1. 2014 CWA Recipients Named
2014 Companion of the Worship Arts Award Recipients, The Rev. Canon Dr. Graham Cotter and Dr. Joy Berg.
This is the first year that the Companion of the Worship Arts Award (CWA) will be presented to one Lutheran and one Anglican recipient.
The ELCIC recipient of the CWA award for 2014 is Dr. Joy Berg.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Graham Cotter is the inaugural Anglican laureate of the CWA award.
The CWA award is presented biennially in recognition of significant contributions to the national worship life. The awards will be presented by National Bishop Susan Johnson and Archbishop Fred Hiltz at the National Anglican Lutheran Worship Conference on July 20 to 23 at the Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton Alberta.
To view the news release announcing this year's recipients, please click on this link: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=375
2. Register 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!
3. Canada Lutheran Honoured with Six Awards
The ELCIC's national publication Canada Lutheran, received six awards at the recent Canadian Church Press (CCP) annual convention held May 1-2 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The annual CCP awards program recognizes excellence in publications and allows participants the benefit of feedback provided by judges on all submissions.
ELCIC Graphic Designer Catherine Crivici won first place in the Feature Layout and Design category for her work on the October/November 2013 issue Pain and Blessing: Autism and the Church. “You’ve made a compelling layout,” noted the judge’s feedback. “There’s structure, and a good narrative arrangement to the images." Crivici received second place in the Edition Layout and Design of a Magazine category for the October/November issue. Her work was also recognized with a third place in the Front Cover of a Magazine category for the January/February 2013 issue.
Other awards received were the following:
- Second place, News Photo category, A View from the Peace Tower, July/August 2013 (ELCIC Director of Communications and Stewardship - Trina Gallop Blank)
- Second place, Biblical Interpretation category, Facing Our Fears, March 2013 (columnist - Daranne Harris)
- Third place, Magazine Features category, Hockey Chaplain: God cares about the people playing hockey, September 2013 (writer - Geoff Kirbyson)
To view the news release, please click on this link: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=377
To find out more about the ELCIC’s national publication, Canada Lutheran, please click here.
4. Congregations on Twitter and Facebook
Is your congregation on Facebook and Twitter? We'd love to hear from you! We are putting together a list of ELCIC Congregations that are active on social media. Tweet us at @ELCICinfo to let us know if you are on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ELCICinfo). And post on the ELCIC page (www.facebook.com/CanadianLutherans) if your congregation is on Facebook. Also, is your congregations active on instagram (www.instagram.com/canadianlutherans) and Pinterest? Let us know that as well at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Worship Opportunities and Synod Conventions
Are you planning some travel across Canada this summer? If you are looking for worship opportunities, check out the ELCIC's Find a Congregation tool.
And did you know that you can also attend one of the many Synod Conventions that are happening across our church this spring/summer as well? Registering as a visitor is a great way to see what's happening across our church! Find out more by visiting the synod websites.
June 19-22: Synod of Alberta and the Territories Convention, Camrose
June 26-29: Eastern Synod Assembly, Toronto
And don't forget our great national events as well!
July 13-20: Diaconal Ministers Gathering, Edmonton
July 20-23: National Worship Convention, Edmonton
August 14-17: Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering, Kamloops
6. Announcing the 2014 Women of Faith Fund Recipients
The following projects have been approved to receive grants from the ELCIC Women of Faith Fund for the year 2014.
Happy Hearts Quilters (SK Synod) - $2,000
M&M's Comfort Quilts (ABT Synod) - $2,000
Cozy Quilts for Comfort -(SK Synod) - $1,500
Lutheran Women's Retreat and Spring Connection -$1,500
LAMP Vacation Bible School (MNO Synod) -$3,408
Hinton Harp Therapy Project (ABT Synod) - $3,000
Fundraising Dinner for the North Point Douglas Women's Centre (MNO Synod) - $1,000
Eastern Synod Women's Gathering 2015 (Eastern Synod) - $10,000
East-West Community Outreach (Eastern Synod) - $10,000
For more information on ELCIC Women of Faith Fund, please click here.
On ELCIC Women of Faith Fund:
In recognition of the "significant contribution of the women of the Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), a new ELCIC Women of Faith Fund was established in 2011.
The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund will provide grants for the purpose of encouraging and facilitating, "the Christ-centred ministry of women within the (ELCIC) and In Mission for Others."
"The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund will honour the work of women in our church in the areas of faith and spiritual growth, fostering supportive communities, developing leadership skills and working towards justice and peace," says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson.
7. 2014 Praise Appeal Materials Now Available
Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly With Our God
Many congregations around the ELCIC participated in the 2013 ELCIC Praise Appeal - thank you for your partnership in this important ministry!
The ELCIC Praise Appeal helps support the work of the wider church. The 2014 ELCIC Praise Appeal theme - Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with our God (Micah 6:8) - outlines what God required us to do in a way that is both memorable and compelling.
Through your gift to the Praise Appeal, you directly enable the mission and ministry of the ELCIC to Do Justice, as we work in the areas of homelessness and affordable housing and responsible resource extraction, among many other important issues; Love Kindness, as we work to support refugees around the world and work in many development and relief programs with our partners; Walk Humbly with our God, through our Call to Spiritual Renewal and our deepening discipleship and learning of new ways to reach out in faith to those around us, and building better relationships with other denominations and faiths here in Canada and around the world.
Help us continue this work by holding a Praise Appeal service in your congregation. Resources can be found online at elcic.ca/praiseappeal/resources.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.
8. 15th Biennial National Convention Dates Set
The 15th Biennial Convention of the ELCIC will be held in Edmonton, Alberta from July 9 to 12, 2015. The plenary sessions will take place at the Shaw Conference Centre in downtown Edmonton. For preliminary information to the 2015 National Convention, please go to our website and look under National Convention or click here to go to our website.
9. A Reminder When Sending Donations Overseas
Does your congregation send funds outside Canada? If so, you should be aware that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has specific requirements for Canadian registered charities carrying out activities outside Canada. For information on foreign activities, see page A-34 section 9F of the 2014 Treasurer's Information Booklet located on the ELCIC website under Treasurer Resources or click here.
10. NAAC Events to Nurture and Inspire You
NAAC Gathering and Training Institutes for the Catechumenate
The North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC) will be holding events that will provide learning opportunities and inspiration to pastors, seminarians, musicians, and lay leaders. If you are looking for ways to help your congregation move from a paradigm of maintenance to one of mission, and from membership to one of discipleship, then check out on the following events!
Reclaiming Our Baptismal Calling: Discipleship in a Post-Christian Culture
(Annual Gathering including a full Catechumenate Training Event)
August 5-8, 2014, University of British Columbia Campus
Go Make Disciples: An invitation to Baptismal Living
(Regional Training Event offered by NAAC)
September 25-27, 2014, St. John's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, VA
For more information, please go to www.catechumenate.org or contact Devra Betts. You may also click on the following links to get more details.
NAAC Cover Letter
NAAC News Release
11. Compassionate Justice Updates
Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
Presented by the Canadian Churches Forum
June 23-28, 2014 in Winnipeg
Open for Justice
National Bishop Susan C. Johnson (ELCIC), Archbishop Fred Hiltz (ACC) and National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald have written an article reflecting on Holy Week, Easter and corporate accountability for the extraction sector. Read the article As Christians, we are challenged to condemn mining abuses in The Chronicle Herald (Halifax), April 21, 2014 issue.
To support the Open for Justice campaign, 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.
Expression of Reconciliation
Bishop Susan Johnson presented an Expression of Reconciliation on behalf of the ELCIC at the recent Truth and Reconciliation National Gathering in Edmonton. Read more including the text of her presentation at http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=364
Homelessness and Affordable Housing Resources
Click on the following to access helpful resources on homelessness and affordable housing.
CMHC Affordable Housing in Canada
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
1st of each month #fastfortheclimate http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=349
24th of each month Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Holy Land http://actpalestineforum.org/vigil/
On the centenary of World War One, Project Ploughshares and the Group of 78 are co-hosting a conference to be held at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on September 26-28, 2014. The goal is to reflect on how we can reduce the incidence of armed conflict and reinforce the foundations of a more stable, just and peaceful world. Find out more by visiting the Group of 78 website.
12. Spirited Discipleship Updates
WORTH IT - CLAY 2014 Gathering, August 14-17 in Kamloops, BC
Registration is now open for the 2014 Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth gathering (CLAY 2014). Please click here to go to the website.
National Youth Project - Right to Water
The National Youth Project has committed to providing potable water to one home in Pikangikum, ON. Three new resources have been posted in support of this goal: A brochure, an FAQ document and a powerpoint presentation designed for local use. Please click here to get more information.
Faith and Wisdom
Faith and Wisdom is a resource site that provides information on lifelong theological learning opportunities and which also includes a search engine.
13. Healthy Church Updates
Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide
Participate in the new Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide! Using this study is a great opportunity to reflect on what it means to be church, what leadership is needed in our current context, and how Christ empowers us for God's mission.
Details of the study, together with a Study Guide and response tool are available on the ELCIC website at: http://elcic.ca/faithorderdoctrine/default.cfm. The deadline for responses is on Monday, December 15, 2014. The study is designed for small groups wherein conversation and the exchange of ideas and opinions may take place relatively easily. Larger communities could offer more than one opportunity while smaller communities could come together to do the study.
Diaconal Ministers Gathering
The biennial gathering of ELCIC's rostered diaconal ministers and diaconal candidates takes place on July 13-20, 2014 in Edmonton, AB. Please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Leadeship at email@example.com for more information.
14. Effective Partnerships Updates
ACC Celebrates National Aboriginal Day of Prayer
The Anglican Church of Canada celebrates June 21 as National Aboriginal Day of Prayer. Propers can be found by clicking here. Inspirational prayers are also provided by the Anglican Indigenous Ministries. Please click here to avail of these resources.
LWF Backstage Pass Brings You Inside Nepal
This is 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 and to register, please click here.
Waterloo Ministries Directory
The Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC III) concluded its first meeting since the Joint Assembly in Ottawa. JALC will soon turn its hand to a revision of the Waterloo Ministries Directory. Please click here to read this document.
We are inviting communities where Anglicans and Lutherans are working together to revise their listings or to suggest new ones. Send any updates or new material (following the format used in the Directory) to Rev. Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith at firstname.lastname@example.org
News from The Lutheran World Federation
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) offers a regular blog on its website with texts, photos and videos together with regular email news. Subscription to Lutheran World Information is available at the bottom part of the webpage. Click here to view its blog and other LWF information.
News from the World Council of Churches
The World Council of Churches (WCC) offers a regular news page with texts, photos and videos. An email news subscription is also available to get updated on anything related to WCC. Click here to sign-up for its e-news.
Lift up the experiences of refugees with World Refugee Day worship resources and activities
Through the generous support of Canadian Lutherans, CLWR has been helping refugees since 1946. But the urgent need continues to this day, and CLWR is increasing its support. At least 45 million people are currently displaced from their homes because they fear for their safety.
World Refugee Day is June 20 and CLWR has some activities and resources to share with you to mark the day. We hope that you and your congregation will get involved! www.clwr.org/WRD.htmHashtag is #WRDclwr
- Hold a Refugee Sunday click here to download a worship resource.
- Watch and share a message from National Bishop Susan C. Johnson marking World Refugee Day. Click here.
- Attend a free one-hour webinar on private refugee sponsorship Learn about the private sponsorship program in Canada, how CLWR plays an important role as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with the government, and how Canadians can get involved. You will also hear from special guest speakers who have been impacted by the refugee sponsorship program. It will be held Thursday, June 19, at 1 p.m. EDT. Click here to sign up. The webinar will be recorded for later viewing.
- Join CLWR on the “Road to Kakuma,” and help get a shipment of We Care kits and quilts to a remote refugee camp in northern Kenya. More information coming soon at www.clwr.org/roadtokakuma.htm.
- Attend a World Refugee Day event click here for more information on cities involved. Kitchener-Waterloo is especially active, with a month’s worth of activities. The Canadian Council for Refugees is holding refugee walks across the country.
- Watch CLWR’s website and social media pages for stories and updates on the work you support for refugees. The hashtag is #WRDclwr. Feel free to share your own stories using the hashtag!
Spend An Evening with Katie Luther in Vancouver
Laurel Kelsh Jones as Katie Luther (Photo courtesy of CLWR)
You’re invited to a performance of An Evening with Katie Luther at the University of British Columbia on Sunday, June 8, starting at 7:30 p.m.! It will be held at The Norm Theatre in the Student Union Building (6138 Student Union Boulevard). Click here for a map. Admission is free, but ticket reservations are required. To reserve tickets, please call CLWR's Vancouver office at 1.888.588.6686 or CLWR's head office at 1.800.661.2597. Please feel free to extend this invitation to your congregation members!
Laurel Kelsh Jones gives life to Katharina von Bora Luther, the wife of the great reformer Martin Luther. With history, humor and a powerful faith message, Katie tells of her life, her marriage to Martin, and the power of God’s grace in each of our lives today. Laurel’s presentation picks up where the “Luther” movie leaves off, and she brings everything full circle.
Want to be part of the The Biggest Lutheran BBQ Ever?
CLWR is planning nation-wide BBQ picnics on or close to August 10, 2014, and we’re hoping to make this event even bigger by getting more congregations across the country involved! BBQs are already being planned in Kitchener-Waterloo, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver, but if you would like to host one in your community, please let us know and we’ll add you to the list. The Biggest Lutheran BBQ Ever is an opportunity for congregations to get together, celebrate summer, and enjoy some good food and family-friendly activities on a Sunday afternoon. If you’d like to get involved with one of the existing BBQs, or need help organizing your own, please contact Tom Brook, CLWR Community Relation Director, at email@example.com or 1.800.661.2597.
15. One-Day Workshops on Emotional Intelligence
Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly With Our God
If you are looking at learning more about emotional intelligence and its practical implications for personal or professional effectiveness, then the following one-day workshop is for you! The outcomes from this workshop may prove to be helpful in your ministry or personal life.This one-day Emotional Introductory Workshop is facilitated by: Roy M. Oswald.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
To view their full list of workshops, please click here to go to their website.
16. 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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