Seminaries Sunday 2015

Take My yoke upon you,
and learn from Me,

for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
(Mt. 11:29)

Lutheran Church–Canada no longer designates a specific day “Seminaries Sunday”, but encourages her congregations to remember the two seminaries with prayers and offerings. You may wish to observe it in conjunction with an Education Sunday in September, remembering the opening of our academic year. We encourage you to use the propers appointed for the day, but you may also choose to make use of the seminaries’ joint theme verse (above). Liturgical resources and a bulletin cover / insert are available for your use here. You may encourage offerings towards the seminaries’ operating budgets through your congregational offerings, or request special envelopes by contacting the seminaries directly.

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Opening Festivities for the 2015-16 Year

Ephesians_poster_for_Winger_event The official opening of the 2015-16 academic year will be proclaimed on Monday, 14 September, at a 9am Matins service. This service is also the opening of the festive convocation, “‘You Then, My Son’: Pastoral Perspectives on Paul”. For this reason, there will be no Sunday afternoon opening service (as has been our custom).

Details about this conference, held in recognition of the release of President Thomas Winger’s Concordia Commentary on Ephesians, are available here. We enourage you to register your desire to attend as soon as possible. There is no cost for the conference. The evening banquet has limited seats available at $35.

Emeritus crucisAt Vespers, 4pm on Monday afternoon, the seminary will present the annual Emeritus Crucis (“Veteran of the Cross”) award to Rev. Alvin Borchardt. Given on behalf of LCC’s Central District this year, the award recognises a man who has devoted his entire ministry (more than 30 years) to parish work. The seminary is pleased not only to thank Pastor Borchardt for his Herculean labours, but to hold him up to the students as an example of the vocation into which they may be called.

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Job Posting: Development Officer/Bookkeeper

Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, is seeking a part-time Development Officer/Bookkeeper. The qualifications are:

  • working experience in fundraising/community relations and basic accounting knowledge;
  • above-average computer experience with word-processing and desktop publishing;
  • working knowledge of donor management software, accounting software, spreadsheets and website maintenance;
  • familiarity with Lutheran Church–Canada, its institutions, auxiliaries, and sister synods.

The work includes processing accounts payable, accounts receivable, donor appeals; receipting; and relations, events and administration assistance. The position reports to the Business Manager and the President. It starts at 20 hours per week.

Please send applications to Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, c/o Mike Bauer, 470 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines, ON L2T 4C3; or e-mail mbauer@brocku.ca by 6 August 2015.

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Trinity’s Anniversary Celebrations Support the Seminary

Trinity Lutheran Church, NOTL, 60 Anniversary Celebration

Trinity Lutheran Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, celebrated her 60th anniversary on Sunday, 28 June, with the theme, “The Gifts Christ Freely Gives”.

The celebration began with organist Michael Nieminen giving a recital of Reformation-era chorales that touch upon the Christian prayer life. These chorales continue to serve as a source of comfort and instruction through their inclusion in Lutheran Service Book. “To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray” (Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist, LSB 768),  “Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest” (Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, LSB 498), and “Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now” (Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, LSB 902) are just three of the many chorales that to this day are the mainstay of congregational singing in our Lutheran churches.

The anniversary celebration continued with a catered rotisserie chicken dinner. While everyone was enjoying the apple pie, greetings were given by District President Paul Zabel, Seminary President Thomas Winger, and District Gift Coordinator Alfred Feth.

Following dinner, Pastor Kurt Reinhardt gave a presentation on prayer. He spoke of howCelebrationwe often attempt to pray in the way of the Law, as if we had to twist God’s arm to get what we want. However, our calling in Christ is to pray in the way of the Gospel, trusting that our heavenly Father is good and gracious, and relying on the gifts of Word and Sacrament.

The evening concluded with Vespers. Pastor Larry Ritter preached about the two ways of treating forgiveness—forgiveness as achieved by Christ on the cross on Good Friday and forgiveness as distributed to us today. Forgiveness comes to us in specific ways. Forgiveness is not in the air we breathe, nor does it come to us through a beautiful sunset or because we think we are too nice not to be forgiven. Rather, God pours His forgiveness into us in Holy Baptism, and places His forgiveness into our ears through Holy Absolution and preaching, and even places His forgiveness into our mouths in the Holy Supper.

Trinity would like to thank the sixty-nine people who came out on a wet afternoon to help her celebrate her sixty years of receiving Christ’s gifts and for helping her raise funds for seminary’s fall symposium, “ ‘You Then, My Son’: Pastoral Perspectives on Paul”. $527.30 was given in support of the seminary ($1,027.30 with the FaithLife matching grant). Thanks be to God!

More photos are available here.

Trinity Lutheran Church, NOTL, 60 Anniversary Celebration

 

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Practise These Things (Vicars’ Retreat 2015)

Vicars receive their placements at the Call Service

Vicars receive their placements at the Call Service

The collect for the vicars at the Call Service asked the Lord of the Church to give these young men “zeal and faithfulness to perform their tasks to the edification of Your people and their progress in preparing to serve as pastors in Your Church.” The transition from academic learning to active, on-the-job learning is not always so easy. Newly-assigned vicars have lots of questions about their upcoming year of service, and also concerns about living accommodations, starting dates, etc.

Vicar Milton Lam meets supervisor Rev. Alex Klages (CLTS alumnus 2003)

Vicar Milton Lam meets supervisor Rev. Alex Klages (CLTS alumnus 2003)

To aid the vicars in preparing for this new phase in their training, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, provides an opportunity for vicars and supervisors to meet in a retreat format. This year’s retreat took place 2-3 June at the seminary under the guidance of the seminary Vicarage Supervisors, Dr William Mundt and Dr Wilhelm Torgerson.

In addition to talking about general concerns and conditions of a vicarage, each vicar had specific times and specific assignments to discuss with his supervisor. The wives joined the group for dinner Tuesday evening, where retired pastor Frank Silver and his wife Mary highlighted some of the challenges they encountered on vicarage and first placement and encouraged the students to be patient and faithful.

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Golf is More than a Game

The Winning Team!

The Winning Team!

Golf is More than a Game. … At least it is for dedicated players. Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary thanked the supporters of the game for their commitment to the cause of preparing servants for God’s mission, since the tournament is also one of the major annual fund-raisers.

On Monday, 1 June, the 83 golfers got ready for a shotgun start in 2015 Tournament held at Sawmill Golf Course, just outside of St. Catharines. Although cloudy, and a little cooler than usual, the rain stayed away. The day ended with a delicious chicken and rib dinner and the awarding of prizes.

Seminary President Dr Thomas Winger thanked everyone for their support and introduced a few present who have played in every tournament. But equally exciting was to see a number of younger, first-time participants. Special thanks to the club, the hole sponsors, the prize donors, and Linda Lantz, the seminary’s Administrative Assistant, for ensuring another successful tournament this year.

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Call Service 2015

Blessed is the man whose delight is in the Word of the Lord.

Front (l to r): Joseph Sing, James Preus; Back (l to r): Milton Lam, Andrew Preus, Paul Schulz; Absent: Jeff Swords

Front (l to r): Joseph Sing, James Preus; Back (l to r): Milton Lam, Andrew Cottrill, Paul Schulz; Absent: Jeff Swords

Just when candidates and vicars thought they might get a break, Rev. Stephen Preus, brother of one of the graduates, reminded them in his sermon on II Corinthians 13:1-14: “Test yourselves” if you want to be faithful servants of the Lord for His Church. He added, this might prove difficult at times, since few in the world want to hear about their sins or the need for grace alone; but it is necessary. As all were reminded in the collects, vicars need practice, so “all may see your progress,” and candidates were urged to pay careful attention to themselves and “to all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.”

The hymns and readings at the Placement and Call Service for the three vicars and three CLTS Call Service 2015candidates from Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, held Saturday, 30 May 2015, the Eve of Holy Trinity, at Christ Lutheran Church, likewise reflected on such readiness to serve by one prepared to “meditate on His Word day and night.” In attendance were 165 people, and at least 50 took advantage of the live-streaming. The Seminary Guild hosted a reception for all after the service.

This annual spring ritual encourages the eager vicars and newly-certified candidates and assigns them their placements and calls. Andrew Cottrill will serve Christ Lutheran Church in Timmins, Ontario, under the supervision of Rev. David Smilek. Milton Lam heads west to Winkler, Manitoba, where he will serve Trinity Lutheran under the supervision of Rev. Alex Klages. Paul Schulz was assigned to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Terre Haute, Indiana, to work with Rev. Jacob R. Sutton. Receiving their first placements to serve as pastors were James Preus, to Trinity, Ottumwa, Iowa; Joseph Singh (a PAT graduate) to Assistant Pastor at Our Saviour, Etobicoke, Ontario; and Jeff Swords to St. John Lutheran, Angola, New York. An Edmonton graduate, Aaron Astley, will fill the nearby vacancy at Redeemer, Hamilton/Christ Our Saviour, Grimsby, Ontario. East District President, Rev. Paul Zabel and Eastern District representative, Rev. Alan Bauch, presented each student with their documents and welcomed them into the respective synods.

Dr Jim Keller (LBTC) with Mr Gord Martins, Delta Chi recipient

Dr Jim Keller (LBTC) with Mr Gord Martins, Delta Chi recipient

In addition to encouraging these new servants, the worship service also recognized individuals for past service. Mr Gordon Martens, from Warman, Saskatchewan, received the Delta Chi Medal. He has been active in his congregation and community and also by serving on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Bible Translators–Canada. Seminary President, Dr. Thomas Winger, also paused to wish Godspeed and farewell to Dr William Mundt on retiring from 15 years of full-time service to Concordia. This coincides with the 40th anniversary of his ordination.

More photos are available here.

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Farewell and Godspeed to Dr Bill Mundt

Dr Bill Mundt Retirement DinnerWhen he was a young pastor in his first parish–Grace Lutheran Church in north St. Catharines–Rev. Bill Mundt worked with a few other Niagara area pastors on our fledgling seminary. In 1976 it was an extension site of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne. Fast forward to 2000 and the newly “Doctored” Bill Mundt was called onto the faculty to teach dogmatics and evangelism.

After fifteen years of teaching, serving also at various times as Academic Dean, Dean of Students, Director of Field Education, Vicarage, and Placement, and Director of Development, Dr Mundt is now retiring from full-time service–though not from the ministry of Christ’s church in Canada.

Dr Bill Mundt Retirement DinnerOn Friday, 29 May, a crowd of 65 friends and colleagues gathered at Hernder Estates Wines for dinner in his honour. Dr Mundt was given a well-deserved roasting from CLTS Board of Regents chairman Rev. Robert Krestick, East District President Rev. Paul Zabel, faculty colleague Dr Wilhelm Torgerson, and Emeritus President Dr Jonathan Grothe.

CLTS Call Service 2015On Saturday, 30 May, President Dr Thomas Winger invoked the Word of God and prayer to bid farewell and Godspeed to Dr Mundt during the seminary’s annual call service.

More photos of the retirement dinner are available here.

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Call Service Livestream 2015

2013 Call Service 4-4x6The seminary’s annual Call Service takes place on Saturday, 30 May 2015, 4:00pm, at Christ Lutheran Church, St. Catharines. We plan to broadcast the service live by webcam. If you would like to watch, follow the link below.

https://livestream.com/accounts/771825/events/4082323

A recording will be available after the event until 25 June.

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Q & A with Dr Thomas Winger, Author of Ephesians Concordia Commentary

Q and A on EphesiansThe Concordia Academic blog recently posted an interview with CLTS President Dr Thomas Winger about his commentary on Ephesians. Read the whole story here:

http://academic.cphblogs.com/exegetical-theology-and-bible-commentaries/q-a-with-dr-thomas-winger-author-of-ephesians-concordia-commentary/

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