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Some wisdom from Martin Luther at a time of epidemic
"Use medicine; take potions which can help you; fumigate the house, yard, and street; shun persons and places wherever your neighbor does not need your presence or has recovered, and act like a man who wants to help put out the burning city.
What else is the epidemic but a fire which instead of consuming wood and straw devours life and body? You ought to think this way: 'Very well, by God's decree the Enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.
If God should wish to take me, He will surely find me and I have done what He has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above.'
See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt (i.e. test) God."
"Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague (1527)".
Lutheran Service Book (Ebook)
All events below have been paused until further notice.
Ongoing Bible studies at a glance
Luther for Armchair Theologians - Bible Study on Thursday evenings. Book is available in Kindle Format as well – for more info talk to Pastor. All are welcome!
SUNDAY Bible Study – is running in the sanctuary in between the 9:00 am and 11:00 am services led by Pastor Sye. All are welcome!
OLD TESTAMENT Bible Study Group - will continue meeting at the Church on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
LOL Bible Study continues Wednesdays at 9:30 am. Childcare is provided. All women are welcome! Come join us for a time of fellowship and study in God’s Word as we look at Paul’s Epistles.
LIFELIGHT Bible Study – Will meet on Thursdays at 10:00 am. All are welcome as we study the upcoming Sunday’s readings.
YOUTH Bible Study on Sundays from 10-10:55 am, leading the youth through a chronological study of Jesus life and work using the Gospels. All youth in grades 7-12 are invited to attend.
Upcoming Events and Announcements:
Adults Children Youth & Young Adults Everyone
QUEST COURSE @ THE SEMINARY - Next Quest Course started January 28th@ 7:00 pm at Concordia Lutheran Seminary. Topic: “The Lutheran Liturgy: How and Why We Worship as We Do” led by Dr. John Hellwege. The session runs for 4 weeks, ending on February 18th. To save your spot and for more information contact : email@example.com or 780-474-1468 ext225. It is also available online for those who cannot attend in person. There is no charge for the course, but free-will donations are accepted. https://youtu.be/4MlQJsYMtXI. Groups can use the seminary’s online platform. More information: can be found at: http://concordiasem.ab.ca/academics/quest.php.
Witnessing. What’s it all about?
The Every One His Witness Lutheran program puts sound doctrine into practical action for sharing the faith with people in our everyday lives.
Participants learn: What is witnessing? Why do we witness? And the “how-to” of witnessing using the LASSIE approach — Listen-Ask-Seek-Share-Invite-Encourage.
The program takes place in two parts:First, an on-site Core Module training led by Kathy at the church. Second, attendees are invited to join the context module training website to dive deeper into specific contexts. These are done at home, after the core modules so that you can learn at your own pace, and in specific contexts that are important to you. The context modules include topics like witnessing to Muslims, Mormons, the De-churched, and the LGBTQ+ community.
When?Join us on for Seven Core Module Sessions on Sunday evenings from 7-8:30 PM starting on February 23rd. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex. The cost for the workbook/material is $20 per person. Couples can share the same workbook.
Are you ready with answers?
Please join us with
Richard Fangard CMI-Canada
Friday, March 27 2020
7:00 pm It's a great time to be a Christian!
8:15 pm Biology Supports the Bible
Followed by question and answer session
Location: Riverbend Lutheran Church
LENT Midweek Services and Soup Suppers
Ash Wednesday begins this week as we start our Lenten season. Before each Midweek service we will be holding Soup Suppers @ 6:00 pm. There will be a sign up sheet in the Narthex to sign up to bring soup! We need 2 people for each week to feed approximately 30 people each week. Please contact the office for further details.
Our new semester of Sunday School started on January 5th at 10 am.
REGISTRATION: Please visit the link to register your child(ren) for Sunday School this year. Please read the form carefully and kindly answer the questions within the form. This will help us plan as we proceed through the year. The link is www.vbspro.events/p/riverbendsundayschool
Ages 3 – Gr. 3: Meet downstairs for Sunday School starting after the 1st service (around 10:00 am).Gr. 4/5/6 “Questers”: Meet upstairs for Sunday School starting after 1st service (around 10:00 am).
started again on Thursday January 9th at 4 pm.
Kids bulletins for each Sunday are now available on the table on the way into the sanctuary.
Please help yourself to a bulletin and a coloring pouch.
Blue kid “Toddler Totes” are also available for use during worship.
They are located outside the sanctuary doors.
Kids in Divine Service Inserts
Youth &Young Adults
Youth FLOCK 20/20:
Upcoming youth ideas to include a retreat a Camp Kuriakos, a hot tub lock-in, gym nights at Lillian Osborne HS, a summer Mystery Road Trip, a mission trip to Kyuquot, serving at the Mustard Seed and more! We will have a meeting in early February to discuss the summer trip, so that we can keep planning.
Ignite for Young Adults:
If you are between the ages of 18-30 and looking for a young adults group to get involved with then look no further. Ignite's vision is to get young adults more active in our church as well as in the community. We want to build a community of young adults who share the faith and are on fire for Jesus!
We will be doing worship, bible studies and prayers sessions as well as serving in the community and having activity nights.
We will be meeting 2 Saturdays a month from 7-9:30 pm. Details of events will be found on the Facebook group page. Please feel free to invite anyone who is interested.
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Interested in joining our choir at RLC? Looking to spend some time with some fellow members who also love to sing their hearts out? We want you! We are starting up again on Wednesday, January 22ndat 7:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to join, regardless of experience. Please contact the office to sign up! We will be preparing music for various Sundays, Lent and Easter!
Riverbend Email List:We have started a new platform for getting our Church Emails out to members. If you are not on our email list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Photo and Printed Directories are here.
Please pick up your copy.
Please note that Riverbend Lutheran Church is trying to be a scent free environment.
Please keep this in mind as you prepare for worship on Sundays. Thank you.
Our Office Administrator is available on Mon. morning, Wed. afternoon and Fri. morning. If you need to reach anyone outside of these hours please phone and leave a message or email email@example.com
and we will be happy to get back to you as soon as we can.
Note: Deadline for bulletin submissions - Thursday morning