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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

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From the Office of the Bishop


Winnipeg, September 3, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) Raymond Schultz suffered a heart attack on Monday, August 26, 2002. Bishop Schultz remains in hospital and continues to make progress. The nuclear stress test that was scheduled for today has been rescheduled.

Well wishes can be sent to the ELCIC National Office and will be forwarded to Bishop Schultz. While he deeply appreciates people’s prayers and well wishes, he is concerned about being overwhelmed by visitors. “For this reason, we ask that you not visit him at this time,” says Rhonda Lorch, ELCIC Director of Administration.

In accordance with the provisions made in the ELCIC’s constitution for such situations, the Vice-President of the ELCIC, Rev. Susan Johnson, will ensure that the duties of the Office of the Bishop are fulfilled until Bishop Schultz is able to return to work.

“Please hold Bishop Schultz, his family and the National Office in your prayers,” asks Rev. Johnson.

ELCIC Information has been providing regular updates on Bishop Schultz’s condition. If there is a significant change in his condition or treatment, a further update will be released and will also be posted on the ELCIC’s web site at www.elcic.ca

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