On Monday April 29, staff at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) National Office will have to remember to show up at a new location when they arrive for work.
After 15 years on Portage Avenue in downtown Winnipeg, the ELCIC’s National Office will move just north east of Portage and Main to new space on Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg.
The decision to move the National Office was no small undertaking, says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson.
"The move makes a lot of sense for us for a number of different reasons," Bishop Johnson notes. "Over the years we have reconfigured our current space as staffing has changed but we realize that it is now just more space than we require."
The National Office looked into subletting or releasing current space held at the Portage Avenue location, but a proposed rent increase encouraged the consideration of alternative options. The new office on Lombard Avenue is a smaller space and better configured to current staffing. The cost of renovations at the new office are being covered by the tenant’s improvement allowance provided in the new lease agreement.
ELCIC currently shares space with its partner in international relief and development – Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). ELCIC and CLWR will be moving together and will continue to share space at the new location. ELCIC’s Group Services Inc., which was on the same floor as the National Office, will also move to the same building on Lombard Avenue.
The new address for the ELCIC National Office, effective April 29, is as follows:
ELCIC National Office
600-177 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0W5
Phone, fax, email and website will all stay the same.
The office will begin moving to the new location on the afternoon of Thursday, April 25. It is hoped that there will be minimal disruption of email and website services, although the phones will be offline for some time during that period. Should any downtime of those services occur, details will be posted to the ELCIC Facebook page: www.elcic.ca/CanadianLutherans.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 145,376 baptized members in 594 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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