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August 19, 2022
Thursdays In Black
Where Two Or Three Are Gathered
KAIROS
Season of Creation
Mission Grants
Luther
Feather & Cross
Ministry Opportunities
We Cannot Be Silent
Worship For Small Assemblies
Climate Action Month
Worship Outlines & Suggestions
Application Deadline: September 30
Event: Along Her Banks
Upcoming Events
 

Thursdays in Black Ambassadors: "We Cannot Be Silent" About Gender-Based Violence in Faith Communities


From ELCIC News
In a joint message on gender-based violence, sexual abuse and faith communities, 26 World Council of Churches (WCC) Thursdays in Black ambassadors including ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson, lament that the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence continues unabated - and call on faith communities to prevent such violence in their own spaces. To read the full Joint Message of Thursdays in Black Ambassadors on Gender-based Violence, Sexual Abuse and Faith Communities, please click here.

Where Two Or Three Are Gathered: Worship For Small Assemblies


Where Two or Three are Gathered is a series of worship outlines for small gatherings of worshippers. Designed to be a resource in communities which may not have a regularly called pastor or those who primarily use lay leadership, it will also be a welcome resource to everyone who is planning worship, whether for a small gathering or a larger one.  It will benefit all communities who come together to pray, praise, and hear the Word of God; people who gather together because they know the value of worshipping together and want to be nurtured in their Christian faith.   

Each worship outline, prepared for each season of the Church Year, provides:
  • Outlines based on Lutheran doctrine and resources
  • Suggestions using Evangelical Lutheran Worship and All Creation Sings as primary resources
  • Ideas from other easily available resources
  • An overview of the Season - themes, colours, decorating the worship space
  • Responses, prayers, worship suggestions based on the theme and church season
  • Worship plans and ideas for each Sunday
  • Readings, based on the Revised Common Lectionary
  • Hymn and song suggestions
  • Service of Word and Holy Communion options 
We invite you to regularly visit worship.ca , under Worship Planning, to review and use these resources.  

KAIROS Climate Action Month


Decolonizing climate action will underscore KAIROS’ fourth annual Climate Action Month, which launches September 1. Throughout September, KAIROS will explore weekly themes through online content and actions that will include a Canada focus (fossil fuels and environmental racism), global grassroots women’s organizations, and Indigenous rights. 

KAIROS’ Climate Action Month amplifies the World Council of Churches’ Season of Creation, which runs from September 1 (World Day of Prayer for Creation) to October 4 (St. Francis of Assisi Day). The theme of this year’s Season of Creation is Listen to the Voice of Creation, in recognition of the voices that are muted or silenced in their attempts to communicate the climate crisis. Learn more here.

Season of Creation: Worship Outlines & Suggestions


The latest Where Two or Three are Gathered resource for  The Season of Creation and Thanksgiving is now available.  This particular resource has been prepared by Rebekah Ludolph, a member of Trillium Lutheran Church in Waterloo.  Rebekah has included helpful background material to the Season of Creation, information on preparing your own Land Acknowledgement, ideas to use with children, and how to really embrace the creation with which we have been gifted.  The worship outlines include options for Holy Communion and Service of the Word, and use Evangelical Lutheran Worship and All Creation Sings as their primary resource.
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.

Glebe Centre’s second location open house 
The Delton Glebe Counselling Centre, a community service provided by Martin Luther University College, has opened a satellite location at FaithLife Financial’s main office, 201-470 Weber St. N. in Waterloo, Ont. We invite you to join us for the opening reception from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24. No RSVP required. Just drop in and say “hi!” Feel free to read the full announcement here. If you would like to offer your support, please contact glebecentre@wlu.ca

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 

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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