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Jacob's ladder in bloom--Photo: Mary Krieger

July/August 2004

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Inside this bulletin:

STEWARDSHIP

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Six people from our ELCIC (BC, ABT and National) attended an international Stewardship Conference held last month in Toronto. It's theme, The Joy of Stewardship: A Guide to Generous Giving, came through loud and clear. Fine keynote speakers and an amazing array of workshops have sent all attendees home excited and joyful about telling others what they experienced. Call your synod office to invite a speaker to your congregation.

Stewardship Sample Paks containing materials for GO and SEE, the 2004-2005 theme, were mailed to all ELCIC congregations in May. Be sure that this fine resource gets into the hands of your stewardship team. Order during the summer months to be ready for September! orders@elcic.ca

MISSION

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At the Global Mission Event this summer it was good to partner with the ELCA, but the Canadian spirit was evident. A reception on opening night featured an "I am Canadian" poster. Several ELCIC leaders served as speakers. Offering designations included Urban Mission in Canada, ELCIC Missionary Sponsorship and GHDA. A complete review of the event will be posted soon at http://www.elcic.ca/mission

YOUTH and YOUNG ADULTS

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The ListenUp phone booth visited National Office in June. That photo and many others at http://youth.elcic.ca/listenup/gathering_booths_gallery.php

Rev Elaine Sauer and five ELCIC leaders recently attended Come to the Feast, an ELCA gathering "to inspire and renew young adult ministry". Their strong gifts for leadership and ecumenical experiences were an example for all. esauer@elcic.ca for details

LWF SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31

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Celebrate our ministry together with others around the world this October on LWF Sunday. Visit http://www.elca.org/lwf for worship resources. Further information is available from the LWF North America Office 1-800-638-3522 ext 2635, kmagnus@elca.org. YOU are the LWF. YOU make a difference!

COPYRIGHT LICENSE

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Have you seen Augsburg Fortress' Copyright License Booklet? This 54-page tool has information about the various licenses that AF sells, several pages of frequently asked questions, a general "Guide to Copyright" and detailed list of liturgy and song listings. To educate yourself on the licenses you'll need to purchase, order the booklet FREE (item # 6-0001-3463-0) by calling 1.800.328.4648 or read it on-line at http://www.afcanada.com/copyrights/

Augsburg Fortress has granted a full year's "Liturgy and Copyright License" to each of our Synod offices and to National Office - a generous gift.

RESOURCES

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Three Simple Rules by Theo A. Boers provides an uncomplicated approach to understanding finances. Written from a Christian perspective, this book is focused on helping the reader understand and apply sound personal financial management principles. A great book for your church library or as a gift to all the young couples/singles in your congregation. Order by sending $5.00 USD with your name and address to Three Rules, 2600 Five Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 or download absolutely FREE at http://www.threerules.org.

ACROSS THE SYNODS

  • Summer months have seen/will see churches across the ELCIC sending representatives to the Global Mission Event, the National Worship Conference and the National Youth Gathering. People of all ages will experience faith in camp settings and at Vacation Bible School. Remember all these events - their planners and participants - in your prayers.
  • Writing Contest - Canada Lutheran magazine, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Augsburg Fortress Canada invite Lutheran writers to submit entries for "LutheransWrite Canada 2004," a writing competition designed to encourage Lutheran writing and journalism. See details at http://www.elcic.ca/clweb/index.html
  • Correction: The Court of adjudication announcement in May E-communiqué misspelled a name. Please correct it to Suzanne McClennan

NUGGETS FROM THE INTERNET

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  • The internet church, or i-church, is intended to be a Christian community of the Church of England based in the Diocese of Oxford under the pastoral care of the Bishop of Oxford. Community membership will be open to people of all Christian traditions. Organized through an active web site, and led by an ordained or lay 'web pastor', it is for those who wish to explore Christian discipleship but who are unable to or do not wish to join a parish church …more at http://www.i-church.org/
  • Christian Education Planning Guide: Three years of resources and ideas from the ELCA. Adapt this material in the way that works best for your setting. Let it be your guide as you plan and prepare for the coming education year. http://www.elca.org/dcm/christian_education/resources/index.html

OUR STORIES

Stewardship in the National Office

Many of you order materials from the ELCIC National Office and have had the pleasure of dealing with Judy Long. Judy is not a shipping clerk. She is a Christian steward.

In Canada the cost of postage is on the rise - especially for fourth class packages. You have noticed that our "shipping and handling" charges are increasing. What you can't see is the care that Judy takes to keep that cost to a minimum.

Have you received your order in two parts? That's because Judy has taken the time to discover that two light packages cost less than one heavier one. Does your packing material look "recycled?" Judy is a wonderful scrounger and re-user of cardboard and bubble wrap. Have you been bothered by phone calls that reconfirm your address? Judy knows that poor handwriting can send a package to the wrong place. Surprised to get your package by bus? Judy has calculated the savings.

Judy also asks the rest of us to help out. Staff at National Office hand-deliver mail to our own congregations. Trips to synod offices often mean extra hand luggage so as to save postage. Coming to National Office for a meeting? Don't be surprised if Judy asks you to take back some materials recently ordered.

The next time that you add a few extra dollars onto your order form for shipping and handling, say a little prayer of thanks for Judy Long - steward.

Some of the resources mentioned in E-Communiqué 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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