1. New Praise Appeal Resources
ELCIC congregations across the country are selecting their dates and preparing to hold an upcoming ELCIC Praise Appeal Sunday. Has your congregation identified a Sunday which works best within your local context? Make sure to visit the ELCIC Praise Appeal website for resources to assist in your planning and preparations. Resources include:
Be sure to visit the ELCIC Facebook page. Congregations across the church have been creating their own video messages and highlighting their reasons for holding an ELCIC Praise Appeal Sunday. Feel inspired? Create your own video and post it to the page or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Give a Penny, Save a Life
Make your final pennies count and donate them to help prevent malaria in Canadian Lutheran World Relief's (CLWR) project countries.
In light of the Canadian government's recent decision to phase pennies out of circulation, CLWR is encouraging congregations, schools, youth groups, and Sunday School classes to roll all those stray pennies lingering in jars and on dresser tops, cash them in, and donate the results to provide mosquito nets to families in countries where malaria is prevalent.
Over 3 billion people are at risk for malaria, and every 60 seconds, an African child dies from the disease.
Every little bit counts! It only takes $10 to provide a family with a mosquito net, one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent malaria. Learn more at bit.ly/clwrpennies.
- Mail a cheque made out to CLWR to 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 3H6, designated to Pennies for Mosquito Nets.
- Call our toll-free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.
- DONATE ONLINE. Visit www.clwr.org. In the process of completing the form, you will come across a pull-down menu that allows you to designate a specific project. Choose Pennies for Mosquito Nets.
- Make a designated offering donation at any ELCIC congregation in Canada.
Look for CLWR at your Synod Convention.
3. CLAY 2012
There's still time to register for this year's Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering. Visit the gathering website at www.clay2012.ca to find out more!
Deepen your understanding of development and community with four Bible Studies prepared by youth leaders of the ELCIC: http://youth.elcic.ca/nyp/2010-2012/index.php. Some youth groups choose to support the national youth project with a portion of their fundraising for CLAY.
4. CSR: A Focus on Study
The ELCIC's Call to Spiritual Renewal (www.elcic.ca/csr) is summarized as: Pray, Read, Worship, STUDY, Serve, Give and Tell.
This June, both of our ELCIC seminaries are offering opportunities for all the baptized to engage in for study. Pick your location and prepare to be inspired.
5. National Day of Healing and Reconciliation
May 26, 2012 is the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation. It starts a month long journey toward the national Truth and Reconciliation event in Saskatoon on June 21-24, 2012. KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives asks you and your congregation to join our campaign by putting yourself in the picture for Indigenous rights on this day. Hundreds of people already have, including National Bishop Susan Johnson, so don't miss your chance to participate in this public witness. There are lots of ways to do this!
Take a photo of you and your group holding a bold sign saying "Truth, Reconciliation & Equity: They matter to us!" and send it to email@example.com. We will present your photos as part of our participation in the national Truth and Reconciliation event. We also display your creative contributions on Facebook and Flickr. Deadline is June 1, 2012.
You can also celebrate your hope for an equitable Canada by focusing on Indigenous rights in your regular worship service. We have lots of resources to make this easy for you, including a bulletin insert with prayers, action items, and a brief explanation of our campaign. We also have a complete Truth, Reconciliation & Equity workshop and worship service.
Visit www.kairoscanada.org/take-action/truth-equity-reconciliation/put-yourself-in-the-picture/ for more information and to download all our campaign materials.
6. Resources from CPJ
Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has published Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty. The book is a resource for devotions and discussion. It includes reflections, discussion questions, activities, and prayers that will provide insight into the situation of poverty in Canada, the challenges and opportunities we face as a society, and actions that we, as Christians, can take.
7. News from LCBI
The Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute, Outlook, SK wishes to inform its constituency that Mr. Phil Guebert has resigned to pursue other challenges effective June 30, 2012. Mr. Guebert has been at LCBI for 21 years, 11 as Principal. Mr. Gueber's contribution to the life and mission of the school has been immeasurable. He has taught a variety of classes, coached and officiated most every sport, and created a video history of most of it. He has led chapels, entertained at Talent Shows and attended many of the events of the school. He has been a friend to a generation of students and has spent many hours on the phone or sending email to the parents. He has guided our school into the information age and helped to shape the transitions in evaluation and assessment.
We wish to thank Mr. Guebert for his selfless contribution to the students and mission of LCBI. We wish him well in his future endeavours and know that LCBI will always have a place in his heart as he will have a place in the heart of those who were taught by him or had the privilege to work with him.
God`s richest blessings,
- The Board of Regents of LCBI
8. Developing Leadership for Social Justice and Outreach
Justice Camp runs August 19-24, 2012 at Trent University, Peterborough, ON and uses immersion experiences with local social ministry partners, along with worship and theological reflection to develop leadership for social justice and outreach. It is for people of all ages, with a strong emphasis on young adult participants. The Anglican Diocese of Toronto offers primary leadership for this event.
9. LCBI Seeks Applications for the Position of Principal
Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute, a school of the ELCIC, invites applications for the position of Principal. LCBI is a Grade 10-12 boarding school of approximately 100 students with 6.5 FTE teaching staff. The school boasts solid academic and extracurricular programs, a supportive community and an active student body. This position will be of interest to educators with an active spiritual life and a passion to work in a faith based school environment. This administrative position provides .4 - .5 FTE administrative time with additional teaching assignments to be determined. Postgraduate studies in Education Administration, Curriculum and Instruction is a definite asset.
This position will commence at the start of the 2012-2013 school year. For further information, please call Rev. Roger Haugen, President, (306) 867-8971 ext. 101.
A resume with at least three professional references can be sent to:
Rev. Roger Haugen
Outlook, SK S0L 2N0
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