Skip to main content

A New Church Year; Update

Throughout Scripture Christ reminds us that the end is near (especially at this time of year), and we should expect difficulty and challenges of all sorts, yet the resounding message of Scripture is that of God's promise to be with and strengthen the elect for such a day.
I anticipate that the Last Days will be far worse than these, and the impact will be global. Yet fire started by an intruder, relocations for classes and office spaces, minor schedule changes, heavy soot and smoke damage, massive cleanup and some loss, the outage of two rooftop heaters and one boiler pump and regulator, clogged/frozen sewer lines, cleanup containers in the parking lot, and the three-day snowfall of roughly 35 cm of new snow all accumulate to a small question, "how much, O Lord?"
Yet before those words are framed, God has already answered with the strength of His example in the Bible (Job, Daniel, Moses, Paul -- Jesus) showing His fidelity to the Promise of strength and peace.
On Tuesday, Nov 25, we moved back into the upstairs offices and chapel, the lower level classrooms and lunch area, and sectioned off a new study area. We are all glad to be back "home," and re-developing our routines.
The library and other areas within its footprint (the photocopy room, Eifert classroom, study tables and carrels, and Missionary Study center) are all cordoned off. As of today, most of the upstairs books have been dusted and removed for the remainder of the smell removal treatment. The stacks downstairs need to be dusted and treated, and then the shelving, lighting, ceiling tile, and carpet will be removed for painting and replacement.
With endings come new beginnings (the New Year ... the next life that is truly life). The major gutting provides us an opportunity to reconfigure our library and resource/study space, but we have scant little time to determine the next best layout and design. We will lose some of our books and periodicals, and will be broadening our titles for more e-resources without abandoning the traditional hard-bound resources.  We are hoping for good information on the impact that ozone treatments (for smell) have upon the book binding glues (we don't want our pages falling out in five years).
Our chapel closet full of albs, paraments, and stoles is all at a specialty cleaner. So are linens and fabric portions of the displays from the Missionary Study Centre and Library. Our photocopy machine and most of our electronic equipment that was in the building are toast. The office and kitchen supplies have largely been thrown away by the reclamation team. The student food pantry was a loss except for canned goods, and some donated clothing has been tossed. We re-keyed the building and added a sign-in process as a first next steps in increased security.
And through it all, God is good. The text appointed months ago for the November 27 chapel reminded us to "enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise" -- we celebrated, and then followed up with a meal of thanksgiving after chapel (sponsored by faculty and staff).

No one has been injured. Our partnerships have deepened with the ABC District Office and staff and the CUCA connections across the street. Student formation continues to be as strong or stronger with the added challenges. Faculty and staff have risen to the challenges. And we are fully convinced that God has shown once again an example of how strong He is when we are weak, and what it means to "trust in God above all things," having eyes opened to see what He means by His promised ability to do "immeasurably more than all that we could ask for or imagine" (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Thank you for your prayers and support. Please continue to approach the throne of grace on our behalf ... for strength, resolution of many new challenges, faith-building courage and wisdom to face these tests and trials, guidance in re-design and construction, financial resources to fully recover and move forward, and ongoing commitment together in our ministry of "forming servants for Jesus' sake."
And we also realize that while our challenges have been unfolding, many others around the community, the Church, and global Christendom are facing far more difficult and trying challenges. We continue to pray for and support them as well. May God bless us all to to be united in spirit and commitment to be faithful to the end, through Christ the Victorious One. And together we pray, "Come, Lord Jesus, Come!"
God bless ...
Rev. James R. Gimbel, Ph.D., President
Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton


Popular posts from this blog

May 29, 2020 Sacred Convocation

MARK THE DATE: Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton Sacred Convocation Friday, May 29, 2020 7:00 p.m. MDT Live ONLINE at:
Watch from home as SEVEN new pastoral candidates receive their first Call into ministry, and TWO vicar/interns are placed for service. We thank God for His marvelous blessing upon these men and their families, and upon His Church here in Canada, as Lutheran servants and congregations are connected through this assignment. Graduating students will also receive their degrees and theological diplomas.
Honoree Fran Wershler will receive the Faith in Life recognition. Nearly two-thirds ($650,000) of the funding needed to train these pastors and vicar/interns comes from congregations and individuals across the Church. Thank you for your critical role as a donor to train these pastors (and deacons). Because we are mission minded, a tithe of our convocation donations will also support the LCC mission work in Southeast Asia, where four of our graduates s…

German Christmas Service / Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst

CLS presents a German Advent and Christmas service with traditional hymn and carol singing in the German language on Sunday, December 20th, 2009, from 4:00 – 5:30 P.M. in the seminary chapel.

The service will include German readings from the Scriptures, German Christmas Carols, and a message preached in German by seminary president, Dr. Manfred Zeuch.  Whether or not you speak and understand the German language, all are invited to attend and join this celebration of our Lord’s birth.

For more information check the web site at or call the Seminary at 780-474-1468. For details, contact Daniel Deyell or Sandra Esperanza (


CLS laedt ein zum deutschen Advents- und Weihnachtsgottesdient am Sonntag den 20. Dezember in der Kapelle des Concordia Lutheran Seminary, von 16 Uhr bis hoechstens 17 Uhr 30. 

Der Gottesdienst wird sein in deutscher Sprache, mit Lesungen and alt bekannten Weihnachtsliedern, gespielt und gesungen. Die Weihnachtsanspra…

First Annual Research Forum

On September 11 CLS promoted its first Annual Research Forum. Faculty and a guest presenter discussed the Theological research they completed in the past year.
A graduate school's vocation - as it is for any university - is carried out on a triangular basis, with each point supporting and sustaining the others:
· Teaching (in the sense of formal education)
· Research
· Extension
As an academic place, our school is also a place, then, where knowledge is revisited, built and shared in formal and informal education.
Our seminary supports each professor's research by allocating time and means for formal research. Each year, research projects are received and approved; completed projects are shared with the larger community; and final results of each project are evaluated for publication in various ways: either as research articles in specialized journals, or as a doctoral thesis, or as a book.
The inaugural forum’s guest presenter was Rev. Mark Sander, pastor in Mannsville, AB, who sha…