COVID-19 Updates ABT Synod




Synod and National Connections:

Correspondence from National and Synod Bishops – Statement on Communion practices during coronavirus (COVID-19) – April 1, 2020

Correspondence from Bishop Larry – Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders – March 20, 2020

Correspondence from Bishop Ata – The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO) – March 19, 2020

Correspondence from Bishop Larry- Rostered Ministers March 16 2020


Rostered Ministers Zoom Meetings:

April 1 Zoom Updated information for Rostered Ministers Zoom Meetings

Summary Notes – Rostered Ministers ZOOM meetings March 18, 2020


Light One Candle:

Bishop Larry is inviting us all to join him in a Synod initiative, Light One Candle.  He is encouraging all members of our Synod to light a candle and to pray together daily at 10:00 am.

In addition, please consider crafting a one sentence prayer with your name (optional) and your congregation’s/ministry’s name and location and forwarding this to him via email with Light One Candle in the Subject Line of the email (

An example from Bishop Larry:  Light One Candle

God of steadfast love,
As our Lenten journey deepens embrace your children with faith, hope and love.

– Bishop Larry Kochendorfer, Synod Office, Edmonton

A selection of Light One Candle prayers:  Light One Candle March 30


Financial Resource Information for Congregations:

ELCIC Treasurers Letter March 31

ELCIC Treasurers Letter March 24

Implementing Giving Alternatives

Sample template (right click and save as a download to your computer)


Provincial and Federal Information for Funding:

Government of Alberta – Support for employers

Government of Alberta – Support for Albertans

Government of Canada – Economic Response Plan

Government of Canada – Helping Businesses Keep their Workers

ELCIC – Resources


Provincial Telephone Town hall:

Compiled notes from Tele-Townhall Meeting – March 24 2020



Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries – free downloadable resources

Alberta Health Services –  daily updates

Live Streaming and Pre-Recorded Worship Services – ELCIC

The Lutheran World Federation – Information and Resources

OneLicense – free licensing


Items from the National and Synod Bishops March 2020

Link to letter dated March 16, 2020

Link to letter dated March 13, 2020

Link to letter dated March 4, 2020