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Jesus Loves Children
     Is there anything more thrilling - or more humbling - than the birth of a child?  Children are gifts from God. We view them with awe and treat them with care. 
   Jesus loves children. Children are His creation. He simply loans them to us to care for them and to enrich our lives. But they are really His.
     Jesus loves children so much that He established three institutions to care for them: 1) The government to protect their body. 2) The church to feed their soul. 3) The family to provide for both body and soul.
     Whether we have children or not, all of us have a responsibility toward them. Through our government we’re attending to the physical needs of the next generation. Through our local congregation and synod we’re offering ministry & resources to nourish their souls. 
     Parents direct their children’s food choices and teach them about the danger of crossing the road. Helping them learn about their Savior’s love is eternally important.
     Parenting is no easy task. The pressures to make a living and the duties around the house occupy most of our time. In the midst of it all there are the children God gave us.
     As a family of believers called Mountain View Lutheran Church, we share Christian parents’ concern about the importance of bringing up children in the training of the Lord.  Look for opportunities to serve Jesus...and His children!
     “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”  (Mark 10:14).

Fall Sunday School resumes September 10th.  Parents, the Lord has placed your children in your care to train in His love and direction. Regular attendance at Sunday school ensures your children know their Saviour, have knowledge of the history of His grace through the Bible narrative, and can live to let their lights shine.
If you would like to see God work through your gifts as you bring His Word to His children as a teacher or helper, please contact Pastor Schultz.

Regular Sunday Adult/Teen Bible Study and Sunday school resumes September 10th, 10:45 a.m. Join us to grow in faith, encourage your brothers and sisters in our discussion, and enjoy Christian friendship and love. “ We’ll conclude our summer Bible study series on the apostles’ creed on Sept. 10th and start a new topic on September 17th.
Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture New Bible Study – September 17th
What does it mean to be a Lutheran Christian? Martin Luther sparked the Reformation when he nailed his protest to the door of the Castle Church in 1517. That protest had the one goal: bring the church back to the foundation of the Bible. To be a Lutheran Christian means to base our teaching and practice on the Bible alone. Our new study, Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture, presents 12 important biblical principles that are still important to us and all Bible-believing Christians today. Join us as we explore these important and enduring truths. Sundays, 10:45, beginning September 17!
Sundae Sunday church picnic is September 10th after worship.  Hamburgers, buns, ice cream, and beverages will be on hand.   Please bring a salad or other side dish to pass & your favourite ice cream sundae toppings.  If you have ideas for picnic games for youth or adult, please bring them along to share at the picnic.
Mid-Week Bible Study resumes Wednesday, September 13th, 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join us for spiritual growth & Christian friendship.
Springbank Community Fair is Saturday, September 9th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  It’s a great way to meet our neighbours & share Sunday School & other invitations!  Please sign on the list in the church entrance for a time you can spend at our display table.
Ministry Meetings in September:
Council Thursday, September 14th, 7:00 p.m.
Elders Tuesday, September 19, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School Teachers – Sunday, September 24, Noon.
Women’s Book Club meets Thursday, Sept. 28 at Cassandra Schultz’s (106Cougar Plateau Way SW, 403-454-2673). Please consider coming for Christian fellowship. This month we are readying Frank Peretti’s Christian thriller, This Present Darkness. You’ll find it in the public library.
Pastoral-Member visits: Pastor Schultz is planning in-home visits with our members to share a brief encouragement titled, “God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage.” Please note the schedule on the clipboard on the entrance counter and sign up for a time convenient for you.

                                                                              ~OCTOBER NEWSLETTER~

     Many Canadian families observe October 31 as a day for ghosts and goblins, black cats and carved pumpkins, candy and “trick-or-treat.” And it gets more macabre and ghoulish every year, as people try to laugh at the idea of death or fill the void in their lives with Satanic ideas and “thrills” of fear
     It also has another meaning. It’s Reformation Day. 
     500 years ago this October 31, a Catholic monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 statements to a church door in Germany. Why? He was debating the church’s sale of indulgences. The church let people think it sold tickets to heaven.
     The Bible presents a far different route to heaven.  It says, “We have been justified through faith” (Romans 5:1). When Luther understood that central truth, it was like the windows of heaven opening for him. Heaven was not a commodity to be bought with your good works or with money for an indulgence. God was giving heaven away as His gift of grace!
    No longer did Luther have to whip his body to drive out sin. He didn’t have to go on a hunger strike to get God’s attention. Luther learned God was not angry with him since God had taken His anger out on His own Son, Jesus, when he suffered and died on the cross.
     For the first time in Luther’s life, reading the Bible was a joy. God loved him! God even declared him sinless because Jesus lived and died in his place.
     On October 31 we celebrate the gospel’s freedom from sin, death, and the devil through faith in the one true God. Note the opportunities to grow in God’s Word and encourage one another in our Christian love outlined in the newsletter.
Pastor Jonathan Schultz
Study God’s Word – Reformation Themes: 
Sunday Adult/Teen Bible Study Our new study, Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture. Our study, using a brief video re-enactment of Reformation events followed by Bible study/discussion presents 12 biblical principles that are still important to us today!
Wednesday Bible Study resumes October 18, 7:00 p.m. at the parsonage. Join us to study the Augsburg Confession, one of the chief confessions of our Lutheran Christian Church, first presented in 1530. We’ll learn how the Scriptures it confesses need to be boldly proclaimed today.
Thursday September 7:00 PM: Women's Book Club - reading This Present Darkness (Peretti), meets at Cassandra Schultz's home (106 Cougar Plateau Way SW). There's still time to read the book and plan to attend! 
“We are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness" (Ephesians 6:12) is the theme behind This Present Darkness, which depicts the classic tale of good versus evil in both the natural and spiritual realms. Since being published in 1986, This Present Darkness has sold 2.5 million copies making it one of the most popular Christian novels.
Friday & Saturday, September 29-30: Women's Retreat Conference - Revive 2017: Adorned - Women Mentoring Women the Titus 2 Way - a two-day conference we will be "attending" via free livestream (online). The sessions begin at 11:30AM on Friday, Sept 29, and end at 3:00PM on Saturday, Sept 30. We plan to meet to view the livestream together either in the church basement or Charissa's home (TBD). You may also view from home, but getting a group together will be far more fun! Bring your Bible, a pen and a notebook. Sign up sheet is on the table near the mailboxes, or please let Charissa know you plan to attend. charissaslater@hotmail.com  (403) 483-1471 mobile.
For more information: http://www.revive17.com
The topics are as follows:

  1. A Woman Adorned . . . and Adorning: Beauty Secrets of Titus 2 
  2. Doctrine, You, and Titus 2: The "What" and the "Now What" 
  3. Don’t Give Up on That Modeling Career: Aging Beautifully—at All Ages 
  4. Grow Up and Step Up: Teaching and Learning—Life-to-Life 
  5. Revival of Reverence: Living in Sacred Service 
  6. You Don’t Say: Abstaining from Slander 
  7. At Liberty: Experiencing Freedom from Bondage 
  8. A "Sophron" State of Mind: Developing Self-Control 
  9. Passionate About Purity: Pursuing Holiness in an Unholy World 
  10. Taste of Heaven: Cultivating a Heart for Home 
  11. Need Help Lovin' That Man: Training Our Hearts for Relationship 
  12. An Unexpected Blessing: Discovering the Strength and Beauty of Submission 
  13. Life-Givers in Training: Embracing the Gifts of Motherhood 
  14. Instruments of Grace: Showing a Deeper Kind of Kindness

Wednesday, October 4 7:00PM: Focus on the Family presents the movie: MULLY - Changing the World One Child at a Time  "What happens when a six-year-old boy in Kenya is abandoned by his family and left to raise himself on the streets? Mully is the true story of Charles Mully, whose rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, MULLY sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing".
When and Where: 7:00 PM Wednesday, October 4th (will replace Bible study that evening) at Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Cinemas.
Sign up: on the entrance counter or let Charissa know. charissaslater@hotmail.com (403) 483-1471.
We’ll meet in the theatre lobby 15 minutes prior to showtime. Please plan to arrive earlier to purchase tickets on site, or pre-purchase your tickets online.
More Info  at https://mullymovie.com/canada for the trailer  and pre-purchase tickets.
Friday, October 27, 4:30-6:30 PM: Hallowed Eve Party - Join us in friendly costumes! (No occult or witchcraft themes, please.) For kids of all ages (and their parents). Games, activities, prizes, candy, and
pizza. Cost is $2 per person (for the pizza).
We need helpers to run game stations, help with set up/ decorating and also clean up afterwards.
Please sign up at the mailboxes with the number of pizza-eating people you'll be bringing and to offer your help or to note the things you can bring. 
Please bring “nut-free” candy or other prizes to the church kitchen during October.
We’ll close with a message and songs based on the “Hallowed Evening” of the Lutheran Reformation & its emphasis on Scriptures, Grace, and Faith.  Bring a friend!  It’s a great opportunity to help them see the blessings Christ has given us!
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Sunday October  3:00PM: Celebrating 500 Years! Area WELS Joint Congregational Reformation Worship  at Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church (51 Alford Ave, Red Deer). The worship is at 3:00pm, followed by a potluck dinner. Please bring a salad to share. If you want to carpool, meet at the Mountain View parking lot at 1:15PM. This is a joyful opportunity to worship with our brothers and sisters from other congregations across Alberta, in celebration of the Lutheran Reformation.
Ministry Meetings in October:
Quarterly Voters: October 22, Open Forum, 11:15; Voters, 11:45.
Elders: Tuesday, October 24, 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School Teachers: Sunday Nov. 5, noon.
October Potluck is Sunday, October 22nd after Voters’ meeting. Bring a main dish and salad or dessert to share. Join us to celebrate the blessings we share as Christ’s people!
Pastoral visits: Pastor Schultz is planning in-home visits to share an encouragement titled, “God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage.” Please note the schedule on the clipboard on the entrance counter and sign up for a time convenient for you.
Hurricane Relief Effort Hurricanes have caused much destruction among our fellow Christians in Texas. Florida and the Caribbean. Our churches are doing their best to help members and non-members alike.   
      Everything we receive for time and eternity is a gift from our heavenly Father. As the Holy Spirit moves you in faith and love, you may respond in a financial way by designating a special gift and noting on your church offering envelope, “Hurricane Relief.” We’ll receive offerings for this special effort through October 29th.