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February 2003

We know what it's like. You get busy and forget to check http://www.elcic.ca for new and interesting resources. Also, as our website grows, it takes longer to check out all the information.

E–Communiqué, our free e–mail bulletin, will appear in your email in–box approximately every 9 weeks, alerting you to new and seasonally–appropriate resources on the ELCIC website.

Follow the live links in this bulletin to read, print, cut and paste or link to other sites. If you prefer to receive the resources in print, order using the information below.

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.

Our E–Communiqué is catching on and getting longer. Save time by skimming our list of topics. Continue only if they are of interest to you.

Below you will find:

GHDA: (back to top)

Watch your church mailboxes this month for the second edition of Connect . This publication is produced jointly by GHDA and CLWR and features stories of projects made possible through regular and second–mile giving. For more information, see http://www.elcic.ca/ghda/resources.html

Study Resource: (back to top)

ELCIC Village Voices is excellent and timely study material. If you haven' t seen it, check with your ELW chairperson or your church office. Some congregations are making this their Lenten study series. The 10 topics mirror themes of the Lutheran World Federation Assembly this summer. Share results of your discussion with our ELCIC delegates by using the form included. http://www.elcic.ca/lwf/village.html or rvince@elcic.ca

Looking for a good book to read or study with a group? The following titles were mentioned recently by some of our ELCIC pastors:

  • Carter, Stephen L. The Emperor of Ocean Park, Knopf, 2002
  • Dawn, Marva. Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down, Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995.
  • Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany, Ballantine Books, 1997
  • Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible, HarperCollins, 1998
  • Lischer, Richard. Open Secrets: A Spiritual Journey Through a Country Church , Doubleday, 2001.
  • Long, Thomas G. Beyond the Worship Wars, Alban Institute, 2001.
  • Neville, Joyce. How to Share Your Faith Without Being Offensive, Seabury Press, 1979
  • Ross, Sinclair. As for Me and My House, University of Nebraska Press, 1978
  • Shields, Carol. Unless , Fourth Estate, 2002
  • Vanderhaeghe, Guy. The Last Crossing, McClelland & Stewart, 2002
  • Willimon, William H. The Gospel for the Person Who has Everything, Judson Press, 1978
  • Winner, Lauren. Girl Meets God , Algonquin Books, 2002
  • Vanderhaeghe, Guy. The Englishman's Boy, McClelland & Stewart, 1997

Hold a Lenten Fast from Violence and focus on peace (back to top)

The World Council of Churches recognizes this as the Decade to Overcome Violence. What better time to bring peace into our homes by turning off and tuning out the violence in books, TV, music and movies? Use the time saved to re–examine the products you buy, pray the prayer of St. Francis, make a special donation to GHDA, or volunteer to help with a peace project in your church or community. For more ideas and resources:

Worship: (back to top)

The Program Committee for Worship has provided your Synod offices with copies of Principles for Worship, Holy Baptism, Life Passages and Congregational Song., These are trial resources that resulted from months of meeting to discuss, discern and develop new worship resources. Check them out with your synod office and/or by clicking ELCIC + Renewing Worship at http://www.worship.ca/ Those working on these resources look forward to your feedback through the evaluation included in the resource.

Youth: (back to top)

Check out the ELCIC youth web site Deeper at http://youth.elcic.ca/ for new resources for the National Youth Project 2002–2004 CRY OUT – FOR PEACE! Look for Bible studies, devotional resources and updates and coming events.

LWF Assembly (back to top)

T–shirts, sweatshirts and banners celebrating the LWF Assembly can be ordered now. The shirts come in grey or white; sizes L, XL and XXL. T–shirts $15. Sweatshirts $30. Banners, $30, are white vinyl, 18"x32" , with a top rod pocket. These are suitable to hang indoors or out. (Cost includes taxes, but shipping and handling will be added to each of these items. Come in to pick up your order and save that expense.) If you are interested in a cloth banner to hang in your sanctuary, contact us at orders@elcic.ca. Photos and order information soon at http://www.elcic.ca/lwf

Bonding Insurance (back to top)

The bonding insurance that the national office carries for congregations will be terminated March 31, 2003. This coverage can no longer be purchased by the national office as they have no control over the finances of the congregations. Therefore, all congregations should have a rider added to their existing policy to include an appropriate amount of bonding for your congregation. For further information regarding the group package for congregational insurance, visit http://www.elcic.ca/parish/support/insurance.html or contact Doreen Lecuyer at dlecuyer@elcic.ca or 1–888–786–6707 ext 178.

Mousepad (back to top)

Are you still wondering if investing in a good computer and some software like Rasmus is the right decision for your church? Consider this: in our society, membership is a mark of commitment and belonging. As such, it deserves to be recognized and honoured.

The ELCIC Stewardship theme for 2003 is Remember, all–year–long giving, a perpetual celebration. One program suggestion is to research the date that each member joined. Then on that anniversary, take the opportunity to thank them for their service and allow a time of recommitment.

Congregations with computerized records, having entered that date as information, can easily print off a report chronologically or by name. Hand that list to your pastor or the stewardship team and you are on your way to a year–round stewardship emphasis. Now, you'll want to print off a mailing list to tell everyone about it! (Philippians 1: 3–6)

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 quote each item's title, code number and the quantity you need. You will be invoiced when the order is filled.

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