1. Canadian Lutherans Visit Relief Efforts in Haiti
ELCIC's Director of Communications and Stewardship Trina Gallop traveled to Haiti September 28-October 2, along with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) Executive Director Robert Granke and Community Relations Director Tom Brook, as well as Lutheran Church-Canada Mission and Social Ministry Director Rev. Dr Leonardo Neitzel. They spent the week visiting relief and development projects of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) which are supported by funds raised during CLWR's Appeal for Haiti.
Reflections on the trip can be viewed via the following links.
2. CLWR Announces Plans for Special We Care Shipment to Haiti
During the Advent season, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is challenging Lutheran congregations across Canada to help meet an urgent need for school supplies in Haiti.
Partners in Haiti have been actively assisting with the construction of schools to replace those destroyed by last January's earthquake. This work is support in part by the generous response the Canadian Lutheran community made to an emergency appeal by CLWR.
ELCIC Congregations are challenged to embrace this mission opportunity by helping to provide We Care school packs which will be sent as a special shipment scheduled to leave Winnipeg earlier this year. In addition, a special request is being made for soccer balls and hand pumps for use during school recreation breaks. Find out how you can help by visiting the CLWR website.
The ELCIC and CLWR work in effective partnership to challenge the causes and respond to the consequences of injustice and poverty.
3. Stewardship of Creation Initiative
Did you know... ELCIC congregations can apply to be a Stewardship of Creation Accredited Congregation! There are currently 15 ELCIC Congregations that have received the accreditation. Add your congregation's name to the list.
Looking for resources for your greening initiatives. Visit the website of our full communion partner, the Anglican Church of Canada, to view their Greening Anglican Spaces resources.
4. CLWR Pew Envelopes Now Available
A small quantity of newly designed CLWR pew envelopes were mailed to ELCIC congregations in early September along with copies of the Fall 2010 issue of the Partnership newsletter. These envelopes direct worshippers to channel offerings to CLWR through their local congregation. Older versions of CLWR envelopes should be discarded. If additional quantities of the new envelopes are required, please contact CLWR. You may order using the toll-free line (1.800.661.2597) or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for the envelopes.
5. 2010-11 Gifts from the Heart Catalogue
ELCIC congregations should have received the 2010-11 version of the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) Gift from the Heart catalogue which was mailed out during the first week of October. The catalogue has a new format featuring a large font for most text as well as some new gift ideas. Congregations should receive sufficient copies to distribute one to every member household. If additional copies are required, please contact CLWR on its toll-free line (1.800.661.2597) or by email: email@example.com.
6. The Lutheran World Federation
A series of Bible Studies were produced for use at this year's Lutheran World Federation Assembly. Congregations are encouraged to consider a fall or winter congregational study using the resources on the theme Give Us Today Our Daily Bread.
Highlights from the Eleventh Lutheran World Federation Assembly are available for viewing online. A document has also been put together which provide an overview of all the Assembly outcomes.
The Lutheran World Federation has just launched a new website. Visit the new site to understand more about this work that we participate in as a church.
7. Confessing in Faith: Healing Between Lutherans and Mennonites
In July of 2010, delegates of the Eleventh Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation took the historic step of asking Anabaptist-Mennonite communities for forgiveness for past persecutions, expressing regret and sorrow. Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, in partnership with Conrad Grebel University College, is hosting a service of reconciliation and a conference addressing this apology. Laity, clergy, theologians and church leaders will engage in dialogue to explore together the implications of these actions for the two communities that live side by side and whose relationships often bridge families. Further information is available online.
8. Stewardship Resources
LAST CALL - Annual Report Covers based on this year's theme material will be mailed out to congregations in the next few weeks. If your congregation has not yet ordered your Annual Report Covers (these are covers based on this year's thematic stewardship materials that you can use as a cover for your congregation's Annual Report), orders will be accepted until Friday, November 4. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to place your order.
Lorraine Kalis, Stewardship Coordinator for the Synod of Alberta and the Territories, has created a number of stewardship-themed bulletin inserts that are available for download from the synod's website. New bulletin inserts include "20 Things to Think About" and "Time to Start Wasting Time."
9. Restorative Justice Week is November 14-21
Restorative Justice Week is observed in many communities across Canada. Communities and congregations are encouraged to access and use the reflection and prayer resource materials which can be found on the website for The Church Council on Justice and Corrections.
10. 2010 Sermon Competition
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) is encouraging submissions of sermons reflecting on food and faith for its 2010 Sermon Competition. Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2011. The person submitting the top-ranked sermon will have their travel, accommodation and meals covered for up to three days in Geneva to deliver the sermon in a special worship service during the 2011 Churches Week of Action on Food, October 10-17, 2011 at the Ecumenical Centre. Further information is available on the EAA's website.
11. December 1 is World AIDS Day
2010 is the year by which world governments promised to provide Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support to all who needed. As the year draws to a close, this goal will not be achieved despite recent progress in increasing access to treatment. World AIDS Day 2010 provides a timely opportunity to reflect upon the reality of the HIV pandemic today and to pray for renewed passion, wisdom and action to uphold the human dignity and rights of all people living or at risk of being infected with HIV.
From the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) - A worship service for use on or around December 1 offers information, insights and meditation on the important of linking efforts to fight hunger with those to comprehensively address HIV. The liturgy is available on the EAA website.
12. Youth Invited to Apply for World Council of Churches Stewards Program
Young Christians from around the world are invited to apply to the World Council of Churches (WCC) stewards program for hands-on learning experiences at major ecumenical meetings in 2011. Don't miss the November 30th deadline to apply for to be a youth steward at the International Ecumenical Peace Convention, May 12-26, 2011. Applicants must be between the age of 18-30 years. More information is available on the WCC website.
13. In Mission for Others
Even though it's a small congregation, St. John Lutheran, Ottawa, has never been shy about thinking big. Making a difference in the word - that's what inspires people - so when the church council brainstormed how to celebrate the congregation's 115th anniversary, they knew they wanted to do something big - bigger than a new stained glass window. When your building is more than a century old, there's always work to be done, but a commemorative renovation didn't fit with their outward-looking mission. Instead, they embarked on a project to provide school supplies for students in Africa. Working through the Canadian Lutheran World Relief We Care program, they settled on a goal of completing 10 kits for every year that St. John has been around. That works out to 1,150 kits, the largest project ever undertaken by a single church for CLWR. "We wanted a project that everyone at church could get enthusiastic about," says Bob Pierce, chair of church council, "and it had to be work that would fit with our mandate - to be In Mission for Others ."
The congregation's youth kicked off the fundraising effort with a garage sale, the first of several events that will be held throughout the anniversary year, including an Oktoberfest celebration that will be open to the entire community.
St. John is no stranger to being In Mission for Others. In the last eight years, the congregation has sponsored four refugees from Liberia and raised the money to build a well for a small community, also in Liberia. "Projects like these," says St. John' spastor, Rev. Joel Crouse, "teach our youth an important lesson about being citizens of the world. They've learned that their work here, whether it's handling the cash at the garage sale, making Christmas cards, or selling herbs on Mother's Day, can make big differences in the lives of others."
- with files from Rev. Joel Crouse
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