Resources for New ELCIC Praise Appeal Now Available

For Everything There is a Time is the theme of the inaugural ELCIC Praise Appeal which this year will give thanks for the ministry of women in the church, looking back on the ministry of Evangelical Lutheran Women Inc. (ELW) and looking forward to the new forms this ministry may take.

Congregations throughout the ELCIC are asked to designate one Sunday this year, and in coming years, at a time that works best within their own context to highlight the ELCIC Praise Appeal.

Resources for holding an ELCIC Praise Appeal Sunday are available online at www.elcic.ca/praiseappeal. These resources include: worship, prayer and liturgy suggestions, a sermon prepared by National Bishop Susan Johnson, and a bulletin insert.

The ELCIC Praise Appeal is being launched as an opportunity to highlight different aspects of the ministry of the wider church. ELCIC congregations are encouraged participate in this partnership and support the ministry of the wider church by participating in the Praise Appeal.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 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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Lutherans and Anglicans Collaborate on Common Mission

From April 1 to 3, the executive councils of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) will hold their first joint meeting in Mississauga, Ont. This meeting of the ELCIC’s National Church Council and the ACC’s Council of General Synod marks an important step in deepening the full communion relationship between the two churches.

Working under the theme “Growing Together,” the councils will meet together for Bible study, Eucharists, and several items of business including a proposed joint Anglican-Lutheran office and the joint Anglican-Lutheran national meeting planned for 2013 in Ottawa. The ELCIC and ACC councils will also meet separately.

At the end of the joint council meeting, Lutherans and Anglicans will plant a tree on the grounds of the Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre to symbolize their hope for future cooperation. Members have been encouraged to bring vials of water from their home communities to sprinkle on the tree after it is planted.

The year 2011 marks 10 years of full communion between Lutherans and Anglicans in both Canada and the United States. In 2001, the ELCIC the ACC signed the Waterloo Declaration. In that same year the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Church, USA, signed a similar agreement, Called to Common Mission.

In Canada, the ELCIC and ACC allow interchangeability of clergy and confirmations are mutually recognized. Led by National Bishop Susan Johnson (ELCIC) and the Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz (ACC), the churches have sought more cooperation in national program work and have collaborated on initiatives including the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals. Bishop Johnson and Archbishop Hiltz offer joint Christmas and Easter greetings, often in the form of web videos.

On May 1, 2011, the leaders of Lutheran and Anglican churches in Canada and the U.S. will celebrate 10 years of full communion with parallel services in Fort Erie, Ont. and Buffalo, N.Y. They will mark the anniversaries and honour the possibility for future collaboration.

All Lutherans and Anglicans across Canada are encouraged to find ways to celebrate 10 years of this unique full communion relationship.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 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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302-393 Portage Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 3H6
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ELCIC Congregations Encouraged to Pray for Peace for All People in the Holy Land on March 20

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) encourages all congregations to include prayers for peace for all people in the Holy Land on the second Sunday of Lent, which this year is March 20.

The call comes in response to a motion passed at the 2009 ELCIC National Convention. The motion, titled "An ELCIC Convention Resolution on the Holy Land," encourages the ELCIC to "call on its members regularly to pray for peace for all people in the Holy Land, especially the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and to designate a Sunday annually for prayers in the congregations across the ELCIC."

The ELCIC’s Program Committee for Worship (PCW) has prepared a prayer petition for use (https://www.elcic.ca/Documents/PrayersfortheHolyLand2011.pdf). Congregations are encouraged to include the prayers in their worship on March 20.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 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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Emergency Appeal Issued for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), is appealing to its members for financial support for humanitarian aid to assist the people of Japan.

The biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began 140 years ago struck the northeast coast on March 11, generating a 10 meter tsunami that swept away everything in its path and killed at least 10,000 people. 350,000 people are living in evacuation sites at the moment. The number of dead is expected to rise as the situation becomes clearer.

CLWR is issuing an appeal for funds to support the humanitarian aid being provided through ACT Alliance. ACT reports there are various gaps in basic needs such as water, food, blankets, electricity, health and sanitation kits that evacuation sites are facing, since most efforts at the moment focus on search and rescue and evacuation from radiation contaminated areas where explosions at nuclear power plants have taken place.

ACT Alliance is in the midst of a needs assessment from both land and air. ACT General Secretary, John Nduna said, “We are deeply concerned and we are monitoring the situation closely so that ACT Alliance can direct its resources to where they are most needed, as quickly as possible.” Should ACT decide not to proceed with an aid program for Japan, CLWR will work through other partners to deliver effective and efficient humanitarian aid.

Donations to the appeal may be made in the following ways:

1. ELCIC members are asked to donate to the appeal by making a designated offering donation for "Japan Earthquake" through their congregation.
2. Donations may also be made through CLWR:
* AFTER MARCH 15 – Online at www.clwr.org/donate. In the process of completing the form, you will come to a pull-down menu that allows you to designate a specific project. Choose Japan Earthquake.
* By calling CLWR’s toll-free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.
* By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to: CLWR, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6. Please indicate in your correspondence that you wish to contribute to the 2011 Japan Earthquake Appeal.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 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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204.984.9172
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ELCIC National Bishop Calls for Prayers and Expresses Concern for Violence in Ethiopia

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson shared her concern and prayers for the people of Ethiopia and for members of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus following attacks and church burnings by Muslim extremists against Christians.

An estimated 10,000 Christians have been forced to flee from their homes in western Ethiopia following the attacks. Thousands of Muslim extremists reportedly set fire to 59 churches and at least 28 homes. Looting has also become widespread.

News sources indicate the attacks were carried out after Muslims accused a Christian of desecrating a copy of the Koran.

"It is horrifying to hear of such violence and aggression," said Bishop Johnson. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people living through this terror, and the suffering it causes in body and soul. With sighs too deep for words, we hope and pray for the restoration of safety, peace and community."    

Bishop Johnson will be part of a Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) delegation that will travel to Ethiopia in April to visit CLWR related projects and meet with church leaders in the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus.

The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, a member of The Lutheran World Federation, has 5.3 million members. It is one of the largest Lutheran churches in the world.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 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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Trina Gallop, Director of Communications
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ELCIC Members Encouraged to Pray for the People of Japan

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson is calling for members of the ELCIC to pray for the people of Japan following a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the region on March 11. Both caused major damage to northeastern Japan.

"We ask the members of the ELCIC to pray for the people of Japan in the midst of the devastation they are experiencing from the earthquake and tsunami," says Bishop Johnson. "We include in our prayers Lutheran World Federation member churches in the region, and those around the Pacific Rim who watch and wait for the possibility of tsunamis."

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Japan and triggered a devastating tsunami which created a wall of water. Videos from the region shows cars, ships and buildings being dragged into the water and swept across fields. News reports indicate the earthquake is the most powerful to hit Japan in at least 100 years.

Reports out of Japan vary on the impact on human lives but the death toll is expected to rise significantly.

There are three Lutheran World Federation member churches in Japan, including the Japan Lutheran Church (associate member), Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Kinki Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 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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Lutherans and Anglicans Celebrate 10 Years of Full Communion

The year 2011 marks 10 years of full communion between Lutherans and Anglicans in both Canada and the United States. In 2001, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) signed the Waterloo Declaration. In that same year the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America signed a similar agreement with The Episcopal Church, USA, Called to Common Mission.

On May 1, 2011, the four churches will celebrate this landmark year with parallel services in Fort Erie, Ont. and Buffalo, N.Y. Lutherans and Anglicans will gather to mark the anniversaries and honour the possibility for future collaboration.

In a statement issued Ash Wednesday, National Bishop Susan C. Johnson (ELCIC) and Archbishop Fred Hiltz (ACC) call for wide participation: "We invite the people of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to pray for each other and for this holy endeavour. At the same time, communities are encouraged to host their own celebrations, on the Second Sunday of Easter or sometime thereafter, in their own churches."

The full statement from National Bishop Johnson and Archbishop Hiltz is available for download and includes liturgical material for a service celebrating full communion.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 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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Lutherans Worldwide Encouraged to Pray for People in North Africa and Middle East

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge is calling Lutherans worldwide to prayer, support and advocacy concerning the humanitarian crisis developing from the swift political changes in North Africa.

In a March 3, 2011 letter to LWF member churches, Junge urges the churches’ prayers for people in North Africa and the Middle East so “that violence and repression will stop,” that people would “be treated with dignity and respect” and that leaders “will be chosen who are honest and accountable.”

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson added her voice to General Secretary Junge’s call for prayers. "We pray for peace that is so desperately needed in North Africa. We deplore the choice to use violence, and pray for people of courage and good will to emerge as leaders, so that people’s core human need for dignity, rights, safety and self-determination will be respected."  

In December a popular uprising began in Tunisia, forcing the Tunisian president to flee the country in January. Similar protests in Egypt in January forced the country’s president to step aside in February. Protests that began peacefully in Libya in February are resulting in a huge humanitarian crisis as the country’s leader fights to keep his hold on power.

Junge deplored the loss of life and expressed hope that those fleeing would be able to return home safely and that the refugees will find refuge. He expressed particular concern for Libya where the country’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, “is trying to cling to power in the most cruel way, ordering his security forces to shoot and kill his own people. The death toll may already be in the thousands.” Most of those fleeing the country are foreign workers, predominantly from Egypt but also from other countries including Bangladesh and Nepal.

The general secretary welcomed the United Nations’ actions against Libya. The Security Council in February imposed sanctions against Libya. On March 1, 2011 the General Assembly suspended Libya from the Human Rights Council.

“The international community is unanimously condemning the indiscriminate use of violence and the violations of human rights,” Junge noted.

In view of the large-scale humanitarian crisis unfolding from Libya, Junge pointed out that an LWF-led humanitarian assessment team will arrive in neighboring Tunisia this weekend. The LWF-ACT Alliance rapid assessment team will elaborate a preliminary appeal and coordinate the shipment and distribution of immediate relief goods as well as the establishment of water supply infrastructure in close coordination with UN organizations on-site.

The LWF is a founding member of ACT Alliance, a global network of church-related organizations collaborating in humanitarian assistance and development.

Junge asked the churches for continued financial support as the LWF responds to the humanitarian crisis.

He urged Lutherans in Europe to advocate with their governments to show compassion toward those fleeing North Africa. “While the struggling countries bordering Libya are generously keeping their borders open, the European discussions seem to focus more on how to protect their borders” in a humanitarian situation that calls for a different approach, Junge added.

The general secretary expressed his hope that the political changes in North Africa would “pave the way for political governance that is accountable to the very people it represents.”

He added, “People want to have their dignity respected. People want to be treated fairly and honestly – they reject injustice and corruption.”

(Files from Lutheran World Information.)
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 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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ELCIC Members Asked to Pray for the People of New Zealand Following Severe Earthquake

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson called for prayers following a severe earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22, 2011.

"I encourage all ELCIC members to include those affected by this earthquake in their prayers," said Bishop Johnson. Shortly after hearing the news of the earthquake, Bishop Johnson sent a message to the Bishop of Christchurch, The Right Rev. Victoria Matthews. In her message, Bishop Johnson shared her prayers for the diocese and all the people affected by the earthquake.

A deadly 6.3 magnitude tremor wrecked a trail of destruction in the city, killing close to 100 people with over 200 persons still reported missing earlier today.

In a release from Lutheran World Information (LWI), Rev. David Lipsys, pastor of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Christchurch, reported that there were no known casualties among the congregation, though he emphasized the difficulty in reaching members. “Loss of power and telephones, combined with transport restrictions, is making contact with our church members and friends very difficult,” he said. Lipsys planned to motorcycle to areas that are still not accessible by automobile to find out how parishioners were faring.

New Zealand’s second major earthquake in five months had compromised the structural integrity of the church worship center, he noted, and seriously damaged the house in which he and his wife live. “We hope to be able to remain in our home, but I am afraid that we may have to tear it down,” he commented.

Many people are spending the nights in tents, without water or food, Lipsys said. Meanwhile, fear is running high because of the risk of aftershocks.

Lutheran Church of New Zealand (LCNZ) President Robert Erickson has declared this coming Sunday a “Sunday of Prayer for the people of Christchurch and surrounding areas.”

LCNZ is a district of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA), which joined the LWF as an associate member church in 1994 and has 70,000 members.

(With files from Lutheran World Information and Linda Macqueen, editor of LCA’s The Lutheran magazine.)

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 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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ELCIC National Bishop Calls for Fair Consideration of KAIROS’ New CIDA Application

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson wrote to The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, urging that KAIROS’ reapplication for CIDA funding "receive fair consideration so that the gifts of KAIROS are seen in the light of their potential to promote a safe, well-fed and just world."

The text of the letter follows:

Dear Prime Minister:

I continue to be concerned about the process by which KAIROS was defunded by CIDA.

The work of KAIROS is very valuable and important to our church, our country and our world. For over 35 years, KAIROS has worked faithfully in partnership with the government of Canada to promote development and human rights. CIDA’s own assessments indicate that this work has been effective, accountable and recommended. It remains unclear on what basis the government decided to end this partnership.

KAIROS has reapplied for funding. What is most important to us is that this new application receive fair consideration so that the gifts of KAIROS are seen in the light of their potential to promote a safe, well-fed and just world. Our church remains convinced that KAIROS has much to offer as a partner in promoting the values that Canadians cherish.

You, your ministers, and the whole of parliament are in our prayers as you seek to serve Canadians with good leadership.

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Susan C. Johnson
National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

A pdf version of the letter is available online at: https://elcic.ca/From-the-Bishop/documents/20110217LettertoPrimeMinisterreKAIROSFINAL.pdf

The ELCIC is one of eleven members of KAIROS.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 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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