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December 2003

E–Communiqué is sent to you by the National Office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and contains seasonally–appropriate resources from the ELCIC. E–Communiqué will appear in your email in–box approximately every 9 weeks.

Follow the live links in this bulletin to read, print, cut and paste or link to other sites. Some resources are available in print. Order using the information below. This newsletter may be printed, photocopied and distributed.

We encourage you to send us the email addresses of other leaders in your congregation who could benefit from this information. Of course, you can stop receiving it at any time by sending us the message "Unsubscribe E–Communiqué" with your first and last name or the name of your church and city.

Inside this bulletin:

MISSION IN THE WORLD (back to top)

Joint ELCA/ELCIC Global Mission Event (GME), Claimed By God's Grace, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, July 15 to 18, 2004: This event is an excellent summer vacation opportunity for the whole family. Canadian participants will join with several hundred others to immerse themselves in mission experiences from North America and around the world. Children and youth programs will be a big part of it and Yellowstone National Park is close by so pencil in the Bozeman GME on your calendar now. Further details and registration forms will be available early in 2004. Contact Kelvin Krieger, Program Coordinator, Mission in the World, vim@elcic.ca, 1.888.786.6707 ext 164.

GHDA (back to top)

Partners for Healing: Why not identify a time period in 2004 to focus on the work of Global Hunger and Development Relief? Partners for Healing is a package of resources created by GHDA and CLWR. It will help you plan your worship, teach the children, lead discussion in a study group, plan your future mission with GHDA and more. Order in print or download from http://www.elcic.ca/ghda (to be posted very soon)

Kairos Times is a biweekly bulletin for ecumenical justice activists and friends from KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives. To subscribe, contact Julie Graham at jgraham@kairoscanada.org with your full name, email address, province or territory and a little information about your interests and affiliations.

Connect is small in size, but BIG in content. This little collection of stories is a wonderful tool to guide your prayer life, your discussion group, and your financial giving to GHDA. The latest issue was delivered to your church in November and features the Eastern Synod and an MNO congregation. Ask for a copy. Read it on–line at http://www.clwr.org/connect.html Send your stories of synod or congregational mission work to bfast@elcic.ca

Lutheran Office for Public Policy: Are you ready for more news about social and political issues? Do you ever wonder where the ELCIC stands? A visit to http://www.elcic-lopp.ca/index.shtml will reveal published statements, current conversation and on–going concerns. Get involved.

Looking for a relevant and attractive calendar? The Evangelical Lutheran Church that serves Palestine, Jordan and Israel (ELCJ) has what you are looking for. Download monthly as a Word document from http://www.holyland-lutherans.org/calendar.htm

STEWARDSHIP (back to top)

There's still time to order your set of Annual Report covers. A colourful folder for your congregational reports, it also provides devotions for the opening and closing of the meeting and interesting facts about the mission and ministry of the ELCIC. The cover logo is an excellent way to introduce or reinforce the 2004 theme "Let God Lead". Contact the orders desk soon.

January is a great month to introduce a new theme! Stewardship resources to supplement your year–round program are available. http://www.elcic.ca/steward/2003.html

YOUTH (back to top)

Visit http://youth.elcic.ca for Advent Devotions online––Each Devotion has a picture from Cryout! Also don't forget to check out the "devo archive" for older devotions.

CryOut Photo Contest – Hot Prizes – Your Favorite Snapshot from CryOut could WIN you a Prize from the next Canadian Lutheran Youth Gathering! Deeper is accepting entries for its photography competition until January 15, 2004. The contest is open to everyone and entry is free. Enter ONLINE Now! http://youth.elcic.ca

ListenUP: (The Canadian Lutheran Youth Gathering) – Watch for the promotional tour of the "Phone Booth", an opportunity for youth to interact with other youth, promote participation in the Gathering (Hamilton, Aug. 12–15, 2004) and discuss issues and concerns around the theme "ListenUP."

Lectionary Calendars (back to top)

Lectionary calendars from Holmes Printing will not be coming automatically to your Synod office or congregation this year. All congregations who order bulletin covers will receive 2 calendars. Calendars may also be ordered (5 for $5 plus postage & handling). Call 1.877.842.4466 or see it on–line at http://churchbulletins.ca/churchyearlectionary.html

LWF Volunteers: an excerpt from a letter received at ELCIC National Office from LWF: " In reviewing evaluations…[of] volunteers, many participants gave stars and exclamation points, and numbers higher than the highest number on the evaluation scale. People have returned home to all parts of the world with memories and stories of the wonderful hosting provided in Winnipeg and in the communities which were part of the visitation program."

PreAssembly Visitations: Read stories at http://www.elca.org/lwf

Lutheran Health Care Conference (back to top)

Lutheran Health Care Association of Canada invites you to their 2004 Conference–Breathing New Life into Faith–Based Health Care – January 14–16 in Banff, AB. Information at http://www.christlutheranchurch.mb.ca/annual_conference.htm or hevhesje@sasktel.net.

Seasonal resources On–line (back to top)

For a thorough catalogue of resources that can take you from Advent to Epiphany, be sure to visit http://www.worship.ca/christmas.html

BC Synod folks have shared Advent/Christmas/Epiphany ideas that they've used successfully within their congregations and families. If you'd like a copy of this useful resource, contact Gertie Gatzke, gertiepl@telus.net or 604.859.5409.

A list of recommended children's books is available in the December 1 newsletter at http://www.luthersem.edu/stewardship/email_archive.asp?m=1020

MousePad (back to top)

Parochial Report: n. 1. an accounting of members, finances, and activity requested once a year of every ELCIC congregation. 2. the church secretary's/pastor's annual nightmare 3. a flurry of phone calls to try and pin down who did what when and gave how much this past year 4.hours and hours of work in triplicate that gets mailed off only to reappear needing updating 12 months later. 7. reams of paperwork, sometimes illegible, received by Synod office staff which must then be re–entered into a computer and published as a Yearbook n. a collection of static information often out–of–date before publication.

Could we redefine Parochial Report? n. 1. a short time spent annually by a church staff member using Lotus database software to prepare the report and send it off electronically to Synod office. 2. Information base for a correct and updated national webpage of information accessible to all congregations at the click of a computer mouse.

Using Lotus software congregational staff could enter, throughout the year, all the information that the report requires. The database would do the rest of the work–collect, total and report, using a pre–designed form that can be electronically shared with the synods and national church. Do you have a computer and an Internet connection? Order your software from Teledisc at 1.800.575.3200. More information at http://www.teledisc.com/products.htm

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 orders@elcic.ca; 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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