Friday, January 15, 2010

Seminarians Take Wing

A weekend of practical experience in Western Canadian churches is offered each year to second-year seminarians and sponsored by the CLS Guild. Since it began, Take Wing has landed in 48 Lutheran Church–Canada congregations, from Thunder Bay, Ont., to Vancouver Island and offers students practical experience, assistance for pastors and congregations, and a look at how ministers are made.

On the weekend of February 5th to 7th, five seminarians will visit congregations in Drumheller, Winkler (Manitoba), Calgary, Vancouver,Campbell River, and Victoria.

The seminary's director of development, Daniel Deyell says, “The student returns better prepared for the ministry. His experience boosts confidence for future ministry. Congregants experience firsthand the formation of their pastors. Pastors in the host congregations are helped in their duties for one Sunday and get to mentor ministers-in-the-making. The seminary gets flesh-and-blood exposure in churches...Take Wing is a worthwhile pursuit for everyone involved.”

Congregations participating in the program are expected to make students feel welcome, greeting them at the airport Friday night and dropping them off Sunday. They are also expected to help students with local transportation and room and board for two nights and the chance to serve.

Guild sponsorship includes cost of travel and a modest stipend for the students.

Congregations are also encouraged to contact the seminary to invite students for future Take Wing experiences.

For more information contact Daniel Deyell at the seminary at 780-474-1468 extension 230.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Blessings of Endowments

A number of renewed and new endowments were recently added to CLS's revenues, especially for student financial aid and operations. Even though last year’s financial markets adversely impacted the Seminary’s finances, we have seen some recovery. And now, the capital base of endowments is bolstered by six new  funds set up as memorials to church workers and their family members. A number of other endowments received cash additions to increase their earning power, too.
Among those endowments changed, earnings from the Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Sandra Lechelt Endowment now support faculty needs, the Gabert Family Endowment now also supports student financial aid and the Hermann & Helene Neudecker Endowment has been broadened in scope. Recently added funds include the Samuel Gabert Endowment, Fifth Faculty Endowment, David & Ione Gitzel Endowment, Rev. Dr. Elroy Treit Endowment, Chris & Esther Gabert Endowment, and Jack & Linda Mackellar Endowment.

For more information, check the seminary’s Endowment Funds page
 
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