1. Reminder to Order Your Annual Report Covers
The National Office is still accepting orders for Annual Report Covers. Based on this year's stewardship theme material, the Annual Report Covers are to be used as covers for your congregation's Annual Report. To place your order, contact Barb Wiebe at email@example.com.
2. Time to Think About Your Canada Lutheran Renewals
From progressive ministries to
practical spiritual guidance, Canada Lutheran introduces readers to
people and ideas that will provoke 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.
The Congregational Subscription Plan can be fully funded by congregational members
or paid partially or fully by the congregation. You choose!
Now is the time to think about
your Canada Lutheran renewals. To find out more, contact Barb Wiebe at firstname.lastname@example.org so you can be part of
the 2014 subscription plan.
Call for Applications to Serve at CLAY 2014 Youth Gathering
The planning team for the
CLAY 2014 Youth Gathering has issued a call for applications to serve on
the band and drama teams. These teams volunteer their time and skills
to enrich the gathering program. Applications are due by Oct. 15, 2013.
(Applicants must be 18 years of age by February 1, 2014). Please click here to download the file.
Theme for CLAY 2014
The theme for the CLAY 2014 Youth Gathering is WORTH IT. This event will be held from August 14 to 17, 2014 in Kamloops, BC. More information on this youth gathering is available on its website. Click here to find out more.
4. Compassionate Justice
World Food Day, October 16
Canadian Foodgrains Bank has resources that you can use to help observe World Food Day on October 16. To access these resources, please click here.
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17
Dignity for All proposes that people think beyond food banks to solutions that address the root causes of poverty. October 17 is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and Dignity for All offers a reflection on what can be done on this day. Click here to find out more.
Restorative Justice Week: "Inspiring Innovation," November 18 to 24
Additional information will be available at www.ccjc.ca
New Devotional Resource: Living Ecological Justice
Citizens for Public Justice has released a new devotional resource called Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Justice.
To find out more about this new resource, please click here.
5. Spirited Discipleship Updates
WCC Bible Study
The World Council of Churches (WCC) will meet from October 30 to November 8, 2013 in Busan, Republic of Korea, with the theme "God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace." Information on this assembly including various resources such as Bible Studies are available at the WCC 10th Assembly website.
Continuing Education Plan
The National Church Council adopted the revised guidelines for the Continuing Education Plan (CEP). Along with personal accounts for short term study, CEP members are also eligible to apply for long term grants. Applications are due on January 15. The new guidelines are posted at the ELCIC GSI website.
LWF Online Climate Justice Game
Wanted: Climate justice heroes! Join us on October 26, 2013.
Sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), young people from around the world are going to enter a Journey to Climate Justice on October 26. Through an online game, you will learn about climate justice and be ready to get active in your own context. Check out more information and register today at the LWF Youth website.
National Youth Project “Right to Water”
The Liturgy from this summer’s Fill the Hill event during the 2013 Joint Assembly is posted on the ELCIC website. To view the Liturgy, please click here.
6. Ecumenical & Interfaith Updates
Canada's Muslims And Jews
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) participates in two interfaith dialogues
sponsored by the Canadian Council of
Churches (CCC) . The ELCIC is represented on both the Canadian
Christian-Jewish Consultation and National
Muslim-Christian Liaison Committee.
Canadian Interfaith Conversation
The ELCIC is
represented on the Christian
Interfaith Reference Group which is also a work of the
CCC. The ELCIC is
a participant in the newly-formed (2012) Canadian Interfaith Conversation. Here
is the Conversation's Charter Vision (2013).
Waterloo Ministries Directory
The Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission (JALC) publishes a Waterloo Ministries Directory. The
directory includes ministries where Anglican and Lutheran communities
share facilities, program, worship, ordained or rostered ministers, or
where an Anglican or Lutheran community is served by an ordained or
rostered minister of the full-communion partner. Revised regularly, the Waterloo Ministries Directory provides province-by-province
listings which witness to the possibilities for local full-communion
expression and assist Anglican and Lutheran communities to learn from
and to support one another. The current edition is now available and is over 50% larger than the last one.
To Love and Serve the World
The Anglican Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) has released To Love and Serve the Lord: Diakonia in the Life of the Church.
The report encourages the deepening of Anglican-Lutheran engagement
wherever possible. Among the recommendations to the Anglican Communion
and Lutheran World Federation is to encourage ways to be with one
another in decision-making following the model of the 2013 joint
meeting in Canada of the Evangelical Lutheran Church's National
Convention and the Anglican Church's General Synod. See the report by clicking here.
World Council of Churches General Assembly
We are only a few weeks away from the 10th Assembly of the WCC to be held in Busan, South Korea, October 30 - November 8. The WCC has created an assembly website. Look for a Program Book (an overview of the assembly program, proposed unity statement and more); A Faith That Does Justice (an illustrated account of WCC activities from 2006 to 2013); and God of Life: Bible Studies on Peace and Justice (reflections
the assembly will use in daily prayer and study, with suggestions for
use in parishes and groups around the world). Still to come are Hallelujah! Resources for Prayer and Praise (a collection of prayers and songs).
World Council of Churches: Vision and Mission
Two important documents have been released ahead of the 10th Assembly: Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes and The Church: Toward a Common Vision which are both available at the WCC website.
Together Towards Life speaks to our common mission as God's people. The Church speaks
to the framework out of which God's people engage in that mission.
This consensus document is the successor to the famous Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (1982).
Canadian Interfaith Conversation (CIC)
The CIC, under the secretariat of the Baha'i community, has completed a Charter Vision to
serve as a reference point for ongoing interfaith conversation in
Canada. The CIC grew out of interfaith dialogue located primarily in the
sphere of the Canadian Council of Churches. The Charter Vision can be
viewed by clicking here. ELCIC participants in the CIC include Dr. Tim Hegedus (Waterloo
Lutheran Seminary) and Pastor Ryan Andersen (Advent, Calgary).
Week of Prayer 2014
At the beginning of 2014, we will be in harmony with people around the world as we get involved in the Week of Prayer . Canada is the host country for the third time! Print
materials may be ordered by visiting the Canadian Council of Churches
website or by clicking here. You can also place your orders by sending an email to email@example.com. Week of Prayer news and events will be shared on the Week of Prayer Facebook page. Hit the "Like" button and invite your friends and colleagues to do the same!
7. CLWR Updates
Help Protect Syria's Most Vulnerable
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is asking for your help to support refugees from the brutal civil war in Syria. Out of two million refugees, a staggering one million are children. They have been forced to cope with losing homes, family members and friends. For many, their schooling has been interrupted, and they’re often living in harsh conditions in camps and communities in neighbouring countries.
Your generous donations support schooling, child protection services, counseling and safe places for children to play in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Your gifts also provide clothing, shoes and hygiene kits to children and vulnerable adults, including those who are chronically ill or disabled, pregnant women and mothers with infants. Our goal is to provide $100,000 in support.
Thank you for your help. CLWR’s full call for support can be read here: Syrian refugee appeal
You can make a gift:
- By making a designated offering donation at any ELCIC congregation in Canada.
- Online at clwr.org/donate. Click on Emergencies and select “Syrian Refugee Relief.”
- By calling our toll-free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.
- By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Syrian Refugee Relief.”
Friends of CLWR Appreciation Reception in Grande Prairie, Alberta
Saturday, October 26, 2-4 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 9929 - 105 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB
Presentation starts at 2:30 p.m. and a question period follows. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!
This free reception gives Canadian Lutheran World Relief the opportunity to thank you for your support and give you updates on the opportunities you provide people in developing communities to improve their health, education, access to water and food, and more.
Meal or No Meal - an online game from Canadian Lutheran World Relief
Just a reminder that CLWR has an online educational game you might wish to check out. As the player, you will take on the role of a coffee bean farmer living in a developing country. What are some of the factors that affect how much food you are able to provide your family? Taking inspiration from the game Deal or No Deal, your goal is to get the best food security level possible by the end of the game (in other words, making sure you and your family will have a “meal”). Play the game here.
Emergency Sweater Drive for Syrian Refugees
Do you have any sweaters taking up some space in your closet? See that they get put to good use by donating them to a man, woman or child in need of warmth this winter. CLWR will be dispatching a second shipment to support Syrian refugees living in Jordan. All sweater donations need to be on their way to its Winnipeg warehouse no later than October 31. To get more information on how you can help, please click here.
8. KAIROS Updates
KAIROS Advent Resource
KAIROS has prepared an Advent resource for 2013. Growing Justice focuses on four justice themes: Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo/HIV-AIDS in Africa; International Human Rights/Right Relationship; Ecological Justice; and Justice Discipleship. To get more information please click here.
KAIROS Fall Regional Meetings
Join the KAIROS network for a day or two of community and learning. Its fall regional meetings are taking place across the country this October. Please click here to get more information.
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