E–Communiqué is sent out by the National Office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and contains news of opportunities, words of encouragement and recommendations of resources.
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Youth (back to top)
Planning is underway for the ELCIC Young Adult Conference hosted by the MNO Synod in May of 2005. Young adults from across Canada will gather to learn more about global hunger and economic justice issues. Publicity and registration material will be available on the youth website in January 2005.
The ELCIC youth ministry website received a new face following the ListenUp gathering this summer. Make connections with youth and young adults as well as leaders on line. Join forums that invite your response to issues posted. Seek resources for doing youth ministry. Follow the progress of the National Youth Project. youth.elcic.ca
Worship (back to top)
Planning evening worship during Advent? A service of Evening Prayer is included for provisional use in Renewing Worship Volume 7 Daily Prayer. A diverse collection of music is also provided. Download from www.renewingworship.org/resources/daily_prayer/ .A copyright notice appears on-line.
Communication (back to top)
On the ELCIC website: a new Statistics section with a complete set of annual reports of changes to the roster of ordained ministers since the merger in 1986. www.elcic.ca/statistics/statistics.html
Email has become a prime source of information from and about your ELCIC. E-Communiqué is a toolkit of resources for congregational leaders. Healing and Hope features projects supported by donations to GHDA. A Glance at Canada Lutheran highlights articles in the current issue. Mission in the World Update is an excellent way to hear from and about our missionaries. ELW e-news is an occasional note with news of current interest and timely announcements. ELCIC Information news releases share important happenings and decisions of the ELCIC. Not on our email address list? Subscribe now by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or 204.984.9153 or at www.elcic.ca/communique/sign.html and www.elcic.ca/ghda/enews.html
Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) (back to top)
The December issue of Esprit magazine will not only look different in size and layout. The logo will also be changing to update the magazine's look and reflect more the intention of the word Esprit, which means spirit. The stylistic, free flowing design will add a new dimension to the look of the magazine. Contact email@example.com for information on how to subscribe or visit www.elw.ca/
Across the Synods (back to top)
2005 Treasurer's Booklet should be in your congregation by the end of November. Can't find your copy? It is also posted online. Questions? Contact Gloria McNabb 1.888.786.6707 ext 178 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The ELCIC Yearbook is now a collector's item. This resource will no longer be available in print. Much of the information in the last issue, 2003, remains useful. For up-to-date information visit the directories at www.elcic.ca/direct/direct.html
"Its Your Call", a program to encourage the recruitment of candidates for the ordained and lay diaconal ministry, has been endorsed by National Church Council. January 16, 2005 is designated Its Your Call Sunday. Resource packets have been distributed to Synod offices. For additional information contact Dr. Ken Kuhn, 204.984.9191 or email@example.com .
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 23-30, 2005, has as its theme Our Foundation is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3: 1-23.) Order your kit containing a bilingual ecumenical worship service, planning tips and hymn suggestions, eight biblical reflections, suggestions for activities with children and youth, two posters, and suggestions for ecumenical prayer throughout the year from 1-877-702-7773 Ext. 239. Fax: 1-877-702-7775 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Information and order form at www.ccc-cce.ca/english/faith/week.htm
Lutheran Health Care Association of Canada - 2005 Conference - Banff Park Lodge, Banff, Alberta - January 13-14, 2005 - "The Many Faces of Loss". Dr. Ken Doka, a gifted speaker and international authority on grief will be keynote and will explore the many faces of loss, how to live with grief, and ways to assist oneself and others to work through grief. For additional information, contact Elaine Hesje at 306-652-4524 or email@example.com or visit www.christlutheranchurch.mb.ca/lhcac.htm
One Good Thing (17 minutes-DVD or VHS format) Produced by Canadian Lutheran World Relief. A heart-warming look at how compassionate Canadians are responding to the needs and dreams of people in the developing world. See how people doing one good thing can still touch lives in this increasingly complex and bewildering world. A good overview of the work of Canadian Lutheran World Relief - partner with GHDA for international development and relief work. Order information will be mailed to your congregation soon.
LWI Special Issue on the Fifth Anniversary of the Joint Declaration Signing - statements and feature stories focus on what has changed since the LWF and Roman Catholic Church signed the JDDJ. The authors drawn from a variety of religious backgrounds also reflect on the challenges of the doctrine of justification from their respective faith and social contexts. To order the printed bulletin e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: The Lutheran World Federation, Office for Finance and Administration, General Services, P. O. Box 2100, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland. Cost: CHF 7.50, EUR 5 or USD 6 including postage. A discount is offered for bulk orders. Also available in PDF at www.lutheranworld.org/LWF_Documents/LWI/LWI-EN-200408-low.pdf
Lutheran Life of Canada is providing scholarships for up to six Canadians to the 2005 Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) Conference in Denver CO February 25 - 28, 2005. Information and application form at www.alde.org/Conference/Scholarships.htm.
Did you miss the movie "Luther" in your local theatre? No problem. It is due out in video and DVD November 30. Buy a copy for your church library. Preorder now from Augsburg Fortress Canada 1.800.265.6397 ($20.95)
Nuggets from the Internet (back to top)
How much do you know about poverty in Canada? Take an on-line quiz - www.napo-onap.ca/docs/quiz.php?ln=en
How well do you communicate a welcome to guests to your congregation or community? Try this checklist evaluation www.elca.org/dcm/evangelism/pdf/Cong_Communication.pdf
Look to the National Institute on Media and the Family for information on the latest issues facing children and families. A new study shows 47% of teens believe adults don't like them. What most people don't understand is that many of the trials and tribulations become clearer in light of the fact that the adolescent brain undergoes revolutionary brain development. Dr. David Walsh's new book, Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain For You and Your Teen, provides practical advice for parents, teachers and anyone who cares about teenagers. Learn more at www.mediafamily.org/store/why_do_they_act_that_way.shtml
Augsburg Fortress has new Online Sunday School Discussion Forums. You now have the option to chat with others about fun new ideas related to Sunday School as well as receive helpful hints to make your Sunday School year the best ever! www.augsburgfortress.org/forum/
Confused by copyright? A new venture for churches, OneLicense.net is completely Internet based and represents many publishers, including Augsburg Fortress. See www.onelicense.net
Rachel's Day: Women Boldly Speaking Up for Children is a resource to broaden awareness of the violence children face and the actions the church can take to address it. An eight-page resource that gives the history of Rachel's Day, offers help in planning a Rachel's Day observance, includes worship suggestions, and suggests ideas for actions beyond the observance can be downloaded from www.womenoftheelca.org/resources/rachelsday.html
"good idea!" is an 8-page periodical on evangelism and congregational development distributed internationally to clergy and lay leaders in Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and other denominations. Download and read previous issues at www.wycliffecollege.ca/publications.php. To be put on the mailing list to receive future issues, email email@example.com. To purchase copies of past issues at $1 each, phone 416.946.3535, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Stories (back to top)
Pastor Randy Meissner and five members of Hosanna, Edmonton travelled to El Salvador this year to visit Divino Redentor Lutheran Church in San Miguel, their sister congregation since the early 1990s. A special treat was meeting students they have supported with scholarships. The visit exposed the Canadians to the day-to-day challenges faced by their Salvadoran partners. Pastor Randy wrote of one such moment in his journal:
Later in the week Alexis takes up to his home. At least seven live in one room, including a very ill grandmother who weakly greets us from her hammock. Alexis wants to be a doctor and hopes to convince us that he should be sponsored for high school. How brave, how courageous you are, Alexis…to dare to dream, to dare to hope, to dare to make plans for a future - when everything around you shouts, "NO!" (Matthew 25:40)
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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