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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

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A NEWS RELEASE
From the Office of the Bishop

MEMBERS NAMED TO
NEW PROGRAM COMMITTEE FOR WORSHIP

Winnipeg, April 11, 2002, (ELCIC) – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) newly created Program Committee for Worship will meet in Niagara Falls, Ontario, April 14 to 16.

“This committee is practising intentional stewardship by meeting there,” says Rev. Kolleen Karlowsky, the national staff Coordinator for Worship. Two of the committee members were already attending the ELCIC’s Conference for Ordained Women which is being held there, April 12 to 14, and another committee member lives nearby, she explained. “So it made good sense for the rest of us to meet there for the meeting.”

As established by the ELCIC National Church Council in March, the Program Committee for Worship recommends policies and develops standards and resources for worship. It is comprised of three persons nominated by the synods and appointed by the National Bishop.

The members of the committee are the Rev. Jann Boyd, the Rev. Karen Johnson-Lefsrud, and the Rev. Andre Lavergne. Pastor Boyd is Assistant Professor of Worship and Homiletics at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. Pastor Johnson-Lefsrud is Director of Pastoral Care, Luther Court Nursing Home, Victoria, British Columbia. Pastor Lavergne is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hamburg, Ontario. He also helps to maintain “Lift Up Your Hearts,” the ELCIC’s worship and spirituality site on the Internet.

Pastors Johnson-Lefsrud and Lavergne are coordinators for ELCIC + Renewing Worship. The ELCIC is participating in Renewing Worship, a multi-year, five-phase process, undertaken by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, designed to produce the generation of worship resources which will succeed Lutheran Book of Worship.


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