1.    Special Appeal

2.    Stewardship

3.    Criminal & Restorative Justice

4.    Praise Appeal

5.    Reformation 2017

6.    Canada Lutheran

7.    Compassionate Justice

8.    Spirited Discipleship

9.    Healthy Church

10.  Effective Partnerships

11.  Tell Your Story

12.  Share these Resources


Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief

Resources for 2016-2017

Be Involved

Resources Now Available

Global Themes, Reformation Challenge and More

New Columns

Winds of Change and Restorative Justice

Right to Water

Faith, Order and Doctrine Update

CCF, CCC, JALC and CLWR Updates

Share your story In Mission for Others

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1. Special Appeal: Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief



Back in May, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), issued an appeal for prayers and financial support for all those suffering loss due to the wildfires which affected northern Alberta and the city of Fort McMurray.


Fort McMurray will require a great deal of aid to assist individuals to rebuild their lives. Donations to the appeal will assist in the rebuilding efforts. Emergency funds received will be channeled through the city's Lutheran churches.


Please remember the people who live in Fort McMurray in your prayers and donations.


Donations may also be made by:

1. Making a designated offering donation through any ELCIC congregation.

2. Calling CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) to donate by credit card.

3. Sending a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to "Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief."



2. Order Your 2016-2017 Stewardship Resources


The ELCIC National Office supports congregations in their stewardship ministry by making available and distributing an annual stewardship package of resources.


This year's materials focus on the theme Live Simply. It is the second in a four-year series based on 1 Timothy 6:18-19.


Congregations should have received a sample package of materials sometime in June. By the time you have received the sample package and have gone through the wonderful resources made available to your congregation, you can then place your order by sending an email to orders@elcic.ca or phone 1.888.786.6707 extension 177.

Please note that you can already place your order for annual report covers. Deadline is on September 1.



3. Be Part of a Network Interested in Issues of Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice


The ELCIC is seeking to create a network of members who are interested in issues of criminal justice and restorative justice. Network members will receive periodic updates on resources available and may be invited to give input on this area of work.


If you are interested in being part of this network, please contact Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Paul Gehrs at pgehrs@elcic.ca. In July 2015, the ELCIC National Convention adopted a Resolution on the Criminal Justice and Correctional Systems in Canada. For more information, please click on the following link:



4. 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal


Resources for holding a Praise Appeal Sunday in 2016 are now available online. The theme for the 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal, Liberated by God's Grace: Human Beings - Not for Sale, echoes The Lutheran World Federation theme of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. You will see the ELCIC lift up this theme of Liberated by God's Grace and its three sub-themes (Creation - Not for Sale; Salvation - Not for Sale; Human Beings - Not for Sale) over the next three years as we participate in the international and ecumenical commemoration.


Congregations throughout the ELCIC are asked to designate one Sunday in 2016 to highlight this appeal at a time that works best for their local circumstances. View the resources online at elcic.ca/praiseappeal .



5. Reformation 2017


Young Preachers Wanted

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is offering a young pastor the chance to preach at the Twelfth Assembly which will be held in Windhoek, Namibia next year. A Preaching Contest is now open to ordained Lutheran pastors in LWF member churches who were born after May 1984. This sermon will be delivered at the closing worship of the May 10-16 Assembly. The application deadline is October 31, 2016. Go for it and share this opportunity to a friend or colleague!


Promotional Video: LWF Twelfth Assembly Preaching Contest

LWF Twelfth Assembly: Preaching Contest


Reformation 2017 Themes and Goals

The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted the The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s themes and goals to commemorate the Reformation. The overall theme is Liberated by God's Grace with 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. These will come to life in 2016 Advent devotions and at our 2017 National Convention.


Click on any of the following resources:

Reformation themes-




Not for Sale! - Youth Gathering- http://www.claygathering.ca/


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!


Together in Christ - An Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation

In January, 2017, at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the five-session guide,Together in Christ - An Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation will be released. The Study Guide was created by a Working Group of the ELCIC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (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. Lent would be ideal! This is certainly worth your while.


Before and after Reformation Day 2017, regional ecumenical Together in Christ Reformation commemoration are being planed using Common Prayer (see next item). Look for events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg - an there may be others, too!


From Conflict to Communion: http://www.lutheranworld.org/content/resource-conflict-communion-basis-lutheran-catholic-commemoration-reformation-2017


Reformation 2017 Common Prayer

Here's a terrific resource for you! The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Vatican have invited Lutherans and Catholics around the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017. Common Prayer is based upon the themes of From Conflict to Communion. In October 2016, the LWF and Vatican will host an ecumenical Commemoration using Common Prayer in Lund, Sweden, where the LWF was founded in 1947. The Commemoration will be led by Pope Francis and LWF President, Bishop Munib Younan, and General Secretary, Dr. Martin Junge.


Lund Commemoration:


Common Prayer.https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/joint-common-prayer-lutheran-catholic-common-commemoration-reformation-2017


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 spring or fall study with area colleagues!


Reformation Reflections: http://2017.lutheranworld.org/content/reflecting-131


Information on Canadian Events

We are gathering news of 2017 Reformation events. Find out more at http://www.elcic.ca/reformation2017/ . If your congregation, community or organization is planning something special for 2017, we would like to hear from you! Give us the who, what, when, where and why of what's happening. If you have any information available online, give us the link! We would like to help remind people of possibilities and assist in getting the word out. Send an email to Assistant to the Bishop for Ecumenical and Interfaith, Rev. Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca.


Helpful links:

ELCIC Reformation 2017 Webpage: http://www.elcic.ca/Reformation2017/events.cfm

LWF Reformation 2017 Website: http://2017.lutheranworld.org/

LWF Assembly Website: http://www.lwfassembly.org/en



6. Canada Lutheran Debuts New Columns


Have you noticed new content in Canada Lutheran, the magazine of the ELCIC?


We are always trying to bring you fresh new ideas and content, engaging you in the wider church. We have recently introduced two new areas to the magazine, including:


  • In Mission: profiling individuals from all expressions of the ELCIC who are inspiring others with their clear call to mission.
  • Of Note: quick facts, quotes and ideas. Perfect if you just want to have a quick read and great to save for later when you want to use the links and information to delve deeper.


Have you noticed these new pages? Have a comment on other areas of the magazine? We want to hear from you! Email us at editor@elcic.ca with your feedback or suggestion. Not a subscriber to Canada Lutheran? Don't miss another issue, email canaluth@elcic.ca to sign up today!



7. Compassionate Justice Updates


KAIROS Winds of Change: Education for Reconciliation Petition - Due by October 15

The petitions continue. KAIROS asks all provinces and territories to make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples' historical and contemporary contributions to Canada, a mandatory education requirement. The petitions are in response to TRC Call to Action #62. Download the Education for Reconciliation petition specific to your province or territory from the following link: http://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/indigenous-rights/windsofchange-petition . For more information on the Education for Reconciliation: Call to Action #62, please go to: http://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/indigenous-rights/windsofchange-overview .Please continue to send in your petitions. It's not too late!


Promoting Restorative Justice

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) serves as a shining light for restorative approaches to justice and corrections. Learn more at http://ccjc.ca/. Read the ELCIC statement on the Criminal Justice and Correctional Systems in Canada at http://elcic.ca/Documents/documents/CriminalJusticeMotionFINAL.pdf



8. Spirited Discipleship Updates


National Youth Project: Right to Water

Living Justice - Life Giving Waters is a new resource exploring the theme of water through biblical reflection and activities. It was prepared by the Youth Council of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), ELCIC's partner for the National Youth Project. The resource includes a challenge to share insights through social media. It will soon be posted on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Youth/RightToWater.cfm.


9. Healthy Church Updates


To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves

We seek your participation and we need your reflections! The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) is putting the finishing touches on To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves: A Study on Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. This four-session study will be available for download in September, 2016.


Modelled after the widely-used Study Guide on Word and Sacrament Ministry, To Love our Neighbours affords the whole church an opportunity to think about diakonia - the servant-ministry of the baptized - as we seek our place in God's mission in our world and a changing Canadian context. To Love Our Neighbours concludes with a survey in which ELCIC members are asked to help shape FOD's September, 2017 word to National Church Council. Time to make this study part  of your congregation's fall adult learning program!



10. Effective Partnerships Updates


Engage Difference! Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry is coming to Vancouver this Fall



Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) is a 5-day interactive and engaging program with practical ideas for implementation in your own context. DUIM is for Christian ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding, and awareness in their communities. Registration is open to anyone who is interested, or through Canadian Churches Forum partners. 



Vancouver, BC October 17-21, 2016

Gilmore Park United Church, 8060 #1 Road, Richmond, BC


Course runs 9 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. of Friday. Evening activities are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Program ends at 5 p.m. on all other evenings. Cost is $895 (non-residential program; $100 deposit to confirm registration). Suggestions for local accommodation will be provided for out-of-town participants. Bursaries are available. For more information and to register, please go to http://www.ccforum.ca/duim .


Faith & Witness: A Podcast Exploring Ecumenism



The Canadian Council of Churches and its Commission on Faith and Witness are proud to announce the release of Faith & Witness, a podcast exploring ecumenism. Each month we’ll learn what happens when churches talk to each other, and about the people who have spent their lives in dialogue with Christians of other traditions.


Find the podcast on iTunes (and please subscribe, rate, and review!) or at http://faithandwitness.libsyn.com/


Share your thoughts with us! Email communications@councilofchurches.ca


Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Spring 2016 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is out 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.


Waterloo Ministries Directory (Spring 2016): http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/WaterlooMinistries-JALCSpring2016.pdf

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

JALC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/JALC.Canada


Be Part of CLWR's 70th Anniversary Quilt



This year is the Canadian Lutheran World Relief's (CLWR) 70th anniversary and you're invited to help them celebrate! Through their We Care program, church groups and individuals are invited to be part of creating an anniversary quilt! Click here to learn how you can contribute to the quilt.


CLWR: South Sudanese Refugees Arriving in Uganda

Recent fighting in South Sudan has resulted in an increase of refugees to neighbouring countries, including Uganda, which has received 30,000 refugees in three weeks. CLWR's partner, The Lutheran World Federation, is responding to the needs of refugees as they reach the Elegu border point, Uganda. Click here for more information.



11. Tell Your Story

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