1. Lutheran, Anglican Leaders Offer Advent Resources
Lutheran and Anglican leaders have created a series of Advent devotions for 2014. These reflections are now available on the ELCIC and partner websites. The writers for these series are Advent 1: The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Advent 2: The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church; Advent 3: The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; and Advent 4: Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. These Advent devotions are intended for use and reflection in all of our communities.
To download, please click on this link: Lutheran, Anglican Leaders Offer Advent Resource
2. February 22 is Diaconal Sunday
Diaconal Sunday, set by our National Church for the last Sunday each February, is a way to raise awareness for consecrated Diaconal Ministry vocation. An annual Sunday focus on diaconal ministry is another way to highlight the mission of all believers in our church to seek the lost, the lonely, the disenfranchised in our neighbourhoods and throughout the world, ministering to them in the way of Christ. New materials for Diaconal Sunday, written by ELCIC Diaconal Ministers will be available soon! Watch E-Communique and elcic.ca for updates.
3. A Call for Prayers for Churches and Communities Affected by Ebola Crisis
In a letter issued to the church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)
National Bishop Susan C. Johnson encourages individuals and
congregations to join with others throughout the Lutheran communion and
pray for churches and communities affected by the Ebola crisis in
Central and West Africa.
To view Bishop Johnson's letter to the church, please click here.
To view the news release, please click on the following link:
ELCIC members invited to join In prayers of solidarity for churches and communities affected by the Ebola crisis
4. Canada Lutheran Wants Your Ideas and More!
Ideas for 2015 Issues
Canada Lutheran is looking for ideas for its 2015 issues. Do you have a biblical/theological question that you would like answered in Q & A or something that you would like to read about in Practising Our Faith? Or maybe you are interested in the possibility of writing for the magazine. Editor, Kenn Ward, would like to hear from you!
Photos for in sight
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with in sight in the subject line.
Submit Your Subscription Renewals
Canada Lutheran reminds you to submit your congregational subscription renewals. If you have any questions, please email Barb Wiebe.
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 email@example.com .
5. Word and Sacrament Ministry in the ELCIC
Don’t miss out this opportunity! The ELCIC’s Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide gives people the opportunity to reflect on the provision of Word and Sacrament ministry especially in under-served areas of the church. This is useful for congregational, inter-congregational, area-wide or conference-wide study. Responses are due by December 15.
Responses may be made through an online survey detailed in the Study Guide or may be mailed through regular post and sent to the ELCIC National Office at 600-177 Lombard Ave Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please write “Word and Sacrament Study” on the address line.
Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide
Introduction to the ELCIC context
6. Anglican-Lutheran Cyle of Prayer
We are invited to pray especially for our Anglican sisters and brothers
with whom we are in full communion. Produced by the Joint
Anglican-Lutheran Commission, the Anglican-Lutheran Cycle of Prayer (2014-2015) is designed for use in communities of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). For each Sunday, there are intentions for specific dioceses, synods and/or groups. To view or download this document, please click here.
7. Compassionate Justice Updates
Canadian Council of Churches - Faith in the Public Square
As part of the Canadian Council of Churches 70th Anniversary Assembly this
coming November, the CCC will hold a public prayer service followed by a talk by
Dr. Mary Jo Leddy, founder of Romero
House. Everyone is welcome and warmly encouraged to join us at Redeemer
Anglican Church in Toronto (at the corner of Bloor and Avenue Rd.) on November
19 at 7:30pm. Download
a PDF copy of this poster.
November 22 is National Housing Day
November 22 is National Housing Day! If you're
in the Toronto area, take part in the Come and See Pilgrimage: visit
Anglican and Lutheran churches committed to working alongside those who
experience inadequate housing.
Download, print, and share information sheets for this event: http://elcic.ca/CompassionateJustice/documents/ComeandSee-colOct16.pdf
Further information on the work of our two churches in this area can be found here: http://elcic.ca/CompassionateJustice/HomelessnessandAffordableHousing.cfm
KAIROS Advent Resource 2014 - Building Reconciled Relationships
This Building Reconciled Relationships Advent resource from KAIROS focuses on reconciliation. It contains prayers, sermon notes,
information on how you can participate in KAIROS work, and more. To
download your free Advent resource, please click here.
Paths for Peacemaking with Host Peoples
More than ever before, Canadians are becoming aware of their fractured relationship with host peoples. From Mennonite Church Canada, Paths for Peacemaking with Host Peoples is
a resource that provides information on ways to nurture better
relationships and to work for justice. For more details, please click here.
Open for Justice - The Campaign for An Extractive-Sector Ombudsman in Canada
campaign calling for an independent extractive-sector Ombudsman and a
legislated access to Canadian courts continues. Make your voice heard on
responsible resource extraction - click here to find out more.
8. Healthy Church Updates
Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry
The Canadian Churches’ Forum (CCF) is an ecumenical agency that works in partnership with others to foster intercultural leadership, learning, and ministry. CCF offers an excellent continuing education opportunity called Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) on February, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario and on May, 2015 in Beausejour, Manitoba. The DUIM program is a 6-day, interactive, engaging program with practical ideas for implementation in your own context. The program is for Christian ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding and awareness in their communities. To get more details on the DUIM program, please click here.
Reformation Commemoration 2015-2017
The ELCIC National Church Council (NCC) has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). NCC has adopted The Lutheran World Federation’s goals which are to strengthen communion among member churches; to explore our Lutheran identity; and to strengthen ecumenical commitment. The overall commemorative theme is Liberated by God’s Grace with three sub-themes: Salvation - Not for sale!; Human Beings - Not for sale!; and Creation - Not for sale! These themes will be prominent at the 2015 National Convention in Edmonton.
The Lutheran World Federation has created a webpage focused on the journey toward 2017. The webpage offers some early glimpses into the emphases and resources which will be forthcoming over the next 3 years. Look for special emphases on women Reformers, Bible Study and the creation/nurturing of a Global Young Reformers Network.
Please click on the following links to get more information:
LWF’s Reformation 2017
LWF’s Global Young Reformer’s Network
9. Effective Partnerships Updates
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Canadian Council of Churches has published a collection of resources for the January 18-25, 2015, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The focus is on the text from John 4, Jesus said to her 'Give me a drink'. The core material is a joint effort of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
The Canadian resources are produced by an ecumenical writing team
coordinated by The Canadian Council of Churches. Orders should be placed now for your community's study and prayer. To download the
entire WPCU 2015 resource kit or to order copies, please click here.
Ministry with Reformed Communities
your congregation worship or do ministry with people from the
Presbyterian Church in Canada or the United Church of Canada? The
Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the World Communion of Reformed
Churches (WCRC) have completed a six-year conversation and published a
report called Communion: On Being the Church. We're
seeking congregations where Lutherans and Reformed folks are in
ministry together to take a look at the report and to let us know of
your thoughts. Please contact Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at firstname.lastname@example.org. To download a PDF copy of Communion: On Being Church, please click here.
Waterloo Ministries Directory
The Fall 2014 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is available on the ELCIC website. 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. Additions or revisions to the directory should be sent to Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at email@example.com. Please click here to view the updated directory.
Get News from the Global Community
Both the World Council of Churches (WCC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) offer regular news from the global community. These items inform
us on the ongoing ministry of the LWF and WCC, and often provide
helpful materials for congregational study, sermon preparation and
timely emphases for the Sunday Prayers of Intercession.
To subscribe to Lutheran World Information newsletter, visit the LWF website and go to the very bottom of the page. Visit LWF on their Facebook page, too.
To subscribe to the World Council of Churches' Weekly News Summary, please click here. You can also visit their Facebook page for more updates.
Canadian Lutheran World Relief Updates
Calls for support for Ebola patients and Iraq humanitarian crisis
Ebola: CLWR is accepting donations for medicines and medical supplies to treat people infected with Ebola in Liberia. This support is made possible through partnerships with World Renew, the Christian Health Association of Liberia and a grant from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation. Please find more information by clicking HERE.
Iraq: CLWR is accepting donations to provide emergency aid to civilians forced from their homes by Islamic State (IS) attacks in Iraq. Donations support food, water, sanitation, shelter, clothing and psychosocial support through CLWR’s partner, the Lutheran World Federation. Please find more information by clicking HERE.
CLWR Gifts from the Heart catalogue
Christmas must be coming, because CLWR’s 2014-15 gift catalogue is hot off the presses! Your congregation will have received a package of catalogues. If you need more, please contact CLWR. Gifts can also be viewed and donated online: http://clwr.donorshops.com/products/giftsfromtheheart.php
Update on Road to Kakuma: a visit to the Kakuma Refugee Camp
On October 8, the first leg of CLWR’s Road to Kakuma shipment was completed when the container arrived at the Port of Mombasa in Kenya. CLWR offers its thanks to all the supporters who have made this possible! This summer CLWR staffer Derrick Nyamori returned to his native Kenya to visit friends and family, during which he visited Kakuma to see first-hand how the shipment might help: http://clwr.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/visiting-the-kakuma-refugee-camp/
Update on support for Syrian refugees: photo album
CLWR staff members were in Jordan this month assessing their current projects to support Syrian refugees and determining future needs. They are especially looking at how to increase support for children’s education. Check out some photos from that trip HERE.
New CLWR resources! Songs from other Cultures and CLWR posters
Songs from other Cultures is a brochure of music connecting us with the stories of people around the world. It was developed by CLWR Youth Engagement Coordinator Rev. Tyler Gingrich to use in worship activities with youth and young adults. You can download the ELCIC version HERE.
CLWR posters: CLWR has designed three posters that you might find useful if you’re promoting CLWR-related activities in your congregation. The first is more general: click HERE to download it. The others are related to We Care kits and quilts: click HERE. Let CLWR know if you find these useful, or if you have suggestions for others.
CLWR Board Members: welcomes and farewells
At CLWR’s September board meeting CLWR welcomed three new board members: Rev. Doug Reble, Cheryl Bauer-Hyde and Lois Griffin. They are replacing long-time board members Rev. Dr. Mark Harris, Rev. Dr. Faith Rohrbough and Deanna Friesen - many thanks to them for all their years of service!
10. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and be featured in an upcoming issue!
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