1. Vocational Sunday is April 26, 2015
Members and congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are invited to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2015, as a Day of Prayer for Vocations to Rostered Ministry. Prayers and insert are available at: http://elcic.ca/Leadership/VocationalSunday.cfm
To encourage conversation around the call to rostered ministry, this year we are introducing a challenge to all rostered ministers to make a 30 second video that starts with “I first felt the call to rostered ministry when...” and finishes with “My one piece of advice to someone who may be feeling a call to ministry is...” Use social media to post your video using the hashtag #VocationalSunday and #MyELCIC.
2. Justice Tour 2015 - Pray, Engage and Learn
National Bishop Susan Johnson joins Rev. Dr. Willard Metzger, Executive Director, Mennonite Church Canada, and Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary, Canadian Council of Churches, on the 2015 Justice Tour to engage people of faith in conversations about poverty in Canada and climate change. If you are in one of the following cities, be sure to join us.
- April 13 - Vancouver
- April 14 - Edmonton
- April 15 - Saskatoon
- April 16 - Winnipeg
- May 10 - Kitchener/Waterloo
- May 11 - Halifax
- May 12 - Montreal
- May 13 - Ottawa
For more information, visit: http://www.cpj.ca/justicetour2015.
3. Reminder on 2014 Annual Parochial Reports
Congregations are reminded to submit their 2014 Annual Parochial Reports online at http://elcic.ca/Parochial-Reports/default.cfm .
4. Worship Resource for Earth Day, April 22
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) has prepared Earth Day worship resources that your congregation can use. The resources in this Creation Covenant package will call your church into a time of praise and thanksgiving, and also invite your worshipping community to respond with ways to be good stewards of the earth. You can download it by clicking HERE. Earth Day is April 22.
5. 2015 National Convention
Register Online for the 2015 National Convention Before April 22
Delegates to the 2015 National Convention are reminded to register using the online registration at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/OnlineRegistration.cfm. The closing date for delegate registration is April 22, 2015.
The National Convention registration information package which contains important information on the registration process, travel and accommodation arrangements is also available online at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/Delegates.cfm.
Convention Agenda Now Available
The agenda for the 2015 National Convention is now available online. To view the convention agenda, please click on the following link: http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/Bulletin-Of-Reports.cfm
Know the Latest On Our 2015 National Convention
Keep posted on all the latest updates and information on our 2015 National Convention by visiting the website at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/default.cfm. Please check back often.
Countdown to Convention
Beginning in May, highlights and important information will be shared in a new Countdown to Convention e-newsletter. If you would like to subscribe to this weekly newsletter
(that will run until the 2015 National Convention), email email@example.com and indicate Subscribe to Convention in the subject line.
6. Women of Faith Fund grant applications due May 1
Women of Faith Fund provides grants for the purpose of encouraging and
facilitating "the Christ-centred ministry of women within the ELCIC and In Mission for Others."
The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund honours the work of women in our church
in the areas of faith and spiritual growth, fostering supportive
communities, developing leadership skills and working towards justice
and peace," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson.
For more information on the Women of Faith Fund and to get an application form, please click here. Deadline for submission of applications is May 1. For inquiries on the Women of Faith Fund, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
7. 2015 Praise Appeal Materials Now Available
Liberated by God's Grace: Creation - Not for Sale
Many congregations around the
ELCIC participated in the 2014 ELCIC Praise Appeal - thank you for your
partnership in this important ministry! This year, the ELCIC Praise Appeal Theme, Liberated by God's Grace: Creation - Not for Sale, echoes The Lutheran World Federation theme for the commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.
You will see the ELCIC lift up this theme of Liberated by God's Grace
and it's three subthemes (Creation - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for
Sale, and Human Beings - Not for Sale) over the next three years as we
participate in the international and ecumenical commemoration. The
commemoration gives us the opportunity to remember and reflect on the
Reformation and what it means for us now, living as Lutheran people
within the whole body of Christ.
Help us continue this work by holding a Praise Appeal service in your congregation. Resources can be found online at http://elcic.ca/praiseappeal/2015Resources.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. 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 email@example.com with in sight in the subject line.
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
9. Compassionate Justice Updates
The ELCIC invites your
congregation to declare its commitment to the stewardship of creation
by registering as an accredited greening congregation. Please click on the following link:
Seeing Through the Bars - April 21 in Ottawa
To observe Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2015, the Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) is hosting a panel discussion on Victim Impact Programs, and how they are helping prisoners to develop empathy.
This event will take place on April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Preregister for the free event on line at http://ccjc.ca/victims-week/ .
Project Ploughshares - Research and Action for Peace
As we continue to hear about air-strikes, violence and war in the Middle East, remember that the ELCIC is a member of Project Ploughshares, an ecumenical organization that does research and action for peace. Visit their website at www.ploughshares.ca to find out more.
10. Healthy Church Updates
Reformation 2017 Commemoration
The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)’s goals which are: (1) to strengthen communion among member churches; (2) to explore our Lutheran identity; and (3) to strengthen ecumenical commitment. The overall commemorative theme is Liberated by God’s Grace. These themes are described and explained on the LWF’s new Reformation 2017 website. National Church Council will bring a number of Reformation 2017 initiatives and news of related events to this summer’s national convention. Click on the following link to visit LWF’s Reformation 2017 website: http://2017.lutheranworld.org/.
Luther Reading Challenge
As we approach the 500th anniversary of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 2017, Martin Luther is going to be a significant topic of conversation and debate. That’s where the Luther Reading Challenge comes in. An assortment of the reformer’s writings will be presented online for everyone to read and to reflect upon. The texts range from Luther’s personal letters and hymns to his doctrinal and social treatises to his catechisms and his will. Each text is prefaced with an introduction to orient the reader. The reading part is just the beginning. Readers can also participate in online discussions. You simply have to register! The initiative is a joint venture of The Lutheran World Federation and the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg.
Luther Reading Challenge: http://www.lutherreadingchallenge.org/
Lutheran World Federation: http://www.lutheranworld.org/
Institute for Ecumenical Research: http://www.strasbourginstitute.org/
Green Church Conference
The Green Church Program, offered by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, aims to empower faith communities to adopt environmentally responsible practices through action and awareness and to rediscover a Christian eco-spirituality. The Centre hosts an annual day-long conference. This year it’s in Quebec City. The theme for Green Church Conference 2015 is Creating a Climate of Hope. Complete details for this April 14 ecumenical event are carried on the Green Church website.
Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
The Canadian Churches’ Forum offers an excellent program called Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM). The program will run from May 11 to 15 at the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Beausejour, MB. DUIM is a 6 day, interactive, engaging program with practical ideas for implementation in your own context. The program is for ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding and awareness in their communities. The Canadian Churches’ Forum is an expression of the Canadian Council of Churches.
11. Effective Partnerships Updates
Global Young Reformers Network
The Global Young Reformers Network is a program of The Lutheran World Federation created by youth and for youth. It is intended to empower young people to engage in all aspects of church and communion life. You can reflect, connect and act at http://youngreformers.lutheranworld.org/ .
Waterloo Ministries Directory
The Spring 2015 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. Please direct additions or revisions to Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow our ministry on Facebook!
Canadian Interfaith Conversation
The Canadian Interfaith Conversation (CIC) has launched a new website with new items being added regularly. The ELCIC is a founding member of the CIC which brings to the table people from various faith communities and organizations to advocate for religion in a pluralistic society and in Canadian Public life. Please check out the newly-revised list of members on its website.
Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is an initiative of the World Council of Churches (WCC) to engage with the most important issues of justice and peace, healing a world filled with conflict, injustice and pain. The Canadian churches are focusing on seven broad pilgrimage themes: Climate, Food, Land, Peace, Poverty, Racism and Reconciliation. Resources are being prepared and gathered across denominations and will be shared in the months to come.
CLWR Give Life appeal: eligibility for 4-to-1 matching lasts two years
The Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is appealing for funds to build water storage and diversion canals, and provide irrigation pipes, gardening tools and training to nomadic livestock herders struggling with food insecurity in Afar, Ethiopia.
Gifts to this appeal will be matched 4-to-1 through a funding partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Canadian government. Read more here: http://clwr.donorshops.com/products/givelifeethiopia.php. Although this appeal was launched for Lent, these irrigation projects will continue for the next two years. Any donations received in the next two years for these projects will be eligible for the matching.
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