1. Stewardship Ministry Resources for 2013-14
A sample package of stewardship resources for the 2013-14 year has been mailed out to all ELCIC congregations. This year's thematic materials are based on 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 and titled found faithful in little with much with all. These resources -- including program suggestions, bulletin inserts, a poster, and reading materials, are available from the National Office to assist with your stewardship ministry. Further information is available online at www.elcic.ca/stewardship.
The Natiional Office has extra copies of last year's 2012-13 Giving Magazine, with the theme "Abundant Joy Overflowing Generosity." If your stewardship committee can make use of these resources, please contact Barb Wiebe.
2. Canada Lutheran to Feature Sports Ministries in September Issue
Do you or your congregation actively engage in some form of outreach to those who play sports? Canada Lutheran magazine is featuring sports ministries in the September issue. How did you get involved? What do you do? What have you learned from the experience? Items about your experience should be emailed to email@example.com with “sports ministry” in the subject line, no later than August 16, 2013.
3. A Friendly Reminder to Submit Your Parochial Reports
Earlier this year we sent out a notice to all congregations to submit their parochial reports. If you already have submitted your reports we would like to say thank you! For the few who have not submitted yet, please be reminded to complete your reports as soon as possible.
Parochial reports can be completed online.
4. ELCIC Praise Appeal Sunday
Support the ministry of the wider church through your participation in the 2013 ELCIC Praise Appeal. Check out the resources available and plan to hold your congregation's Praise Appeal Sunday on a date that works best for your local context. The resources for this year are based on your feedback; this year we have even included a resource for a children's message.
5. Canadian Lutheran World Relief Updates
Support Syrian families displaced by violence
The war in Syria and the devastation it is causing its people is escalating into the worst humanitarian crisis the 21st century has seen so far. CLWR is asking for your help to give relief to Syrians living in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. Your donation will provide summer clothing, shoes and hygiene kits to some of the camp’s most vulnerable people, as well as support education for children, child protection, and mental health and social supports for children and adults.
Read the full appeal here: Syrian refugee appeal
You can support Syrian families:
- By making a designated offering donation at any ELCIC congregation in Canada.
- Online at clwr.org/donate. Click on Emergencies and select “Syrian Refugee Relief.”
- By calling our toll-free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.
- By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Syrian Refugee Relief.”
CLWR’s 2013 Sunday worship resources are now available
Holding a CLWR Sunday in your congregation is a great way for you to celebrate your humanitarian work. Our CLWR Sunday worship resources, which include hymn suggestions and text reflections, can help you do this. There is no specific Sunday appointed for CLWR Sunday. Many congregations use the last Sunday in September, but please use any Sunday that suits your setting. The resources can be downloaded here: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) congregations
What in the world are Lutherans doing? Upcoming CLWR events in Ontario
Friends of CLWR Appreciation Receptions
Join us and celebrate the difference Canadian Lutherans are making in the world! These receptions are opportunities to thank our supporters and offer information about our current work.
Saturday, September 7 at 10 a.m.
Historic St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 137 Queen Street South, Kitchener, ON
Saturday, September 7 at 2 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church, 445 Anndale Road, Waterloo, ON
Presentations by Tom Brook, CLWR Community Relations Director, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. These receptions are free and all are welcome!
CLWR Awareness Builders workshop
September 14, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, 600 Lawson Road, London, ON
Do you have a passion for spreading the word about CLWR within your congregation? Come out and learn more about how we’re working with you to strengthen communities around the globe. We will provide you with resource materials to help you tell the story.
A light lunch will be served. Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.661.2597 to register. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
6. New Events and Resources from KAIROS
Fall is just around the corner and a bunch of exciting events and new resources are available.
The Advent Garden of Justice - KAIROS Advent Resource for 2013 / Year A
This resource will help us explore our relationship with the Earth and all who dwell in it. This features activity ideas and worship materials around four justice themes - World AIDS Day, Right Relationship, Water, and Discipleship. It will focus on the four traditional advent themes of hope, peace, joy, and love as well as the Adventatures activity ideas and worship materials around four justice themes - World AID Garden practice of honouring elements of the natural world - minerals, plants, animals, and human beings.
The Advent Garden of Justice is available in both print and PDF in September 2013. Email email@example.com to make sure you are notified as soon as it is released.
Elements of Justice - October 14-17, Squamish BC
The Elements of Justice is an exciting intergenerational gathering for folks from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.
For more information on the above and to find out other events and resources from KAIROS, please click on the following link:
http://www.kairoscanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/KAIROS_RegionalMeetingsAndResources-Fall2013_LORES.pdf or contact Sara Stratton, KAIROS Education and Campaigns Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.877.403.8933 extension 241.
7. Joint Assembly Highlights
Lutherans and Anglicans from across the country, along with special guests from around the world, came together for five days in Ottawa from July 3-7 for the first ever Joint Assembly. Photos, videos and news highlights can be accessed via the Joint Assembly website at www.jointassembly.ca.
8. WCC's EWN Consultation Calls for a Renewed Commitment on Water Justice
A statement issued at the World Council of Churches (WCC)
consultation calls on churches, governments and the United Nations to
ensure universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene, while placing
access to water prominently on their post-2015 agendas.
The statement was developed by forty church leaders, theologians,
academics and activists who gathered for a strategic consultation in
Berlin, Germany, organized by the WCC Ecumenical Water Network (EWN). The statement asked governments and the international community to
renew their commitment "to provide universal access, including for the
poor and other marginalized groups, to adequate safe, drinking water
supply, hand-washing and sanitation facilities at home by 2030."
The Church must "serve as a catalyst for creating an inspiring and
shared vision of water justice in the social domain" read the
statement, titled "God, lead us to abundant life and peace through water
Read the news: EWN consultation calls for universal access to water and sanitation
Read and download the statement: "God, lead us to abundant life and peace through water justice."
9. Spirited Discipleship Updates
Ask and Imagine: August 10-24, 2013 Youth Scholars program
The August program is for young people who wish to explore life and
leadership at the intersection of faith and culture. Participants must
be between 16 - 20 (by Dec 31, 2013) and who have completed at least
grade 10. Successful applicants are given full scholarship to attend
but must provide their own travel.
Visit the website for details and application process: www.askandimagine.org For questions, please contact: email@example.com
Faith and Wisdom is a website that compiles events and programs for life-long learning
for clergy, other church professionals, and for all who wish to pursue
education as Christians - http://www.faithandwisdom.org/
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