1. How are you recognizing Earth Day this year?
Earth Day, held annually on April 22, is a day to ponder and renew your relationship with God's creation. A number of resources are available to assist you and your congregation in lifting up Earth Day this year:
2. Pray, Read, Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Tell through Lent!
Join with others across the ELCIC striving for a deeper discipleship as we live out our baptismal covenants. Begin with a Lenten journey (which you can begin at any time and even use throughout the year!) based on the seven areas of the Call to Spiritual Renewal emphasis and then use the resources on the Call to Spiritual Renewal website to continue this journey. Start with one or two new practices and make them a habit before moving on to new ones. Begin individually and then engage your congregation!
3. A focus on STUDY
The ELCIC's Call to Spiritual Renewal (pray, read, worship, STUDY, serve, give, tell) reminds us of our call to a yearly involvement in a program of study. This June, both of our ELCIC seminaries are offering opportunities for all to engage in study.
4. Truth, Reconciliation and Equity - They Matter to Me
The work of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) continues with national, regional and local events. The next TRC national event will take place in Saskatoon, SK from June 21-24. Listening to the stories of survivors of residential schools is a profoundly moving experience and critical to healing and reconciliation.
KAIROS's Truth, Reconciliation and Equity: They Matter to Us campaign is one way to encourage each other in this work. Participate individually or as a group by sharing your photo.
5. CLAY 2012 Youth Gathering Registration
Register now for the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) 2012 gathering! Hyperlink (the theme of this year's gathering) will feature the diverse faces of six guest speakers who will explore the meaning of faith, connectedness and mission in our fast paced world. New for this gathering are online registration and 'specialist hometeams'. The specialist hometeam option offers youth the opportunity to volunteer meaningful work to the gathering, while having some time to be with their home church as well.
6. Developing Full Community
Deepen your understanding of development and community with four Bible studies prepared by youth leaders for the ELCIC. These pieces are part of the National Youth Project 12 for 12: Developing Full Community. Some youth groups are choosing to support the national youth project with a portion of their fundraising for CLAY.
7. Stories of Hope and Inspiration from Africa
Several ELCIC members, including National Bishop Susan Johnson, recently took part in Canadian Lutheran World Relief's (CLWR) Global Encounter trip to Africa to visit the projects supported by the ELCIC through CLWR and The Lutheran World Federation. Trip participants share their experiences through the following blog posts, photo sites, and videos:
8. Praise Appeal Sunday
Celebrate the ministry of the wider church along with other congregations across the ELCIC by holding a Praise Appeal Sunday service. Resources are available from the National Office to assist in preparing the service.
This year's theme focuses on our call to be Ambassadors for Christ: In Mission for Others. We are ambassadors as we: answer the Call to Spiritual Renewal; are involved in mission with our companion synods and partner churches; work towards a right relationship with Indigenous peoples; respond as part of The Lutheran World Federation to train leaders; strengthen churches; and respond to human need around the world.
Has your congregation held its Praise Appeal Sunday service already? Let us know! We'd love to share your highlights and photos from your event.
9. National Worship Conference
The National Worship Conference, Beyond the Fortress, takes place June 29 to July 2 in Winnipeg, MB. The Conference welcomes participation by clergy and laity who seek to build up the life of the Christian community through worship. Visit the National Worship Conference website for details and registration information.
10. ELCIC Women of Faith Fund - Call for Applications
In recognition of the "significant contribution of the women of the Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)", a new ELCIC Women of Faith Fund has been established.
The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund provides grants for the purpose of encouraging and facilitating, "the Christ-centred ministry of women within the [ELCIC] and In Mission for Others."
Proposals supporting the following goals will be considered: To nurture faith and spiritual growth; To foster supportive communities; To develop leadership skills; To work towards justice and peace.
Consider how your congregation or community could be In Mission for Others with assistant from these grants! Applications must be in by May 1.
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