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1. Vocational Sunday - May 7

On May 7, 2017, the 4th Sunday of Easter, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) invites all members to celebrate a Day of Prayer for Vocations to Rostered Ministry: http://elcic.ca/Leadership/VocationalSunday.cfm

To encourage conversation around the call to rostered ministry, we challenge all rostered ministers to make a 30 second video that starts with, "I first felt the call to rostered ministry when..." and finishes with, "My one piece of advice to someone who may be feeling a call to ministry is..."

View these stories from across the church:

Lisa Janke, Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod candidate approved for rostered ministry.

Rev. Annemarie Macintosh, rostered minister in the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod (2017)

Rev. Courtenay Reedman Parker, rostered minister in the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod (2017)

Aneeta Saroop, seminary student at Lutheran Theological Seminary and intern at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Victoria (2016)

Rev. Dr. Tim Wray, rostered minister in the Synod of Alberta and the Territories (2016)

The following prayer is recommended for Vocational Sunday (Evangelical Lutheran Worship page 74):

We give you thanks, O God, for all of life and for our common calling as your servants, for the work of your church and for the ministries of word, sacrament and service. We give you thanks for women and men whom you call to be leaders in your church and for teachers who form them for service. Through the witness and mission of our seminaries may the church join courageously in your work of compassion, mercy, justice and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.

 

2. Global Day of Prayer to End Famine - May 21


The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches are inviting congregations around the world to observe May 21, 2017 as a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine.


Currently, more people face famine today than any time in modern history. Globally, more than 20 million people are at risk of starvation, while millions more suffer from drought and food shortages. During Easter, we turn our attention, prayerfully and with dedication, to the most crying needs in our society: www.oikoumene.org/en

 

3. Reformation Challenge Stories

 

From Pine Cones to Planting Trees

It didn't take a lot of convincing to get members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Dunbar, Ontario on board with the ELCIC Reformation Challenge, and specifically the initiative around tree planting.


To read the full story, please click here.

 

Niagara Ministry Area Participates in Year-Long Reformation Challenge Project

What began as a fundraising concert has turned into a year-long ELCIC Reformation Challenge project for a handful of Eastern Synod congregations this year. In September of 2016, the seven churches making up the Niagara Ministry Area hosted a free will offering at a concert featuring young local talent, a Niagara-based Lutheran choir, and Strong Water Women - hand drum singers from the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre.

To read the full story, please click here.

4. Volunteer Opportunities at the 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 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

 

National Convention Updates
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.

 

5. Save the Date for CLAY 2018

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.

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. 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, 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.

 

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

8. 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 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

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

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.

 

9. 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.
http://www.elcicgsi.ca/?page_id=660

 

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; program locations regularly offered across Canada.

Ecumenical and Interfaith Study at Bossey, Switzerland
The World Council of Churches offers some terrific 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:
www.oikoumene.org/en/what-we-do/continuing-formation

Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formations

The Prairies Cenre for Ecumenism offers a terrific 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:
http://pcecumenism.ca/content/new-program-ecumenical-studies-2017-program-sampler

10. Compassionate Justice Updates


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

 

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/

MMIWG: Practical Information for Families
The National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has prepared Practical Information for Families in order encourage participation in the inquiry. Please click on the following link for more details:
http://send.animikii.com/t/y-CE59E1EADB90F1D6

Young Adult Scholarship for 2018 for CLWR Global Encounter
Through the Ruth Jensen Fund, the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is offering two youth (young adult) representatives the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Global Encounter at a reduced cost.


-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.
CLWR will subsidize 50% of their costs through the. 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


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 visit http://elcic.ca/Documents/documents/JointAssemblyDeclaration2013_FINAL.pdf

11. Spirited Discipleship Updates

 

KAIROS Spirited Reflections

KAIROS offers Spirited Reflections on faith and justice on a weekly basis. For more information please go to http://www.kairoscanada.org/category/spirited-reflections


12. Effective Partnerships Updates


Lutheran World Federation Assembly

From May 10-16, 2017, the Twelfth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) will be gathered in Windhoek, Namibia, under the theme Liberated by God's Grace. ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson is leading an ELCIC delegation to this assembly. Complete details are carried on the assembly website at https://www.lwfassembly.org/. Look for theme material, items about worship and music, program and much more.

 

Pray for the LWF Communion
You are invited to pray for the Assembly, 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 (https://www.lutheranworld.org/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.

 

Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Spring 2017 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is being prepared 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. The current edition is available at elcic.ca/Documents/WaterlooMinistries-JALCFall2016.pdf


Do you know of a change to an existing entry? Do you have information on a new entry? Contact Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca with updates, and watch for a new Waterloo Ministries Directory coming in May.

Waterloo Ministries on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/475522672470198
JALC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/JALC.Canada

New World Council of Churches Bible Studies

The first of a series of 12 monthly Bible studies inspired by themes related to the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is now available online on the website of the World Council of Churches (WCC). Many of the studies will resonate as significant Canadian issues and themes.

Detailed information: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/first-of-monthly-pilgrimage-of-justice-and-peace-bible-studies-now-online

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.

 

13. Seminaries and Schools

 

LTS Announces Appointment of New President

The Board of Governors of Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS), Saskatoon is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. William (Bill) H. Harrison to the position of President of Lutheran Theological Seminary.

 

To read the full article, please click here.

 

14. Tell Your Story


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