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.

Youth Ministry

Since 2015 youth from Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica have met annually at the Mission Centre in Chinandega for a National Youth Gathering. More recently there have also been spin-off regional youth gatherings held in Matagalpa, Jinotega, and Costa Rica.

If you are compelled to help the youth continue to meet, and grow in their faith, please support this worthy project.

I want to support the youth.

Project 1808 Goal: $6000

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Men’s and Women`s Gatherings for Reformation 500

Not everyone can join the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine’s annual Days of Faith Conference, so these gatherings will provide an exciting, timely alternative. The church plans to hold two seminars for women and two or three seminars for men and leaders of congregations focused on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and its themes of Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone.

I want to support the Reformation gatherings in Ukraine.

Project 1722 Goal: $1,100

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Summer Youth Camp

Summer is a time of refreshment. The Summer Youth Camp brings together youth and young adults for a retreat to encourage them in their faith, and invite friends to hear the Gospel. This year`s focus will be on the Reformation. The church also sees the gathering as an opportunity to look for gifted young men and talk to them about the preparing for service as pastors in the Holy Ministry.

I want to support the summer youth camp in Ukraine.

Project 1720 Goal: $1,400

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Days of Faith – Theological Conference


The Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Ukraine (SELCU) provides this outreach to members of all her churches to gather for fellowship and growth in their Christian faith. It is a wonderful way of helping others know they are not alone.

I want to support the Days of Faith conference in Ukraine.

Project 1720 Goal: $1000

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Support for LCC’s Missionary Navarotskyy in Nikolaev

After two years of post-graduate studies at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta, Pastor Alexey Navrotskyy accepted a call and moved to the port city of Nikolaev, Ukraine. He serves two congregations and is supported as Lutheran Church Canada`s missionary to Ukraine. Funds provided to this project will help pay for housing, a stipend, and transportation.

I want to support Pastor Navrotskyy’s outreach in Ukraine.

Project 1719 Goal: $9,800

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Bible Study Outreach in the Village of Zorya

Pastor Sergei Bevz has been sharing Christ in his home village of Zorya and has been able to share the Gospel with many. He continues holding Bible classes for children, adults and youth. Finances are needed for transportation and resources.

I want to help bring the Gospel and God’s Word to Zorya in Ukraine.

Project 1718 Goal: $1,600

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Mission and Ministry to Kok Kloi, Thailand

 

Pastor Suchat Chujit

Pastor Suchat Chujit (left) prays before leading Bible study.

Pastor Chujit, his wife Aporn, and a few congregational leaders share the Gospel as best they can in south Thailand’s Phang-nga province. Pastor Chujit sells rubber and pineapples in his spare time to make extra money to survive but it’s not enough. Supporting this project will help Pastor Chujit and his family with the mission and ministry work in South Thailand.

I want to help Missionary Chujit

Project 1717 Goal: $8,500

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Micro-finance Program for Church Workers in Central America

This program will help church workers receive funds so they can start a business, farm some land, and begin self-sustaining projects to provide ongoing funds to care for their families.

I want to help church workers in Central America become self-supporting.

Project 1716 Goal: $2800

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Motorcycle for Mission outreach to Masaya

Pastor Guillermo Zuniga from Granada, Nicaragua has been doing mission outreach into the region of the Masaya Volcano. There are 22 children and 12 adults currently attending Bible Studies however, Pastor Guillermo needs a motorcycle to commute to this area more regularly.

I want to help buy the motorcycle for Pastor Guillermo .

Project 1715 Goal: $3000

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