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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
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
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 (email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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