1.    Special Appeal

2.    Stewardship

3.    Criminal & Restorative Justice

4.    National Worship

5.    Women of Faith Fund

6.   CLAY 2016

7.   Upcoming Events

8.   ELCIC Reformation 2017

9.   2016 Praise Appeal

10. Compassionate Justice

11. Spirited Discipleship

12. Healthy Church

13. Effective Partnerships

14. Canada Lutheran

15. Tell Your Story

16. Share these Resources

Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief

Resources for 2016-17

Network of Members

2016 National Worship Conference

2016 Fund Recipients

Gathering Sells-out

Worship Opportunities and Synod Conventions

Global Themes, Reformation Challenge and More

Resources Now Available

Winds of Change, Restorative Justice and More

Right to Water

FOD, WCC and More

Waterloo Ministries and CLWR Updates

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1. 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 striking northern Alberta and the city of Fort McMurray in particular.


Fort McMurray firefighters are trying to save the city from a massive wildfire that has destroyed homes and businesses, and forced the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history. Tens of thousands of people have fled.


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."



2. 2016-2017 Stewardship Resources Coming This June


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 will receive a sample package of materials sometime this June. By the time you receive 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. Watch out for it in your mail very soon!



3. 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:


4. 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). Look to the National Worship Conference website for details.



5. Announcing the 2016 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.


This year, the Women of Faith Fund received an overwhelming response in applications and we would like to thank everyone who submitted. The following projects have been approved to receive grants from the ELCIC Women of Faith Fund for the year 2016.

  • Faith World Relief Sewing Group, EAST - $1,000
  • Community Outreach Supper, SK - $1,000
  • Happy Hearts Quilters, SK - $1,200
  • Single Family Camp, ABT - $475
  • Prayers in the Park, ABT - $3,000
  • Marthas and Marys Ladies Group, ABT - $1,000
  • Quilting for Charity, ABT - $500
  • Women’s Circle and Cooking Classes, MNO - $5,000
  • St. Paul’s Quilts and Kits Group, ABT - $500
  • Quilts to Go, EAST - $750
  • Red Heart Knitters - Gravelbourg Prayer Shawl Ministry, SK - $500
  • Christ Lutheran Church Quilting, SK - $300
  • ASL/American Sign Language, MNO - $325
  • Carry-On Sewing!, ABT - $750
  • Women Helping Women, ABT - $1,500
  • Outreach to Support Single Parents, ABT - $4,000
  • Women of St. Peter Quilters, ABT - $600
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry Emmanuel Community Church, ABT - $363
  • H.U.G.S. Helping Us Grow Spiritually - A Retreat for All Women, EAST - $2,000
  • Empowering New Canadian Women, ABT - $2,200
  • Quilts for Families in Need (Ranch Ehrlo), SK - $250
  • Peer Partnership Program, ABT - $3,000
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church Quilters, MNO - $625
  • Good Samaritan Mountainview Home Harp Therapy Program, ABT - $1,000
  • “Human Beings Not for Sale” Study Gathering, SK - $2,600
  • Refuge, MNO - $5,000
  • East West Community Outreach, EAST - $2,000
  • BC Clergy Women Retreat, BC - $1,200

Total projects approved amount to $42,638 from an available $42,670. For more information on ELCIC Women of Faith Fund, please click here.



6. Joint Anglican-Lutheran Youth Gathering Sells-Out


When Anglican and Lutheran youth come together for their national gathering later this summer in Charlottetown, P.E.I., they will be doing so with a sold-out crowd.

The National Planning Committee for the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) Gathering recently announced that the venue had reached its maximum capacity for the 2016 event and no new registrations will be accepted.

More than 950 people will attend the 2016 CLAY Gathering, August 17-24, on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island, which is the largest conference facility available for the location.


To view the full ELCIC news release, please click on this link: Joint Anglican-Lutheran Youth Gathering Sells-Out



7. 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 3-5: Saskatchewan Synod Convention, Saskatoon, SK
June 16-18: Synod of Alberta and the Territories Convention, Camrose, AB
June 23-26: Eastern Synod Assembly, Toronto, ON


And don't forget our great national events as well!

May 16-22: Diaconal Ministers Gathering, Winnipeg, MB

July 24-27: National Worship Conference, Waterloo, ON
August 17-21: Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering,

Charlottetown, PEI



8. ELCIC Reformation 2017


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 - 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
  • 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!


Lutheran-Roman Catholic Working Group

The ELCIC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops have convened a Working Group to encourage Lutherans and Catholics to commemorate the Reformation together in 2017. The Working Group plans to produce a five-session Together in Christ - An Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation study guide for joint-parish use in 2017. Across Canada, around Reformation Day 2017, regional ecumenical Together in Christ - Common Prayer ecumenical Reformation commemorations are being planned using the newly-published (LWF & Vatican) Common Prayer. Details to come. We invite our ELCIC community to include this important work in the prayers of the faithful.


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.



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 Petition

For 2016, the Winds of Change Campaign focuses on TRC Call to Action #62 that 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 for Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students. In Ontario, the petition will be presented to the legislature in the spring. In the rest of the country, signatures will continue to be collected until October 15, 2016. Petitions and info for each province and territory is available at: http://www.kairoscanada.org/what-we-do/indigenous-rights/windsofchange-overview


KAIROS Mass Blanket Exercises

In early June, to mark the first anniversary of the TRC issuing its final report, KAIROS will be hosting Mass Blanket Exercise in public locations across the country. Check out the plans at:



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


Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD)

The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee has gathered papers from ELCIC scholars around the matter of ordered ministry and with particular attention to diakonia and diaconal ministry. FOD met in March to begin its face-to-face work and met again in May. This time with members of the Diaconal Ministry community. Work is under way to create an ELCIC Study Guide on Orders of Ministry for use beginning this fall. Stay tuned!


Ecumenical and Interfaith Study at Bossey

The World Council of Churches offers some terrific continuing education opportunities for ELCIC rostered ministers. Most of these are offered at the Bossey Institute (near Geneva, Switzerland).but there are exceptions. Look for the forthcoming Pastoral Challenges to Sharing the Faith in a Multi-cultural and Multi-faith World, August 14-31, 2016.


Detailed information is available on the Bossey website:



Interfaith Curriculum Resources

The Scarboro Missions, a Canadian Roman Catholic mission society, maintains an excellent repository of curriculum, do-it-yourself workshops and educational resources for interfaith and multi-faith work. Much of it is accessible to Lutherans and could help to undergird interfaith refugee resettlements efforts in the ELCIC.


To access Scarboro Mission's resources, please click here.



13. Effective Partnerships Updates


Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Spring 2016 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is now available 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 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/475522672470198

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


CLWR Emergency Fund Guidelines for Fort McMurray Wildfire

In response to the Fort McMurray Wildfire, church groups and congregations in Alberta are invited to apply for funds for projects that will benefit the congregations and people of Fort McMurray from the CLWR Emergency Fund. The guidelines are intended to help in putting together an application and subsequently reporting on the project. Please click here to read the guidelines in detail.



14. Canada Lutheran Wants Your Ideas and More


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in sight is a new feature that explores our church through photos of our art, architecture, activities and people. Send your photos (high resolution, at least 300 dpi please) to editor@elcic.ca with in sight in the subject line.


Get Connected Through Canada Lutheran

From progressive ministries to practical spiritual guidance, Canada Lutheran introduces readers to people and ideas that will provide discussion and connect them to their home congregations, the National Church, and our global ministries - helping our members live their lives In Mission for Others.


A Congregational Subscription Plan (CSP) to Canada Lutheran is your best way to stay connected. For your congregational subscription, please contact your respective Canada Lutheran representative. To get your church started on a congregational subscription and for individual subscriptions, please contact Barb Wiebe at canaluth@elcic.ca



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