1. CCC
2. Diaconal Ministry
3. Global Mission Sunday
4. National Office
5. ELCIC Congregations
6. CLAY 2018
7. Stewardship
8. Canada Lutheran
9. Worship
10. ELCIC
11. Healthy Church
12. Compassionate Justice
13. Effective Relationships
14. Seminaries and Schools
15. Tell Your Story
16. Share these resources

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Diaconal Sunday
Sunday, February 4
New Employment Agreements and Letters of Call
Model Constitution
Threads
Annual Report Covers
Share Your Ideas
CWA 2018 and NWC 2018
FindĀ a Congregation
CEP, Interfaith Relationships and More
KAIROS, Greening Congregation and More
JALC, WCC and More
WLS and LTS
Share your story In Mission for Others
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1. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25, 2018

Every year between January 18-25, Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship. The theme for 2018 comes to us from the Caribbean region: "Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power" (Exodus 15:6). Resources are now available at: www.weekofprayer.ca/resources

2. Diaconal Sunday - February 25, 2018

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) lifts up the last Sunday of February as Diaconal Sunday to 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. CLWR Executive Director Robert Granke has written this year's Diaconal Sunday sermon, based on the readings for the 2nd Sunday in Lent. Resources to be found online here: http://elcic.ca/Leadership/For-Ministers/DiaconalSunday.cfm

3. Global Mission Sunday - February 4, 2018

On Sunday, February 4, ELCIC Congregations are encouraged to lift up Global MIssion Sunday. Resources will be available online here shortly: http://elcic.ca/global-mission/

 

4. New Employment Agreements and Letters of Call

The National Office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) mailed out a letter to all ELCIC congregations and rostered leaders in early November regarding the new Employment Agreements and Letters of Call which have been approved by National Church Council and which will come into effect on January 1, 2018. To read the letter to church leaders from ELCIC bishops, please click here. To view the Employment Agreements and Letters of Call, please visit our website on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Leadership/EmploymentAgreementsandLettersofCall.cfm

5. Model Constitution Resources for Congregations

The National Office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) mailed out a letter to all ELCIC congregations in early November regarding a revised Model Constitution and Bylaws for Congregations which was adopted by National Church Council at its September 2017 meeting. To read the letter, please click here. To view the Model Constitution Resources for Congregations, please visit our website on the following link: http://www.elcic.ca/Resources/Model-Constitution.cfm

6. Registration Information for CLAY 2018

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON

August 15-19, 2018

 

Looking to register your Home Team for CLAY 2018? Registration information is now available. Online registration opens January 15, 2018. Home Teams who complete the entire registration process between January 15 and April 30, 2018 will pay a registration fee of $595 per participant.

 

After April 30, 2018, leaders interested in bringing a Home Team to CLAY should first contact the Registrar to ensure there is still space available. Home Teams who complete the entire registration process between May 1 and July 31, 2018 will pay a registration fee of $635 per participant.

 

The registration fee includes:

Programming - all of the activities that take place during CLAY

Accommodations in Lakehead University Residence - Wednesday, August 15 to Sunday, August 19

Meals - three meals per day from dinner on Wednesday through lunch on Sunday

Threads threads - aka: CLAY t-shirt

Transportation to all scheduled activities during the gathering, if necessary

 

Visit claygathering.ca for more registration information including the registration booklet which included detailed instructions on how to register.

7. Reminder on Annual Report Covers

ELCIC congregations are encouraged to submit their orders for annual report covers as soon as possible and while supplies last. Please place your orders directly to orders@elcic.ca.

 

8. Share Your Stories and Ideas with Canada Lutheran

Canada Lutheran creates material for its Of Note page by gleaning the internet and other publications. Each intends to inspire or inform. Sources and internet links are provided when possible for those who want to learn more. You can help to develop this page by passing on such items to editor@elcic.ca when you come across them. Please include as much detail about your sources as possible.

Congregational Subscription Renewals

The National Office would like to remind congregations to submit their subscription renewals for 2018 as soon as possible. Send in your subscription renewals by mail to: Canada Lutheran, 600-177 Lombard Ave., Winnipeg, MB or email to canluth@elcic.ca

9. 2018 Companion of the Worship Arts Call for Nominations

The Program Committee for Worship, on behalf of the National Bishop, calls for nominations of the Companion of the Worship Arts. This is an honour conferred in recognition of significant contribution of the worship life of the ELCIC at a local, synodical and national level. The honour recognizes the recipient's ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, together with service to God through worship, spirituality, and the arts. To read the full write-up for the call to nominations, please click here.

 

National Worship Conference - July 16-19, 2018

Join the National Anglican-Lutheran Worship Conference's "Sing, Pray, Presence in response to disasters" taking place at the Inn at Laurel Point, Christ Church Cathedral and Lutheran Church of the Cross in Victoria, BC on July 16-18, 2018. Acknowledging the experience of communities large and small to storms, fires, earthquakes, and violence, how can worship be a community resource and response?

 

The Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller will be the presenter and Chad Fothergill will serve as the conference musician. The conference will conduct workshops for musicians, worship planners, presiders and all involved with worship in our communities. Registration opens on March 1.

10. Help First-Time Visitors Find Your Congregation at findachurch.ca

Finding a church can be a daunting task especially for those who have just moved in to a new community. To help first-time visitors find your church, findachurch.ca makes it easy for anyone to search for your location and contact information.

Have you verified your congregation's information on findachurch.ca recently? To change or update any part of your congregation's information, please use our online form clickable from the result pages. Simply go to your congregation page and click on to the link Is this your Congregation? Update and Correct which will lead you to the online form. Once your updates have been made, don't forget to click save. To start reviewing and updating your contact information, please click here.

11. Healthy Church

Continuing Education Plan (CEP) Advanced Study Grants

Members of the ELCIC's CEP plan who are enrolled in a program of study that leads to an advanced degree or diploma are eligible to apply for a grant from Advanced-Study Funds. Application deadline is January 15, 2018 for studies taking place in 2018. Applications must be submitted on an annual basis. Funds in each Member Account are available for a variety of education experiences that further the member's goals for ministry and to serve the employer's goals for mission. For more details, please click here.

 

Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism offers an excellent Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation. This year's program will be offered July 10-13 at St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Saskatoon, and will feature visiting scholars The Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall and The Most Rev. Donald Bolen, both are highly respected and active in ecumenism, nationally and internationally. Complete details for this continuing education opportunity are found at http://pcecumenism.ca/content/program-ecumenical-studies-and-formation-2018. Early bird registration pricing is available.

 

Parliament of the World's Religions

The next international gathering of the Parliament of the World's Religions will be held in Toronto, November 1-7, 2018. The Parliament, which is open to all, provides a rich context in which to explore the astonishing variety of faith expressions alive in the world today. The event represents a significant close-to-home continuing education possibility. Visit the website at: https://parliamentofreligions.org/

 

ELCIC Interfaith Relationships

In 2017, the ELCIC approved Encountering People of Other Faiths: ELCIC Interfaith Guidelines. This document encourages and assists ELCIC people to greet their neighbours of other faiths. Perhaps your congregation or community might make it a part of your Lenten program to meet the people from a nearby synagogue, mosque or temple? If you are greeting people from the local mosque, you might wish to have a copy of the next item as an object of conversation somewhere down the road. Both documents are keeping with Welcoming the Stranger which the ELCIC adopted in 2015.

12. Compassionate Justice

Study Guide for Conversations on Medical Assistance in Dying

Input from across this church is a vital component in reviewing and updating the ELCIC's policies on Decisions at the End of Life. The ELCIC Study Guide is intended to help initiate meaningful conversation, and to be an invitation to offer input. In February, the Task Force will begin work on preparing recommendations for revisions to t;he current policies. Feedback will continue to be received and integrated into the Task Force's work until April 30, 2018. Click here to find out more.

 

KAIROS Epiphany Devotions

KAIROS has prepared eight theological reflections corresponding to the weeks and special dates of the Season of Epiphany, entitled Gifts for Another Way: Epiphany Year Resources for Justice Seekers. Click here to get this resource.

 

Become a Green Church

The ELCIC's Accredited Greening Congregation program invites faith communities to annually review and reflect on their practises in a variety of areas: worship, energy conservation, recycling, communication, education and advocacy. Please click here for more information.

 

Let Justice Roll - UN Declaration

Bill C-262 is private member's bill intended to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Some individuals and faith communities are advocating for support of Bill C-262 in the name of reconciliation. Let Justice Roll is a resource designed to help you understand the importance of the UN Declaration.

 

Monthly Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East

On the 24th of each month, you are invited to pray for Christian communities in Palestine and Israel, for all those who are suffering in the Holy Land, for Palestinians and Israelis, and for peace in the Middle East and the world. For more details, please click on the following link: http://actpalestineforum.org/apf-ecumenical-prayer-vigil/

13. Effective Partnerships

Coming Soon: Lenten Bulletin Inserts from Church Leaders

A series of eight bulletin inserts on the place where truth-telling and racial justice meet has been prepared by the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop), The Episcopal Church (The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate), Anglican Church of Canada (The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate), and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop). This excellent series will be available on the elcic.ca website and will include eight pieces (Ash Wednesday, Lent 1, Lent 2, Lent 3, Lent 4, Lent 5, Palm/Passion Sunday, Triduum/Great three days).

 

Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer - 2017-2018 Edition

The Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC) has created a Cycle of Prayer for use in Canadian Anglican and Lutheran congregations and communities in Sunday liturgies throughout the year. For each Sunday there are intentions for specific dioceses/synods/groups in both the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The Cycle runs from Advent 2017 to Advent 2018. Please forward any revisions to Marion Jenkins at myjenkins@bell.net.

 

World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle

Every week, Bishop Susan tweets out an invitation for people and communities to participate in the World Council of Churches ecumenical prayer cycle. Care to join her? For more information, please click on the following link: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/prayer-cycle/ecumenical-prayer-cycle

 

LWF Offers Many Helpful Resources

The Lutheran World Federation offers a great many resources which touch on every aspect of Christian life and ministry. For example, consider Transformative Readings of Sacred Scriptures: Christians and Muslims in Dialogue. In the midst of the hate speech and extremism witnessed in many communities, the essays in this collection attest to the fact that dialogue is possible - dialogue within and between our communities about meaningful and responsible scriptural interpretation today. How do religious communities deal with those passages in their own sacred scriptures that condone or even justify violence? How do we deal with "texts of terror" in our own scriptures? This collection of essays would make an excellent resource for study within and among Christian and Muslim communities.

14. Seminaries and Schools

WLS Updates

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (WLS) students, faculty and staff have a lot to look forward to in 2018 - we plan to move back into the seminary building after the construction phase of our $9-million renewal and modernization project; we will begin working under our new name Martin Luther University College; we will launch a new visual identity for the school; we plan to lead our first study tour to India; and of course, we will be graduating another cohort of students.

 

But as we look ahead, we also take stock - visually - of what we experienced in 2017. Click here to see more than 80 pictures, from 2017, in our Facebook photo album. For those who don't use Facebook, check out the images by clicking here.

 

For notable videos, see the Inshallah playlist (worship and music) and the Renewal Roundup playlist (construction updates). To see some fun 360-degree images of the seminary under construction, click here.

 

You can stay up to date on what's happening at WLS throughout the year by reading our monthly newsletter. And, of course, feel free to visit our website and social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter at @wls_online, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

LTS: The Expanding Reformation Study Tour (May 24-June 8, 2018)

The Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) in Saskatoon offers you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Luther. See firsthand where Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon lived, taught, and worked to bring about reform in the church. For more details on this study tour, please click here.

15. Tell Your Story

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