Upcoming Events & Activities
January 18 – 25
January 24, Edmonton and District Council of Churches will be holding a prayer service at 3:00 by Zoom. Information to join the service is available here.
This year’s theme: “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit” John 15: 1-17.
International resources are available here.
Local resources for Canada are available here.
Edmonton events at Newman Theological College: Tuesday, January 19, at 7:00 – see details here.
Friday, January 22 at 7:00, see details here.
February 1 – 8
National ELCIC Bishop Rev. Susan Johnson, Anglican Archbishop and Primate Most Rev. Linda Nicolls and National Indigenous Archbishop Most Rev. Mark MacDonald have written a letter of invitation and included a list of activities which you are invited to join during the week of February 1 – 8. To read the letter, click here.
Check Wednesday’s Word – January 20th for events in Alberta.
February 20th or March 6th
To read Bishop Larry’s February 2021 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders, please click here.
HEALTHY BOUNDARIES WORKSHOPS 2021
For Rostered and Lay Leaders
Part 1 – Thursday February 25, 2021
Part 2 – Thursday March 4, 2021
Training will look at the issues that impact those in the role of leadership in faith communities. Founded on a theological and
within a spiritual community. The ELCIC Employment Agreement requires Rostered Ministers to
provide their employer with a certificate of participation in Healthy Boundaries training every five years.
Sessions will be conducted via Zoom. We will be using resources developed by the FaithTrust Institute
with three local area facilitators who were trained in October of 2018. This curriculum was developed to
strengthen the understanding of the needs for boundaries, as a method of self-care and community care.
Facilitators: Pastor Daranne Harris, Pastor John Lentz and Barb Stolee
Congregational Annual General Meetings
2021 Synod Narrative Budget:
Resource #1 – Printable Version
Resource #2 – Video to download for use at Congregational Annual General Meetings
Printable Cover for Congregational Annual General Meetings (prepared by ELCIC National Office)
Sermons for Epiphany
ELCIC National and Synod Bishops have committed to preparing sermons for congregational use through the Season of Epiphany: January 6 to February 14. The sermons will be provided in both text PDF and video format.
To access these sermons for your congregation, please email email@example.com.
Additional sermon resources
In early 2021, sermon resources will also be made available for Diaconal Sunday, February 28, 2021 and Vocational Sunday, April 25, 2021.
To begin growing our focus on reading the Bible, we invite you to join us in a Bible book of the month book-club type of approach. Each month from September 2020 to August 2021, we hope the whole church will focus on reading the same book of the Bible. We have asked a broad array of people from across the ELCIC to write questions to help us engage more fully in a discussion of the monthly readings.
To read more from National Bishop Susan Johnson, please click here.
Past Events & Activities
Our Synod-wide…wild and wonderful…
Pentecost video for Pentecost Sunday, May 31 is now available.
To view the video, please click here.
To view a devotion prepared by LWF Youth from Latin America and North America, please click here.
Erika Rodning, ELCIC LWF Global Youth REformer and ABT Synod Council member, is one of the featured youth!
Wear It, Share It, and support LWF! We did!
Lutheran World Federation Rapid Response Fund
A New Hymn from Richard Reimer and Kathy Sparo
I wish to offer this hymn to you, Wind from God, for any time in the church year, but especially in the season after Pentecost, as it appeals to the wind, breath, Spirit of God, translations of the same word in the languages of the Bible. Though the text was completed last fall, the verses seem all the more relevant now, in this time of “viral fear”.I’m most grateful for the four part harmony arranged by Kathy Sparo. Our hope is that the hymn will be sung widely. We therefore grant permission freely for its use in congregational, campus ministry, camp or other settings. We only ask that you acknowledge permission granted by “Richard Reimer, text and tune, and Kathy Sparo, arrangement.”
To view this hymn, please click here.
IMPORTANT MAILING TO CONGREGATIONS
The December Synod-wide mailing to congregations contained:
- A list of important dates
- Documents for your AGM: a letter from Bishop Larry, Guidance for conducting a virtual AGM, the Synod’s Narrative Budget to share and display
- Documents for Synod Convention 2021: A Call to Convention, an explanation of the Leadership Award to be presented at the Convention and how to nominate someone, a poster for Convention 2021, information about nominating delegates for the National Convention of 2022
- Your congregation’s invoice for convention
Please contact Synod Office if you did not receive your mailing.