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September 12, 2008

Highlights from the First Day of NCC Meetings

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's (ELCIC) National Church Council (NCC) is meeting in Winnipeg from September 11-13. The following is an overview of highlights from the first day of meetings.

The September meeting of NCC commenced with Opening Worship Service at Laureate's Landing in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson delivered the sermon. A copy of Bishop Johnson's sermon is available on the Bishop's page of the ELCIC website: http://elcic.ca/From-the-Bishop/documents/NCC200809Serving.pdf

Several new faces around the table were welcomed as the council meeting commenced. David Swartling, Secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is in attendance and will bring greetings from the ELCA during Friday's agenda. Rev. Teresita Valeriano, joins NCC at this meeting and is the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Regional Officer for North America. New council member Barb Stolee, from the Synod of Alberta and the Territories, was also introduced and welcomed.

Council also received the Report of the Bishop. It is a honour and privilege to serve as National Bishop as this church, said Bishop Johnson in her open remarks. Bishop Johnson reflected on her participation at all five Synod Conventions, the Lutheran World Federation Council Meeting and the Lambeth Conference, and told council the opportunities have, fed my energy, renewed my spirit, and lifted my hope.

The session adjourned for the evening with closing prayers. Friday's agenda includes reports from the Synod Bishops, the Council of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, Group Services Inc. (GSI), Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW), and the LWF North American Regional Officer.

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