Worship at Camp Kinasao, Christopher Lake, Sunday June 18

On Sunday June 18, Messiah Lutheran Church will worship at Camp Kinasao, Christopher Lake. The service starts at 11am and lunch will be served after the service. Since we’re worshiping at Kinasao, there is no service at Messiah Lutheran Church in Prince Albert. If you need a ride to Kinasao, please contact the office in the week before the service.

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Ecumenical Reformation Prayer Service, June 10

Ecumenical Prayer Service, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, June 10th at 3pm at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Prince Albert, SK.

The Evangelical Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches in Prince Albert prepare and coordinate the service, with the participation of other Christian denominations and faith communities. Present and presiding at the service will be Bishops from these three denominations, Bishop Sid Haugen, Saskatchewan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bishop Albert Thévenot, Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert, and Bishop Michael Hawkins, Anglican Diocese of North Saskatchewan. The events of the reformation in the 16th century have a significant historical meaning to all Christians of all denominations. Let us come together and celebrate our unity within our diversity. From Galatians, 3:28: For all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

Coffee, tea and dainties will be served after the service. All are welcome.

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Together in Christ – Ecumenical Bible Study

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have developed joint material entitled Together in Christ — Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The process of developing these resources has been an occasion of dialogue and of a deepening of relations between our two communions in Canada. Over the course of two years, a joint CCCB-ELCIC working group has been diligently planning on how to encourage our faithful to prayerfully reflect on the past 500 years; to offer thanksgiving to God for the progress made in our efforts toward reconciliation; and to pray for pardon and peace wherever our words or actions have fallen short of what Christ demands of us as Christians. Together, we are seeking to be people of reconciliation striving toward Christian unity.

One part of this material is a five-part parish study which is to be used in individual segments or as a five-session series by local Lutheran, Catholic, joint or ecumenical study groups. The study covers the 500-year arc of history from the 16th Century Reformation until now. The resource is designed to bring Catholic and Lutheran parishes together to facilitate conversation, study and prayer. The resource touches on some of the events and theological questions surrounding the Reformation and the advancements in reconciliation which have occurred over the past 50 years.

We at Messiah Lutheran Church invite you to join us for this study in the month of May and June. The first session starts on May 17 and then every Wednesday until June 14 at 7pm to 8:30pm. This invitation is extended to all Christian communities and churches in our area, but especially Lutheran and Roman Catholic communities. We are confident that this study and the conversation it creates can strengthen and deepen the relationship between different Christian traditions. By the end of our studies, June 10 at 3pm, we will gather together for an Ecumenical Prayer service that takes place here in Prince Albert at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Come join us. Hear the story from both sides, participate in the conversation and take a step toward a reconciliation. All are welcome.

Check out the study resources beforehand. Here’s a link to the material: http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/commissions-committees-and-aboriginal-council/national-commissions/christian-unity-religious-relations-with-the-jews-and-interfaith-dialogue/documents/4634-together-in-christ-lutherans-and-catholics-commemorating-the-reformation

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Just In Case seminar, May 4

On Thursday May 4 at 7:30pm, Messiah Lutheran Church will host a Just In Case seminar. Presented by Harold Empey, retired Federated Co-op Executive, this seminar acts as a guide through finding and collecting the information that your executor and loved ones might need Just in Case. “Just in Case” takes planning to a new level of detail, offering suggestions on personal information such as computer passwords, dealing with treasured possessions and obituaries. The information presented in this seminar is meant as a guide only for preparing your estate or funeral plans. Death can occur any time and in some cases, is very un-expected. Going through this process might be difficult at times but it will bring peace of mind making it well worth the effort. This session has also proved very helpful in times of sudden illness or hospitalization when another party must deal unexpectedly with your everyday matters, such as paying bills. There are 12 different sections in this Seminar dealing with the variety of issues that must be handled. There is a binder available at the seminar for participants to use as a guide as they do their own planning. The seminar is free of charge to anyone interested in attending.

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Garage Sale April 20 & 21

Our annual Garage Sale takes place on Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21 from 10am to 8pm (7pm on Friday). All are welcome.

During the Garage Sale, our youth will run a canteen in the hall, fundraising for their CLAY youth gathering next year. People coming to the garage sale can sit down and have coffee and dainties after or before they browse through the sale.

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