1. Pray for Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula on Sunday, August 10
Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are invited to join with the ecumenical global community and pray for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula on Sunday, August 10.
At the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly in Busan, South Korea at the end of 2013, delegates adopted a Statement on Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula. This statement presents a mandate for the WCC to accompany the peoples of North and South Korea in their struggle for justice, peace and life.
To view ELCIC's news release, please click on this link: ELCIC Members Encouraged to Pray for Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula on Sunday, August 10
To view the 2014 South-North (North-South) Joint Prayer for Peace and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula, please click here.
2. Emergency Appeal for Civilians in Gaza
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) issue an appeal for prayers and financial support to treat Palestinian civilians injured as a result of hostilities between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel.
"We stand with all the people in the Holy Land and keep them in our prayers", says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. "We pray for peace for all who are affected by this violence and devastation. Gracious God, comfort all those who live in fear. May you bring mercy, compassion and grace to all in need and strengthen the will of those who can impact negotiations and bring peace."
Donations will provide urgently needed medical supplies to civilians receiving treatment at the Augusta Victoria Hospital, a program of The Lutheran World Federation in East Jerusalem. Lutherans are encouraged to participate in the appeal through prayer and financial support. To view ELCIC's news release and to know the details on how you can help, please click on this link: Emergency Appeal Issued to Support Civilians in Gaza Region
3. The Biggest Lutheran BBQ Ever!
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is planning nationwide BBQ picnics on or close to August 10, 2014, in partnership with Lutheran congregations across Canada. BBQs are being planned in Calgary, Creston, Edmonton, Eganville, Estevan, Grenfell, Kitchener-Waterloo, Red Deer, Spruce Grove, Thunder Bay, Unionville, Vancouver, Whitehorse and Winnipeg. Contact Tom Brook (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.661.2597) or visit www.clwr.org/News/biglutheranbbq.htm for more information on attending one in your area. Join the conversation! If you’ll be using social media at your BBQ, please use the hashtag #BigLutheranBBQ.
4. National Bishop Expresses Deep Concern for the People of Mosul
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and expressed her deep concern for the people of Mosul. In her letter, Bishop Johnson urged the Government of Canada to call for an end to violence, intimidation and expulsion, and provide humanitarian aid to those forced to flee as refugees.
To view ELCIC's news release and the letter written to the Prime Minister, please click on this link: ELCIC National Bishop Expresses Deep Concern for the People of Mosul; Urges Prime Minister Call For An End To Violence, Intimidation And Expulsion
5. Call for Action on First Nations Education Act
Lutheran and Anglican leaders wrote to the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada concerning the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. National Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald called on the government to acknowledge the need for building trust between First Nations and the Government of Canada, and to take bold steps in making additional funding available for Indigenous education immediately.
To view the news release, please click on this link: Church Leaders Call For Action On First Nations Education Act
To read the letter written by the church leaders, please click on this link: http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/201407-IndigenousEducationLetter.pdf
6. 2014-2015 Stewardship Resources Now Available
All ELCIC congregations should have received a copy of the Stewardship Resources sample pack at the beginning of July. You can order enough copies for your congregation just by contacting the National Office. The following were included in the sample package:
- A copy of Giving magazine with resources on stewardship preaching strategies, financial gift planning, enriching envelope giving and effective stewardship practices; a pull-out resource with a four-week stewardship emphasis plan and even offertory invitations to use during your congregation's worship services.
- A poster highlighting this year's theme for you to display in your congregation.
- Bulletin covers based on this year's theme
- Time and Talent form, including a version for youth and children
- Commitment card sample
- Ordering information
Find out more by visiting: www.elcic.ca/Stewardship/default.cfm
7. 2014 Praise Appeal Materials Now Available
Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly With Our God
Many congregations around the ELCIC participated in the 2013 ELCIC Praise Appeal - thank you for your partnership in this important ministry!
The ELCIC Praise Appeal helps support the work of the wider church. The 2014 ELCIC Praise Appeal theme - Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with our God (Micah 6:8) - outlines what God required us to do in a way that is both memorable and compelling.
Through your gift to the Praise Appeal, you directly enable the mission and ministry of the ELCIC to Do Justice, as we work in the areas of homelessness and affordable housing and responsible resource extraction, among many other important issues; Love Kindness, as we work to support refugees around the world and work in many development and relief programs with our partners; Walk Humbly with our God, through our Call to Spiritual Renewal and our deepening discipleship and learning of new ways to reach out in faith to those around us, and building better relationships with other denominations and faiths here in Canada and around the world.
Help us continue this work by holding a Praise Appeal service in your congregation. Resources can be found online at elcic.ca/praiseappeal/resources.cfm and consider making a personal donation to the ELCIC Praise Appeal (this can be done as a designated ELCIC Praise Appeal offering through your congregation) or online at elcic.ca and clicking on DONATE NOW.
8. Compassionate Justice Updates
Justice Camp 2014 - LAND on Aug 15-21, 2014, Edmonton, AB
Land, spirituality, and the development of community are all inseparably linked. Justice Camp brings together people from across Canada to learn through active immersion within the communities challenged by social justice issues. To learn more, please click here to go to their website.
KAIROS Statement on Israel and Palestine
On July 15, KAIROS Executive Director Jennifer Henry issued a statement on the “Current Violence and Military Action in Israel and Palestine.” You can read the statement at
On the centenary of World War One, Project Ploughshares and the Group of 78 are co-hosting a conference to be held at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on September 26-28, 2014. The goal is to reflect on how we can reduce the incidence of armed conflict and reinforce the foundations of a more stable, just and peaceful world. Find out more by visiting the Group of 78 website.
9. Spirited Discipleship Updates
WORTH IT - CLAY 2014 Gathering, August 14-17 in Kamloops, BC
You are invited to pray for the youth, leaders, volunteers and program team who will attend the 2014 Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth gathering (CLAY 2014). Follow along at: www.claygathering.ca and #CLAY2014.
CLAY 2016 National Planning Committee
We're looking to add two creative, energetic, committed and responsible youth to the National Planning Committee (NPC) for CLAY2016. If you're between the ages of 18 and 21 on December 31, 2014 and have strong organizational skills, then check out the application on this link: http://claygathering.ca/clay-2014-media/npc-2016/
10. Healthy Church Updates
Word & Sacrament Ministry Study Guide
ELCIC members are encouraged to participate in the new Word & Sacrament Ministry Study Guide. Using this study is a great opportunity to reflect on what it means to be church; what leadership is needed in our current context; and how Christ empowers us for God’s mission.
This Guide affords people across the church the opportunity to reflect on the provision of Word and Sacrament ministry with an emphasis on under-served areas of the church. Congregations are encouraged to download copies of the Study Guide and to convene study groups over the summer or in the fall. Responses are invited by December 15.
Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide:
A brief introduction to the ELCIC context
Reformation Commemoration 2015-2017
The National Church Council (NCC) has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). NCC has adopted the goals of The Lutheran World Federation which are to strengthen communion among member churches; to explore our Lutheran identity; and to strengthen ecumenical commitment. The overall commemorative theme is Liberated by God’s Grace with three sub-themes: Salvation - Not for sale!; Human Beings - Not for sale!; and Creation - Not for sale!
The Lutheran World Federation has created a webpage focused on the journey toward 2017. The webpage offers some early glimpses into the emphases and resources which will be forthcoming over the next 3 years. To view this webpage, please click on this link: http://www.lutheranworld.org/reformation-2017
From Conflict to Communion
As a prelude to the 2015-2017 commemoration, Lutherans and Catholics (and others), are invited to take a look at From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. This important document can serve as a guide for local Lutheran-Catholic reflection and study. Pastor Paul Sartison (email@example.com) is leading one such effort and he would welcome some conversation. We would also like to hear of other groups using this resource. Please contact Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at firstname.lastname@example.org
To view From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, please click here.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Canadian Council of Churches has published a collection of resources for the January 18-25, 2015, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The focus is on the text from John 4, Jesus said to her “Give me a drink'. The core material is a joint effort of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Canadian resources are produced by an ecumenical writing team coordinated by The Canadian Council of Churches. It’s not too early to order materials for your community’s study and prayer. To download the entire WPCU 2015 resource kit or to order copies, please click here.
Waterloo Ministries Directory
The Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC) publishes a Directory of Waterloo Ministries which chronicles those ministry settings wherein Anglicans and Lutherans are working together in intentional sort of ways. The directory takes its name from The Waterloo Declaration which saw the Anglican Church of Canada and ELCIC enter a full-communion relationship. The Directory is growing and is constantly being updated. Please contact Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne (email@example.com) with revisions and news of new Waterloo Ministries. To view the directory, please click here.
Get News from the Global Community
Both the World Council of Churches (WCC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) offer regular news from the global community. These items inform us as to the ongoing ministry of the LWF and WCC, and often provide helpful materials for congregational study, sermon preparation and timely emphases for the Sunday Prayers of Intercession.
To subscribe to Lutheran World Information newsletter, visi the LWF website and go to the very bottom of the page.
To subscribe to the World Council of Churches' Weekly News Summary, please click here.
11. Effective Partnerships Updates
LWF Virtual Conference on Diakonia: September 18, 2014
Registration is open for The Lutheran World Federation virtual conference on Diakonia: Called to be transformed and transforming. It features highly diverse speakers, accessible in five languages (English, Spanish, German, French and Indonesian) and engaging conversations with colleagues from around the world. ELCIC member Carmelle Mohr will be one of the presenters. You will find more information at http://lwfconference.lutheranworld.org.
A Message from CLWR Executive Director Robert Granke Concerning the Israeli-Gaza Conflict
CLWR has a long history of providing support to Palestinians. CLWR Executive Director Robert Granke has written an open letter addressing the current conflict and updating you on the current work Canadian Lutherans support in the Holy Land through CLWR. Click the link to read it: http://www.clwr.org/News/news-brief.cfm?news_id=385
CLWR and the ELCIC also ask you to keep the people of the Holy Land in your prayers. To learn more about a worldwide prayer vigil for peace in the Middle East, please visit actpalestineforum.org/vigil/
CLWR’s Road to Kakuma Project: A Shipment of We Care Kits and Quilts for the Kakuma Refugee Camp
CLWR’s shipment for the Kakuma Refugee Camp left Winnipeg on July 16, and it’s expected to arrive in Kenya at the end of September. It left with a whopping 405 bales of We Care kits and quilts, including 2,500 Learning and Living kits for children, and thousands of quilts (most hand-made by quilting groups across the country). Your support for this shipment has been very generous, but CLWR could use an extra push to help transport the container overland to the camp. Only $20 helps “sponsor” five kilometres of the route to the camp. To learn more about this project, please click here, or click here to make a donation.
CLWR Worship Resources
CLWR Sunday worship resources for 2014-15 are now available: http://www.clwr.org/Get-Involved/documents/CLWRSunday2014WorshipResourcesELCIC-Final.pdf
CLWR’s Refugee Sunday worship resources are also available. Although World Refugee Day has passed for this year, these resources can be used at any time to highlight the experiences and struggles of refugees in the world today.
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