January 30, 2017
Dear members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada,
“I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” - Matthew 25:25
Grace and peace to you.
I am writing to you following the horrific events that occurred last night at a Quebec City mosque during Sunday night prayers.
“Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren.
For nothing will be impossible with God.’”
Salaam and grace to you from Jerusalem, in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Over the course of the past year, the Eastern Synod Council has been working on developing a strategic plan to help guide the work of our boards, committees, related agencies and staff. At our March 2017 meeting the Synod Council will complete this task and share this plan with the wider synodical community shortly thereafter.
When Giving Tuesday rolls around November 29, you’ll have the opportunity to support Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s hunger and food-related projects.
For more than 25 years, Canadian Lutheran World Relief and other non-government organizations (NGOs) have asked for donations to help reduce world hunger and recent reports indicate the efforts are working. Global hunger is declining as NGO programs work with small-scale farmers and food producers in developing countries to help them feed themselves and their families.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) members and congregations have come together to sponsor over 500 refugees!
For over a year, ELCIC members have been engaged in the ELCIC Reformation Challenge as one of the ways to mark the 2015-17 emphasis the church has been lifting up around the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
The announcement that the goal to sponsor 500 refugees has been achieved was met with great excitement.
In a letter from Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan C. Johnson, Anglican Church of Canada Primate Fred Hiltz and Anglican Church of Canada National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald, the leaders of the two churches call on members to pray for safe, affordable and adequate housing for all on November 22, National Housing Day.
The text of the letter follows.
Download a pdf of the letter: www.elcic.ca/Documents/201611HousingDayletter.pdf