Welcome to Erickson Lutheran Church

We recognize that we are located on the original lands of the Indigenous Poeples specifically Treaty 2 and 4. We respect the Treaties and acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past and present. We are dedicated to learning the truth and to reconciliation. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land and their hospitality which allows us to live, work, worship and serve God the Creator here.

We are an affirming, "open-table" congregration and all are welcome.


Summer Vacation Christian Activity Days for Youth July 15th to 17th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information please contact admin@ericksonlutheranchurch.ca or call 204-636-2259

Requests for Pastoral services for weddings, funerals and baptisms please contact our Pastor Heather Parrott-Howdle or Office Administrator at 204-636-2259 or email pastor@ericksonlutheranchurch.ca or admin@ericksonlutheranchurch.ca.



Naloxone Kits are available at the Church

They are located in a clear wall holder to the right or (west) of the church mailboxes.

These were provided by SERC (Sexual Education Resource Centre) Brandon office at one of the Open Futures sessions that Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline organized this past month at the church.

Substance Use and the impact it has on an individual, their family and community can be a life-or-death matter. Naloxone is safe to administer and having a Naloxone kit available can save a life. Also, a frequent cause of overdose is opioid toxicity, ie: people who take prescription opioids by accident thinking they're another drug.

The kit comes with an instructional pamphlet and there is also a video to show you exactly what to watch out for if you feel someone has had an overdose, and shows you all the steps including checking for breathing, calling 911, and using the kit itself. The link to the video is included here and we hope that it won’t be needed but in case it is, we would like to be prepared. Also, please let us know if you are interested in further training, or feel that you need to take a kit with you to have on hand. Thank you



June 2024 In-Person Service Schedule - Subject to Change


  • Every 2nd Thursday of Month Sandy Lake Personal Care Home Communion Service at 2:30 p.m.
  • Every 3rd Thursday of the month Erickson Personal Care Home communion service at 10:00 a.m.


    Grace, mercy, and peace to you in the name of Christ our Saviour.

    Well the MNO Synod has met in Convention the weekend of May 24th to 26th under the theme, “Renewed & Transformed”. Like all Synod Conventions, we have spent time together at meals, in worship, and in conversation. We have waded through budgets and bylaws, but we also set apart leaders and talked about where God is leading the church. We’ve talked about realities and challenges, but also hopes and dreams. We have prayed together and debated together.

    The most important piece of that convention was a block of time in which we talked about questions of value and purpose – about what it means to be Renewed & Transformed, but also why we need to be Renewed & Transformed.

    I know many people I work with on a regular basis are already tired of hearing me ask the question “why.” If you don’t work regularly with me… well, I ask that question a lot. Actually, I ask a lot of questions in general.

    I ask questions in my sermons. I ask questions of my staff. I ask questions at congregational meetings, at Synod Council, in conferences, and in small groups. The reason that I ask so many questions is that I think that questions are important. Beyond just exchanging information, questions lead to exploring and wondering. Questions open up possibility and potential. I like that they lead us to really think about something, to consider other views, and be curious about what could change, instead of just accepting the first easy answer that comes along.

    It’s kind of how young kids operate. If you’ve been around young kids, then you know that you can’t answer questions fast enough: “Why is the sky blue?” “Why is the grass green?” “Why do I have to pick up my toys?” “Why are those people walking over there?” “Why are there mosquitos?” “How does the remote control work?” “Do you think a T-Rex could run faster than a velociraptor” “How many stars are in the sky?” “How come ice floats in water?” “What does this word mean?” “What does that sign mean?”. It seems like there is never an end to the questions.

    But, the question I hear most from kids is, “why?” And “Why” is my favourite question.

    Why invites us to explore purpose and meaning. It compels us to explore the reason something matters to us or how it helps us reach a goal. “Why” gives a second to pause and remind ourselves of the reasons we do the things we do.

    During our keynote yesterday, we started with questions to get a sense of our current reality. One thing I noticed was that none of the questions we started with were “why” questions. Those questions were all about “what” we do. What are the things that define us; what are the things we wish we could change; and what should we try in order to fix our problems.

    “What” questions assume that there are specific (and easy) answers to fix our problems, and if we just change a few of our actions then everything will turn out. “What” questions are all about the mechanics. They describe specific actions or plans. They don’t tell us anything about the meaning or value behind them.

    Only “why” helps us to go deeper into the meaning and reasons behind what we do.

    For example Nicodemus – a Pharisee; a leader; a person who speaks on behalf of others. Nicodemus was a person who knew the Torah backwards and forwards, understood all the rules and practices of Temple life and devotion to God through the Jewish faith. He could sense that there was something different about Jesus, and he was compelled to find out more. So, under the cover of dark so that no one would see him listening to the teaching of Jesus, he came to find out more. But he asked the wrong questions. He didn’t ask “why”.

    To Jesus’ explanations about the Spirit, Nicodemus could only focus on “what”. Instead of seeing how God was already at work Renewing & Transforming him, Nicodemus chose to focus on the physical process of birth. When Jesus talks about the freeing and unpredictable nature of the Spirit, Nicodemus can’t connect the dots or make sense of it. He missed the “why”.

    And, to Jesus, the “why” was all about how God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together, interacts with, loves, cares for, and redeems the world. This is God’s purpose and is the thing that Jesus points to over and over again in John’s Gospel.

    Word and Spirit were with God in creation and throughout the ministry of Jesus. The Spirit empowers and builds up the church by reminding us what Jesus said and did, but it also leads us out and equips us each for ministry.

    This is what lays at the heart of the Holy Trinity. In an almost impossible-to-explain belief about how God lives, moves, and acts in our world as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we are reminded that we experience God in different ways. Sometimes as creator, sometimes as comforter. Sometimes as healer, sometimes as agitator. Sometimes as teacher, and other times as servant. But always to help us see how God interacts with, loves, cares for, and redeems the world.

    So why does that matter?

    Well, I think it matters for a couple of reasons. First, it solidifies for us why we exist as the church. We exist to bear witness to what God is doing, to tell others what we have seen, and to encourage all people to grow in their faith. We exist to be a loving and faithful community of believers who put our trust in God, knowing that in baptism we have been named, claimed, empowered, and commissioned to be the Body of Christ in the world.

    This means that as we figure out “what” we do, we already know “why” we need to do it. We can look at our beliefs, practices, and challenges through the lens of our reason for being and how they help us live into that purpose. As individuals, congregations, synods, and the National Church, we are called to live out that purpose together.

    And that is a second thing that matters about the Holy Trinity: The Trinity is about community.

    The Trinity shows what relationship and community can be when it’s all about God. There is no fighting over who gets to do what. Pentecost shows that the Spirit is deeply tied into what God has done and continues to do in the world. The Spirit was active through the ministry and teaching of Jesus. And all three continue to be active for this world, and for God’s created people.

    In John’s Gospel, we hear about a God who loves us and works to give us life whether or not we understand how or when that happens. Despite our attempts to figure out every last detail and predict how God is going to act, John’s gospel reminds us that God will do what God will do. God will come to us. Sometimes through Christ, sometimes through the Spirit, sometimes as the one who births us into this world. But every time we encounter God, we know that it is because God chooses to interact with, love, care for, and redeem the world.

    I hope that we will be able to see when God is doing that. I hope that we will experience both the windy disruption and calming breath of the Spirit in our lives and in our ministry together. And, I trust that the Spirit will continue to Renew & Transform us when we go back to our homes, congregations, and communities. After all, Jesus says that we can’t tell where and how the Spirit will move, or what it may look like when it does. But there is no doubt about the why. There is no doubt that it is how God will continue to bless us and lead us.

    Bishop Jason Zinko

    Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod

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    Council met on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 7:05 p.m. in Erickson Lutheran Church Boardroom. Cathy Hackenschmidt, Benita Nylen, Shaun Oakley, and Raymond Rossnagel.were present. Earl Wickdahl and Pastor Heather Parrott-Howdle sent regrets. Cathy lead Opening Prayer. The minutes of the April 18th meeting approved as distributed.

    Old Business:
    • Land Titles changes: Waiting for the title for Scandinavia Cemetery to arrive from Land Titles Office.. Bethania Cemetery transfer to Bethel Lutheran Society documents will be sent into Winnipeg Land Titles Office with payment.
    • Parsonage sale: Net sale proceeds of $119,608.84 received.
    • Website update: working on this. Hopefully will be up and running sometime in June.
    • Membership Lists: Viola expressed an interest in contacting people and will meet with Pastor Heather. Pastor Heather suggests that invitations be sent to people on the list to attend the Communion Service on Father’s Day.
    • - Nomination of lay delegate to 2025 ELCIC National Convention: No one expressed interest.


    • Financial Report: Cathy reviewed the reports. Reports accepted as presented. Cathy has contacted Daniel Brunet, Synod Treasurer, and will be talking with him about the Charity Return and capital gains.

    • Service Schedule:
      • May 2024 – 5, 12, 19 by Rev Heather, 26 by Cathy
      • June 2024 – 2, 9, 16 by Rev Heather, 23 by Cathy (or alternate) and 30 Gospel Sunday Cathy will contact Micheal Kvern regarding his availability for any Lay services.
      • Communion Sunday in June be moved to Father’s Day Sunday on June 16th.

    • Maintenance Report: - Burton Electrical: options for LED lighting in sanctuary and cross light conversion >Earl will contact Burton’s.

    • Pastor’s Report: Since April 18th meeting: In the office: 4 days per week Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless at a funeral, clergy meeting, pastoral visits. Services: first 3 Sundays and 2 Personal Care Home. Pastoral Care Visits: 2 in person, 3 by phone. Palliative Care: none. Clinical Pastoral Experience: Certificate of Graduation from Spiritual Care Unit 1 has been sent to MNO Synod as it was a requirement of ordination. Now able to do some on-call at BRHC as well as any hospital visits for our congregation and community members needing spiritual care before or after surgery or any hospitalization. Outreach Activities: Continue to support community events by attending when possible. Housing: Erickson Housing Committee meet every 2 weeks. Musical Ride: organized by Erickson & District Chamber of Commerce - July 24th in Erickson; horses will be here July 23rd to 26th boarding in the Skating Rink indoor arena, and the performance will be in the outside arena; there will also be artisan vendors etc and public can visit the horses and riders from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 24th. Recruiting table onsite. Tickets can be purchased from the Event Brite app. Food Security: Erickson & Area Food Bank, 46 Main Street, PO Box 86, Erickson, MB, Phone: 1-431-399-0399, Website:www.ericksonfoodbank.ca , for e-transfer use the following email: ericksonfoodbankcoordinator@gmail.com. Hours: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hamper Day is Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. Ongoing support is really needed! Education: Summer Vacation Christian Activity Days for youth July 15th to 17th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Administrative Report: Worship: Preparing bulletins, readings, streaming materials. Financial: reports distributed for council meeting, prepared PYH financial report. Yearend: info for 2023 Charity Return compiled. New form this year. Moving the 2023 files and purging old files in accordance with CRA and MNO Synod guidelines and approval of a council member.Requesting council approval for change in hours worked to Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. which is 16 hours (4 hours time donated) and with Pastor Heather here Monday and Tuesday, both here on Wednesday and Thursday and SLK on Friday (weekday coverage). Usual monthly duties in office, Newsletter, calendar, coded and uploaded webpage updates, updated communion and funeral records and got PCH communion material and music ready and sang for Sandy Lake service. THANK YOU, Sylvia-Linda!
    • Parklands Youth Hub Report: See separate report.

    • Sunday School Report: Shaun has a keyboard that he can bring in for teaching the kids how to sing.


    LAMP requesting a donation. $500 donated by ELW earlier this month.

    New Business:

    • Erickson and Area Food Bank information package was reviewed. Council agreed that supporting this is very important for the well being of our community.
    • Motion to approve Sylvia-Linda’s change in hours of work to Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the understanding that hours could be shifted to accommodate special events or requests by church council.

    Next Meeting: Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in ELC Lower Hall (to use TV to view Financial Reports, etc and not print paper copies). In closing the Lord’s Prayer was repeated in unison. Adjournment at 7:59 p.m.

    Submitted by Benita Nylen, Secretary


    Unlike past reports this one will be quite brief.

    The original funding for the PYH will come to an end at the end of May. This means that I will be halting my work for the time being.

    We’re still waiting to hear back from the MNO Synod regarding additional funding. We also have a grant in with Healthy Together Now we’re waiting to hear about. I will also be applying for a substantial grant From the Ground Up grant through the Province of Manitoba.

    I feel that our program is strong. Many of the people I speak with are very positive about what we do. We just have to wait and see what happens over the summer.

    Working with the church has been a very positive and enriching experience. I’m very grateful to have had this opportunity. I hope that we’ll be able to continue working together in the future. Programs like PYH are so important to communities like ours.

    Submitted by Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Director


    At the ELW meeting in May, it was decided to send $500.00 to LAMP for VBS.

    The June meeting is on June 13. It will be a potluck supper at 5:30 pm followed by a Bible study on HUMILITY. Please find meaningful Bible verses to share.

    There will be no Bible study in July or August. Have a great summer


    • September - “Forgiveness”

    • October - “Thankfulness”
    • November - “Faithfulness “

    Report Submitted by Dolores Hall


    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.

    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 A) via etransfer to tres@ericksonlutheranchurch.ca or B) through Canada Helps by clicking the link below.

    Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

    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 Cliff Nichols (204)848-0505(Council Chair) or Intern Pastor Heather (204)-294-9212 for Pastoral needs

    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.

    All are welcome to the worship services.

    Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod

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    We will be using Facebook, our website and our newsletter as our primary ways of communicating with members and want everyone to be informed in a timely manner.

    Please CLICK HERE to read the MNO Synod Newsletter


    While we are back into in-person services, our services will be available online on the church's Facebook site for those who are unable to come to our in-person services

    Anyone wishing to be more involved with our faith community and advocacy please call us at 1-204-636-2259. May the Peace of Christ be with you!