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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Worship (back to top)
Our church lives in a rapidly evolving culture and world. Our worship needs to respond to and inspire this world. A new multi-volume series from Augsburg Fortress, entitled Worship Matters, examines key worship issues through studies by pastors, musicians, and lay people. Are you concerned with how worship speaks in today's world? Call 1.800.265.6397 or see www.augsburgfortress.org/store/itemseries.asp?clsid=156350&categoryid=2679
Stewardship (back to top)
Many congregations use the active fall months to focus on stewardship. If you are looking for resources, call your synod office and ask for your synod consultant or visit www.elcic.ca/steward/steward.html
With Gods Permission - asset based stewardship resources to support the Go and See theme at www.elca.org/dcm/stewardship/withgodspermission/index.html
Mission in the World (back to top)
Some ELCIC missionaries have come home while others have gone out! Go to www.elcic.ca/mission/world for an update on Mission in the World and the revised missionary poster. Some congregations and individuals receive quarterly updates on missionary news along with letters from our missionaries. If you would like to be added to this address list, contact Kelvin Krieger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.888.786.6707 ext 164 (204.984.9164). Indicate whether you prefer to receive this as an email or in print.
Global Hunger Development Appeal (GHDA) (back to top)
Looking for ways to focus on GHDA in your congregation? Consider the new worship resource Don't Take Life for Granted. Download from www.elcic.ca/ghda/resources.html or order in print from the ELCIC Orders Desk.
This year, over $98,000 from the KAIROS' Anti-Poverty Fund has been distributed to 58 projects in Canada. Many projects assist the most marginalized groups, including youth, seniors, refugees and immigrants, injured and unemployed workers, and prisoners - working for positive changes related to income security, employment, housing, transportation, and health care issues. Other projects focus on raising public awareness about poverty through interactive events, community newspapers, and the creative arts. Still others engage low-income people in helping one another directly, by starting a drop-in centre for youth, a homework club for children of immigrants and refugees, or a free meal program for adults and seniors. Over $50,000 from the Fund still remains to be allocated this year, so proposals are being sought from groups in most provinces. Please visit the KAIROS website at www.kairoscanada.org/e/antipoverty/contacts.asp
Across the Synods (back to top)
LutheransWrite Canada Contest is a writing competition designed to encourage Lutheran writing and journalism. Rules and Guidelines at www.elcic.ca/clweb/index.html - There is still time for entries. Special thanks go to Augsburg Fortress Canada, our cooperating partner, who will be contributing the prize money.
Luther the movie - Hailed as The "Father of Protestantism," Luther is best known for nailing the famous 95 Theses to the doors of a church, but most people know little of the man, his trials and triumphs. Canadians will finally have the chance to see the movie "Luther" at local theatres. Check www.lutherthemovie.ca for information and locations. Call your local theatre for dates and times. Not listed? If you'd like to bring the film to your town, contact email@example.com
On the Wings of a Dove - Church communities everywhere are invited to plan now to be part of this 16-day campaign, Nov. 25 - Dec 10, 2004. During the 16 Days, the World Council of Churches encourages pastoral and practical responses and actions to overcome violence against women. This fits well within the season of Advent, as we prepare for the incarnation of God's peace in our world. Resource materials can be found at www.overcomingviolence.org/ (resources by title). If you would like to receive information updates about this campaign via email as soon as it gets available, please send an email with 'Wings of a Dove mailing list' in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the same address to let us know about any events or activities you have planned for the 16 Days.
Restorative Justice Week 2004, November 14-21: Resource materials and order information are now on-line at www.csc-scc.gc.ca/text/forum/restore2004/home_e.shtml
Our Foundation is Jesus Christ - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 23 - 30 2005 Order your Kit before November 15, 2004 at the special pre-publication price of $16.95 ($18.95 afterwards). Additional posters may be ordered for $2.00 each, ($2.50 afterwards). Call Toll Free: 1-877-702-7773 Ext. 239. Fax: 1-877-702-7775 Email: email@example.com
The new lectionary calendar from Holmes Publishing is ready. Each order of bulletin covers includes 2 copies of the calendar. Or order in packages of 5 at $5/package plus postage. Information at churchbulletins.ca/bulletinseries.html or 1-877-842-4466
The Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) provides education and networking for fundraisers and communication professionals in Lutheran and other organizations so that they continue to enhance efforts to grow that financial support. You can give your insights of what will make you a better fundraiser and/or communicator by completing this survey. A description of ALDE is provided at the beginning of that survey and at www.alde.org/
Nuggets from the Internet (back to top)
Take your congregation to see the Luther movie (see "Across the Synods" above) and then continue back at church with more Reformation resources - songs, skits, and intergenerational activities at www.elca.org/dcm/christian_education/lutheranidentity. An "I'm a Lutheran" coloring book may also be downloaded at this site. To order print copies in convenient 10/$6.00 packaged units, call 800-328-4648 and use code # 6-0001-9708-X.
Our Stories (back to top)
The "studio audience" at ListenUp (ELCIC Youth Gathering) this summer was told, "Your homework is this: Raise awareness in your congregations about Habitat for Humanity. Raise funds to build a home for a family. Come back in 2006 and raise a roof!"
The youth of our church have accepted the challenge of working for two years to learn and teach about and to support financially the building of at least one home in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Their enthusiasm has been immediate and imaginative. In the first month over $9000 was contributed! Emails and phone calls to the national project coordinator indicate that news of the project is spreading into our congregations.
Working with Habitat is not new for all of us. Many ELCIC groups have partnered for years with this faith-based housing program dedicated to the elimination of poverty housing. 2004-2006 are the perfect years to deepen that bond or to reach out for the first time to your local affiliate. Visit youth.elcic.ca/ often for updates and resources. Work with your youth to spearhead a building ministry at your church. (James 2:14-17)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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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