1. A Call for Prayers for Churches and Communities Affected by Ebola Crisis
In a letter issued to the church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)
National Bishop Susan C. Johnson encourages individuals and
congregations to join with others throughout the Lutheran communion and
pray for churches and communities affected by the Ebola crisis in
Central and West Africa.
To view Bishop Johnson's letter to the church, please click here.
To view the news release, please click on the following link:
ELCIC Members Invited To Join In Prayers Of Solidarity For Churches And Communities Affected By The Ebola Crisis
2. A Pastoral Message On Climate Change
ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson, along with the heads of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Anglican Church of Canada and
The Episcopal Church, issues a statement on climate change. To view the pastoral letter, please click here.
3. Word and Sacrament Ministry in the ELCIC
The ELCIC's Word and Sacrament Ministry Guide affords people the opportunity to reflect on the provision of Word and Sacrament ministry, especially in under-served areas of the church. This Study Guide is useful for congregational, inter-congregational, area-wide or conference-wide study. The four-session Study Guide includes an opportunity for response, due by December 15.
Please click on the following links to get more information.
Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide
Introduction to the ELCIC context
4. Reminder to Order Your Annual Report Covers and Stewardship Resources
Annual Report Covers
Congregations are encouraged to place their orders for annual report covers. Due date is on October 15. Place your order today by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014-2015 Stewardship Resources
All ELCIC congregations should have received a Stewardship Resources sample pack. Copies are limited so place your order today. The National Office will process orders while supplies last. Please send your orders to: email@example.com.
5. Compassionate Justice Updates
KAIROS Advent Resource 2014 - Building Reconciled Relationships
This Building Reconciled Relationships Advent resource from KAIROS focuses on reconciliation. It contains prayers, sermon notes, information on how you can participate in KAIROS work, and more. To download your free Advent resource, please click here.
Paths for Peacemaking with Host Peoples
More than ever before, Canadians are becoming aware of their fractured relationship with host peoples. From Mennonite Church Canada, Paths for Peacemaking with Host Peoples is a resource that provides information on ways to nurture better relationships and to work for justice. For more details, please click here.
Open for Justice - The Campaign for An Extractive-Sector Ombudsman in Canada
The campaign calling for an independent extractive-sector Ombudsman and a legislated access to Canadian courts continues. Make your voice heard on responsible resource extraction - click here to find out more.
FCG's Greening Sacred Spaces
Greening Sacred Spaces is a practical program to assist faith communities in taking actions to creat more sustainable, energy-efficient places of worship and to educate their communities about ecological issues.
Greening Sacred Spaces is a program of Faith & the Common Good (FCG). It is a network of people from different faiths and cultures who call Canada home and believe in working towards the common good. To find out more about FCG or its Greening Sacred Spaces program, please click here
6. Spirited Discipleship Updates
Resources on WORTH IT - CLAY 2014 Gathering
Resources from the CLAY 2014 Gathering are available at www.claygathering.ca and via social media by searching the #CLAY2014 hashtag.
7. Healthy Church Updates
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 in evidence at next year’s National Convention in Edmonton.
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has created a webpage focused on the journey toward 2017. The page offers some early glimpses into the emphases and resources which will be forthcoming over the next three years. To view LWF's Reformation 2017 webpage, please click here.
8. Effective Partnerships Updates
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 is 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.
Ministry with Reformed Communities
Does 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.
LWF's Global Young Reformers Network
The Global Young Reformers Network is a Lutheran World Federation program created by youth and for youth. It's a program where creative young people identify with their churches and want to (re)form them. As the LWF journeys towards the 500th anniversary of the start of the Lutheran Reformation, LWF wants to empower young people to engage in all aspects of church and communion life. With its global network of young reformers, it wants to show the meaning of ecclesia semper reformanda - a church in ongoing reformation! To find out more and be part of it, please go to the Global Young Reformers Network webpage.
Waterloo Ministries Directory
The Fall 2014 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory has just been posted on our 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. Please click here to view the updated directory.
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. Visit LWF on their Facebook page, too.
To subscribe to the World Council of Churches' Weekly News Summary, please click here. You can also visit their Facebook page for more updates.
Fundraiser to Help Refugee Children Get Back to School
CLWR has launched an appeal to raise money for teacher training, school supplies and classrooms for refugee children. The Back to School in Mafraq campaign allows you to give a gift that will help children from Syria and South Sudan. Please click here to learn more.
Responding to the Ebola Outbreak
CLWR is supporting World Renew and the Christian Health Association of Liberia in providing medicines and medical supplies to Ebola patients in Liberia. You can donate and read more about the response by clicking here.
Canadian Lutheran World Relief is accepting donations to support people in Iraq, where violence has displaced thousands of people. Your support will provide food, water, sanitation, shelter and clothing to those who need it most. Please click here for more information.
Appeal: Emergency Medical Care for Gaza Civilians
CLWR and ELCIC have issued a joint prayer and fundraising appeal to support civilians injured in the hostilities between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza. Donations will provide urgently needed medical supplies to civilians receiving treatment at the Augusta Victoria Hospital, a Lutheran World Federation program in East Jerusalem. To read the full appeal, please click here.
CLWR Receptions in Calgary and Edmonton
CLWR is holding two receptions in support of the Augusta Victoria Hospital - in particular its Elder Care Pavilion. There is no admission charge, although there will be free-will offering opportunities available. All are welcome, but please contact us ASAP (by October 6) if you wish to attend, so we know how much refreshments to order. Call 1.800.661.2597 or email email@example.com.
Edmonton: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Delta Edmonton South Hotel & Conference Centre, Glacier Room, 4404 Gateway Boulevard NW
Calgary: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Gerry Thomas Gallery, 602-11 Ave SW (lower level)
CLWR Baling Days in Mississauga: Volunteers, Quilts and We Care Kits Needed
CLWR’s Ontario Baling Days is taking place October 30 to November 1 this year, and Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) is hosting this event at their warehouse at 1060 B Lorimar Drive, Mississauga. This shipment will support health and education ministries in Nicaragua. CLWR is looking for local supporters to volunteer (training is provided) and/or drop off their boxed donations of We Care kits, quilts, etc. at the HPIC warehouse starting Oct. 21. Supporters from across the country can offer their support too by delivering their donations to their local Home Hardware store between Sept. 22 and Oct. 17 (so that they will arrive in Mississauga on time). Please contact Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or check out the webpage by clicking here.
CLWR Worship Resources
CLWR Sunday worship resources for 2014-15 are now available. Please click here.
CLWR Gifts from the Heart Catalogue
The 2014-15 Gifts from the Heart catalogue will begin arriving in mailboxes and churches around Thanksgiving. Gifts can also be selected online, at www.clwr.org./donate.
CLWR is Looking for Your Feedback
CLWR is inviting feedback on our resources and programs so that we might improve CLWR communications and opportunities for youth and young adults. We’re particularly looking for feedback from youth, young adults, youth leaders and pastors, but the survey is open to everyone. Thank you in advance for your help! To start with the survey, please click here.
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