1. Ads for Advent.
As your congregation prepares in awe and wonder for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, consider extending an invitation to the community to attend your upcoming worship services. The ELCIC's National Office has developed a variety of ads that can be placed in local newspapers and are easily customizable as posters, bulletin inserts, door-hangers, fliers and even direct mail pieces. To view the ads, visit: www.elcic.ca/documents/adventads.cfm.
2. ELCIC Establishes Women of Faith Fund
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 will provide grants for the purpose of encouraging and facilitating, “the Christ-centred ministry of women within the [ELCIC] and In Mission for Others.”
Grants for the ELCIC Women of Faith Fund will be available on an annual basis. Applicants will submit their proposals for review and consideration by an advisory committee appointed by National Church Council.
Further information on the fund is available online at: http://elcic.ca/Womens-Desk/default.cfm.
3. Structural Renewal Task Force shares highlights on feedback from online survey and synod conventions.
As the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) seeks to develop a framework for the church that is flexible, affordable and sustainable, a majority of participants who provided feedback on suggestions for structural renewal within the church feel it would be acceptable to reduce the number of synods and/or reduce the size of National Convention as a possible way of moving forward.
The feedback, which also includes detailed suggestions on ways to focus administrative costs in the church and areas where the National Church and Synods should be involved, comes following months of generating feedback from ELCIC members across the church. Further information is available online: http://elcic.ca/Structural-Renewal/default.cfm.
4. 2010-11 Gifts from the Heart Catalogue
This Christmas, consider giving a gift that will make a difference. The Gifts from the Heart catalogue, from Canadian Lutheran World Relief, offers gift ideas that change lives. This year’s catalogue has a new format featuring a large font for most text as well as some new gift ideas. View the catalogue online at: https://clwr.encryptedsecure2.com/Donation_System/Results.cfm?category=8.
5. KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
The federal government announced on November 12 that Canada
will endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples. This is good news for the current campaign of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, which called on Canada to endorse and implement the Declaration. It's also a challenge, as we now move towards making sure that the government implements the Declaration in ways that will have positive impacts in the lives of Indigenous peoples. There are lots of
action opportunities for your congregation coming up between now and June
Between November 29 and December 10, 2010, Indigenous peoples from around the world will gather at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, to ensure that they are a full part of any decisions on the global climate crisis. But the Canadian government has blocked progress on climate change.
It’s time to change the climate on Indigenous rights. How can we respond?
Hold an event on or close to December 5. Join KAIROS supporters in churches and communities across the country as we drum together in solidarity with Indigenous peoples for the UN Declaration and climate justice.
- Invite local drum circles of all kinds.
- Invite your local Friendship Centre, local Indigenous leadership, and groups of every age and background who want to sound the drum for justice.
- Invite Elders and speakers to share their thoughts.
- Explore together how you can make local contributions to climate justice, and how you can live into the UN Declaration.
- For more ideas, visit: http://www.kairoscanada.org/en/take-action/the-land-our-life/kairos-day-of-action-december-5/
Lutherans wanting to connect more with KAIROS can be in touch with Sara
Stratton, Education and Campaigns Coordinator at KAIROS, 1-877-403-8933 x 241 or firstname.lastname@example.org
6. 2011 Treasurer's Booklet
The 2011 Treasurer's Information Booklet will be posted to the ELCIC website on December 21, 2010.
7. 2010 Parochial Reports
The 2010 Parochial Reports and a Stewardship Questionnaire will be mailed out to all congregations in December. The deadline for completion is March 31, 2011.
8. 2011 ELCIC National Convention
The 2011 ELCIC National Convention will take place at the TCU Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from July 14 to 17, 2011.
A notice regarding the election of lay delegates was mailed out to all congregations in November. A copy of the notice and the "Request for Nominations" form are available on the ELCIC website. The Committee on Nominations is required to nominate two persons for each position to be filled on National Church Council, the Group Services Inc. Board of Directors, and the Court of Adjudication. A Request for Nominations will appear in the December issue of Canada Lutheran, and the Eastern Synod Lutheran.
Further information on the National Convention will be posted online as it becomes available. The delegate information letter and registration forms will be mailed out to all congregations on March 1, 2011.
9. Praying for our Anglican Sisters and Brothers
Produced by the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission, the Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer (2010-2011) is designed for use in communities of the Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. For each Sunday, there are intentions for specific dioceses, synods and/or groups. While we pray for our world and neighbours without ceasing, we are invited to pray especially for our Anglican sisters and brothers with whom we are in full communion. The Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer can be found online at the following link: http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/Anglican-LutheranCycleofPrayer2010to2011-October2010.pdf.
10. ELCIC/Mennonite Church Canada Joint Congregational Study Guide
In what is possibly the most significant legacy of the 2010 Eleventh Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the LWF took the historic step of asking the Mennonites for forgiveness for past persecutions. The ELCIC and Mennonite Church Canada jointly prepared a congregational study guide. Healing Memories, Reconciling in Christ offers a four-session study process primarily for groups of both Lutherans and Mennonites and which may be adapted in a variety of ways for local use. The study guide is available online at: http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/Lutheran-MennoniteStudyGuidefinal_web.pdf.
11. Compassionate Justice News and Events
Interested in receiving periodic information about Compassionate Justice issues and events? Contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, ELCIC Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadership: email@example.com
Dignity for All has information about a new parliamentary report, “Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada.”
Human Rights Workshops - Interested in learning more about human rights and human dignity? Consider partnering with KAIROS to hold a workshop focusing on the vision behind human rights, how we can protect and further human rights, and how we build partnerships between communities facing human rights violations.
Human Trafficking in Canada - The Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Council of Churches has introductory information and resources on the issue of human trafficking.
Project Ploughshares has information about Canada’s role in Afghanistan and on other issues of peace making.
Learn more about Augusta Victoria Hospital with this CLWR video.
CEP Long Term Study Grants - Rostered leaders and ministry staff who are members of the ELCIC’s Continuing Education Plan (CEP) may apply for Long Term Study Grants. Long term grants are intended to support members in developing knowledge and skills and in experiencing growth for more effective ministry. Application deadline is January 15.
www.faithandwisdom.org is a great place to search for lifelong learning opportunities for people of faith. Rostered, lay professional and lay leaders should check it out.
13. Youth Ministry
Common Ground, May 31 – June 5, 2011, is a five-day gathering for learning, growth and networking for people with a passion for mentoring youth and the journey of faith. Further information is available on the Common Ground Facebook page - www.facebook.com/CommonGround2011.
14. Anti-Racism Resources
The Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN) has resources and links to help explore what it means to mutually support and hold one another accountable as we learn more about racism in the churches and church organizations in Canada, and become transformed churches.
15. From the Canadian Council of Churches
There’s a great new resource put out by the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) called The Bruised Reed: A Christian Reflection on Suffering and Hope. This resource contains stories and reflections that can be used for personal reflection or in congregations for devotions in meetings and study groups.
16. Considering Military Chaplaincy.
Are you looking to challenge yourself to minister in places you never would have expected? Perhaps, you have heard the call to renew your ministry in ways you never thought possible. Would you consider a call to serve as a Military Chaplain in the Canadian Forces?
This unique ministry asks that you be true to your own faith tradition, yet open to a journey in a multi-faith environment. Chaplains are needed to serve both in the Regular Forces and the Reserve Forces.
If you would like to have more information on this exciting ministry there are a number of ways that you can get information:
- Contact the Lutheran Representative on the Interfaith Committee for Canadian Military Chaplaincy
Rev. Hans J.W. Borch
St. James Lutheran Church
60 Arthur St. S.
- Check out the Chaplain Branch Recruiting page on the Canadian Forces Web site:
- Check out the recruiting video on the recruiting web site for the Canadian Forces that includes one of our Lutheran Chaplains:
17. 2010 Sermon Competition
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) is encouraging submissions of sermons reflecting on food and faith for its 2010 Sermon Competition. Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2011. The person submitting the top-ranked sermon will have their travel, accommodation and meals covered for up to three days in Geneva to deliver the sermon in a special worship service during the 2011 Churches Week of Action on Food, October 10-17, 2011 at the Ecumenical Centre. Further information is available on the EAA's website.
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