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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

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NATIONAL BISHOP DENOUNCES AHENAKEW’S ANTI-SEMITIC COMMENTS Winnipeg, December 19, 2002 (ELCIC) -- The National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Rev. Raymond L. Schultz, has added his voice to the growing number of people who have repudiated comments recently made by David Ahenakew.
NATIONAL BISHOP NAMES TWO ASSISTANTS (FOLLOW UP DETAIL) Winnipeg, December 13, 2002 (ELCIC) -- ELCIC National Bishop Raymond Schultz has announced the appointment of two new assistants to the National Bishop.
NATIONAL BISHOP NAMES TWO ASSISTANTS Winnipeg, December 12, 2002 (ELCIC) -- ELCIC National Bishop Raymond Schultz has announced the appointment of two new assistants to the National Bishop.
UPDATE ON BISHOP SCHULTZ Winnipeg, October 1, 2002 (ELCIC) -- The ELCIC’s National Bishop Raymond Schultz was readmitted to hospital on Saturday, September 28 with chest pains. He had an angioplasty on Monday, September 30, during which three stents were inserted. The procedure was successful, and Bishop Schultz was released from hospital today. He expects to resume part-time office duties on October 3.
CONVENTION PLANS PART OF NCC AGENDA Winnipeg, October 1, 2002 (ELCIC) -- Preparations for the ELCIC’s Ninth Biennial Convention in Camrose, AB, June 11 to 15 were made at the National Church Council meeting in Winnipeg, September 19 to 21.
BISHOP SCHULTZ RESUMING DUTIES Winnipeg, September 6, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) Raymond Schultz was released from hospital today.
SEPTEMBER 3 UPDATE ON BISHOP SCHULTZ ‘S CONDITION Winnipeg, September 3, 2002, (ELCIC) -- Bishop Schultz remains in hospital and continues to make progress. The nuclear stress test that was scheduled for today has been rescheduled.
AUGUST 31 UPDATE ON BISHOP SCHULTZ ‘S CONDITION Winnipeg, August 31, 2002, (ELCIC) -- Bishop Schultz remains in hospital and continues to make progress. An angiogram on Friday revealed that a secondary artery is entirely blocked, and a primary artery is partially blocked. A nuclear stress test is expected to be done on Tuesday.
AUGUST 29 UPDATE ON BISHOP SCHULTZ ‘S CONDITION Winnipeg, August 29, 2002, (ELCIC) -- He has been resting comfortably in hospital. His wife Laila reports that, “He’s feeling better, getting restless and bored. His angiogram was rescheduled to Friday so we'll have to wait until then for a prognosis on his treatment and recovery.”
BISHOP SCHULTZ HOSPITALIZED Winnipeg, August 28, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has suffered a heart attack. Bishop Raymond Schultz was admitted to hospital in Winnipeg on Tuesday, complaining of chest pains.
APPEAL TO HELP HUNGRY IN SOUTHERN AFRICA Winnipeg, August 6, 2002 (ELCIC)-- The Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) requests your support for the appeal launched by Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) to help people in southern Africa in the grip of near-famine conditions brought on by drought. GHDA has sent an advance payment of $3000 to CLWR in support of this appeal.
CANADIAN SYNOD ELECTS FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE AS BISHOP Winnipeg, July 8, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The Rev. Cynthia G. Halmarson, 47, was elected by the Saskatchewan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) as its new bishop. The convention met in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, July 4 to 7. Bishop-elect Halmarson will become the first Lutheran woman to serve as a bishop in Canada when she is ordained as bishop on September 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bishop Allan Grundahl, the incumbent, had announced plans to retire prior to the convention. Halmarson takes office on October 1.
CANADIAN LUTHERANS TO HOLD FIRST ORDINATION OF A BISHOP Winnipeg, May 27, 2002, (ELCIC) -- A former refugee from post-Second World War Europe will become the first Lutheran to be ordained as a bishop in Canada. The ordination of the Rev. Gerhard Preibisch (pronounced PRY-bish) as Bishop of the British Columbia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will take place on Friday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver.
MILLS NAMED 2002 COMPANION OF THE WORSHIP ARTS Winnipeg, May 27, 2002 (ELCIC) The Rev. Michael Mills, OSA, is named the 2002 Companion of the Worship Arts. Companion of the Worship Arts (CWA) is an honour bestowed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) in recognition of significant contribution to the worship life of the ELCIC. The honour recognizes ongoing inspiration and encouragement to others, and service to God, through worship, spirituality and the arts.
LUTHERAN CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS ISSUE MIDDLE EAST APPEAL Winnipeg, May 24, 2002, (ELCIC) -- Canadian Lutheran church organizations are appealing for funds to help relieve the suffering of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza.
ELCIC MISSION IN ARGENTINA EVOLVES Winnipeg, May 22, 2002 (ELCIC) --The Rev. Greg and Mrs. Marla Kiel and their three children will leave their placement in Esquel and Cushamen, Argentina, on Friday, May 24. For the past three years, the Kiel family has been the human face of the partnership between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Iglesia Evangelica Luterana Unida (IELU). They served on behalf of both national churches to announce the good news of the gospel, celebrate the sacraments and give service in Christ’s name. They will continue mission and ministry in the prairie town of Redvers, Saskatchewan in a shared ministry involving Lutheran and United Church congregations, beginning September 1.
PREMIUM RATES FOR NATIONAL HEALTH AND DENTAL PLANS Winnipeg, May 21, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The week of May sixth, the notices for the premium rates for the national health and dental plan were mailed to the plan members and their employers. ELCIC Group Services Inc. (GSI) has received a few letters and emails which detail some concerns about the renewal rates.
ESPRIT WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Winnipeg, May 14, 2002. (ELCIC) -- Esprit, the magazine of Evangelical Lutheran Women, received an A.C Forrest Memorial Award For Excellence in Religious Journalism at the 2002 Canadian Church Press Convention held May 8 to 10 in Ottawa. “Promising to Break the Silence,” by Ruth Vince in the Esprit’s Winter 2001 issue won an Honourable Mention as well as a cash prize of $100.
LORCH APPOINTED GHDA COORDINATOR Winnipeg, April 16, 2002, (ELCIC) -- National Bishop Raymond Schultz has announced that Mrs. Rhonda Lorch has been appointed as the Coordinator for the ELCIC’s Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA). GHDA is the primary means by which the ELCIC raises money for development and relief work in Canada and around the world.
OPENING DOORS AND HEARTS RETREAT CANCELLED Winnipeg, April 16, 2002, (ELCIC) -- ELW Executive Director Ruth Vince and Rev. Cindy Halmarson, Assistant to the Bishop representing the ELCIC Women's Desk, have made the decision to cancel the May 3 to 5 retreat Opening Doors and Hearts due to insufficient registrations. The retreat had been offered to challenge participants towards a greater awareness of family violence as well as an individual and corporate Christian response.
MEMBERS NAMED TO NEW PROGRAM COMMITTEE FOR WORSHIP Winnipeg, April 11, 2002, (ELCIC) – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) newly created Program Committee for Worship will meet in Niagara Falls, Ontario, April 14 to 16.
AGREEMENT CLARIFIES NATIONAL AND SYNODICAL RESPONSIBILITIES Winnipeg, April 9, 2002 (ELCIC) -- Some decisions made by delegates to the upcoming conventions of the synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will be influenced by a renewed agreement entitled “ELCIC National and Synodical Responsibilities.” The agreement contains revisions suggested by their officers at an October 2001 National/Synodical Consultation. It affirms action taken at the 1995 Winnipeg National Convention (NC 95-11) and was put in place by the ELCIC’s National Church Council at its March 14-16, 2002, meeting in Winnipeg.
BISHOP SCHULTZ CALLS FOR PRAYERS FOR ISRAEL AND PALESTINE Winnipeg, April 4, 2002, (ELCIC) -- National Bishop Raymond Schultz of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has added his voice to that of religious and government leaders around the world who have been expressing concern about the current situation in Israel and Palestine. In a letter to be read or reported at worship services throughout the ELCIC on Sunday, April 7, he calls on pastors and congregations of the ELCIC to “pray for the innocent people on both sides of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.” He also asks for prayers “that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat can bring themselves to take the steps that will lower the temperature of the hostilities.”
GUIDELINES FOR ANGLICAN/LUTHERAN WORSHIP AND SHARING CLERGY AMONG NCC ACTIONS Winnipeg, March 21, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The March 14-16 meeting of the ELCIC’s National Church Council (NCC) in Winnipeg was the first opportunity that council members had had to meet face-to-face since elections in July 2001 at the Waterloo Convention. While a significant portion of the NCC meeting was devoted to the development of new committees, the council also took care of many other matters.
NATIONAL CHURCH COUNCIL CREATES NEW COMMITTEES Winnipeg, March 21, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The March 14-16 meeting of the ELCIC’s National Church Council (NCC) in Winnipeg was the first opportunity that council members had had to meet face-to-face since elections in July 2001 at the Waterloo Convention. A significant portion of the NCC meeting involved the development of new committees. A study of Working Groups had indicated that other ways of organizing these tasks might be more effective. The Working Groups were disbanded and their work was reassigned.
ELCIC MISSIONARIES GREG AND MARLA KIEL TO CONCLUDE SERVICE IN ARGENTINA Winnipeg, March 20, 2002, (ELCIC) -- Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) missionaries in Esquel, Argentina, Greg and Marla Kiel and family, are making plans to conclude their service in the Patagonia region of southern Argentina and to return to Canada by this fall.
DON STORCH APPOINTED ELCIC SECRETARY Winnipeg, March 19, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The National Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), meeting in Winnipeg, March 14-16, has appointed Mr. Don Storch as Secretary of the ELCIC until the ELCIC’s National Convention in Camrose, Alberta, in June 2003. Mr. Robert Granke resigned from the position to assume new duties as the director of the Lutheran World Federation’s Department of World Service.
ELCIC CALLS FOR NEW HYMNS Winnipeg, March 15, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is asking poets and musicians to submit hymns and songs for potential use in new worship resources that are being developed for use in Canada and the United States. “A broad variety of genres and styles, both musical and textual, is welcomed,” says Rev. Karen Johnson-Lefsrud.
CANADIAN DESIGN CHOSEN FOR LWF ASSEMBLY LOGO Winnipeg, March 13, 2002 (ELCIC) -- The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has chosen the design of two members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to represent the theme of the LWF Tenth Assembly which will be held in Winnipeg, July 21-31, 2003. Assemblies, considered milestones for, and manifestations of the whole Federation take place every six or seven years. They hold highest authority over LWF policy and activity.
HILDY THIESSEN NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GSI Winnipeg, March 8, 2002, (ELCIC) -- The Board of Directors of ELCIC Group Services, Inc. (GSI) has chosen Ms. Hildy Thiessen as the new Executive Director for GSI. GSI oversees the pension and benefits plans of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
LUTHERANS TO PARTICIPATE IN ROUNDTABLE ON HEALTH CARE Winnipeg, February 21, 2002, (ELCIC) -- "Canadian Lutherans have a history of being very active in matters related to Canada’s health-care system," says Dr. David Pfrimmer, a member of the national staff of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada responsible for Public Policy matters. "That’s why we have several ELCIC members who will be participating in the upcoming Roundtable on Health Care."
ANGLICAN/LUTHERAN LOGO CONTEST ANNOUNCED Winnipeg, February 21, 2002, (ELCIC) The Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission (JALC) met in Halifax on February 15-17 to begin to flesh out the commitments of Called to Full Communion: The Waterloo Declaration of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
GUIDELINES FOR RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES INVOLVING MORE THAN ONE FAITH TRADITION Winnipeg, February 1, 2002, (ELCIC) -- At certain times in Canadian public life, significant events call on the resources of the religious and spiritual traditions in our land. The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) offers the following guidelines as a contribution towards acknowledging the multifaith realities of our country. Developed by the CCC Interfaith Relations Committee in consultation with partners from the Muslim and Jewish faiths, and adopted as a statement of the Council, these guidelines provide suggestions for planning and conducting public religious ceremonies that include the participation of a diversity of religious traditions.
RHONDA LORCH TO CHAIR LWF ASSEMBLY LOCAL COMMITTEE Winnipeg, February 1, 2002, (ELCIC) -- National Bishop Raymond L. Schultz of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has announced the appointment of Rhonda Lorch as chairperson of the Assembly Local Committee for the Tenth Assembly of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Ms. Lorch replaces Robert Granke who has resigned as Secretary of the ELCIC to become the director of the LWF Department of World Service.

 

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