Important Announcement:
Riverbend Lutheran Church is Trialing Two Services

We will be trialing two services starting Sunday, February 25, 2018.  Worship services will be at 9:00 and 11:00 with Sunday School and Adult Bible Study running between services at 10:15.  Communion will alternate between services - the 1st and 3rd Sundays of a month will have Communion at 9:00 and the 2nd and 4th Sundays will have Communion at 11:00.  If there is a 5th Sunday in a month, Communion will be occur at both services.  This will be trialed for approximately three months, at which time we will reassess.  Feedback can be provided to the elders or pastor.


Join us for the BLANKET EXERCISE on Sunday, May 27th from12:30 – 2 pm

We will be using a curriculum designed for children in grades 4-6 but all teens and adults are invited. We will begin with a light lunch in the basement and then meet upstairs afterwards for the Blanket Exercise.

What is the Blanket Exercise?
It is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by hearing information, seeing maps and visuals and carrying sticks which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. The exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. This takes the form of a talking circle.

Why participate in the Blanket Exercise?
Our aim is to offer an opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of Canada’s history and tounderstand the challenges our indigenous neighbours have encountered over the centuries. Over the past several years Riverbend has been increasingly involved in serving with organizations like The Mustard Seed and the BC Mission Boat Society which work with indigenous people. We believe we can serve more effectively and compassionately when we have a basic understanding of this history. Our history effects our present. We are sending a team of 10 (5 adults and 5 youth) to serve in Kyuquot BC from August 18-24. This will be our second trip to the community. While in Kyuqot our team will be offering VBS for children, games and activities for teens, a men’s night, aladies night, home visits and Bible studies. As part of their preparation and our edification the team will be hosting this event for us.
Please let us know if you are attending by signing up on the bulletin board or email [email protected]


Save the Dates: July 16-20 from 9:00 am-noon
Sign up to be part of this exciting ministry! Website registration for children has begun.


The 2018 Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry conference will be on May 24-27th at Taylor Seminary (23rd Ave & Saddleback Rd), Edmonton. To RSVP ASAP call: 780 440-5000 or email: [email protected] . Please indicate that you are registering for the Parish Nursing Ministry booking


Christian Estate Planning Seminar Saturday, June 23rd, 2018     RSVP asap or by MAY 23rd 
at Bethlehem Lutheran– Edmonton, AB (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Riverbend Lutheran – Edmonton, AB (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
A presentation by Lutheran Foundation Canada
Allen Schellenberg – Executive Director


Our Riverbend Missions team continue to serve the children and families of this remote indigenous Kyuquot community. August 17 - 21 
KYUQUOT  BC Mission Boat Society.  Kyuquot (pronounced "ky YOO kit") is an unincorporated settlement and First Nations Indian reserve community located on Kyuquot Sound on northwestern Vancouver IslandBritish ColumbiaCanada. Meaning people of Kayukw in the Nuu-chah-nulthlanguage, it is partly the community of the Kyuquot and Cheklesahht peoples, whose band government is the Kyuquot/Cheklesahht First Nation.

Divorce Care is a support group meeting held weekly in a warm, caring environment Mondays  7-8:30 pm at Highland Baptist Church 5351-112 Ave, Edmonton. Church office 780-479-4348.  For other Divorce Care locations in Edmonton Greater, please visit .  This group is facilitated by people who have been through divorce and successfully rebuilt their lives. Through video presentations, and group discussion we can help you deal with the hurt caused by separation and divorce.

REFORMATION "MINUTE"  presented by the CLS faculty, every weekday throughout the fall semester has been launched.  They will focus on some of the people and ideas that renewed the heart of Christ’s church, starting in earnest in the fall of 1517—five hundred years ago.
View online through CLS’s website, the CLS YouTube Channel (, CLS Webplayer ( and posted to the seminary’s app (Download from the App Store or Google Play).

Parking Stalls in back alley
Please leave the 2 parking stalls open, labelled Secretary & Pastor, on Sunday mornings, as it gives some of our less mobile parishioners easier access to the building. Thank you for your consideration and respect in this matter.

Please note that Riverbend Lutheran Church is trying to be a scent free environment.  Please keep this in mind as you prepare for worship on Sundays. Thank you.

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Contact us by email 

Pastor: [email protected]



Office Hours

Our Office Administrator is available from 9:30 to 3:30 Tuesday to Thursday.  If you need to reach anyone outside of these hours please phone and leave a message or email [email protected] and we will be happy to get back to you as soon as we can.  

Note:   Deadline for bulletin submissions - Wednesdays