What's new

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.

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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.

Synod Council Meets

The Eastern Synod council welcomed six new members when they met in early November. Elected at the 2018 Synod Assembly in Toronto the new members include laypersons Benjamin Bestvater and Judy von Wahl as well as pastors Anne Anderson, Janaki Bandara, Joanna Miller and Adam Snook. The remaining council members include Rev Dwight Biggs, Margaret Christenson, Anne Drouillard, Rev David Malina, Bonnie Weppler and David Wilk as well as the officers, Bishop Pryse, Laurie Knott, Wendell Caron Grahlman and Keith Myra.

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I Was Lonely And...

Mount Zion Café in Waterloo opens its doors twice a month on Wednesdays at 10 am.
“It’s both good company and soup and bread,” say Karen Von Shilling and Esther Wilson laughing when asked why they like coming to the café.
   The Café ministry emerged from the congregation’s visioning process. “During the process we felt that one of our mission priorities should be reaching out to seniors in our community. The Health Council took up this task and started a café in May 2016”, says Mary Slethaug, a member of the Health Council.

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Food Truck Frenzy

On a warm summer night in July four food trucks, serving hamburgers, hot dogs, burritos, perogies, crepes and other such “fun food” drove into the parking lot to set up. Anticipation mounted. It was the first time Christ Church was venturing into the “food truck business” and no one knew exactly what to expect.

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