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 president@concordiamissions.org.

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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.

CLMS announces projects for 2017

The Concordia Lutheran Mission Society is pleased to announce our 2017 list of projects.

Children being fed

Children enjoying a nutritious meal at a Nicaraguan feeding program.

Canada

1701 – South Asian Radio Ministry – $5,000

Cambodia

1702 – Gospel Outreach In Cambodia – $12,000 *NEW*

Costa Rica

1703 – Cartago Missionary Support – $25,000
1704 – Children’s Christian Education in the communities of Cartago -$6,500
1705 – Youth Outreach in Cartago- $1,600 *NEW*

Nicaragua

1706 – Children’s Christian Education Materials- $9,600
1707 – Deaconess Support – $8,000
1708 – Rancheria Earthquake Relief – $10,000 *NEW*
1709 – Support for Pastor and Deaconess Morales in Sebaco– $12,000
1710 – Assistance for Worship and Outreach facilities in Rivas – $6,400
1711 – Nutrition for the children of Rancheria – $2,000
1712 – Central America Church Worker Medical Fund – $7,000 *NEW*
1713 – Music Program for Children and Youth – $5,000 *NEW*
1714 – Computer Training for Deaconesses and Children – $2,500 *NEW*
1715 – Motorcycle for Pastor Guillermo’s Mission Outreach to Masaya – $3,000 *NEW*
1716 – Microfinance Program for Church Workers in Central America- $2,800 *NEW*

Thailand

1717 – Mission and Ministry to Kokkloi, Thailand – $8,500

Ukraine

1718 – Bible Study Outreach in the Village of Zorya – $1,600
1719 – Support for LCC’s Missionary Navarotskyy in Nikolaev – $9,800
1720 – “Days of Faith” Theological Conference – $1,000 *NEW*
1721 – Summer Youth Camp – $1,400 *NEW*
1722 – Men’s and Women’s Gatherings for Reformation 500 – $1,100 *NEW*

Detailed information on each project will be available on our website in the coming weeks.

If you wish to support any of these projects now, you may do so here.

Supporting Lutherans in Ukraine

1522 UK seminaryThe seminary programs in Ukraine restarted this year with Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson teaching three intensive courses up to December. CLMS has forwarded the funds we have on hand to support the seminary’s fall classes, but more is still needed. Although the world has tried very hard to keep them from their studies, the students were able to return to school with a newly appointed President, and a warm environment fueled by the coal fired furnace.

Support Lutherans in Ukraine HERE

Feeding program for body and soul

12 2015 Nicaragua eWe know all too well, that where there is good work being done in His name, it is there that the devil focuses his energy. He will try to get in between the Word and the recipient and place boulders of fear and doubt. We have seen the devil take advantage of opportunities, but thankfully the Lord also works in everything for His good. Nicaragua has faced challenges with the Children’s feeding programs, which are one of LCC’s most fruitful missions. Thanks to the CLMS projects you are funding for the “Bread of Life” and Deaconess support, the children are being fed physical bread and opening doors for the Gospel.

Support our Nicaragua projects HERE

Pastor needs support

12 2015 thailand eIn Thailand we are told that Pastor Suchat Chujit’s ministry is steady and strong.  His church membership is small, but he has established several preaching stations and has welcomed new members into his adult bible study.

Support Pastor Chujit HERE

Youth focus in Costa Rica

12 2015 Costa Rica eDespite the obstacles presented in Costa Rica work progresses in the energetic and sustainable projects where there is youth work. Through the many programs focused on the development and strengthening of the faith of the youth, you are helping to prepare youth for outreach and providing them with the tools needed so that they are “not ashamed of the Gospel”.  As with Canadian youth, your prayers are needed to keep the young hearts of Costa Rica focused on Christ so that they can continue to be conduits of the power of God who brings Salvation.

Support our Costa Rica projects HERE

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 Board sets ambitious 2015 project goal

2015 CLMS Board Meeting

Rev. Cliff Haberstock, President of CLMS, addresses board at 2015 meeting in Guelph, Ontario

GUELPH, Ont. – At its annual face-to-face meeting February 5-7, the Board of Directors of the Concordia Lutheran Mission Society (CLMS) chose to support six new projects and renew 17 existing projects which set a 2015 project support goal of $146,000. This represents an 8 percent increase over the 2014 goal of $135,000 which donors from across Canada supported with their generous gifts.

“We give thanks to God for the mission outreach support He provides CLSM through His people,” noted Rev. Cliff Haberstock, president of the society. “We are humbled that we can be part of His mission of sharing the Gospel around the world.” CLMS raises financial support to assist the mission and ministry of Lutheran Church–Canada.

The volunteer organization also welcomed two new board members, Julie Thompson of British Columbia and Lisa Jackson of Ontario.

Details for the 2015 projects will be available soon. To receive email updates scroll down to the bottom of the page and check the “Notify me of new posts” box.

CLMS Board

CLMS Board for 2015

Gospel proclamation inside and out in Nicaragua

Pastor Ruffino proclaims God's Word in Rivas, Nicaragua.

Pastor Ruffino proclaims God’s Word in Rivas, Nicaragua.

A pastor with a missionary’s heart is a blessing to a church. Pastor Ruffino in Nicaragua is now reaching out to four communities: Rivas, Jinotepe, La Pita and Diriamba. Two vicars from the seminary program assist him.

Earlier this year the people in La Pita gratefully received a large tarp that serves as the “roof over their head” when they worship and hold Bible study.

Meanwhile in Rivas the outreach rents a facility as do the congregations in Jinotepe and Diriamba. They receive support from Concordia Lutheran Mission Society to make sure the proclamation of the Gospel continues.

You can help too by clicking here.

Clinic provides health for body and soul

Pastors meet with people waiting to see a doctor or dentist at the mission center clinic.

Pastors meet with people waiting to see a doctor or dentist at the mission center clinic.

The health clinic at the mission centre in Chinandega, Nicaragua is experiencing an increase in patients. Regular worship services in the nearby Martin Luther Chapel make new connections with families in the neighbourhood. As a result, every Thursday as many as 30 people visit the clinic.

Rev. Edmond and Cherie Auger and Pastor Mardo Calero spend time with those waiting to see the doctor or dentist, providing comfort and counsel, and sharing with them the Good News of the Gospel. CLMS is privileged to help fund this ministry to body and soul.

Here’s how you can be involved.