- An electronic toolbox of timely information and resources recommended by the ELCIC
- Distributed as a free email bulletin since September 2002
- Sent to congregations, national committees, clergy and lay leaders
- Live links to the Internet make it easy to sample new ideas and resources
- Our Stories—A variety of short inspirational anecdotes about life in the ELCIC
ELCIC Trivia Challenge Question: Can you name all 6 current ELCIC bishops? [answer at the end of this e-newsletter]
STEWARDSHIP(back to top)
NEW for 2005-2006: Generations of Generosity: Telling our Story. Based on Psalm 145, the theme encourages us to tell and to listen to stories of faith and of faith-in-action. A Sample Pack, Giving Magazine and order information will be mailed out to your congregation in May. Watch for new materials at http://www.elcic.ca/steward/steward.html
The Winter 2005 issue of Offerings, from Lutheran Planned Giving is ready. Read about Graham Barkley, a generous man; learn how to live longer by being a good steward; laugh along with "The Lighter Side." Order your copies from Jeff Pym at 1-888-308-9461 or email@example.com Watch, too, for it to be posted at http://www.elcic.ca/lpg/offerings.html.
YOUTH (back to top)
If you ordered the 2004 Canadian Lutheran Youth Gathering DVD/Video, please don't despair. It is still being processed. Volunteers are working to follow up on copyright and technical tasks related to the completion of this audio project.
It's official! The 2006 Canadian Youth Gathering, to be held in Winnipeg, will be called Full Serve. What does it mean to be rooted in grace, and what does being free to serve look like? Full Serve will be a time for youth to "refuel" their faith, and a time to get a "jump start" on ministry in their communities. http://youth.elcic.ca/gathering/winnipeg2006/index.php
COMMUNICATION (back to top)
A Study Guide to accompany the ongoing discussions about same-sex blessings is now available on-line at http://www.elcic.ca/docs/2005/study.html or order in print from the orders desk.
MISSION (back to top)
Brochures and registration forms for the 2005 ELCA Global Mission Events (GMEs) are being distributed to ELCIC congregations. These GMEs with the theme of Gathered by God's Grace are endorsed by the ELCIC at both sites: Fargo, North Dakota July 14-17 and Baltimore, Maryland August 25-28. Several Canadians will be invited to present "global university" workshops. Further information and additional registration forms are available at http://www.elca.org/gme or call toll free 1-800-638-3522 ext 2642.
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN WOMEN (ELW) (back to top)
Global Week of Action on Trade—April 10-16, 2005—"We live in a world of outrageous inequality, with millions of people trapped in poverty. More than anything else it is the institutions, conditions, rules and practices of international trade that keep poor people poor. It is now more important than ever that this situation be transformed. And it is all of us, the peoples of the world, united in action, who have the power to make this happen." For information, an action guide and worship guide on the Trade for People Global Campaign go to: http://www.e-alliance.ch/trade.jsp
Each of the five Synodical ELWs will be hosting Synodical Biennial Conventions this spring. Please encourage women in your churches to attend.
GLOBAL HUNGER AND DEVELOPMENT APPEAL (GHDA) (back to top)
Hunger Watch is a resource for a weekend retreat with limited food and drink to raise awareness about world hunger and explore ways to combat it. Through fellowship, learning and activities, young people consider what hunger looks like around the world and what their response might be. The Hunger Watch package provides a detailed step-by-step guide to the experience. Call 1-800-661-2597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your free package.
Why is April 4 Refugee Rights Day? On April 4, 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the right of refugee claimants in Canada to life, liberty and security of the person, and that claimants are therefore entitled to an oral hearing, in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice. This 20th anniversary offers an ideal occasion to reflect on the advances made in the protection of refugee rights, as well as current threats to those rights. For ideas on what you can do, see the Canadian Council for Refugee's kit: http://www.web.net/~ccr/RRDay.html
New KAIROS brochure! Designed as a basic introduction to KAIROS, the brochure is free of charge and available in English or in French. Please order ONLY what you can use, and consider using one of the many free flyers and resources on their website [http://www.kairoscanada.org/] if you would like to raise awareness about specific areas of their work. Brochures can be ordered from Public Relations Coordinator Fahira Golich: 1 877 403 8933 x221 or email@example.com
ACROSS THE SYNODS (back to top)
Information about the ELCIC National Convention can be found on-line at http://www.elcic.ca/convention/2005/index.html . All congregations should have received an initial information package in March. Questions? Contact Laverne Johnson at 204.984.9177 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lutheran Theological Seminary is now receiving applications/nominations for the Schmieder Resident for the 2005-06 academic year. The person selected will be a pastor-in-residence, a friend and companion of students, a tutor in spiritual formation and direction. Normally, the Schmieder Resident also teaches one elective class (in the area of his/her expertise and filling the needs of the Seminary curriculum. This is a one-year term position. The application deadline is April 15, 2005. To apply for this position please send letter of application (there is no application form) to: Dr. Erwin Buck, 114 Seminary Crescent, Saskatoon SK, S7N 0X3; phone (306)966-7850; fax (306)966-7852; email: email@example.com
Augsburg Fortress announced the closing of their Calgary store effective April 30 but assures all customers that they may still order from the Kitchener address. Andy Seal, Canadian Director, says that AF Canada will be "hiring a Church Resource Representative who will visit churches across the country so as to serve more churches with workshops and information on Lutheran resources than was possible in the past." (800) 265-6397 or http://www.afcanada.com/
The Anglican Book Centre is increasing its distribution list by forming new partnerships with publishers in the United States and the United Kingdom in order to "provide a broader selection of resources and inspirational Christian reading to help meet the spiritual needs of Christians of every stripe." http://www.anglicanbookcentre.com
A map and a bulletin insert about the Lutheran World Federation are available free (in limited quantity). Order from firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.638.3522 ext 2636.
FaithLife Financial is the new trade name of Lutheran Life Insurance Society of Canada. "Our new name reflects our broader membership outreach, and underlines our unique role as an organization that helps its members manage their finances and protect their families while living their faith through service to others," said President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Dieter Kays. http://www.faithlifefinancial.ca/news/index.html
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Pastor Paul F. Bosch, CWA and Emeritus Dean of the Chapel at WLU, offers a series of monthly essays published at Lift Up Your Hearts. Not familiar with Paul's offerings? Time to take a look. http://www.worship.ca Scroll down on the left to the Worship Workbench link.
Stewardship for the 21st Century is always a good source of information. One new addition "The Starting Point of Stewardship" seems written especially to hear from the pulpit. http://www.luthersem.edu/stewardship/resource_detail.asp?resource_id=754
Get a head start on an outdoor education curriculum, God's Calling. The fifth title in the New Earth: Christian Resources for the Outdoors, God's Calling is a collaborative effort of the Committee on Outdoor Ministry of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and the Cooperative Publication Association http://www.ncccusa.org/elmc/2005GodCalling.html
If you are interested in being a member of the writing team for the 2007 Outdoor Education curriculum, New Earth, download an application at http://www.ncccusa.org/nmu/mce/WritersResourcesApplication.pdf (Deadline for application and a writing sample is April 18, 2005)
Monthly Reflection is a new monthly e-mail from FaithTrust Institute. Their mission is "providing training and educational resources for clergy, lay leaders, seminary faculty, chaplains, policy makers of religious institutions, and community advocates on the faith aspects of sexual and domestic violence." (formerly Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence) Visit http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org or subscribe with an email to email@example.com
April 22 is Earth Day. Lots of resources at http://www.earthday.net Try the Ecological Footprint Quiz! Visit the Canada pages.
Micah Institute: The "Three Simple Rules" book has been available for free download from this web-site for some time. Now available is a complete Financial Counselor and Workshop Leader Training Manual for free download as well. As a result, you can now download, free of charge: Financial Counseling Self Study, Pre-Marriage Mentoring, Financial Workshop, Workshop Tools, Case Studies and Counseling Forms. Take a moment to check it out. http://www.ThreeRules.org or 616.988.0827
ELCA Evangelism webpages have a new look http://www.elca.org/evangelism/
The Great Canadian Improv Bible Study is a Wood Lake Books "Shoe-string" production—the work being done by volunteers to keep the costs down (6 creative and imaginative church people, who looked at five biblical stories, role played them in some wild and woolly ways, then reflected on what that meant to them). On the study video (or DVD), you will find a process and suggestions for the use of the material in small Bible study groups. $39.95 CDN
ISBN 1-55145-509-9 VHS video and study guide
ISBN 1-55145-513-7 DVD and study guide
To order, call 1.800.663.2775
OUR STORIES (back to top)
This story is not directly from an ELCIC source, but I wonder if we have not all been in a similar situation: Two men who knew each other only casually at church were visiting the local hospital. One man was visiting his mother, whose recovery from the illness that had hospitalized her had been so complete that she was told she could leave in several days. As he was leaving her room, his friend emerged from a neighbouring room in which his wife had just died. Sobbing in anguish, the second man said to his friend, "My wife has just died and I need my church." To which the first man replied, "I am your church." Then finding a quiet spot they sat and prayed together. 1Peter 4:10
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Answer to Trivia Challenge - Start your search at http://www.elcic.ca/direct/direct.html By choosing the appropriate subcategory, you'll find the names of Synod Bishops Gerhard Preibisch (BC), Stephen Kristenson (ABT), Cynthia Halmarson (SK), Richard Smith (MNO) and Michael Pryse (Eastern); and National Bishop Raymond Schultz. [while you are there, why not send an email telling your bishop that you appreciate the work s/he is doing on your behalf?]
Some of the resources mentioned are available from the ELCIC national office. If you prefer to order those materials in print, phone 1.888.786.6707 extension 177 or 204.984.9177; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax your order to 204.984.9185 "Attn Orders Desk". Be sure to fully describe the item and tell us the quantity you need. You will be invoiced when the order is filled.
Established September, 1995. Page revised April 4, 2005.