1. 2014 Praise Appeal Materials Now Available
Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly With Our God
Many congregations around the ELCIC participated in the 2013 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.”
2. New Anti-Spam Laws in Place
New anti-spam laws are set to enter into force later this year in Canada and now is a good time to review how you gain consent for your congregation’s email (or text) distribution lists. Two quick tips include:
- Review your distribution lists and determine what kind of consent you have received for messages you are currently sending out, and those you plan to send in the future.
- Make sure all messages have notices and opt out mechanisms in place now. This can be as easy as noting at the end of email newsletters, “to unsubscribe to this newsletter, please reply with ‘unsubscribe’ in the subject field.”
Have questions about your electronic distribution methods? Contact Trina Gallop Blank.
3. Call for Submissions in Canada Lutheran
The April/May issue of Canada Lutheran, will be sharing reader responses to this question: What does resurrection mean to you? Please limit your response to 150 words or less and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with Resurrection in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is March 19, 2014.
4. 2014 Treasurer's Booklet Update Available
The 2014 Treasurer's Information Booklet is available online. The payroll section of the booklet appears on the ELCIC Group Services website. In the future, all payroll and benefits information will be available in one location.
5. Compassionate Justice Updates
#fastfortheclimate - Monthly Day of Fasting for the Climate
ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson invites church members to join a Monthly Day of Fasting for the Climate on the first of each month. This invitation comes from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and is an opportunity for spiritual renewal, compassionate justice and solidarity.
To view ELCIC's news release, please click on this link: "ELCIC National Bishop Participates In, Encourages Monthly Day of Fasting For The Climate"
Open for Justice
The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) has
initiated a campaign calling for an extractive-sector Ombudsman to
investigate complaints and for legislated access to Canadian courts for
people who have been seriously harmed by the international operations
of Canadian companies. Additional information including campaign
backgrounder and suggested actions are available at the CNCA website. KAIROS is a member of CNCA.
The Watershed Discipleship is a program of KAIROS Canada which helps participants to identify the major ecological justice
issues affecting where they live, make the connections with Indigenous
rights struggles, and explore how they are part of larger Canadian and
global struggles for justice. It blends biblical and theological
reflection with hands-on environmental experience and social analysis.
For more details, please click here.
Justice Camp 2014 - LAND on Aug 15-21, 2014, Edmonton, AB
Land, spirituality, and the development of community are all inseparably linked. Justice Camp brings together people from across Canada to learn through active
immersion within the communities challenged by social justice issues.
To learn more, please click here to go to their website.
Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
Presented by the Canadian Churches Forum
February 10-15, 2014 in Toronto
June 23-28, 2014 in Winnipeg
Spirited Discipleship Updates
Scout Guide Week, February 16-23, 2014
Here are some briefing notes on Scout Guide Week which suggests how churches can encourage this form of youth ministry.
WORTH IT - CLAY 2014 Gathering, August 14-17 in Kamloops, BC
CLAY is an incredible gathering of Anglican and Lutheran youth from
across Canada. At CLAY, we will encounter scripture in meaningful ways, experience
ancient and modern ways of worship, learn together in special interest
forums, enjoy fantastic social events, explore Kamloops, make
connections with youth from all over Canada and celebrate our life
together. For more information and updates including registration, please go to www.claygathering.ca.
National Youth Project - Right to Water
Our theme for the 2012-14 National Youth Project is Right to Water. Together,
we will focus on water issues in Canadian Indigenous communities.
The National Youth Project has committed to provide potable water to one
home in the northern community of Pikangikum, ON. Find out more by clicking here.
7. Healthy Church Updates
Celebrating Diaconal Sunday - February 23, 2014
On February 23, congregations and members of the ELCIC are invited to celebrate Diaconal Sunday and raise awareness of diakonia (service) as a vital dimension of the church's witness and of rostered diaconal ministry as a valuable expression of church leadership. Resources for worship and study are available on the ELCIC website and include a new hymn written by a diaconal candidate and generously shared with the church for this occasion.
Diaconal Ministers Gathering
The biennial gathering of ELCIC's rostered diaconal ministers and diaconal candidates takes place on July 13-20, 2014 in Edmonton, AB. Please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadeship at email@example.com for more information.
8. Worship Updates
2014 Call for Nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts
The Companion of the Worship Arts is bestowed on an individual every two
years in recognition of significant contributions to the worship life
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). The honour recognizes ongoing inspiration and
encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship,
spirituality, and the arts.
For the first time in 2014, two Companions will be honoured - one from the ELCIC and one from the Anglican Church
of Canada (ACC). To learn more about this honour and to find out on how you can nominate, please go to www.newworship.ca .
Register Now for the 2014 National Worship Conference
July 20-23, 2014 in Edmonton, AB
The National Worship Conference is a biennial conference sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada. The Conference welcomes participation by clergy and laity of these two
churches as well as clergy and laity from other churches who seek to
build up the life of the Christian community through our worship so that
we might serve the world God loves.
Registration is now open!
Register early (until
June 15, 2014) and you will enjoy an early bird rate. Student and
congregational team rates are also offered.
Need more information?
Please go to www.nationalworshipconference.org to find out more and don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook to get timely updates and join in the conversation!
9. Job Opportunity for Interim Chaplain
Luther College, University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, is looking for an Interim Chaplain/Campus Pastor. Duties commencing in July 2014. For a full ad and job description, please click here. For inquiries, please send an email to Dr. Dorothy Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date for applications is on February 28, 2014.
10. CLWR Updates
Helping Syrian Refugees Through the Winter
CLWR, with generous support from the Canadian government and Lutherans across Canada, are bringing food, warmth, clean water and proper sanitation to thousands of Syrian refugees and Jordanian families affected by poverty. Two grants from the Canadian government totaling about $2 million are making this work possible. For more details on the grants, please click here.
CLWR staff members visited Jordan in mid-January to meet some of the people we're helping. There is much appreciation and thanks for the quality of the support that Lutherans and Canadians are providing. Several short posts on CLWR's blog highlight the stories of some of these families. Please click here or visit the blog to read them. The continued support of Canadian Lutherans makes this work possible. Those wishing to make a donation can visit CLWR's online donation page or call 1.800.661.2597.
Brawat and Shahid Al Salih are healthier and warmer after their family received a heater, warm carpets and renovations for their rented shelter. (Photo courtesy of CLWR)
CLWR Sweater Drive for Syrian Refugees Update
Canadian Lutherans donated about 60,000 sweaters to CLWR's fall drive for Syrian refugees (six times the goal). The first two shipments of sweaters (containing over 47,000 sweaters) are scheduled to arrive in Jordan at the end of January and in early February, and will make it to the refugee camp about 10 days after their arrival. The third shipment is being finalized at CLWR's warehouse and is scheduled to leave Winnipeg early in February. Click here to read about Basel Al Ahmed, who is staying with his family in the Za'atari refugee camp. He is looking forward to the sweaters' arrival, and extends his thanks to Canadians for the extra warmth they'll bring.
Basel Al Ahmed and his family. (Photo courtesy of CLWR)
Thanks and Update on Typhoon Relief in the Philippines
CLWR thanks those who made a contribution to relief in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. Distributing shelter kits to families whose homes were damaged or destroyed is a key part of that work. The support from Canadian Lutherans will help about 3,000 families like the Rodrigo family (pictured, who received their kit on December 13) rebuild their homes. Click here to learn more about your support for the relief effort.
Allen Rodrigo, his wife and five of their nine children. (Photo courtesy of CLWR)
CLWR's 2012-13 Annual Report is Available Online
Please click here to read it or find it under the Resources tab at www.clwr.org.
CLWR Weekly Prayers
On Wednesdays, please visit CLWR's blog or Facebook page for a prayer that can be used on the upcoming Sunday. Thanks to Rev. Tyler Gingrich, CLWR's youth engagement coordinator, for writing the prayers. To see prayers from past weeks, please click here or search "prayer" on the CLWR blog.
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