New onWORD series explores Scripture in the Music of Christmas

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Taylor's onWORD series will delve into the familiar carols and hymns ofonWORD 2010-11_Music of Christmas Advent. Through these beloved songs, we recount details of Jesus' birth -- but how closely do these carols follow the scriptural narrative?

Over the course of several weeks, we'll explore the history and authorship of these timeless Christmas songs, and we'll take the time to sing them together. And along the way we'll explore the narratives in the Gospels, exploring this familiar story in new ways and distinguishing between what we know and what we think we know. And, beyond the mere facts of the story, we'll participate in the story by seeing it from various perspectives.

November 23, 2010
Advent Prophesies
Rev. Eric Brooks

November 30, 2010
The Advent Family – Joseph and Mary
Rev. Kurt Redschlag

December 07, 2010 
Witnesses to Advent
Rev. Sieg Koslowski

December 14, 2010
The Primary Focus of Advent, Jesus
Dr. Willy Muller

December 21, 2010
Christmas Celebration In Song

Each evenings' discussion will include two hymns, which will be sung together under the leadership of Dr. Herman Effa.

onWORD is a free, weekly exploration of Scripture using gifted teachers and instructors to helps us understand, explore and experience the text of the Bible. Join us Tuesdays at 7:30 (except during holidays and summers).

Taylor Mourns the Loss of Dr. Joe Sonnenberg, Celebrates his Life

Sonneberg_Joseph2Taylor College and Seminary mourns the death of President Emeritus Dr. Joseph Sonnenberg. Dr. Sonnenberg, who was president from 1970 to 1981, passed away in Kelowna on November 8, 2010.

Born in Poland in 1922, he was married to his wife Ella for over 61 years. Together they had a son Brian (Carlene) of Portland, OR, and a daughter Cheryl (Jim) Nichols of Edmonton, AB, and the family grew to include five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Dr. Sonnenberg was a towering figure in Taylor's history. He led the building projects that included the Schalm Memorial Library, the Gymnasium and a dormitory, and also oversaw significant growth in the student body. High school education was phased out during this time, and Taylor Seminary got its start as a divinity school. When he stepped down as president, he said that he had accepted the job with "fear and trembling" but that he came "to pay a debt to this College for the great impact it had upon my life in its formative years."

Friends and former colleagues remember "Joe" Sonnenberg as a disciplined, hard-working honest man who valued spiritual development and intellectual growth; one remembers that he followed a pattern of reading at least one book per week. He also loved nature, and was responsible for the trees that line the Taylor campus. 

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Dr. Sonnenberg's honor to the Taylor College & Seminary Scholarship Fund or to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. The Sonnenberg Leadership Scholarship was first set up in 1999, and since then has distributed over $10,000 to 24 deserving students. Donations to the Sonnenberg Leadership Scholarship Fund may be mailed to:

Taylor College and Seminary
11525 - 23 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
T6J 4T3

The Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Sonnenberg will take place on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna B.C.

The Conservatory of Music at Taylor is pleased to announce the Christmas and Advent concert schedule for 2010.

Vivaldi's Gloria (Taylor Community Choir)
The Taylor Community Choir will be joined by a live orchestra for a pair of exceptional performances. the choir will be presenting Vivaldi's "Gloria" along with other seasonal pieces, and the Taylor Community Flute Choir will also make an appearance.

This event will be held at Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church (11210 - 59 Avenue, Edmonton). There will be two performances, as noted below, and there will be no fixed admission charge. However, we will offer an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of this event.

Saturday, December 4, 2010 -- 7:00 P.M.
Sunday, December 5, 2010 -- 3:00 P.M.

Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church: 11210 - 59 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB

Festive Flutes (Taylor Community Flute Choir)
The Taylor Community Flute Choir will present a light-hearted mix of Christmas and Advent music -- along with a little bit of mischief. Come and enjoy the fun as these gifted performers share the gift of music. No charge, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Monday, December 6, 2010 -- 7:00 P.M.

Stencel Hall (Taylor College and Seminary): 11525 - 23 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB

Hark, the Herald Angel (Taylor Children's Community Choir)
The members of the Taylor Children's Community Choir have been working this fall on a Christmas musical drama. the story centres on Hark, a young bundle of energy and questions, and features (of course) Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, as well as various shepherds and other angels. Funny and yet meaningful, this is a great performance for your whole family. There is no cost to attend -- come and join us! (Donations will be accepted to help cover the costs associated with this event.)

Sunday, December 12, 2010 -- 7:00 P.M.

Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church: 11210 - 59 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB

Taylor Seminary is pleased to announce that a modular course will be offered in Grande Prairie, AB over three weekends in the New Year. Dr. Allan Effa will teach a course on Spiritual Formation; this course may be taken for graduate credit through Taylor Seminary or for undergraduate credit through Taylor College (ask for details). This course may also be audited for those who would appreciate learning, but do not need/want academic credit.

This course is part of an ongoing initiative of Taylor Seminary to make theological education more widely available. Numerous courses are being offered in one-week or weekend modular formats; a number of courses are being offered in a modular format in various western Canadian cities, and numerous online courses are attracting students from around the world.

Read more about the course below, and be sure to contact us right away to register your interest in the course and to explore what steps might be needed for registration. Applications will be accepted up to the start of the course date, but early registrations are very helpful and greatly appreciated.


PT 540 Spiritual Formation (3 credits)
Spiritual formation is all about the ways the Holy Spirit works in our lives to conform or transform us toward Christlikeness.  WeAllanEffa2 will learn from biblical and historical examples and explore a number of practices together in this three credit course.

This modular course will be offered in Grande Prairie over three weekends in Winter 2011 for graduate credit through Taylor Seminary, or for undergraduate credit (as REL 262 Christian Spirituality) through Taylor College.

Professor: Dr. Allan Effa
Location: Christian Fellowship Assembly, Grande Prairie, AB
Dates: January 21-22, February 25-26, March 18-19, 2011
(Classes will run on Fridays 6:30–9:30 PM and on Saturdays 8:30 AM–4:30 PM)
Taylor Seminary Admissions Contact:  Rick Heavenor (, 1-800-567-4988, ext. 215 or 780-431-5215
GP Contact: Kim Penney (


Remember, applications are welcome at any time, however early applications for courses and programs are often helpful and are greatly encouraged; call or write today.

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