1. National Convention: News Releases, Highlights and More
The 2015 National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) concluded with a wave of excitement as delegates, visitors, volunteers and guests departed home to further the work of Liberation by God's Grace. We have gathered below several of our news releases, highlights and resources related to our National Convention, which we hope you will find useful and informative.
To read daily highlights from the 2015 National Convention, please click here.
The following news releases on our National Convention are available here.
ELCIC Convention Endorses Welcoming The Stranger, Climate Justice
Lutherans Look Outward As National Convention Ends
Reconciliation Is About Change: TRC Commissioner Addresses Lutheran Convention
Convention Bible Study Links Reformation To Liberation
National Bishop Susan Johnson Re-Elected To Third Term
National Bishop Report Highlights Church In Mission For Others
You can watch video recordings of the National Convention by clicking here.
We were blessed throughout the National Convention with inspiring and spirit-filled worship. In response to requests for the music used at the various services, you can download a list here: http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/DailyHighlights.cfm.
2. Join The Reformation Challenge
Join with Lutherans across Canada and take the Reformation Challenge as we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and demonstrate our excitement for the theme Liberated by God's Grace. Click here to get more information.
3. Reminder on 2014 Annual Parochial Reports
The ELCIC National Office would like to give a friendly reminder to congregations who haven't submitted their 2014 Annual Parochial Reports. To submit online, go to http://elcic.ca/Parochial-Reports/default.cfm or contact Barb Wiebe by email for any questions.
4. Announcing The 2015 Women of Faith Fund Recipients
The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund provides annual grants that encourage and facilitate the Christ-centred ministry of women within the ELCIC and In MIssion for Others.
The following projects have been approved to receive grants from the ELCIC Women of Faith Fund for the year 2015.
- Cozy Quilts for Comfort, SK - $1,500
- Prayer Shawl Ministry, SK - $1,500
- Mustard Seed Family Support, BC - $9,800
- Happy Hearts Quilters, SK - $2,000
- Lutheran Women's Retreat & Spring Connection, SK - $1,500
- Women of Grace Quilting Group, BC - $2,000
- Adopt a Room - Hope House Loft Retreat Area, MNO - $2,000
- Peer Partner Programme, ABT - $3,000
- If You Plant A Seed - Putting An Idea Into Action, Eastern - $5,000
- East-West Community Outreach, Eastern - $7,690
- Women in Leadership - Cameroon Companions, MNO - $5,000
For more information on ELCIC Women of Faith Fund, please click here.
5.Canada Lutheran - Share Your Story or Photo to Inspire
Every congregation has stories
that others find interesting and sometimes inspire them to try something
similar. You can share those stories and photos with the wider church
by sending them to your synod editor for your synod's pages in Canada Lutheran. The following is a list of our synod editors and their email contact information.
British Columbia: Judy Whaley firstname.lastname@example.org
Alberta & the Territories: Colleen McGinnis email@example.com
Saskatchewan: Anno Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario: Rick Scherger email@example.com
Eastern: Liz Zehr firstname.lastname@example.org
6. 2015 Praise Appeal Materials Now Available
Liberated by God's Grace: Creation - Not for Sale
Many congregations around the ELCIC participated in the 2014 ELCIC Praise Appeal - thank you for your
partnership in this important ministry! This year, the ELCIC Praise Appeal Theme, Liberated by God's Grace: Creation - Not for Sale, echoes The Lutheran World Federation theme for the commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.
You will see the ELCIC lift up this theme of Liberated by God's Grace and it's three subthemes (Creation - Not for Sale, Salvation - Not for
Sale, and Human Beings - Not for Sale) over the next three years as we
participate in the international and ecumenical commemoration. The
commemoration gives us the opportunity to remember and reflect on the
Reformation and what it means for us now, living as Lutheran people
within the whole body of Christ.
Help us continue this work by holding a Praise Appeal service in your congregation. Resources can be found online at http://elcic.ca/praiseappeal/2015Resources.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.
7. Compassionate Justice Updates
Federal Election Resource 2015
ecumenical organizations have prepared this resource on federal
elections. It identifies a range of priority issues; offers sample
questions which you can ask about candidates; and provides links to
resources where you can learn more. Directly participating in the
political process through voting is a primary benefit of membership in a
representative democracy. The issues raised here are matters of
concern before, during and after elections. Click here to access this resource.
8. Spirited Discipleship Updates
The Next Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) Gathering will take place on August 18-21, 2016 in Charlottetown, PEI. Keep posted on updates by visiting www.claygathering.ca .
9. Healthy Church Updates
2016 Companion of the Worship Arts
The Companion of the Worship Arts is an honor bestowed on individuals in recognition of significant contributions made to the worship life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC).
Conferred in the ELCIC since 1996, the honour recognizes ongoing
inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through
worship, spirituality and the arts. The honour is presented at the
National Worship Conference, which takes place every two years.
In 2016, the 20th Anniversary of the ELCIC Companion of the Worship Arts will be
conferred at the joint ACC - ELCIC National Worship Conference,
Formation & Reformation, to be held in Waterloo, Ontario on July 24
- 27, 2016. Look for nomination information on the Companion of the
Worship Arts webpage.
2016 National Worship Conference
Details are coming together beautifully for the joint Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's 2016 National Worship Conference.
The event will take place in Waterloo, Ontario, July 24-27 under the
theme Formation & Reformation: Worship, Justice and God's
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). Look to the National Worship
Conference website for details.
Reformation 2017 Commemoration
The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s
goals which are (1) to strengthen communion among member churches; (2)
to explore our Lutheran identity; and (3) to strengthen ecumenical
commitment. The overall commemorative theme is Liberated by God's
Grace. These themes are explained on the LWF's Reformation 2017 website and the ELCIC's.
Luther Reading Challenge
approach the 500th anniversary of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses
on October 31, 2017, Martin Luther is going to be a significant topic
of conversation and debate. That is where the Luther Reading Challenge
comes in. An assortment of the reformer's writings will be presented
online for everyone to read and to reflect upon. The texts range from
Luther's personal letters and hymns to his doctrinal and social
treatises to his catechisms and his will. Each text is prefaced with an
introduction to orient the reader. The reading part is just the
beginning. Readers can also participate in online discussions. You
simply have to register! This is a joint venture of The Lutheran World Federation and the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg.
10. Effective Partnerships Updates
Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is an initiative of the World Council of Churches (WCC) to engage "with the most important issues of justice and peace, healing
a world filled with conflict, injustice and pain." The Canadian
churches are focusing on seven broad pilgrimage themes:
climate, food, land, peace, poverty, racism and reconciliation.
Resources are being prepared and gathered across denominations and will
be shared in the months to come. A new WCC Pilgrimage website has just gone live.
Global Young Reformers Network
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) invites
you to be part of the Global Young Reformers Network. This LWF program
was created by and for youth to encourage participation in all aspects
of the life of the church. Find out more by clicking here.
NAAC: Transform Your Congregations From Membership to Discipleship
A Catechumenate Training Institute will be offered on Oct 1-3,
at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sacramento, Calif. in collaboration
with Trinity Cathedral and the Episcopal Church of St. Martins.
Scholarships for seminarians and first-call pastors are available for
both events. Contact registrar Devra Betts at email@example.com. For more information and online registration, visit www.catechumenate.org.
Visit Ethiopia or Uganda with CLWR in 2016
A child stands inside a shelter in the Adjumani District in Uganda. Photo provided by CLWR.
CLWR is inviting people to register for their next Global Encounter trips. Participants will visit Ethiopia to learn more about work to end hunger or Uganda to visit a refugee settlement supporting people from South Sudan. These unique trips take travellers off the beaten path to meet people their donations support while experiencing the culture, history and natural beauty of the regions.
The trips will take place from January 16-30, 2016. For further details on cost, itinerary and other important information, please visit http://www.clwr.org/Get-Involved/visit-our-program-communities.cfm. Questions or wish to register? Please contact Tom Brook at 1.800.661.2597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matching donations for support for South Sudanese refugees
CLWR’s Seeds of Hope appeal is underway in support of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. Funds raised will help provide much-needed resources like water for schools, latrines and hand-washing stations for good sanitation and seeds and garden tools to support livelihoods. A friend of CLWR is matching all donations up to a total of $100,000. Please consider making a gift today at http://clwr.donorshops.com/products/seedsofhope.php
Canadian Lutheran World Relief Is Looking For Your Input
We live in a world where time is scarce, information is overflowing and finances are precious. To provide useful information at efficient cost Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is conducting a brief online survey about how it shares its news and information. Your input will help CLWR more clearly focus its messages and delivery systems as good stewards of all its resources. Here's the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CLWRComm.
11. Tell Your Story
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