1. Stewardship Ministry Resources
A sample package of stewardship resources for the 2010-2011 year have been mailed out to all ELCIC congregations. This year's thematic materials are based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-9, and titled "More Than Enough." 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.
2. National Hymn Writing Contest
OpenSpirit.ca, a new initiative of our church, is calling out the spirit of music in you! We're looking for the best in new hymns and worship songs written by Canadian Lutherans and Anglicans. Share your original hymns, hymn texts and songs with Lutherans and Anglicans across Canada. The winner will receive a cash prize and web-recording of her or his piece! Contest closes October 1, 2010. For more information and to submit an original hymn, go to www.OpenSpirit.ca.
3. 2010 National Worship Conference
ELCIC and ACC members will gathering in Vancouver from July 4-7, 2010 at the Vancouver School of Theology to explore how worship shapes us to care for our communities and the world. The National Worship Conference is a biennial conference sponsored by the ELCIC and ACC. For further information, visit the 2010 Worship Conference website.
4. In the June issue of Canada Lutheran
You should have received by now the June issue of our national publication, Canada Lutheran. In this issue read:
- Blueprint for Change: See how the ELCIC plans to draft a new streamlined and affordable church structure
- Reading Between the Lines: Paul's letter to the Romans offers interesting insight into how the first Christians lived and worked
- Prayerful Parenting: Learn how to turn thoughts of worry or frustration into peaceful prayers
If you don't currently subscribe to Canada Lutheran, it's easy to get connected either as an individual or as a congregation! Find out more online at: http://www.elcic.ca/clweb/index.html.
5. Prayers for the 2010 Lutheran World Federation Assembly
From July 20-27, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wurttemberg will host the Lutheran World Federation Assembly at Stuttgart. National Bishop Susan Johnson will lead the ELCIC delegation. The theme for the assembly is "Give Us Today Our Daily Bread."
ELCIC communities are encouraged to use the six Assembly Bible studies largely created by the ELCIC's Erwin Buck. Each of the six studies explores a key idea drawn from the fourth petition of the Lord's Prayer from the Gospel of Matthew and "Bread of Life" passages from the Gospel of John. Congregations might use these studies during the summer, around LWF Sunday (October 31) or during Lent or Easter.
The following intercessions may be adapted for use on July 18 (prior to the assembly) and/or July 25 (during the assembly).
For the Lutheran World Federation meeting in assembly: that our Communion of Churches might offer a lively witness to our time and generation. Gracious God, hear our prayer.
For Bishop Susan and our ELCIC delegation: that their work on our behalf might assist our Communion to respond to the hurts and needs of God's people. Gracious God...
For Lutherans and Mennonites and offers of apology and forgiveness: that we might come to recognize our common path and celebrate our common journey. Gracious God...
For ourselves and all who pray "Give us this day our daily bread": that we appreciate the commitments we must make, and actions we must take, as stewards of God's creation. Gracious God...
For traveling mercies and safe homecoming: that our delegates return with renewed energy to offer insight and understanding with grace and goodwill. Gracious God...
6. Deadline Approaches for "Hands On'
Time is running out to register for "HANDS ON!" This is the first ever Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth gathering - plan to be a part of this historic event taking place August 19-22 in London, Ontario. Late registrations will be accepted to June 30, 2010. Find out more online: www.clay2010.ca.
7. National Youth Project Resources
New National Youth Project devotions on the Stewardship of Creation were posted in May and in April. Check them out at www.youth.elcic.ca.
8. G20 Climate Justice Tour
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, of which the ELCIC is a member, has a G20 Climate Justice Tour planned in various locations across the country. Many actions include support for a Robin Hood Tax on global financial transactions and concern with a military order threatening thousands of Palestinians with deportation or imprisonment. Find out more by visiting the KAIROS website: www.kairoscanada.org.
9. Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) held its first national event in Winnipeg, June 16-19. Further information is available online at: www.trc.ca. In a pastoral letter to the church, Bishop Susan Johnson has encouraged ELCIC members to pray for the TRC process and look for opportunities to participate.
10. Continuing Education Opportunities
The Faith and Wisdom website list opportunities across North America for continuing education in theology and ministry. Check out the Faith and Wisdome website at: www.faithandwisdom.org.
11. The Little Red Book
For many years, Augsburg Fortress Publishers has gifted free copies of the Little Red Book to rostered ELCIC and ELCA leaders. Fully considering the stewardship of financial resources, as well as feedback from surveys regarding its use, Augsburg Fortress has made the difficult decision to recover printing costs by charging $9.95 for the 2011 version of the Little Red Book (price includes shipping). A free electronic version of the Little Red Book can also be found online at www.afcanada.com.
Unfortunately the decision was just finalized and printed copies need to be ordered by July 31st for delivery in October. Call Augsburg Fortress Canada at 1-800-265-6397 to place an order.
Augsburg Fortress Canada is the non-profit ministry of publishing for the ELCIC. Thank you for your understanding and for your support of Augsburg Fortress.
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