1. 2013 Parochial Reports Due By March 31
are to submit their 2013 Annual Parochial Reports online by March 31.
Forms and the online link are available on the ELCIC website under
"Resources" at http://elcic.ca/Parochial-Reports/default.cfm.
2. 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.
3. New Anti-Spam Laws in Place
New anti-spam laws are set to
enter into force later this year in Canada and now is a good time to
review how you gain consent for your congregation's email (or text)
distribution lists. Two quick tips include:
- Review your distribution lists and determine what kind of consent
you have received for messages you are currently sending out, and
those you plan to send in the future.
- Make sure all messages have notices and opt out mechanisms in
place now. This can be as easy as noting at the end of email
newsletters, "to unsubscribe to this newsletter, please reply with
'unsubscribe' in the subject field."
Have questions about your electronic distribution methods? Contact Trina Gallop Blank.
4. Compassionate Justice Updates
#fastfortheclimate - Monthly Day of Fasting for the Climate
ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson invites church members to join in a Monthly Day of Fasting for the Climate on the first of each month. This invitation comes from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and is an opportunity for spiritual renewal, compassionate justice and solidarity.
To view ELCIC's news release, please click on this link: ELCIC National Bishop Participates In, Encourages Monthly Day of Fasting For The Climate
Open for Justice
The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) has
initiated a campaign calling for an extractive-sector Ombudsman to
investigate complaints and for legislated access to Canadian courts for
people who have been seriously harmed by the international operations
of Canadian companies. Additional information including campaign
backgrounder and suggested actions are available at the CNCA website. KAIROS is a member of CNCA.
The Watershed Discipleship program of KAIROS blends biblical and theological reflection with hands-on environmental experience and social analysis. A retreat based on these resources will take place at the Calling Lakes Centre in Fort Qu'Appelle, SK from May 9 to 11. For more details, 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.
Caring for All Creation: Land, Water, Our Natural Community
Caring for All Creation: Land, Water, Our Natural Community is a series of weekly gatherings of the diverse peoples who care about our lands, waters and communities in different ways. The intention is to create a caring community that supports each other in the vital task of seeing, thinking and acting in new ways. The BC Synod is one of the sponsors of this series.
Vancouver: March 4 to May 13, 2014
Victoria: March 3 to May 12, 2014
Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
Presented by the Canadian Churches Forum
June 23-28, 2014 in Winnipeg
Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land
March 24 marks the first anniversary of the ELCIC joining this monthly prayer vigil for peace in the Holy Land. Please click here for more information on this prayer vigil.
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.
Study Opportunities at LTS Saskatoon
Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon has two upcoming study events:
May 6 -8, 2014 Annual Study Conference
May 19-23, 2014 School of Faith
Go to http://www.usask.ca/stu/luther/ for more information.
Study Opportunity at WLS Waterloo
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary hosts the annual Luther Hostel event from June 2-6, 2014. Click here for more details.
Pray with Lutherans Connect
Lutherans Connect is an online community committed to quality devotional material and Lent is a great time to see what they have to offer. Click here to view their Facebook page.
6. Healthy Church Updates
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
7. Canadian Interfaith Conversation
ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson signed on to the Statement on Quebec Charter of Values (November 2013). Prepared by the Canadian Interfaith Conversation, the statement expresses concern about the proposed charter's effect on religious freedom.
The Canadian Interfaith Conversation has been bringing together senior representatives of the world's faith communities since January 2009; they address together issues of concern for the common good of all Canadians from sea to sea to sea out of positions of deep respect and deep knowledge of pluralism.
The Canadian Interfaith Conversation encourages the Quebec government to reconsider its proposed ban on religious symbols in the public service and encourages harmony, dialogue and insight among religions and religious communities in Canada and with all Canadians.
8. Worship Updates
2014 Call for Nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts
The Companion of the Worship Arts is bestowed on an individual every two
years in recognition of significant contributions to the worship life
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). The honour recognizes ongoing inspiration and
encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship,
spirituality, and the arts.
For the first time in 2014, two Companions will be honoured - one from the ELCIC and one from the Anglican Church
of Canada (ACC). To learn more about this honour and to find out on how you can nominate, please go to www.newworship.ca .
Register Now 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!
9. Ecumenical and Interfaith Updates
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 email@example.com
During Lent, the people at Lutherans Connect (a (Lutheran Campus Ministry in Toronto) publishes a superb series of online daily devotions. This year’s theme is On the Way with Jesus in Lent. To sign-up, please go to http://lclent2014.blogspot.ca/. These Lenten devotions (and a similar Advent series) regularly attract people from around the globe.
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 the 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.
10. CLWR Updates
Canadian Olympian Cindy Klassen Speaking in Support of Women's Sports for Palestinians
CLWR was pleased to have Canadian Olympic speed skater Cindy Klassen join us on our Global Encounter to the Holy Land in February. While she was visiting the Middle East, Ms. Klassen helped us launch one of the largest sports facilities in the West Bank by participating in a symposium on Empowering Women through Sports, along with ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson and many Palestinian women involved with sports. The sports hall is administered by a local Lutheran organization affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land, and it received significant support from Canadian Lutherans. A Women’s Sports Center, one of first in the region, will be based in the venue.
To learn more about the gym and the sports symposium, please click here. Click the link to read Ms. Klassen’s interview with the Winnipeg Free Press.
Cindy Klassen visits the sports hall ahead of the March 2 grand opening. (Photo courtesy of CLWR)
VIDEO: CLWR Support Empowers Girls and Women in India
Investing in education for girls and women is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty. CLWR recently concluded a program in South 24 Parganas, a rural area of India, which had education and economic development for women as one of its priorities. The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) produced a video about this work. Please click here to watch it! Thanks to MCIC for producing the video for International Development Week, and thanks to all who’ve supported this important work for women and girls.
Delivering Warmth and Comfort to Syrian Refugees
Canadian Lutherans are continuing to help some of the most vulnerable families affected by the Syrian conflict. Click here to see photos from a recent distribution of heaters, gas bottles, gas coupons, carpets and winter clothing to Syrian refugees and Jordanians living in the Mafraq area of northern Jordan. With the support of Canadian Lutherans and the assistance of the Canadian government, CLWR has been able to help some of the most vulnerable families get through the cold months.
What you will see in the photos is people lining up at a compound to receive the items. When it is their turn, they check in with Lutheran World Federation staff, and then proceed to trucks to receive the items.
Sweaters for Syrian Refugees
On February 7, a third container of sweaters left CLWR’s Winnipeg warehouse for the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Over 22,000 sweaters were loaded this time, bringing the sweater campaign’s total to a staggering 70,237 sweaters shipped (more than seven times our goal!). With the first shipments recently arriving in the country, we look forward to sharing with everyone the impact their donations have made. Click here for video footage of the shipment being prepared and loaded.
Shoes for Syrian Children
Thanks to everyone who has donated towards shoes for Syrian children through the Syria’s Need online campaign. With your support, many small feet will be warmer and better protected. To learn more about the campaign and make a gift, please click here.
Upcoming Events in Kitchener-Waterloo
Join CLWR for a Dinner in Support of the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem: FaithLife Financial Evening of Hope
CLWR supports Augusta Victoria Hospital, a Lutheran hospital that provides a significant Christian presence while delivering leading-edge health care in many critical specialties to Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza. The FaithLife Financial Evening of Hope promises to be a special evening with good food, warm fellowship and entertainment. The dinner features guest speaker Dr. Tawfiq Nasser, the CEO of Augusta Victoria Hospital, who will speak about how the hospital is increasing its care for elderly and chronically ill patients.
- Saturday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. dinner
- Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo, 105 King Street East, Kitchener, ON
- Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased by contacting CLWR’s Eastern Regional Office at 519.725.8777 or toll-free at 1.888.255.0150. Limited tickets available - get yours today!
CLWR is Offering a Free Refugee Sponsorship Information Session
The session will focus on the Blended Visa-Office Referred (BVOR) Initiative which is a new opportunity that makes it easier for Canadians to become refugee sponsors. It allows sponsors to evenly split the financial costs of supporting a refugee with the Canadian government. Refugees sponsored under this initiative are ready to travel to Canada, so sponsors can welcome them to their community in a matter of months, rather than years.
- March 25, 2014 from 7-8:30pm
- Grace Lutheran Church, 136 Margaret Ave, Kitchener, ON
- Please RSVP by March 21 to Arlene Knight (CLWR volunteer) at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t attend, but would like more information on sponsorship, please contact Fikre Tsehai at our Western Office in Vancouver or Jenn Ardon at our Eastern Office in Waterloo, or visit the CLWR website to read more about the ministry of refugee sponsorship.
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