The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) observes the last Sunday in February as Diaconal Sunday, in order to celebrate and lift up the witness expressed through service (diakonia). Through the baptism all Christians are called to share God's word and to serve our neighbours in Christ's name. It is also a day to recognize and give thanks to God for the men and women who serve in public ministry as diaconal ministers.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson has written a letter to the church reaffirming the church’s support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to free, prior and informed consent.
Dear friends in Christ,
On behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), I wish to reaffirm our church’s support for the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to free, prior and informed consent.
Greetings to all Women in the Eastern Synod,
I am happy to announce that all plans have been finalized for the Joy in the Journey Weekend Retreat at Niagara College, May 24-26, 2019. Registration forms and information have been sent to each congregation in the Eastern Synod so look for those to post in your congregations. Please mention this event to the leader of your women's group or any of the ladies in your congregation (young and “young at heart”).
December 31, 2018
Dear Synod family,
Peace to you. I want to say thank you for the opportunity to serve in mission with others in the capacity as Worship Ministries’ Director for the past ten years. I am grateful for the worship questions and experiences that have emerged in this past decade which have led us toward faithful and reforming worship practice in our time and place.
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.”
Bishop Michael Pryse is delighted to announce the appointments of the following persons as Ministry Area Deans for a three year term beginning January 1, 2019.
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.
Faith in Action:
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.
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
St. Paul’s Church in Niagara Falls hosts 81 teens from Winnipeg