Oct 4, 2015 was a day of new beginnings for a group of Lutherans in Montreal. The Finnish congregation had to move out of their church building and the proper closing service had been held. The question of where they would go was a problem until the Estonian church invited them to share their building. Rev. Matthew Anderson led the first joint service for the two congregations. Bulletins were prepared in Finnish, Estonian and English. Members of both congregations shared in the well-attended service which included communion, a baptism and of course lunch after.
The Eastern Synod Mission Committee met in late October to review the 80+ grant applications they received this year. Though the task at first seemed daunting, this dedicated group was able to read each application and approved funding for 55 of the applications, resulting in a total of $369,350 of grant money distributed.
This year’s applications covered a wide range of projects aimed at helping people from all walks of life. The following is a small selection of the short term projects being funded:
Faith in Action:
A reflection for churches / ministries that are developing
Readings: Proverbs 8:22-3; Psalm 104 1,12-19
At the start of our synod council meeting on Thursday, Bishop Pryse mentioned the stages that groups go through when they start working together: storming, forming, norming, and performing. These are the stages that many of our ministry area teams are experiencing as they start to work together and form relationships.
Faith in Action:
Liberated by God's Grace
Feb. 6-10, 2016
White Point Beach Lodge Resort & Conference Centre
Registration information now available
In a letter issued today, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan C. Johnson invites individuals and congregations to join in intentional prayer for climate justice and for world leaders who are working to forge a new international climate agreement at the upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris, November 30 - December 11, 2015.
The text of the National Bishop's letter follows. A pdf version can be found here: http://www.elcic.ca/Documents/201511PrayersforParis.pdf
Take the Reformation Challenge!
ELCIC members are encouraged to respond to be Liberated by God's Grace through the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. Our goals are to:
Sponsor 500 refugees to Canada
Provide 500 scholarships for ELCJHL schools
Plant 500,000 trees
Give $500,000 to the LWF Endowment Fund
The latest issue of Columbine is now available.