- 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
Inside This Bulletin:
- ELCIC TRIVIA–How much do you know about your church? Browse the website and learn.
- CHANGES TO NATIONAL STAFF
- COMMUNICATION – Orders Desk, Additional Essays
- YOUTH – Project fundraisers, Job Opportunity
- WORSHIP/GHDA – Share Your Bread
- STEWARDSHIP – Sample Pack in the mail
- MISSION IN THE WORLD – Directed Giving summary, 2005 Global Mission Events
- ELW ESL – friendly Bible Study
- ACROSS THE SYNODS – News that affects ELCIC congregations all across Canada
- NUGGETS FROM THE INTERNET – Wonderful Websites
- OUR STORIES – Church to Church for Christ
ELCIC Trivia Challenge Question: Each of our synods is broken further into geographical regions called conferences. Do you know how many conferences exist in your synod? Ten bonus points if you can figure out which conference your congregation is a part of! [answer at the end of this e-newsletter]
CHANGES TO NATIONAL STAFF (back to top)
Over the past few months we've bid goodbye to Susan Taylor, Judy Long, Caroline Mann and Rev. Ken Kuhn. New to staff are Bob Duncan, Information Systems/website Assistant, and Laverne Johnson, Administrative Secretary for the Department of Finance and Administration, Convention Registrar and Orders Desk. We also welcome Trina Gallop who will fill the new position as Manager of Communication, starting June 6th.
Effective May 1,Rev. David Pfrimmer resigned as director of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy to accept the position of Principal-Dean at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. http://info.wlu.ca/~wwwsem/index.shtml
COMMUNICATION (back to top)
If you have the ELCIC Orders Desk on your speed dial, please note that the extension has changed. You can contact Laverne Johnson at 1.888.786.6707 ext 177 or 204.984.9177. The email remains the same firstname.lastname@example.org
Now on the ELCIC website:
additional contributions to the essay resources considering the matter of same-sex blessings. Read them at http://www.elcic.ca/docs/addcontrib.html or request them in print from the ELCIC orders desk.
YOUTH (back to top)
Stories about fundraising for the National Youth Project are starting to come in. Band concerts, pizza production, sqaure dances, garage sales, toting toolboxes, selling shingles…what is your congregation doing? $120 from each congregation = one Habitat house, but why stop there? Construction starts in the spring, so send your donations to National Office soon. Make cheques out to NYP 2004-06 or Mission Possible: Building Hope http://youth.elcic.ca/nyp/2004-2006/index.php
Job opportunity: BC synod is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Minister of Youth/UBC Campus Chaplain. This will be a three year term appointment. http://www.bcsynod.org/
WORSHIP/GHDA (back to top)
ELCA resource "Share Your Bread" draws attention to key scripture texts in the Revised Common Lectionary relating to hunger and social justice issues. Use it as a planning guide for preachers, councils, committees, small groups, and individuals Available from Augsburg Fortress $16.
STEWARDSHIP (back to top)
It has arrived at your church – the new Stewardship Sample Pack with information about a new theme, Generations of Generosity. Order now. All resources also available at http://www.elcic.ca/steward/stuff.html
MISSION IN THE WORLD (back to top)
Directed Giving exceeded $211,000 in 2004 and accounted for over 60% of the core budget for the ELCIC world mission program. Acknowledgements went out in the mail to the individuals, congregations and Evangelical Lutheran Women's groups who contributed to this program. A summary of how the donations were designated last year along with options for this year can be found in the 2004 Directed Giving annual report now posted on the ELCIC Mission in the World website
Brochures with registration forms for the 2005 ELCA Global Mission Events (GMEs) have gone out 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. Some Canadians will be amongst the "global university" workshop presenters. Registration deadlines are June 24 for the Fargo, North Dakota GME and July 29 for the Baltimore, Maryland GME. Further information and additional registration forms are available at http://www.elca.org/gme or 1.800.638.3522 ext 2642.
ELW (back to top)
In keeping with the 2006 theme of Walking by Faith as Leaders and Mentors, ELW is producing an English as a Second Language (ESL) 'friendly' Bible study. The 2006 Bible Study has been edited for plain language, and a complementary set of accompanying worksheets are being developed for use by ESL students. Congregations and others (in Canada or overseas) involved in ESL ministries are encouraged to contact the ELW office and put their name on a waiting list for these resources. The full set of materials for the ESL version will be available sometime in the fall of 2005.
ACROSS THE SYNODS (back to top)
The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism has published a series of five bulletin inserts called Growing Together addressing inter-church and inter-faith concerns. Details and order information at http://www.ecumenism.net/gt/index.htm or email@example.com or 306.653.1633
The BC Mission Boat Society, with roots at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Parksville BC (Lutheran Church-Canada), works with volunteers from congregations across Canada and USA, and with remote coastal communities in BC. They are taking applications for summer 2005 short term volunteers (one week, youth and adults). The program is conducted from a boat based ministry and by land based mission teams. For more detail: http://www.bcmissionboat.org 250.248.5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NUGGETS FROM THE NET (back to top)
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) North America Web site has wonderful stories and prayers that will bring the world to your door. What is our shared ministry through the LWF? How do we make a difference? The stories are appropriate for newsletters, bulletins and sermons – and are yours at a "click". http://www.elca.org/lwf/stories.html
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance has produced 2 resources to support churches and community groups in continuing the dialogue about HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination. A CD-ROM Signs of Hope-Steps for Change and a print resource, Next Steps: For Positive Change in Attitudes. Copies are available free of charge from the Alliance by writing them at email@example.com
More information at http://www.e-alliance.ch/hivaids.jsp, http://www.unaids.org and http://womenandaids.unaids.org/
http://www.faithandmedia.org/index.php – for leaders in the field of church communication: "The Centre for Faith and the Media is an independent, non-profit organization which provides non-partisan resources to journalists and the public to enable a more accurate and fair portrayal of faith in our midst."
Do you like to relate Bible studies and sermons to current movies? Maybe you need to visit http://www.movieministry.com/ Some freebies give you an example of what you'll get after you pay the membership fee.
Providence College, a trans-denominational institution in Otterburne, Manitoba will introduce three new degree programs with a Worship Studies major this September. The goal is to "provide students with a philosophical framework for why we do worship - a historical framework that enlightens them as to why their churches do what they do, and a theological framework to provide them with a biblical reason for why we do worship the way we do."
More at http://prov.ca/institution/Eye_Witness/ew-w05-lead.aspx
Augsburg Fortress offers Here We Stand, "a groundbreaking confirmation program that combines traditional print and online resources in a flexible, easy-to-use curriculum." It is offered as an annual membership based on your congregation's average worship attendance. More information at http://www.herewestandconfirmation.org/
Do you use the resource Sundays and Seasons?
In July, Sundays and Seasons.com, a new online worship planner, welcomes subscribers. Visit http://www.sundaysandseasons.com/ now for a free demo.
Peek over the fence as a new gardener documents her spring '05 gardening experiences with actual pictures and journal entries. The cycle of the growing season--preparing, planting, nurturing, waiting, and harvesting provides a wonderful metaphor for God's life-giving activity. http://www.elca.org/healthychurch/garden/kristinsgarden.html
OUR STORIES (back to top)
C2C4C - Church to Church for Christ: If your congregation lies west of Ottawa, along the trans Canada highway, watch out for a group of 13 people PEDALING their way for some 5000 km to Vancouver British Columbia this summer. That's right! We're on BIKES! Several of the youth from All Saints Lutheran Church in Ottawa, Ontario and some young minded adults, including our pastor, have been preparing for this expedition for over a year. Now the preparations are being kicked into a higher gear as the 26th of June, our departure date, looms closer every day.
You may ask why we would even consider cycling for approximately 2 months. Well, there are three main reasons:
- To heighten the awareness of Christ's work through Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). We will be fundraising for these organizations as we cycle across the country.
- To nurture and develop vibrant Christian fellowship.
- To connect with other youth groups and congregations across the country.
Our mid-trip goal is to arrive in Winnipeg for the beginning of the National Assembly, to enable our youth to catch a glimpse of the larger church in action.
So if you see us in Winnipeg or on the road, shout out a word of encouragement and keep us in your prayers. And watch for further reports of our trip as we progress across a small portion of God's Kingdom.
Paul Skinner, Chairperson /Cyclist
All Saints Lutheran Church, Ottawa, Ontario
Answer to Trivia Challenge - Start your search at http://www.elcic.ca/direct/regional.html where you will find that BC has 6 conferences, ABT has 5, SK has 6, MNO 7 and the Eastern Synod leads the way with 8. Now to find your own conference, go to http://www.elcic.ca. Choose "Directories" and then "Find a Congregation". Can you locate your congregation by filling in a synod and conference name? (drop-down menus may help)
Some of the resources mentioned in E-Communique are available from the ELCIC National Office. If you prefer to order those materials in print, phone 1.888.786.6707 ext 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.
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