1. Lutherans, Anglicans Called to Public Reciting
Leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican
Church of Canada have written to the two churches, calling on church
members to publically recite the promise to never commit, condone, or
remain silent about violence against women.
To view the letter written for the two churches, please click here.
The following is an excerpt from the news release:
November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is followed by the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which ends on 10 December, United Nations Human Rights Day. Statistics continue to reveal the awful truth that no country rich or poor, dictatorship or democracy has come close to eradicating gender based violence. It is a global issue.
To read the remainder of the news release, please click on this link: Our Solemn Promise; Lutherans, Anglicans called to public reciting of the promise to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.
2. Lutheran, Anglican Leaders Offer Advent Resources
Lutheran and Anglican leaders
have created a series of Advent devotions for 2014. These reflections
are now available on the ELCIC and partner websites. The writers for
these series are Advent 1: The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding
Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Advent 2: The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church; Advent 3: The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; and Advent 4: Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. These Advent devotions are intended for use and reflection in all of our communities.
To download, please click on this link: Lutheran, Anglican Leaders Offer Advent Resource
3. Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer
We are invited to pray especially for our Anglican sisters and brothers
with whom we are in full communion. Produced by the Joint
Anglican-Lutheran Commission, the Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer (2014-2015) is designed for use in communities of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). For each Sunday, there are intentions for specific dioceses, synods and/or groups. To view or download this document, please click here.
4. Request for Nominations - 2015 National Convention Elections
Elections will be held at the 2015 Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Convention in Edmonton, AB, July 9-12, 2015 for vacant positions on the ELCIC National Church Council, the Board of Directors of ELCIC Group Services, Inc. and the ELCIC Court of Adjudication.
The Committee on Nominations is required to nominate two persons for each position to be filled on National Church Council, ELCIC Group Services, Inc. and Court of Adjudication. All nominations should include the name, address, telephone number and a brief resume of the nominee, clearly identifying the specific position. The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, January 30, 2015. To find out more details, please click on the following link: 2015 Request for Nominations
5. Support the Work of the Wider Church Through ELCIC Praise Appeal
around the ELCIC participated in this year's 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.
6. Word and Sacrament Ministry Guide - Last Call for Responses
The ELCIC's Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide gives people the opportunity to reflect on the provision of Word and
Sacrament ministry especially in under-served areas of the church. This
is useful for congregational, inter-congregational, area-wide or
conference-wide study. Responses are due by December 15.
Responses may be made through an online survey detailed in the Study Guide or may be mailed through regular post and sent to the ELCIC National
Office at 600-177 Lombard Ave Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please write Word
and Sacrament Study on the address line.
Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide
Introduction to the ELCIC context
7. February 22 is Diaconal Sunday
Diaconal Sunday, set by our
National Church for the last Sunday each February, is a way to raise
awareness for consecrated Diaconal Ministry vocation. An annual Sunday
focus on diaconal ministry is another way to highlight the mission of
all believers in our church to seek the lost, the lonely, the
disenfranchised in our neighbourhoods and throughout the world,
ministering to them in the way of Christ. New materials for Diaconal
Sunday, written by ELCIC Diaconal Ministers will be available soon!
Watch E-Communique and elcic.ca for updates.
8. Canada Lutheran Wants Your Ideas and More!
Ideas for 2015 Issues
Canada Lutheran is looking for ideas for its 2015 issues. Do you have a biblical/theological question that you would like answered in Q & A or something that you would like to read about in Practising Our Faith? Or maybe you are interested in the possibility of writing for the magazine. Editor, Kenn Ward, would like to hear from you!
Photos for in sight
in sight is a new feature that explores our church through
photos of our art, architecture, activities and people. Send your photos
(high resolution, at least 300 dpi please) to firstname.lastname@example.org with in sight in the subject line.
Submit Your Subscription Renewals
Canada Lutheran reminds you to submit your congregational subscription renewals. If you have any questions, please email Barb Wiebe.
Get Connected Through Canada Lutheran
From progressive ministries to practical spiritual guidance, Canada Lutheran introduces
readers to people and ideas that will provide 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. For your congregational subscription, please contact your respective Canada Lutheran representative.
To get your church started on a congregational subscription and for
individual subscriptions, please contact Barb Wiebe at email@example.com
9. Healthy Church Updates
Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
The Canadian Churches' Forum (CCF) is an ecumenical agency that works in partnership with others to
foster intercultural leadership, learning, and ministry. CCF offers an
excellent continuing education opportunity called Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) on
February, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario and on May, 2015 in Beausejour,
Manitoba. The DUIM program is a 6-day, interactive, engaging program
with practical ideas for implementation in your own context. The
program is for Christian ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance,
understanding and awareness in their communities. To get more details
on the DUIM program, please click here.
Reformation Commemoration 2015-2017
The ELCIC National Church Council (NCC) has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). NCC has adopted The Lutheran World Federation's
goals 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! These themes will be prominent at the 2015 National Convention in Edmonton.
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. Look for
special emphases on women Reformers, Bible Study and the
creation/nurturing of a Global Young Reformers Network.
Please click on the following links to get more information:
LWF's Reformation 2017
LWF's Global Young Reformers Network
10. Effective Partnerships Updates
A member of the governing board of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) reads a Blanket Exercise scroll during CCC's 70th Anniversary Assembly.
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. Orders should be
placed now for your community's study and prayer. To download the
entire WPCU 2015 resource kit or to order copies, please click here.
Ministry with Reformed Communities: Last Call to Let Us Know Your Thoughts
your congregation worship or do ministry with people from the
Presbyterian Church in Canada or the United Church of Canada? The
Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Communion of Reformed
Churches (WCRC) have completed a six-year conversation and published a
report called Communion: On Being the Church. We're
seeking congregations where Lutherans and Reformed folks are in
ministry together to take a look at the report and to let us know of
your thoughts. Please contact Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at firstname.lastname@example.org. To download a PDF copy of Communion: On Being Church, please click here.
Waterloo Ministries Directory: Last Call for Additions or Revisions
The Fall 2014 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is available on the ELCIC website. 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. Additions or revisions to the directory should be sent to Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at email@example.com. Please click here to view the updated directory.
Canadian Lutheran World Relief Updates
CLWR Advent calendar
Canadian Lutheran World Relief is offering an online Advent calendar to celebrate the stories of people Lutherans support around the world. Please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to sign-up for daily Advent emails from Nov. 30-Dec. 25. The calendar will also be accessible at www.clwr.org and through daily posts on CLWR’s Facebook and Twitter pages. (We will still accept subscriptions after Nov. 30)
CLWR Gifts from the Heart Resources
CLWR has audio/visual resources available about the Gifts from the Heart catalogue. You are welcome to make use of them during Sunday services or any other events where you'd like to talk about the gifts featured in the catalogue. To view or download the PowerPoint slide and three 30-second videos, visit the Dropbox folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nln0zr2ifkfm7yg/AAD8XzFdaTkOwP_YJ_rU6zlVa?dl=0
You can also see them on our website:
Giving School-Day: the Lutheran version of Giving Tuesday
CLWR is calling December 2 “Giving School-Day” because our goal is to get more refugee children back in school. We’re asking Canadian Lutherans to make a $20 donation to build classrooms for refugee children and fill them with desks, books, blackboards and other necessary school supplies. Support has been great so far. In just over a week (as of November 24) we were well on our way with close to 9 classrooms. But we’re dreaming big on behalf of all the refugee kids out there with big dreams for the future. Our goal is 20 classrooms by the end of December 2. (At $250 a classroom, that’s a total of $5,000.) Help push us closer to that goal. If you could let your congregation know about this campaign, that would be appreciated! More information on getting involved can be found here: clwr.org/schoolday.
Gifts from the Heart at work in South Sudan
Thanks to all who have purchased gifts in CLWR’s Gifts from the Heart catalogue this Christmas season. Click here to see how gifts towards education, livelihood training, agricultural supplies and micro-finance are being put in action in the Adjumani refugee settlements in Uganda. Click here to browse our Gifts from the Heart catalogue.
Fall 2014 Partnership newsletter: From the Front Lines
We’ve refreshed our look while still bringing you news and information about the life-changing work you support through CLWR. Copies have arrived in mailboxes and at congregations already, but you can also read this issue online. Click here for the PDF. This issue focuses on the personal stories of four of our partners in the field: who they are and why they do the work they do to help others. We hope you enjoy it.
Harvest of Letters
You care about poverty and hunger in the world, so make your voice heard! Join Canadians across the country in writing a letter to your Member of Parliament, asking for increased support for farmers in developing countries. A resource on how to get involved has been prepared by our partner the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, who is spearheading this important advocacy campaign. Most CLWR donors and congregations will be receiving paper copies of the Harvest of Letters resource with their copy of Partnership. It’s also available for viewing and printing online by clicking this link: bit.y/holclwr.
11. Tell Your Story
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