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January 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.

National Youth Project:

Thank you to all the youth for your support of Back to School in Bangladesh 2000–2002, which raised $26,283.10. Response was great, from the gathering forums to the video launch at The Edge and to the closing statement at Cry Out.

CRY OUT –– FOR PEACE!

Anger and violence surround us, from horrifying images on the news to popular yet frightening video games. Bullies are everywhere. We feel overwhelmed, bewildered and powerless to make a real difference. But we are not powerless, we are God's children of love and courage and hope and grace, called to be bold enough to love our neighbours as deeply as God loves us. We're called to let our good works shine as light in the darkness. So get ready for our next National Youth Project, get ready to CRY OUT –– FOR PEACE! Watch the ELCIC youth website, Deeper for more information. http://youth.elcic.ca/

Worship:

Check out the ELCIC worship web site Lift Up Your Hearts for updates, including resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. http://www.worship.ca/ Wondering how you can participate at the LWF Assembly? The ELCIC will have three official delegates with voice and vote: National Bishop Raymond Schultz, ELCIC Vice–President Susan Johnson, and Youth Delegate Christie Morrow. Persons who wish to attend as an endorsed visitor must contact their synod bishop who will forward their name to the ELCIC National Office and then to the LWF Assembly Planning Office. Details at http://www.lwf-assembly.org/howto.html and http://www.lwf-assembly.org/visitors.html

The action booklet for KAIROS' 2002–03 theme Living Hope: Building Movements for Global Justice is now available. The booklet offers reflections on the hope–filled relationship between faith and peoples' movements for global justice and features powerful stories. $5.00, including postage. Order online at http://www.kairoscanada.org, email orders@kairoscanada.org or 1.877.403.8933 ext. 246.

Partners in Faith:

A Handbook for Congregations is available to help your leaders introduce the ministry of sharing your faith. Workshop modules and scripts will help you plan parish events. Contact your Synod Facilitator to see a copy. Call your Synod Office or visit http://www.elcic.ca/parish/witness/partners/partners.html

Stewardship plans for 2003 need not be made without leadership and resources. Each synod has a stewardship consultant eager to visit with your committee. (Call your Synod Office) Resources based on the theme Remember, a Perpetual Celebration are also available. Use the order form in the sample pack that your congregation received in September. A donation of $25 is requested to cover postage and handling. http://www.elcic.ca/steward.html

2003 Treasurers Information Booklets and packages were mailed in December. Please check that your congregational treasurer has received this. Treasurers are asked to read the booklet and share the information with council members, administration staff and congregation members. As well, the forms need to go to the person who completes remittances to the synod, Group Services and the ELCIC. ELCIC Chinese Ministry Conference has a new permanent web address. Visit http://www.elcic-cclc.ca to read their newsletter, parish news, partnership ministry, documents.

Mousepad:

A good system of record keeping has some basic characteristics. Consistency–the same people do the recording, in the same way. Regularity–additions are made according to a schedule (added once a week or in time for a monthly report). That leads to accountability–plan to report at each council meeting, or in every issue of the newsletter. Store records safely–sheets of paper, a record book, or computer documents need a backup plan. It is tragic when decades of information accidentally disappear.

Are your parish records in a dreadful state? Deal first with your current records, then add the historical once the system is working. Choose one area in which to work. Which would be simplest? Baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals? A membership directory? A list of committees and groups? Choose one, then move to other areas.

God's people have been concerned with keeping good records for generations. You can do it. (Psalm 56:8, Proverbs 16:3)

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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