These last few months in my new position as Giving Advisor for ELFEC, have been a real gift. I have started to meet and talk to some of you and hear your stories – why you have remembered the church with your planned gifts. Many of you ask – “What is it that you do?” and “Why do you do what you do?”
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 fund was established in 2011 in recognition of the “significant contribution of the women of the Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)”. The fund came from the monies remaining after the dissolution of the ELW. Individuals or groups may make additional donations to the fund.
Poverty, and the fear of poverty, affects many in Canada. One in seven Canadians are currently living in poverty. That means 4.8 million Canadians are struggling to meet their most basic needs every day. The Commission on Justice and Peace of the Canadian Council of Churches recently released a new report called “Healing Poverty.” It looks at the root causes of poverty in Canada and their spiritual impact on our whole society while also offering concrete suggestions for faith communities to take action.
The 2019 National Convention will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan at the Centre for Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina from July 11-13, 2019.
Delegate Registration Package
The Registration Package is now available on the ELCIC website. Online registration will be available starting March 1, 2019 and will be closed to delegates on April 12, 2019.
CPJ would like to invite your church to participate in our Give it up for the Earth! campaign!
Please share this information with your clergy, social justice committee, or anyone who might be interested in organizing a small event.
On April 15 and 16, 2019, the Lutheran churches of Ontario are invited to gather in Wallenstein for We Care Baling Days. Ontario Baling Days is a highlight on the We Care calendar, and we are pleased to extend an invitation to everyone in Ontario who would like to become involved.
It’s Sunday morning. You look around and see more people than normal in the pews. There are a lot of visitors today as family and friends join to celebrate a baptism. The Music Director is just about to play the opening chord for the first hymn when a shout is heard, “Fire!”. How would you respond? Who should respond?
Rhenish Church in Markham, Ontario celebrated the grand opening of the Dorcas Community Centre on Feb. 10th. Rev Riitta Hepomaki, Assistant to the Bishop was on hand to help cut the ribbon and to join in celebrating this exciting new chapter.
GSI is looking for people interested in joining their Board of Directors. The GSI Board is a fantastic place to get involved in a unique aspect of the ELCIC. Consider using your professional skills to provide governance, oversight and strategic direction to the pension and benefits plans provided to ELCIC employees.
There are four positions with terms beginning in fall 2019.
Two of those positions are reserved for plan members: one Rostered and one non-Rostered. This is a great way to provide input to your pension and benefits plans.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) observes the last Sunday in February as Diaconal Sunday, in order to celebrate and lift up the witness expressed through service (diakonia). Through the baptism all Christians are called to share God's word and to serve our neighbours in Christ's name. It is also a day to recognize and give thanks to God for the men and women who serve in public ministry as diaconal ministers.