Welcome to the Two Rivers Ministry Area

As the part of the Eastern Canada Synod, the communities of the Two Rivers Ministry Area (TRMA) use this blog to publicize and support our activities.

Our member communities are behind the link above. Please, take the time to visit all of us. Officially active since the summer of 2014 (originally as the Waterloo North Ministry Area), we are busy and committed in our faith.

 

Yoga on the Lawn in July at Christ Lutheran

Local Roman Catholics & Lutherans Gather for “Together in Christ” Study Sessions

For five consecutive Wednesdays in May 2017, local Catholics and Lutherans gathered to work through the “Together in Christ” study session created by a working group of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to help commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Participating churches included Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Christ Lutheran Church, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, as well as Lutherans, Catholics, Mennonites and others from the surrounding area. These sessions happened at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Waterloo.

CELEBRATING & STUDYING THE 500 YR RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LUTHERANS & ROMAN CATHOLICS

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada encourage the faithful to prayerfully reflect on the past 500 years; to offer thanksgiving to God for the progress made in our efforts toward reconciliation; and to pray for pardon and peace wherever our words or actions have fallen short of what Christ demands of us as Christians.

Join us as we seek to be people of reconciliation striving toward Christian unity.

 

MAY 3, 2017 

Commemorating the Reformation

Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church

173 Lourdes Street, Waterloo

MAY 10, 2017

Conflict breaks Communion

Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church   1

173 Lourdes Street, Waterloo

MAY 17, 2017 

From Conflict to Communion

Mount Zion Lutheran Church

29 Westmount Road, Waterloo

MAY 24, 2017

Growth in Communion Through Dialogue

Mount Zion Lutheran Church

29 Westmount Road, Waterloo

MAY 31, 2017 

Commitment to Communion

Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church

173 Lourdes Street, Waterloo   173

 

 

A Christmas Carol at Christ Waterloo

Call for Actors and Crew for A Christmas Carol

Richard Walsh, Christ Church Waterloo

On December 7th-9th @ 7:30 pm Christ Lutheran Church Waterloo will present my adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 brief novel A Christmas Carol [ACC]. In recent years Christ Church, located at 445 Anndale Rd. on the corner of Lexington and Davenport, has staged four theatrical productions that I’ve adapted and directed that address morally and socially challenging issues: Antigone by Sophocles in 2012, Merry Wives of Windsor by Shakespeare in 2013, Don Juan in Hell by Shaw in 2014, and An Enemy of the People by Ibsen in 2016.

At first glance, ACC is a story of Scrooge’s personal ghosts; in fact, it’s subtitled A Ghost Story for Christmas. Beginning with Marley’s Ghost, who represents both his own and Scrooge’s notorious greed, each ghost compels Scrooge to face his social transgressions of the past, the present, and the foreseeable future. But the ghosts also give him opportunities to redeem himself. Ghosts, of course, are fun for audiences (but not for young children, who can be easily overwhelmed), which is why adaptations of ACC for the theatre and film tend to stress them.

From a religious perspective, however, ACC is actually a story of conversion and personal liberation from the chains of greed toward the freedom of compassion and generosity. Dickens’s annual public readings of ACC evidently contributed to reinvigorating a historically earlier spirit of charitable giving during Christmastime that had been eclipsed during his lifetime.

From a social-justice perspective, ACC is a critique of involuntary poverty. Dickens wrote his story at a time of hideous socio-economic conditions in Britain and colonial Ireland that included child labour and massive, toxic smog. In effect, his message to the powers-that-be was: Attend to the plight of the poor or face a social and political revolt on home ground.

In my adaptation of ACC, over 99% of the script consists of Dickens’s text, although I’ve abbreviated it substantially to heighten its appeal for a current audience. In addition, rather than ignoring Scrooge’s psychological development, as film and theatre versions have done, I’ve included the scenes of Scrooge as a child, adolescent, young man, and middle-aged adult to elicit  empathy, even compassion, for him.

Here’s how you can help:

[1] Please refer anyone you know – child, teen, young adult, and middle-aged or older folks – who might want to play a character (there are over 40 of them) or help backstage. Email me here: rwalsh@wlu.ca. I’ll then send interested individuals the script and audition those whose acting skills are unknown to me. Rehearsals begin Sept. 6th.

[2] Please come see the show, and bring every kid you know, including adult ones. By the end of November you’ll be able to order tickets from Christ Church by phone.

Thank you very much for your interest and anticipated support.

Join us as we kick off the 50th Year Celebration at Christ Lutheran Church

Please join us at 10am as we kick off a year of celebrations and special events! Bishop Michael Pryce of the Eastern Canada Synod will be attending!

Jubilation Male Chorus hosted by St. James Elmira

On Sunday April 23rd at 3:00 pm, St. James, Elmira will host the Jubilation Male Chorus in a concert to fight drought and famine in central Africa and Yemen. Concert proceeds and additional donations will go through Canadian Lutheran World Relief to the work of the Humanitarian Coalition. Receipts for tax purposes will be issued for charitable donations of $10 or more beyond the ticket payment.

Jubilation Male Chorus Poster <<< Click on this link for the full poster

Canadian Lutheran World Relief Appreciation Reception Sunday April 9, 2-4 pm

at Christ Lutheran Church, 445 Anndale Rd., Waterloo

Camp This Summer at Lutherlyn!

Here’s a link to the summer brochure of Camp Lutherlyn http://www.lutherlyncamp.ca/uploads/2/3/1/1/23118378/camp_lutherlyn_-_camp_brochure_2017.pdf

Enjoy the great outdoors in the Ottawa valley on the shores of Golden Lake near Eganville, Ontario, and have fun with other campers! Be sure to register for this summer!

Wading in the Water – March 2017

 

Click -HERE- for the March 2017 edition.

Lent 2017 Midweek Schedule at Christ Lutheran

Lent 2017

“Paying Attention…”

Wednesdays at 7 pm for Evening Prayer & Topical Focus

 

Wed. March 8 @ Christ Lutheran Church

 Paying Attention to God through Meditation with Rev. Julia Gill

 

Wed. March 15 @ St. Columba Anglican Church

Paying Attention to Our Friends in Lutheran & Roman Catholic Churches

during this 500th Anniversary Year of the Reformation with Rev. David Malina

 

Wed. March 22 @ Christ Lutheran Church

Paying Attention to Our Indigenous Neighbours

through the “Blanket Exercise” with Deacon Scott Knarr

 

Wed. March 29 @ St. Columba Anglican Church

Paying Attention to God in Serving Those on the Margins with Rev. Michael Hackbusch

 

Wed. April 5 @ Christ Lutheran Church

Paying Attention to Creation in Caring for Water with Henriette Thompson

 

 

Christ Lutheran Church, 445 Anndale Road, Waterloo, Ontario N2K 2E3          519-885-4050

St. Columba Anglican Church, 250 Lincoln Road, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2P5    519-884-3681