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Service of the Longest Night - December 21st

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The name of this service comes from the season – December 21st is the longest night of the year and marks the winter solstice.  But the name also describes the feeling that a number of us have during this season.  In the long, dark winter nights, memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences and situations can become overwhelming.  And at a time of year where we're expected to be especially joyful, we may find it even more painful. 

Whatever the reason for your pain, you are welcome here. 

If someone has died and you feel the pain of that loss, you are welcome here.   

If a relationship has ended and you feel the pain of that loss, you are welcome here. 

If too many things have happened, or if you're not even sure why you're hurting, you are welcome here.

In this service, we invite you to listen.  We invite you to pray.  We invite you to sing.  We invite you to meditate upon the pain and anguish you may bring – and we invite you to offer your pain to the Christ child.  And we trust that you will find hope and comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

 

Christmas Concerts & Performances

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Christmas Performances and Events in December


Below are a few of the Christmas concerts and performances in Airdrie and area that are coming up that you may want to consider attending.  Some are free.  Some are not.  But they will all invite you to consider the special joy we have in Jesus’ birth.   

December 1st and 2nd: “A Traditional Christmas” with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Calgary Girls Choir.  Celebrate the spirit of the season with a selection of sacred and secular holiday favourites.  (http://calgaryphil.com/event/a-traditional-christmas/2017-11-30/)

December 1st and 2nd: “Handel’s Messiah” - Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Calgary Philharmonic Chorus Master Timothy Shantz, has been inspiring audiences around the globe for centuries. This profound work of faith and hope features an outstanding cast of guest soloists and the massed voices of the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus. (http://calgaryphil.com/event/handels-messiah/2017-12-01/)

December 2nd: “Singfest 2017” with the Airdrie Community Choir (2:00 pm at Bert Church Theatre).  A Christmas concert in support of the Airdrie Lioness Christmas Hamper Program showcasing groups from Airdrie and the surrounding area.  (www.airdriecommunitychoir.org)

December 2nd: “Celebrating Jesus: Messiah King” – the 8th annual Inter-Denominational Choir and Orchestra present this Christmas concert at 2:30 and 6:00 pm.  There is no cost to attend and the doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.  Location: Airdrie Alliance Church.  (www.airdriechoir.com

December 16th & 17th: Redeemer Lutheran Church in Didsbury presents their annual Live Nativity at 7:00 pm each night.  Come and see the story of Christmas presented before your eyes with live actors and live animals!  (www.redeemerdidsbury.com

 

Grief Support Group - Fall 2017

Grief Support Group

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Find Help

Find Healing

Find Hope

You are not alone as you cope with your loss.  Come and meet others who are going through a similar journey.  Come and learn about your unique grief.  Come and receive help and support.  Come to heal and find hope for the future. 

 

Dates, Times, Location: Thursdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

October 12, 19, 26             November  2, 23, 30         December 7, 14

Nose Creek Valley Museum, 1701 Main Street SW, Airdrie

Cost: $25

 

Register by phone or email.  Phone: 403-912-9013 E-mail: pastor@airdrielutheran.com

 

You are welcome here!  This group is open to all adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  We welcome people of all religious backgrounds and beliefs.  We welcome people of all races and colours.  We welcome people regardless of ability or disability.  We welcome people regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.  We welcome YOU!      

This group is facilitated by Darren Dressler, MDiv, MA, CT who is Certified in Thanatology through the Association for Death Education and Counseling.  He has also received a Certificate in Death and Grief Studies through the Center for Loss and Life Transition. 

This is a service to our community provided by

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Airdrie

www.airdrielutheran.com

 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4)

Highway Cleanup Campaign

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This year's Alberta Highways Cleanup Campaign is Saturday, May 6th. Volunteer Airdrie is looking for up to 60 volunteers to clean 15 km of the QE 2 from the north Airdrie city limit to the CrossIron Mills overpass at Balzac. This is a great opportunity for families, groups and companies to get out together to help cleanup the environment.

 

Check out the Volunteer Airdrie website for information on signing up.  Click HERE.

 

Ash Wednesday - March 1, 2017

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Join us as we begin the Season of Lent together. 

The service will include hymns, readings, prayers, and the imposition of ashes. 

 

Breakfast & The Word - February 2017

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Join us for breakfast, fellowship, and some reflection on Scripture.

 

Theology on Tap - January 2017

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Join us for this fun and informal time to hang out together, enjoy some good food and drink, and explore what it means to be a Christian in these days.  This session will touch on how we figure out what the Bible means - not just how to translate it, but also what significance passages have.  For example, what does it mean to be the 'salt of the earth,' anyways?  What properties of salt are we to emulate?  We will questiosn like this and also how we consider these things from a Lutheran perspective. 

Christmas Eve Festival of Lessons and Carols

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Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Join us as we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus in both word and song.  This service will be rich with readings, recitations, and hymns of the season that confess Jesus to be Immanuel, God-with-Us - our Saviour, Redeemer, and Friend.

 

Service Time: 5:00 PM

Service Location: Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School (1820 1st Ave NW, Airdrie)

Come early to enjoy some shortbread and cider.

 

To find out more about the origins of this service of lessons and carols, click HERE.

 

Music for the Season

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Martin Luther said, “Next after theology, I give music the highest place and greatest honor.”  Music can take words that enter in our ears and deliver them to our hearts in such a way that our hearts are warmed and our spirits enlivened. 

Each Advent Season we can rejoice in the music that abounds and the special concerts that not only bring us together but also celebrate our Lord Jesus.  Below is information on a few special concerts that you can enjoy:

 

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December 3rd: Airdrie Inter-Denominational Choir and Orchestra presents their 7th annual Christmas performance as they celebrate Jesus, the Light.  Performances are at 2:30pm and 6pm at Airdrie Alliance Church.  Visit http://www.airdriechoir.com/ for more information.

 

 


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December 9th & 10th: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents Handel’s ‘Messiah.’  This beautiful and profound work will be performed at 7:30 pm each evening at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.  Visit http://calgaryphil.com/event/handels-messiah-2/2016-12-09/ for more information.

 


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December 11th: Airdrie Community Choir presents ‘Singfest 2016’ at 2:30 pm at Bert Church Theatre.  This concert is presented to benefit the Airdrie Lioness Christmas Hamper Program and will feature a variety of guests along with the opportunity for a sing-along during breaks in the performance.  Visit http://www.airdriecommunitychoir.org/ for more information.

 

 

Lutheran Church-Canada 2016 Missions Newsletter

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Do you wonder what happens with the money you give to Shepherd of the Hills?  Part of it is sent via our District to the national Church body.  They, in turn, use it towards international mission work on behalf of our Church body. 

Read all about the exciting mission work that is happening on your behalf in their annual newsletter. 

 

Click HERE to read it.

 

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