Upcoming Events & Activities
Weekly TUESDAY Morning Bible Study via Zoom at 10:00 starting February 23 – Bring your Bible, and a cup of coffee! We will look at the texts for each upcoming Sunday, learn together, share our faith, and enjoy fellowship. Contact Pastor Barabara for Zoom link. (St. Matthew’s, Spruce Grove)
DAILY devotions 3-5 minute (Mon – Sat) – click here (Lutheran Church of the Cross, Calgary)
Online video pre-recorded worship for Ash Wednesday, Sundays in Lent, every day in Holy Week, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday with the theme “Again and again we are invited” – access here on the day of worship (Lutheran Church of the Cross, Calgary)
LENTEN POETRY WITH REV. SEAN BELL – FEBRUARY 18 – APRIL 1 (ON ZOOM) THURSDAYS at 9am. In this Lenten devotional, the words of scripture and the poetry of Emily Dickinson will be our guides. Each week, biblical texts and Dickinson’s poems throw light on each other, pointing toward simple, powerful practices you can try yourself, with your family or friends, or in concert with your congregation. Register here. (Kuriakos)
WEDNESDAY evening & THURSDAY morning Bible Study, find information here; for those in the Calgary area – Holy Week Stations of the Cross experience, find information here. (Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Calgary)
WEDNESDAY at noon, a mid-week LiVE for LENT devotional time on Facebook, beginning February 24, and then posted on Holy Spirit’s YouTube Channel. This will be an informal brief time of sharing on themes each week of Creation, Connection, Clarity, Care and Christ. (Holy Spirit, Edmonton)
February 20th or March 6th
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 ethical discussion of power and vulnerability, it focuses on the particular roles pastoral caregivers fulfill within a spiritual community. This curriculum was developed to strengthen the understanding of the needs for boundaries, as a method of self-care and community care.
Sessions this year will be conducted via Zoom. The ZOOM link will be emailed to all registrants the day prior to the session. We will be using resources developed by the FaithTrust Institute with three local area facilitators (Pastor Daranne Harris, Pastor John Lentz and Barb Stolee) who were trained in October of 2018.
The schedules for the two days are as follows:
February 25, 2021 March 4, 2021
9:00 am – Workshop begins 9:00 am – Workshop begins
bio break bio break
12:30 pm – Workshop concludes 1:15 pm – Workshop concludes
Bring your coffee and a snack, a pencil and your booklets.
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)
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.