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  • Voice CALC

    Canadian Association

    of Lutheran

    “Go in peace and serve the Lord”

    APRIL 2017

  • Victory Voice Page 2



    FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 7 pm

    Christian magician, Medicine Hatter Scott Cowan will present an entertaining program with a gospel message in support of Oasis Canada’s Outreach to Slovakia.

    Scott is a native of Pelee Island, Ontario (the southernmost populated place in Canada). He attends Hillcrest Church and is editor of Spotlight Magazine. His wife, Joan Bateman, is a celebrated photographer and owner of Gainsboro Studios.

    It will be an entertaining and inspirational evening for the whole family: adults as well as children.

    Pastor Jim will be leading a team to Slovakia to lead an English as Second Language camp for teens as well as evening adult times. The cost per person is $2500 and Pastor Jim and oth- ers are attempting to raise this cost as well as raising prayer awareness. Please set aside the date.

    Freewill Offering

    Recently Sue and I saw the movie “The Shack.” It is a cine- matic portrayal of the book of the same name by William Paul Young. The book was quite controversial when it first was released with sentiments being roughly divided between love it or hate it. But what needs to be understood is that neither the book nor the movie intend to be a theological treatise but rather the exploration of one man’s spiritual journey and how he comes to grips with his past and embraces his future. It illustrat- ed very well God’s story of redemption and love of relation- ship as well as the intricate workings and relationship of the Trinity. The central character, Mack, is brought to confront his own judgement of others (and especially of God) as he was brought to the point of forgiving those who had hurt him very deeply.

    One scene in particular drives home the truth of the cross and the hope of the resurrection. He is invited to sit on the seat of judgement. He finds this very uncomfortable but then he is reminded that he finds judge- ment quite easy in his daily life. He then is confronted with a dramatic choice. His two living children appear before him and he must choose to send one to Hell. As a father he is unable to do so and instead demands that he be sent to hell in their place. That precisely is what any loving father would do. And precisely what our Heavenly Father chose to do. This is the message of Good Friday.

    From that place of judgement he is led through a waterfall, symbolic perhaps of baptism, and certainly of being cleansed by God. He is permitted to see his daughter who had died traumatically at the hands of a murderer. He sees the gift of eternity and the hope of resur- rection. In other words, the message of Easter.

    The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ lie at the very centre of our hope and our faith. We see on the cross a God who is willing to take our place and who loves us with an everlasting love. As we celebrate Easter, we are celebrating hope, faith, and victory!

    God bless you!

    Pastor Jim

    Friday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.

    We are presenting Rick Steves’ “Luther and the Reformation.” Rick Steves is the host of a travel show on PBS—and an active Lutheran. He presents the history and sights of the Reformation in an enter- taining and informational hour.

    Pastor Jim Bredeson

    Page 3

    Christ Alone, the Cross Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, the Word Alone… Thank you to all who have participated in “The Cross and the Crown” Bible study series.

    We have been working through the major themes of the reformation one by one. We have looked for where they come from in Scripture and what Lutheran Christians mean by them. As I write this article we are only part way through, but I am once again impressed, awed by God’s work on our behalf.

    We humans, we want to be in control of things. We want to do things ourselves. But that is not God’s way. God wants to do it, HIMSELF.

    Salvation is something only God can do. We cannot do it. Faith is something only God can give, we cannot make it. It is Jesus Christ alone who does and gives and reveals it to us. We are on the receiving end. We get no credit. It is all God. So here we sit, thinking about Jesus death and resurrection, waiting for Easter. What is left for us to do? Be in awe of who our Lord is and all he has done for us. Serving Christ together with you, Lila de Waal

    Are you feeling “all medieval?” Help us recreate Wittenberg, Germany in the 1500s. We need your help to celebrate the 500

    th Anniversary of the

    Reformation with an experiential overview of Martin Luther’s life. We will be doing this in cooperation with St. Peter and Unity. We will need volunteers: Carpenters (for set construction) Painters (both house painters and artistic painters) Sewers and tailors (costume design) Actors

    Construction will be coordinated by St. Peter’s

    Sign painting by Victory

    Costumes by Unity.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: All people from the 3 churches can do any one of the above.

    Each church is a designated coordinator only.

    The event will take place Saturday, October 28 in the Wildrose Room, Higdon Hall.

    Sign up today at the Welcome Centre!


    Diaconal Minister Lila de Waal ldewaal@victory

    Looking ahead……

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Institute of Lutheran Theology presents a Word At Work Workshop


    9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    $25. per person $45. per couple

    $65. per group of 3 or more

    Admission Payable to ILT

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    12:00 p.m.,

    Tuesday, April 4

    in the Fellowship Hall


    April/May: Grace Alone (The Battle for the Kingdom)

    Sundays in Lent: The Battle for the Kingdom

    June/July/August: Faith Alone (Living the Kingdom)

    September/October/November: Christ Alone (The Kingdom)

    7:00 a.m. Holy Communion

    April 5 - 6:00 p.m.

    April 5 - 6:45 p.m.

    Worship at 7:00 p.m. Holy Communion

    Worship at 10:00 a.m.

    9:00 a.m. Holy Communion

    10:30 a.m. Holy Communion

    is served after each worship

    service, as long as the

    donated food lasts! 

    Sign up sheet near the

    Prayer Room

    Page 5

    S.P.L.A.S.H Coordinator Barb Beifus

    Family & Youth Director Hannah Fairbrother


    Thank you to the congregation members who assisted the children in March

    with their string art project. We certainly made a racket and the end results

    were beautiful.

    As Holy Week is approaching the children

    will be learning to play the hand bells with

    Heather. As a special treat to the congrega-

    tion they will be blessing us with “Hosanna” on Palm Sunday at the 10:30

    a.m. worship service. The children will then proceed to the Ark to learn about

    the “triumphal entry into Jerusalem”.

    As there is a long Easter break from school, there will be no S.P.L.A.S.H.

    for two Sundays, April 16 and April 23rd. When S.P.L.A.S.H. returns on

    April 30th the children will learn about “Mothers of the Bible” and prepare a

    gift for mom for Mother’s Day. This lesson will continue into May.

    Thank you to those of you who have been teaching and helping in Sunday

    school. The children appreciate your hard work.

    Barb Beifus, S.P.L.A.S.H. Coordinator

    April 5 – Kid’s Group, 6:15 -

    7:00 pm

    April 7-9 – Youth Surge at @


    There will be no youth events

    the week of Easter Break,

    April 16 - 22.