ann Warman who is discussing her VBS trips to Nicaragua, and Carolyn Dietrich and Rose Mutch who will be speaking about the LWMLC National Convention.  The ingathering will be for hand towels, ladies and children’s underwear (new and in packages) and cash to buy supplies.  Please call our church office by October 10th if you would like to attend, as we hope to arrange a car pool.

GENEROUS DONATIONS from members of our church family have covered the cost of replacing the copper pipes recently stolen from the roof, as well as providing security lighting (both at church and at our Academy) in the future to help avoid further theft and vandalism.  It’s one more great blessing for which to praise God on this Thanksgiving Sunday, and we are deeply grateful!

VISITING US NEXT SUNDAY will be Dr. James Gimbel, President of Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton.  He will be on his way to the East District convention in London later that day, and will join us for worship and Adult Bible Class.  It’s not often that our Ontario congregations get a chance to meet the “western” seminary president, so this will be a joy … welcome him warmly!

WE’RE PART OF A GROWING FAMILY around the world, since our Lutheran Church-Canada belongs to the “International Lutheran Council” (ILC).  Our pastor recently attended the ILC’s World Conference in Antwerp, Belgium, which happens every three years.  In this time of spiritual need, many Lutheran church groups are seeking membership in the ILC because of its strong loyalty to the Holy Scripture and saving Gospel of Christ.  On the internet (www.ilc-online.org) you can view news reports on the Antwerp gathering, in which Pastor Bugbee was active.

PORTALS OF PRAYER, the daily prayer and devotional guide, is yours for the taking at the back of the church and in the hallway leading to the offices.  The latest issue covers the period from October to December.

LUTHERAN HOUR:  “God Created” (Genesis 1:  27) – This is the first time that a Canadian speaker is also being broadcast in the United States!  Don’t miss this very special message “Life is a Precious Gift”.  Guest speaker Rev. Perry Hart warns against our culture’s devaluation of life and calls us to see ourselves and others as precious people, created by God, redeemed by Christ.  Be sure to stay tuned to hear the musical offering by Pastor Hart’s wife Tara Lyn Hart and their son Ashton, as well as an interview segment with the Hart’s regarding their personal insights on the precious gift of life.  Listen to today’s Lutheran Hour on Sunday morning at 560AM (WRDT) at noon.  Streaming audio and pod-casts at www.lutheranhour.ca.