1. Share Your Stories in Canada Lutheran's December Issue
The December issue of Canada Lutheran will feature
stories about Christmas worship services, children's programs, and other special
memories or unique ways that you observe Christmas. Please send your stories to Canada Lutheran at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Christmas" in the subject line. The deadline is Oct. 15, 2013.
2. Time to Think About Your Canada Lutheran Renewals
From progressive ministries to
practical spiritual guidance, Canada Lutheran introduces readers to
people and ideas that will provoke discussion and connect them to their home
congregations, the National Church, and our global ministries - helping our
members live their lives In Mission for Others.
A Congregational Subscription
Plan (CSP) to Canada Lutheran is your best way to stay connected.
Congregational Subscription Plan can be fully funded by congregational members
or paid partially or fully by the congregation. You choose!
Now is the time to think about
your Canada Lutheran Renewals. To find out more, contact Barb Wiebe at email@example.com so you can be part of
the 2014 subscription plan.
Stewardship Ministry Resources for 2013-14
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 National 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.
Call for Applications to Serve at 2014 CLAY Youth Gathering
The planning team for the 2014 CLAY youth gathering has issued a call for applications to serve on the band and drama teams. These teams volunteer their time and skills to enrich the gathering program. Applications are due by Oct. 15, 2013. (Applicants must be 18 years of by February 1, 2014). Please click here to download the file.
5. Compassionate Justice
The Joint Assembly
Assembly Declaration commits the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)
and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) to work together to engage the issues of
"Responsible Resource Extraction" and "Homelessness and Affordable Housing."
Send an email to Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and
Leadership, to receive periodic updates on compassionate justice issues.
Elements of Justice: KAIROS Intergenerational
24-27 in Squamish, BC
A time to
reflect on the need for justice and stewardship in relation to the basic
elements of life. See www.kairoscanad.org for
gathering info and other resources on sustainability, resource extraction and
Homelessness and Affordable
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH)
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is pleased
to present Canada's first National Conference on Ending Homelessness,
October 28 to October 30, 2013 at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.
Whether you are a policy maker, funder, researcher, advocate, community
leader or a front line worker our jam packed onference program will arm you with the inspiration, information, tools and training you need to
begin ending homelessness in your community. Register today!
ELCIC's Stewardship of Creation Initiative
Individuals and Congregations can
make a difference by looking at our own practices. Registering as an Accredited
ELCIC Greening Congregation is one tool for reviewing your practices and
expressing your commitment.
KAIROS Fall Resources
Find out about upcoming events
and great resources coming your way from KAIROS. Visit their website to
get more information on the following:
- Be Not Afraid: KAIROS 40th Anniversary Worship Resource - a
resource that is great for local use.
- The Blanket
Exercise: introduction to Indigenous history in Canada
- Various Regional Gatherings
Addressing the Issue of Human
here to view the document found on our website at www.elcic.ca.
Global Encounter to the Holy Land
Feb. 19 -
Mar. 3, 2014
for registration has been extended to Sept. 16, 2013!
Register now at www.clwr.org
Vigil pray for Peace in the Middle East
Sustain with your power
those, who in the midst of all difficulties quietly are building the culture of
reconciliation, justice and peace. Come, Holy Spirit, renew us
all. (from "A Palestinian Litany from Jerusalem" by Bishop Munib
Younan) This is just one of the examples of the prayer vigil
resources available to support your prayer for peace in the Middle East on
the 24th of each month.
Canadian Church Leaders Address Crises in the Middle
Through the Canadian Council of Churches,
church leaders have written to the Prime Minister out of concern for the people
of the Middle East. To read the letter, please click
here. You may wish to add these concerns to your prayers and forward the
letter to your MP.
for study and reflection from the Canadian
Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network:
Mamow Be-Mo-Tay-Tah - Let us Walk Together - Designed to
help Canadians engage with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian
Residential Schools and better understand the legacies of colonization that
Aboriginal peoples live with today.
- Cracking open White identity towards transformation - Zeros in on
White privilege as an essential aspect of anti-racism work.
resources complement each other and information on these can be found on its website
The Canadian Council of Churches has
developed a new study resource on Faith and Genetics designed for small group
study. If your congregation is interested in using this resource, contact Rev.
Paul Gehrs at the ELCIC office, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-984-9156.
International Day of Prayer for Peace - September 21,
This day is
designated by the United Nations, and the World Council of Churches honours it by calling on churches to pray.
Please click here to find out more.
Project Ploughshares has made a submission to
Foreign Affairs encouraging Canada to endorse the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). To
read the submission, please click
6. Spirited Discipleship
The 2013 ELCA Assembly moved to
continue the Book of
Faith initiative. A place to begin is Story Matters a tool through
which congregations are invited to engage in conversation that centers on one
biblical story that they identify as their defining story. Please click here to access these
Continuing Education for Mission
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. Please click
here to go to the website.
Deepening Understanding for Intercultural
Canadian Churches' Forum for Global Ministries (CCFGM) is offering a Fall
Weekend seminar series as a space to focus on faith, heart, mind, and skills for
the art of intercultural ministry. Designed for leaders of faith communities,
participants will develop awareness of their own culture, engage theories of
culture and healthy relationships, and apply learning to the practice of
Toronto, 9 days: Sept 12-14, Oct 10-12, Nov 14-16
information and to register, please visit: www.ccforum.ca
Co-directors at 416-924-9351 or email@example.com
IT, August 14-17, 2014 in Kamloops, BC
Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth gathering (CLAY 2014) has information that you might be interested in. Click here to go to their website.
National Youth Project
On July 6,
2013 the Joint Assembly gathered on Parliament Hill to pray for the Right to
Water. Photos: http://jointassembly.ca/stories/2013/07/fill-the-hill/2252
on Parliament Hill will be made available.
7. Ecumenical & Interfaith Updates
Canada's Muslims And Jews
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada participates in two interfaith dialogues
sponsored by the Canadian Council of
Churches (CCC) . The ELCIC is represented on both the Canadian
Christian-Jewish Consultation and National
Muslim-Christian Liaison Committee.
Canadian Interfaith Conversation
The ELCIC is
represented on the Christian
Interfaith Reference Group which is also a work of the
CCC. The ELCIC is
a participant in the newly-formed (2012) Canadian Interfaith Conversation. Here
is the Conversation's Charter Vision (2013).
Waterloo Ministries Directory
The Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission publishes a Waterloo Ministries Directory. The directory includes ministries where Anglican and Lutheran communities share facilities, program, worship, ordained or rostered ministers, or where an Anglican or Lutheran community is served by an ordained or rostered minister of the full-communion partner. Revised regularly, the Waterloo Ministries Directory provides province-by province listings which witness to the possibilities for local full-communion expression and assist Anglican and Lutheran communities to learn from and to support one-another. The current edition is now available and is over 50% larger than the last one.
To Love and Serve the World
The Anglican Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) has released To Love and Serve the Lord: Diakonia in the Life of the Church. The report encourages the deepening of Anglican-Lutheran engagement wherever possible. Among the recommendations to the Anglican Communion and Lutheran World Federation: “To encourage ways to be with one another in decision making following the model of the 2013 joint meeting in Canada of the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s National Convention and the Anglican Church’s General Synod.” See the report by clicking here.
World Council of Churches General Assembly
We are only a few weeks away from the 10th Assembly of the WCC to be held in Busan, South Korea, October 30 - November 8. The WCC has created an assembly website—Look for a Program Book (an overview of the assembly program, proposed unity statement and more); A Faith That Does Justice (an illustrated account of WCC activities from 2006 to 2013); and God of Life: Bible Studies on Peace and Justice (reflections the assembly will use in daily prayer and study, with suggestions for use in parishes and groups around the world). Still to come are Hallelujah! Resources for Prayer and Praise (a collection of prayers and songs).
World Council of Churches: Vision and Mission
Two important documents have been released ahead of the 10th Assembly: Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes and The Church: Toward a Common Vision which are both available at the WCC website.
Together Towards Life speaks to our common mission as God’s people. The Church speaks to the framework out of which God’s people engage in that mission. This consensus document is the successor to the famous Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (1982).
Canadian Interfaith Conversation (CIC)
The CIC, under the secretariat of the Baha'i community, has completed a Charter Vision to serve as a reference point for ongoing interfaith conversation in Canada. The CIC grew out of interfaith dialogue located primarily in the sphere of the Canadian Council of Churches. The Charter Vision can be viewed by clicking here. ELCIC participants in the CIC include Dr. Tim Hegedus (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) and Pastor Ryan Andersen (Advent, Calgary).
Week of Prayer 2014
Week of Prayer 2014 is just a few months away. Canada is the host country for the third time! Print materials may be ordered by visiting the Canadian Council of Churches website or by clicking here. You can also place your orders by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .Week of Prayer news and events will be shared on the Week of Prayer Facebook page . Hit the "Like" button and invite your friends and colleagues to do the same!
8. Canadian Lutheran World Relief
Psychosocial specialist Wejdan talks to the kids in a very interactive way about emotions, about being happy, sad, angry or scared at times. A war that has lasted for more than two years now has marked the Syrian population in more than one sense. The children affected by the armed conflict will need long-term psychological support because of the resulting post-traumatic stress disorder. Photo by Freya Morales (Lutheran World Federation-Jordan)
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. You can give some comfort
to Syrians who have been forced from their homes by violence. Your donation will
provide clothing, shoes and hygiene kits to some of the most vulnerable people
living in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp, as well as support child protection
and education programs, and mental health and social services for children and
adults. Our goal is to provide $100,000 in support.
appeal can be read here: Syrian refugee
You can make
- By making a designated offering donation at any ELCIC
congregation in Canada.
- Online at clwr.org/donate. Click on Emergencies and
- 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
Update on Southern Alberta Flood
Thank you for
your generosity in contributing to the flood response in southern Alberta.
Please click on the link to learn how your donations are helping people recover
from this disaster: http://www.clwr.org/News/news-brief.cfm?news_id=324
CLWR's 2013 Sunday worship resources are now
Holding a CLWR
Sunday in your congregation is a great way 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
Awareness Builders workshop
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 your support is strengthening 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 email@example.com or 1.800.661.2597 to
register. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
9. Justice and Peace in Focus During WCC General Secretary's
Visit to US
The ecumenical calling of
churches and exploring different ways of renewing their commitment towards
justice and peace was a significant focus during the World Council of Churches (WCC) general
secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit's recent visit to churches in the United
To read the
rest of the news article, please click
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