Author Archives: Bishop Sid

SaskSynod Newsletter: July 2015

The July 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 Continue reading →

In Memoriam- Pastor Arthur Solheim

Arthur Nelvin Solheim Arthur Nelvin Solheim was born October 2, 1917 in Camrose, Alberta to Pastor Andrew Solheim and Mina Lyseng Solheim, the second of seven children. During his early years the family lived in various places in western Canada as well as a short time in Red Wing, Minnesota.  After high school Art attended the University of Saskatchewan where he earned a B.A. and then completed his teacher certification at normal school in Camrose, AB. He returned to Saskatoon where he earned his Bachelor Continue reading →

March 26-27, 2015 Synod Council meeting synopsis

On March 26th -27th, the Synod Council met at Queen’s House Saskatoon for its annual March meeting. Chaplain Barb Weiss organized our worship times which included a communion service presided at by Rev. Sheldon Gattinger. The Synod Council spent some time discussing ways that we can respond to the motions that were made at the May 2014 Synod Convention; reviewing the auditor’s report and spending time thinking through the strategic plan to be presented at the June 2016 Synod Convention. Committee reports were received for Continue reading →

Event for rural pastors coming in May: The practices of a thriving rural church

Take part in an interactive experience in creating a ministry tool to assist rural pastors and denominational leaders better understand, recognize and affirm the practices of health and wellness in a rural church.. The day runs from 10 am – 2:30 pm (coffee is on at 9:30!!) and is designed to offer rural pastors a day to meet together to share their ministry experiences, learn from each other, enjoy laughter, great food, in an atmosphere of encouragement. $20 covers the costs associated with the day Continue reading →

An awesome story for the Easter season

The story comes in the context of the narrative of Jesus from the Gospel According to Luke. For one year, Jesus worked in the north country, in Galilee. People ran to him, drifted to him, listened to him, followed him. They heard his stories of the prodigal son, the rich fool, the Good Samaritan. They watched him attending to all sorts of people: the rich, the poor, the broken, the ignored. They followed him, they imitated him—not well—but even so, inch by inch they found Continue reading →

Job opportunity at Saskatchewan Synod office

Position – Office Manager The Saskatchewan Synod of the ELCIC requires a full-time Office Manager for their office in Saskatoon.  Applicants should have university or college education with administrative experience working at an executive level.    Bookkeeping experience with knowledge in fund accounting, QuickBooks, and the operations of a charitable, non-profit organization is necessary.  Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office applications including Office 365, Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint; ability to learn the organization’s database, content management system and other software as needed.   Must have good communication Continue reading →

John 3:16 appearing

The text for this week has the familiar John 3:16, appearing. It is the text that from time to time shows up even behind home plate–rather oddly. And yet odd as that baseball scene may be, truly the text of God’s love for the world does appear at unexpected moments when we are doing very ordinary things. Driving home from another road trip this week, I happened on the CBC Radio show “As it happens.” One segment was a 6 minute interview with Jean Vanier on receiving the Continue reading →

Standin’ in the need of prayer

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle (John 2). This is a disturbing image of Jesus in the gospel text for this week. Jesus made a whip of cords and “drove them out of the temple.” In the history of Continue reading →