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Building Bridges Across Age and Cognitive Barriers Through Art

For those with dementia in Long Term Care, choices are often made for them – when they get up, what they eat, what they wear. With the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program at Trinity Village Care Center, Kitchener, they can again make their own choices – where they place the paint on the paper, what colours they choose and what they name their art work. This creates autonomy and dignity through creative expression for those with dementia.

Faith in Action:

ELCIC Members Encouraged to Respond Through Prayers and Financial Support Following the Devastation of Cyclone Idai

**UPDATE as of April 1, 2019: The Government of Canada has announced that donations designated to Cyclone Idai will be matched until April 14.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), through our partner Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR), calls on its members to respond through prayer and financial aid in support of relief efforts in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi following the devastation of Cyclone Idai. The powerful storm, which made landfall in Mozambique on March 15, killed at least 750 people and has left hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes.

Rev. Hilla Lahtinen, newly appointed Director of Worship Ministries

Rev. Hilla Lahtinen was appointed as the Director of Worship Ministries for the Eastern Synod. She will serve as a resource person and consultant to the congregations and Ministry Areas and serve as coordinator for synodically sponsored services of worship. She succeeds Debbie-Lou Ludolph who has served in this role, with great distinction, since 2008,

Faith in Action:

Standing With Our Muslim Neighbours

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson has written an open letter to Muslim friends in Canada and Muslim neighbours in New Zealand, following the attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Grace and peace to you.

Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you, says the Lord. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. —Isaiah 49:15-16

New Appointments

Bishop Pryse is pleased to announce the appointments of the Rev. Robert Wiesner to serve as dean of the Seaway Ministry Area and the Rev. Elina Salonen to serve as dean of the Ottawa Ministry Area. Pastor Wiesner succeeds the Rev. Steve Hoffard who has accepted a new call to ministry in the Central Toronto Ministry Area, while Pastor Salonen succeeds Rev. JoAnne Lam who resigned her position in order to more fully devote herself to other vocational and educational responsibilities.

Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Worship for Small Assemblies

The Program Committee for Worship is in the second year of preparing seasonal worship planning resources. Note that the 2019 Lent Worship Orders are available.

This collection of weekly resources are intended to support worship in the congregations and ministries of the ELCIC and partner churches by providing information and ideas supplementary to other print and online sources.
Find them on the Worship Website of the ELCIC under “Worship Planning” at: http://www.worship.ca

Will You Share Your Story?

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?”

ELCIC Women of Faith Fund

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.

Healing Poverty: Reflecting the Root Causes and Spiritual Impact of Poverty

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.