News Archive 2009

2010 Pastor's Desk Diary

With generous financial support from FaithLife Financial, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, is pleased to offer again this year the classic Pastor's Desk Diary. The diary contains readings for the three-year lectionaries used by Lutheran Church-Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Wisconsin Evangelical Synod; as well as the LSB one-year readings for each Sunday and major festivals. The diary is available free to Lutheran pastors and other rostered Lutheran church professionals in Canada through the support of FaithLife. To receive yours, send your name and address to, or phone us at 905-688-2362. Shipping should begin in late October.

The Annunciation, Fra AngelicoAdvent Lessons and Carols (06/12/09)

This treasured annual event takes place this year on the Second Sunday in Advent, 6 December, at 4:00pm. The Seminary Choir will be joined by Resurrection Lutheran Choir, under the direction of Dianne Humann, with instrumental music by harp, violin, and organ. As members of the seminary community read lessons from the prophets that prepare for Christ's coming, the congregation and choirs sing beloved Advent hymns and carols. The service culminates with the announcement of the Christmas Gospel, by which the students anticipate Christmas just before leaving for the holidays. We heartily welcome you to join us for this service of Word, music, prayer, and praise.

Advent Appeal (30/11/09)

With John the Baptist and Gabriel stepping onto the Advent scene, Acting President Tom Winger is prompted to  consider preachers  in the seminary's Advent Appeal Letter. As the time of gift-giving approaches, please remember your seminaries and their ongoing work of preparing preachers to herald the coming of Christ.

November e-newsletter (20/11/09)

Our e-newsletter is now distributed through Google Groups ( You may download and read the latest edition here: e-newsletterNovember2009.pdf.

Icon of Christ Pantocrator from St. Catherine, Mt Sinai"Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus" - Opening Service 2009

On Sunday, 13 September 2009, at 4:00pm, Concordia opened the 34th academic year with a festive service of Evening Prayer. The preacher was Dr Thomas Winger, Acting President. Among awards given out was the Emeritus Crucis (Veteran of the Cross) award, presented to Rev. Murvyn Kentel. Following the service the Seminary Guild  served refreshments. Photos from the Opening Service are now posted on our photo gallery.

Teaching children with puppets

Field Report 2009 (19/06/09)

Each year the seminary's faculty and students are involved in mission activities throughout the church. We report on these exciting journeys in our annual Field Report. Printed copies are sent to all congregations of LCC, but you can jump the queue by reading it here: FieldReport2009.pdf

June e-newsletter (16/06/09)

Our e-newsletter is now distributed through Google Groups ( You may download and read the latest edition here: e-newsletterJune2009.pdf.

April e-newsletter (16/04/09)

Our e-newsletter is now distributed through Google Groups ( You may download and read the latest edition here: e-newsletterApril2009.pdf.

Lenten Factsheet (15/03/09)

With our Lenten fund-raising letter we distributed a fact sheet detailing the good gifts of God for which our seminary gives thanks. You may read it online here: CLTSFactSheetLent2009.pdf

February e-newsletter (26/02/09)

Our e-newsletter is now distributed through Google Groups ( You may download and read the latest edition here: e-newsletterFebruary2009.pdf.

Lucky in Love Dinner Theatre, Hernder Estate WinesUpbeat ... (23/02/09)

was the mood at Hernder Estate Wines on Friday the 13th as 210 guests enjoyed an evening with fine food and musical variety at a fun, friend, and fund-raiser. The featured artist was Tara Lyn Hart, a Canadian Country Music Award winner and JUNO Award nominee, and a Seminary wife (husband: Perry). Singing since she was 5, Tara  started recording for Sony Music at 17. She also performed with CREW Ministries and at the Grand Ole Opry. She was accompanied by Hal Draper, an accomplished musician and song writer from Oshawa, who has performed with Tara in the past.

Tara Lyn HartAlso performing were: (1)  Paul Hoerdt, winner of 6 medals (3 gold) and awards at The World Championships for Performing Arts 2008 in Hollywood, California, and a member at Grace. He also performs locally at the Americana Hotel in Niagara Falls. (2) Greg Palmer, an M.Div. student here and organist at Grace, St. Catharines, with a training in classical and jazz guitar. And (3) John Rapp, nearing the end of his seminary studies, who majored in voice at Wilfred Laurier in Waterloo and toured with CREW Ministries for two years.



Lucky in Love: A Dinner Theatre with Tara Lyn Hart (08/01/09)

Tara Lyn Hart

Canadian country music recording artist and Juno nominee Tara Lyn Hart will be performing along with local musicians at Hernder Estates Wines at a "Lucky in Love" fundraising dinner on Friday, 13 February. The dinner and concert is to benefit Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, where Hart's husband, Perry, is currently studying.

Hart was nominated along with Shania Twain and Terri Clark for Best Country Female Artist at the 2000 Juno Awards, following the success of her self-titled debut album and the hit single "Stuff That Matters".  She also earned six nominations at the 2000 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards. In April 2000, she was invited to perform on the Grand Ole Opry.

Tickets to the event are $25, which includes the concert and a three-course meal prepared by the chef at Hernder Estate Wines. Tickets to the after-dinner concert alone are available for $10.  A silent auction is also planned. For ticket and artist information, please contact Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines at (905) 688-2362.

About Tara Lyn Hart: Singing since she was 5 years old, and performing at over 80 shows a year by the time she reached high school, entertaining was a major part of who Tara Lyn Hart was. At 17, Tara was noticed by Sony Music and her first major label recording was released in 2000. Three years of developing Hart's album led her to working with 6 different producers-including Barry Beckett, Josh Leo, Peter Asher, and Walter Afanasieff-at a dozen studios in three cities (Nashville, Los Angeles, and San Francisco). The lead single, "Stuff That Matters", soared up the Canadian country singles chart, eventually peaking at an impressive #6, with the Video making it to #1 on CMT. Other hits included: "Save Me", "That's When You Came Along", and "What He Used to Do".

At the 2000 Juno Awards, Hart was nominated for Best Country Female Artist, and the all-genre Best New Solo Artist. In April 2000, she was invited to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. Hart won three awards at the 2000 Manitoba Association of Country Arts Awards-Female Vocalist, and both Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "Stuff That Matters". On 9 June  2000, Hart won two awards at RPM's Big Country Awards: Outstanding New Female Artist and Canadian Country Video of the Year for "Stuff That Matters". When the nominations were announced for the 2000 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards, Hart had six nominations, the most for any artist.

In 2001, Tara left her major record contract in order to spend more time with her family. In 2002, Tara travelled across Canada to support and perform in the 28-day "Huron Carole" with Tom Jackson. In 2004 as a response to fans, a new single "Happiness" was released to radio, which made it in the Top 20 across Canada.

Tara still enjoys performing today, yet does like being without the demands that comes from a daily spotlight. Tara resides in the Niagara region with her husband and 3 children

See an example of her work at

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