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Balance Owing $00

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.

Threat of Emergency Room Closure

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.

New Beginnings

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:

Mission Committee Approves Over $360,00 Grants for 2016

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:

Church As a Toddler by Jordan Smith

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:

ELCIC National Bishop invites prayers leading up to COP21 meetings; encourages participation in Prayers for Paris

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

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