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Rev. Philip Heinze's Letter to the Congregation Regarding Eastern Synod's Assembly Motion 3.1

Motion 3.1 included the following directive:

We therefore request Synod Council and the Director of Public Policy and Service Ministries to identify or develop resources to help congregations study and work toward restorative practices and just peace in the world, and to respond to violence in the home, at work and at school, and in that perpetrated against creation.

Epiphany Devotions

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Reign of Christ

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ:

The Advent season we are entering has much to do with anticipation.

During Advent we anticipate Jesus Christ’s promised return, when he will bring to fullness on earth the heavenly realm he inaugurated at his first coming among us—the kingdom “not of this world” about which Jesus speaks in today’s gospel. In the meantime, we are not to stand idly by. Rather we are called to be co-workers with God, making more
visible, day by day, God’s realm of justice and peace.

Advent 2012- A Note from Debbie Lou Ludolph

There are a number of resources highlighted on the worship page of the synod website http://easternsynod.org/ministries/worship/ for the benefit of your worship planning and those with whom you work. Thank you to synod pastors and leaders who have shared their original work with us. I encourage all of you to do so – especially those of you who work ahead of time – so that the wider community might make use of our collective gifts. Please feel free to pass along Youtube clips that you may have posted of your worship life which could stir ideas for others. Thank you.

ELCIC Synod of Alberta and the Territories Elects New Bishop

NEWS RELEASE - From the National Office of the ELCIC

ELCIC Synod of Alberta and the Territories Elects New Bishop

Winnipeg, 30 October 2012 – At a special convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s (ELCIC) Synod of Alberta and the Territories (ABT), delegates elected Rev. Dr Larry Kochendorfer to the position of Synod Bishop.

The special convention was held on Saturday, October 27 in Red Deer, Alberta. The election came on the second ballot with Bishop-elect Kochendorfer receiving 143 out of 186 ballot cast.