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4. 2014 CLAY

5. Compassionate Justice

6. Spirited Discipleship

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December Issue

2014 subscription renewals

2013-2014 ministry resources

Band and Drama Volunteers

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Justice and peace

Share your story In Mission for Others

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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 editor@elcic.ca 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 canaluth@elcic.ca so you can be part of the 2014 subscription plan.



3. Stewardship Ministry Resources for 2013-14


A sample 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.



4. 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 Updates

The Joint Assembly Declaration


The Joint 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.


Responsible Resource Extraction:

Elements of Justice: KAIROS Intergenerational Gathering

Oct 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 justice.


Homelessness and Affordable Housing:

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!

The 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 Trafficking


Please click here to view the document found on our website at www.elcic.ca.


CLWR Global Encounter to the Holy Land

Feb. 19 - Mar. 3, 2014


The deadline for registration has been extended to Sept. 16, 2013!

Register now at www.clwr.org


Pray 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 East


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.


Right Relationships


Two resources for study and reflection from the Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network:

  1. 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.
  2. Cracking open White identity towards transformation - Zeros in on White privilege as an essential aspect of anti-racism work.


These resources complement each other and information on these can be found on its website


Faith and Genetics


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, pgehrs@elcic.ca or call 204-984-9156.


International Day of Prayer for Peace - September 21, 2013


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


Project Ploughshares has made a submission to Foreign Affairs encouraging Canada to endorse the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). To read the submission, please click here.



6. Spirited Discipleship Updates


Book of Faith


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 resources.


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 Ministry


The 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 ministry.


Downtown Toronto, 9 days: Sept 12-14, Oct 10-12, Nov 14-16

For more information and to register, please visit: www.ccforum.ca

Or CCFGM Co-directors at 416-924-9351 or director@ccforum.ca


WORTH IT, August 14-17, 2014 in Kamloops, BC


The 2014 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

Video:  http://jointassembly.ca/stories/2013/07/jaod-4/2347

Article: http://pwrdf.org/2013/sharing-the-sacred-gift-of-water/


Prayers used on Parliament Hill will be made available.



7. Ecumenical & Interfaith Updates


Canada's Muslims And Jews


The 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 order@councilofchurches.ca .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 Updates



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.


The full appeal can be read here: Syrian refugee appeal


You can make a gift:

  • By making a designated offering donation at any ELCIC congregation in Canada.
  • Online at clwr.org/donate. Click on Emergencies and select Syrian Refugee Relief
  • 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 Refugee Relief

Update on Southern Alberta Flood Relief


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 available


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


CLWR Awareness Builders workshop


September 14, 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 jennifer@clwr.mb.ca 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 States.


To read the rest of the news article, please click here.



10. Tell your story

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