1. 2009 ELCIC National Convention - Updates
Information Letter No. 1 regarding the 2009 ELCIC National Convention, taking place at the University of British Columbia from June 25 to 28, will be mailed out to all congregations the first week of February 2009. This letter contains information about convention registration and accommodations (and will also be posted to the ELCIC website on February 1).
Congregations are reminded that elections of lay delegates and alternates to the National Convention are to take place by January 24, 2009, and sent in by February 13,2009. Congregations were mailed a Notice re Election of Lay Delegates to the 2009 National Convention in November 2008. A copy of this notice and the form to be completed are available on our website at www.elcic.ca/In-Convention/2009-Vancouver/Delegate-Selection.cfm
2. GHDA Issues Appeal with CLWR to Support Relief Efforts in Gaza
The ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) has issued a joint appeal with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) to support immediate relief efforts and address the humanitarian needs of the many Palestinians who are unable to escape the escalating violence in Gaza. Further information is available on the GHDA website at www.elcic.ca/ghda or click on the following link to donation now online.
3. Lenten Resources
ELCIC’s Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) has partnered with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) to produced resources which may be used to guide your Lenten discipline of prayer and reflection. May they be signs of the renewal as we look to the Easter Resurrection. These resources will be posted online at the beginning of February at the following link: www.elcic.ca/ghda
4. Is your congregational AGM approaching?
The National Office has prepared new Stewardship Annual Report Covers for congregational use. The covers act as a folder to contain your congregation’s annual general meeting docket and provide stewardship highlights from each synod along with suggested liturgy for the opening and closing of your meeting. To order contact the ELCIC Orders Desk: email@example.com or 1-888-786-6706 ext. 177.
5. It's Your Call - January 25
It's Your Call is a recruitment program aimed at encouraging members of our church to consider a vocation as an rostered minister. In the process, It's Your Call also encourages us all to consider or reconsider our vocations as we live out our Baptismal call to ministry. For this emphasis to continue to bear fruit we need your help. It's Your Call is designed as a congregational program and all congregations are encouraged to designate Sunday, January 25, 2009 as It's Your Call Sunday.
It's Your Call resources are available online at: http://www.easternsynod.org/resourcescatagory.php
Learn more about the ELCIC's two seminaries by visiting their websites:
6. Lifting up Diaconal Ministry on January 27
January 27 is the Commemoration Day for Phoebe, Lydia and Dorcas on the Lutheran worship calendar. Phoebe was a deaconess (see Romans 16:1) and Lydia and Dorcas were active in caring for the needs of people. Diaconal Ministry is a rostered, public ministry of the ELCIC. Diaconal Ministers offer a Ministry of Word and Service, with particular focus on equipping the baptized to bear witness through compassionate action. There are currently 25 Diaconal Ministers on the roster of the ELCIC. A Diaconal Ministry brochure is available on the ELCIC website: www.elcic.ca (click on resources, then documents and scroll down to Diaconal Ministry Brochure, 2006).
On Tuesday, January 27, the ELCIC invites you to remember Diaconal Ministry; pray for Diaconal members of the roster and pray that the whole church will recognize its call to be In Mission for Others by offering a witness of service and care to our neighbours.
7. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18 to 25
This year’s Week of Prayer is rooted in the experience of the churches in Korea. In their context of national division [North and South], the churches have turned for inspiration to the prophet Ezekiel, who also lived in a tragically divided nation and longed for the unity of his people. The theme of hope is expressed in another text dear to the churches in Korea. Revelation 21:3-4 points to the purification of God’s people, that they might embody the true peace, reconciliation and unity found where God dwells: “He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more . . . “ These biblical themes have inspired the Korean churches in offering these Week of Prayer materials for 2009: unity as intended for God’s people; unity as God’s gift, but requiring conversion and renewal; unity as a new creation; and the hope that God’s people may yet be one.
For more information on the resource or how to order, please contact Dr. Mary Marrocco, Associate Secretary for the Commission on Faith and Witness, firstname.lastname@example.org or see the CCC website (www.ccc-cce.ca).
8. Across the Synods
LUMS Documentary Series - The Lutheran Urban Mission Society is proud to present the L.U.M.S. Documentary series “DTES Portraits”. Seven short video documentaries co-produced with innovative production company Broad Minded Media; these recently filmed documentaries examine characters and issues that evolve around Vancouver’s infamous Downtown Eastside from the Christian Perspective. The complexities of poverty, homelessness, addiction and gentrification are among some of the themes explored. The seven-minute videos are posted on the LUMS Website (www.lums.ca) in the photos videos tab.
Tansi, Theology and Community Organizing Basics - This dynamic opportunity for training passionate, community-impacting leaders is rooted in Lutheran theology and is an experiential event that will immerse participants in the key elements of the leadership arts for public life, including: power, self-interest, and one-to-one relational meetings. Training will happen within the context of poverty as it is experienced by the poor within our communities, most notably the aboriginal population.
The Saskatchewan Synod has been accepted as a participating synod with synods of the ELCA in the “Vital Congregations / Just Communities” Initiative, a program of synodical leadership development for public engagement.
A three-day training event is planned for January 22-24, 2009 at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon. Visit www.sasksynod.elcic.ca (view the list of upcoming events on the right-hand side) for links to more details.
9. Learning Links
Lenten Resource Focuses on Seven Petitions of the Lord’s Prayer - Book of Faith is an initiative of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America intended to encourage Lutherans to read, study and be transformed by the Bible - www.bookoffaith.org. Augsburg Fortress, a key partner in the Book of Faith initiative, has announced a new devotional resource for Lent focusing on the seven petitions of the Lord’s Prayer. Further information is available on the Augsburg Fortress Canada website: www.afcanada.com/store/itemseries_noimage.jsp?clsid=195790&categoryID=3497
10. Calling all Council Members, Rostered Ministers, Lay Leaders, Members and Partners of the ELCIC
Do you know someone who should be receiving E-Communique? This monthly resource from the National Office connects you and your congregation to information, events and resources throughout the church and our partners. Forward a copy to others in your church and subscribe by sending an email to email@example.com with subscribe in the subject line.
11. Photo banner in this issue of E-Communique.
The above photo banner featured in this issue of E-Communique comes from St. Ansgar Lutheran Church , London, Ontario. St. Ansgar's In Mission for Others team hosted a congregational potluck and activity hour after worship that included the first ketchup skit and a Holy Conversation. After the meal, participants were asked to build a church that represented St. Ansgar's congregation In Mission for Others. Open doors, reaching out, ripple effect, relationships and connections were just some of the repeated descriptions. The participants had lots of fun and really got into the building project. The team has already started to plan their next event which will take place in January.
12. Send in your photos.
Do you have photos from your congregation that you'd like to see in a future issue of E-Communique? When sending in your photo please indicate a description of the item or event being featured, along with whether the individuals in the photo have given consent for their pictures to appear in E-Communique. Send your jpeg photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org