1. Celebrating LWF Sunday on October 25
October 25 is the day to celebrate our communion relationship with other Lutheran churches in the world through The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) of a 140 member churches in 79 countries representing 68.5 million Lutherans. It is also celebrated as World Communion Sunday. Through the communion, we give and receive the gifts, faith witness and expertise among our brothers and sisters in various expressions of our work together. Resources and more are available online at the www.lutheranworld.org or www.elca.org/lwf.
2. LWF Women's Gathering needs your input!
At the end of October, Lutheran women from around the world will be attending a women's gathering which precedes The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Assembly taking place in Germany in 2010. Margaret Sadler, Edmonton, will be attending the Assembly and the women's gathering later this month on behalf of the ELCIC. The theme for the Assembly is "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread". Margaret would be grateful for your thoughts on that theme. What do you think of when you pray this phrase? How have you experienced giving or receiving your daily bread?
Margaret would love to receive poems, thoughts, pictures, prayers, and your story. Emails on the theme can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't delay, she departs on October 25 and needs these before she leaves.
3. Get active on Climate Day, October 24
As the world prepares to negotiate a new climate change treaty in Copenhagen this December, many faith groups across Canada are taking action. Here's how you can join in:
4. ELCIC Study of Human Sexuality now available; church members invited to participate in feedback process
A much anticipated ELCIC Study of Human Sexuality is now available for individual and congregational use. 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 to generate feedback and inform the process of drafting a social statement. The study seeks to generate discussion on personal discipleship, local ministry contexts, and the mission of the wider church. Study documents and further information are available online at: www.elcic.ca/Human-Sexuality/default.cfm
5. Gifts that make difference
Looking for a gift that can truly make a difference in the lives of others this year? Consider the many new and interesting gift ideas from Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) that through your help will directly support important global development work in the coming year. The ELCIC and CLWR work in effective partnership to foster sustainable development for communities in Africa, Asia and South America. Gifts can also work to address poverty in Canada, seeking compassionate justice for disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Be confident that every gift you make this year will make a real difference in the lives of people in need. Gift information can be found at: www.clwr.org
6. One Community resource package now available
The latest congregational resource, One Community, is now available from Canadian Lutheran World Relief's (CLWR) - the ELCIC's partner in international relief and development work. The resource highlights the comprehensive nature of development programming by challenging individuals, groups or an entire congregation to equip a representative community with items from the Gifts from the Heart catalogue. You can chart your progress by creating a bulletin board display of your community and adding gift items as they are able to be purchased. All materials needed to begin a One Community project are included in the resource package. All you need is some coloured pencils or crayons and some imagination as to how you will promote the project within your group or congregation. Look for the One Community link at www.clwr.org.
7. On the web.
LWF Annual Report: A Reconciling Communion
Food security, sustainability, healing and reconciliation, communion as a gift and task, and preparations for the 2010 Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Eleventh Assembly are highlights of this 36-page full color brochure about the global work of LWF. For more information or to download a copy, see www.elca.org/lwf.
Staying informed on international relief and development work of the church.
Want to stay informed about the work of Canadian Lutheran World Relief - the church's partner in international relief and development work? It's easy. Just sign up for a free subscription to CLWR's electronic newsletter - CLWR News Briefs. Visit www.clwr.org and register today.
Let the bells ring, the conch shells, drums and gongs sound 350 times for climate justice!
Since immemorial times in cultures across the world musical instruments like bells and drums have been used to warn people of imminent danger but also to call people to religious service, marking important moments in worship and seeking to connect to God. Sunday December 13 marks the height of the talks at United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen. At 3 p.m. - marking the end of a high profile ecumenical celebration at the Lutheran Cathedral in Copenhagen, the Church of Our Lady - the churches in Denmark will ring their bells, and Christians around the world are invited to echo them by sounding their own bells, shells, drums, gongs or horns 350 times. Find out more on the World Council of Churches (WCC) website.
Ads for Advent
As your congregation prepares for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, consider extending an open invitation to the community to attend your upcoming worship services. The ELCIC National Office has developed a variety of customizable ads that can be placed in local newspapers or used as posters, bulletin inserts, door-hangers, fliers and even direct mail pieces. View the ads at: www.elcic.ca/Documents/AdventAds.cfm
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