2. Women of Faith Fund
3. National Convention
4. Canada Lutheran
5. Reformation 2017
6. National Office
7. Reformation Challenge
8. Healthy Church
9. Compassionate Justice
10. Effective Partnerships
11. Seminaries and Schools
12. Tell Your Story
13. Share These Resources


Stop Famine Together Appeal
2017 Recipients
Into the Word

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1. ELCIC Members Encouraged to Support "Stop Famine Together" Appeal


More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria are facing a food crisis and in need of urgent humanitarian aid. In addition, the countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, are facing their own hunger crises or are feeling the effects from their neighbours.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), calls on its members to respond through prayer and financial support to help meet the needs of drought-affected people through the promotion of climate resilient food production.

In Ethiopia, CLWR is supporting small-scale farmers and pastoralists by constructing irrigation systems to improve food production. CLWR is developing a project in Uganda to meet the food and nutrition needs of South Sudanese refugees who are experiencing malnutrition.

The Government of Canada announced that for every eligible donation made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities between March 17 and June 30, 2017, it will contribute an equivalent amount to the Famine Relief Fund.

The Humanitarian Coalition, a national coalition comprised of seven agencies that are responding to the food crisis, which CLWR is a member, has launched a joint fundraising campaign "Stop Famine Together." We invite your support for our response to the food crisis.


"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the food crisis," says Rev. Susan C. Johnson, ELCIC National Bishop. "I have visited some of these regions and have seen first hand the devastating effects of the lack of rain, land erosion, and the scarcity of proper irrigation systems. It is important that we assist our sisters and brothers by responding generously to this appeal."


Donations can be made as follows:

-Making a designated offering donation for Stop Famine Together through any ELCIC congregation.

-Calling CLWR at 1-800-661-2597 (locally at 204-694-6502) to donate by credit card or go online at http://clwr.donorshops.com/product/9E06FCE/stopfaminetogether.ph.


2. Announcing the 2017 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 many applications and we would like to thank everyone who submitted. The following 25 projects have been approved to receive grants from the ELCIC Women of Faith Fund for the year 2017.

  • Women of St. Peter/Quilters, ABT - $1,030
  • Quilting for Christ, ABT - $2,500
  • Epiphany Crockpots Meal Team, MNO - $1,000
  • Peace Lutheran Church Quilting Group, BC - $2,750
  • Quilts for Families in Need, SK - $500
  • Peace Luthean Women's Layette, BC- $1,800
  • Marthas and Marys Ladies Quilting Group, ABT - $1,000
  • Ladies Day Out Conference: The Gift of Song, ABT - $1,800
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church Quilters, MNO - $1,000
  • Dresses for Girls, BC - $1,000
  • Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Quilting Group, BC - $1,500
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Knotty Knitters, BC - $800
  • Women of Grace Quilting Project for CLWR, BC - $1,500
  • Faith World Sewing Goup, EAST - $1,500
  • Red Heart Knitters, SK Synod - $700
  • Teach Drumming to Allow Healing in Society, EAST - $2,500
  • Winter Bags for the Homeless, MNO - $3,000
  • GSLC Women's Ministry Sewing Project, SK - $500
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Quilters, BC - $800
  • The Sewing Room at Zion, EAST - $1,500
  • GSLC Women's Ministry Team/CLWR Reusable Sanitary Pad Project, SK - $1,800
  • University of Calgary Women's Circle, ABT - $3,000
  • Luthean Women Quilters and Knitters for Others, BC - $1,300
  • Dignity Every Month, BC - $3,500
  • Esther Speaks Up Today, Greater Edmonton Alliance - $6,200


Total projects approved amount to $44,480 from an available $44,690. For more information on ELCIC Women of Faith Fund, please click here.

3. National Convention Updates

The 2017 National Convention will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba at University Centre on the University of Manitoba campus from July 6 to 8, 2017.

A significant part of a delegate's preparation for convention involves reading through and becoming familiar with the material provided in the Bulletin of Reports to enable full participation in convention business sessions and discussion. Section B: Information for Attendees of the Bulletin of Reports, contains general information about onsite registration and the logistics of attending the convention.

The Bulletin of Reports is available online for all to view at http://elcic.ca/In-convention/2017-Winnipeg/BulletinofReports.cfm

The transportation schedule for delegate arrivals and departures will be posted to the ELCIC website on June 22, 2017. Pickups from the airport will occur on July 5 and 6 with transportation to the airport occurring on July 8.

The ELCIC's National Convention isn't just for delegates! Visitor fees are very reasonable and allow you to attend business sessions, hear greetings from special guests, and be uplifted by daily worship services, as well as bring information and new ideas back to your local congregation. Further information on how to register as a visitor for the 2017 National Convention is available at http://elcic.ca/in-convention/2017-Winnipeg/Visitors.cfm.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for supporting the 2017 National Convention. The sponsors are:


The Local Arrangements Committee for the 2017 ELCIC Convention, chaired by Norm Coull, is recruiting volunteers to assist during the convention. If you live in Winnipeg and would like to be involved as a volunteer, please email ngcoull@mymts.net. Volunteer opportunities include the registration desk, the information desk, transportation, usher, steward and office.

Keep posted on all the latest updates and information on our 2017 National Convention by visiting the ELCIC website at http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2017-Winnipeg/default.cfm. Please check back often.

4. Canada Lutheran - Into the Word

Into the Word is a resource in Canada Lutheran designed to help users engage in discussion, biblical reflection and action. Topics include environmental challenges, restorative justice, human trafficking, housing, and labour laws. The 2016 series is now available and this series continues in each issue of Canada Lutheran in 2017.

5. Let's Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Together

Look for events led by Lutheran and Catholic bishops in Victoria, Vancouver area, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Lunenburg. More are being considered. Also look for other ecumenical events such as tours to Germany, a hymnfest in New Westminster, symposia in Waterloo and Ottawa, and many other local or regional events.

Reformation 2017 Themes and Goals
The ELCIC has adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s Reformation (2017) themes and goals. The over-arching theme is Liberated by God's Grace with the 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 were prominent in the 2016 Synod Conventions and assemblies, and were captured in our joint Anglican-Lutheran national youth and worship gatherings, and in our 2016 Advent devotions. These will come to life at our 2017 National Convention.

Helpful links:
Reformation 2017 Themes
Reformation 2017 Flyer

6. Options Available to Receive Donations

In April, we asked if your congregation was interested in learning about alternative methods for receiving donations. We still want to hear from you if you want to learn about different methods available to you. We also want to hear from you if you are doing something innovative that is working well, or if you have tried something that wasn't as successful. Our office is trying to build some knowledge to be able to share with everyone, so please help if you can. Call Kyle Giesbrecht at 204-984-9178 or email at kgiesbrecht@elcic.ca.

7. 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!

Would you like to receive weekly highlights on the Reformation Challenge in your inbox? Email info@elcic.ca with Subscribe - Reformation Challenge in the subject line.

Looking for ways you and your congregation can get involved? Be inspired by these stories:

Congregational Questionnaire Inspires Commitments

Creative Commemoration
From Pine Cones to Planting Trees
Niagara Ministry Area Participates in Year-Long Reformation Challenge Project
From 20 books to 2 scholarships
ELCIC congregation sets goals to engage in Reformation Challenge
ELCIC congregation makes Reformation Challenge missional priority


Reformation Theme Reflections

Here's some great continuing ed material! 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 study with area colleagues!

Helpful links:
Reformation Reflections
ELCIC Reformation 2017 Webpage
LWF Reformation 2017 Website
LWF Assembly Website

Lutherans and Anglicans Do Joint Commemoration

The Anglican-Lutheran International Coordinating Committee (ALICC) has produced a series of 42 thematic and topical daily devotions suitable for use at any time during the year. Published daily during Lent 2017, the devotions have been collected in a single volume entitled Liberated by God's Grace: Anglican-Lutheran Reflections. Please click on the following link for details: https://www.lutheranworld.org/news/anglican-lutheran-reflections.

8. Healthy Church Updates

Continuing Education Plan - New Policy

The Continuing Education Plan (CEP) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is a national program intended to encourage and support life-long learning among rostered and non-rostered/lay employees. A new policy, adopted by NCC in March, encourages employers and employees to discuss how to use these funds to encourage growth for effective ministry.


Ecumenical and Interfaith Study at Bossey, Switzerland

The World Council of Churches offers continuing education possibilities which might be of interest to ELCIC rostered ministers. Most of these seminars are offered at the Bossey Institute (near Geneva, Switzerland) but there are exceptions. Look especially for Sharing the Faith in a Multi-cultural and Multi-faith World, 31 July-11 August 2017, Bossey, Switzerland.


Detailed information is available on the Bossey website:


Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formations

The Prairies Cenre for Ecumenism offers a program in ecumenical studies and formation. The program will unfold June 20-23 at Redeemer Lutheran, 812 Preston Ave., Saskatoon.


Program Overview: http://pcecumenism.ca/content/new-2017-video-overview-program-ecumenical-studies-formation


Program Sampler:


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, affords people a rich context in which to explore the astonishing variety of faith expression alive in the world today. The event represents a significant close-to-home continuing education possibility. Visit their website at: https://parliamentofreligions.org/

9. Compassionate Justice

National Aboriginal Day - June 21

June is National Aboriginal History month and June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. Keep an eye out for local events in your community and remember to pray for reconciliation and healing. http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1449592621009/


Study Guide for Conversations on Medical Assistance in Dying
The ELCIC has prepared a new resource for conversations on the needs of people in times of death and dying. National Church Council commends it to congregations and members. The Task Force looks forward to hearing feedback from your conversations. To access this resource, please go to: http://elcic.ca/Decisions-at-the-end-of-life/


Let Justice Roll
This is a new resource to encourage implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It includes:

A theological reflection
Some Frequently Asked Questions about the UN Declaration
A guide for visiting your Member of Parliament
A guide for banners to delcare commitment to reconciliation

To access this resource, please go to: http://elcic.ca/CompassionateJustice/documents/Let-Justice-Roll.pdf

Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy
The Government of Canada is currently encouraging people to input on development of a national poverty reduction strategy (www.canada.ca/reduce-poverty). There are 8 discussion questions which can be answered as an individual or an organization. Engaging with this process demonstrates a commitment to compassionate justice. Citizens for Public Justice offers ideas for making your voice heard from a faith-based perspective. Find out more at www.cpj.ca/cprs


Mining Justice: Open for Justice
Make Canada 'Open for Justice' by enacting an extractive-sector Ombudsperson and facilitating access to Canadian courts for those harmed by the international operations of Canadian resource extraction companies. KAIROS invites you to write a letter to your MP in support of mining justice. In the 2013 Joint Declaration, the ELCIC committed to supporting Responsible Resource Extraction. Please click here for more information.

10. Effective Partnerships

The Lutheran World Federation Assembly

From May 10-16, 2017, the Twelfth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) gathered in Windhoek, Namibia, under the theme Liberated by God's Grace. ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson led the ELCIC delegation to this assembly. Bishop Larry Kochendorfer was elected to the new Council. Complete details can be found on the assembly website at https://www.lwfassembly.org/. Look for theme material, items about worship and music, program and much more. Also look for a large archive of assembly stories and photographs.


Continue to Pray for the LWF Communion
You are invited to pray for the LWF Communion of churches, and for our common calling to participate in God's mission.

LWF Offers Many Helpful Resources
The Lutheran World Federation offers a great many resources which touch on every aspect of Christian life and ministry. Look for recently prepared items on women in ordained ministry, gender justice and much more. Please click here for more details.


CLWR Invites You to Mission Potluck


Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is pleased to invite you to Mission Potluck, a musical play performed by One Trunk Theatre and sponsored by, and in support of, CLWR. The play focuses on "a motley crew of Lutheran Ladies and their hilariously ill-fated fundraising schemes." An opportunity will be provided to support CLWR's work during intermission. The performances are scheduled from June 14-25 in select locations in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. More information can be found at onetrunktheatre.com. We hope to see you there!


Canadian Council of Churches Job Opening

The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has an opening for Acting General Secretary (9 Month Term). The Acting General Secretary will be responsible to the Governing Board for administering the work of the Council, recommending and implementing policies and programs, and ensuring the effectiveness of the staff teams. They are responsible for maintaining relationships among the member denominations for facilitating common action. While the Acting General Secretary will be primarily tasked with the day to day good functioning of the Council during this transition period, they will secondarily assist the Council in fulfilling its vision, direction and priorities, in facilitating the work of the Council as a forum of the member denominations. Applications will be accepted through 30 June 2017. For more details, please visit: www.councilofchurches.ca/?p=8724


New World Council of Churches Bible Studies

A series of 12 monthly Bible studies inspired by themes related to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is available online on the website of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Many of the studies will resonate as significant Canadian issues and themes. To visit the website, please click here.


WCC's Current Dialogue

At the close of the 50th year since Vatican II's declaration on Christian relations with other religions, relations between Christians and Jews, and between Christians and Muslims, are freshly explored in issue 58 of Current Dialogue. Helpful witness for the Canadian context. Available online in PDF at no charge.

11. Seminaries and Schools

Apply Today to Live at Luther College



Apply today to live in Luther College's upgraded and recently renovated residence that includes a private dorm room including internet, phone, and laundry, and an all-you-can eat meal plan. For more information, pleae visit: www.luthercollege.edu/residence


Seminary Construction Video Updates


Mark Harris, the seminary's principal dean, packs vestments into his vehicle as movers empty the seminary and shuttle furniture and boxes to temporary offices nearby at 190 Lester St. in Waterloo. (Photo credit: WLS)


Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is posting regular video updates throughout the construction phase of its $9-million renewal and modernization project. At the end of April, faculty and staff vacated the seminary that was built in 1963. Construction crews moved into the seminary during the first week of May. For the next 14 months they will be removing asbestos; reconfiguring classrooms; installing energy efficient systems; and building a new entrance facing the community. Visit the seminary's YouTube channel and Facebook page to view renewal roundup video updates as the project progresses. Videos will be posted regularly until classes resume in the renewed building in the fall of 2018. For details on how the seminary will operate in the meantime, click here. And visit reformcapitalcampaign.ca to learn more about the project and the $1.5-million capital campaign to help us grow into the 21st century.

12. 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 communique@elcic.ca and be featured in an upcoming issue!

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