Resources for holding a Praise Appeal Sunday in 2016 are now available online. The theme for the 2016 ELCIC Praise Appeal, Liberated by God's Grace: Human Beings - Not for Sale, echoes The Lutheran World Federation theme of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. You will see the ELCIC lift up this theme of Liberated by God's Grace and its three sub-themes (Creation - Not for Sale; Salvation - Not for Sale; Human Beings - Not for Sale) over the next three years as we participate in the international and ecumenical commemoration.
We're very happy to see that Canada has extended the matching fund deadline for Syrian refugee relief!
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In what has become an annual tradition, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan C. Johnson and Anglican Church of Canada Archbishop Fred Hiltz offer Christmas greetings in a joint video message.
The two leaders encourage us to be mindful of the migrant refugee crisis and the need to respond with open hearts to those seeking refugee among us. “Let us be like the innkeepers who provide a warm and safe place for those in need," says Bishop Johnson.
National office staff from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC) and the LCC Central District office are coming together for the first time to bring a Syrian refugee family to Canada.
The initiative will pool donations from individual staff members to raise the money needed to support a family for a year.
St. Paul's Niagara Falls announced on Sunday November 15 that the remainder owing on the parking lot adjacent to the church, purchased in July 2014, had been paid in full. Together with the owner of the restaurant on the opposite side of the property, St. Paul's had made an offer to the city of Niagara Falls to buy the 30 car parking lot and after some negotiating, the offer was accepted. On Sunday the church rejoiced, having paid off the debt in such a short time.
When Rev. Ralph Weigold (New Denmark Parish, NB) heard through the local media the intentions of the hospital board and the Government of New Brunswick to close the local emergency department at Grand Falls General Hospital from 10 pm to 6 am he knew something needed to be done. If this were to happen critical emergencies of any residents during those hours would have to be sent to the regional hospital in Edmunston, an hour away.
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.
Faith in Action:
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: