Welcome to Erickson Lutheran Church

Requests for Pastoral services for weddings, funerals and baptisms please contact our Council chair Dolores Hall at 1-204-636-2415.

from JULY 18, 2021 until further notice

North side of the church at 30-3rd St. SW, Erickson, MB

Covid limited to 50 worshippers
Please pre-register by Saturday noon
1-204-294-9212 or email hhowdle84@gmail.com

Please bring your own lawn chairs or seating, water, and sunscreen

**Covid-19 Guidelines

  1. Masks required
  2. Self-distancing
  3. Self-screening for symptoms
  4. If symptomatic - stay home


I believe where we go from here matters.

I have been asked by Bishop Jason to consider becoming the Pastor for our church and, after talking it over with my spouse Sue, I have accepted and have the Council’s blessing.

I would like to introduce myself, and also talk a little about how I feel God has been working in my life to this point. I will also share how I feel that God is working in our church and faith communities.

I have many roles when I accepted the newest role as the student Pastor. I am a mother to 39-year-old son Eric (Ashley), and 36-year-old daughter Sara (Dillan). All of whom I am very proud. Sue and I have been together for 29 years and am blessed with her as my spouse! I retired as a physiotherapist after 38 years, a helping and healing profession that I enjoyed very much. My work as the MNO Synod Council chair for the past 6 years has also helped me understand the way congregations can help strengthen our faith and service where it is needed.

I also recently started a Swedish bakery in Erickson, so I will need a business partner to help with that so I can focus on the seminary studies and internship part of the program. 

I am dedicated to helping us see that God is working through and amongst us even if we don't realize it -- which is what happened to me! God shows us paths that can take some awkward or funny turns. I never would have dreamed that I would be embarking on this path, and yet, it seems a natural fit to go from a physical healing profession to a spiritual healing or spiritual calling. I say spiritual healing as my faith and the healing grace of God has kept me afloat in this world, and has made me ready to meet my maker. Don't get me wrong, I don't really want to meet my maker yet, but I am ready. I know where I am going, and I am at peace because of that. I enjoy the outdoors, and take advantage of any time that I can spend outside hiking, biking, riding horses, kayaking, golfing, or peaceful walks by the water. Creation is so diverse! I also like reading, and will be doing lots of that too.

Speaking of diversity, that is one of the goals of outreach, inviting and sharing with those that are different from us. We are called as people of God to serve, seen or unseen, to ask what is needed.

I have been calling people that are connected to the Erickson Lutheran Church in one way or another, wanting to talk to you and them about where and how we go from here as a church and as a faith community. The church has been under scrutiny for being self-serving, and oppressive to those that are different. How do we see ourselves?

I hope to show that the church is more than a building, is not here to convert but to share how God is working with us, and to listen to other faiths, other spiritualities -- to work together as we do with our inter-faith projects. Let's do more of that! Do more than serve the poor, lets help prevent poverty. Let's be more visible in the communities we worship in.

We have been providing written and online worship services and updates to help us stay Christ centered. His message is to love one another as He has loved us.
This message needs to be demonstrated with Indigenous People, immigrants, or other people that are on the margins of society, and not on margins by their choice. 

I am open to where and how people feel the role of our church is today in this time of increased secularism. Jesus walked with the people, and he walked with very diverse people. I ask for us to do the same.

Thank you for your support and I welcome feedback at every step of the way.
I leave us with this passage for you to find in your Bible, 'of A Living Hope' for these times of pandemic and reconciliation from 1 Peter 1:3-9 and this prayer for you.

A prayer of Gratitude for this journey we will be on together for the next couple of years.

Almighty God, Father/Mother of all mercies, we humbly thank you for your goodness to us and to all that you have made. We praise you for your creation and preservation, for keeping us and all things in your care, and for all the blessings of life. Above all, we bless you for your immeasurable love in redeeming the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies that with thankful hearts we praise you, not only with our lips but in our lives, by giving ourselves to your service and by living in your gifts of holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit we worship and praise now and forever, Amen

Heather Parrott-Howdle
Student Pastor 
Erickson Lutheran Church

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We have a YouTube Channel - Erickson Lutheran Church - where you may access online services.
ELC Service links will be posted on our Facebook page.

We pray for healthcare providers, vaccine suppliers, those who are ill and those who are mourning the loss of loved ones.
Click here to access a Manitoba/NWOntario Lutheran service on the internet.

To receive more updates, please go to the ELC Facebook Page or sign-up for MNO Synod Newsletter for virtual services that are available at www.mnosynod.org.

Thank you for your help in reducing the risk of spreading this virus. We pray for those afflicted or quarantined. God is with us, do not fear. Please continue to pray. Then pray again. Then pray some more.

~Erickson Lutheran Church Council~

Click here for information from the MNO Synod and ELCIC regarding regulations surrounding Covid-19.

How we can help to
Meet the Spiritual Needs of our Communities

To continue your financial support to our church, click on “Donate Now” button on ELC Website or Mail cheque to
Erickson Lutheran Church
PO Box 414
Erickson, MB
R0J 0P0

Thank you for donations to our ministry and others

~God’s Peace to All~

If you would like to support our outreach, you can make a donation or an online offering through Canada Helps by clicking the link below.

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If you wish to donate to The Bethel Society, please do not use Canada Helps but forward said donation by way of cheque c/o Erickson Lutheran Church. All donations using the Donate Button will go directly to Erickson Lutheran Church.

Anyone who has difficulty getting out to get supplies or food, please contact us through our Facebook page or call Mary at
Services to Seniors (204)636-7895.

Please call Dolores Hall (Council Chair) for Pastoral needs (204)636-2415

Click here for
directions to Erickson Lutheran Church.

Sunday worship is conducted with the Lutheran Order of Worship. On the third Sunday of the month, a Hymn Sing is held before worship. On the second Sunday of the month there is a Communion Service.
Located just south of beautiful Riding Mountain National Park on Highway 10, Erickson Lutheran Church holds services every Sunday at 10:00am from May to September, and 11:00am from October to April.
For service times and information on hosting, ushering, readings, and upcoming special events, please see our Calendar.

All are welcome to the worship services. Since 1995, the Onanole United Church has worshipped with the Erickson Lutheran Church. During that time, the United Church organized one service a month. In November 2013, the Onanole United Church members voted to close the Church because of declining participation. The official closing service was held January 26, 2014. The United Church members continue to worship at Erickson Lutheran Church. See the History of the Onanole United Church under the heading About Us.

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