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A NEWS RELEASE
From the Tenth Biennial Convention of the ELCIC

OTTAWA CYCLISTS TO VISIT WINNIPEG CONVENTION

Winnipeg, July 20, 2005 (ELCIC)--The 2005 ELCIC National Convention will welcome the arrival of a group of intrepid cyclists from the Ottawa on Friday, July 22. Twelve members of All Saints Lutheran Church and their pastor are pedaling 5000 km, from Ottawa to Vancouver, to connect with youth groups and congregations across the country as they raise funds for the ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). Their two-month adventure began on June 26 and will end in Vancouver on August 22.

The cyclists, who are part of "Church to Church for Christ" (C2C4C), along with a support vehicle and trailer, will average 100-150 km a day—arriving at Faith Lutheran Church, 1311 Dakota St., Winnipeg about 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 21. For confirmation of their arrival, call 204.253.1491.

The riders have admirable goals besides the obvious physical challenge. They want to nurture and develop vibrant Christian fellowship, and to heighten the awareness of Christ's work through GHDA and CLWR. Fundraising for those two appeals is a significant part of their journey. C2C4C hopes to raise $10,000.

A mid-trip goal is to attend part of the 2005 ELCIC Tenth Biennial Convention. There they will be welcomed by the gathered delegates and attend some business sessions enabling the group to catch a glimpse of the larger church in action.

GHDA is a standing appeal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) through which members are encouraged to respond with weekly stewardship to the needs of the poor, the disenfranchised and the marginalized both in Canada and around the world. It is the primary means by which the ELCIC raises money for development, advocacy, justice and peace building work. By supporting GHDA, members help the ELCIC to achieve its vision of being a church for others.

Funds are allocated to various agencies and coalitions working on behalf of the ELCIC in areas of social justice. The largest portion of GHDA receipts is directed to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) for development work abroad.

Information about the project and “notes from the road” can be found at http://www.allsaintslutheran.ca

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