1.    Reformation 2017

2.    Stewardship

3.    National Convention

4.    National Convention

5.    Canada Lutheran

6.    Compassionate Justice

7.    Spirited Discipleship

8.    Healthy Church

9.    Effective Partnerships

10.  Tell Your Story

11.  Share These Resources

 

Reformation Challenge

Resources for 2015-16

Convention Follow-Up

News Releases, Highlights and More

Share Your Stories

Federal Elections, World Week of Peace and More

CLAY 2016 and Call to Spiritual Renewal

National Worship Conference, NAAC and More

Waterloo Ministries Directory, WCC and More

Share your story In Mission for Others

Share these resources

E-Communique is an electronic newsletter full of timely information and resources from the ELCIC National Office.

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1. Join the Reformation Challenge

 

Join with Lutherans across Canada and take the Reformation Challenge as we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and demonstrate our excitement for the theme Liberated by God's Grace.

 

The Reformation Challenge calls us to:

  • Sponsor 500 refugees to Canada
  • Provide 500 scholarships for ELCJHL schools
  • Plant 500,000 trees
  • Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund

 

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!

 

 

2. 2015-2016 Stewardship Resources Now Available

The ELCIC National Office supports congregations in their stewardship ministry by making available and distributing an annual stewardship package of resources.

 

This year's materials are based on 1 Timothy 6:18-19.

 

Congregations should have received a sample package of materials earlier in 2015. If you didn't receive a package or would like to place your order, send an email to orders@elcic.ca or phone 1.888.786.6707 extension 177. Further information is available online.

 

 

3. Convention Follow-Up

Very shortly, congregations will be receiving a mailing from the National Office. If your congregation was represented at National Convention, this mailing will augment your delegate's highlights. If you did not have a delegate at convention, this mailing is intended to share with you some of what happened when we gathered together. If you do not receive your mailing by September 15, please contact the National Office at 1.888.786.6707 extension 177 or send an email to bwiebe@elcic.ca .

 

 

4. National Convention: News Releases, Highlights and More

 

The 2015 National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) concluded with a wave of excitement as delegates, visitors, volunteers and guests departed home to further the work of Liberation by God's Grace. We have gathered below several of our news releases, highlights and resources related to our National Convention, which we hope you will find useful and informative.

 

Daily Highlights

To read daily highlights from the 2015 National Convention, please click here.

 

News Releases

The following news releases on our National Convention are available here.

 

Webcast

You can watch video recordings of the National Convention by clicking here.

 

Worship

We were blessed throughout the National Convention with inspiring and spirit-filled worship. In response to requests for the music used at the various services, you can download a list here: http://elcic.ca/In-Convention/2015-Edmonton/DailyHighlights.cfm.

 

 

5.Canada Lutheran - Share Your Story or Photo to Inspire

 

Every congregation has stories that others find interesting and sometimes inspire them to try something similar. You can share those stories and photos with the wider church by sending them to your synod editor for your synod's pages in Canada Lutheran. The following is a list of our synod editors and their email contact information.

 

 

 

6. Compassionate Justice Updates

 

Federal Election Resource 2015

Several ecumenical organizations have prepared this resource on federal elections. It identifies a range of priority issues; offers sample questions which you can ask about candidates; and provides links to resources where you can learn more. Directly participating in the political process through voting is a primary benefit of membership in a representative democracy. The issues raised here are matters of concern before, during and after elections. Click here to access this resource.

 

International Day of Prayer for Peace

Each year on 21 September, the World Council of Churches calls churches and parishes to observe the International Day of Prayer for Peace. 21 September is aslo the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Peace. For more information, please click here.

 

World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel - September 20-26, 2015

Sponsored by the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches, the theme of the week is "God has broken down the dividing walls." In social media, please use the hashtag #WallWillFall to talk about this year's World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel. Click here for more details.

 

Public Forum on Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

On October 30-31, 2015, KAIROS will sponsor a public forum on fracking that will take place simultaneously in Vancouver, BC and Moncton, NB. The goal of the forum is to raise the profile of the social, ecological and human rights concerns of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across Canada and to facilitate action regionally and nationally.

 

Upcoming Fall 2015 KAIROS Regional Gatherings

KAIROS Regional Networks will in different ways and formats continue laying the foundations to answer questions like What's Next? and How do we work together ecumenically in response to the calls to action from the TRC? Below are just a few of the regional gatherings. Please click here for full details.

 

Prairies North: Sept 25-27

Great Lakes St. Lawrence: Oct 2-3

Cambrian/Agassiz: Nov 6-8

Atlantic: TBD

 

Join The 20,000 Homes Campaign

The 20,000 Homes Campaign is a national movement of communities working together to permanently house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people by July 1, 2018. The campaign is led by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. It offers opportunities to volunteer on with tracking needs, developing housing, educating and doing advocacy.

 

Participate in Winds of Change Campaign

Reconciliation is in the wind. With the release of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Canada has been given an opportunity to rebuild relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. “Winds of Change” is the new campaign by KAIROS to encourage people to participate in processes of reconciliation. Please click here to find out more.

 

 

7. Spirited Discipleship Updates

 

CLAY 2016

The Next Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) Gathering will take place on August 18-21, 2016 in Charlottetown, PEI. Keep posted on updates by visiting www.claygathering.ca .

 

Call to Spiritual Renewal

Join with others across the ELCIC striving for a deeper discipleship as we live out our baptismal covenants. The call to spiritual renewal includes: Pray, Read, Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Tell. For more information, please visit our website.

 

 

8. Healthy Church Updates

 

2016 National Worship Conference

Details are coming together beautifully for the joint Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's 2016 National Worship Conference. The event will take place in Waterloo, Ontario, July 24-27 under the theme Formation & Reformation: Worship, Justice and God's Mission.

 

With an emphasis on justice and mission, the National Worship Conference brings together presenters and participants from across Canada to explore the worship life of the church. The 2016 keynote addresses will be given by The Rev. Dr. Bruce Jenneker (Cape Town, South Africa) and The Rev. Dr. Stephen Larson (New Hamburg, Ontario). Look to the National Worship Conference website for details.

 

2016 Companion of the Worship Arts

The Companion of the Worship Arts is an honor bestowed on individuals in recognition of significant contributions made to the worship life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC). Conferred in the ELCIC since 1996, the honour recognizes ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship, spirituality and the arts. The honour is presented at the National Worship Conference, which takes place every two years.

 

In 2016, the 20th anniversary of the ELCIC Companion of the Worship Arts will be conferred at the joint ACC - ELCIC National Worship Conference, Formation & Reformation, to be held in Waterloo, Ontario on July 24 - 27, 2016. Look for nomination information on the Companion of the Worship Arts webpage.

 

NAAC: Transform Your Congregations From Membership to Discipleship

A Training Institute will be offered through the North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC) on October 1-3 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sacramento, California. Scholarships for seminarians and first-call pastors are available. Contact registrar Devra Betts at devrabetts@gmail.com. For more information and online registration, visit www.catechumenate.org.

 

Reformation 2017 - Global Themes

The ELCIC has marked out 2015-2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation (2017). We have adopted The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)'s goals which are (1) to strengthen communion among member churches; (2) to explore our Lutheran identity; and (3) to strengthen ecumenical commitment. The overall commemorative theme is Liberated by God's Grace. Theological reflections for study groups on these important themes are contained in four new booklets available on the LWF's Reformation 2017 website.

 

Reformation 2017 - Information on Canadian Events

We have started to gather word of 2017 Reformation Commemoration events which would include a five-session lecture series in Calgary; an ecumenical worship and lecture series in Edmonton; a scholarly symposium in Waterloo and more. If your congregation, community or institution  is planning on something special for Reformation 2017, we would like to hear from you! Please let us know the five W's (who, what, where, when and why) of your event , and on why it should be considered. If you have any online information available, please share us the link. We would like to help remind people of the possibilities, and assist in getting the word out. Please send your information to André Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, Ecumenical and Interfaith at alavergne@elcic.ca.

 

Luther Reading Challenge

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 2017, Martin Luther is going to be a significant topic of conversation and debate. That is where the Luther Reading Challenge comes in. An assortment of the reformer's writings will be presented online for everyone to read and to reflect upon. The texts range from Luther's personal letters and hymns to his doctrinal and social treatises to his catechisms and his will. Each text is prefaced with an introduction to orient the reader. The reading part is just the beginning. Readers can also participate in online discussions. You simply have to register! This is a joint venture of The Lutheran World Federation and the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg.

 

 

 

9. Effective Partnerships Updates

 

Waterloo Ministries Directory

The Spring 2015 edition of the Waterloo Ministries Directory is available on the ELCIC website. 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. A fresh edition will be coming out in the spring of 2016. Please direct additions or revisions to Assistant to the Bishop Andre Lavergne at alavergne@elcic.ca and follow our ministry on Facebook!

 

Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace

The Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace is an initiative of the World Council of Churches (WCC) to engage "with the most important issues of justice and peace, healing a world filled with conflict, injustice and pain." The Canadian churches are focusing on seven broad pilgrimage themes: climate, food, land, peace, poverty, racism and reconciliation. Resources are being prepared and gathered across denominations and will be shared in the months to come. A new WCC Pilgrimage website has just been launched.

 

News from the Global Christian Community

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) offer regular news from the global Christian community.  News items inform us as to the ongoing ministry of the LWF and WCC, and provide helpful materials for congregational study, sermon preparation and timely emphases for the Sunday intercessions.

 

To subscribe to the Lutheran World Information newsletter, visit the LWF web-site, scroll down to the bottom, enter your information and click “Sign-up."

LWF website: www.lutheranworld.org/

LWF on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lutheranworld

 

To subscribe to WCC’s weekly news roundup, click on the following link:

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/e-news/e-news-sign-up

WCC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WorldCouncilofChurches

 

ELCIC Reformation Challenge: Plant Tree Seedlings

Part of the ELCIC Reformation Challenge is to plant 500,000 trees.

 

To help reach this goal, Canadian Lutheran World Relief invites you to consider a donation to conservation projects overseas. For example, in Lalibela, Ethiopia, more than 90,000 indigenous and drought-resistant trees will be planted on degraded land to reduce erosion alongside irrigation canals that water farmers’ crops. In Adjumani, Uganda, farmers are learning to care for nurseries of fruit trees and trees whose branches can be harvested for shelter and fuel (yet keep on growing). This helps reduce deforestation, teaches new agricultural skills to the farmers involved and provides a healthy food source.

 

Donate today! Click here to find out how.

 

Beaverbrae Reunions 2015

 

Family and friends are also welcome.

 

The reunions are named in honour of the Beaverbrae ship that brought more than 33,000 people from post-Second World War Europe to Canada between 1948 and 1954. We will have artifacts, photos, presentations and video interviews from people who experienced Beaverbrae voyages. For more information on the reunion near you, please visit www.clwr.org/beaverbrae2015

 

World Food Day Worship Resource

World Food Day falls on October 16. The Hope to Harvest resource will help your congregation focus on God’s provision of food for all, while at the same time remember that not everyone enjoys access to the abundance the earth provides. This resource was created in partnership with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Canadian Lutheran World Relief. Click here to download the resource for use with your congregation.

 

 

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 communique@elcic.ca and be featured in an upcoming issue!

 

 

11. Share These Resources

 

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