This resource is offered to help leaders in the Eastern Synod of the ELCIC meet some of the challenges described in our Vision for Mission 2010-2012. This document may be used by Congregational Councils, Conference Councils, Boards which support the work of our camps, students and chaplains. Hearts for Ministry Devotions
Dear Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada:
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
This is the year that all five synods will be meeting in convention and will be considering next steps in the structural renewal process. Last summer the National Convention approved in principle the outline for structural renewal. Now we will be seeing specifics in terms of implications for synods and for congregations.
Significant changes have recently been made by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to its T1233 - Clergy Residence Deduction (CRD) Form. Individuals eligible for the CRD and their employers need to be aware of what has been revised, since this form is your joint submission to CRA. For an explanation of the modified requirements, we strongly advise you to review CCCC's commentary
The following letter is from Paul Gehrs, Assisant to the National Bishop - ELCIC, Justice and Leadership and also Rev Andre Lavergne, Assistant to the National Bishop - ELCIC , Ecumenical and Interfaith.
The national office would like to make you aware of the opportunity for young adults to apply to be stewards for the World Council of Churches.
Four Leadership Awards are presented at each biennial Synod Assembly (two to clergy and two to lay people). This award provides a means of honouring individuals within the Eastern Synod who are providing a significant Christian witness through exemplary service to the Synod and to the wider church.
Please foward your submissions by March 5, 2012 to the Synod Office by mail, fax or email.
For budget purposes the following figures can be used, please note the cost does not include accommodations. More accurate figures will be posted with other information regarding the Assembly in the New Year.
Pastors/Lay Delegates - registration fee including a banquet ticket $495.00 (does not included accommodations)
Retired Pastors who are not serving as Interim Pastors - $100.00 this includes a banquet ticket
Visitor Fee - $150.00
A video showcasing KAIROS' 'Roll with the Declaration' action on June 20, 2011 in Ottawa. KAIROS' 2011-12 Campaign is dedicated to working towards the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and to redressing the current inequities faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Faith in Action:
Faith in Action:
The Holy Humour Sunday Liturgy is found in the Iona Abbey book called” Fire and Bread Resources for Easter Day to Trinity Sunday” by Ruth Burgess.
It is a great liturgy that helps people to laugh and to think of God as someone who is amused, who laughs and who wants us to laugh.
Instead of a sermon I always tell a series of good, clean jokes. Sometimes I get people to help me take turns telling the jokes.