1. 2015 Lenten Study - A Shared Resource for Lutherans and Anglicans
A new contextual Bible study is set to bring the message of the
scriptures to Anglicans and Lutherans in a relevant, accessible way this
Endorsed by members of the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC),
the shared resource is available free online and represents another
initiative in the full communion partnership between the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada
The Rt. Rev. Terry Dance, Bishop of Norfolk in the ACC Diocese of Huron
and a member of JALC, prepared the study for Lent during a sabbatical to
help church members engage with each other and the biblical text while
providing guidance to ministry in their own lives.
To read the remainder of the news release, please click on this link:
Bible Study Brings Scripture Alive For Lent
To view this shared Lenten resource, please click on this link: 2015 Lenten Study
2. Notice on the 2015 Treasurer's Booklet
The 2015 Treasurer's Information Booklet is now available on our ELCIC website. To access this document from the homepage, click on Resources and then choose Treasurer Resources from the drop-down menu. This will bring you to the section where the Treasurer's information and forms are located. In 2014, ELCIC Group Services, Inc. (GSI) took
over the annual updating of the payroll - the T4 information and the
examples for calculating payroll for clergy previously provided in the
Treasurer's Information Booklet. This information will now appear on the
GSI website at www.elcicgsi.ca under the Employers section. All payroll and benefit plan information will be located in
one place which is the GSI website. Detailed information on the Pension
and Benefits Plans of the ELCIC administered by GSI is also available on
the GSI website.
3. National Convention Matters
Information on National Convention
The 2015 National Convention
will take place in Edmonton, Alberta from July 9 to 12, 2015. A letter
will be sent to all ELCIC congregations at the end of January 2015
advising that the registration information package will be posted on the ELCIC website on February 23, 2015. Online registration will be available starting
March 2, 2015 with a closing date of April 15, 2015. Further information
as it becomes available will be posted on the ELCIC website located at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/default.cfm
Election of Lay Delegates
A notice regarding the election
of lay delegates was mailed out to all congregations in November.
Parishes are to elect their lay delegates and lay alternates to the
National Convention by March 8, 2015. See the ELCIC website at
http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/default.cfm under the For Delegates section for a copy of this notice and the delegate notification form.
Request for Nominations
The Committee on Nominations
is required to nominate two persons for each position to be filled on
National Church Council, ELCIC Group Services, Inc. Board of Directors,
and the Court of Adjudication. A copy of this Request for Nominations
has also been posted under the National Convention section of the ELCIC
website with the link Elections under Convention Business on the left-hand side menu.
4. 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 is available online at http://elcic.ca/Leadership/For-Ministers/DiaconalSunday.cfm
5. Celebrate Scout-Guide Week Feb.15-22
Many ELCIC congregations
support Scouts and Guides by providing leadership, meeting places, and
administering various stages of the Religion in Life Award. Join us
with others across Canada in celebrating Scout-Guide Week 2015. A
special bulletin insert is available on the ELCIC website at http://www.elcic.ca/Calendar-of-Events/documents/ScoutGuideWeek2015.pdf
6. ELCIC Rep to PWRDF Youth Council
Members of the ELCIC under 30 years of age are invited to apply to serve as the ELCIC Representative on the Youth Council of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF). Application guidelines will be posted on the ELCIC website soon. Application deadline is on March 15, 2015. Please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
7. 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 and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. For each Sunday, there are intentions for specific dioceses, synods and/or groups. To view or download this document, please click here.
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. Join KAIROS in Moving Forward on Truth and Reconciliation
KAIROS invites you to participate in a Time for Reconciliation - a national gathering in Ottawa and events across the country to complement official events marking the end of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
In Ottawa, the action begins Friday afternoon, May 29 with KAIROS’ Intergenerational Gathering, which continues on Saturday, May 30. The Walk for Reconciliation, expected to draw thousands, is scheduled to begin Sunday morning, May 31. This day may also include an ecumenical worship service organized by local churches. Monday, June 1 features educational events hosted by KAIROS and the TRC. The TRC Final Report will be presented on Tuesday, June 2. There will be a by-invitation ceremonial closing of the TRC on Wednesday, June 3 that will include a community feast.
For more details on this gathering in Ottawa and events across the country, please click on this link: Time for Reconciliation
To check on the schedule of KAIROS events, please click here.
10. Compassionate Justice Updates
365 Days of Fasting Begins
From December 1, 2014 - the beginning of COP20, to November 30, 2014 - the beginning of COP21, 365 fasters around the world will fast for one day each as a sign of solidarity and bringing awareness to the need for not only for progress but also meaningful outcome from upcoming climate talks. 365 individuals from around the world will lift up the diversity of the partners that have joined in the #fastfortheclimate initiative. ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson continues in her call to fast on the first of each month to draw awareness to climate change issues, and will also join in this special 365 Day of Fasting on February 14, 2015. For further information the 365 Days of Fasting, visit: http://fastfortheclimate.org/normal-post/365-days-of-fasting-begin/ .To find out more about the ELCIC's involvement in #fastfortheclimate visit: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=387
Compassionate Justice Info
Would you like to receive periodic information about compassionate justice? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the compassionate justice email list.
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness www.caeh.ca provides a variety of resources for addressing the issue of homelessness and affordable housing.
The ELCIC invites your congregation to declare its commitment to the stewardship of creatrion by registering as an accredited greening congregation.
11. Healthy Church Updates
Ecumenical and Interfaith Study at Bossey Institute
The World Council of Churches offers some terrific continuing education possibilities which might be of interest to ELCIC rostered ministers. Most of these seminars are offered at the Bossey Institute near Geneva, Switzerland but there are exceptions. Look for: Indigenous Ecological Spiritualities and Christian Faith (July); Mission from the Margins (July); Building an interfaith community (July-August); Women’s pilgrimage of justice and peace - a landmark UN Resolution (August); Ecumenism and Spirituality lived and practiced by young people (Indonesia, September); Ecumenical Formation for Specialized Ministries (September); Mission in Changing Ecclesial and Global Landscapes (Bangkok, September-October); and Multicultural Ministry and Mission (November). For more details, please click here to go to their website.
Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM)
The Canadian Churches’ Forum, an expression of the Canadian Council of Churches, offers an excellent continuing education opportunity called Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) 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 ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding and awareness in their communities. For more information on this opportunity, 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! The Lutheran World Federation has created a webpage focused on the journey toward 2017. The webpage is growing
substantially and offers some glimpses into the emphases and resources
which are being rolled out over the next three years. Look for special
emphases on women reformers, Bible Study, theological study, ecumenical
worship 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
12. Effective Partnerships Updates
Waterloo Ministries Directory
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. An updated edition will be published this spring. Please direct any additions or revisions to Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith at email@example.com .
Canadian Interfaith Conversation
The ELCIC is a founding member and partner in the Canadian Interfaith Conversation (CIC) which brings people from various faith communities and organizations to advocate for religion in a pluralistic society and in Canadian Public life. The CIC has recently launched a new website. Please click here to visit their website.
In this photo are Iraqi children displaced by the country's humanitarian crisis. Photo by CLWR.
CLWR: Lutherans Responding to Urgent Needs in Iraq
CLWR has received $1.2 million from the Canadian government to help people displaced by the violent humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Harsh weather is making the lives of these vulnerable people even more precarious. This project will provide heaters and kerosene refills to 11,200 people, as well as blankets and other core relief items. New mattresses following the wet winter weather and hygiene kits containing items like soap, toothbrushes and other essentials will be distributed as the weather turns to arid summer. We are also supporting small-scale renovations to make shelters more livable, including installing walls, windows, fans and drains. People are currently crowded into abandoned and unfinished buildings with little privacy, sanitation and security against intruders. Your added support makes a difference! To read more, please click here, or click here to donate.
CLWR Video Resource: Providing Water in Refugee Camps
CLWR has produced a short video to give an inside look at some of the successes and challenges of providing clean, sufficient water to each person in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Please take a few minutes to watch it and share it with your congregation, family and friends. Find the four-minute version on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/YQHARDMBdHg, and the two-minute version here: http://youtu.be/ESW4gZw_1h0
13. Tell Your Story
Do you have a story to share about the work of your congregation In Mission for Others that you would like to see in a future issue of E-Communique? Send your brief story and a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org and be featured in an upcoming issue!
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