Notice of CLMS Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

You are invited to join in the Concordia Lutheran Mission Society Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 25 at 5 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Central, 3 p.m. Mountain, 2 p.m. Pacific.  Please email Pastor Mark Lobitz at  if you would like to have the Zoom Link sent to you the week before the AGM Meeting. 

Join us to hear about the Mission Projects of CLMS.

Blessings!

Pastor Mark Lobitz, President

CLMS Annual General Meeting

Due to Canada experiencing the second wave of the coronavirus, the CLMS 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom on Sunday afternoon, November 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM Mountain Standard Time (2pm PST, 4pm CST, 5pm EST).

Those wishing to attend should e-mail to receive the Zoom meeting link.

CLMS Annual General Meeting POSTPONED

Concordia Lutheran Mission Society has postponed its 2020 AGM until such time as it is entirely safe to meet together. 

In the meantime CLMS will continue accepting your donations for our mission projects.   This week we forwarded $43,000 (approximately 1/4 of our 2020 goal) for mission projects. Thank you for your help in making this possible! 

Most importantly, we will continue praying for the missionaries, pastors and deaconesses, and all our brothers and sisters, in vulnerable countries. Please join us in praying for them, as many of these countries are poorly equipped to combat the spreading virus.   

We are also praying for our faithful donors, and for all within LCC, as together we adapt to cancelled worship services and social isolation.

Do not forget, our God is the great “I  AM.”

“I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you. . .” Isaiah 46:4  

CLMS Annual General Meeting – Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at 11am at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Calgary.

This is a notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Concordia Lutheran Mission Society, to be held on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at 11am at: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 66 – 7th Street NE, Calgary AB.

Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Agenda

  1. Opening Prayer and call to Order
  2. Minutes from 2019 AGM
  3. 2019 Financial Statements
  4. Election of Directors (confirmation of vote results and board appointments)
  5. Other business
  6. Adjournment and Closing Prayer

For any questions, please contact Joyce Loblitz at .

CLMS Board of Directors Update

Despite the frigid temperatures, seven people with a passion for missions met in Edmonton at Concordia Lutheran Seminary from January 16th to 18th to plan for the CLMS path forward in 2020. 

          We thank the Lord for two new board members: Cathy Weger and Curtis Schafer.  Cathy will be our Treasurer and Curtis will take the role of Secretary.  Continuing on the board are:

  • Joyce Lobitz – President
  • Rev. Cliff Haberstock – Vice-President
  • June Barlund – Director of Ministry and Projects
  • Marilyn Witte – Assistant to Director of Ministry and Projects
  • Rev. Roland Syens – Pastoral Advisor

(L to R) Rev. Cliff Haberstock, Joyce Lobitz, Rev. Roland Syens, Cathy Weger, June Barlund, Curtis Schafer. Missing – Marilyn Witte

         A number of items came up for discussion, one of which was to address who should CLMS consider to be a “voting member”?  We have always assumed that every donor would WANT to be a voting member, which may not be true.  And it was realized that a number of donors are not members of an LCC affiliated congregation. It was decided that to be a voting member, donors must “opt-in” by sending in a membership form.  This was mailed out with the new brochure in February to all donors who gave in the last two years.

          We are updating our membership list in anticipation of more people coming forward to say, “I want to serve the Lord and support missions using the talents with which I have been blessed.” 

CLMS plans to hold its next AGM at St. Matthew Lutheran in Calgary on April 4, 2020. We look forward to the attendance of CLMS supporters in the Calgary area.

CLMS Annual General Meeting – July 11, 2019, 7pm, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Ontario

This is a notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Concordia Lutheran Mission Society, to be held on Thursday, July 11th, 2019, at 7:00pm, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 322 East Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario.

 

Agenda

  1.  Opening Prayer and call to Order
  2.  Minutes from 2018 AGM
  3.  2018 Financial Statements
  4.  Election of Directors (confirmation of vote results and board appointments)
  5.  Other business
  6.  Adjournment and Closing Prayer

For any questions, please contact Jon Oberholzer at .

CLMS Annual General Meeting – May 7th, Waterloo, Ontario

This is a notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Concordia Lutheran Mission Society, to be held on Sunday, May 7th at 1:30pm, at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 700 Glen Forrest Blvd., Waterloo, Ontario.

Agenda

  1.  Opening Prayer and call to Order
  2.  Minutes from 2016 AGM (Appended below for reference)
  3.  2016 Financial Statements
  4.  Election of Directors (confirmation of vote results and board appointments)
  5.  Other business
  6.  Adjournment and Closing Prayer

A Q&A session with Rev. Roland Syens, regarding our work in Ukraine will be held following the formal portion of the meeting.

For any questions, please contact Jon Oberholzer at .

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CONCORDIA LUTHERAN MISSION SOCIETY
Annual General Meeting Minutes
Faith Lutheran Church, Saskatoon, SK

January 31, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by President Cliff Haberstock and opened with a prayer by Rev. Ralph Mayan.

Rev. Haberstock briefly explained that “members of the society” are all those who have made donations in the past two years, and described the purpose of the meeting.  He introduced the 2016 Board of Directors to those in attendance.

Rev. Roland Syens and Marilyn Witte, Co-Directors of Ministries and Projects, briefly reported on our 2015 projects.  All were fully funded except one, and the remaining balance on this project was carried forward to 2016. They also referred to the complete list of approved projects which had been distributed to everyone as they entered the meeting.

Pastor Haberstock mentioned that a 2015 financial statement was on the opposite side of the same paper as the project listing.

Pastor Haberstock also announced that he had award certificates for the following Mission Advocates: Lisa Jackson and her team that had recently returned from mission work in Nicaragua; Jon Oberholzer and the team that he was part of, who had been in Nicaragua before Christmas; Reg Zotzman who would be leaving for Nicaragua to do computer training in February; and Al Turner who goes to Nicaragua each year to help with the agricultural project at the Mission Centre.

The meeting was adjourned and Rev. Roland Syens led in prayer.

Following the meeting, Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel gave a presentation about the missions with which LCC is involved in Central America, Southeast Asia and Ukraine. He also asked Lisa Jackson, Jon Oberholzer and Reg Zotzman to briefly share some of their experiences in the mission field. The offering was designated for Thailand – Missionary Support. A joint choir from the congregations of Faith Lutheran and St. Paul’s Lutheran sang a number of pieces throughout the afternoon as well as leading us in several hymns.

Afterwards, refreshments were provided by Faith Lutheran Church.

Mission updates at CLMS event

Neitzel presentation

Dr. Leonardo Neitzel provides an update on LCC Missions.

KITCHENER, Ont. – At Concordia Lutheran Mission Society’s (CLMS) Annual General Meeting and Mission Festival, Sunday, February 8 at Faith Lutheran Church, almost 60 people heard the latest mission news from Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC), celebrated overseas mission activities, and heard first-hand of mission challenges in Ukraine.

Rev. Dr. Leonardo Neitzel, Mission Executive for Lutheran Church-Canada, provided a detailed update on LCC’s mission fields including Ukraine, Southeast Asia, Canada and Central America. Sharing photos and stories Dr. Neitzel provided the audience with an engaging look at both the successes and challenges faced by mission workers and those they serve.

Alexey skype chat

Attendees participated in a video chat with Ukrainian pastor, Rev. Alexey Navrotskyy, who is currently studying in Edmonton with the assistance of CLMS Partners in Mission.

Using Skype, the gathering participated in an interactive video call with Rev. Alexey Navrotskyy of Ukraine, who is involved in an intensive two-year study program at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton. This program, supported by CLMS, will enable Rev. Navrotskyy to improve his theological education and share his knowledge and experience with his fellow pastors in Ukraine upon his return. The pastor fielded a number of audience questions ranging from how he and his family are adjusting to life in Edmonton, to how the current turmoil in Ukraine is impacting the church there.  An offering taken in support of Pastor Navrotskyy’s studies raised almost $2500. (You can contribute to Alexey’s efforts by supporting project 1501 – Foreign Student Fund.)

Lisa Jackson recognition

Lisa Jackson receives a certificate of appreciation from CLMS president, Rev. Cliff Haberstock on behalf of her mission team to Nicaragua.

For the first time, CLMS presented Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of the many congregational and area teams venturing into the mission field. Recipients this year included Jane Ford and Lisa Jackson representing two Vacation Bible School teams and Reg Zotzman for an educational mission to supply laptops in Nicaragua.

Since CLMS exists to support the mission and ministry of Lutheran Church–Canada, the afternoon concluded with the presentation of a cheque for $14,340 to Dr. Neitzel by CLMS president, Rev. Cliff Haberstock. The funds represent the final 2014 gifts from people across Canada who had supported CLMS projects over the past year.

Rev. Haberstock expressed the thanks of CLMS to Rev. Warren Hamp and the people of Faith Kitchener for hosting the event and for all who came to hear about the wonderful work done by our Synod with the support of the society’s “Partners In Mission.”

cheque presentation

CLMS President Rev. Cliff Haberstock, hands cheque completing 2014 project commitments to LCC Mission Executive Dr. Leonardo Neitzel.

CLMS AGM and Mission Festival Set for February 8, 2015 in Kitchener

Rev. Alexey Navrotskyy

Rev. Alexey Navrotskyy

The 2015 Concordia Lutheran Mission Society Annual Meeting and Mission Festival will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church, 247 Westmount Road East, Kitchener, Ontario.

Dr. Leonardo Neitzel

Dr. Leonardo Neitzel

The Mission Festival will feature Dr. Leonardo Neitzel, head of Mission and Social Ministry for Lutheran Church-Canada, reporting on the challenges and opportunities of LCC missions. A Skype connection is also planned with Rev. Alexey Navrotskyy, a pastor from Ukraine who is pursuing further studies at Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton, AB.

The presentation will be followed by a brief Annual Meeting and refreshments. The CLMS Board of Directors will be meeting in Guelph February 5-7 to select mission projects for 2015.

CLMS at LCC Convention in Vancouver

Concordia Lutheran Mission Society will have a presence at Lutheran Church Canada’s Tenth National Convention in Vancouver, June 6-9 on the campus of the University of British Columbia.

CLMS will have an exhibit set up in the concourse of the Student Union building. Please stop by to learn more about CLMS, to pick up brochures for your home congregation, or just to say hello.