1.    ELCIC
2.    Earth Hour
3.    2017 National Convention
4.    CLAY 2018
5.    ELCIC and ACC
6.    Canada Lutheran
7.    Faith, Order and Doctrine
8.    ELCIC and CCCB
9.    Reformation 2017
10.  Worship
11.  Compassionate Justice
12.  Healthy Church
13.  Spirited Discipleship
14.  Effective Partnerships
15.  Seminaries and Schools
16.  Tell Your Story
17.  Share these resources

Leaders' Joint Message
March 25
Save the Date
2017 Canadian Church Calendar
Share Your Photos
To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves
Study Guide
Global Themes, Reformation Challenge and More
Bulletin Covers
KAIROS, Open for Justice and DUIM
Lutherans Connect and Canadian Churches Forum
Call to Spiritual Renewal, KAIROS and WICC
LutherCare, CCS, CLWR and MOOC
Luther College, LTS and WLS
Share your story In Mission for Others
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1. Remember the Refugees and Migrants - Leaders Issue Joint Ash Wednesday Message

From left to right: The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry (TEC), The Rev. Susan C. Johnson (ELCIC), The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton (ELCA) and The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz (ACC)

Leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Church issue a joint Ash Wednesday message. To view the text of the letter, please click here.


2. Earth Hour is on Saturday, March 25

Earth Hour www.earthhour.org is a grassroots invitation to turn off non-essential lights for one hour, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 25 in order to raise awareness regarding energy consumption. Vigil can be used flexibly on or around March 25. The Roman Catholic-United Church Dialogue has prepared an ecumenical prayer service to help congregations and groups observe earth hour in prayer and worship. For more information, please click here.


3. 2017 National Convention

Updates on the 2017 National Convention

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

The Registration Package has been posted to the ELCIC website http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2017-Winnipeg. Online registration will be available starting March 1, 2017 with a closing date for delegates of April 14, 2017.

Opportunities exist for sponsorship or attending as an exhibitor at the convention. The Sponsorship Package and the Exhibitor Package are available on the ELCIC website.

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.

  • Registration
  • Information desk
  • Transportation
  • Usher
  • Steward
  • Office

The deadline for submission of petitions from synods or congregations to the National Secretary for inclusion in the Bulletin of Reports is April 6.

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. CLAY 2018 - Save the Date!

The planning team is happy to announce the dates for CLAY 2018 in Thunder Bay, ON. Lutheran and Anglican youth from across Canada are invited to meet in Thunder Bay from August 15 - 19. It is sure to be an amazing time! Watch for more details over the new few months.


5. 2017 Canadian Church Calendar

A collaborative project between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada. The 2017 Canadian Church Calendaroffers a glimpse into the ministry of both churches across Canada and around the world. Engagement in God's mission finds expression each month in vibrant photos with accompanying text telling the stories of how Lutherans and Anglicans, as full communion partners, are responding to God's call today. To order your 2017 Canadian Church Calendar, please click here.

Submissions are currently being accepted for stories of ministry and mission to grace the pages of the 2018 Canadian Church Calendar. To send photographs and story details or for further information, send an email to Trina Gallop Blank, Assistant to the Bishop, Communications and Resource Generation at: tgallop@elcic.ca.


6. Send Your Photos for in sight

You are invited to use your camera, imagination and creativity to capture the art, architecture, activity and people of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Canada Lutheran uses such photos for in sight on the inside back cover page to inspire and inform our readers. Send your digital photographs with a brief description to editor@elcic.ca with "in sight" in the subject line. We request that you send in a high resolution image and with at least 300 dpi.


7. To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves - Survey is Due on Easter Monday, April 17

Back from L to R: Deacon Pam Harrington, Eastern Synod Bishop Michael Pryse and
Anglican Church of Canada National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald
Front from L to R: Deaconess Anne Keffer, Deacon Scott Knarr and Pastor Philip Mathai

The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) has released To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves: A Study on Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. To Love Our Neighbours affords the whole church an opportunity to think about diakonia - the servant-ministry of the baptized - as we collaborate to uphold God's mission in a changing Canadian context. To Love Our Neighbours includes a survey due on Easter Monday, April 17, in which ELCIC members are asked to help shape FOD's September, 2017 word to National Church Council. Make this study part of your congregation's January adult learning program.

To download the Orders of Ministry Study Guide, please click here


8. ELCIC, CCCB Release Joint Material to Commemorate 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have developed joint material entitled Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation includes a five-part parish study guide that may be used in individual segments or as a whole series by any Lutheran, Catholic, or ecumenical study group focusing on the Reformation.

To view the news release, please click here.

The Study Guide was created by a Working Group of the ELCIC and the CCCB. The Working Group is encouraging Lutherans and Catholics to commemorate the Reformation together. We invite you to knock on your Catholic neighbour's door and schedule a joint study for five weeks in 2017. The Season of Easter would be a great possibility! Before and after Reformation Day 2017, regional ecumenical Together in Christ Reformation commemorations are being planned using the LWF-Vatican Common Prayer.

Look for events led by Lutheran and Catholic bishops in Victoria, Vancover area, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, 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 Montreal and many other local or regional events.

Helpful links:

From Conflict to Communion

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)


9. Reformation 2017

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

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 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:

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

Ministry Areas Hold Joint Worship Services in Honour of the Reformation Challenge

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) Eastern Synod is currently divided up into 17 different ministry areas - stretching from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to Halifax, Nova Scotia. These ministry areas are select groupings of churches within a close proximity of one another. One of the many benefits of the ministry areas is that they can accommodate larger church group gatherings, much like the two seen in the Thames Ministry Area and the Ottawa Ministry Area in late 2016.

Churches and ministry groups alike have already been gathering across the country to show their support for the ELCIC's Reformation Challenge. The Thames Ministry Area held a joint worship service with its congregations to begin the 500th anniversary year, with the offering set to go towards scholarships for students in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), one of four areas of focus in the Reformation Challenge. The Ottawa Ministry Area held two services with the funds raised also going towards the Reformation Challenge.

To read the full story, please click here: http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=462


10. Images for ELCIC Worship Bulletin Covers

The door images featured in the 2017 ELCIC bulletin series reflect the 500th anniversary of the day Luther nailed his theses on the church door in Wittenberg calling for the Church to reform itself. The ELCIC Program Committee for Worship (PCW) invites you to contribute door images evoking reformation from across the church to be used on worship bulletin covers for the second half of the 2016-2017 liturgical year. The deadline for submissions for the second half of 2017 is April 4.

The images can be of doors of any sort. The church door in Wittenberg was the bulletin board of the day. Doors combined with other symbols of the church or the reformation can carry the reformation to us too. Images of doors with notices attached, crosses emblazoned, trinity celebrated or doors that invite us into the light, into contemplation of stability and beauty and into transition and change are all welcome.

Please send images attached to an email to BulletinPictures@gmail.com indicating the PHOTOGRAPHER who took the image and the LOCATION where the picture was taken. Tell the STORY: say something about why you took the image. Include the name of the congregation if appropriate.

David Solheim, who provided bulletin cover images for three years and prepared the cross images last year, will continue to select and prepare the set of images for this year’s bulletin covers. Since the bulletin covers require a square image (like Instagram), Dave will crop your image as needed. Dave says that from a practical point of view any jpeg (.jpg) image that is 2.6 MB or more in size can work. Please continue to send images for the second half of the year until April 4, 2017.

Need to Sign for Worship Bulletin Covers?

Order worship bulletin covers for the remaining half of the 2017 liturgical year today! Bulletins are shipped directly to your congregation and include scripture readings from the ELCIC Worship Planning Calendar. Deadline for orders is April 12, 2017. Visit www.churchbulletins.ca for more information.


11. Compassionate Justice Updates

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.

Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry

Five days focused on faith, heart, mind, and skills for the art of intercultural ministry. May 8 to 12, 2017 at Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Beausejour, Manitoba. Registration deadline is on April 10, 2017. For more information, please visit: www.ccforum.ca/duim

KAIROS: Blanket Exercise

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Once again, KAIROS will hold another Blanket Exercise. The Kit Chi Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill (Unceded Algonquin Territory) will be held on June 2nd at 5:00 p.m. Visit their website for more information. To view the event poster, please click here.


12. Healthy Church Updates

Lenten Devotions: Stories of the Land

Many of us desire to spend more time in spiritual practice than we do, but often find it challenging to make space for it in our lives. In Lent, we are especially encouraged to make sacrifices or 'fasts' to help draw us into the deeper meaning of the story of Jesus' time in the wilderness and journey to the cross. In the spirit of previous Lenten and Advent projects, Lutheran Campus Ministry - Toronto (a.k.a. Lutherans Connect) invites you to make space for a daily meditation which brings together scripture readings, poetry, songs and reflections from a variety of sources.

Our Stories of the Land project follows The Trans Canada Trail, a network of 432 separate trails that have been joined together to form one great trail to be completed in 2017. The Trans Canada Trail is made up of First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit travel routes, fur trading routes, old railways built by Asian immigrants, the Underground Railroad, and more. We will hear stories from those whose communities the trails pass near or through. They will tell us of oppression, racism, broken promises and lost cultures together with surving traditions, paths of endurance and stories of community. We will also hear from those forging newer paths, not far from the trail, as they seek refuge in our land right now. Listening to each other is part of how we can be with Jesus in the wilderness and Jesus of the Cross. Together we will hear the stories of the land. Please click here for more details.

Join us for forty days starting on Ash Wednesday March 1st. Here’s the link: www.facebook.com/events/1876918705926250/

Canadian Churches Forum Offers Continuing Ed

The next event will take place at the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Beausejour, Manitoba, in May.

Many ELCIC communities are increasingly engaged in ministries with people of other faiths and cultures. Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) is a five-day interactive program to help participants engaged in, proposing to engage in, intercultural work. The study offers practical ideas for implementation in your own context. DUIM is a program of the Canadian Council of Churches' Canadian Churches Forum. DUIM is for ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding, and awareness in their communities. Registration is open to anyone with program locations regularly offered across Canada.


13. Spirited Discipleship Updates

Call to Spiritual Renewal

What does Lent mean for your Call to Spiritual Renewal? To find out more, visit: www.elcic.ca/csr/default.cfm

KAIROS: Spirited Reflections

Ethical and theological reflections on the issues facing our world are a key part of KAIROS' commitment to social justice. These Spirited Reflections on faith and justice are available on a weekly basis. To find out more, please click here.

WICC: World Day of Prayer Resources 2017

The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) provides resources for the World Day of Prayer, which is observed on the first Friday in March. The World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women joined together to observe a common day of prayer. To view these resources, please click here.


14. Effective Partnerships Updates

LutherCare Communities Seeking Nominee for Corporate Board of Directors

LutherCare Communities (LCC) seeks an individual to complete a board term on its 12-member corporate board of directors. The primary function of the corporate board is to provide governance and strategic direction to the organization. For details on this volunteer opportunity, please visit www.luthercare.com. Select Board Members Needed in the What's New at LutherCare box in the right corner. Complete the Board Applicant Questionnaire and submit it, along with your resume to Melody Lewis, LutherCare Communities, 1212 Osler St., Saskatoon, SK S7N 0T9 or melody.lewis@luthercare.com.

CCS Job Opportunity - Looking For A New Principal

The Centre for Christian Studies (CCS) is a national theological school based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with roots in the Anglican Church of Canada and The United Church of Canada.Our mission is to educate leaders for justice, compassion, and transformation, We prepare women and men for diverse ministries of diakonia (service) in both the church and world.

The principal of the Centre for Christian Studies will be a person who is deeply formed by Biblical values with a commitment to justice, to the empowering of others through transformative learning, and to a collaborative, collegial, and non-hierarchical work-style. The principal will build upon a valued history of visionary leadership. Familiarity with the Anglican and United Church communities and a strong understanding and commitment to diaconal ministry will also be essential.

The job ad for the position with links to the job description and an information package is available at http://ccsonline.ca/job-postings/.

CLWR: Bailing Days - British Columbia and Ontario

Baling Days are always a highlight of the We Care calendar! We invite you to join us in Wallenstein, Ontario from April 24-25, 2017 and in Abbotsford, B.C. from May 15-16, 2017 to prepare humanitarian aid shipments destined for Tanzania and Mauritania.

Click here for more information about B.C. Baling Days
Click here for more information about Ontario Baling Days

CLWR: Invitation to participate in The Burk Donor Survey

We invite your participation in the 2017 edition of The Burk Donor Survey, a joint effort of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) and other prominent Canadian charities and institutions. We value our donors’ opinions about where philanthropy is headed in a rapidly changing environment. Your input in this anonymous survey can help shape fundraising strategies for Canadian charities and institutions. Click here to learn more about the survey and find out how you can participate.

Global Encounter to Jordan and the Holy Land

The itinerary for our 2018 Global Encounter to Jordan and the Holy Land has been announced! Join us from January 18-February 1, 2018 and experience first-hand the religious, cultural, social and political context of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. Click here to view the Global Encounter itinerary

Nominate Two Youth (Young Adult) Reps to Attend the CLWR Global Encounter to Jordan and the Holy Land

CLWR has invited the ELCIC to nominate two youth (young adult) representatives to attend the upcoming CLWR Global Encounter to Jordan and the Holy Land, which takes place on January 18 to February 1, 2018. One rep is to be a young adult under the age of 25. The other rep is to be a rostered minister under the age of 35 years. Consideration will be given to those who are in the their first call; others are invited to apply. CLWR will subsidize 50% of their costs through the Ruth Jensen Fund. The nominee will be responsible for the balance of $2500.

Eligible members of the ELCIC who wish to be considered for this opportunity are asked to submit a letter of application that includes: Name, email, phone number, mailing address, congregational membership, and synod. A response, of approximately 200 words, to the question: "Why I would like to participate in the 2018 CLWR Global Encounter." The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017. Nominations to CLWR will be made by National Bishop Susan Johnson. Applications shall be forwarded to Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop, Justice and Leadership at pgehrs@elcic.ca.

For more information on the CLWR Global Encounter, please visit: http://www.clwr.org/News/news-brief.cfm?news_id=503.For questions regarding the ELCIC nominations, please send an email to Rev. Paul Gehrs or contact him at 204-984-9156.

The ELCIC and CLWR work in effective partnership to challenge the causes and respond to the consequences of injustice and poverty. Within Canada, CLWR facilitates the engagement of Lutheran communities in refugee resettlement and provides funding to support ELCIC Compassionate Justice initiatives.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Offered for Free Explores the Work of Martin Luther

A new Northwestern University Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is now available for free on the internet. The course is called "Luther and the West" and offers an educational resource for this year's celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The course is taught by Christine Helmer, who is an internationally known Luther scholar, and Professor of Religious Studies and German at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA. Dr. Helmer is an ELCA member in addition to being s Canadian citizen.

This course is about the impact that Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, had on major ideas in the history of the west. You will encounter ideas such as freedom and slavery, biblical interpretation and anti-Judaism, politics and economics. In addition to Luther, you will meet important thinkers, such as Baruch Spinoza, Immanuel Kant, and Martin Luther King Jr. The course includes 36 video lectures by Professor Helmer, in addition to many texts by Luther and others that you can download for free. You can connect with other learners in discussing the course material.

If you are interested in this course, please visit: https://vimeo.com/183541655. The course link is found at: https://www.coursera.org/learn/luther-and-the-west


15. Seminaries and Schools

Luther College Offers $70,000 in Awards

Haven't applied to residence yet? Don't worry, there is still time to apply to live in Luther College's upgraded and recently renovated residence. Not only will get a private dorm room including internet, phone, and laundry, and an all-you-can eat meal plans, but you can also choose to live in our specialized Pre-Professional Living Learning Community and apply for $20,000 in newly established Luther College Residence Scholarships! Visit luthercollege.edu/residence for more information.

WLS: Sharing Our Parish Stories

In photo: Rev. Rick Pryce, pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lunenburg, N.S.

In an effort to support ELCIC Eastern Synod congregations and clergy, and our partners in the Anglican Church of Canada in Maritimes, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary's communications director Mirko Petricevic presented a series of workshops at the Atlantic Pastors' Conference in Nova Scotia February 7-8. Mirko, a seminary alumnus who worked as a reporter, photographer and copy editor for the Waterloo Region Record daily newspaper for nearly 28 years, covered pitching story ideas to journalists; identifying opportunities to tell parish stories; and using social media tools. Our thanks to Eastern Synod Bishop Michael Pryse and Rev. Ritta Hepomaki, assistant to the bishop, for inviting us to help pastors spread good news. Rev. Rick Pryce, pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lunenburg, N.S. (pictured above), was one of nearly 20 people who participated.

LTS: Annual Study Conference - May 2-4, 2017

Lutheran Theological Seminary School (LTS) in Saskatoon, SK

Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon (LTS) will host its Annual Study Conference, May 2-4, 2017. You're invited to come and hear from speakers: Dr. Kirsi Sterjna and Archbishop Don Bolen. St. Sterjna, Professor of Lutheran History and Theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkley, CA, will respond to our theme: The Challenge of Reform. Archbishop Bolen of the Regina Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church will address the theme: What Catholics have learned from the Reformation. The Study Conference will nclude a panel discussion, an Alumni Dinner, the President's Reception, and daily Chapel worship. For further information and to register, visit their website at www.usask.ca/luther.

For this and other news, please click here.


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