- An electronic toolbox of timely information and resources recommended by the ELCIC
- Distributed as a free email bulletin since September 2002
- Sent to congregations, national committees, clergy and lay leaders
- Live links to the Internet make it easy to sample new ideas and resources
- Our Stories—A variety of short inspirational anecdotes about life in the ELCIC
Inside this bulletin:
ELCIC Trivia Challenge Question: Who was elected Bishop at the Tenth Biennial ELCIC Convention? How about Vice-President?
STEWARDSHIP (back to top)
Looking for new stewardship resources? ELCIC's 2005-06 theme, Generations of Generosity, encourages the stewardship of faith. Your congregation has a sample pack and order form. Order now or download from www.elcic.ca/steward/steward.html
PAR or POP? We have been recommending electronic "pre-authorized" stewardship for a while now. Many churches are very satisfied using PAR, sponsored by the United Church of Canada (www.united-church.ca/par ). Now FaithLife Financial offers a very similar plan called Pre-Authorized Offering Program (POP). If your church is just getting into this option or if you are looking for a new sponsoring agency, check out their website at www.faithlifefinancial.ca/about/servingcongregation.html or call 1.800.563.6237.
COMMUNICATION (back to top)
Have you visited www.elcic.ca lately? With more than 1,000 webpages and several databases online, our website offers visitors a wide selection of information about our church, our congregations and our ministries.
Do you enjoy the E-Communiqué? Who else in your congregation might use this email bulletin with live links to Internet sites? Why not forward this copy to them? Or send them to www.elcic.ca/communique where they can read past issues and subscribe on-line.
MISSION IN THE WORLD (back to top)
Watch for changes and additions to the Mission in the World pages—more news and photos from partner churches and mission personnel. www.elcic.ca/mission/world.html
YOUTH (back to top)
Youth across our church are working towards Mission Possible: Building Hope - their 2004-06 National Youth Project. Visit youth.elcic.ca to read stories of their creative fundraising projects. This is a project that touches the hearts of many. At the convention a presentation to the assembled delegates, visitors and guests prompted a spontaneous offering of almost $4000.
GHDA (back to top)
Representatives from each of our synods will meet in Winnipeg at the end of September to discuss GHDA history and mandate, spend time with speakers from GHDA partner ministries CLWR and KAIROS, and be in conversation with Anglican diocesan representatives, particularly around local justice & advocacy networks, and local/national communication issues.
WORSHIP (back to top)
PROGRAM COMMITTEE FOR WORSHIP (PCW) E-mail Distribution List: A great deal of information concerning worship resources, the Renewing Worship project and other helpful information is available on-line at the ELCIC's official worship website, www.worship.ca Congregations, pastors and other interested parties can also enroll to receive regular e-mailings of worship-related materials, updates, and news of new resources/programs. Contact Pastor André Lavergne firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
THE COMPANION OF THE WORSHIP ARTS is an honour which recognizes individual talents and contributions to the worship life of the ELCIC. The Program Committee for Worship is seeking nominations for the 2006 award. The nomination form can be found on-line at www.worship.ca/text/CWA_Nomination.pdf or by calling the National Office. Nominations should be submitted to the Rev. Donald Engel, ELCIC Program Committee for Worship, 491 Headmaster Row, Winnipeg, MB R2G 3W5 email@example.com
ELCIC BULLETIN SERIES: Based on congregational feedback, the ELCIC has adopted a new bulletin format. It may be viewed at www.churchbulletins.ca The 2005-2006 series includes the appointed readings for each Sunday along with the Psalm pointed for those who wish to chant the psalm. The new series features the artwork of Canadian artist, James Patterson, a Saskatchewan-born artist currently living in Oakville, ON.
ELCIC/ACC NATIONAL WORSHIP CONFERENCE: Making All Things New - July 12-15, 2006 in Regina, Saskatchewan. This promises to be an exciting event featuring internationally known speaker/clinician/musician JOHN BELL, as well as well-known Canadian liturgist, RICHARD LEGGETT. Brochures and other materials are available through your synod offices. Watch for more information at www.worship.ca. Plan to join us in Regina. It's an event not to be missed.
ACROSS THE SYNODS (back to top)
Leaders of the ELCIC, both ordained and laity: the next time you are looking to further your education, visit www.faithandwisdom.org. Faith and Wisdom, a cooperative project of seven North American Christian denominations, compiles events and programs throughout the world offered by distinguished and trustworthy organizations. Search by keyword, location, learning method and more.
Worship Matters is a series of small books that study the central principles of worship. Four new titles are Central Things: Worship in Word and Sacrament by Gordon W. Lathrop; A Christian Funeral: Witness to the Resurrection by Melinda A Quivik; What Song Shall We Sing? by John Ylvisaker; and Truly Present: Practicing Prayer in the Liturgy by Lisa Dahill. All titles in this series are available for $12.99. Call Augsburg Fortress Canada at 1.800.265.6397
People across Canada are invited to a Harvest Conference to discuss how rural communities can be revitalized. October 13-16, 2005, Muenster, SK. See www.ruralchurchcanada.net or contact Catherine Christie, 306-689-2208; Cam Harder, 306-966-7850; or Joyce Sasse, 403-627-5659
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. Read more at www.alde.org
NUGGETS FROM THE NET (back to top)
The Alban Institute recommends the following books to read together as a board to help instigate interesting discussions and to encourage board members to learn and grow together.
- The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church
- The Elephant in the Boardroom
- Study Guide for The Once and Future Church and
- Transforming Congregations Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders
More information at
The Alban institute offers A Model for an Annual Spiritual Checkup. For ten questions any person could use as an annual review of his or her discipleship and ministry, visit www.alban.org/weekly/2005/050404_Questions.asp
After reading the previous issue of E-Communiqué, one of our ELCIC pastors recommended the following theology and film websites. He wrote "You won't get a ready made, microwaveable and serve Movie Sermon, but better than that, a full course substantial theological meal—which is plenty food-for-thought and can be worked into a variety of forms (Bible Study, Film Night, Philosopher's Cafe, whatever…)"
OUR STORIES ( back to top)
Is the current National Youth Project a fundraiser or stewardship? Does Mission Possible: Building Hope bring you into relationship with Habitat for Humanity or closer to God? Are you giving because someone asked or with the joy of thanksgiving? Do you see the money being raised as lumber and nails to build a house or as a way to honour the dreams of Canada's less fortunate citizens? As you place your cheque into the donation envelope, do you feel like one person doing a good thing or can you sense that all across our church, people are working together to realize a small part of God's plan? As you support this project are you giving to the youth a part of your wealth or are you redirecting some of the resources that God has let you use? The choice is yours.
Answer to Trivia Challenge: National Bishop Raymond Schultz was re-elected for a second term and Dr. Roger Kingsley was elected as vice president. All pertinent information about the Convention has been posted on the ELCIC home page and/or at www.elcic.ca/convention/2005/index.html
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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