Author Archives: Anna-Marie Skogsrud

Rev. Dr. George Evenson–Obituary

Rev. Dr. George Evenson of Camrose, Ab. passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the age of 104 years. George Oliver Evenson, eldest child of Edward and Bertha Evenson, was born March 30, 1911 at Lake Preston, South Dakota. His pastor/grandfather, Gulbrand Evenson, officiated at his baptism May 21, 1911. In 1913 his parents moved to a farm near Sinai, South Dakota. He was confirmed in Sinai Lutheran Church on April 19, 1925. He graduated from Sinai High School in the spring of 1928. Continue reading →

‘Peanuts Butter’ Sandwiches

The Bible camp I went to as a child always had a verse printed in spruce branches across the front of the chapel: “WE WOULD” on the left side of the sanctuary, “SEE JESUS” on the right side. I recall gazing at these letters when the community gathered to worship. As I recall, sometimes one line of a W had fallen off the securing nail or perhaps a playful squirrel had been at work. But the message, perfectly formed or not, still made its mark. Continue reading →

Sask Synod News: October 2015

The October Sask Synod Newsletter is now available. SaskSynod News is published periodically to inform the synod community of future opportunities to gather as people of faith and to inform the synod community of news happening around the synod. Please download and share our newsletter with your community as you see fit. Print and post on your church bulletin board Copy and paste relevant material to your bulletins and newsletters Forward by email to church council members, other congregational leaders and anyone who might be interested in Continue reading →

Letter to Congregations From Synod Treasurer

Dear Partners in Synod Ministry, I would like to share with you how the synod is doing financially for this current year. As of December 31, 2014 the Synod was financially stable with a good level of equity, no long term debt, and all payables were current. We ended the year with a small surplus, thanks, in part, to several large donations (outside of congregational giving) received during the year. Our expenses were somewhat higher because of transitional costs and these donations helped to cover Continue reading →

Campus Ministry Sunday

Greetings from the Campus Chaplains at the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan! This is a busy time of year for us in the church – many of us are finishing up harvest or are still in the thick of it, fall routines are beginning to take shape, and parishes are becoming busy places as the “unofficial” church year swings into motion. It’s a busy time of year for students as well, and it is that time of year again when we in the church are Continue reading →

Youth – Sask Synod Bus Trip to CLAY 2016

 CLAY 2016 – Package 2016 Sightseeing Tour Travel through the Maritimes To: CLAY Gathering 2016, Charlottetown, PEI August 2016 With the desire to build community between two synods, the MNO Synod and the Saskatchewan Synod have partnered together to provide a fun travel option to CLAY 2016, Not for Sale. This will be a very different experience and we hope that youth have the opportunity to make new connections with those from both Synods. Our route: Upon your arrival in Halifax, there will be bus Continue reading →

Rev. Jerry Ebbinga – Obituary

 Jerry Ebbinga was born on Jan. 1, 1941 on a farm close to, as he was fond of saying, “Lake Wobegon.” In truth he grew up in Avoca near Slayton, Minn.; the second son of three born to skilled crafts people in the community. His father, a gentle giant blacksmith who ran the community farm ma-chine shop, his mother a crafter of rambunctious boys, cinnamon rolls and family values. In this “foundry” Jerry developed large grasping hands, a deep commitment to family and community, a Continue reading →

CLWR – Canadian Lutherans Respond to Syrian Refugee Crisis with Sponsorship and Aid

CLWR – Canadian Lutherans Respond to Syrian Refugee Crisis with Sponsorship and Aid As the conflict enters into fifth year people growing increasingly desperate, need for assistance heightens. A heartbreaking photo of a little boy, Aylan Kurdi, who drowned when the boat he was on capsized off the coast of Turkey. Thousands of people desperately trying to find refuge in Europe. For many, these stories have been a renewed call-to-action to help Syrians fleeing violence and bloodshed in their country. As that conflict escalates, Canadian Continue reading →


  It was really something. It was quite fascinating, a bit radical (perhaps) and it’s something that I’m  still wondering about. Let me tell you the story. I was invited to preach the Word and preside at communion at the Sunday morning service for a  men’s  retreat at Camp Kinasao. I prepared the sermon, anticipating a fairly unified group of ELCIC  Lutherans  gathering to worship and learn and be together. It did not work out quite as I expected. Let me set the scene. There Continue reading →

Companion of the Worship Arts

Companion of the Worship Arts The Companion of the Worship Arts is an honor bestowed on individuals in recognition of significant contributions to the worship life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Anglican Church of Canada (ACC). Conferred in the ELCIC since 1996, the honour recognizes ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship, spirituality and the arts. The honour is presented at the every-two-year National Worship Conference. In 2014, in recognition of our growing full-communion relationship with Continue reading →