1. ELCIC Announces Design Contest
The National Office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) announces a design competition for gifts that will be presented on behalf of the ELCIC to global and ecumenical guests. The gifts may be of any kind but must be easy to replicate inexpensively. Since they may be packaged for overseas distribution, artists are encouraged to be mindful of weight and fragility. Options include, but are not limited to: crosses, calligraphy, icons and lithographs.
Specifications: Designs may not be larger than 12 inches in height or width, or one inch in thickness.
Eligibility: Artists must be members of the ELCIC.
Deadline: October 1, 2008 to submit a photo or slide of the entry.
Originals will be requested of the finalists. Submit entries to: ELCIC, Attn: Design Contest, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. ELCIC Fleeces Available From National Office
Due to popular demand, ELCIC fleeces bearing the ELCIC In Mission for Others logo are now available to individuals and or congregations. The fleeces are available in burgundy or black (note: limited quantities) with the logo on the top left and a full-zipper. Sizes are small to 2XL. The cost to order is $36 each (including all taxes and shipping/handling - what a deal!). All orders must be prepaid. To inquire, email email@example.com.
3. ELW Convention Attendees Encouraged to "Be Bold"!
The 2008 Quadrennial Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) took place in Calgary, AB from July 10-13, 2008. Over 200 women (and a few good men) attended the event. Throughout the convention, delegates, visitors and speakers reflected on the meaning of the gathering theme, Be Not Afraid. Ruth Vince, ELW executive director, shared with those in attendance how over the last four years the ELW National Office and Board have been exploring new ways and opportunities to be a Christ-centred organization for the women of the ELCIC. "God is leading us," said Vince. "We need to be willing to get out there and answer the call."
Highlights from the convention are available in a news release and on the ELW convention website.
4. GHDA Appeal Assists with Relief Efforts in Burma
The ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) continues to accept donations to support relief efforts in the storm-ravaged areas of the low-lying Irrawaddy Delta in Burma (also known as Myanmar) following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Nargis which hit the region May 2-3. Funds received at the National Office prior to June 13 were eligible to be matched dollar for dollar by the Canadian government. To support these ongoing efforts, donations can be made as follows:
- Via the ELCIC website: www.elcic.ca (click on the Donate Now link)
- By mail: GHDA, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 3H6 (please indicate GHDA-Burma Appeal in the memo portion of your cheque)
- Through all ELCIC Congregations
Further information on this appeal and the work of GHDA is available online.
5. Highlights from the July/August Issue of Canada Lutheran
Do you subscribe to Canada Lutheran (CL), the magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada? Here's what CL subscribers will be reading about in the July/August 2008 Issue:
- Taking it to the streets: Saskatoon pastor Chad Moir delivers the Gospel in the most unusual places and captures a new generation eager to gather, learn and serve.
- Pastors are people too - Learn what you and your congregation can do to support and encourage your pastor to relax, renew, and rejoice in ministry.
- Inspiration for the Sandwich Generation - See how caring for a parent, friend, or relative can be as gratifying as it is challenging.
Not currently a subscriber? Don't miss another issue! Visit the Canada Lutheran website to find out more and request a free trial issue!
6. Travel Light: CLYG 2008
The countdown is on for the Canadian Lutheran Youth Gathering (CLYG) in Whitehorse, Yukon - August 14-17, 2008. Drawing inspiration from Isaiah 42:16, the theme for the gathering is Travel LIght. Information on the gathering is available on the ELCIC Youth Website.
Be sure to visit the website during the gathering as pictures and updates will be posted throughout the event. Please pray for all attendees as they prepare for their journey and look for opportunities for participants to share with your congregation some of the highlights of their experiences when they return.
7. Lutheran World Federation Youth Updates
LWF Youth on Facebook - more and more young people use the social networking site facebook.com as a tool to stay in contact with friends. Now, LWF Youth are using facebook as a means to connect young people from the global communion.
The LWF Youth Blog has been online for one year and has become an important tool for our Lutheran youth communion. Young bloggers from five regions worked hard to update you on what is going on in their lives, in their churches and in their societies.
LWF Youth Internship Opportunities - LWF will be looking to receive two youth interns in 2009. The assignment will be for a 10 month duration and includes work in the LWF secretariat and extensive learning opportunities together with the interns of ecumenical organizations in Geneva, Switzerland. Details will be coming out soon. Please check the LWF Youth Blog for updates.
8. Across the Synods
Residential Schools Apology by the Canadian Government
Church leaders in Canada hope action will follow the public apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to victims of a policy whereby aboriginal children were placed in residential schools run by churches under a government policy of enforced assimilation. Members of the ELCIC are encouraged to be aware of the work and significance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. KAIROS: Ecumenical Justice Initiatives has a number of links related to the historic apology, as well as additional information regarding Aboriginal Rights. The ELCIC is a member of KAIROS.
Help the Save Darfur Canada Coalition collect 300,000 postcards
The Save Darfur Canada Coalition has launched its first national postcard campaign. With the participation of KAIROS, the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Muslim Canadian Congress, STAND Canada and many others, the coalition aims to collect 300,000 postcards by the fall of 2008 and deliver them to Parliament. That's one postcard for every life lost in Darfur. We need your help to convince the Canadian government that Canadians care about peace in Darfur and that we want our government to act. Please help sign postcards or distribute information about the campaign in your networks. Order postcards for your family, school or place of worship - these will be sent out free of cost or for a free-will donation. Over 110,000 postcards have been mailed across the country to-date but there is still along way to go!
Seeds of Hope are Sprouting
Weeks after the Seeds of Hope fundraising campaign landed in the hands of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) supporters across Canada, the first blooms from the efforts are starting to show. It is beginning to look like a very favourable year for growing hope. Congregation members of the ELCIC are asked to prayerfully consider a donation to this special fundraiser. Gifts received by CLWR, the ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) international relief and development partner, will sustain CLWR's core programs and ensure that their high quality and effective work is maintained. Gifts are eligible for an income tax receipt and all donors receive a botanical paper heart embedded with wildflower seeds for planting. Donations can be made online at www.clwr.org or by calling 1.800.661.2597. (With files from CLWR News Service)
World Council of Churches (WCC) Advertises Internship Program
WCC will welcome five young people (between the ages of 18-30) to serve as interns in its Geneva offices from February 2009 to January 2010. Interns bring valuable experiences to the WCC and at the same time undertake several modules of ecumenical learning. Closing date for applications is September 15, 2008. More information is available online.
9. Nuggets from the Net
Green Passport Offers Tips for Responsible Tourism
Do concerns about climate change affect your travel plans? The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched Green Passport, an interactive and educational website with tips for environmentally responsible tourism.
Guide to Greening Your Organization
Written by the Environmental Grantmakers Association, this concise guidebook, Green Beyond Grants, offers simple advice and specific steps on the road to practicing environmental sustainability and substantially (and affordably) reducing your environmental footprint, including:
- Conserving energy
- Purchasing green materials and supplies
- Serving sustainable food and beverages
- Reducing waste
- Conscious traveling
Our Climate, Our Children, Our Responsibility
UNICEF has published a report forecasting that children will be the main victims of climate change. The report measures action on targets set in the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) aimed at halving child poverty by 2015, and finds failures in health, education and gender equality.
World Bank Releases Fifth Global Monitoring Report on MDG's
The report stresses the link between environment and development, and calls for urgent action on climate change warning that developing countries stand to suffer the most from climate change and the degradation of national resources. The report warns that the goals addressing child and maternal mortality, primary school completion, nutrition and sanitation will not be universally achieved.
(The above Nuggets from the Net were from the Lutheran Office for World Community Newsletter #13.)