1. Bell Ringing for Climate Change
On Sunday, December 13 at 3 p.m. - at the height of the talks in Copenhagen at the Climate Change Conference - the churches in Denmark will ring their bells. Christians around the world are invited to echo them by sounding their own bells, shells, drums, gongs or horns 350 times. ELCIC congregations are invited to participate. Will your congregation make a holy noise with pots and pans on Sunday? For further information, visit the KAIROS website.
2. Seven ways to support KAIROS.
The ELCIC learned on December 8 that the Canadian government has cut funding to KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives; a decision which will have a devastating impact on KAIROS�?? overseas partners and the thousands of marginalized people in local communities they support.
KAIROS, a church based non-governmental organization that represents seven of Canada�??s largest denominations - including the ELCIC, works on a range of social justice issues, including human rights in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Visit the KAIROS website to learn about seven ways you can help.
3. Share your feedback on the ELCIC Study of Human Sexuality.
Feedback on the seven sessions of the ELCIC's Study of Human Sexuality continues to be received. Make sure you have a chance to share your feedback before the February 28, 2010 deadline. Find the study sessions and feedback information online.
4. ELCIC Continuing Education Plan long term study grants available.
ELCIC Continuing Education Plan (CEP) long term study grants support members in developing knowledge, skills and experiencing growth for more effective ministry. To qualify for a long term study grant, CEP members must have been an active contributor to the plan for at least one full year and have been in an ELCIC-approved ministry for at least five years. Application forms are available online. The deadline for applying is January 15.
5. 2010 CLAY gathering registration commences January 2!
For the first time the ELCIC and Anglican Church of Canada are joining forced to bring the youth of the nation to the ultimate worship experience with CLAY - the 2010 Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering. Registration will open January 2, 2010. For full details visit: www.clay2010.ca and be sure to join the Facebook group: Hands On 2010 CLAY London.
6. Don't miss the December issue of Canada Lutheran.
In this issue:
- Get Smart: Learn how a seminary education can help you explore your faith�??just for the fun of it
- Have a Mary Christmas: See why Mary, the mother of our Saviour, has a lot to teach us.
- Hear Our Prayer: Does it really matter who we pray to�??the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit?
- Our Nuclear Double Standard: Deterrence or disarmament? Canada can't have it both ways.
To subscribe to Canada Lutheran, visit www.elcic.ca/clweb.
**To congregations that have not yet responded to the Canada Lutheran annual subscription renewal request. There's still time! Please submit ASAP so you don't miss an issue in the New Year!
7. Stewardship resources and annual report covers.
Resources to assist your congregation's stewardship ministry are available from the National Office. This year's stewardship emphasis is New Love New Mercy based on Lamentations 3:21-24. Further information is available online. Annual General Meeting report covers, along with other materials are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.888.786.6707 x 177.
8. CLWR Lenten resources.
Have you started to think about what your congregation might do as a Lenten project? Why not consider embarking on a One Community project from CLWR - the ELCIC's partner in the areas of international relief and development. The One Community resource package is designed to emphasize the integrative nature of CLWR�??s community development programming in the developing world. Using the resource, your entire congregation can work to equip a representative community with a variety of material and non-material needs necessary to sustain its future.
The One Community resource package is available for downloading at www.clwr.org. Other Lenten resources to support One Community will be forthcoming including a One Community-themed issue of Partnership scheduled to arrive in congregations in early February.
9. National Worship Conference and call for nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts Award
The next National Worship Conference of the ELCIC and Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) takes place July 4-7, 2010 at the Vancouver School of Theology, UBC Campus. The theme is "Taking Care of the Neighbourhood: Worship as Public Work for the Common Good." We'll explore how worship shapes us to care for our communities and our world. The Conference welcomes participation by clergy and laity of these two churches as well as from other churches who seek to build up the life of the Christian community through our worship so that we might serve the world God loves. Join us for four days in Vancouver with dynamic and creative speakers, worship, and workshops at the upcoming National Worship Conference. This year�??s speakers include Sallie McFague, Doug Todd, Mark MacDonald, and Karen Ward, as well as skilled workshop facilitators. Visit: www.nationalworshipconference.org.
The Program Committee for Worship calls for nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts, an honour conferred in recognition of significant contribution to the worship life of the ELCIC at a local, synodical, and national level and recognizing the ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, together with service to God through worship, spirituality, and the arts.
Please include with your nomination:
- Reasons for the nomination, i.e. biographical material, a listing of the person's specific contributions to the worship life of the ELCIC (include examples nationally, synodically, and locally),
- An indication, with examples, of the ways the person continues to inspire and encourage others in the worship life of the church,
- A minimum of three letters of support for the nomination from others familiar with the individual's contributions.
- Please note, current members of the Program Committee for Worship are not eligible to receive the reward.
The honour will be conferred at the joint ELCIC/ACC Worship Conference in Vancouver, July 4-7, 2010 (www.nationalworshipconference.org). Send nomination materials to Lorraine Rheinhardt, 6070 Buchanan St., Burnaby, BC V5B 2S2 or email@example.com.
10. Survey says.
The 2009 Parocial Reports, along with a stewardship questionnaire, have been mailed out to all congregations. The deadline for completion is March 31, 2010.
11. Ask & Imagine.
Ask & Imagine is an encounter with self, life, leadership and faith for Anglicans and Lutherans ages 15-18, 18-26* from across Canada. The two programs are at different times for different age groups:
- May 15-23, 2010 (Adults, 18 and over �?? Academic and experiential formation for youth ministries)
- August 12-26, 2010 for youth currently in high school
*In 2010, the May event is for those involved youth ministry no matter how old; the August event in is fully integrated into the CLAY 2010 youth gathering.
12. Resources on the web.
Faith and Wisdom is a source for information on lifelong learning opportunities. Faith and Wisdom compiles events and programs throughout the world offered by some of the most distinguished organizations in North America and worldwide. These organizations have proven themselves trustworthy sources of lifelong learning for clergy, other church professionals, and for all who wish to pursue education as Christians.
Food for Life: Advent Worship - Discover resources for this church season and for other ministries, based on the Food for Life cookbook published by the Lutheran World Federation. See www.elca.org/lwf under In the News 11-2009; click the logo on the right Accompanying Resources.
Global Mission Gatherings in 2010 - Connect global and local mission at these events held across the country. See a schedule online.
13. Tell your story!
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