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STEWARDSHIP (back to top)
Go and See is the ELCIC stewardship theme for 2004–2005. Remember the dinner for 5000 that started out as one bag lunch? Jesus challenged the disciples to go and see what was available. Now that challenge goes out to you. How has God equipped your congregation? Go and See…then use those gifts to serve God. A Sample Pack of resources should have reached your mailbox by the end of May. More tools at http://www.elcic.ca/steward/steward …go and see!
MISSION (back to top)
Mission in the World Directed Giving exceeded $174,000 in 2003, accounting for about half of the core budget for the ELCIC world mission program. Acknowledgements are going out in the mail to the individuals, congregations and Evangelical Lutheran Women's groups who contributed to this program. A summary of how the donations were designated last year along with options for this year can be found in the 2003 Directed Giving annual report now posted in the ELCIC Mission in the World website, Updates section (http://www.elcic.ca/mission/world.html).
GME Event:Claimed by God's Grace...for the sake of the world. Check the Web (http://www.elca.org/gme) for more details, bios and photos of plenary speakers, names of confirmed missionaries, and eventually a list of all the Global University teaching sessions will be posted as information arrives.
ACROSS THE SYNODS (back to top)
The Court of Adjudication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada has convened and elected its officers. The President of the Court is Suzanne McLellan and the Secretary is Janet Morck. Queries or appeals to the Court may be forwarded to: ELCIC Court of Adjudication, Attn: Janet Morck, Secretary, 5300–50th St, Stoney Plain AB T7Z 1T8, email@example.com
Endowment Fund for Internships is an initiative to help create funding for internships and help individuals connect with the larger church's mission of training pastors to serve in our congregations. It takes at least $20,000 per year to fund an internship. You can help make it possible for congregations and pastors who are gifted in teaching, supervising and nurturing an intern to provide this training opportunity which is essential to the mission of the church. All financial gifts should be sent to the National office of the ELCIC, with an indication it is for the Endowment Fund for Internships.
The ELCIC sponsored Diaconal Formation Event is available to candidates for diaconal ministry who have been endorsed by their synods Candidacy Committee or Committee for Theological Education and Leadership (CTEL). This event is integral to the preparation of lay diaconal ministry candidates in assisting in shaping their course of study and field experience. The event will be held at Camp Kuriakos, Oct. 3–9. Please contact your synod committee for more information about the process.
Morale by Mail: Chris Scheetz, radio personality in Edmonton, and a member at St. Matthews Lutheran, Spruce Grove, is encouraging Sunday Schools to become involved in writing letters to Canadian peacekeepers all over the world. In an age when military might is often used to subdue others, Canadian peacekeepers continue to have the reputation of excellence in working in tense areas, helping to achieve stability so that normal political processes have a chance to take root and grow. They need our support and our prayers. If you would like your Sunday School to participate in this campaign, you can go to http://www.cisnfm.com and click on the "Letters From Home" banner in the centre of the home page or send an e–message at http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/community/messageboard/index_e.asp
YOUTH (back to top)
The ListenUP band has recorded the Gathering theme song. You can download lyrics, chords or MP3 file at http://youth.elcic.ca/listenup/people_band.php
Going to Hamilton? Consider participating in a Servant Event Wednesday (Aug. 11, 2004) or Thursday morning (Aug. 12, 2004) before the gathering begins or choose to take part in a Servant Event during a Forum time (more information to come). If you would like more information about ListenUP Servant Events, please contact Servant Event coordinator: Nora Klemencic at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://youth.elcic.ca/listenup/gathering_servant.php
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN WOMEN, INC
Be sure to check regularly at http://www.elw.ca for updates about Walking in Faith – the ELW National Convention.
WRITING CONTEST (back to top)
Canada Lutheran magazine, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Augsburg Fortress Canada invite Lutheran writers to submit entries for "LutheransWrite Canada," a writing competition designed to encourage Lutheran writing and journalism. See details at http://www.elcic.ca/clweb/index.html and in the latest issue of Canada Lutheran.
RESOURCES (back to top)
The Lutheran Deaconess Association (LDA) of Valparaiso, Indiana is offering a new resource "Caring for the Caregiver: A Guide for Congregational Support of Family Caregivers." It comes in workbook format with devotions, survey forms and annotated bibliography on CD. Cost is $39.95 US plus shipping order at 219.464.6925 or http://www.valpo.edu/lda
LBW in Braille – Available at no charge from Augustana LC, Edmonton. This was originally a gift from Augsburg Fortress. Contact Margaret Olson at email@example.com
Special Offer for 6 Congregations in each synod – SK Men's Ministry of the ELCIC in partnership with the ELCA is offering a hard copy of the Lutheran Men in Mission Master Studies Bible to six congregations in each synod. Send an email or write "Why I would like to copy of the Master Study Bible" or "What exciting things my congregation is doing in the area of Men's Ministry". Send to Murray Patzwald, Chairperson, SK ELCIC Men's Ministry, 1607 Grant Drive, Regina, SK, S4S 4V1, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 306.949.8756. Applications will be received until the end of June. A donation of $5 for shipping is suggested.
NUGGETS FROM THE INTERNET
Kairos Times is a monthly e–bulletin for ecumenical justice activists and friends from KAIROS: (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives) To add your name to the mailing list contact Julie Graham at email@example.com with your full name, email address, province or territory and a little information about your interests and affiliations. Or sign up at http://www.kairoscanada.org/e/resources/ktSignup.asp?request=new
Earth Day has passed but Tom Brook of the SK synod recommends some great resources for seedtime – http://www.nccecojustice.org http://www.stewardshipoflife.org/Resources/Rogation.pdf http://www.elca.org/dcm/worship/faq/occasional_services/rogation_days.html http://www.webofcreation.org/worship/index.html and http://www.webofcreation.org/lens/c4cliturgy.html
The Good Soil Garden Center is a workshop for sharing faith with others. It sets a horticultural context for encouraging and equipping people of ages to be good stewards of the Gospel. The exercises and activities in this 60–90 minute program will explore the realities of partnering with the Holy Spirit as children, youth and adults consider opportunities to plant and nurture seeds of faith. http://www.elca.org/dcm/christian_education/
Are you a church librarian? Looking for ideas and sympathetic ears? Check out the Lutheran Church Library Association at http://www.lclahq.org for information and a chat room. Membership is inexpensive and there's lots of free stuff, too.
Coming soon on the ELCIC website – all past and current issues of E–Communiqué.
God Loves Us Already More
The children's message can teach the strongest lesson at a worship service. Youngsters often pick up the main idea a lot faster than adults do. One Sunday, I wanted to remind the children that we cannot earn God's grace. I worried that this rather complex concept might be out of their reach, so started by asking the children to tell me the rules of church. They had many answers ready…what to wear, how to behave, what to say and when to say it…Then I asked them if God would love them more if they obeyed all those rules. One little boy had an answer in a flash – "God loves us already more!" All I could say was "amen."
[If you have a story of truths taught during the children's message, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 204–984–9185]
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 email@example.com; 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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