1. Stewardship resources and annual report covers
Resources that will assist your congregation or individual stewardship ministry are available from the National Office. This year's stewardship emphasis is New Love New Mercy based on Lamentations 3:21-24. Annual General Meeting Report Covers, along with other materials are available by contacting email@example.com or 1.888.786.6707 x 177.
2. Lend your voice to the Study of Human Sexuality
Individuals, congregations and Bible study groups are invited to participate in the ELCIC's Study of Human Sexuality. The study, prepared by the ELCIC Human Sexuality Task Force, is intended to engage members of the church in dialogue and respectful conversation as part of a consultation process aimed at generating feedback and informing the process of drafting a social statement. For further information and to access the studies, visit: www.elcic.ca/Human-Sexuality/default.cfm
3. Gifts that make a difference
Looking for a gift that will make a difference in the lives of others this year? Consider supporting important global development work in the coming year by choosing from the many new gift ideas from Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). The ELCIC and CLWR work in partnership to foster sustainable development for communities in Africa, Asia and South America. These gifts also help address poverty in Canada, seeking justice for disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Be confident that every gift you make this year will make a difference in the lives of people in need. Gift information can be found at: www.clwr.org.
4. Let the countdown begin
For the first time the ELCIC and Anglican Church of Canada are joining forced to bring the youth of the nation to the ultimate worship experience with CLAY - the 2010 Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering. Registration will open January 2, 2010. For full details visit: www.clay2010.ca and be sure to join the Facebook group: Hands On 2010 CLAY London.
5. Survey says...
The 2009 Parochial Reports, along with a stewardship questionnaire, will be mailed out to all congregations in December. The deadline for completion is March 31, 2010.
6. ELCIC gift annuity program
Does this describe you or someone you know?
- Over the age of 65.
- Would like to make a financial gift to the church.
- Would like to enjoy increased personal income on a guaranteed basis.
If so, the ELCIC Gift Annuity program may be right for you.
The ELCIC Gift Annuity program is available for a minimum contribution of $10,000 on a single or joint (couple) basis. Annuity rates are based on the contributor's age and you can receive a guaranteed income for as long as you live. The income is partially or completely tax-free (proportion determined by your age).
This program, administered by the ELCIC, is backed by contract with a major Canadian life insurance company and the charitable beneficiary can be your congregation or another expression in the ELCIC.
For an information package and no-obligation quote, contact Trina Gallop at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1.888.786-6707 ext 172 or visit the Lutheran Planned Giving website at www.elcic.ca/LPG/default.cfm
7. Companion of the Worship Arts call for nominations
The Program Committee for Worship, on behalf of the National Bishop, calls for nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts. This is an honour conferred in recognition of significant contribution to the worship life of the ELCIC at a local, synodical, and national level. The honour recognizes 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 reward.
The honour will be conferred at the joint ELCIC/ACC Worship Conference in Vancouver, July 4-7, 2010 (www.nationalworshipconference.org). Send nomination materials to Lorraine Rheinhardt, 6070 Buchanan St., Burnaby, BC V5B 2S2 or email@example.com.
8. Join in the conversation
Engage in dialogue, share your stories, and connect with other Lutherans in Canada and around the world by joining the ELCIC Facebook page. Simply go to www.facebook.com, search for "Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada," and become part of our online community. Recently, members discussed, "sharing their faith with one another," "tips for referencing meaningful passages in their Bible," and even "what impacted them most about the sermons they heard this past Sunday."
9. ELCIC Group Services President receives recognition
ELCIC Group Services Inc. (GSI) President, John Wolff, was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Plan Sponsors at the Third Annual Benefits Canada Awards which took place November 5 in Toronto, ON. The Benefits Canada Awards honour individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in pension investment and administration, and who have contributed to the retirement security of Canadian employees and their families. Read the full ELCIC INFO news release.
10. On the web
Food for Life: Recipes and Stories on the Right to Food. This resource from the Lutheran World Federation, is now available with congregational resources - including reflections and discussion questions, advent worship and prayer, Bible study and sermon starters. Discover the book and find congregational resources at www.elca.org/lwf.
The 2010 Treasurer's Information Booklet will be posted to the ELCIC website at www.elcic.ca on December 18, 2009. Commencing in 2010 we will no longer be printing the booklet. A letter will be sent to all congregational treasurers the second week in December advising of this change and where to find the booklet on the national office website. For those treasurer's not having internet access, a printed copy can be requested from the National Office.
A Time for Inspired Leadership and Action is the title of the proposed statement that the World Religious Summit 2010 will make to the leaders of G8/G20 nations. Religious leaders from around the world will gather in Winnipeg in May 2010, The World Religious Summit 2010 will bring together religious leaders just before the leaders of G20 nations meet in Ontario. The proposed statement, which will not be finalized until the summit, encourages political leaders to meet promises of working toward the Millennium Development Goals. The Canadian Council of Churches is encouraging people to review and discuss the statement in a variety of contexts. Visit www.ccc-cce.ca or www.faithchallengeg8.com for more information.
November 22 is National Housing Day, a time to pray, reflect and advocate regarding housing and homelessness issues in Canada. The Anglican Diocese of Toronto has produced a bulletin insert on housing and poverty issues for use on Reign of Christ Sunday Nov 22. The insert is posted on the diocesan webpage, www.toronto.anglican.ca/sjac.
The Canadian Council of Refugees has written an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding Principles of Refugee Protection. There is concern among churches and refugee support groups about the direction of Canadian government policy.
As the world prepares to negotiate a new climate change treaty in Copenhagen this December, this remains an important time of action. KAIROS has prepared a booklet which is designed to help you engage in activities for the third year of KAIROS' Re-Energize campaign. The focus this year is Climate Justice: we need to achieve a new international agreement to control greenhouse gas emissions, help the developing world adapt, and address the exacerbation of conflict and poverty that is a fundamental part of the climate crisis.
Canadian Food Grains Bank has a new video available titled, Feed the World Your Hope. View the video online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxvDfo29Iks
11. Call for Prayers
Please include in your prayers all 28 Assistants to the Bishops and Synod staff members of the ELCA and ELCIC who will be participating in the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) event, A Communion of Communities: Being Lutheran in a Globalized World. This event, the first of its kind tailored for LWF members churches' leaders, is taking place December 1-12 in Geneva, Switzerland. Participants will: develop from a North American context a deeper appreciation for our Lutheran identity within a global communion of churches; discover the role of accompaniment within the global church in sharing gifts and overcoming challenges in North America; and begin to develop strategies for global perspectives into the context of North American church life in furthering long-term mission interests.
12. Across the Synods
Eastern Synod has a Service of Repentance available from their website (www.easternsynod.org) that calls for sincere reconciliation of our relationship with creation. To view, click on Resources and scroll down to Stewardship of Creation.
Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod has video highlights available online (www.mnosynod.org) from the Celebration of Faith Event - Peeking Under Dusty Sandals to Meet the Living God.
Saskatchewan Synod has a new facebook page. Log onto facebook and search for Saskatchewan Synod - ELCIC.
Synod of Alberta and the Territories has a new What If? blog that explores old challenges, and opens the doors to new ideas.
British Columbia Synod's Mind for Missions shares news from ELCIC Global Missionaries. For more information, visit www.bcsynod.org and click on Documents and Forms, and then Mind for Missions.
13. Tell your story
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