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.


  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 .

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.

Reformation outreach in Central America

1506 NIC C W gathering

A 2014 Reformation gathering in Martin Luther Chapel in Chinandega, Nicaragua

When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg in 1517, Central America was an area of new exploration for Europeans. Now, almost 500 years later, the roots of his Reformation are growing in hearts across the area. Through God’s Word people are discovering freedom from the Law-centred Christianity they grew up with, finding grace in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Reformation is important to Central American Lutherans and to celebrate the 500th anniversary the pastors and deaconesses of Iglesia Luterana Sinodo de Nicaragua (ILSN) will  spend the next three years gathering together to study in depth what it means to preach, teach and live by “Grace Alone, Faith Alone and Scripture Alone.”

A small group got together in 2014 in Costa Rica to lay the foundation for these annual convocations. Now the goal is to engage the region in commemorating this important event in the life of Christ’s Church. The ILSN is planning fellowship and community outreach activities, worship celebrations and other events over the next three years that will engage the local media and communities.

You can help spread the Reformation word of God’s grace throughout Central America by supporting this project.

I want Central America to know about God’s grace.

(Project 1506) Goal $2,280