1. Supporting Syrian Refugees in Jordan
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is appealing for donations to support Syrian refugees who fled their homes due to ongoing violence in their home country. Many left with only their clothes on their backs. Since winter has begun in Jordan, there is an urgent need for warm clothing for children, shelter, and heaters at the Za’atari refugee camp. You can help by making a financial donation.
Donations may be made in the following ways:
- By making a designated offering donation (indicate Syrian Refugee Relief 2012) at any ELCIC congregation.
- Online at www.clwr.org/donate. Click on Emergencies, and select “Syrian Refugee Relief 2012.”
- By calling CLWR's toll-free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.
- By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Syrian Refugee Relief 2012.”
A video from ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson sharing her reflections on her experience at the Za'atari refugee camp can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rLP9qOiPR0&feature=share&list=PLF19F6C2B235F6877
To view ELCIC’s news release, please click on this link “Appeal issued to assist Syrian Refugees in Jordan” (November 27, 2012)"
2. Youth Reps Needed for CLAY 2014
The National Planning Committee for the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering (CLAY 2014) is inviting applications for youth representatives on the CLAY 2014 planning team. It is a two-year volunteer commitment for three face-to-face meetings, attendance at the gathering, and additional organizational work in support of the gathering program. See www.CLAY2012.ca for further information.
3. Epiphany Devotions Give Inspiration and Joyful Purpose
A joint effort between the members of the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee (USA) and the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (Canada) has produced an inspiring and wonderful collection of devotions for the epiphany season. The series of six follows the weeks in Epiphany from January 6, 2013, Feast of the Epiphany, to Feb. 10, 2013, Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord.
Leaders of the four participating churches, Anglican Church of Canada (ACC); ELCIC; The Episcopal Church (TEC); and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) launched the devotions with a pastoral letter on Reign of Christ Sunday, Nov. 25.
4. Study Further with the Continuing Education Plan
Long term study grants help support ELCIC Continuing Education Plan (CEP) members in developing knowledge and skills and in experiencing growth for more effective ministry. CEP members who have been an active contributor to CEP for at least one full year and normally have been in an ELCIC-approved ministry for at least three years are eligible. Applications are considered annually and must be received by January 15, 2013. View the application form here: http://www.elcicgsi.ca/Members/Continuing_Education.html
5. Call for Young Adults in Global Mission
Through the ELCIC-ELCA Global Mission Agreement, members of the ELCIC can apply for the Young Adults in Global Mission program. It is a one-year service and learning opportunity for ELCIC young adults between the ages of 19-29. Find out more by visiting the ELCIC Global Mission page: www.elcic.ca/Global-Mission
6. Youth Global Encounter to Peru
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is now accepting applications from Canadian Lutherans ages 18-35 who wish to participate in an experience in May 2013 by witnessing first-hand the work that CLWR supports in the world. The Global Encounter group will connect with a worshiping community and visit Peruvians who have benefited from CLWR-sponsored training and infrastructure development. To find out more information or to apply, go to clwr.org/Get-Involved/YouthGEPeru.htm
Applications are due no later than January 28th. Successful applicants will be notified by February 1st.
To learn more about the work being carried out by CLWR here in Canada and around the globe, please go to www.clwr.org .
7. KAIROS’ Remember the Land Video Gives Opportunities to Act
Canada is home to 75% of the world’s mining and exploration companies. Canadian stock exchanges raise 40% of all mineral exploration capital worldwide. In May 2011, 150 people comprised of church leaders and grassroots activists from around the world gathered in Toronto to consider the impact of Canadian mining in their communities. “Remember the Land” is the story of that gathering - the story of people from the Global South who are engaged in struggles to protect the land that they know and love; the land that sustains them materially, culturally, and spiritually; the land that has its own deep, inherent worth.
The 11-minute video features rich theological reflection and offers a number of action opportunities for individuals and churches including a special ELCIC epilogue. To view this video, visit www.kairoscanada.org/RememberTheLand and download the accompanying four-page study guide, or order the DVD that comes with a printed copy of the study guide for just $10. For more information, contact KAIROS Education and Campaigns Coordinator Sara Stratton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free at 1.877.403.8933 extension 241.
8. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Resources
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is coming up soon, and the World Council of Churches (WCC) through its Commission on Faith and Order, and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity has jointly published the Week of Prayer material for 2013 with the theme, “What does God require of us?” (Micah 6:6-8).
Background for the Theme
The new theme reflects the youthful character of the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) which takes into account the Dalit reality and offers an opportunity to share in their spirituality. Throughout the Week of Prayer, Christians around the world will explore in ecumenical fellowship what it means to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. The theme is developed over the eight days by the metaphor of walking. The walk towards freedom is inseparable from the walk towards unity for Dalit communities. To walk with Dalits in the Week of Prayer and with everyone who longs for justice, is an integral part of prayer for Christian unity.
The Week of Prayer is traditionally celebrated between January 18-25 (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere). It enters into congregations and parishes all over the world where pulpits are exchanged, and special ecumenical worship services are arranged.
9. Apply for the World Council of Churches Stewards Program
Young Christians from around the world are invited to apply to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Stewards Program for a 3 week hands-on learning experience at the WCC 10th Assembly from October 23 to November 10, 2013. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.The WCC assembly will take place in Busan, Republic of Korea, addressing the theme "God of life, lead us to justice and peace."
Before the assembly begins, stewards will follow an online and on-site ecumenical learning program, exposing them to the key issues of the worldwide ecumenical movement. During the assembly stewards will assist in the areas of worship, plenary productions, documentation, communications and other administrative and support tasks. Following the meeting, stewards will design ecumenical projects that they will implement in their churches and communities upon their return.
The WCC assembly is the "supreme legislative body" of the WCC, and meets every seven years. 150 stewards will help to make this event happen.
Being a steward means hard work, but it is also a unique ecumenical experience of togetherness with other young people from different churches, countries and cultures.
Applicants are invited to send a completed application form to the WCC youth program no later than February 7, 2013. Applicants require the endorsement of their national church. For ELCIC members wishing to apply, please contact Rev. André Lavergne for further information. Details on the application process can be found here: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1634/apply-now-assembly-stewa.html
10. Be in the Know on Social Justice
To receive periodic Compassionate Justice information from the ELCIC via email, contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, email@example.com.
To keep up-to-date with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) youth activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on the email-network for youth and young adults, and "like" their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CLWRyouth
11. ‘Pilgrimage to Busan’ Resource Helps Christians Engage in the Real World
A six-unit resource called Pilgrimage to Busan: A Journey into Ecumenical Christianity invites churches and congregations to explore the themes of Christian unity, justice, and peace as local and worldwide realities. This resource is designed for use in study groups, adult forums, or for a day-long retreat. Each session draws participants into a specific reality and focuses on a key ecumenical theme such as unity, mission, and discipleship. The resource (in both participant and leader editions) is available at http://wcc2013.info/en/resources/pilgrimage-to-busan
Bishop Susan Johnson will represent ELCIC at the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in fall of 2013 in Busan, South Korea. This Assembly is the most diverse Christian gathering of its size in the world.
12. Remembering Our Commitment to Peace in the Holy Land
As we turn hearts to the Journey to Bethlehem, and as we hear frequent media reports on issues in Israel and Palestine, it may be helpful to remember that at the 2009 ELCIC National Convention delegates passed a motion on Peace in the Holy Land. To view the motion, please click on this link: http://elcic.ca/Public-Policy/documents/600.52009-ELCICResolutiononPeaceintheHolyLand.pdf.
13. Unwrap a Great Read in Canada Lutheran
If you haven't read our December edition of the Canada Lutheran magazine, now is the time to unwrap great articles, insightful columns, updates, and more! Here's just a few of what you can find from our latest issue.
Cover Story: Inner Peace On Earth by Victor Parachin
Unravel the ten pathways toward a less stressful, more spiritual holiday. These pathways are ten gifts in the true spirit of Christmas and not ten more things to add to your long list.
Column: National Bishop's Turn
Christmas is one of the most important times of the church year and it's a time to enrich and deepen one's spiritual life. Bishop Susan Johnson writes Christmas is a Time for Spiritual Renewal with suggestions for how spiritual renewal can be part of your Advent preparations and Christmas celebrations.
Practising Our Faith: A Little Song, a Little Dance...
Contributor Daniel Utley shares candidly his personal experience in handling volunteers. For him, combining humour and purpose will get your volunteers to go the extra mile.
To learn more, to subscribe and to contact the Canada Lutheran, go to http://www.elcic.ca/clweb/index.html
14. Last Call for Orders for Annual Report Covers
LAST REMINDER - Annual Report Covers based on this year’s stewardship theme material will be mailed out to congregations in the next few weeks. These can be used as a cover for your congregation’s Annual Report. If your congregation has not placed an order yet, please send an email to email@example.com.
15. ELCIC Advent Ads
Share the joy of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in your community! Invite others to come to your upcoming worship services by using a variety of ads specially made by the ELCIC’s National Office. These ads can be placed in community newspapers, and are customizable as posters, bulletin inserts, door-hangers, fliers, and direct mail pieces. To start using these ads, visit: www.elcic.ca/documents/adventads.cfm.
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