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.



  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 .

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 seeks nominations for Board (deadline Sept 22)

CLMS board

Current CLMS Board meets in Edmonton to set 2014 project goals

Who do you know with a heart for missions?  A wonderful opportunity is available to help share the Good News around the globe by serving on the board of Concordia Lutheran Mission Society.

CLMS is currently seeking nominations to fill three vacancies on its board.

Jesus once said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. So, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2). If you know a fellow of member of LCC who has a heart for missions, CLMS encourages you to nominate them to work on the board.

In particular we are looking for people with social media technical and communication skills, and who can develop resource materials.

You don’t have to ask your nominees for their consent to serve nor whether they are currently members of CLMS, but you should recognize them as being mission-minded and having the ability to serve in this capacity. The Nominating Committee will make personal contact with each nominee to determine their gifts and willingness to serve. It is also appropriate to nominate yourself or someone who has been previously nominated.

Nominations should be sent to CLMS President Cliff Haberstock at by September 22, 2014. With your submission please include the nominee’s name, address, phone number, and—if available—email address, along with a brief overview of why the nominee would be a strong addition to CLMS’ board.

Cambodian Deconess Student takes on a heavy challenge…

The following profile and prayer were graciously provided by Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan.

Cambodian Deaconess Student  – Miss Davy Soda

Cambodia is a country with a disastrous history. Under the rule of Pol Pot, the country was decimated by a systematic program of murder and civil dislocation. One third of the population was killed. Since that time, the country has been making a slow return to normalcy. Because of the need to relate to western countries, the government relaxed its restrictions on civil freedoms and foreigners were allowed to bring in the gospel. As a result, a new generation of believers has emerged.

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Diaconal student Davy Soda

Many of these Christians came to hear about Lutheran teaching through the translation of the Small Catechism into Khamir. Interested in learning more, a program of theological education was introduced with the support of Lutheran Church-Canada. God has blessed this work. In May, 2010, after 2 1/2 years of study, 16 Lutheran Pastors and 8 deaconesses graduated and began serving their new church, “The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cambodia.”

The training continues. A new class of pastoral and deaconal students has begun training. While you might wish to pray for this new Lutheran Church and their theological education program, I would encourage you to think of one student — Davy Soda.

Miss Davy Soda is a student from Kampot, Cambodia who has taken on a heavy challenge. She is studying to be a doctor, a midwife and a deaconess to serve in her congregation of Kampot Lutheran Church, Kampot, Cambodia.

Gracious Father in heaven, you continue to build your church around the world through the proclamation of the Gospel.  We see that today in Cambodia where Your Word is now being heard and received with faith. We ask your blessing upon the Lutheran Church in Cambodia and all those involved in the proclamation of the Gospel. We pray especially for those students preparing to be pastors and deaconesses in this church and in particular for Davy Soda. Bless her with a keen mind and a loving spirit and make her bold in sharing the love of Christ in her various vocations. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

CLMS annual meeting and Mission Festival

Annual Meeting and Mission Festival:Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 20 – 12th St. NW, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

Redeemer Lutheran

Hosted by Pastor John Blum & the Portage Circuit

Mission Speaker: Rev. Assefa Nega Aredo, pastor, Winnipeg Oromo congregation