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Missional Leadership Cohort Scholarships

The Eastern Synod is making 10 full scholarships available to lay persons who will be accompanying a rostered leader from their congregation in the upcoming 2019-2020 Missional Leadership Cohort. 

Scholarships will be offered on a first come, first served basis, for up to two lay participants per congregation whose pastor or deacon is also registered for the programme.

The 2018-2019 cohort included several Eastern Synod participants and we are hoping to encourage five or more new congregational teams to come to life in 2019-2020.

Please see poster on page 2.

Welcome to Peace, Pickering

“We have new people almost every Sunday in the worship service. Some of them start coming regularly, some occasionally and some may come only once,” says Hilla Lahtinen, who serves the congregation together with her husband Ronnie Smith as a ministry team.
   One of our growing congregations, if not in membership but in worship attendance, at the moment is Peace Lutheran in Pickering On.

Faith in Action:

Announcing the 2019 Women of Faith Fund Recipients

The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund provides annual grants that encourage and facilitate the Christ-centred ministry of women within the ELCIC and In Mission for Others.
   This year, the Women of Faith Fund received many applications and we would like to thank everyone who applied. The following 28 projects have been approved by the advisory committee of the Women of Faith Fund to receive grants for the year 2019.

Prayer Vigil- June 9, 2019

Kitchener-Waterloo residents gathered at Kitchener City Hall Square to listen to Indigenous and faith community representatives speak about the urgent need for safe passage of Bill C-262, “An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
   Bill C-262 is a private member’s Bill introduced in the House of Commons in April 2016 by MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi – Baie-James – Nunavik – Eeyou).

Mutual Ministry Guide

A new Mutual Ministry Guide has been prepared by the ELCIC. The purpose of this guide is:

- To help congregations and leaders to nurture good and healthy mutual relationships.
- To provide guidelines to facilitate intentional and regular evaluations of congregational ministries, the staff and rostered ministers.
- To seek together opportunities for growth and renewal.

For more information go to http://www.elcic.ca/MutualMinistry/MutualMinistryGuide.cfm

Stained Glass Windows of St Peters Fellowship Hall

Eastern Synod Council member Bonnie Weppler took these pictures of the baby sweaters that the women of St. Peter’s Lutheran in Ottawa made for the baby bundles which will be packed up on Mothers’ Day for CLWR distribution.
“This is the first time that I have seen the women hang the sweaters on the windows and I thought it was a great - and brightening - idea in what has been a very long and hard winter in Ottawa.”


Faith in Action:

Metamorphosis: The Changing Shape of the Eastern Synod

Over the last few years several changes have altered the framework of our synod, with some congregations closing and others merging together. Here’s some of what’s been happening:

St. James, Cambridge closed
Many members of the former St. James, Cambridge are now worshipping at St. Peter’s, Cambridge with Rev Janaki Bandara.

Faith, Deep River merged with St. John’s, Petawawa
Guided by Rev Bruce Thompson, Faith, Deep River merged with St. John’s, Petawawa.
The current pastor in Petawawa is Rev Albert Romkema.