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A Letter from National Bishop Susan Johnson

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson has written a letter to the church reaffirming the church’s support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to free, prior and informed consent.

Dear friends in Christ,

On behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), I wish to reaffirm our church’s support for the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to free, prior and informed consent.

Invitation from Cathy Calvin, Director of Women's Ministries

Greetings to all Women in the Eastern Synod,
I am happy to announce that all plans have been finalized for the Joy in the Journey Weekend Retreat at Niagara College, May 24-26, 2019.  Registration forms and information have been sent to each congregation in the Eastern Synod so look for those to post in your congregations.  Please mention this event to the leader of your women's group or any of the ladies in your congregation (young and “young at heart”).  

Open Letter from Debbie Lou Ludolph

December 31, 2018

Dear Synod family,

Peace to you. I want to say thank you for the opportunity to serve in mission with others in the capacity as Worship Ministries’ Director for the past ten years. I am grateful for the worship questions and experiences that have emerged in this past decade which have led us toward faithful and reforming worship practice in our time and place.

New Executive Director for Citizens for Public Justice

The Board of Directors of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is pleased to announce the hiring of Willard Metzger as Executive Director.

“As chair of CPJ's Board of Directors, I was privileged to be part of our five-person Hiring Committee. The committee's decision was difficult, but eventually, it became clear that Willard Metzger was the best choice,” said Jim Dekker, board chair. “We are confident that Willard will continue to follow the visionary leadership that Joe Gunn has shown for the last ten years. Willard will begin working on January 31, 2019.”

On a Knitting Mission

How can a small village church make a really big difference? How about knitting one?

For several years now the congregation of St. James ,Williamsford has been busy knitting teddy bears and winter hats, as well as making homemade quilts which they then donate to CLWR.

Faith in Action:

New Director of Worship Ministries

Bishop Michael Pryse is pleased to announce that the officers of the Eastern Synod have appointed the Rev. Hilla Lahtinen (HBMus, MDiv) to serve as the Synod’s Director of Worship Ministries effective January 1, 2019. In this part-time position, Hilla will serve as a resource person and consultant to our congregations and Ministry Areas and serve as co-ordinator for synodically sponsored services of worship. She succeeds Debbie-Lou Ludoph who has served in this role, with great distinction, since 2008.

2019 Mission Grants Awarded

Each fall the Eastern Synod Mission Committee reviews numerous grant applications and then faces the difficult task of deciding how the funds will be distributed. Grants are awarded in 3 different categories; Long Term Partnership, Short Term Partnership and Compassionate Justice Initiatives.

This year there were 67 applications to review resulting in 51 grants being awarded totalling $302,996.

Grants awarded are as follows:

Compassionate Justice Initiatives

Edgewood's Ministry Continues Through its Legacy

For seven decades Edgewood Camp and Conference Centre carried out a much-loved ministry in Southwestern Ontario. Even though it is no longer financially viable for the synod to continue to provide outdoor ministry in this location, it is both reassuring and exciting to know that through its legacy, Edgewood’s long history of ministering to children, youth and young adults will continue in future years.