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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

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

Lutheran, Anglican leaders write to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

In an open letter to newly sworn-in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Bishop Susan Johnson and Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, extend their heartfelt congratulations and describe some of the pressing issues that call for visionary leadership in Canada and the world.

The text of the letter follows. A pdf version can be viewed here (http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=428).

November 4, 2015