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September 16, 2022
Orange Shirt Day
Emergency Appeal
An Evening With Jeff Chu
ELFEC
Clergy Residence Deduction
Compensation Schedule
YAYA & IRAF Grants
Mission Grants
Fourth Indigenous Legacy Gathering
Camp Lutherlyn
Luther
Pipe Organ For Sale
Ministry Opportunities
2022 Resources from CRJ
Flooding In Pakistan
Join us on October 5 @ 7pm EDT
How Will You Keep Your Love Going
CRA Authorization Reminder
2023 Update & Information
Application Deadline: September 30
Application Deadline: September 30
September 29-30
Confirmation Camp 2023
Upcoming Events
 
September 30, 2022 marks the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On this day, we honour the lost children and the Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. We are called to listen, to learn and to reflect on how we can be active participants in the work of reconciliation. The Eastern Synod Circle for Reconciliation and Justice has prepared an updated list of resources and events taking place the week leading up to and including September 30th. Please visit the Synod Website for more information.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada joins Canadian Lutheran World Relief in asking its members to consider donating to those suffering from catastrophic flooding in Pakistan.

Over 33 million people have recently been affected with flood waters destroying homes, crops, health centres, roadways and bridges. Rain is expected to continue through September and there is an elevated risk of the spread of malaria, dengue fever and other diseases.

The Government of Canada has announced that it will match donations to the Humanitarian Coalition and its member charities up to $3 million. Your gift today will provide life-saving clean water, food, shelter and healthcare to those affected. Donations will be accepted securely by clicking here.

One year after Eastern Synod Assembly 2021, Rev Christie Morrow-Wolfe and Rev Adam Snook sit down for a follow-up conversation with Jeff Chu. In 2021 we gathered under the theme “Do A New Thing”. What new things have we done? What dreams do we have for the future? Where is God leading God’s church?

This interactive event will include an address from Jeff, a guided conversation, as well as a Q&A period during which participants will have the opportunity to engage Jeff in deeper conversation.

This event is open to all. To learn more and register, please visit: bit.ly/JeffChu

This event is supported by the Bishops’ Company For Mission
Through all the challenges of the last two years, Canadian Lutherans, congregations, and organizations within the ELCIC have never stopped working, changing, and adapting to meet a new reality. The mission of the church continued through online worship, sponsorship of refugees, creating and continuing food distribution networks and meeting other needs within communities. ELFEC, the Lutheran Foundation in Canada, continued our important collaborative work, offering programs and supports to encourage philanthropy, including partnering with Will Power, a national movement inspiring all Canadians to think differently about charitable giving and support the causes they care about through a gift in their Wills.
 
The ELCIC, in all its expressions is clearly close to your heart. Did you realize that you can make a large and lasting contribution to your congregation, the mission of the wider church, or another charity through a gift in your Will? Without using any of the resources you need now, or taking away from loved ones? Even 1% of your estate could result in a truly powerful and lasting gift, while still leaving 99% for family and friends. ELFEC can help. ELFEC and the Will Power website have dynamic resources to show you how you can turn your Will into a powerful tool for change. I have compiled a few for you here: click here to keep reading.

Reminder To Rostered Ministers Serving Congregations & Congregational Treasurers - CRA Authorization for the Clergy Residence Deduction


Rostered ministers serving congregations are generally eligible for the Clergy Residence Deduction (CRD) thereby reducing the amount of income tax (and CPP) that would otherwise be payable on their income.  In the absence of prior approval from CRA, the congregational treasurer is required to include any amounts paid as housing allowance (or in the case of a pastor living in a parsonage, the fair rental value of the parsonage) as income when calculating income tax other deductions for each pay period.  The pastor then claims the deduction when filing his/her income tax return at the end of the year.   

Rather than waiting until filing the income tax return to receive the benefit of this deduction, income tax can be reduced at source on each pay period during the year.  For more information, click on the following link:  Clergy Residence Deduction

Keep in mind that requests for reducing income tax at source must be submitted to and approved by CRA each year.   It is highly recommended that requests for 2023 be submitted in September or early October, 2022 to allow CRA sufficient time to authorize your request. 

2023 Compensation Schedule


The Eastern Synod 2023 Compensation Schedule for Rostered Ministers is available on the Synod’s website and can be accessed by clicking on this link: 2023 Compensation Schedule.

As has been the case for a number of years now, the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) percentage that is used to set the salaries in the grid is based on the inflation rate as of December 31st of the previous year, as determined by the Bank of Canada's Inflation Calculator.   Because most congregations set their budgets in the fall, several months prior to yearend, the grid is always one year in arrears.  As such, the 0.75% inflation rate that was used in the 2022 schedule was based on the Jan 1, 2020 to Dec 31, 2020 rate.  Similarly, the 4.8% rate for the 2023 scale is based on the inflation rate for the period Jan 1, 2021 to Dec 31, 2021. 

Although the recommended 4.8% COLA for 2023 is less than the inflation rate that we have experienced so far in 2022, the principles associated with determining this schedule have been in place for a number of years.   Because we are working a year in arrears, in some years the COLA factor in the schedule is greater than actual experience; in other years it is less.  However, over time, the scale evens itself out. 

As noted in the Compensation Schedule, amounts in the grid are intended to be minimums.  Congregations are encouraged to pay their rostered ministers above these minimums to affirm the rostered leader’s ministry, to account for additional theological education and other relevant experience, skills or responsibilities.  The lower COLA that has been incorporated into the 2023 scale might be another factor for congregations to consider when determining how much compensation, over and above the minimum, is warranted.

2023 YAYA & IRAF Grant Applications


The Eastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry Committee (YAYA) is now accepting grant applications for 2023! Do you have a fun and innovative ministry project that engages youth and young adults and helps to advocate for truth and reconciliation and right relationships? There are two funding grants available you may wish to consider to help get your initiative off the ground! The Youth and Young Adult Ministry grant and the Indigenous Reconciliation Action Fund (IRAF) grant. More information about both can be found here, along with more helpful hints about making a funding application. Also, just a friendly reminder that if you were a recipient of a grant in 2022, your status report is due on September 30th! Please email cmorrow-wolfe@elcic.ca if you have any questions.

2023 Mission Grants


Once again, the Eastern Synod Mission Committee is inviting funding proposals from creative mission and ministry initiatives. We are looking for project proposals from congregations, specialized ministries and Ministry Areas in the areas of Long Term, Short Term and Compassionate Justice Initiatives. We would like to support initiatives that are about increasing the vitality of your congregations, strengthening discipleship in Jesus Christ, building relationships, are experimental or exploratory in nature, and are aimed at engaging those outside your walls. 

Eastern Synod Mission Grants are funded through the Church Extension and Capital Fund of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. 

The application deadline is September 30, 2022. For more information about funding requirement, or to apply, please CLICK HERE

**A reminder to those who are applying for on-going funding to a currently funded project: Interim Reports are due with this application. We are unable to review applications for additional funding (CJI, Long Term or Short Term) if previous years’ reporting forms have not been received.

The Toronto Council Fire will be hosting the Fourth Indigenous Legacy Gathering at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on September 29-30. For more information, please visit this link.

Online course: Christian Theologies of Disability
Pastors, lay leaders and volunteers who support people with disabilities in congregations and other faith settings are invited to upgrade their skills through a new Certificate in Disability, Inclusive Ministry and Christian Faith. No degree/diploma or other prerequisites required. Fall course (online/remote): Christian Theologies of Disability; Tuesdays Sept. 27 – Nov. 15; Instructor: Rev. Miriam Spies, co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Theology, Mental Health and Disability. For details and to register, please go to bit.ly/spirituality-disability-classes 

Sing Fires of Justice 2022 
Join us for our annual Sing Fires of Justice gathering, As the Earth Warms, A Project of Awareness and Action. Time and date: 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022 Location: Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen St. N., Kitchener. Free-will donations to library eco-justice building project. Partners:  Kitchener Public Library; Laurier Centre for Music in the Community; Luther's Centre for Earth Consciousness and Gender Justice; and Luther's Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song. For more information, contact dludolph@luther.wlu.ca 

Inshallah 2022
New members are welcome for the Fall 2022 term!  Inshallah will begin meeting weekly, Tuesdays at 5 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W. in Waterloo, September 30.  There are no auditions to join Inshallah.  Each singer contributes $25 per term to cover resources for Inshallah and support our projects. For more information, contact Kathryn at admin@inshallah.ca.

Art on the Wall Fall 2022
The Kanata Centre's Art on the Wall exhibit called Niyonkwariho:tens -- Connection, Relationships, will be displayed from Sept. 9 to Dec. 8 at Martin Luther University College. The exhibit is a reflection of  Six Nations’ artists. It honours Luther’s commitment to celebrating Indigenous art and artists

Ministry Opportunities

St. John's
Trinity 
St. James & St. Paul's
St. Mark's
St. Peter's
Montreal, QC
Windsor, ON
St. Jacobs / Bridgeport ON
Kingston, ON
Brodhagen, ON
For more information please contact Rev Douglas Reble, Assistant to the Bishop.
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