1. Joy to the World: A Christmas Message
Continuing a yearly tradition that has become a warm reminder of the
full communion partnership enjoyed by their two churches, Archbishop
Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), and National
Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
(ELCIC) share a joint Christmas video message with Lutherans and Anglicans across the country.
In their 2013 Christmas message, Johnson and Hiltz speak about the
connection between Christmas and God's mission to the world. Hiltz
connects the theme of the carol Joy to the World to that of this
year's Joint Assembly - Together for the love of the world.
Watch out for a New Year's Eve message on Dec. 27 to be posted on our ELCIC website.
2. Pray for Christian Unity this January
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes
place from January 18 to 25 with the theme Has Christ Been Divided? (1 Corinthians). ELCIC congregations are encouraged to join other
Christians from around the world in praying for unity within Christ's
Church. This is one of the oldest and most widely observed ecumenical
events in the world and which is also observed by various denominations
Finding ways to pray
together during this time means that we are in harmony with people
everywhere which brings its own graces; in this manner we are one with
others who are praying, reflecting, studying, and even eating and
drinking together to celebrate and pray for Christian unity. The
2014 resources for Week of Prayer for Christian unity focus on Canada and were
prepared by a Canadian writing team. For more
information and to learn how to order a resource kit for your
congregation (poster, bulletin cover, copy-ready texts and more), go to The Canadian Council of Churches website.
3. 2014 Treasurer's Booklet Update Now Available
The 2014 Treasurer's Information Booklet is now available online. The payroll section of the booklet will appear on the ELCIC Group Services website. In the future, all payroll and benefits information will be available in one location.
4. Compassionate Justice Updates
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.
Rights for Refugees
ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson joined other leaders in endorsing a Human Rights Day Statement encouraging respect for rights of refugees in the Canadian context. To view the Statement, please click here.
Pray for Peace in the Middle East
National Bishop Susan C. Johnson prepared a special message for the church inviting ELCIC members to pray for peace in the Middle East during the Christmas season. In a pastoral letter, she invites all members of the church to remember the present residents of Bethlehem, Palestine, Israel and the region, especially those living in Syria and Syrians living in refugee camps in neighbouring countries.
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
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, please go to www.claygathering.ca. CLAY registration opens on January 15, 2014.
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. New information will
be posted here shortly.
6. Effective Partnerships
LWF Backstage Pass - Expedition to Nepal
A unique opportunity
for a group of like-minded people to spend two weeks in Nepal to gain an
insight into the diaconal work of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Participants cover their own costs and make a commitment to raise funds
for the work of LWF Department for World Service program in Nepal. For
more information or to register, please click here.
7. Healthy Church Updates
Continuing Education Plan (CEP) Long Term Study Grants
members of the ELCIC's Continuing Education Plan (CEP) program are
eligible to apply for long term study grants to support advanced studies
to help develop knowledge and skills for mission and ministry.
Application deadline is on January 15 of each year. To find out more,
please click here.
Discovering the Other: Asset-Based Approaches for Building Community Together - a Book by Rev. Dr. Cameron Harder
What is God's mission? "Simply
put," says theologian and field educator Rev. Dr. Cameron Harder, "God's mission is
to form communities that reflect and embody the life of the Trinity." The
author introduces appreciative inquiry and asset mapping as helpful
tools for congregations to engage in God's mission. To find out more
about this book, please click here.
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 Full-Time Chaplain
Luther College High School in
Regina, Saskatchewan is seeking for a full-time chaplain. Duties
commencing in August 2014. For a full ad and job description, please click here. For inquiries, please send an email to Dr. Mark Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org .Closing date for applications is on February 15, 2014.
10. CLWR Updates
Sweater Drive for Syrian Refugees Update
CLWR received approximately 60,000 sweaters for its sweater drive for Syrian refugees. CLWR will have a total of three shipments to the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. With the help of many Manitoba volunteers, the first was shipped out on November 29 with over 22,500 sweaters, and the second on December 20. The third will be leaving in January.
If you can volunteer in early or mid-January to help prepare this final shipment, CLWR would be happy to have you! Please click here for more information on the tasks involved, or contact Rev. Tyler Gingrich at email@example.com or 204.631.0509. Due to everyone's help, there will be enough sweaters to distribute in the camp. Click here to read about one refugee family you’re supporting, and click here to watch a short video from CLWR's partner in Jordan about distributing the sweaters.
A Call for Youth Groups and Other Volunteers
CLWR welcomes youth groups and other volunteers to their warehouse year-round, to help prepare their We Care humanitarian aid shipments to refugee camps and developing communities. Get in touch with CLWR if interested.
Volunteers helping to fold sweaters for Syrian refugees at the CLWR warehouse. (Photo by CLWR)
An Important New Refugee Sponsorship Opportunity for Congregations
CLWR wants to share with you a new refugee sponsorship opportunity that makes it easier for Canadians to become sponsors. The Blended Visa-Office Referred (BVOR) Initiative allows the sponsor to evenly split the financial costs of supporting a refugee with the Canadian government. Plus, refugees sponsored under this initiative are ready to travel to Canada, so you can welcome them to your community in a matter of months, rather than years. Refugee sponsorship is a way your congregation can offer support and friendship to a newcomer to Canada, walking with them as they build a safe new home. Click here to learn more about this enriching ministry, or feel free to get in touch with Fikre Tsehai at our Western Office in Vancouver or Jenn Ardon at our Eastern Office in Waterloo. They’ll be happy to answer your questions. Click here for their office contact information.
Help Rebuild in Southern Alberta
Your donations to CLWR for Alberta flood relief are helping people clean up and rebuild following the devastating flooding in June 2013. You can also offer your support by volunteering in the rebuilding effort. Our partner Mennonite Disaster Service is looking for volunteers. Click here to learn more about how you can get involved.
Your Support for Typhoon Haiyan Relief: How CLWR is Responding
Thank you for your response to the urgent needs of the people of the Philippines following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. Your donations are providing emergency shelter for those who need to repair or rebuild their homes, filters that ensure people have clean water to drink, essential household items like kitchen utensils that allow people to prepare food, and cash-for-work programs in debris removal, which give survivors an income and help to clean up their communities.
Shelter repair is supported in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines and Lutheran World Relief (U.S.). (Photo credit: Mikel Flamm)
CLWR Speaking Engagement on January 19 in Delta, BC
Carmelle Mohr will be speaking at the Sunday morning service at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11040 River Road, Delta, BC, on January 19 (at 10:30 a.m.) She will be sharing about her six-month volunteer experience with DIACONIA, the community development arm of the Lutheran Church in Peru (one of CLWR’s partners in the region). All are welcome!
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