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March 11, 2022
Ukraine
Congregational Treasurers
Palm Sunday
ELCIC Praise Appeal
Give It Up For The Earth
ELCIC Leadership Awards
For The Love Of Creation
Luther
2022-2023 Scholarships
Ministry Opportunities
Statement from NCC
T3010 Workshop
Synod-Wide Worship Opportunity 
2022 Resources
Together We Can Make A Difference!
Deadline Extended
Art Competition
Upcoming Events
Applications Available
 
Statement from the ELCIC's National Church Council

From ELCIC News
The ELCIC's National Church Council met virtually from March 4-6, 2022. As part of their work, they issued the following statement:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) joins the World Council of Churches (WCC), The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) in calling for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and global solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

To read the full statement on the ELCIC website, please click here.

Ukraine Emergency Appeal
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) through its partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) calls on its members to respond through prayer and financial support to the urgent humanitarian needs in Ukraine. The ELCIC and CLWR join with their partners, and people around the world, in calling for an immediate end to violence. As fighting intensifies, early estimates are that millions could be rapidly displaced creating a widespread humanitarian crisis.

Partners in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries are closely monitoring the situation and preparing to respond with immediate humanitarian needs including food, shelter, emergency supplies and trauma support. Individuals and organizations wishing to support relief efforts can donate as follows:
  • Make a designated offering donation for "Ukraine Appeal" through any ELCIC congregation.
  • Call CLWR at 1-800-661-2597 (locally at 204-694-6502) to donate by credit card or go online at https://www.clwr.org/product/E-104/ukraine-crisis.
  • Send a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R#B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to "Ukraine Appeal."
Congregational Treasurer T3010 Workshop

Attention congregational treasurers!  High on the list of tasks most dreaded by congregational treasurers is completing CRA's annual Registered Charity Information Return (T3010). Eastern Synod Treasurer, Keith Myra, isn't promising to make this task any more fun, but he is offering a workshop that's intended to provide you with some additional guidance when you complete this form on behalf of your congregation.  In addition to providing some tips, this session will include opportunities to ask questions about situations specific to your congregation that may affect how you complete your return.

The same workshop will be offered via Zoom on two separate dates/times.  In order to provide sufficient time for questions and discussion, registrations will be limited to 25 participants for each session.  To register, click on one of the following links and complete the form that is presented to you.  After submitting the form you will receive an email confirming that your registration has been received, followed by a second email with a Zoom link that will enable you to log into the session on the date that you selected. 
 
Click on this link to register for the session on Wed. April 6th (10-12 noon)   (Eastern Standard Time)

Click on this link to register for the session on Thurs. April 7th (6:30 - 8:30 pm)  (Eastern Standard Time)

To obtain the most value from this workshop, participants should bring: Regardless of whether you decide to register for one of these workshops or not, keep in mind that CRA requires that your congregation submit its Charity Information Return no later than six months after your fiscal year-end.  Most congregations have a December 31st fiscal year-end, in which case the T3010 form for 2021 must be filed no later than June 30th, 2022.

If you have questions about this workshop, feel free to contact Keith Myra (kmyra@elcic.ca).  Any problems with your registration confirmation or Zoom link should be directed to Cindy Stubbs (cstubbs@elcic.ca). 
Eastern Synod Palm Sunday Worship

This year, the Eastern Synod will be partnering with St. Peter's, Kitchener to provide a Palm Sunday worship opportunity. This televised service will be available to those who may choose to participate on Sunday morning via the live broadcast, as well as to those who may wish to view the recording at a later date. Please note, that this worship opportunity will be in addition to local services (we are not asking you to cancel your local Palm Sunday services).

Leading the service will be Bishop Susan Johnson, Bishop Michael Pryse, Pastor Mark Ehlebracht, Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar (Evangelical Lutheran Church In Jordan and the Holy Land), President Conrad Plummer (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana), as well as rostered and lay participants from across our Synod.

In place of palm branches, we invite you to wave textile items which can then be donated to local agencies in your community. Wave socks...receiving blankets...washcloths...bedsheets...towels...or even underwear! We encourage you to make arrangements for donations to a local agency in advance.
You can PVR or tune in to this special, live, national CTV broadcast on Sunday, April 10, at 10AM ET (Bell Fibe: 201/1201  Bell Satellite: 584, 1505; Rogers Cable: 12/109/518;  Shaw Direct: 67/369 *Local listings across the province and country may vary). Subscribers can also access the CTV-SWO live feed online. The service will be posted by April 12 to stpeterskw.ca and easternsynod.org.
ELCIC Praise Appeal

The ELCIC Praise Appeal  highlights the different aspects of the ministry of the wider church. This year's focus is on the National Church's work in the area of Compassionate Justice. Congregations are invited to designate one Sunday during the year at a time that works best within their own context. The 2022 resources which include prayer, hymn suggestions, sermon, etc. are now available when you click here.

Give It Up For The Earth Campaign

A partnership between the Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) and Kairos' For the Love of Creation, this campaign runs from March 2 - April 14 and includes three components:

1) working to consciously reduce personal and household greenhouse gas emissions.
2) commit to learning about building relationships with Indigenous communities on whose traditional territories we live, work and play.
3) Advocacy - use this digital template to send a letter to the federal minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Steven Guilbeault, and encourage others in your congregation to do likewise. 

Printable posters and more information are available for congregational use. More resources will become available in the coming days. Join in Giving it Up for the Earth this Lent. Together we can make a difference!

ELCIC Leadership Awards - Deadline Extended

Do you know someone, lay or rostered who should be recognized for their outstanding contributions in service to the wider church? Nominate them for the ELCIC Leadership Award!

This award will be presented at the 2022 ELCIC National Convention to an individual committed to advancing the mission and ministry of the ELCIC and who has demonstrated leadership In Mission for Others.

Further information can be found here:  https://elcic.ca/national-convention/

The deadline for nominations has been extended. All nominations must be postmarked or emailed by March 31, 2022.

Tell us what God's Creation means to you! Get messy...have fun! Take a picture of your creation or send us a video! 
Theme
Categories
Submission Examples

Deadline
"For The Love Of Creation"
12 and Under or 13+
Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Poetry, Song, Dance, Story-Telling/Writing
March 31, 2022
Winning entries will be featured on the Eastern Synod and the Youth and Young Adult website for the month of April. All submissions will be available for congregational use in worship and/or for the celebration of Earth Day. Art Consent form required. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Early bird deadline approaching for ambiguous grief workshop 
The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, a community service provided by Martin Luther University College, is holding a one-day online workshop on March 31, 2022, exploring the impact of ambiguous grief on our personal lives, relationships and professional lives. Speakers will explore the myth of closure, the wide-ranging impact of this grief on our lives, and will provide tools to process this loss and start the healing process. Speaker: Dr. Pauline Boss, author or The Myth of Closure – Ambiguous Loss in a time of Pandemic and Change Speaker: Pamela Loughton, PhD candidate at Luther. Professional development: Five hours. Early bird deadline is March 21. For detailed fee structure, please visit the registration page: https://event-wizard.com/AmbiguousGrief/0/register/ 

Art on the Wall (in person and online) 
Unmasking, Breathing, Moving Forward, now on display at Martin Luther University College, is an exhibition highlighting the work of racialized and Indigenous artists and their response to existing pandemics. Visit the online gallery on Flickr. To see the exhibition in person, check campus hours on the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song’s web page. Also, please complete the visitor screening form. (Images, clockwise from top left: Quentin VerCetty – Atoms of Resolve; Sara General – Jonrahdesgowah; D. Ahsén:nase Douglas – Seven Generations; Jason Panda – Belong Together) 

Ministry Opportunities

St. Peter's Lutheran
Faith Lutheran & St. Peter's Anglican
Lutheran/Anglican Ministries of the Bruce
St. John's Lutheran
Cambridge, ON
Elliot Lake, ON
Wiarton, ON
Montreal, QC
For more information please contact Rev Douglas Reble, Assistant to the Bishop.
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