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Newsmagazine of Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon



Spring 2014 #49


100th Anniversary Celebrations…9 “Be a Servant Hero” Events…12 Year in the Life…20 Ordinations…28




Rev. Ernst Goos ’22, son of Rev. Jürgen Goos, and President Nils Willison burn the mortgage of Lutheran College and Seminary on 8th St., c. 1947

You are Invited

to a special banquet celebrating the 100th Anniversary of LTS Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon Tickets $35

Guest speaker: Bishop Susan Johnson Musicians: Rev Mark Kleiner, Jeremy Langner RSVP by 1 May to Pamela Giles 306.966.7846

Above left: Members of the Class of 2013 at the ordination of Melissa Hoehn: Karen Stepko, Jay Lutz, Melissa, Richard Engel, Zsófi Balogh. Above right: Former President Rev. Dr. Faith Rohrbough guest lectured in Rev. Fran Schmidt’s Worship and Mission class. With Sarah Dymund, Janice Whitelock, Matteo Carboni (ESC), and Erik Sorenson.

In this Issue

President’s Greeting: Sermon on Luke 21 (Ogilvie) . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Students 2013-14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Awards Fall 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 100th Anniversary Celebrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Faculty Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 “Be a Servant Hero” Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Coming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Cross-Cultural Experience (Dymund) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 A Year in the Life…of a Senior Student (Whitelock) . . . . . . . . . . 20 A Year in the Life…of a Lutheran Formation Student (Chu) . . . . . .22 Alumni/ae Connections: In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Tribute Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Ordinations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Out and About . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Development Update (Stolee) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Around the Seminary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Sheaves is published by Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon Editor: Pamela Giles Photos by: Pamela Giles, Sarah Dymund, Raphaël Freynet, Natalie Leow, Joe Stolee Cover: Student Emmanuel Aristide enjoys a rare warm January day outside the Seminary Correspondence about this publication should be directed to the editor at: Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon 114 Seminary Cres 306.966.7846 Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X3

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President’s Greeting Sermon on Luke 21:5–19 “LTS 100th Anniversary” by Kevin Ogilvie


ne hundred years ago, in the living room of the parsonage at St. Matthew’s Lutheran (Spruce Grove, AB), Pastor Jürgen Goos began working with students to form a seminary dedicated to preparing men to become pastors for the Lutheran congregations across Western Canada. These intrepid souls set out to ensure that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was heard clearly and that God’s people were comforted and challenged in the territory then known as the Manitoba Synod. As LTS celebrates its centenary, we carry out Pastor Goos’ vision with no less enthusiasm even though our conditions have changed. Pastor Goos and his colleagues could not have known what the future would bring or how his living room enterprise would develop. The world was – and is – an uncertain place and the future is not ours to predict. In 1913, Henry Ford put the assembly line into production, and the first “drive-in” gas station opened, in Pennsylvania. The British Parliament rejected giving women the right to vote. A Swedish engineer patented the zipper, making getting our winter coats on easier. Airplane pilots were just venturing into acrobatic stunts. And Charlie Chaplin started making movies.

There was hardship. Eight ore ships sank in the Great Lakes because of a freak storm. Four hundred thirty-nine miners died in Cardiff, Wales, and 263 miners died in New Mexico when their mines collapsed. Thousands were killed by floods in Ohio and El Salvador. There were wars in the Balkans, the rumblings of the First World War that would begin the following year. And Pastor Goos and the church in Western Canada started a seminary. Martin Luther is reputed to have said, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” I suppose to be a Lutheran it helps either to be an unbridled optimist in the face of overwhelming evidence that the world is not getting better or a little crazy or a person of faith. Luther would plant an apple tree, and Pastor Goos planted a seminary. We don’t need to look back 100 years to know that even today maintaining and advancing a seminary looks like a daunting enterprise in the face of world events. How many died in the Philippines last fall in the wake of the most powerful typhoon recorded to have hit land? How many Syrian refugees fill the camps in the countries surrounding that war-torn nation and how many have lost their lives? Today we have the first electric car re-charging stations. And we don’t worry about how to mass produce cars or pump gasoline, but about how we might curb the effects of these modern wonders on our environment. However, we are no less committed today to preparing men and women for the Ministry of Word and Sacrament than we were 100 years ago. We are just as optimistic in the face of a world gone topsy-turvy. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus answers a question from his disciples about the signs that will portend the coming of the end. Jesus says to them, “When Left: Kevin preaches this sermon at St. Matthew’s Lutheran (Spruce Grove), 17 November


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President’s Greeting you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” He then goes on to describe the horrible things that will happen – wars, plagues, earthquakes – and we might add typhoons, mines collapsing, floods ravishing the earth. The future Jesus holds out to his disciples, to you and to me as well, is not as idyllic as lions and lambs feeding peaceably together; indeed it seems to be just the opposite: But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name.… 16You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17You will be hated by all because of my name. 12

Now if ever there was a great pitch for signing up for the ministry – or more accurately, for signing up for baptism – I don’t know what is! Persecution, trials, death: that is what you signed up for here, isn’t it? That is what Pastor Goos and his first students were training to invite people into, right? Well, yes but…“ 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your endurance you will gain your souls.” Not a hair of your head will perish. Lions will eat straw with lambs. God’s future will still be peace and joy. And we know it is true, for we have met Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the first born of the dead, who has given us his life that we might live joyously under any circumstance – even with wars, plagues, natural and man-made disasters. In November, CBS aired a story about MusiCorps, a program that rehabilitates wounded war veterans through music. One of those wounded veterans is Lance Corporal Tim Donley, who was wounded at age 20 by a roadside bomb. Both his legs were amputated and his right arm permanently injured. “I can’t salute,” he told the interviewer. “And I can’t shake somebody’s hand. You feel helpless and hopeless for a little while, and it stings.” One thing he had not lost was his voice, and through voice lessons, Donley has found strength. Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

has become Donley’s signature number. We have all heard these lines: Maybe there’s a God above, But all I’ve ever learned from love Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you It’s not a cry you can hear at night It’s not somebody who has seen the light It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah. “I thought I understood it,” Donley told the reporter, “but next thing you know, my whole life is coming down around my ears. Every dream, every hope I’ve ever had for the future, is broken around me, and I don’t know where to turn, and it was [in] that place that God said, ‘Do you still trust me? Do you still believe that I have what’s best for you?’ And it was at that moment that I understood ‘Hallelujah.’ I may be more whole now than I’ve ever been in my life.” Pastor Goos certainly knew that the world was crashing in around him and so did the Christians who worked with him in the faithful community of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, but they still trusted God and ploughed on, and a seminary was born and continues to equip men and women to announce God’s future that is peace, joy, love…and certain! Our hallelujahs may be broken but we will keep singing them, knowing that in God’s future not a hair of our heads will be lost. Thinking of Luther, the seminary has given St. Matthew’s an apple tree to plant in the spring, and we trust that God will cause it to bear fruit. Clarification

In the last issue of Sheaves, I mentioned in passing that the Four Western Synods who own the seminary had been forced to pass on their shortfalls to us in the form of budget cuts. This caused some upset in certain quarters that this was not a fair appraisal of synodical efforts. To be clear, the BC Synod has not cut its annual grant to LTS since 2005 ($5,000). MNO Synod cut their grant in 2009 ($40,000), ABT Synod cut their grant in 2012 ($6,000) and SK Synod in 2013 ($30,000 over the next couple of years). My intent was not to shame the synods for this but to applaud the effort made by all of our supporters in a difficult time. I apologize if the opposite was communicated. Sheaves    Spring 2014


Students 2013-14 Tsitrobo Emmanuel Aristide, MDiv Madagascar

Left: Emmanuel is all smiles when he finally arrives in Saskatoon from Madagascar in mid-Sept

Dorothy Chu, Lutheran Formation


Vancouver, BC

Jon Eriksson, pre-MDiv Sechelt, BC

Joseph Li, MDiv China

Kevin Prouten, Diaconal Ministry Cert. Moose Jaw, SK

Also registered through LTS this past year were six DMin students:

Rev. Timothy Beadle Rev. Kevin Dean Driver Rev. Greg Kiel ’96

Rev. Lois Knudson Munholland  ’85 Rev. David William Manley Rev. Tim Wray ’08

Jailyn Corbin, MDiv


Edmonton, AB

Left: Jailyn speaks about her experience as a distance student at the “Be a Servant Hero” event in Edmonton

Lindsey Skakum, MDiv Lethbridge, AB


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Students 2013-14 Aneeta Saroop, BTh

Victoria, BC

Left: Aneeta is a wife, a mother and a child of God from Grace Lutheran (Victoria) who is thoroughly enjoying the journey of seminary formation through the distance program at LTS

Erik Sorenson, MDiv Edmonton, AB

Shane Hein, BTh


Hanna, AB

Left: Children at Resurrection Lutheran (Saskatoon) gather around Intern Pastor Shane for their weekly “children’s chat”

Sarah Dymund, MDiv


Saskatoon, SK

Left: Sarah and several of her fellow seminarians benefitted from professional voice lessons given by our Schmieder Resident, Fran Schmidt. We are grateful for the Hertha Pfeifer Music Endowment that made these lessons possible. Fran also helped students learn how to sing the liturgy and to chant Psalms.

Olivier Ravelojaona, MDiv Madagascar

Right: Janice does a splendid job as emcee at the Christmas Party

Janice Whitelock, MDiv Grande Prairie, AB

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Awards Fall 2013 Bursaries Awarded Fall 2013

Student Aid is given out once each semester. In the Fall, most student aid takes the form of named bursaries; these are funded either through endowment interest or through annual donations by an individual or congregation. To qualify for student aid, students must be considered full-time (taking at least three courses that semester) and demonstrate financial need.

Jane Auman Bursary Dorothy Chu

Hosanna Lutheran Church at Luther Place Bursary Jon Eriksson

Alva Bogner Bursary Dorothy Chu

Rev. Conrad ‘60 & Sophie Knoch Bursary Jon Eriksson

Canadian Armed Forces Bursary Janice Whitelock

David Kroeger Memorial Bursary Olivier Ravelojaona

Margret (Lembke) Cardwell Bursary Emmanuel Aristide

Phillip & Anne Kurtz/Trinity Lutheran (Regina) Bursary Sarah Dymund

Rev. Robert Ek Bursary Lindsey Skakum

Nachtigall Bursary Sarah Dymund

Faith Lutheran (Burnaby) Bursary Aneeta Saroop

Fred & Frieda Oswald Bursary Lindsey Skakum

Joyce and Herb Freeman Bursary Jon Eriksson

Hertha Pfeifer Bursary for Pastoral Care Olivier Ravelojaona

Eleanore L. Gillstrom Bursary Dorothy Chu

Rev. William Riekert Bursary Olivier Ravelojaona

Shirley Gislason Bursary Dorothy Chu

Rosenquist Memorial Bursary Erik Sorenson

Goos Memorial Bursaries Erik Sorenson, Jon Eriksson

Albert Schell Bursary Aneeta Saroop

Bishop Allan and Janice Grundahl Bursary Emmanuel Aristide

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran (Winnipeg) Bursary Aneeta Saroop

Pastor Cezar Heine ’71/Holy Cross (Inuvik) Bursary Olivier Ravelojaona

Harold Tetzlaff Bursaries in memory of Peace Lutheran Emmanuel Aristide, Lindsey Skakum, Janice Whitelock

Holy Spirit Lutheran (Edmonton) Bursaries Erik Sorenson, Lindsey Skakum, Sarah Dymund

Vinge Memorial Bursary Janice Whitelock

Scholarships Awarded Fall 2013

Scholarships are awarded for top grades or for demonstrated practical aptitude. For this reason, most are given out at graduation in May. Here are the winners of Fall scholarships. Terracon Development Ltd. Entrance Scholarships Aneeta Saroop, Lindsey Skakum 8

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100th Anniversary Celebrations

resident Ogilvie preached the sermon that opens this issue at St. Matthew’s Lutheran (Spruce Grove) on 17 November 2013 to kick off the 100th Anniversary celebrations.Those who braved the blizzardy, bitterly cold weather enjoyed a delicious lunch put on by the congregation and speeches by honoured guests. St. Matthew’s was the site of Rev. Jürgen Goos’s parish, in which he began offering classes that would eventually lead to the formation of Lutheran College and Seminary (which would later become Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon).

Above left: As the crowd finishes their lunch, President Ogilvie announces that LTS will be presenting the gift of a commemorative apple tree to the congregation. Above right: Mayor Stuart Houston stands with Kevin Ogilvie (who is holding a picture of Rev. Goos), Gordon Jensen, and Rev. Aaron Schnell ’11, pastor at St. Matthew’s.

That afternoon, we processed to Trinity Lutheran Church (Edmonton), the congregation that had been affiliated with Rev. Thomas Hartig, who ran the Strathcona branch of the fledgling school. The previous evening, Professor Gordon Jensen had given a talk in Spruce Grove about the history of the Seminary; he presented a short précis of this history to those assembled at Trinity. We also heard from other attendees with historical LTS connections such as Tim Goos (below left, cutting the cake) and Anne Strack (below right).

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ean of Studies Rev. Dr. Gordon Jensen ’84 has published two articles this year: “The Gospel: Luther’s Linchpin for Catholicity,” in Concordia Journal, Vol. 39 No. 4 (Fall 2013), 282-95; and “Luther and Bucer on the Lord’s Supper,”in Lutheran Quarterly, Vol. XXVII No. 2 (Summer 2013), 167-87. He taught a Parish Laity Assistant Course in the ABT synod on “Food Fights: The Lord’s Supper in the Reformation and Today” on September 14th. In October, he went to the Sixteenth Century Studies conference in Puerto Rico. He attended the United Church of Canada/ Anglican Church of Canada Dialogues 13–16 January as the ELCIC-appointed theologian to these dialogues.

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ince the publication of last summer’s Sheaves, Rev. Dr. Cam Harder ’81 has continued to publish. He contributed substantially to To Love and Serve the Lord, published by the Lutheran World Federation, a book on the varying forms of the Church’s diaconal ministries and based on the six-year work of the Anglican Lutheran International Commission (which Cam was on). It shares diaconal stories and theology from around the world. His previously announced chapter “Neighbour-loving: Ecology from an Oilpatch Perspective” is now out, in a book entitled Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology (Lutheran University Press, 2013). Cam will be sharing some of the results of his research at the LTS study conference in May.


Last summer, Cam received a Wabash grant for training in online teaching with a group of seminary professors from across North America. Bolstered by additional training here in Saskatchewan (which Pamela and Gordon also took), he created and taught his first fully on-line asynchronous course‚ “Contemporary Theologians: Voices of Hope for a World in Crisis.” The course looked at the work of contextual theologians Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.S. Song, Larry Rasmussen (technically an ethicist) and Sallie McFague. Feedback from the students was very positive. Students enjoyed online debates over provocative statements such as‚“The earth doesn’t need human stewardship to be healthy and whole.” They were stretched by the field assignment in which they did regular observations of the political, social, economic and ecological dynamics of a site near their home and created an online “voice thread” conversation to display and reflect theologically on what they found.

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Faculty Focus

his fall, Rev. Dr. Kevin Ogilvie taught the senior capstone course Pastoral Integration. This course seeks to pull together the various disciplines students study (Theology, Scripture, History, Preaching, Liturgy, Pastoral Care, etc.) and asks them to show how, in the practice of Ministry, they are integrated. Students apply what they learn and reflect upon their ministerial practice through the lenses of these disciplines. Dr. Ogilvie has done a lot of preaching this academic year. In addition to LTS chapel and pulpit supply around Saskatoon, he preached at the ordination of Richard Engel ’13 at St. Paul’s Lutheran (Steinbach) in September; on the 100th Anniversary Sunday at St. Matthew’s (Spruce Grove); at Dunbar Lutheran (Vancouver), Hosanna Lutheran (Edmonton), Redeemer Lutheran (Biggar), and Epiphany Lutheran (Winnipeg) following “Be a Servant Hero” events; and at the Christmas Eve and Day services of the Malagasy Lutheran Church in Montréal, which worships at St. John’s Lutheran.



ajor presentations given by Rev. Dr. Kristine Ruffatto this year include having been the guest speaker at the Retreat of Our Own in Canmore in September, where she delivered three lectures on the Psalms and on “The Biblical Witnes for Changing Law for Changing Times” and a lecture she did for the Saskatoon “Be a Servant Hero” event. She taught a Lay Pastoral Assistants course in Edmonton on 9 November entitled “The Psalms as a Resource for Ministry.” In addition to completing several articles which will appear in print over the next few months, she published an article, “What is the Difference between Justice and Charity?” in the December issue of Canada Lutheran.



ev. Fran Schmidt ’08 is in her second year-long term serving as Schmieder Resident. In her time with us, LTS has benefited from Fran’s experiences as a missionary pastor (Peru, 2008-2012) and a classically trained vocalist. She has served as pastor to the community, taught “Worship & Mission” and “Music in the Parish,” served as Dean of Chapel, and introduced voice/presiding coaching for interested students. Around Saskatoon, Fran has performed in several concerts and done pulpit supply. She also serves as the SK Synod Mission Coordinator and as Above: Fran and Kristine enjoy a the LTS Director of Residence. A couple of exciting meal on the cross-cultural Immersion travel opportunities rounded out Fran’s last semester trip to El Salvador for which they with us, as she led a group from Zion Lutheran (Saska- served as leaders, 17 March–4 April. toon) on a trip to Peru and co-led the Cross-Cultural With them are (L-R) Aneeta Saroop, Emmanuel Aristide, and Jon Eriksson Immersion trip to El Salvador.

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Be a Servant Hero: Langley


his semester, we took the seminary on the road for the “Be a Servant Hero” tour. Sponsored by a generous donation from Terracon Development Ltd. in Winnipeg, these inspirational events brought together pastors, chaplains, former missionaries, active laypeople, musicians, and LTS students to share their personal accounts of the joys of ministry. Each day began with breakfast and morning prayer, led by President Ogilvie; at lunch, we celebrated the


100th anniversary and heard from current students. This event aimed to reinvigorate pastors and to encourage youth and laypeople to consider ministry-related vocations; the evaluation forms filled out by participants suggest that, for most of those who attended, this goal was achieved. Thanks to all those who came! We plan to do another tour in 2015 and are open to suggestions for venues, speakers, and publicity.

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The Toughest Work, The Greatest Reward

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1. Rev. Marlin Aadland ’66, former bishop of BC Synod 2. Rev. Jim Whaley, pastor, St. Paul’s LC* (Prince Rupert) 3. Pamela Nel, describing Luther’s Table in Renton, WA 4. Rev. Nathan Fong ’09, pastor, Grace LC (Burnaby) 5. Peter Reinhardt, rapper/musician 6. Emcee Joe Stolee from LTS serves the anniversary cake 7. Closing panel (Reinhardt, Fong, Nel, Whaley, Aadland)

1. Closing panel (Mwamasika, Hoehn, Feick, Ruffatto, Kristjánsdóttir) 2. Rev. Íris Kristjánsdóttir, pastor, Messiah LC (Prince Albert) 3. Rev. Victoria Mwamasika, pastor at Christ LC (Neudorf) 4. Rev. Dr. Kristine Ruffatto, LTS professor of Biblical Studies 5. Rev. Dave Feick, prison chaplain in Saskatoon 6. Rev. Melissa Hoehn ’13, pastor in Jansen and Wynyard 7. Rev. Mark Kleiner ’11, musician, pastor, Redeemer LC (Biggar)

*LC=Lutheran Church

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Edmonton, AB Hosanna LC at Luther Place

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1. Rev. Dr. Garnet Leach ’64, retired pastor in Calgary 2. Rev. Barbara Groote ’11, pastor, Ascension LC (Edmonton) 3. Rev. Richard Reimer ’87, Chaplain, Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of Alberta, leads grace. (Also in this pic: emcee Joe Stolee and members of the band, One Devotion [Anna Kochendorfer, Andrew Chell, Connor Dear, Isaiah Hoeppner, Marta Ree]) 4. Rev. Tim Wray ’08, pastor at St. Peter’s LC (Millet) 5. Rev. Prema Samuel ’07, Interim Pastor at Scandia (Armena) & Chaplain at Good Samaritan Society 14

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“Very interesting stories and messages.” “Confirmed that God uses each one of us in a unique way by His Spirit all to His Glory!” Saskatoon “I’m going home to write a sermon on vocation now!” “It was a perfect day! Thank you.” “Exceeded all expectations. All speakers did exceptionally well.” “Great reminder: we must use our talents to serve God.” “Really fabulous and your speakers were great!”

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Edmonton “Excellent speakers – inspiring!” Winnipeg “Thank you for beginning with morning prayer. That put the event in the context of the Word of God’s grace. Much food for thought … pondering in my heart a call to the diaconate.” “I feel inspired to continue and grow in my work.”


1. Rev. Barry Bence ’70, pastor serving St. Paul’s LC (Brunkild) 2. Rev. Dr. Kevin Ogilvie, President, LTS 3. Jeremy Langner, vocals/guitar/piano (with Tyler Gingrich) 4. Rev. Fran Schmidt ’08, former missionary, Pastor-in-Residence 5. Rev. Courtenay ’10 & Rev. Erik Reedman Parker ’09, pastors, Grace LC (Winnipeg) & Good Shepherd LC (Selkirk) 6. Rev. Katharine Bergbusch ’83 cuts the anniversary cake 7. Closing panel (Rev. Tyler Gingrich ’04, Youth Engagement Co-ordinator with CLWR; Bence; Reedman Parker; Schmidt; Sarah Gelhorn, Young Adult Ministry Facilitator in Winnipeg) Sheaves    Spring 2014


The Time of Our Lives: looking at ecological issues of our age in an extraction economy


Rev. Mark Narum, Bishop

Western North Dakota Synod/ELCA “Prairie, Petroleum and Pondering: What does this mean?”

Rev. Dr. Cameron Harder

Professor of Systematic Theology Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon “Ecology from the Oil Patch Perspective: Theological Reflections on Interviews”

Larry L. Rasmussen, Th.D.

Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City

“A New Age: The Anthropocene” “Framing the Energy Issues” “Reformation Spirituality for a Changing Planet”

Panel Discussion: “Faithful Responses in Western Canada to Ecological Crises” with Rev. Stewart Miller, Dr. Nettie Wiebe, & Mr. Hamid Butt Pericope Study for Easter IV with Rev. Dr. Kevin Ogilvie Closing Eucharist Bishop Susan Johnson, Presiding Bishop Mark Narum, Preaching

Admission is free. This event is sponsored by FaithLife Financial Everyone is welcome: you don’t need to be a pastor! Speaker biographies and the schedule are available on our website 16

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== a program for adults of any educational background that makes seminary courses available to lay members of the church (pastors welcome!) == professors teach non-credit courses in their field == each day we also enjoy worship and meals together == no assignments or grades – just a chance to enjoy learning more about our faith in a seminary setting Choose one course per time-slot Morning Courses Luther’s Reformation Discovery (G. Jensen) The Amazing Adventures of Elijah & Elisha (K. Ruffatto) Afternoon Courses Food & Faith (C. Harder) Gospels, Oral & Written (K. Ogilvie) Registration deadline: 12 May (early-bird discount until 2 May) Course descriptions, a schedule, the application form, and information about accommodations and fees are on our website,

We look forward to seeing you in May!

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Tribute Cross-Cultural Gifts Experience Last summer, two students (Sarah Dymund and Shane Hein) who had been unable to go on the crosscultural immersion trip to Madagascar instead completed this required element of their MDiv program by spending two weeks in the Northwest Territories with On Eagle’s Wings. Here is Sarah’s reflection of that experience.

Continually Crossing Cultures by Sarah Dymund s I reflect on my time in the Canadian North with On Eagle’s Wings, I realize that the sense I have is not that I spent time crossing into another culture. Rather, I feel that this trip has given me an increased awareness of our Canadian context as being a collection of continually crossing cultures.


A few anecdotes from my time in Trout Lake, NT, will hopefully illustrate what I mean. Trout Lake is a remote community in the Dehcho Region, populated by approximately one hundred people. The people are Dene, and their traditional language is South Slavey. Trout Lake is accessible only by airplane for approximately nine months of the year. Many people told us that Trout Lake is the most traditional community in the region. The fall hunt is a big part of the life of the community, as is fishing. Children learn some of the South Slavey language in school, and traditional art forms are being preserved and are done primarily by young women. And every child has an iPod or iPad. D is the chief in Trout Lake. He is a caring and thoughtful leader, who spends considerable time and energy contemplating what Sarah rides in the tiny plane that transports her to Trout Lake 18

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is best for his people and his community. He told us when we arrived that he always has a sense of who is in town, and whenever someone goes away or comes home, he can feel it: the dynamic of the community is changed. When we left, he told us that the community would feel different without us, after our being there for a week. Tradition Versus Technology D is very concerned about the amount of time the young people of his community spend in the digital world. He worries that they are not truly learning things and gaining knowledge, but are rather relying on machines and the internet to replace true knowledge. He desperately wants to help the young people of his community find a balance between traditional ways and values and the modern, technological world. While we were in Trout Lake, D set up his first email account and took some lessons on how to use email. He was delighted with the technology and the ways in which this tool could be used to communicate with other chiefs and coordinate events that would help preserve the traditional ways of life. It struck me that this is a position of tension for D to be in, constantly worrying about this balance, not only for himself, but for the whole community. Another example of this community being a place of crossed cultures is a story of two sisters, J and S. J is ten years old, a very responsible elder sister with several younger siblings. S is two years old. One evening, gathered at

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Cross-Cultural Experience the community rec centre, S wanted to use J’s iPad. She was grabbing and demanding as two-year-olds are wont to do. Her older sister, J, trying to teach her manners and language skills, told S to ask for the iPad in the South Slavey language. S refused to comply with her sister’s best intentions, uninterested in being educated, like any two-year-old. When she did get a chance to use the iPad, she was able to open and play a game called something like “Stupid Ways to Die,” unassisted. Not Truly Belonging Another resident of the community, N, had a different perspective on the crossing cultures of Canadian life. N has lived and worked in and around the community for over a decade. He and his partner have four daughters, and the whole family are involved in community events. Yet N still describes himself as “not a community member” because he is not aboriginal. His partner and daughters are full members of the community, but he is not. He speaks of the challenge of living life in a place where he will always be considered an outsider. N says that when he needs to leave Trout Lake for work, he feels sadness at leaving his family, but also relief at leaving a place where he will never truly belong. N’s experience gives me insight into how people from aboriginal communities might experience living in a larger Canadian centre. This whole trip, highlighted by these incidents, has made me aware of the fact that we live in a world of constantly crossing cultures. Some of those cultures are easily identified as different from our own, as when people come from far away, or have a different appearance or language or religious expression. However, these are not the only differences of culture.

Shane and Sarah in the Trout Lake Rec Centre

We each carry with us our own unique culture, and it crosses with the culture of every other person we meet. It is essential to be sensitive to the fact that these c u lt u ra l d i f ferences exist between people. It is impossible to anticipate the cultural reality of every person we encounter, but awareness that their cultural experience is unique is a good start. Specifically speaking about Canadian Aboriginal people (of whose culture my own knowledge and experience is tiny), I believe that this struggle to find the balance which D seeks for his people is a huge part of the current cultural reality. Trying to live in this balance between tradition and technology creates tension, and I suspect that many Canadian Aboriginal people feel like they don’t really fit or belong anywhere. The experience of this trip has increased my sensitivity to and awareness of the cultural complexity of people, both as groups and as individuals.

Ed: Sarah successfully passed her colloquy exam on 18 March and is now awaiting a call. Looking down Trout Lake’s Main Street

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A Year in the Life… …of a Senior Student by Janice Whitelock Dear Janice of 2010: am writing this letter to encourage you on your seminary journey. From a fourth-year student vantage point, and without spoilers, I want to assure you that seminary is a good decision. Your husband is amazing and he will support you always. Your concerns about housing, money, and missing your family (especially your adult daughters) are valid. And yes, you will feel like a part of you has been cut off when you leave Trinity Lutheran Church in Grande Prairie, AB. I said it was a good decision, not an easy journey. However, you will be amazed how God works in and through situations and people you encounter. (Hint: look for the Mennonites at the Lutheran seminary).


Avoid the Exhaustion Hang-Over! There will unexpected joys along with the expected challenges. At times you will feel

like a child in a candy store when you are surrounded by books and courses and professors all focusing on your favourite subject: Christian faith. This is a gentle reminder; just as the child in the candy store can’t eat all the candy, you cannot ingest all the knowledge that is available to you. It is not possible. If you try, you will get the student exhaustion hang-over. This is why pastors have continuing education in church budgets. Trust the Profs Speaking of exhaustion, if you listen to your professors they will guide you in the ‘tightrope’ walk of seminary. Honestly they are not trying to kill you. They do care for their students and are committed to forming competent and healthy pastors. They know what they’re doing; they’ve been doing it a while. Trust and treasure their wisdom. Oh, and on those days when you need a special pick-me-up, make sure to stop and chat with Pamela, Susan, Deb, Vince, Colleen, Sou, Dan, or Joe if he is around. Or Leif, if you’re looking for help finding the right library books or working the photocopier. I guarantee talking to one of them will do the trick. I know you are going to fret about internship. Breathe. I don’t want to spoil it, but trust me it will be amazing. You will fall in love with the people and places you encounter that year. There will be growth, learning, joy and times of sorrow. You will leave knowing that you are called to ministry and hoping for a future congregation as special as that one. So just breathe: God’s hand is in all the details.

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A Bittersweet Senior Year Coming back to seminary for your final year will feel bittersweet. Bitter: now you will Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon

A Year in the Life… miss the internship congregations as well as and you will connect with more students. the Trinity congregation in Grande Prairie. Some of these intensive courses are also Sweet: you will feel blessed when both “blended,” with distance students “Skyping congregations continue to remember you. in” (using Adobe Connect); other online The ongoing prayers, notes of encourage- classes are asynchronous, and all students ments, emails and phone calls are precious. can do their work from anywhere. You will It’s okay to feel mushy when they come. It’s deeply appreciate this increased accessibility. also okay to feel that warm glow inside when It allows you to take a seminary course while the seminary community welcomes you back. staying at Mom and Dad’s. What a blessing that will be for you. The new students will enrich your life. You will eagerly anticipate future ministry with I wish I could tell you more but, as of now, our those who will be going back to Alberta upon journey is not complete. We are still praying their ordinations. You will also be amazed at all goes well with colloquy, there are still how the student who is so opposite to you and three courses to complete, and there are still the one who is so similar will both become so challenges. However we have been blessed important to you. Again, God works in and by a Lutheran seminary in the western provinces, a supportive CTEL committee, through the people at the Seminary. generous financial support, and God’s presCurriculum Changes ence every step of the way. I know I said no spoilers, but I have to warn you that fourth year has changes. The curric- Sincerely yourself, ulum changes from semester-long courses to sequential one- or three-week inten- Janice of 2014 sive courses. It is hard, because all your life revolves around the course for that couple of Ed: Janice successfully passed her colloquy weeks. It is good, as you will focus on only exam on 18 March and is now awaiting a call one subject and be totally immersed in it. It to be a fully ordained pastor at an ELCIC is also good because off-campus students will congregation. She looks forward to returning attend for those one- to three- week periods home to Alberta.

Right: Janice (second from left) came out to make calls for the 2014 Phone-a-Thon early in February, along with Emmanuel Aristide, Dorothy Chu, Lindsey Skakum, Aneeta Saroop, and Pamela Giles. Joe Stolee was unable to make it to Saskatoon that week but will continue to make calls from his home in Calgary over the spring and summer.

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A Year in the Life… …of a Lutheran Formation Student

by Dorothy Chu y the grace of God and His providence, I have the great opportunity to study in the Lutheran Formation Certificate Program at Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon. This program is for students who have completed a Master of Divinity degree from a seminary not affiliated with the ELCIC; the year provides candidates with Lutheran perspectives in theological and pastoral studies.


Dorothy in the sanctuary of Oakridge Lutheran Church (Vancouver), at which she serves as Pastoral Care and Music Minister

This program has allowed me to complete eight months of intensive reflection on the Lutheran understanding of the core source of the faith. I have exercised and demonstrated the capacity for confessional, Lutheran critical thinking in the practice of the full range of disciplines required for ministry as an ordained pastor in the ELCIC. Having previously completed a MDiv degree from Carey Theological Seminary on the 22

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UBC Campus in Vancouver, I worked as a music director and then a part-time parish worker. I have been a full-time Pastoral Care minister at the same Lutheran Church in Vancouver for the last nine years. I had hoped to study at LTS a few years ago but, due to family commitments, was unable to move to Saskatoon to take courses. A Crystal Clear Calling In July 2013, I had a calling – a crystal clear calling. With no delay, I registered for the Lutheran Formation Certificate Program, was accepted, and started the courses in September. I am now entering the winter term in the New Year 2014. The past five months have been quite challenging and overwhelming for me. To be able to go back to school as a senior seminarian who still need to works full-time is very difficult. Travelling between Vancouver and Saskatoon and adjusting to the bitterly cold temperatures is also a great challenge. However, the warm welcome and wonderful care by the President, faculty and staff were a pleasant surprise. The Lutheran Formation Program offers a combination of on-site courses and distance courses. It is really wonderful to have the program set up in such a way that those who work part- or full-time are able to continue their Theology education from home. Some of the online courses allow for flexible timing so that the students may be able to do their readings, discussions, blogging, reflections and writings at their individual pace and time schedules. Sometimes the whole class or smaller groups need to come together at a specific time. This timing can be worked

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A Year in the Life… out in advance, between the professor and the class or group members. Exhausting but Complete Renewal Personally, I have found that having been able to take some of the courses on-site has also been a wonderful learning experience. Students go to Saskatoon for a period of oneto-three weeks and immerse themselves fully in the environment of living, learning, discussing, and worshipping together in the context as a seminarian. This immersion is a complete renewal, despite the exhaustion! We can get to know students from different parts of Canada and from other countries. To be able to achieve our goals, it is important to set priorities. Sacrifices must be made: having less family time, living on less income, seeing the Library becoming your second home. But it’s worth it. I believe one of the learning experiences is being able to interact with seminary students from other congregations so we can learn from each other with open minds. What a retreat for us! I believe it is a great opportu-

nity and important for the seminary students to experience learning in a different setting and on campus together. For instance, the chapel worship services on weekdays at the Seminary are a great liturgical learning experience that we may not be able to do very often in our own congregation. I must also mention the library and Luther Residence. The seminary library is a great resource, and we have the most helpful librarian, Leif Steiestol. Luther Residence is clean and well taken care of by our Residence Manager and Residence Assistants. Please come; they will be happy to give you a tour. Finally, I greatly appreciate that LTS continues to provide the very attentive Theology training for us; with Christ’s love and care we are truly blessed to be learning, equipping and serving you in the future! Ed: Dorothy successfully passed her colloquy exam on 19 March and is now awaiting a call to be a fully ordained pastor at an ELCIC congregation.

Below left: Dorothy enjoys sitting beside the entertaining Emmanuel Aristide in class. Below right: Aneeta Saroop, Dorothy, Joseph Li and Lindsey Skakum laugh at a funny (for theologians) poster Gordon Jensen found in the student lounge

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Alumni/ae Connections In Memoriam Rev. Theodore Arndt ’69 died on 18 January 2014. During his decades of ministry, he served congregations in Kinistino/Beatty, Saskatoon (Trinity), Bergheim, Laird, and Rosthern/Hague, SK; Winnipeg (First), MB; Westlock (Trinity), Fawcett/Flatbush Lutheran Mission, and Provost (Central), AB. Rev. Heimo Bachmeyer ’95 died on 9 July 2013, in Winnipeg. Ordained in 1994 after a successful teaching career, his last call as an ELCIC pastor had been at St. Peter’s Lutheran (Winnipeg). Rev. Leonard Corbett ’83 died 15 November 2013, in Calgary. He served Messiah (Assiniboia, SK) and St. Paul (Brunkild, MB). After earning a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Winnipeg, he served first as interim pastor at Rockwood Correctional Facility and then Glenboro/ Baldur in Manitoba. He then became a Registered Nurse, working first at Bow View and then at Bow Crest Care Center. Rev. Dr. Paul Eriksson ’52 died on 21 November 2013. With a DMin from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, he was assistant professor and Director of Field Education at LTS. As pastor, he served at Salem Evangelical (Shaunavon, SK); Zion (Kinistino, SK); Bethesda (Beatty, SK); Christ (Tisdale, SK); Messiah & Emmanuel (Assiniboia, SK), Riverton-Hnausa (Riverton, MB); St. Luke (Edmonton); St. John’s (Leduc, AB); Hope (Nanaimo, BC); and St. Paul (Bergheim, SK). Later he was the chaplain at the Good Samaritan Society in Edmonton, and a Counsellor/Consultant for St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton. 24

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Rev. Dr. Arnold Hagen ’49 died 12 January 2014 in Camrose. In addition to his Bachelor of Divinity and honorary Doctor of Divinity (1986) from LTS, Hagen held a Master of Theology from Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). His calls included Messiah Lutheran (Prince Albert), Vancouver, CLBI (President 1962-1985), and Kingman/Round Hill. Rev. Robert Leeson ’75 died in Regina on 24 December 2013. His first call was the three-point parish of Wynyard-KandaharQuinton; there he also served as Dean of Nelson Lake Bible Camp. He then served for many years at Christ Lutheran (Regina), a call he still held at the time of his death. In Regina, he was also involved with the Circle of Life Native Ministry and the North Central Family Centre. Rev. Milton Schmitke ’81 died 20 July 2013. His parishes had included Trinity (Warburg, AB), St. John (Telfordville, AB), and St. Peter (Stettler, AB). He was also active on the board at Mulhurst camp. His daughter, Rev. Kathie Schmitke ’80, is a current ELCIC pastor. Winnifred Voigts (née Kumpf) died on 5 February 2014. She and her husband, Rev. Donald Voigts, welcomed hundreds of Lutheran students into their home at campuses in Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg while he was the Lutheran campus chaplain; they were great supporters of Lutheran campus ministry. Winn was a widely respected musician, teacher, organist and choir director. Later, she served as registrar at Camrose Lutheran College (1981–89). She cultivated a life-long interest in liturgy and worship.

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Tribute Gifts In Memory of … 17 June 2013–1 April 2014 Herta (née Nachtigall) & Rudolph Abt Mrs. Lydia Green

Rev. Dr. Don ’53 & Mrs. Trudy Sjoberg Mr. Joe & Mrs. Barb Stolee

Rev. Arthur Adams ’54 Mrs. Shirley Adams

Henry & Christine Frank Mr. Henry & Mrs. Avis Frank

Norma Alksne Mr. Earl Olson St. John Lutheran Church (Calgary)

Dr. Bernard Goplen Mrs. Jennie & Mr. Harvey Gjesdal

Howard Berg Rev. Arleen Berg ’90 Pastor Wayne Berg ’62 Mr. Orlan & Mrs. Loreen Berg Mr. Alton & Mrs. Virginia Finstad Eva & Ejler Castella Ms. Lorna Clement Rev. Art Dahlen ’49 Dr. Morris & Mrs. Betty Anderson Rey Dahlen, Sr Dr. Muriel Jarvis Margaret Dempsey, my daughter Mrs. Dolores Dempsey Selma & Bev Dyrland Mr. Ron Dyrland Rev. Herman Epp ’51 Rev. Hans ’62 & Mrs. Vera Epp Rev. Dr. Paul Eriksson ’52 Mr. George Campsall Ms. Beverley Folkerts Ms. Ursula Buller & Rev. Clifford Guebert Rev. Vincent ’57 & Mrs. Mary Ellen Eriksson Mr. Basil Henderson Ms. Marilyn Hoffman Dr. Thomas & Dr. Dianne Kieren Rev. Dr. Kenneth & Mrs. Marie Kuhn Rev. Sid ’52 & Mrs. Elaine Nelson Bishop Telmor ’68 & Mrs. Adelene Sartison

Knut & Ivar Graupe Deacon Eldon ’10 & Mrs. Debra Lea Danielson Rev. Dr. Arnold Hagen ’49 Rev. Sid ’52 & Mrs. Elaine Nelson Kerna & George Haugen Mr. George & Mrs. Alice Tastad Jack Helber Mrs. Edna Helber Lillian Herman Mr. Howard Engel & Ms. Esther Juce Rev. Irvin Hohm ’52 Mrs. Irene Hohm Rev. Mark Innes Rev. Edwin & Mrs. Gertrude Bowen Rev. Dr. Ted Jacobson ’47 Mrs. Beverly Sobush-Melby Elisabeth & Viggo Jensen Mr. Stewart Jensen Kay Jorgenson Rev. Allen ’91 & Mrs. Gwenanne Jorgenson Rev. Conrad ’60 & Sophie Knoch Rev. Robert ’62 & Mrs. Vi Jacob Rev. Martin Knudson ’50 Rev. Lorin ’68 & Mrs. Sharon Koss Rev. Leonard Koss ’38 Rev. Lorin ’68 & Mrs. Sharon Koss Sheaves    Spring 2014


Tribute Gifts In Memory of … 17 June 2013–1 April 2014 Pastor Carl Kopperud ‘57 Mrs. Eleanor Kopperud

Lyle Penrod Rev. Philip ’11 & Dr. Tessa Penrod

Rev. James Kruger Mr. Rick & Mrs. Dianne Van Dalfsen

Clayton and Margaret Peterson Dr. Jan Peterson

Helen Lange Rev. Bruce ’96 & Rev. Jane ’01 Zinken

Dennis Peterson Mrs. Margaret Peterson

Rev. Norman L Lange Rev. Bruce ’96 & Rev. Jane ’01 Zinken

Janice Grundahl Mrs. Margaret Peterson

Lillian Hohm Lemke Ms. Enid Lemke Campbell Rev. John Lokken ’48 Rev. Erik ’09 & Rev. Courtenay ’10 Reedman Parker Rev. Harold Melby ’45 Mrs. Beverly Sobush-Melby Rev. Alvin E Miller Dr. Olive G. Miller Herb Missal Mrs. Fay Missal my family members Mrs. Edna Single


Edwin Pokrant Mrs. Irene Pokrant Walter S. Rosenquist Dr. Kwame Buahene Mr. Dale & Mrs. Jo Leflar Mrs. Adeline Rosenquist Dr. Gerry & Mrs. Lois Rosenquist Ms. Laura Rosenquist Pastor Leonard Sogge ’50 Mrs. Berniece Sogge Dr. Olaf Storaasli Rev. Curtis ’52 & Mrs. Gertrude Satre Pastor Alfred Tysseland ’54 Mrs. Ione Tysseland and Mr. Art Moen

Tove Nykjaer Mr. Howard Engel & Ms. Esther Juce

Jason Wiens Mr. Peter & Mrs. Darleane Wiens

Pastor Chris Olesen ’67 Mrs. Joyce Olesen

Rev. Dennis Wiig ’82 Mrs. Ursula Wiig

Sister Ginger Patchen Rev. Dr. Kenneth & Mrs. Marie Kuhn

Grace Wilbee Dr. Pamela Giles & Mr. Craig Bowman

Rev. C. Robert Pearson Mrs. Betty Pearson

Helen and Ross Zinken Rev. Bruce ’96 & Rev. Jane ’01 Zinken

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Tribute Gifts In Honour of … 17 June 2013–1 April 2014 Rev. Dr. Jann E. Boyd Mrs. Anna & Mr. Jonathan Jensen Rev. Richard Engel ’13, Installation St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (River Hills)

Anniversaries Rev. Daphne Bender ’93, 20th, of ordination Ms. Irene Adams

Grads and Profs from 1969 Rev. Dr. Vernon Begalke ’69

Dr. Martin & Judy Bergbusch, 50th wedding Mr. Ernest H. A. Bergbusch & Ms. Doreen Thorlacius

Rev. Darlene Harrison ’94 Ms. Irene Adams

Rev. Ted Chell, 50th, of ordination Mrs. Lydia Green

Rev. Gordon Hendrickson ’49, 90th birthday Mrs. Doris Anderson Rev. Gordon ’49 & Mrs. Grace Hendrickson

of my ordination Rev. William Flath ’58

Emma Herman, 95th birthday in 2013 Mr. Howard Engel & Ms. Esther Juce

Roy & Rose Ingram, 50th wedding Ms. Dawn Ingram

in mission for others Rev. Paul Gehrs

Rev. John ’51 & Elisabeth Kunkel, 60th wedding Mr. Ernest H. A. Bergbusch & Ms. Doreen Thorlacius

Intern Pastor Shane Hein Mrs. Cheryl & Mr. Eric Smalley Rev. Alfred Johnson ‘61 Ms. Kristin Johnson Rev. Philip Penrod ’11 Mrs. Reta Penrod Rev. Karen Stepko, graduation from LTS Mr. Herman & Mrs. Sheila Seidemann Dorothy Stolee, 97th birthday Mr. Joe & Mrs. Barb Stolee

Jim & Kathy Lee, 50th wedding Mr. Dean & Mrs. Elsa Hendricksen LTS, 100 years Rev. Karen Stepko ’13 Earl and Mary Ann Nostbakken, wedding Ms. Faith Nostbakken Curtis and Elsie Pearson, 55th wedding Mrs. Evelyn Knutson

Rev. Jim Whaley Deaconess Judy Ann Whaley

Rev. Don ’53 & Trudy Sjoberg, 60th wedding Ms. Ursula Buller & Rev. Clifford Guebert

wonderful year living in residence (’52–’53) Mr. Gerald & Mrs. Evangeline Lundgren

Rev. Tim Wray ’08, 5th, of ordination Mrs. Vel & Mr. Greg Wray

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Tribute Gifts In Honour of … 17 June 2013–1 April 2014 Ordinations Rev. John Boyd ’12 Ms. Irene Cobb Rev. Hugh ’83 & Mrs. Angela Farmer Ms. Helen Flaming Dr. Pamela Giles & Mr. Craig Bowman Mrs. Laura & Mr. Dean Holben Mrs. Anna & Mr. Jonathan Jensen Ms. Freda C. Mallory Lakeland Lutheran Church Rev. Dr. Faith E. Rohrbough Heinz Schubert & Charlotte Milliken Mr. Herman & Mrs. Sheila Seidemann


Rev. John Mayer Dut ’13 Bishop Allan Grundahl Rev. Richard Engel ’13 Mr. Adolf & Mrs. Eva Baier Rev. Melissa Hoehn ’13 St. John Lutheran Church (Shellbrook) Rev. Karen Stepko ’13 Ms. Ingrid Benning Dr. Pamela Giles & Mr. Craig Bowman Bishop Allan Grundahl


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Rev. George ’88 & Mrs. Lorene Hind Rev. Heather Kleiner ’86 Mr. David Klinger Miss Ruthe Olson Rev. Dr. Faith Rohrbough Mr. Herman & Mrs. Sheila Seidemann Mr. Blair Seyfert Mr. Joe & Mrs. Barb Stolee Rev. Anna Thede ’13 Mr. Dan Precht




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Out and About

Above left: Rev. Melissa Hoehn ’13 (far right) drove in from Jansen to join the students, staff, & faculty for a festive dinner at E.E. Burritos restaurant, 1 Nov. Also in this picture L-R: Jon Eriksson, Emmanuel Aristide, Dorothy Chu, Lindsey Skakum, Zsófi Balogh ’13, Craig Bowman, Joe Stolee, Fran Schmidt ’08, Kristine Ruffatto. Above: Pastor Stacy Moroz ’92 listens as President Kevin Ogilvie preaches at Epiphany (Winnipeg), 9 Mar. Above right: Professor Kristine Ruffatto was an engaging guest speaker at the Retreat of Our Own, 20–22 Sept, in Canmore, AB. Here she explains how the Psalms give us the words to express our own joys, sorrows, frustrations, etc. Below (L-R): It was an LTS Christmas at Resurrection (Saskatoon). Intern Shane Hein assisted with two Christmas Eve services; here he communes Pastor Ali Tote ’07 at the early one; LTS dorm student Emmanuel Yoryor poses with Pamela Giles (aka, “the chauffeur”) & Emmanuel Aristide after the “late” service. Shane preached at the English service Christmas morning & Emmanuel (pictured), at the French one. Afterwards, Emmanuel, Shane, Olivier Ravelojaona, & Pastor Ali gathered for a happy photo.

Facing page: 1. At the ordination of Rev. Melissa Hoehn ’13, her parents present her with a red stole, 10 August, St. John’s (Shellbrook, SK) 2. Rev. Karen Stepko ’13 with her former pastors, Rev. George Hind ’88 & Rev. Bruce Ehlert ’00, at her ordination, 19 Oct, Redeemer (Saskatoon) 3. Newly ordained Rev. Richard Engel ’13 serves communion, along with his son & his former fellow seminarian, Rev. Terry Gudmundson ’11, 28 Sept, St. Paul’s (Steinbach) 4. The beautiful dolls of themselves Zsófi Balogh sewed as ordination gifts for her former classmates: Melissa, Richard, Anna & Karen. 5. Rev. Anna Thede ’13 with the assembled clergy & seminarians following her ordination, 24 Aug, Hosanna Lutheran (Edmonton) 6. Rev. Jane Gingrich ’12 celebrates her ordination (28 Mar, Ascension in Nelson, BC) with her former classmates from the class of 2012, Rev. Marc Jerry & Rev. John Boyd. 7. Rev. John Boyd with the crew from LTS just after his ordination & installation at Lakeland Lutheran (Cold Lake, AB): Rev. Dr. Faith Rohrbough, Dr. Pamela Giles, Rev. Dr. Gordon Jensen, Rev. Dr. Jann Boyd, & Rev. Dr. Kevin Ogilvie

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Development Update Giving Where My Heart Tells Me

by Joe Stolee, Director of Development

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6: 19–21


reetings from the Development Office. Celebrating milestones inevitably gives us a chance to look back at history and challenges us to look forward to the future. As LTS celebrates its 100th anniversary, I have thought often about the humble beginnings of the seminary in a pastor’s living room, with little money and few students. But God has sustained the school over these many years while it has faithfully trained workers for the kingdom. The work and vision continues, and I feel blessed to be part of it. A few weeks ago, LTS became aware that one of our donors had decided to make a gift to the Seminary in her will. When I called to thank her, I asked what had inspired her to do this. She replied: “I give where my heart tells me!” Her words remind me of Christ’s words in Matthew, as quoted above. This lady has already been a supporter of the Seminary fo r s e v e r a l years, and her bequest will help the

Seminary to prepare men and women for ministry also in the future. This donor feels strongly that there is a need for well-trained ministers, and she wanted her support to continue after she was gone. I thanked her humbly for her generosity. I also thank all of you who support the mission of LTS in various ways. For some of you, that has also meant including the seminary in your wills. If LTS is not part of your estate plan yet, I encourage you to consider supporting it in this way. You, too, can ensure that the work of the Seminary continues beyond your ability to provide direct support. I would be delighted to help you set up such a gift. As LTS begins our second century of equipping those called to ministry, we seek your continued prayers and support, and we encourage you to store up treasures in heaven. Thanks be to God.

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Clockwise from bottom left: 1. Pamela Giles and Kristine Ruffatto spent a whole afternoon helping Emmanuel Aristide (whose passport is from Madagascar) fill out the “transit visa” he needed to pass through US airports en route to El Salvador. 2. Aneeta Saroop, Melissa Hoehn ’13, and Lindsey Skakum were highly entertaining as they sang two parody songs at the Christmas party. Video is available on the Seminary Facebook page! 3. Aneeta (as bacon), Lindsey (Batman), and Emmanuel (Martin Luther) sported great costumes for Hallowe’en. 4. Olivier Ravelojaona communes his daughter, Annaëlle, at Opening Worship in September. 5. Aneeta and Lindsey were pleased to enjoy a visit with recent graduate Zsófi Balogh ’13, who was in Saskatoon for the day. 6. The distance classes’ sound quality greatly improved with the new Polycom Soundstation Duo, purchased through a generous donation from the Messiah Lutheran Women in Camrose. Here, Kevin Ogilvie fills in for Gordon Jensen on the last day of History of Ecumenism in Canada. The microphones are small (that’s a good thing!), but you can see one just behind Lindsey’s coffee. Sheaves    Spring 2014


Above: At the Christmas party (in January), Aneeta Saroop, Fran Schmidt ’08, Lindsey Skakum, Melissa Hoehn ’13, and Sarah Dymund sang “Summer Nights” with great enthusiasm. Below left: While visiting from Lethbridge, Lindsey Skakum’s dad, Robert, helped out with chapel by ringing the bell. Below right: Hearing a hymn sung in Malagasy by Emmanuel Aristide and the Ravelojaona family was a highlight of the Christmas party. Before that, we didn’t know Emmanuel could sing those low low notes!

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