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Welcome to St. Ansgar Lutheran Church … 
We, the people of St. Ansgar, are a worshipping, learning, witnessing and serving community of baptized persons among whom the Word is proclaimed and the Sacraments are administered according to the Gospel.

Worship

We invite you to join us for any of the following worship services:

Sundays
10:30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion (September through June)
10:00 a.m. Service of Holy Communion (July and August)
10:30 a.m. Sunday School Sept. – May

FROM PASTOR DAVID’S DESK

JUNE 2016

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is near… (Mark 1:15)

How we arrived at the threshold of June so quickly I don’t really know. While most people think of summer as a quieter time of the year in the life of the church, it really is not. This month is synod convention. Heather Ellis will be attending as St. Ansgar’s Lay Delegate. As clergy, I have a standing invitation to attend! Lay people and clergy from across the synod will gather at the convention center near Pearson Airport from June 23 through June 26. We will worship as God’s people, hear reports on the areas of ministry that we share, vote on spending plans and programmes for the coming years, and vote on persons who will serve on our behalf between assemblies. For the first time, this year we will also vote on the synod’s delegates to next year’s national convention in Winnipeg. Some of the sessions can be long and tedious, but it is a privilege to share in these decisions and in the ministries of the Eastern Synod.

Also in June we are busy planning for Confirmation Camp, which will again be held this year at Camp Edgewood. The dates are July 17 through July 22. Both our first and second year confirmation students will be attending together. Our curriculum focus will be Martin Luther and what we believe as Lutherans. Not only will we be studying together, but it is also an excellent opportunity to interact and get to know our youth in a different and fun way. (Let the prayers begin for good weather and few mosquitoes!)

This is also the month that we continue preparing for Vacation Bible School. VBS follows Confirmation Camp and begins July 25 and goes through July 29. The theme is Surf Shack and the final preparations need to be completed this month. We only have two days to recover from camp, do laundry, and write a sermon before the fun begins on Monday morning! Again, Vacation Bible School is an awesome opportunity to spend time with the youth of our congregations and the other children who find their way to us.

Before we know it August will be here and all the planning and preparation will be in full swing for the start of the school year and the programming that begins in September. It seems like summer will fly by once again. Sadly, since we are always looking ahead to what must be done for the coming seasons we do not take enough time to enjoy the present.

The church certainly knows chronos, or clock time, that moving empty space waiting to be filled. But the church also knows another kind of time, Biblical time or kairos. This time is filled with God’s gracious actions and presence, viewed as a gift of God and filled with grace. Beginning now, as the busy months of summer approach, let us make a conscious effort to take time out from “clock time” to notice, appreciate, and give thanks for all the Biblical times in our lives. These gifts from God surround us every day. We only need to stop and look around us to see God’s gracious actions and presence in our lives and know how blessed we truly are.

Shalom,

Pastor David