1.  ELCIC National Bishop

2.  Conflict in Gaza

3.  Video

4.  People of Mosul

5.  First Nations Education Act

6.  Stewardship

7.  Praise Appeal

8.  Compassionate Justice

9.  Spirited Discipleship

10. Healthy Church

11. Effective Partnerships

12. Tell Your Story

13. Resources

Call to Prayer

Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Response to the Ice Bucket Challenge

Letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Letter to Minister Bernard Valcourt

2014-2015 Resources

Materials Now Available

LWF Virtual Conference, KAIROS and More

WORTH IT Resources

Word and Sacrament Ministry, Reformation and More

WPCU, Waterloo Ministries Directory and More

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1. ELCIC's Call to Prayer, Reflection and Action for Climate Justice


In a letter sent to the church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson encourages ELCIC members and congregations to consider making time between now and October 1 for an intentional time of prayer, reflection and action for climate justice. Several resources for individual and congregational use are included in the letter to the church.


To view Bishop Johnson's letter to the church, please click here:

To view the news release, please click on the following link:

ELCIC National Bishop Encourages Members and Congregations to Make Time for International Prayer, Reflection and Action for Climate Justice



2. ELCIC Writes to Prime Minister Harper to End Crisis in Gaza


Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on the Government of Canada to provide leadership to end the crisis in Gaza. In her letter, Bishop Johnson urged the government to build a strategy on Gaza to address the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities; the protection of civilians ensuring respect for international humanitarian law; respect for the principles of distinction and proportionality; and the need for humanitarian access for life-saving and emergency assistance which is urgently needed. Among them are medicines, water and repairing of electricity and water infrastructure, and the need for a long-lasting solution to the conflict.


To read the news release, please click on this link: ELCIC National Bishop Urges Prime Minister Harper to Provide Leadership to End the Crisis in Gaza . To view the letter written to Prime Minister Harper, please click here.



3. ELCIC's National Bishop Takes On the Ice Bucket Challenge


Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's National Bishop, The Rev. Susan C. Johnson shares her response to the #IceBucketChallenge. Please click on the following link to watch her video response: ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson's #icebucketchallenge video



4. National Bishop Expresses Deep Concern for the People of Mosul


Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and expressed her deep concern for the people of Mosul. In her letter, Bishop Johnson urged the Government of Canada to call for an end to violence, intimidation and expulsion, and provide humanitarian aid to those forced to flee as refugees.


To view ELCIC's news release and the letter written to the Prime Minister, please click on this link: ELCIC National Bishop Expresses Deep Concern for the People of Mosul; Urges Prime Minister Call For An End To Violence, Intimidation And Expulsion


5. Call for Action on First Nations Education Act


Lutheran and Anglican leaders wrote to the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada concerning the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. National Bishop Susan Johnson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald of the Anglican Church of Canada, called on the government to acknowledge the need for building trust between First Nations and the Government of Canada, and to take bold steps in making additional funding available for Indigenous education immediately.

To view the news release, please click on this link: Church Leaders Call For Action On First Nations Education Act


To read the letter written by the church leaders, please click on this link: Letter to the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada



6. 2014-2015 Stewardship Resources Now Available


All ELCIC congregations should have received a copy of the Stewardship Resources sample pack at the beginning of July. The following were included in the sample package:


  • A copy of Giving magazine with resources on stewardship preaching strategies, financial gift planning, enriching envelope giving and effective stewardship practices; a pull-out resource with a four-week stewardship emphasis plan and even offertory invitations to use during your congregation's worship services.
  • A poster highlighting this year's theme for you to display in your congregation.
  • Bulletin covers based on this year's theme
  • Time and Talent form, including a version for youth and children
  • Commitment card sample
  • Ordering information


Copies are limited so place your orders today by sending us an email at orders@elcic.ca. Find out more by visiting: www.elcic.ca/Stewardship/default.cfm


7. 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.



8. Compassionate Justice Updates


Register for the LWF Virtual Conference on Diakonia - September 18

Join The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) for a virtual conference on Diakonia: Called to be transformed and transforming. Diverse speakers, accessible in five languages (English, Spanish, German, French and Indonesian) and engaging conversations with colleagues from around the world. ELCIC member Carmelle Mohr will be one of the presenters. Information and registration at http://lwfconference.lutheranworld.org.


September 21 is International Day of Prayer for Peace

September 21 is designated by the United Nations (UN) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) as an international day for churches to pray for peace. Here are some resources that your congregations can use.


WCC: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/events/international-day-of-prayer-for-peace

Ploughshares: http://ploughshares.ca/publications/worship-resources/


KAIROS Offers Briefing Papers on Various Issues

The following are helpful resources on various issues that will give you more insights and may compel you to share your reflections or comments.



Click on any of the following links to find out more.

Open for Justice (Responsible Resource Extraction)

Ethical Reflections on Fracking

Act Now on Climate Change


Project Ploughshares

On the centenary of World War One, Project Ploughshares and the Group of 78 are co-hosting a conference to be held at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa on September 26-28, 2014. The goal is to reflect on how we can reduce the incidence of armed conflict and reinforce the foundations of a more stable, just and peaceful world. Find out more by visiting the Group of 78 website.



9. Spirited Discipleship Updates


Resources on WORTH IT - CLAY 2014 Gathering

Resources from the recently concluded CLAY gathering will be available at www.claygathering.ca and #CLAY2014.


CLAY 2016 National Planning Committee

We're looking to add two creative, energetic, committed and responsible youth to the National Planning Committee (NPC) for CLAY2016. If you're between the ages of 18 and 21 on December 31, 2014 and have strong organizational skills, then check out the application on this link: http://claygathering.ca/clay-2014-media/npc-2016/. Deadline for applications is on September 20.



10. Healthy Church Updates


Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide

Many congregations are planning their fall and winter adult study programs. The ELCIC’s Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide affords people the opportunity to reflect on the provision of Word and Sacrament ministry, especially in under-served areas of the church. The four-session Study Guide includes an opportunity for response, due on December 15.


Please click on the following links to get more information.

Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide

Introduction to the ELCIC context


Reformation Commemoration 2015-2017

The National Church Council (NCC) has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). NCC has adopted the goals of The Lutheran World Federation 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!


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. To view this webpage, please click on this link: http://www.lutheranworld.org/reformation-2017


From Conflict to Communion

As a prelude to the 2015-2017 commemoration, Lutherans and Catholics (and others), are invited to take a look at From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. This important document can serve as a guide for local Lutheran-Catholic reflection and study. Pastor Paul Sartison (luth.chap@usask.ca) is leading one such effort and he would welcome some conversation. We would also like to hear of other groups using this resource. Please contact Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca


To view From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, please click here.


11. 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. It is not too early to order materials for your community's study and prayer. To download the entire WPCU 2015 resource kit or to order copies, please click here.


Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission (JALC) publishes a Directory of Waterloo Ministries which chronicles those ministry settings wherein Anglicans and Lutherans are working together in intentional sort of ways. The directory takes its name from The Waterloo Declaration which saw the Anglican Church of Canada and ELCIC enter a full-communion relationship. The Directory is growing and is constantly being updated.  Please contact Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne (alavergne@elcic.ca) with revisions and news of new Waterloo Ministries. To view the directory, please click here.


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 as to 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, visi the LWF website and go to the very bottom of the page.


To subscribe to the World Council of Churches' Weekly News Summary, please click here.



CLWR Updates


Fundraiser to Help Refugee Children Get Back to School

CLWR has launched an appeal to raise money for teacher training, school supplies and classrooms for refugee children. The Back to School in Mafraq campaign allows you to give a gift that will help children from Syria and South Sudan. Please click the link to learn more: http://clwr.donorshops.com/products/backtoschoolmafraq.php


The Biggest Lutheran BBQ EVER!

This nationwide event was a great success. Most of the BBQs were held in August but there are still two more to come in September. We've compiled a selection of photos and social media posts from some of the BBQs. You can check them out here:



Appeal: Emergency Medical Care for Gaza Civilians

CLWR and the ELCIC have issued a joint prayer and fundraising appeal to support civilians injured in the hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza. Donations will provide urgently needed medical supplies to civilians receiving treatment at the Augusta Victoria Hospital, a Lutheran World Federation program in East Jerusalem. To read the full appeal, please visit: http://clwr.donorships.com/product/F261499/emergencymedicalcareforgazacivilians.php


An Evening of Hope: Upcoming CLWR Reception

CLWR is holding four wine and cheese receptions in support of the Augusta Victoria Hospital - in particular its Elder Care Pavilion. There is no admission charge, although there will be free-will offering opportunities available. All are welcome, but please RSVP if you wish to attend.


Saskatoon: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Affinity Gallery, 813 Broadway Avenue

Regina: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar, 1925 Victoria Avenue

Edmonton: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Delta Edmonton South Hotel & Conference Centre, Glacier Room, 4404 Gateway Boulevard NW

Calgary: Wednesday, Oct.8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Gerry Thomas Gallery, 602-11 Ave. SW (lower level)


Please RSVP up to a week before the event by calling 1.800.661.2597 or emailing jennifer@clwr.mb.ca


CLWR We Care Bailing Days in Ontario

Formerly known as KW Bailing Days, CLWR's Ontario Bailing Days has relocated to Mississauga, ON, and will take place from October 30-November 1 this year at the Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) facility at 1060 B Lorimar Drive. As always, local supporters can deliver their boxed donations of We Care kits, quilts, etc. in person to the HPIC warehouse starting Oct. 21. National supporters should deliver their contributions to their local Home Hardware store between Sept. 22 and Oct. 17, so that they will arrive in Mississauga on time. We are also looking for local volunteers to help us bale! Please find more infromation on our website here: http://www.clwr.org/What-We-Do/We_Care_upcoming_shipments.htm


CLWR Worship Resources

CLWR Sunday worship resources for 2014-15 are now available: http://www.clwr.org/Get-Involved/documents/CLWRSunday2014WorshipResourcesELCIC-Final.pdf


CLWR is Looking for Your Feedback

Would you be able to help by doing a short online survey (five minutes maximum)? CLWR is inviting feedback on our resources and programs so that we might improve CLWR communications and opportunities for youth and young adults. The survey is open to everyone, but we're particularly looking for feedback from youth, young adults, youth leaders and pastors. Thank you in advance for your help.



Survey participants will receive an exclusive mp3 track from the Mark Kleiner Power Trio (if email address is provided).



12. Tell Your Story

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