- 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.
- YOUTH – ListenUp DVD, 2006 Gathering Theme, NYP resources
- STEWARDSHIP – Go and See Lunch Kit resource
- COMMUNICATION – 2004 Congregational Reports, Same-Sex Blessing Study Guide, Church Council Reflections…
- GHDA – New web resources
- ELW – Director, Ruth Vince to join CLWR Tour of Discovery
- CONVENTION – Current information
- ACROSS THE SYNODS – News that affects ELCIC congregations all across Canada
- NUGGETS FROM THE INTERNET – Wonderful Websites
- OUR STORIES – Worship with vulnerable communities
ELCIC Trivia Challenge Question: Where is the next national convention to be held? Can you name all the cities that have hosted that event? [answer at the bottom of this e-newsletter]
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. Watch the Deeper website for information.http://youth.elcic.ca/gathering/winnipeg2006/index.php
- Mission Possible: Building Hope resources continue to grow on the Deeper website. Have fun at your next youth meeting with 6 games with a construction theme. http://youth.elcic.ca/nyp/2004-2006/games.php
STEWARDSHIP (back to top)
Looking for a creative way to lead up to a Commitment Sunday using the Go and See theme? Lorraine Kalis (ABT Stewardship Consultant) and others at Ascension Lutheran Church in Edmonton have designed a 4-week series of short "teaching" moments suitable for use at worship services. Stewardship of Talent, Time and Treasure - scripted and ready for you to use. Just reply to this email and request "the Go and See Lunch Kit Series". It will come to you as a pdf.
COMMUNICATION (back to top)
- Thank you to all congregational leaders who have completed and submitted their 2004 Congregational Report. If you are still working at yours, instructions have been completely rewritten and can be downloaded from http://www.elcic.ca/form. Or request a printed copy from firstname.lastname@example.org or 888.786.6707 ext 155 (in Winnipeg 984.9155)
- The Blessing of Same-Sex Couples: A Study Guide is available (http://www.elcic.ca/docs/2005/study.html) to accompany the series of essays on the question of same-sex blessings that was commissioned by National Church Council. The Study Guide contains an introduction to the project, essay summaries, study questions, and suggested study methods. Click on the "Blessings" graphic at http://www.elcic.ca. NCC welcomes additional contributions in the form of brief essays. Guidelines are posted. Deadline for submissions: April 30.
- Thank you to all who entered LutheransWrite Canada 2004. Entries are currently being judged and results will be posted in April.
- Have you visited the Canada Lutheran website lately? http://www.elcic.ca/clweb/index.html You'll find intriguing hints about the next issue, reminders of stories previously told, subscription information and more…
- Church Councils: A wonderful book in the Lutheran Voices Series, published by Augsburg Fortress, Called by God to Serve, is a reflective tool for congregational councils. The reflections explore what it means to be a leader in the church. The book offers up ways to have conversation about the mission of your congregation through intentional study of God's word in a three year cycle. It is a great tool for opening devotions at council meetings. You can also pick and choose topics according to situations in your congregation. Contact Augsburg Fortress for your copy today.
GHDA (back to top)
ELCIC members have responded generously over the past few months, first with special "Gifts from the Heart", then specifically to the Tsunami Appeal. Your questions and comments have prompted new and soon-to-be-posted information on the GHDA website. http://www.elcic.ca/ghda
ELW (back to top)
In April 2005 the Tour of Discovery will visit projects that CLWR supports in Mozambique and Zambia. One of the projects is at Chamanculo, Mozambique. The ELW has made a four-year commitment of education and raising funds for this worthwhile project. ELW's executive director, Ruth Vince, will also be on this journey to learn more about Chamanculo and the residents who live there, HIV/AIDS and the African way of life.
CONVENTION (back to top)
- All congregations will receive in the mail the first Information Package for our 2005 ELCIC National Convention. Watch for this mid March. Inside that package will be a registration form that must be returned, with payment, to National Office by April 15th. Questions about the Convention? Visit http://www.elcic.ca/convention/2005/index.html or call Laverne Johnson at 204.984.9177.
ACROSS THE SYNODS (back to top)
- Collaborative Ministries Conference: "Ministering together when we're small and scattered", Saskatoon, April 18-21, for parishioners and clergy from across the prairies and the nation. Keynote Speakers: Dr. Phyllis Anderson, Rev. John L. Bell. For further information http://www.ecumenism.net/sei/ or e-mail email@example.com or phone Carol at Prairie Centre for Ecumenism phone (306) 653- 1633 or fax (306) 653.1821
- The Canadian Council of Churches has published a booklet on biotechnology for study, reflection and discussion from the basis of a common Christian faith. Dr Richard Crossman, Principal-Dean of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary was a major player in preparing this publication. Becoming Human: On Theological Anthropology in an Age of Engineering Life is available free of charge (you pay shipping costs) in French or English. Canadian Council of Churches, Toronto, firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.972.9494. Or download from http://www.ccc-cce.ca/english/downloads/CCC_Booklet.pdf
NUGGETS FROM THE INTERNET (back to top)
Augsburg Fortress offers enews right to your computer about topics of interest to you. Sign up now at http://www.afcanada.com/community/shell.asp?uri=/enewsletter/subunsub_custom.html&bc
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- The ELCA Department of Ecumenical Affairs has just produced a new resource called Talking Points: The Amazing Gift of your Baptism. It is a set of nine leaflets each written by a "different voice" from across the ecumenical community. They neither are not theological treaties nor are they official denominational documents. Instead these reflections prompt an invitation to wider conversation into the ways Christians live out their baptismal promises each day. See this and more at http://www.elca.org/ecumenical/index.html
- Visit the CLWR site at http://www.clwr.org/ for two new resources
- See a list of KAIROS sponsored events in your region http://www.kairoscanada.org/e/events/listing.asp
OUR STORIES (back to top)
How well do we communicate to those the majority of us considers part of a 'vulnerable population'?
In my position as chaplain for a provincial psychiatric assessment and behaviour management facility, I planned a Maundy Thursday service, with a dessert party beforehand. I included residents and staff in the service, along with lots of music, colour, movement and simple repetitive phrases. People enthusiastically helped 'undecorate' the chapel: others wanted to sing as many hymns as they could; pray aloud together; listen to the story for the day, knowing we were about to begin to go through the Easter drama.
Maundy Thursday is quite popular in institutional life, and people seem to grasp (or perhaps remember) the deep but mixed feelings that always undergird the hearing of the Last Supper story. I felt that things went very well.
Later, back on the unit, one of the nurses asked Patty how she experienced the special worship service. Patty was very happy to tell the nurse all about it: she said, "Oh it was wonderful. We had cake, and butter tarts, and there was tea, and punch too, and then we cleaned off all the furniture, and then we sang a lot of good songs, and at the end the lady at the front drank all the wine in her nightie!"
With this as the institutional memory of one of my first worship services among those I serve, what on earth shall I do to celebrate Pentecost?
(Author is Rachel Dart, health care chaplain with Bethany Group, Camrose, email@example.com)
Answer to Trivia Challenge - Start your search at http://www.elcic.ca/convention/convention.html The next ELCIC Convention will be held in Winnipeg (as it was in 1985 and 1995), Other host cities since 1985 have been Camrose, Waterloo, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Ottawa
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.
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