1.   ELCIC

2.   2017 National Convention

3.   CLAY 2018

4.   National Office

5.   Canada Lutheran

6.   ACC and ELCIC

7.   Reformation 2017

8.   Healthy Church

9.   Compassionate Justice

10. Spirited Discipleship

11. Effective Partnerships

12. Schools and Seminaries

13. Tell Your Story

14.  Share These Resources


Call for Prayers

Save the Date

Church Donations

in sight

Joint Material


WCC, Scarboro Missions and More

MMIWG, CLWR Global Encounter and More

Lutheran Connect and KAIROS

Waterloo Ministries Directory

WLS and Luther College

Share Your Stories In Mission for Others

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1. Call For Prayers, Solidarity Following Attacks On Jewish Community Centres, Synagogues And Cemeteries In Canada

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson writes to the church, calling on members, "to stand up and speak out against all forms of racism, anti-Semitism and violence, and to stand in solidarity with anyone who is feeling unsafe, unwelcome or upset" following numerous attacks on Jewish community centres, synagogues and cemeteries in Canada.

To read the letter, please click on the following link:: http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/201703LettertotheChurch.pdf

To read the news relase, please click here.

2. Updates on the 2017 National Convention

The 2017 National Convention will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the University Centre on the University of Manitoba campus from July 6 to 8, 2017.

The Registration Package has been posted to the ELCIC website at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2017-Winnipeg. Online registration will be available starting March 1, 2017 with a closing date for delegates of April 14, 2017.

Opportunities are still available to be an exhibitor or sponsor at the 2017 National Convention. Our Sponsorship Package provides you with information on the different levels of sponsorship that will give you the opportunity to share your work and promote yur services. Our Exhibitor Package on the other hand gives you information on how to secure a display table that will be available on a "first come, first serve" basis. As an exhibitor, you will have the opportunity to interact with our delegates and visitors during coffee breaks, providing you with much needed exposure on your work and services. The Sponsorship Package and the Exhibitor Package are available on the ELCIC website.

The Local Arrangements Committee for the 2017 ELCIC Convention, chaired by Norm Coull, is recruiting volunteers to assist during the convention. If you live in Winnipeg and would like to be involved as a volunteer, please email ngcoull@mymts.net.


Information desk

The deadline for submission of petitions from synods or congregations to the National Secretary for inclusion in the Bulletin of Reports is April 6.

Keep posted on all the latest updates and information on our 2017 National Convention by visiting the ELCIC website at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2017-Winnipeg/default.cfm. Please check back often.

3. Save the Date for CLAY 2018

The planning team is happy to announce the dates for CLAY 2018 in Thunder Bay, ON. Lutheran and Anglican youth from across Canada are invited to meet in Thunder Bay from August 15 - 19. It is sure to be an amazing time! Watch for more details over the new few months.

4. Options Available to Receive Donations

Is your congregation interested in exploring some different methods for receiving donations? Some of the options available can help with budgeting monthly cash flow and can reducing administrative time. Call Kyle Giesbrecht, Director for Finance and Administration, ELCIC National Office at 204-984-9178 or email at kgiesbrecht@elcic.ca to learn more.

5. Send Your Photos for in sight


Readers of Canada Lutheran may have noticed various photos that appear on the inside back page of our magazine. Subjects vary from pie making; children at play during worship; stuffing envelopes; dancing on a beach; and a baby baptized in a tent. These are some of the many photos that in sight has used to explore our church through the lens of our readers. It's art, architecture, activity and people. You can share your photos by sending them with a brief description to editor@elcic.ca with in sight in the subject line. If you're interested in sending your contributions, high resolution (at least 300 dpi) photos are preferable.


6. ELCIC, CCCB Release Joint Material to Commemorate 500th Anniversary of the Reformation



The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have developed joint material entitled Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017

Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation includes a five-part parish study guide that may be used in individual segments or as a whole series by any Lutheran, Catholic, or ecumenical study group focusing on the Reformation.

To view the news release, please click here.

The Study Guide was created by a Working Group of the ELCIC and the CCCB. The Working Group is encouraging Lutherans and Catholics to commemorate the Reformation together. We invite you to knock on your Catholic neighbour's door and schedule a joint study for five weeks in 2017. The Season of Easter would be a great possibility! Before and after Reformation Day 2017, regional ecumenical Together in Christ Reformation commemorations are being planned using the LWF-Vatican Common Prayer.

Look for events led by Lutheran and Catholic bishops in Victoria, Vancover area, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg. More are being considered. Also look for other ecumenical events such as tours to Germany, a hymnfest in New Westminster, symposia in Waterloo and Montreal and many other local or regional events.

Helpful links:

From Conflict to Communion

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)


7. Reformation 2017

Reformation 2017 Themes and Goals
The ELCIC has adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s Reformation (2017) themes and goals. The over-arching theme is Liberated by God's Grace with the three sub-themes: (1) Salvation - Not for Sale!; (2) Human Beings - Not for Sale!; and (3) Creation - Not for Sale! The goals are (1) to strengthen communion among member churches; (2) to explore our Lutheran identity; (3) to strengthen ecumenical commitment; and (4) to reaffirm our commitment to justice and peace. These themes and goals were prominent in the 2016 Synod Conventions and assemblies, and were captured in our joint Anglican-Lutheran national youth and worship gatherings, and in our 2016 Advent devotions. These will come to life at our 2017 National Convention.

Helpful links:
Reformation 2017 Themes
Reformation 2017 Flyer


Take the Reformation Challenge!
ELCIC members are encouraged to give expression to being Liberated by God's Grace through the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. Our goals are to:

Sponsor 500 refugees to Canada
Provide 500 scholarships for ELCJHL schools
Plant 500,000 trees in Canada, Palestine and Ethiopia

Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund

To date ELCIC members have made the following commitments to the Reformation Challenge:


Let us know your commitment by telling us what you, your congregation, your family and your community pledge to do. Please click here to get more information on how to get started!

Would you like to receive weekly highlights on the Reformation Challenge in your inbox? Email info@elcic.ca with Subscribe - Reformation Challenge in the subject line.

Looking for ways you and your congregation can get involved? Be inspired by these stories:

From 20 books to 2 scholarships
ELCIC congregation sets goals to engage in Reformation Challenge
ELCIC congregation makes Reformation Challenge missional priority

Reformation Theme Reflections
Here's some great continuing ed material! Theological reflections for study groups are contained in four booklets which are the work of authors and scholars from across our global Communion of Churches. Topics include the migration of peoples (including refugees); climate change; land expropriation; the prosperity gospel; and sustainable human existence. These are excellent resources for ministerial study groups and ecumenical conversations. Consider planning a study with area colleagues!

Helpful links:
Reformation Reflections
ELCIC Reformation 2017 Webpage
LWF Reformation 2017 Website
LWF Assembly Website

Ministry Areas Hold Joint Worship Services in Honour of the Reformation Challenge
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) Eastern Synod is currently divided up into 17 different ministry areas - stretching from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia. These ministry areas are select groupings of churches within a close proximity of one another. One of the many benefits of the ministry areas is that they can accommodate larger church group gatherings, much like the two seen in the Thames Ministry Area and the Ottawa Ministry Area in late 2016.

Churches and ministry groups alike have already been gathering across the country to show their support for the ELCIC's Reformation Challenge. The Thames Ministry Area held a joint worship service with its congregations to begin the 500th anniversary year, with the offering set to go towards scholarships for students in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), one of four areas of focus in the Reformation Challenge. The Ottawa Ministry Area held two services with the funds raised also going towards the Reformation Challenge. To read the full story, please click here: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=462



8. Healthy Church Updates


Continuing Education Plan - New Policy


The Continuing Education Plan (CEP) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is a national program intended to encourage and support life-long learning among rostered and non-rostered/lay employees. A new policy, adopted by NCC in March, encourages employers and employees to discuss how to use these funds to encourage growth for effective ministry.


Ecumenical and Interfaith Study at Bossey, Switzerland

The World Council of Churches offers some terrific continuing education possibilities which might be of interest to ELCIC rostered ministers. Most of these seminars are offered at the Bossey Institute (near Geneva, Switzerland) but there are exceptions. Look especially for Sharing the Faith in a Multi-cultural and Multi-faith World, 31 July-11 August 2017, Bossey, Switzerland.

Detailed information is available on the Bossey website:


WCC's Current Dialogue


At the close of the 50th year since Vatican II's declaration on Christian relations with other religions, relations between Christians and Jews, and between Christians and Muslims, are freshly explored in issue 58 of Current Dialogue. Helpful witness for the Canadian context. Available online in .pdf at no charge.


Interfaith Curriculum Resources


The Scarboro Missions, a Canadian Roman Catholic mission society, maintains an excellent repository of curriculum, do-it-yourself workshops and educational resources for interfaith and multi-faith work. Much of it is accessible to Lutherans and could help to undergird interfaith refugee resettlement efforts in the ELCIC.

Scarboro Mission Resources: www.scarboromissions.ca/interfaith-dialogue/curriculum-resources


Canadian Churches Forum Offers Continuing Ed


The next event will take place at the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Beausejour, Manitoba, in May.

Many ELCIC communities are increasingly engaged in ministries with people of other faiths and cultures. Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) is a five-day interactive program to help participants engaged in, proposing to engage in, intercultural work. The study offers practical ideas for implementation in your own context. DUIM is a program of the Canadian Council of Churches' Canadian Churches Forum. DUIM is for ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding, and awareness in their communities. Registration is open to anyone with program locations regularly offered across Canada.



9. Compassionate Justice Updates


Study Guide for Conversations on Medical Assistance in Dying


The ELCIC has prepared a new resource for conversations on the needs of people in times of death and dying. National Church Council commends it to congregations and members. The Task Force looks forward to hearing feedback from your conversations. To access this resource, please go to:  http://elcic.ca/Decisions-at-the-end-of-life/


MMIWG: Practical Information for Families


The National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has prepared Practical Information for Families in order encourage participation in the inquiry. Please click on the following link for more details:


Young Adult Scholarship for 2018 for CLWR Global Encounter


Through the Ruth Jensen Fund, CLWR is offering two youth (young adult) representatives the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Global Encounter at a reduced cost.
-One rep is to be a young adult under the age of 25.
-The other rep is to be a rostered minister under the age of 35 years.
CLWR will subsidize 50% of their costs through the. The nominee will be responsible for the balance of $2500.

Eligible members of the ELCIC who wish to be considered for this opportunity
are asked to submit a letter of application that includes:
-Name, email, phone number, mailing address, congregational membership, and synod.
-A response, of approximately 200 words, to the question:
Why I would like to participate in the 2018 CLWR Global Encounter.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.
Nominations to CLWR will be made by National Bishop Susan Johnson.
Applications shall be forwarded to Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop, Justice and Leadership at pgehrs@elcic.ca

Towards a Prairie Atonement Event in Ottawa


Citizens for Public Justice and the Canadian Council of Churches will host a conversation with Trevor Herriot on his book Towards a Prairie Atonement on Monday April 3, 2017, 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street, Ottawa.


Earth Day is on April 22, 2017


The Commission on Justice and Peace will host a conversation with Trevor Herriot on his book Towards a Prairie Atonement on Monday April 3, 2017, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Mining Justice: Open for Justice


Make Canada 'Open for Justice' by enacting an extractive-sector Ombudsperson and facilitating access to Canadian courts for those harmed by the international operations of Canadian resource extraction companies. KAIROS invites you to write a letter to your MP in support of mining justice. In the 2013 Joint Declaration, the ELCIC committed to supporting Responsible Resource Extraction. Please visit http://elcic.ca/Documents/documents/JointAssemblyDeclaration2013_FINAL.pdf


Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry


Five days focused on faith, heart, mind, and skills for the art of intercultural ministry. May 8 to 12, 2017 at Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Beausejour, Manitoba. Registration deadline is on April 10, 2017. For more information, please visit: www.ccforum.ca/duim.



10. Spirited Discipleship Updates


Lutherans Connect: Lenten Series

Lutherans Connect offers a Lenten series, Stories of the Land. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1876918705926250/


KAIROS: Spirited Reflections

KAIROS offers Spirited Reflections on faith and justice on a weekly basis. For more information please go to http://www.kairoscanada.org/category/spirited-reflections



11. Effective Partnerships Updates

Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Spring 2017 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is being prepared with scores of changes great and small. Produced by the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC), the Directory lists ministries where Anglicans and Lutherans are working together and takes its name from the Waterloo Declaration which saw Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans enter a full-communion relationship in a celebration at Waterloo, Ontario. The current edition is available at elcic.ca/Documents/WaterlooMinistries-JALCFall2016.pdf

Do you know of a change to an existing entry? Do you have information on a new entry? Contact Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca with updates, and watch for a new Waterloo Ministries Directory coming in May.

Waterloo Ministries on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/475522672470198
JALC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/JALC.Canada


12. Seminaries and Schools

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Renewal


As many students pack up to go home at the end of another academic term, faculty and staff at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary <https://www.wlu.ca/academics/faculties/waterloo-lutheran-seminary/index.html> are preparing to move out of the school at the end of April. But the building, dedicated in 1963, won't be quiet for long: Work crews are lined up to begin the construction phase of a $9-million renewal and modernization project. The work designed to help the seminary meet the needs of students today and in the future is scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2018. To read the rest of this article, please click here.

Luther College


Haven't applied to residence yet? Don't worry, there is still time to apply to live in Luther College's upgraded and recently renovated residence. Not only will you get a private dorm room including internet, phone, and laundry, and an all-you-can eat meal plan, but you can also choose to live in our specialized Pre-Professional Living Learning Community and apply for $20,000 in newly established Luther College Residence Scholarships! Visit luthercollege.edu/residence for more information.



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