1. Ministry that makes a difference.
2010 marks the 100th birthday of Guiding. For 100 years, Guiding has provided a safe, acceptable environment in which girls and young women have been able to understand who they are, develop outdoor skills, citizenship and explore their spirituality. Over the past 100 years, many of our churches have supported Girl Guides by providing leadership, meeting places, and administering various stages of the Religion in Life Award. Find out more about guiding and how you and your congregation can get involved: www.elcic.ca/Calendar-of-Events/documents/Guides-Scoutsbulletininsert2010.pdf
Sponsor/Partner Thanks Videos
The Chief Commissioner's three minute video thanking our Sponsor/Partners is now available on our website at: www.scouts.ca/sp-thanks; along with a certificate that groups may deliver during their Scout/Guide Week celebrations. A limited number of CDs are available for those who cannot download from the web -- contact Ian Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. 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.
3. Congregations encouraged to include prayers for the Holy Land on February 28.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) encourages all congregations to designate the second Sunday of Lent, which this year is February 28, to pray for peace for all people in the Holy Land.
The call comes in response to a motion passed at the 2009 ELCIC National Convention. The motion, titled "An ELCIC Convention Resolution on the Holy Land," encourages the ELCIC to, "call on its members to regularly pray for peace for all people in the Holy Land, especially the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and to designate a Sunday annually for prayers in the congregation across the ELCIC."
The ELCIC's Program Committee for Worship (PCW) has prepared a number of resources for use in congregations and in other settings. Congregations are encouraged to include the following prayer petition (or the full prayer - link is available below) in their worship on February 28:
Holy God, Sovereign of the universe, we pray for the peace of the Middle East and of the whole world which you love so much. We pray especially for the city of peace, Jerusalem, Jeru-Shalom, Jeru-Salaam, holy city to Christians and Jews and Muslims, a city which knows too little peace. God, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.
The full version of the prayer, along with addition resources for use, are available online at: http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/PrayersfortheHolyLand.pdf
The second Sunday in Lent was chosen because of the first readings from the lectionary, all of which are from the book of Genesis and concern God's covenant with Abraham and Sarah of promised descendants and land (Year C Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18, Year A Genesis 12: 1-4a, Year B Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16).
Future dates designated for prayers for the people of the Holy Land will be March 20, 2011 and March 4, 2012.
4. Be what you eat.
Living in a fast food nation, many of us may not have time to reflect or learn about where our food comes from originally or what process it goes through before becoming available behind a fast food counter or supermarket shelf. In Be What You Eat: A Resource for Campus and Young Adult Ministries, Rev. Jana Schofield and Michael Isense reflect upon the clear connection of the communion table centering of Christ's spiritual act of eating saying "Take my body, given for you" and the present world we live in with a wide gap of wealth and poverty. They also share practical suggestions on how to live not only an ethical life but that of someone who has truly "tasted the goodness of God." This resources is part of The Lutheran World Federation North American project to raise awareness on Food Security and Food Sovereignty as accompanying resources to the Food for Life: Recipes and Stories on the Right to Food (available from Augsburg Fortress). Other resources for congregations, pastors, women' groups, and global mission enthusiasts are included in this project. Materials are also available online.
5. One Community - a resource for Lent.
The next issue of Canadian Lutheran World Relief's (CLWR) Partnership newsletter will be mailed to congregations at the beginning of February. Written around the theme of One Community, the issue features stories about CLWR's community-based programming in India, Mozambique and Bolivia. The issue also includes a special pullout centre section. On one side of the pullout is a 2010 Lenten calendar. The reverse side summarizes some aspects of CLWR's international development and relief work on a map of the world. This is one of the ways the ELCIC and CLWR work in effective partnerships for compassionate justice. Please consider displaying the map on your church bulletin board.
Unless congregations have indicated otherwise, they will receive 12 copies of the newsletter. If you wish to change the quantity shipped, please contact CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 or 1.204.694.5602.
6. National Worship Conference and call for nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts Award.
Make plans now to attend the 2010 National Worship Conference, jointly sponsored by the ELCIC and the Anglican Church of Canada. This year's conference is titled: Taking Care of the Neighbourhood: Worship as Public Work for the Common Good, and will be held July 4-7 at the Vancouver School of Theology, on the UBC campus. Speakers include Distinguished Theologian in Residence Dr. Sallie McFague of VST, and award-winning religion columnist Douglas Todd. The event will also feature insightful workshops and inspiring worship. Deadline for early-bird registration is March 15. For more information and registration procedure, please visit the Worship website.
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 award.
The honour will be conferred at the joint ELCIC/ACC Worship Conference in Vancouver, July 4-7, 2010 (www.nationalworshipconference.org). Send nomination materials by March 31, 2010 to Lorraine Rheinhardt, 6070 Buchanan St., Burnaby, BC V5B 2S2 or email@example.com.
7. January/February issue of Canada Lutheran.
Do you subscribe to Canada Lutheran, the magazine of the ELCIC? If you don't, here's what you could be reading in the January/February issue!
- Early Birds: Meet some of the ELCIC pastors who are using Facebook, Twitter, online blogs, and dynamic websites to reach their flock.
- On the Fasting Track: Top 10 reasons to take on a Lenten fast.
- Cutting Kairos: Cuts to government funding jeopordize programing.
For further information on Canada Lutheran, including subscription information, visit the website.
8. Carbon Fast for Lent
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumencial Justice Initiatives invites you to participate in a Carbon Fast for Lent. Find resources that offers suggestions on how to celebrate this holy season - a time to reflect on what fasting is all about and on how we can reduce our personal carbon footprint and advocate for social change: http://kairoscanada.org/index.php?id=71&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=916
The Carbon Fast is part of KAIROS' on-going Re-Energize campaign.
Resources includes a scriptural reflections, the voices of our Southern partners, and a daily calendar guide offering a weekly theme, a scripture focus, and daily suggestions for personal change and community advocacy.
9. Stewardship resources .
Looking for ideas and resources to assist in your stewardship ministry. Check out the following links:
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