2017 Lutheran Church—Canada Synodical Convention

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THE DETAILS

Dates: The 11th convention of Lutheran Church–Canada will be held October, 13-16, 2017.

Location: The convention sessions will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario.

CONVENTION THEME: The theme for the convention and for the next three years commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The specific Synodical convention theme is Christ Alone, Christ Forever.

The convention logo is based on Lutheran Church-Canada’s 2017 Reformation 500 logo with the convention theme added. It was designed by Philip Prozenko as a gift to the church. Prozenko is chairman of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is also President and owner of AtlantexCreativeWorks

CONVENTION FORMAT: The convention will begin with an orientation session on Friday, October 13 at 4 p.m. and conclude at lunchtime on Monday, October 16. An Opening Service will take place Friday evening and a Reformation anniversary event on Saturday evening.

It is anticipated that the primary business of the convention will be the restructuring of Synod and elections of those who will serve the Synod and its members in leadership positions and on commissions and boards.

CONVENTION APPOINTMENTS:

Convention arrangements are being handled by Dr. Ian Adnams who has managed conventions for LCC since 1996.

IMPORTANT DATES:

March 15, 2017                Ballots for president & vice-president to congregations

March 23, 2017                Delegate lists to District Secretary

April 13, 2017                Delegates lists to Synod Secretary

June 13, 2017                 Ballots for president & vice-president returned to Synod office

June 15, 2017                 Online registration open

June 15, 2017                 Workbook reports (committees, boards, commissions LSO’s and auxiliaries)

June 15, 2017                 Overtures deadline

August 1, 2017                Workbook published

August 7, 2017               Registration Deadline

August 25, 2017               Responses and comments re: reports & overtures

September 8/9                 Resolutions Committees meet

Upcoming Webinars on LCC’s Proposed New Structure

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) will be hosting two webinars on September 28, 2017 to unpack the details of the proposed new structure for Synod, which will be voted on during LCC’s upcoming national convention in October.

The webinar is a joint production of LCC’s Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (CCMS) and the Board of Directors (BOD), who in July agreed to work together to prepare a final restructuring proposal for the consideration of the convention.

LCC’s First Vice President Nolan Astley will be the presenter for the webinars, with CCMS Chairman William R.A. Ney helping to lead discussion. “The new structure we are recommending Lutheran Church–Canada adopt takes into account two years of consultation at the grassroots level,” explained Rev. Ney. “We hope that this presentation will help convention delegates and LCC members more widely to get a clearer understanding of the structure we are proposing, and how it will better serve the needs of our church body moving into the future.”

Vice President Astley agreed. “Our focus with these webinars is to help delegates better understand the restructuring plan before them—to make sure everyone understands clearly what they are being asked to vote upon,” he said. “For that reason, the sessions will be focused primarily on unpacking the details of the proposed structure, with debate and decision-making on the proposal reserved for the convention itself.”

The first presentation will take place September 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m (CDT). The second presentation option is from 8:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (CDT). Register to attend here. Video from the presentation will be uploaded at a later date.

Earlier this month, the joint working group published the results of their work. The proposed new structure is also included in a recently released supplement to the convention workbook.

The upcoming webinars can be viewed from a variety of devices, including smart phones and computer. Participants also have the option to listen to audio by phone rather than through their computer system (this option is made available when you join the webinar, along with an access code.)

Attendees are strongly encouraged to ensure their system meets basic system requirements for the live-stream well in advance of the actual meetings. You can do so by visiting this “Get Ready for Your First Webinar” page, which will test your system to ensure you’re ready to run the online convocation. The same page also allows you to join a Test Session to familiarize yourself with the system and to ensure settings like audio are properly configured. You will also find troubleshooting advice should you experience any technical problems. You can find details about attending via smart phone and general system requirements here.

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A Note to Convention Delegates from LCC President Bugbee

Lutheran Church–Canada President Robert Bugbee has issued the following note to convention delegates on recent materials shared by LCC. You can also download the letter as a pdf here.

Friends in Christ,

A helpful colleague wrote last weekend seeking clarity about materials shared with delegates (and with the wider church) in recent weeks. The concern was that, in the flurry of documents, it might all be a bit confusing. So I’ll try briefly with these lines to make a few things clearer:

The Convention Workbook, which you received in early August, is the usual collection of reports from officers of the Synod, boards, commissions, auxiliary organizations, etc. It also includes the original batch of “overtures,” that is, requests from congregations and other entities that the Convention take a certain action.

The Workbook Supplement, sent out on September 15, is really “Workbook—Volume 2”. We’ve never had this before. It was needed because of our delayed schedule of a Convention in October rather than the usual June. As a result of this later Convention, many typical deadlines fell in the summer. In the Workbook Supplement you will find an expanded report, for example, from the LCC Board of Directors. You’ll also find an extra batch of overtures that came in from congregations, a District Board of Directors, as well as from the Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (CCMS) and LCC Board of Directors (BOD). The CCMS included also the texts of the amendments it is proposing to the LCC Handbook – in other words, to the Statutory Bylaws, Constitution and Synodical Bylaws as the CCMS’ recommended way of restructuring our church. Finally, the Workbook Supplement contains as a resource document the version of the Act and Bylaws proposed some months ago. The CCMS wants delegates to understand that this resource document is no longer their recommended means of accomplishing the restructuring of our Synod, but it was included as a courtesy, since it is referred to in a late overture from Faith Lutheran Church in Saskatoon. The “Foreword” page of the Workbook Supplement will provide an overview.

Soon you will receive the first edition of Today’s Business, which will publish the recommended actions of the Resolutions Committees which met September 8-9. In other words, these resolutions are what the Committees propose the Convention should do with the various overtures contained in the Convention Workbook and its Workbook Supplement.

“What should I read to prepare?” Ideally, you ought to read as much of the Convention Workbook and the Workbook Supplement as you possibly can to be “up to speed” for the Convention. To be sure, the proposed changes to the Handbook (in the CCMS overtures) may seem tedious. This is why there is a side-by-side comparison between the present Handbook and the proposed changes, sometimes including a little explanation on the right to explain why a specific change is being recommended.

One other thing: Last Tuesday, September 12, an “Official Notice” went out to all the members of the
Synod (pastors, deacons and congregations). You do not need to read this, because everything it
contains is already included in the Workbook Supplement. This communication was sent because the
Handbook requires a 30-day advance notice to the church before changes can be made to the Statutory
Bylaws located in the LCC Handbook. And this notice was sent to all members on the Synodical roster,
not just to Convention delegates.

I hope this helps a little bit for your preparations. I treasure your prayers and “homework” as our days
together in Kitchener draw near.

Sincere greetings in Christ,

Robert Bugbee, President
Lutheran Church-Canada

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Workbook Supplement G released

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) has released a supplement to the 2017 Convention Workbook.

The supplement contains additional overtures for Committee 1, including overtures from the Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure and the Board of Directors proposing amendments to restructure the Synod. It also includes an overture from the Commission on Theology and Church Relations, proposing that LCC declare altar and pulpit fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland (ELMDF).

The supplement also includes an appeal from the voting lay delegates of the Saskatoon Circuit; corrections to the original Convention Workbook, including changes to overtures submitted by the East District Board of Directors; resource documents including the full text of proposed Handbook amendments; and a supplemental report from LCC’s Board of Directors expanding on the earlier report in the original Convention Workbook.

Download the supplement here.

 

Official Notice to all Members of LCC from the CCMS

 

Update (September 13, 2017): A few small corrections have been made to this downloadable pdf since this story was first posted (switching the colours noting additions/deletions; replacing the word “Bylaws” with “Constitution” in one instance; and correcting the title of the Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (not the “Commission on Structure and Governance,” as was inadvertently included in two overtures).

Notice re Statutory Bylaws

In keeping with Article XXI, 21.01 of the LCC Statutory Bylaws (2014 LCC Handbook, Page 7) the Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (CCMS) hereby serves notice to congregations, pastors and deacons on the LCC roster of its unanimous decision to submit an overture to amend the Statutory Bylaws at the 11th LCC Convention, set for October 13-16, 2017 in Kitchener, Ontario.

Amendments of Other Handbook Documents

Other portions of the LCC Handbook are amended differently. Changes to the Constitution do not require the 30-day notice. They do, however, require a two-thirds majority vote at the Convention and then a two-thirds affirmative vote of LCC congregations who participate in that ratification phase during the six months following the Convention. (Constitution Article XIV,2 and 4., LCC Handbook, Page 12-13). Overtures to amend these portions of the Handbook were also unanimously passed and submitted
by the CCMS.

The Synodical Bylaws portion of the LCC Handbook may be amended by a simple majority vote of the Convention (Synodical Bylaws Article XIV, LCC Handbook, Page 81). Overtures to amend these portions of the Handbook, were, like the others unanimously passed and then submitted by the CCMS.

A Guide to the Overtures

The link below takes you to the full text of all the overtures and supporting documents. They are:

  • Overture 1.18, TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE STATUTORY BYLAWS OF LUTHERAN CHURCH–CANADA (submitted by the CCMS);
  • Overture 1.19, TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION OF LUTHERAN CHURCH–CANADA (submitted by the CCMS);
  • Overture 1.20, TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SYNODICAL BYLAWS OF LUTHERAN CHURCH–CANADA (submitted by the CCMS);
  • Overture 1.21, TO REQUEST THAT THE 2018 CONVENTIONS OF THE 3 DISTRICT CORPORATIONS (THE ALBERTA-BRITISH COLUMBIA DISTRICT, THE CENTRAL DISTRICT AND THE EAST DISTRICT) FACILITATE THE NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF REGIONAL PASTORS AND CIRCUIT COUNSELORS FOR THE BALANCE OF THE 2017-2021 TERM (submitted by the LCC Board of Directors);
  • Overture 1.22, TO DISCONTINUE WORKING WITH THE 3 DISTRICT CORPORATIONS (THE ALBERTA-BRITISH COLUMBIA DISTRICT, THE CENTRAL DISTRICT AND THE EAST DISTRICT) TO SEPARATELY DELIVER SERVICES TO THE MEMBERS OF LCC AS OF JANUARY 1, 2019 (submitted by the LCC Board of
    Directors);
  • Overture 1.23, TO REPLACE THE CURRENT STATUTORY BYLAWS AND ALL AMENDMENTS SINCE ADOPTED IN 2002 WITH A CONSOLIDATED FORM OF STATUTORY BYLAWS (submitted by the CCMS);
  • Overture 1.24, TO REPLACE THE CURRENT SYNODICAL CONSTITUTION AND ALL AMENDMENTS SINCE ADOPTED IN 2002 WITH A CONSOLIDATED FORM OF SYNODICAL CONSTITUTION (submitted by the CCMS);
  • Overture 1.25, TO REPLACE THE PREVIOUS SYNODICAL BYLAWS AND ALL AMENDMENTS SINCE ADOPTED IN 2002 WITH A CONSOLIDATED FORM OF SYNODICAL BYLAWS (submitted by the CCMS).

The first three overtures (1.18, 1.19, 1.20) are the “heart” of the CCMS restructuring proposals. The two “middle” ones (1.21, 1.22) deal with transitional matters that become necessary if the restructuring proposals are adopted. The final three (1.23, 1.24, 1.25) formally replace current documents with the new ones being proposed at this Convention.

The first three restructuring overtures take the reader through a column-beside-column comparison of the current documents and the proposed changes. The last three overtures include the “clean” text of what the new documents would look like if the proposed changes are adopted.

Download all the documents here.

The Way Forward

The CCMS action to submit these overtures follows the Commission’s unanimous adoption of proposals made by the “Working Group,” made up of representatives of CCMS and the LCC Board of Directors (BOD). Those representatives include Rev. William Ney and Rev. Paul Schallhorn (for the CCMS), as well as Rev. Nolan Astley and Mrs. Cindy Sholdice (for the BOD).

Resolutions Committee #1, under the chairmanship of Central District President Thomas Prachar, met in Winnipeg September 8-9 to consider all overtures which had been submitted relating to the area of restructuring. The Committee’s proposed Resolutions on these matters will be released after editing, etc., as soon as possible.

These CCMS overtures are being sent today to all pastors, deacons and congregations on the LCC roster, as well as to all Convention delegates. This constitutes the Commission’s formal notice to the church of the restructuring proposals it has recommended.

Rev. William R. A. Ney, Chairman
LCC Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure
September 12, 2017

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Praying for the 2017 synodical convention

CANADA – In the lead-up to Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) 11th synodical convention, LCC is encouraging its members to pray for delegates and the important work they will undertake this October in Kitchener, Ontario.

To that end, LCC is releasing a series of prayers that you and your congregation are encouraged to use in advance of the synodical convention. Prayer topics include the work that delegates will be called to do, safe travel for all involved, and the upcoming elections.

Congregations are also invited to include a short bulletin announcement encouraging members to pray for the convention. The insert follows:

Pray for our Synod convention
As delegates meet in Kitchener for the 11th Convention of Lutheran Church–Canada you are invited to join fellow LCC Lutherans from across Canada to pray for the delegates and their important time together. Ask our Gracious God to grant:

– Wisdom in all decisions
– Respect in discussion
– Focus to all participants on “Christ Alone”
– Safe travel for convention participants
– Joy and encouragement through worship and fellowship
– Unity in purpose and vision for LCC

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Convention 2017: Workbook released, presidential nominees announced

NOTE: An earlier version of the Workbook inadvertently left off two names from the Commission on Adjudication membership list as well as a chart from the LCCFM report. The story now links to a corrected version of the Workbook. Please note that the corrections change the pagination of the original workbook.

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada has released the workbook for its upcoming synodical convention to be held October 13-16, 2017 in Kitchener, Ontario. Included in the workbook is information on nominations as well as other important convention information, including overtures as well as reports from synodical departments, auxiliaries, listed service organizations, and other entities.

The workbook is available for download here.

Of particular interest this convention are the nominations for president, as President Robert Bugbee announced earlier this year he would not be standing for reelection. In total, 18 different pastors received at least two nominations for the position of president. Of these, two have accepted the nomination. The slate of presidential nominations includes Rev. Timothy Teuscher (11 nominations) and Rev. Dr. Glenn Schaeffer (4 nominations). Rev. Teuscher currently serves as pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (Stratford, Ontario) and as First Vice President of the East District of Lutheran Church–Canada. Dr. Schaeffer currently serves as President of the Alberta-British Columbia District of Lutheran Church–Canada.

The slate of candidates for Vice-Presidents include:

  • ABC District: Rev. David Bode, Rev. Tom Kruesel, Rev. Roland Kubke, Rev. Lee Loveridge
  • Central District: Rev. Ted Giese, Rev. Alex Klages, Rev. Dr. Harald Schoubye
  • East District: Rev. Marvin Bublitz, Rev. Timothy Teuscher, Rev. Kurt Reinhardt

Further information on candidates is available in the workbook, as is the names of those candidates who declined nomination. Also included in the workbook are the nominees for open positions on the Board of Directors, Commission on Adjudication, Commission on Theology and Church Relations, and the Boards of Regents for both Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton) and Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catharines, Ontario).

Further information on the convention, including appointments and registration information, is available here.

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Pre-Convention Bulletin 2

The 11th Convention of Lutheran Church-Canada is scheduled for October 13-16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario.

Opening Communion Service will be held Friday, October 13 at 7:30 at Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener.

Worship Committee:
Rev. Ken Maher (chair), Paul Walrath
Rev. Ron Mohr; Rev. Larry Gajdos; President Robert Bugbee
Rev. Maher will also serve as convention chaplain

Delegate Registration deadline is August 7. If you have still not registered please do so as soon as possible. The link to the registration site is: https://www.regonline.com/LCC2017Convention

If you are attending the convention but you are not a delegate, you are encouraged to attend as a registered visitor. The registration fee is $85.00 and includes a name badge, designated seating on the convention floor, a convention workbook, copies of materials produced for delegates and a copy of the convention proceedings. Register at  https://www.regonline.com/LCC2017Convention.

Airline discounts
LCC has secured discounts for convention travel on WestJet and Air Canada to Toronto and Kitchener. Details are available HERE

Resolution committees have been appointed and will meet at Synod Office Sept. 8 & 9. They will also meet Friday, Oct. 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the convention site.

Resolutions Committee 1 – (Synodical Structure)
Rev. Tom Prachar (chair), Merv Rocheleau, James Krestick, Ron Faulkner, Rev. Jonathan Kraemer, Rev. Robert Korsch

Resolutions Committee 2 – (Parish Services & Higher Education)
Rev. Dr. Glenn Schaeffer (chair), Rev. John Rapp, Barb Fooks, Jordan Wall, Robert Felstead, and Rev. David Smilek

Resolutions Committee 3 – (Administration & Finance)
Rev. Paul Zabel (chair), Jon Oberholzer, David Mitchell, Deacon Miriam Winstanley, Rev. Alex Klages, Michael Maunula

Convention Appointments
Convention Manager: Dr. Ian Adnams
Registration and Hospitality: Udi Scott
Head Page and Pages coordinator: Doris Schaeffer

Convention notes
Several exhibitors will be at convention including Sperling’s Book Store.
International guests include church leaders from the US, Germany, Nicaragua and Peru.

Lend a hand!
When more than 250 lay persons, pastors and deacons of Lutheran Church–Canada meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kitchener, October 13-16 there will be a number of opportunities for members of Southern Ontario congregations to serve — everything from greeters to drivers and on-site volunteers. If you have some spare time that weekend and want to meet and greet fellow Lutherans from across the country go to www.ServeLCC.ca , check out what’s available and sign-up!

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2017 Convention Volunteer Opportunities

2017 Convention Schedule

 

Friday, October 13

1:00-7:00 p.m.     Registration
1:00 p.m.             Exhibits and Bookstore Open
1:00 p.m.             Resolutions Committees (3)
2:00 p.m.             Board of Directors
4:00-5:00             Business Session 1 – Orientation
5:30 p.m.             Dinner
7:30 p.m.             Convention Opening Divine Service with Celebration of Holy Communion at Historic St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
9:30 p.m.             Fellowship

 

Saturday, October 14

6:45-8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
7:30 a.m.          Late registration
8:15 a.m.          Bible Study/Devotions
9:00 a.m.          Business Session 2
12:00 p.m.        Closing Prayer
12:15 p.m.        Lunch
1:30 p.m.          Business Session 3
3:00 p.m.          Break
3:15 p.m.          Business Session 3 (continued)
5:00 p.m.          Closing Prayer
5:15 p.m.          Dinner
7:30 p.m.          Reformation Concert at Grace Lutheran Church

 

Sunday, October 15

6:45-8:00 a.m.   Breakfast
8:15 a.m.           Worship in convention venue
9:30 a.m.           Break
9:45 a.m.           Business Session 4
12:00 p.m.         Closing Prayer
12:15 p.m.         Lunch
1:30 p.m.           Bible Study
2:15 p.m.           Business Session 5
3:30 p.m.           Break
3:45 p.m.           Business Session 5 (continued)
4:00 p.m.           Exhibits and Bookstore Close
6:00 p.m.           Closing Prayer
6:30 p.m.           Dinner/Banquet
8:30 p.m.           Reception for President and Mrs. Bugbee

Monday, October 16     

6:45-8:00 a.m.   Breakfast
8:15 a.m.           Bible Study
9:00 a.m.           Business Session 6
12:00 p.m.         Adjournment
12:15 p.m.         Lunch