1.   CCC

2.   ELCIC, CLWR and LCC

3.   ELCIC

4.   ELCIC Reformation 2017

5.   2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal

6.   Compassionate Justice

7.   Spirited Discipleship

8.   Healthy Church

9.   Effective Partnerships

10. Canada Lutheran

11. Tell Your Story

12. Share These Resources

Welcoming Refugees and WPCU 2016

Syrian Refugee Sponsorship

Prayer Petitions for Former ELCIC Members

Global Themes, Reformation Challenge and More

Resources Now Available

DUIM, Winds of Change and More

CLAY 2016, Right to Water and More

CEP and Companion of the Worship Arts

Global Young Reformer Network

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1. Updates from Canadian Council of Churches


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016

The Canadian Council of Churches offers resources for the January 18-25, 2016, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The focus is on the text from 1 Peter 2:9 Called to proclaim the mighty acts of God. The Canadian resources are produced by an ecumenical writing team chaired by ELCIC pastor Susan Climo. National Bishop Susan Johnson has written a letter encouraging all ELCIC individuals and congregations to get involved in the 2016 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. To view this letter, please click here.


Welcoming Refugees

In a letter from Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) president, Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan reminds us that, "As Christians, we are called to put our faith and hope into action and to meet the needs of the oppressed and vulnerable by reflecting our own experience of God's love for us. God's Word directs us into paths of hospitality and invites us to welcome the stranger. In God's Word we find the source of our strength and a model for every action we undertake in God's name."


Please read and share the letter widely. Together may we all welcome the stranger.


Read the full text of the CCC letter here.



2. ELCIC National Office Partners with CLWR and LCC to Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family

National office staff from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) and Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) are coming together for the first time to bring a Syrian refugee family to Canada.

The initiative will pool donations from individual staff members to raise the money needed to support a family for a year.


To view the full ELCIC news release, please click on this link: ELCIC National Office Partners With CLWR and LCC to Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family


3. Prayer for Congregations and People Formerly of the ELCIC

At the 2015 ELCIC National Convention in July, delegates passed a motion, "that the ELCIC acknowledges with sadness that several of our family congregations and family members have chosen to leave this church. We would like to be clear that our thoughts and prayers remain with them as they carry on Christ's ministry. We will include these congregations and former members in our weekly prayers as we do member congregations of this church. We will continue to look for opportunities to alleviate suffering in, and to care for, the communities we serve together. CARRIED"


The following prayer is being shared for use across the church. It has been included in prayers during recent meetings of the National Office, the recent National Church Council meeting and at other times of prayer.


God of all, as Jesus prayed for unity among his followers, we acknowledge with sadness the people and congregations formerly of the ELCIC, and we pray for their well-being and our continuing partnership in ministries to alleviate suffering and to care for the communities and world we serve together. Amen.


4. ELCIC Reformation 2017


Reformation 2017 Themes and Goals

The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s themes and goals. The overall theme is Liberated by God's Grace with three sub-themes: (1) Salvation - Not for Sale; (2) Human Beings - Not for Sale; and (3) Creation - Not for Sale. The goals are: (1) to strengthen communion among member churches; (2) to explore our Lutheran identity; (3) to strengthen ecumenical commitment; and (4) to reaffirm our commitment to justice and peace. These themes and goals are becoming prominent in the ELCIC's ministry and are captured in our 2016 joint Anglican-Lutheran national youth and worship gatherings. Additional worship and study resources will appear in 2016.


Please click on the following links for some helpful resources:

Reformation themes

Reformation 2017 Flyer

Not for Sale! CLAY Gathering

Formation & Reformation - National Worship Conference


Reformation Theme Reflections

Theological reflections for study groups are contained in four booklets which are the work of authors and scholars from across our global Communion of Churches. Topics include the migration of peoples (including refugees), climate change, land expropriation, the "prosperity gospel" and sustainable human existence. These are excellent resources for ministerial study groups and ecumenical conversations. Consider a joint winter or spring study for 2016. please click here.


To find out more on Reformation Reflections, please click here.


Take the Reformation Challenge!

ELCIC members are encouraged to give expression to being "Liberated by God's Grace" through the ELCIC Reformattion Challenge. Our goals are to:


  • Sponsor 500 refugees to Canada
  • Provide 500 scholarships for ELCJHL schools
  • Plant 500,000 trees
  • Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund


Let us know your commitment by telling us what you, your congregation, your family and your community pledge to do. Please click here to get more information on how to get started!


Reformation Challenge: http://www.elcic.ca/ReformationChallenge/default.cfm

Register your commitment: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JHG2R8W

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land: http://www.elcjhl.org/


Lutheran-Roman Catholic Working Group

(Front from left to right) Archbishop Richard Gagnon (CCCB Co-chair), Dr. Mary Joy Philip (ELCIC), Dr. Catherine Clifford (CCCB), Sister Donna Geernaert SC (CCCB). (Back from left to right) Pastor Andre Lavergne (ELCIC staff), Mr. Kyle Ferguson (CCCB staff), Bishop Susan Johnson (ELCIC Co-chair), Pastor Paul Sartison (ELCIC)


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have convened a Working Group on From Conflict to Communion which encourages Lutherans and Catholics to commemmorate the Reformation in 2017. The Working Group will produce a Study Guide in which our shared history will be considered in light of the five imperatives of From Conflict to a Communion - common point of beginning, mutual encounter, striving for unity, our shared gospel and joint witness. Bishop Susan Johnson is co-chairing the Group. We invite our ELCIC community to include this important work in the prayers of the faithful and to begin thinking about a joint Lenten study for 2017. Information  coming soon.


Luther Reading Challenge

Many of Martin Luther's writings are being presented online for reflection. The texts range from Luther's personal letters and hymns to his doctrinal and social commentary; his catechisms and his will. Individual readers and reading groups can participate in online discussions. Simply register and have the opportunity to look at our roots!



Information on Canadian Events

We are gathering news of 2017 Reformation events. These include a lecture series in Calgary; an ecumenical worship and lecture series in Edmonton; a scholarly symposium in Waterloo; joint CCCB-ELCIC commemoration across Canada. and more. Is your congregation, community or institution planning something special for 2017? We would like to hear from you! Give us the who, what, when, where and why of what's happening. If you have any information available online, give us the link! We would like to help remind people of possibilities and assist in getting the word out. Send an email to Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca.



5. 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal

Resources for holding a Praise Appeal Sunday in 2016 are now available online. The theme for the 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal, Liberated by God's Grace: Human Beings - Not for Sale, echoes The Lutheran World Federation theme of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. You will see the ELCIC lift up this theme of Liberated by God's Grace and its three sub-themes (Creation - Not for Sale; Salvation - Not for Sale; Human Beings - Not for Sale) over the next three years as we participate in the international and ecumenical commemoration.


Congregations throughout the ELCIC are asked to designate one Sunday in 2016 to highlight this appeal at a time that works best for their local circumstances. View the resources online at elcic.ca/praiseappeal .



6. Compassionate Justice Updates


DUIM - An Interactive and Engaging Program for Ministry Leaders

The Canadian Churches' Forum is offering Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM), a 6-day interactive and engaging program with practical ideas for implementation in your own context. DUIM is for Christian ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding and awareness in their communities. The next DUIM program will be in Saskatoon, SK from January 25 to 29. For more information and for a full listing of their 2016 schedule, please click here.


Welcoming the Stranger

Have you affirmed the core faith values for Welcoming the Stranger? The ELCIC National Convention endorsed this initiative in July, 2015. For more information, please click here.


Winds of Change Campaign

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #62, KAIROS has prepared a petition for each province and territory calling on each jurisdiction to make the history of residential schools and treaties to be a mandatory part of the school curriculum. Find out more and download a petition by clicking here.


CLWR Global Encounter: Visiting Ethiopia or Uganda - January 16-30, 2016

Pray for the CLWR delegation and follow their journey on social media. For information on CLWR's Global Encounter, please click here.


Project Ploughshares

On December 7, 2015 Project Ploughshares joined other non-government organizations in sending a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs encouraging Canada to join the Arms Trade Treaty. To view this letter, please click here.



7. Spirited Discipleship Updates


CLAY 2016

The next Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) Gathering takes place in August 17-21, 2016 in Charlottetown, PEI. Registration information is now online. Please share with your home teams and youth groups. Find out more about: Specialist Home Teams, deadlines, fees, accommodations and more at claygathering.ca .


National Youth Project - Right to Water

The National Youth Project continues to promote the Right to Water. Fundraising continues to support the community of Pikangikum, and you may wish to express support for this community by writing to your MP. To help you get started and to view the open letter from Anglican and Lutheran leaders, please click here.


Call to Spiritual Renewal

Join with others across the ELCIC striving for a deeper discipleship as we live out our baptismal covenants. The call to spiritual renewal includes: Pray, Read, Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Tell. A new resource: Call to Spiritual Renewal - Ideas for Individuals, Congregations and Communities was distributed at convention last summer and is now available online. For more information, please visit our website.



8. Healthy Church Updates


Continuing Education

What is your plan for continuing education in 2016? The ELCIC Continuing Education Plan (CEP) provides support to encourage on-going education by ELCIC leaders. The member's personal account is available for a wide variety of short term study opportunities. Plan members are eligible to apply for a Long Term Study Grant toward an advanced degree. CEP Expense Reimbursement Forms and Long Term Study Leave Forms can be found here at the ELCIC Group Services website.


2016 Companion of the Worship Arts

The Companion of the Worship Arts is an honor bestowed on individuals in recognition of significant contributions made to the worship life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC). Conferred in the ELCIC since 1996, the honour recognizes ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship, spirituality and the arts. The honour is presented at the National Worship Conference, which takes place every two years.


In 2016, the 20th anniversary of the ELCIC Companion of the Worship Arts will be conferred at the joint ACC - ELCIC National Worship Conference, Formation & Reformation, to be held in Waterloo, Ontario on July 24 - 27, 2016. Look for nomination information on the Companion of the Worship Arts webpage.



9. Effective Partnerships Updates


Young Lutherans Get Living Reformation Projects Off the Ground

The Global Young Reformer Network of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has launched a series of reformation projects led by young adults from across the LWF communion. Learn more about the projects by clicking here.



10. Canada Lutheran Wants Your Ideas and More


Get Connected Through Canada Lutheran

From progressive ministries to practical spiritual guidance, Canada Lutheran introduces readers to people and ideas that will provide discussion and connect them to their home congregations, the National Church, and our global ministries - helping our members live their lives In Mission for Others.


A Congregational Subscription Plan (CSP) to Canada Lutheran is your best way to stay connected. For your congregational subscription, please contact your respective Canada Lutheran representative. To get your church started on a congregational subscription and for individual subscriptions, please contact Barb Wiebe at canaluth@elcic.ca


Wanted - Articles for Practising Our Faith

Do you have a story or idea about how you or the people around you handle life's challenges and opportunities through faith? Begin to inform and inspire others by sharing your story. Each article should be around 650 words and Canada Lutheran will pay for it once it gets accepted. Successful articles are subject to editing to conform to ELCIC style. If you are interested in submitting your article, send it to editor@elcic.ca with practicing our faith on the subject line.



11. Tell Your Story


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