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LUTHERAN WORLD FEDERATION (back to top)
LWF Sunday 2003 materials are available at http://www.lutheranworld.org/Essentials/LWF-Sunday.html (Order of Service, Sermon Notes and Four Stories of Healing). Resources were created this year by the North American Region. Many ELCIC churches use this worship focus on Reformation Sunday (Oct. 26, 2003).
Assembly Photos and Stories : The Assembly is officially over, but the ELCIC will feel its effects for a long time. Even we, who know the amazing volunteer spirit that thrives in Canada, were awed by the time given willingly and cheerfully by over 800 volunteers. One way we can say thank you is by sharing photos and stories. Visit //elcic.ca/postlwf/index.html to see a collection. Photographers, including GMH GRAPHIC SERVICES, grant you permission to download photos for free.
YOUTH (back to top)
How do you use the Deeper website? (http://youth.elcic.ca)? Deeper is designed to connect Lutheran Youth and Youth Leaders across Canada in an online setting. Is it helpful to you? Your comments and suggestions are welcomed by the Program Committee for Youth Ministry. Just fill out the form at http://youth.elcic.ca/feedback.php
A National Peer Ministry Training Event will be held November 9–13 at camp Kuriakos, with training provided by the Youth and Family Institute. This event is designed for youth leaders (lay and professional), pastors and other interested parties. For more information see http://youth.elcic.ca/calendar.php or contact Pastor Jason Johnson 306.374.0553, or email@example.com
GHDA (back to top)
Canadian Foodgrains Bank, CLWR and GHDA mailed a resource to all ELCIC congregations in early September. Be sure to use these fine tools as you plan programs in your congregation. http://www.foodgrainsbank.ca
KAIROS has launched its 2003–04 education and action campaign, Cultivating Just Peace . In this campaign, they challenge the idea that peace can be secured by force, recognising this as the vision that feeds the War on Terror. Cultivating Just Peace proposes an alternative vision, long promoted by the churches, in which universal respect for human rights and freedom from fear and want are seen as the path to 'true' security. Join their efforts http://www.kairoscanada.org/
KAIROS Just Peace resources available for churches and local groups:
- New brochure explaining the campaign and KAIROS' work, and highlighting a wide range of educational resources.
- Full colour bilingual poster with education ideas on the reverse side.
- Education for Action guide, designed for community, study, and faith groups. This 40– page book explores "just peace" and includes workshops for adults and children, a play script, theological reflection, worship outline, and more.
- Agenda for Just Peace action post cards addressed to the Prime Minister.
WORSHIP (back to top)
Renewing Worship Update : 200 new hymns and songs are now available. New Hymns and Songs is the accompaniment version; Renewing Worship Songbook is the pew edition. Copies of these resources are now available from Augsburg Fortress. Congregations are invited and encouraged to participate actively in trying out and evaluating new hymns and songs. http://www.renewingworship.org/resources/new_hymns
The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians– an organization for musicians, pastors and all those interested in the worship and music of the church – has recently made provision for Canadians who join this organization to pay for their registration in Canadian dollars at par. This represents a significant savings. There was never a more opportune time to join. For further information about the ALCM go to: http://www.alcm.org
The upcoming ELCIC bulletin series , which will premiere Advent 2003, contains some significant changes in layout. A clearer, more usable formatting of the psalm is now featured, stunning photography which connects with the gospel reading, as well as a suggestion for readings between Sundays, are just a few of the things to look for. http://www.churchbulletins.inter.ab.ca
COMMUNICATION (back to top)
A Communications Review Task Force has been appointed by ELCIC National Church Council. Phil Heinze, Don McLeod, Richard Nostbakken and Barb Fast met for the first time in Winnipeg in October and will continue to work until the 2005 Convention. Your comments and ideas are welcome. Send them to "ELCIC Communication" c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
ELCIC Yearbook (back to top)
due to increasing production and mailing costs, will no longer be provided on a complimentary basis. A limited supply of 2004 edition will be produced in hard copy and will be available for sale on a pre-ordered basis for $20.00 including taxes, shipping and handling. If you wish to order a copy, please send your cheque for $20.00 along with your mailing information to: ELCIC 2004 Yearbook, 302–393 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 3H6. Orders will be accepted until December 1, 2003.
Lutheran Planned Giving: The summer 2003 issue of Offerings , the Lutheran Planned Giving newsletter, is now available on the ELCIC web–site. Readers who would prefer to receive their copy by mail can contact Jeff Pym at 888-308-9461 or email@example.com . To view or download as pdf, visit //elcic.ca/lpg/offerings.html
Luther the Movie: keep an eye on http://www.lutherthemovie.com. If you'd like to encourage a Canadian distribution, drop a friendly email (see "contact us") describing your community and potential theatre customers.
Several on–line newsletters are available from our Lutheran and Ecumenical community. (I'd be happy to hear of your recommendations) To highlight a few:
- http://www.lutherlink.org/books Do you like to join on–line discussions? Looking for "Lutheran" books to read? Augsburg Fortress is featuring 12 books this fall in their Lutheran Voices series: "Quality accessible books by Lutheran authors that inform, teach, inspire, and renew. Grounded in Lutheran theology and practice, the books will cover a wide range of subjects and themes of interest to ELCA members and the wider Christian community."
- http://www.elca.org/wo/cafe/index.html Café: a new on-line magazine , is sponsored by the ELCA and Thrivent Financial. Although intended for women ages 20-35, it's faith–based and inspirational articles will be of interest to readers of all ages. The August/September issue is well worth your time. The Topic is Fair Trade Chocolate. [One negative aspect to this e-zine is it's American focus, but there is still lots of general and global information that Canadians can use]
- http://www.ccjc.ca/ Church Council on Justice and Correction (CCJC) is a national faith-based Council that includes eleven founding churches, created in 1974, to promote a restorative approach to Justice with an emphasis on addressing the needs of victims and offenders, mutual respect, healing, individual accountability, community involvement and crime prevention. "It is primarily by education, advocacy and community development initiatives that we try to foster healthier communities and crime prevention through social responsibility." (from September 2003 issue of The Well ) If you'd like to learn more, read the whole newsletter at http://www.ccjc.ca/well/index.cfm
- http://www.afcanada.com/enewsletter/issues.asp Some excellent Reformation Resources were highlighted in the September Augsburg Fortress eNewsletter . Read it online or sign up to receive your own copy at http://www.afcanada.com/enewsletter/subunsub_custom.html
OTHER (back to top)
The Karren Stinson Bursary is available to Christian post–secondary students in Western Canada (BC, AB, SK and MB) who are studying in the fields of social services, education, ordained ministry or related church vocation. Application forms can be obtained from the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Victoria, BC. 250.477.6222 or firstname.lastname@example.org Completed application forms must be received by Oct 31, 2003.
Invitation to Caring Conversations ~ 3 – October 25, 2003, at Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Waterloo. Presenters will offer/model a Caring Conversation . This event should prove especially helpful to pastors, congregational leaders and members of such groups as might sponsor a Caring Conversation (adult learning team, pastoral care team, council, service or witness group, etc.). It will also be helpful to the many people reflecting on the Reconciling in Christ "Affirmation of Welcome" motion coming before the Eastern Synod Assembly next summer. Complete details are at http://www.telc.ca . Just click on "Caring Conversations".
Restorative Justice Week – November 16–23 – resources are available. http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/text/forum/restore2003/ord_e.shtml
Mousepad (back to top)
The August 2003 issue of Canadian Living, a popular national magazine, featured an article entitled "One Smart City – Cornwall, Ontario." It seems that the city is "poised to become a technological beacon." Their internet community portal provides a virtual meeting place for citizens, community groups, businesses and government. The concept was so novel that no software could be found to help design it. The portal's creator finally contacted IBM Lotus, where the software was designed.
About now some readers will realize that the city of Cornwall and the ELCIC have something in common. The church also chose IBM Lotus to design the software that supports Rasmus. Just as IBM Lotus was able to help create Cornwall's state–of–the–art community portal, so we at the ELCIC continue to be pleased with the flexibility of our program. One Smart Church – the ELCIC!
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 email@example.com; 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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