1.    Worship

2.    Special Appeal

3.    National Gathering

4.    July 30

5.    Stewardship

6.    Criminal & Restorative Justice

7.    Canada Lutheran

8.    Reformation 2017

9.    2016 Praise Appeal

10.  Compassionate Justice

11.  Spirited Discipleship

12.  Healthy Church

13.  Effective Partnerships

14.  Tell Your Story

15.  Share these Resources

2016 CWA Recipients

Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief

2016 National Worship Conference

World Day Against Human Trafficking

Resources for 2016-17

Be Involved

New Columns

Global Themes, Reformation Challenge and More

Resources Now Available

Winds of Change and Restorative Justice

Right to Water

Faith, Order and Doctrine Update

ACC, Waterloo Ministries and CLWR Info

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1. 2016 CWA Recipients Named



In the continuing spirit of full communion, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Companion of the Worship Arts (CWA).


The ELCIC recipient of the CWA award for 2016 is the Reverend Andre Lavergne.


The Reverend Dr. Paul Gibson is this year’s Anglican recipient of the CWA award.


The CWA is awarded every two years in recognition of significant contributions to the worship life of both churches. Since 2014, one Anglican and one Lutheran recipient receive the honour, recognizing ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship, spirituality and the arts.


The CWA awards will be presented by ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson and ACC Archbishop Fred Hiltz at the 2016 National Worship Conference “FORMATION & REFORMATION: Worship, Justice and God’s Mission,” which will take place from July 24-27, 2016 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener-Waterloo. For more details, visit www.nationalworshipconference.org.


To view the news release announcing this year’s recipients, please click on the following link: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=444



2. Special Appeal: Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief



The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), issues an appeal for prayers and financial support for all those suffering loss due to the wildfires which affected northern Alberta and the city of Fort McMurray.


Fort McMurray will require a great deal of aid to assist individuals to rebuild their lives. Donations to the appeal will assist in the rebuilding efforts. Emergency funds received will be channeled through the city's Lutheran churches.


Please remember the people who live in Fort McMurray in your prayers and donations.


Donations may also be made by:

1. Making a designated offering donation through any ELCIC congregation.

2. Calling CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) to donate by credit card.

3. Sending a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to "Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief."



3. 2016 National Worship Conference

The joint Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's 2016 National Worship Conference will take place in Waterloo, Ontario, July 24-27 under the theme Formation & Reformation: Worship, Justice and God's Mission.


With an emphasis on justice and mission, the National Worship Conference brings together presenters and participants from across Canada to explore the worship life of the church. The 2016 keynote addresses will be given by The Rev. Dr. Bruce Jenneker (Cape Town, South Africa) and The Rev. Dr. Stephen Larson (New Hamburg, Ontario).


Registration is still ongoing!

For those who haven't registered yet, now is your chance to be part of this exciting event! Go to our website at http://www.nationalworshipconference.org/register/ to register today!



4. July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons


The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) provides helpful and informative resources on addressing human trafficking. These are available on their website at https://www.councilofchurches.ca/social-justice/human-trafficking-in-canada/


"O God,...Strengthen us to confront the reality of human trafficking that we will bring freedom to all our borthers and sisters. Amen." - from Human Trafficking in Canada, page 15


Why World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is Important

The United Nations General Assembly held a high-level meeting in 2013 to appraise the Global Plan of Action. Member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights. (Excerpt from http://www.un.org/en/events/humantrafficking/ )



5. Order Your 2016-2017 Stewardship Resources


The ELCIC National Office supports congregations in their stewardship ministry by making available and distributing an annual stewardship package of resources.


This year's materials focus on the theme Live Simply. It is the second in a four-year series based on 1 Timothy 6:18-19.


Congregations should have received a sample package of materials sometime in June. By the time you have received the sample package and have gone through the wonderful resources made available to your congregation, you can then place your order by sending an email to orders@elcic.ca or phone 1.888.786.6707 extension 177.



6. Be Part of a Network Interested in Issues of Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice


The ELCIC is seeking to create a network of members who are interested in issues of criminal justice and restorative justice. Network members will receive periodic updates on resources available and may be invited to give input on this area of work.


If you are interested in being part of this network, please contact Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Paul Gehrs at pgehrs@elcic.ca. In July 2015, the ELCIC National Convention adopted a Resolution on the Criminal Justice and Correctional Systems in Canada. For more information, please click on the following link:



7. Canada Lutheran Debuts New Columns


Have you noticed new content in Canada Lutheran, the magazine of the ELCIC?


We are always trying to bring you fresh new ideas and content, engaging you in the wider church. We have recently introduced two new areas to the magazine, including:


  • In Mission: profiling individuals from all expressions of the ELCIC who are inspiring others with their clear call to mission.
  • Of Note: quick facts, quotes and ideas. Perfect if you just want to have a quick read and great to save for later when you want to use the links and information to delve deeper.


Have you noticed these new pages? Have a comment on other areas of the magazine? We want to hear from you! Email us at editor@elcic.ca with your feedback or suggestion. Not a subscriber to Canada Lutheran? Don't miss another issue, email canaluth@elcic.ca to sign up today!



8. Reformation 2017


Young Preachers Wanted

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is offering a young pastor the chance to preach at the Twelfth Assembly which will be held in Windhoek, Namibia next year. A Preaching Contest is now open to ordained Lutheran pastors in LWF member churches who were born after May 1984. This sermon will be delivered at the closing worship of the May 10-16 Assembly. The application deadline is October 31, 2016.


Promotional Video: LWF Twelfth Assembly Preaching Contest

LWF Twelfth Assembly: Preaching Contest


Reformation 2017 Themes and Goals

The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted the The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s themes and goals to commemorate the Reformation. The overall theme is Liberated by God's Grace with three sub-themes: (1) Salvation - Not for Sale!; (2) Human Beings - Not for Sale!; and (3) Creation - Not for Sale! The goals are (1) to strengthen communion among member churches; (2) to explore our Lutheran identity; (3) to strengthen ecumenical commitment; and (4) to reaffirm our commitment to justice and peace. These themes and goals are prominent in the ELCIC's ministry, in the 2016 synod assemblies, and are captured in our joint Anglican-Lutheran national youth and worship gatherings.


Click on any of the following resources:

Reformation themes-




Not for Sale! - Youth Gathering- http://www.claygathering.ca/

Formation & Reformation - National Worship Conference- http://www.nationalworshipconference.org/


Take the Reformation Challenge!

ELCIC members are encouraged to give expression to being Liberated by God's Grace through the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. Our goals are to:


  • Sponsor 500 refugees to Canada
  • Provide 500 scholarships for ELCJHL schools
  • Plant 500,000 trees in Canada, Palestine and Ethiopia
  • Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund


To date ELCIC members have made the following commitments to the Reformation Challenge:


Let us know your commitment by telling us what you, your congregation, your family and your community pledge to do. Please click here to get more information on how to get started!


Together in Christ - An Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation

The ELCIC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have convened a Working Group to encourage Lutherans and Catholics to commemorate the Reformation together in 2017. In January, 2017, at the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Working Group plans to release a five-session Together in Christ - An Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation study guide for joint-parish use.


Around Reformation Day 2017, regional ecumenical Together in Christ - Common Prayer ecumenical Reformation commemorations are being planned using the newly-published Common Prayer (see next item).  Look for events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Reginal, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg.


From Conflict to Communion: http://www.lutheranworld.org/content/resource-conflict-communion-basis-lutheran-catholic-commemoration-reformation-2017


Reformation 2017 Common Prayer

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Vatican have invited Lutherans and Catholics around the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017. Common Prayer is based upon the themes of From Conflict to Communion. In October 2016, the LWF and Vatican will host an ecumenical Commemoration using Common Prayer in Lund, Sweden, where the LWF was founded in 1947. The Commemoration will be led by Pope Francis and LWF President, Bishop Munib Younan, and General Secretary, Dr. Martin Junge.


Lund Commemoration:


Common Prayer.https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/joint-common-prayer-lutheran-catholic-common-commemoration-reformation-2017


Reformation Theme Reflections

Theological reflections for study groups are contained in four booklets which are the work of authors and scholars from across our global Communion of Churches. Topics include the migration of peoples (including refugees), climate change, land expropriation, the prosperity gospel and sustainable human existence. These are excellent resources for ministerial study groups and ecumenical conversations. Consider planning a spring or fall study with area colleagues!


Reformation Reflections: http://2017.lutheranworld.org/content/reflecting-131


Information on Canadian Events

We are gathering news of 2017 Reformation events. Find out more at http://www.elcic.ca/reformation2017/ . If your congregation, community or organization is planning something special for 2017, we would like to hear from you! Give us the who, what, when, where and why of what's happening. If you have any information available online, give us the link! We would like to help remind people of possibilities and assist in getting the word out. Send an email to Assistant to the Bishop for Ecumenical and Interfaith, Rev. Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca.


Helpful links:

ELCIC Reformation 2017 Webpage: http://www.elcic.ca/Reformation2017/events.cfm

LWF Reformation 2017 Website: http://2017.lutheranworld.org/

LWF Assembly Website: http://www.lwfassembly.org/en



9. 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal


Resources for holding a Praise Appeal Sunday in 2016 are now available online. The theme for the 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal, Liberated by God's Grace: Human Beings - Not for Sale, echoes The Lutheran World Federation theme of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. You will see the ELCIC lift up this theme of Liberated by God's Grace and its three sub-themes (Creation - Not for Sale; Salvation - Not for Sale; Human Beings - Not for Sale) over the next three years as we participate in the international and ecumenical commemoration.


Congregations throughout the ELCIC are asked to designate one Sunday in 2016 to highlight this appeal at a time that works best for their local circumstances. View the resources online at elcic.ca/praiseappeal .



10. Compassionate Justice Updates


KAIROS Winds of Change: Education for Reconciliation Petition

The petitions continue. KAIROS asks all provinces and territories to make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada, a mandatory education requirement. The petitions are in response to TRC Call to Action #62. Download the Education for Reconciliation petition specific to your province or territory from the following link: http://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/indigenous-rights/windsofchange-petition . For more information on the Education for Reconciliation: Call to Action #62, please go to: http://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/indigenous-rights/windsofchange-overview .


Promoting Restorative Justice

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections (CCJC) serves as a shining light for restorative approaches to justice and corrections. Learn more at http://ccjc.ca/. Read the ELCIC statement on the Criminal Justice and Correctional Systems in Canada at http://elcic.ca/Documents/documents/CriminalJusticeMotionFINAL.pdf



11. Spirited Discipleship Updates


National Youth Project: Right to Water

Living Justice - Life Giving Waters is a new resource exploring the theme of water through biblical reflection and activities. It was prepared by the Youth Council of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), ELCIC's partner for the National Youth Project. The resource includes a challenge to share insights through social media. It will soon be posted on the following link: http://elcic.ca/Youth/RightToWater.cfm.


12. Healthy Church Updates


To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves

The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) is putting the finishing touches on To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves: A Study on Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. This four-session study will be available for download in September, 2016.


Modelled after the widely-used Study Guide on Word and Sacrament Ministry, To Love our Neighbours provides the whole church an opportunity to think about diakonia - the servant-ministry of the baptized - as we seek our place in God’s mission in our world and a changing Canadian context. To Love Our Neighbours concludes with a survey in which ELCIC members are asked to help shape FOD’s September, 2017 word to National Church Council.



13. Effective Partnerships Updates


Pray for ACC's 41st General Synod

Our full communion partner, The Anglican Church of Canada, will hold their 2016 General Synod on July 7-12 in Toronto, Ont. We hold in prayer all those involved in final preparations and all who will travel to and participate in the gathering.


Gracious God of all, we give thanks for the full communion relationship with our partners in the Anglican Church of Canada, and for ways we continue to grow closer in serving our common mission. As our Anglican partners prepare for their General Synod in July, including difficult decisions concerning the Marriage Canon, bless laity, clergy, and Bishops, and all dioceses, congregations and ministries of the Church with openness, expectation and hope in the guiding of your Spirit and in anticipation of all you desire to accomplish in and through them in this General Synod. Assure them of the support of your whole Church and the abiding presence of the risen Christ in these days of preparation and prayer together.


Loving God, in grateful partnership with the Anglican Church of Canada, we pray for all who gather for their General Synod. We ask that your Spirit move among and through them uniting them for your purpose. Bless their worship and prayer, speaking and listening, debate and decisions, work and rest, singing and praise, tears and laughter, feasting and joy; to serve faithful action and confident trust in your grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Amen.


Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Spring 2016 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is out with scores of changes great and small. Produced by the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC), 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 in a celebration at Waterloo, Ontario.


Waterloo Ministries Directory (Spring 2016): http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/WaterlooMinistries-JALCSpring2016.pdf

Waterloo Ministries on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/475522672470198

JALC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/JALC.Canada


Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief - First Program Approved

The committee established to program funds received by Canadian Lutheran World Relief for Ft. McMurray Wildfire Relief has approved its first program. The committee is composed of Alberta and Territories Synod Bishop Larry Kochendorfer, Alberta British Columbia LCC District President Glenn Schaeffer, CLWR Executive Director Robert Granke and members of the CLWR staff.


Camp Kuraikos at Sylvan Lake will provide for up to 30 youth ages 8-18 and 5 family units an opportunity to take a week away from the intense activities of re-establishing a home environment after the evacuation and fire devastation. They will provide full scholarships for attendance and travel reimbursement. It is the goal that by being a part of a vibrant, supportive Christian camp community, participants would be renewed and encouraged that they are not alone in their struggles. Participants would come to know that they are part of a larger community of care and support.


Be a Part of the Gigantic CLWR 70th Anniversary Quilt Project

To celebrate CLWR’s 70th anniversary, the We Care program will construct a 70th anniversary quilt. A request has been sent out to the We Care network asking all those who would like to get involved to send a quilt square nine inches square with a quarter inch border on all sides. The squares should include the church and/or group name, as well as city and province. People are welcome to include anything they would like on the quilt square. Please let CLWR know you are participating and send your square by October. Contact wecare@clwr.mb.ca or call 1.800.661.2597.



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