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Spirit-Led Leadership ~ Hope-Filled Discipleship
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Wednesday's Word

August 3, 2022
 
 
Wednesday's Word: an e-newsletter publication of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to inform and share notice of events and activities within and around our Synod.

This e-newsletter is published the first and third Wednesday of each month.   During the summer months (July and August), only one publication will be released each month, on the first Wednesday of the month.  Submissions for inclusion must be received by noon two working days prior to the publication date.  Submissions for inclusion in the next edition of Wednesday's Word must be received by Friday, September 2, 2022.  Urgent notices and prayers meant for immediate release to the subscriber list will continue as needed.   

Disclaimers:  We seek to provide current information, however, events and activities shared in Wednesday's Word may change without our notice.  Not all graphics or links work in all platforms of Wednesday's Word.  If you are unable to read some section of WW, try opening the document in your browser or on our Webpage:  WW Archives
New in This Edition of WW:
Click on the links to locate new content.
  1.  Prayers for Weekly Worship
  2.  Synod Staff Calendar Highlights
  3.  Open House for Rostered Leaders and their families
  4.  Synod Financial Appeal for Lakeland Lutheran Church
  5.  Ponder Anew 2
  6.  Papal Visit
  7.  Camp Staff Installation
  8.  National Convention
  9.  Office Visit
  10.  Congregational Life Event - Save the Date
  11.  VBS
  12.  Retreat of Our Own 2022
  13.  What's New at GSI
  14.  ABT Congregations Seeking Pastors
  15.  For Further Thought
  16.  Worship and the Arts - Planning for Advent
  17.  Youth Ministry Team - Synod Youth Gathering
  18.  ELCIC
  19.  LWF
  20.  Ecumenical and Interfaith Opportunities 
  21.  Ecumenical Prayer Cycle
  22.  Job Opportunities
  23.  Outdoor Ministry 
Current Prayers of the ABT Synod

 
Wednesday’s Word is now published the first and third week of each month. We are including the upcoming prayers covering the time-span between publications. The prayers which follow under the heading Prayers for Weekly Worship may also be found on the synod website. After clicking the website link provided below, scroll down the page and you will find prayers for each Sunday of the Church Year:

1. DIARY OF PUBLIC PRAYER and INTERCESSIONS  2021-2022

2.  Anglican-Lutheran-Cycle-of-Prayer 2021-2022

3.  July 2022 Update of 30 days of prayer for Rostered Ministers:   An updated alphabetical prayer list of ABT Rostered Ministers, as well as their partners/spouses. This is a two page document that requires legal-sized (8.5 x 14) paper for printing.
 
Prayers for Weekly Worship
 
JULY 31, 2022: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 18
  • for Bishop Kathy Martin of the BC Synod, and for the synod staff, rostered ministers, and people of the BC Synod
  • for Rev. Trish Schmermund, Dean, and the Northern Area Leadership Team, rostered ministers, and people of the Northern Area
  • for all congregations struggling with pastoral vacancy, as they anticipate and await rostered ministry
  • for church camp ministries across our synod
  • for Christ Church Anglican-Lutheran, Nanton
  • for the members of the Lutheran Deaconess Community
  • for the pastors and people of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Japan
  • for the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church in Canada, and the Primate's Office staff
  • for the Canadian Council of Churches, its President, and its General Secretary
AUGUST 7, 2022:  Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 19
  • for Bishop Larry Kochendorfer, Rev. Prema Samuel (Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life), and for our synod staff, rostered ministers, and people of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories
  • for Rev. Matt Lyseng Dean, and the West Central Area Leadership Team, rostered ministers, and people of the West Central Area
  • for the pastors and chaplains of health care institutions, correctional institutions, and other specialized ministries
  • for our synod candidates for ministry
  • for Bethesda Lutheran, New Norway, and St. John Lutheran, New Sarepta
  • for Lutheran ethnic ministries and their pastors, leaders, and people
  • the pastors and people of the Lutheran Churches of South Africa
  • for the Right Rev. Lesley Wheeler-Dame, Anglican Bishop of the Yukon, and for the staff, priests, and people of the Anglican Diocese of the Yukon
  • for the World Council of Churches, its President, General Secretary, and staff
 AUGUST 14, 2022: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 20
  • for Bishop Sidney Haugen of the Saskatchewan Synod, and for the synod staff, rostered ministers, and people of the Saskatchewan Synod
  • for Rev. Julianna Wehrfritz-Hanson, Dean, and the East Central Area Leadership Team, rostered ministers, and people of the East Central Area
  • for Ecumenical Officers, especially Rev. Daranne Harris and Deacon Dr. Faith Nostbakken
  • for the pastor and/or deacon of [your congregation]
  • for Holy Cross Lutheran, Okotoks, and St Paul Lutheran, Olds
  • for the World Mission Prayer League and all those serving in this organization
  • for the pastors and people of the Lutheran Church of Australia
  • for the Right Rev. David Parsons, Anglican Bishop of the Arctic; for the Suffragan Bishops Right Rev. Annie Ittoshat, Right Rev. Lucy Netser, and Right Rev. Joey Royal; and for the staff, priests, and people of the Anglican Diocese of the Arctic
  • for Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar, pastors, and people of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
 AUGUST 21, 2022: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 21
  • for Bishop Jason Zinko of the Manitoba/ Northwestern Ontario Synod, and for the synod staff, rostered ministers, and people of MNO Synod
  • for Rev. Kevin Powell, Dean, and the Southwestern Area Leadership Team, rostered ministers, and people of the Southwestern Area
  • for the members of our synod council and synod committees
  • for retired bishops, pastors, deacons, and other retired church leaders
  • for Central Lutheran, Provost, and Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Red Deer
  • for the students, faculty, and staff of Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute, Outlook, Saskatchewan
  • for the pastors and people of the Mekane Jesus Lutheran Church of Ethiopia
  • for the Right Rev. David Greenwood, Anglican Bishop of Athabasca, and the staff, priests, and people of the Anglican Diocese of Athabasca
  • for the bishops, priests, and people of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada
 AUGUST 28, 2022: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 22
  • for Bishop Michael Pryse of the Eastern Synod, and for the synod staff, rostered ministers, and people of the Eastern Synod
  • for Rev. Jeff Decelle, Dean, and the Southern Area Leadership Team, rostered ministers, and people of the Southern Area
  • for our Synod Campus Ministries and especially for Rev. Richard Reimer, Chaplain of Lutheran Campus Ministry, University of Alberta and for Dana Rayment, Chaplain for NAIT and McEwan, Edmonton
  • for spouses and families of rostered ministers
  • for Rocky Mountain Lutheran, Rocky Mountain House, and Faith Lutheran, Rolling Hills
  • for the pastors and people of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina
  • for the Right Rev. Stephen London, Anglican Bishop of Edmonton, and the staff, priests, and people of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton
  • for the pastors and people of the Reformed Church of Canada
SEPTEMBER 4, 2022: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 23
  • for the National Church Council and national committee members
  • for all Area council members and your congregation’s council members
  • for our Synod Campus Ministries and especially for Rev. Craig Wentland, Chaplain at University of Alberta, Augustana Campus
  • for those who serve as interim ministers, and for parishes who await pastoral leadership
  • for St. Paul Lutheran, Rolly View, and Bethel Lutheran, Ryley
  • for the pastors and people of the Lutheran Church in Tanzania
  • for Right Rev. Bishop Sidney Black, Indigenous Bishop of Treaty 7 Territory; for the Most Rev. Greg Kerr-Wilson, Anglican Archbishop of Calgary, and the staff, priests, and people of the Anglican Diocese of Calgary
  • for the officers and people of the Salvation Army of Canada
 
 


Invitations to Prayer:

1.  Prayer for those who mourn:  Bishop Larry invites your prayers for Rev. David Eriksson (Bethany Group, Camrose), and other family and friends, who mourn the death of David's father, Rev. Vincent Eriksson (retired, Camrose), who died on July 13, 2022. 

Your prayers are invited for Rev. Dr. Ann Salmon, along with family and friends, who mourn the death of Ann's husband, Carl Rausch, who died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Thursday, July 21, 2022.  A memorial service will take place Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, at 1:00 at Bethel Lutheran in Camrose.

Perhaps the following might guide our prayer:

God of all grace, we give you thanks because by his death our Saviour Jesus Christ destroyed the power of death and by his resurrection he opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.  Make us certain that because he lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, will be able to separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 326)

Compassionate God,  give courage and faith to all who mourn, that they may have strength to meet the days ahead with steadfastness and patience; not as those who are without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life in your presence, with those they love; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.    (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 351)

2.  Prayer for those in difficult times:  Bishop Larry invites your prayers for Pastor AnnE Zimmerman and the congregation of Lakeland Lutheran (Cold Lake) as they face the significant damage caused to their building by fire on July 2, 2022.  Perhaps the following might guide our prayer:

Our help comes from you, O Lord, you who made heaven and earth.  In our grief, you are our comfort.  In the face of uncertainty, you are our rock.  In the wake of tragedy, you are our hope.  So even as we weep, we praise you, and place our trust in you.  We pray in the name of the one who suffered and died and was raised for us, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  (ACS, p. 66)

O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope.  Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance.  Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance.  Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination.  Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams.  All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, p. 394)

3.  Prayer for those recovering from surgery and undergoing treatment:  Bishop Larry invites your continued prayers for Pastor Dave Friesen (Calvary, La Glace and St. John's of Northmark, Woking) who is recovering from significant surgery on July 15th.  Pastor Dave will then continue with another round of cancer treatments.  He is grateful for your continued prayers.  Perhaps the following might guide our prayer:

Almighty and merciful God, your compassions never fail and your mercies are new every morning.  We give you thanks for giving our brother Dave both relief from pain and hope of health renewed.  Continue in him the good work you have begun; that he, daily increasing in bodily strength and rejoicing in your goodness, may so order his life and conduct  that he may always think and do those things that please you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 286)

Almighty God, source of all life and health, we give you thanks for wisdom, knowledge, and skill; for nurses, doctors, and all those who have brought the gifts of healing through the exercise of their vocations.  Continue to make Dave whole in body, mind and spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 286)

4.  Prayer for those recently diagnosed:  Bishop Larry invites our prayers for Pastor George Friedrich (interim, Mount Zion, Edmonton), his wife Karen Goldstone and their daughter Gina, with Karen's recent diagnosis of the reoccurrence of pancreatic cancer.   Perhaps the following might guide our prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, by your cross and passion you redeemed the world.  To Karen and to all who face uncertainty and long-continued suffering grant patience, courage, and the constant assurance of your love.  Strengthen them every day and every hour, that having endured with you they may also live and reign with you, now and forever.  Amen. (adapted from EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 288)

O God, who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the troubled heart, bring hope and courage to Karen, George, and Gina, as they wait in uncertainty.  Bring the assurance that you will be with them in whatever lies ahead.  Give them courage to endure all that they now face, for you are our refuge and strength.  You are God, and we need you.  We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 287)

5.  Prayer for a time of conflict and crisis:  Bishop Larry invites our prayers for Ukraine and its people and churches during this continued time of conflict and war.  Perhaps the following might guide our prayer:

O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace.  Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows, and give peace to your church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 393)

Gracious God, grant peace among nations.  Cleanse from our own hearts the seeds of strife:  greed and envy, harsh misunderstandings and ill will, fear and desire for revenge.  Make us quick to welcome ventures in cooperation among the peoples of the world, so that there may be woven the fabric of a common good too strong to be torn by the evil hands of war.  In the time of opportunity, make us be diligent; and in the time of peril, let not our courage fail; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 393)

Holy God, out of your great love for the world, your Word became flesh to live among us and to reconcile us to you and to one another.  Rekindle among us the gift of your Spirit so that we seek to live in unity with all people, breaking down the walls that divide, ending the hostility among us, and proclaiming peace to those who are near and to those who are far away; through Christ Jesus in whom we all have access in the one Spirit to you, both now and forever.  Amen. (ACS:  page 48)

6.  Prayer for those facing uncertain times:  Bishop Larry invites your prayers for Rev. Marty Tuer (retired, Calgary) and her spouse, Doug, as Doug undergoes further medical tests.  Perhaps the following might guide our prayer:

Lord Jesus, who went out from the garden to face the long last day ahead, be with your faithful servants, in this uncertain moment.  In the days that lie ahead, be their strength in times of weakness; be their consolation in times of sadness; be their rock in moments of despair.  In all that they face, assure them that your unfailing presence is always beside them, behind them, above them, and before them, both now and forever.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 289)

Merciful God, grant that the spirit of Jesus may dwell and reign in our hearts, that we may enjoy your peace and know the power of your Spirit, bearing witness with our lives that we are indeed your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (LBW:  Occasional Services, page 71)

Continuing in Prayer:  
A.  Prayer for Those Facing Illness: Bishop Larry invites your continued prayers and support for The Rev. Richard Reimer and Dana Rayment as Richard continues treatment for lung cancer.
Prayers for Richard and Dana, family and friends, and all caregivers are appreciated.

Merciful God, in the stillness of our souls we listen for your voice to know again that you are God. Quiet our restless hearts with the knowledge that you are near us, keeping watch over your own. Rekindle our faith and light the lamp of hope within our hearts. Then take us by the hand into each day that lies ahead, for where you lead we can confidently go with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (EvLW: Pastoral Care, page 182)

Almighty and merciful God, you are the only source of health and healing; you alone can bring calmness and peace. Grant to our brother, Richard, and our sister, Dana, an awareness of your presence and a strong confidence in you. In Richard's pain, weariness, and anxiety, surround him with your care, protect him by your loving might, and grant to him once again the gifts of health and strength and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen. (EvLW: Pastoral Care, page 171)

B.  Prayer for Those in Need: July 26 from Pastor Wallace Bornhuse -  We want to thank you all for your continued prayers as we work with Mieke's doctors to find a treatment option that helps control her epilepsy. Unfortunately, this past year we have hit another set back. But, we are hopeful that we can continue to find ways to help Mieke through this. As parents, some days are more exhausting and challenging than others. But, our love for Mieke, our faith in God, and your prayers and support keep us going.

Please keep Mieke in your prayers, along with her parents, Pastor Wallace (All Saints, Calgary) and Erin, and siblings Kenzie, Ezra and Phoebe in prayer as they walk with her.  Perhaps the following might guide our prayers:
 
God of love, ever caring, ever strong, stand with us in our time of need.  Watch over your child, Mieke, look after her in every danger, and grant her your healing and peace.  We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship Pastoral Care: Occasional Services, Readings, and Prayers, p. 171)

God, our refuge and strength, our present help in time of trouble, care for those who tend the needs of Mieke, especially her parents, Wallace and Erin.  Strengthen them in body and spirit.  Refresh them when weary; console them when anxious; comfort them in grief; and hearten them in discouragement.  Be with us all, and give us peace at all times and in every way; through Christ our peace.  Amen.  (adapted from EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, p. 297)
 

If you have a Rostered Minister prayer request or celebration announcement you wish to share with the Synod, please contact the Synod office with your details.       (780-439-2636 / 866-430-2636)
ABT Synod News and Events

 

Correspondence from Bishop Larry



June monthly message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders
July/August monthly message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders
 


        Synod Office Hours

 
              Regular office hours:
                                         Monday - Friday  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
   

                     Contact Information for Synod Staff:
            - Bishop Larry   lkochendorfer@elcic.ca
            - Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Prema Samuel   psamuel@elcic.ca
            - Office administrator, Marla Berg   abtsynodoffice@elcic.ca
                                 - Synod bookkeeper, Sheryl Burry   abtfinance@elcic.ca
                                 - Communications Coordinator, Emma Berg     abtcommunications@elcic.ca

                                                For general inquiries please contact Synod office at:      

                                                                    abtsynodoffice@elcic.ca                        

                                                   or call 780-439-2636; toll-free at 1-866-430-2636.        



PHISHING Alert!
Thank you to several people who have alerted us to the fact that they have received emails which falsely claim to be from Bishop Larry.  These emails begin quite innocuously, with the misinformation that Bishop Larry needs help but is "in meetings, so please do not call".
This chain of emails eventually requests money or gift cards to be purchased on behalf of the Bishop (of course for a worthy cause!)
Please note, that Bishop Larry will never ask you to purchase something on his behalf.  His emails will consistently originate from his address ending with@elcic.ca and will be signed with "Shalom".

When Bishop Larry needs to be in communication with you for an urgent matter, he will do so directly by phone, as has been his practice.  If there is timely or important information to share (such as a prayer request) it will be communicated by Mailchimp (our Synod’s e-newsletter provider).

If you receive one of the fraudulent emails, please flag and report it as phishing and discard it.
 

August 1 - 8 - Rev. Prema on holidays
August 1-14 - Marla on holidays
August 3 - Rostered Leaders meet - +Larry
August 3 - Synod Office staff - Dwelling in the Word, Prayer, and Eucharist
August 5 - Synod Office closed
August 9 - Northern cluster
August 10 - Synod Office staff - Dwelling in the Word, Prayer, and Eucharist
August 11 - South West cluster
August 11 - Care of Creation Ministry Team - Rev. Prema
August 12 - Synod Office closed
August 14 - 19 - Rev. Prema at Kuriakos Family Camp
August 16 - Synod Officers meet - +Larry
August 17 - Synod Office staff - Dwelling in the Word, Prayer, and Eucharist
August 19 - Synod Office closed
August 21 - 28 - LAC Becoming in Chicago -  +Larry
August 24 - Synod Office staff - Dwelling in the Word, Prayer, and Eucharist
August 26 - Synod Office closed
August 31 - Synod Office staff - Dwelling in the Word, Prayer, and Eucharist
September 3 - Open House for rostered leaders and their families
September 5 - Synod Office closed for Labour Day
September 7 - Synod Office staff - Dwelling in the Word, Prayer, and Eucharist
                          See the full calendar here.



Synod Financial Appeal
Lakeland Lutheran Church

Read the Synod Appeal here.



Join Bishop Larry again for an inspiring evening learning about the
Synod's various ministries and ways you can support it. For the six
in-person events, dinner will be free ... just bring yourself and your
good spirits.

Visit https://us-west-2.protection.sophos.com?d=ponderanew.ca&u=aHR0cHM6Ly9wb25kZXJhbmV3LmNh&i=NjE3NmY3MTgwZTI4Y2MwZmQ2OWE2YTFm&t=ZDloMDdnK2dCR21NanJwWUROYkRmeWFKTVc3cDVQYVBTM0RuUjlBclhZcz0=&h=93717554debf4b0ea41f0a86ceb85e79 to RSVP and to find out more!
Papal Visit
Bishop Larry received an invitation to be present with other local denominational leaders at the Papal Mass on July 26, 2022.  Several other representatives of our Synod were invited by Bishop Larry to be part of an ecumenical presence at the mass.  Others from our Synod were also in attendance.

      

     Bishop Larry with Venerable Travis Enright, Anglican 
    Archdeacon for Indigenous Ministries and rector of St Faith and
    St. Mary, Edmonton. 
 
















 


CAMP STAFF INSTALLATION
Rev. Prema visited Mulhurst on Thursday, July 7, to install Kuriakos and Mulhurst staff following a week of joint training.
National Convention online July 15-16


Some delegates from the Edmonton area gathered at Hosanna Lutheran to attend convention together online.  Here they are relaxing and playing UNO during a break.
           
           Let there be greening
              2022 National Convention
          Convention highlights are available here.
 
 

Look Who Dropped by the Office

Staff at Synod office were pleased to host Pastor Brian Rude (retired, San Salvador) who dropped in for a brief visit on Monday, July 18, 2022.


 



Enjoy all the fun of Hastings Lake Bible Camp at Glory Lutheran Church!
Our Day Camp will bring you camp-style activities, skits, songs, Bible studies, silly games, and all the wacky excitement you expect from Summer Camp!
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
August 14-19, 2022
Grades 1 - 6
FREE!
Register Online: https://www.hastingslake.com/day-camps


Whether your VBS is in-person, online or hybrid this year, CLWR has prepared the resources below to supplement your VBS program. These resources were created with CLWR’s mission and values in mind and in the hopes that they could be easily connected to whichever VBS theme has been chosen for your program. Feel free to use some or all of them: 
CLWR VBS Prayer
Colouring Page
Prayer for the World Activity
CLWR Word Search Game
CLWR Crossword Puzzle
List of Children's Stories Relating to Global Justice
All the resources, as well as some video links, are available for download at
https://www.clwr.org//vbs

Area-Led Worship

Please be reminded that each final Sunday of the month beginning May 29, 2022, and continuing for the next year, the Areas of our Synod will be taking turns to provide worship which can be shared at home or together in your own congregation.

This gift to the congregations of the Synod is provided to allow for rest and regeneration of Lay and Rostered Leaders, and for those who faithfully plan worship each Sunday, so that they might take one Sunday each month to be a participant in worship with others from across the Synod.

These services will be either live-streamed or pre-recorded.  Information regarding how to access the service and other materials such as bulletins, will be shared (as soon as it is available) through Wednesday's Word or a special e-bulletin.

Here is the anticipated schedule for the year:
       
28-Aug-22 Southern Area    
25-Sep-22 South Western Area    
30-Oct-22 Synod-led Service Reformation Service Synod Worship & Arts Ministry Team
27-Nov-22 West Central Area    
25-Dec-22 Northern Area Christmas Day Service Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Edmonton
29-Jan-23 East Central Area   Bethel Lutheran Church, Camrose
26-Feb-23 Southern Area    
26-Mar-23 South Western Area    
16-Apr-23 Synod-led Service    
 
 

We are delighted to announce our speaker this year for the Retreat of Our Own: Rev. Dr. Kristine Ruffatto, former Old Testament Professor at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon. Kristine will be speaking about Noah's Ark, Exodus, Joshua, and David on the theme of "An Adult Look at Sunday School Stories."

The retreat will be held once again at Kuriakos on Sylvan Lake, September 9–11, at $300 per person.

More information and the registration form can be found at https://retreatofourown.ca. See you there!



If you have questions about supporting the mission of your congregation or other charitable programs and services don't hesitate to connect with Kathryn Smith, Giving Advisor, at ksmith@elfec.ca or by calling 1-888-308-9461.  ELFEC is here to help.                                                                         

Kathryn Smith, Giving Advisor, ELFEC


 

GSI is excited to announce that we have engaged HumanaCare as our new provider for the Member and Family Assistance Plan (MFAP). HumanaCare provides confidential support and counselling. Visit GSI’s wellness page for information about these important services.

Access HumanCare services by setting up your account online or get the app on your mobile phone. The Portal offers easy access to health and wellness articles and videos, self-help links and assessments. It also provides immediate online access to the intake team.


HumanaCare Monthly Webinars

HumanaCare offers additional online resources including free live monthly webinars. These webinars cover a variety of topics in order to support a wide range of individual needs and situations.

We invite you to make a note of what is coming up for August as it’s sure to be relevant as the fall church programs begin.

HumanaCare Webinar for August 10 @ 1:30 to 2:30 EST
Topic:  Techniques for Managing Your Stress

Stress is a national epidemic and as the summer fades, and another school year begins, stress tends to peak. In this working session we will discuss and practice mindfulness, breathing techniques and other strategies to take control of your stress.


If you have suggestions for topics or questions you would like addressed, please send them to news@elcicgsi.ca.                                                                                                        



These gatherings are for anyone in a leadership role (examples might be: on council, synod council, boards or committees, leadership teams, camp boards or in community leadership); all are invited to join.
Don't miss the next Lay Leaders' Gatherings - September 6 and October 4
Register here.


     
ABT Congregations Actively Seeking Pastors 
 
Bawlf, Bawlf Lutheran Parish: Bawlf, Skudesness, Zion
   Calgary, Emmanuel Lutheran
Edmonton, Mount Zion
Edmonton, Our Savior
Hanna, Redeemer Lutheran
   Hinton, Grace Lutheran
Lac la Biche, Lord of Glory Lutheran
     Leduc, Grace (Gnadenthal)
   Thorsby, St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran
 
The Larger ABT Synod Community
                          
Educational Opportunities

Understanding, Exploring, & Managing Bias and Burnout
Faith+Lead offers a self-guided 4-session course via webcast deals with how burnout affects our management of built-in biases and default responses.  Find information and register here.
 

For Further Thought



Read the blog here.
 



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Click here to Listen to this Episode of The Value of Peer Leadership & Support 


Habits Shape Culture

Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD, gives us a comparison of habits of a dying church and habits of a living church.  Read her blog here.

Examen:  A Spiritual Practice for Busy Times
Jim Drees of +Lead outlines Daily Examen, an Ignatian technique of prayerful reflection.  Read his article here.


Churches are Resilient - Want Proof?
Lake Charles, Louisiana - disaster after disaster, and then . . . read this article from Lead+.


 


Care and Grace for Young Families

Rev. Lorrin Radzik looks at the hard, holy work of setting boundaries--especially for those who have young families.  Read her article from Faith+Lead here.

Creating Sacred Spaces after Loss

Rev. Joy Freeman and Rev. Tabatha D. Johnson address grief related to miscarriage, infant death and infertility in this article from Faith+LEAD

Read the article here.

Synod Ministry Teams
Affirming Diversity

            

 
CARe Ministry Team
Congregational Action and Response for Mental Health Ministry Team

Why is it Important for Churches to Talk about Mental Health?
COVID-19 AND THE CHURCH

Why is it important for churches to talk about mental health and the pandemic? In this three-minute film, three of Sanctuary’s friends and church leaders with mental health expertise highlight the need for the Church to be involved in the conversation about mental health. They also share a few ideas for where to begin. We encourage you to share the film with your friends, family, and faith community. Watch the 3-minute video here.
 

The Sanctuary Course

After sixteen months of hard work (and three years of dreaming!), we can’t believe the revised version of The Sanctuary Course is now revised with all new films and a study guide!
 
The Sanctuary Course is an 8 week study guide for small groups or anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with other believers.

Each topic is explored from a psychological, social, and theological perspective. Additionally, each session is accompanied by a compelling film featuring the story of an individual who has journeyed through mental health challenges as a person of faith.

To learn more, please click here.
Care of Creation Ministry Team

 
All congregations are invited to celebrate the global and ecumenical initiative “Season of Creation” this September. The theme “Listen to the Voice of Creation” is an invitation to remember God’s call and to pay attention to those being silenced in the public discourse on climate change and on the ethics of Earth conservation, such as:

  • the voices of those drawing attention to the ethics of earth-keeping;
  • the voices of those who suffer the most impacts from climate change;
  • the voices of those who possess ancestral wisdom about living with gratitude within the limits of Earth; and
  • the voices of those pointing out plants and animals which are drastically declining in numbers and in diversity.

This initiative will run from Sept.1-Oct. 4. Read here about the Lutheran 2022 Celebration Guide which offers ideas and resources for use in your congregation or with groups of friends. Let us listen and raise our voices in prayer this Fall and take action on behalf of this world that God loves. Let us listen to the voice of the Earth.
The Lutheran 2022 Celebration Guide is available here.

 The Care of Creation Synod Ministry Team is currently preparing a resource to be shared with congregations for this season.  In collaboration with confirmands from across the synod, we are preparing a set of short videos based on "Listen to the Voice of Creation",  the theme of this year's Season of Creation.  We suggest that these videos can be shared with your congregation in your weekly/monthly newsletter, shared on your social media pages and/or as a prelude/postlude to your worship services between September 1st and October 4th.  Videos will be available mid-August. We hope that you will join us as we reveal the awe, lament and hope for the future of creation through the eyes of our youth.



Joanna Macy: Climate Crisis as a Spiritual Path
This 20-minute interview with Joanna Macy explores the question: “How are we going to live our lives fully, with inner peace and courage (and even joy) as we confront a world that is destroying itself?” Watch the full interview here.
 


For the Love of Creation - Faithful Climate Conversation




For the Love of Creation developed Faithful Climate Conversations -a series of guides to facilitate small group conversations on climate change. This series includes three guides which helps encourage dialogues with those who have rarely talked about climate change; those who may have a basic understanding of climate change; and for those who may have been involved in climate action at some level. To access this resource, please click here. 
 

Be sure to check out the many resources including articles, books, and learning events listed on our website under Our Ministries:  Care of Creation. 
Eco Theology Resources Update:  April 2022

Global Mission Ministry Team

 

Learning Ministry Team

       
Synod Campus Ministry Team

                        

Worship and the Arts Ministry Team





Join Paul Vasile online September 21, 2022 for an Advent Worship Planning Workshop.  Find details and register here.

 



"Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered" 
These Worship resources - particularly for smaller congregations, who may or may not have full time clergy to preside, or assist with worship preparation - are provided on the ELCIC website, under the tab Our Work/Worship/Worship Planning (see link), compiled by members of the National Worship Committee. 

http://www.worship.ca/worship-planning-calendar/


You are warm
Youth Ministry Team

Mark your calendar!

 
 

CLAY 2023 | THE WAIT IS OVER.

We are so beyond excited to announce the dates and location for CLAY 2023 so that you and your local group can start planning!

 

CLAY SUMMER RESOURCE
A resource for all youth groups containing suggested scripture readings, devotions, activities, music, and more, to help youth leaders plan and carry out an event for their group that builds community and excitement as you explore the gathering theme:  Ashes and Embers

Resource available here now!
 
COVID-19 Resources



Innovating Into an Unknown Future
Susan Beaumont (Congregational Consulting Group) talks about planning to thrive after the chaos of liminal times.  Read her article here.


Facts:  The Only Cure for Epidemic of Vaccine Misinformation
Top Alberta Medical Professionals debunk vaccine misinformation by countering with facts.
Read the article and attached information here.

National Office of the ELCIC
                         


Read here about the appointment of Carmen Ramirez as assistant to the bishop for diversity, equity and inclusion.
 
 
    Convention highlights are available here.




For the third summer in the row, ELCIC Bishops and Assistants to the Bishops are coming together to provide a series of sermons available for congregational use from June to September, 2022.

These resources will include text (Word and PDF versions) and video (High and Low resolution) files of the sermons for each week. These are downloadable files that may be used as part of your congregation's worship in whatever way works best for your context. 

Sign up for these resources today! Not only are they great to use if you need to cover vacation leave over the summer but they are a wonderful way to introduce members of your congregation to our Bishops and Assistants to the Bishops from across the ELCIC! We also know of many congregations that are making these resources available even on the weeks when they are doing their own preaching.

To access these resources, please click here to complete the form.


ELCIC Praise Appeal

The ELCIC Praise Appeal  highlights the different aspects of the ministry of the wider church. This year's focus is on the National Church's work in the area of Compassionate Justice. Congregations are invited to designate one Sunday during the year at a time that works best within their own context. The 2022 resources which include prayer, hymn suggestions, sermon, etc. are now available when you click here.


    

For the last two years, we have been sharing our National Bishop Susan Johnson's vision for a four-year emphasis on Living our Faith - as together we pray, read, worship and love (www.elcic.ca/LivingOurFaith).

As we enter into the third year, we begin our focus on worship with a goal to deepen our experience in worship when the community gathers (either together in person or online) and to deepen our individual practice of daily devotion.

Here is a highlight from an ELCIC member with suggestions and thoughts on becoming more engaged in a daily devotional practice and/or worship. 


Do you have a special way that you engage in a daily devotion or worship practice?  We want to hear from you!  Email us at info@elcic.ca
The Lutheran World Federation
                                                          
 

Read LWF's weekly newsletter here.

Read the story here.



Read about this opportunity here.

LWF Assembly Stewards


You can soon apply for the LWF Assembly Stewards program. This is a leadership development and volunteer program for youth ages 18-30 to accompany and learn about the LWF Assembly.  The LWF Assembly will take place in Krakow, Poland from 13-19 September 2023.  Applications open from June 30 to September 30, 2022.  Read about this opportunity here.


Read an interview with Bishop Larry who is a Lutheran World Federation council member who sits on the Council Committee for Communion Relations and who has nurtured a long-standing relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia, the ABT Synod's companion partner.  Find the interview here.

Introducing the LWF Assembly Theme 

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has published a booklet introducing the Thirteenth Assembly and its Theme: “One Body, One Spirit, One Hope.” Discussion questions are provided to help small groups and councils engage with the theme. The Assembly will gather Sept. 13-19, 2023, in Krakow, Poland. You can download the brochure here:
https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/resource-one-body-one-spirit-one-hope
 

                                         

Exploring diverse expressions and spirituality of Lutherans today

On the first Wednesday of each month, you are invited to participate in "Being Lutheran", an online gathering for people across the global Lutheran communion. This is an opportunity to connect with Lutheran sisters and brothers and engage in the LWF study process on contemporary Lutheran identities.

In this series, we will explore themes that emerged from a 2019 consultation in Addis Ababa, and explore the creative, vibrant, life-giving diversity of what it means to be Lutheran today. Each month will begin with a moment of prayer and spiritual reflection. We will welcome a speaker to present a topic, then break out for small group reflection and communion building.

Check for more information or registration details here

Ecumenical and Interfaith Partnership Notices


For registration and information:  menandfamilies2022.ca






End of Life/MAiD Conference

Listen to speakers and panel discussions and engage in an honest conversation regarding death and end of life decisions.  Be better prepared to have these discussions with family and friends when the need arises.  

Advance registration is required. Registration is $10 per person for Friday evening or $50 per person for the full conference (Friday evening and Saturday) plus applicable service fees. Lunch will be provided on Saturday

Please register and purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

Additional information including a program, keynote speakers, and special hotel rate can be found by clicking on MAiD Conference.




Applications open for Spiritual Direction Training Program

The Studion School for Spiritual Direction offers a two-year program that combines teaching on topics relevant to the practice of spiritual direction with significant time spent in guided retreat and spiritual formation. The program is administered through The King's University in Edmonton and gatherings are held at Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert. The next cohort is set to begin in January 2023. Please visit the thestudionschool.com for program details and to apply online.






Register at 780-701-1852  www.providencerenewal.ca



Register at 780-701-1852  www.providencerenewal.ca

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
Information Evening
Tuesday, August 23
7:00 pm – via Zoom
Free
Register at https://providencerenewal.ca/tc-events/information-evening-via-zoom-event14925-free/ to receive the Zoom link.

 
Tellers' Retreat at King's Fold  
 

Tellers' Retreat at King's Fold

October 14-16, 2022

The Network of Biblical Storytellers Canada will host a Teller's Retreat at King's Fold Retreat Centre west of Cochrane this fall. NBSC is "an affiliation of people who practise the art and discipline of telling Christian scripture by heart." Linnea Good and Ken Quiring will facilitate. This retreat will have a contemplative component to it, as learning scripture by heart has similarities to the Ignatian way of praying. 

 

                     World Council of Churches (WCC) Updates                                   

       In God's Hands: The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle 

  At the very heart of the ecumenical movement is the reality of prayer.       
  Jesus prayed that we may all be one, united in God in the mystery of the
  Trinity. That is the basis and the goal of our search for unity.

  The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle enables us to journey in prayer
  through every region of the world and through every week of the year affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse     
situations, experiencing diverse problems and sharing diverse gifts. Lord, hear our prayer...

July 29 - August 6 we pray for Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe
August 7 - August 13 we pray for Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea
August 14 - August 20 we pray for Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger
August 21 - August 27 we pray for Liberia, Sierra Leone
August 28 - September 3 we pray for Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal
September 4 - September 10 we pray for Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo
Job Opportunities

Hope Lutheran, Calgary, is seeking a Director of Music Ministry.

Please see details here, 

The position will be advertised until a suitable candidate is found. Interviews to be scheduled in August, with a start date of September 1, 2022.

Job posting available here.
The Wider Community

Together with the Humanitarian Coalition/ Coalition Humanitaire, CLWR is appealing for donations to respond to a historic hunger crisis. As a record 50 million people are on the brink of starvation, the Government of Canada is matching donations from Canadians to provide emergency assistance.

Your gift today will be doubled to provide life-saving aid in countries like Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan which are facing years of drought, climate shocks and supply disruptions caused by the war in Ukraine.

Please give generously! clwr.org/hungercrisis

#TogetherAgainstHunger
#FightHungerTogether

Help spread the word.  The following resources are available for the use of congregations in responding to this crisis:

Click here to preview and download these resources .
Outdoor Ministry






Register here for summer camp.

Check out the camp website.
 
Hastings Lake Bible Camp
135-51268 Range Road 204
Sherwood Park, AB T8G1E9
Canada
 
 

                         
        
 




Check out the summer programs and register here.
 

Adopt-the-Staff Program
Kuriakos invites congregations, families and individuals to adopt a staff member.  This may mean corresponding with that staff member, praying for them, and supporting them financially.
Read here about this new initiative to uphold Kuriakos and its staff.
 

Re-connect with the latest news in the e-newsletter here.
For information, check out the website.
Thank you for your continued support. 
Please let us know if we can offer other resources for your community.

Paul Kopjar
Assistant Director


         

 
Connect with Mulhurst:  mulhurstcamp.ca


Are you looking for a place for the children of your congregation to be in Christian fellowship and nature this summer? Consider Mulhurst! Here is your opportunity to meet the Mulhurst Camp staff who are excited to get to know your kids! 

The video attached to this email introduces some of our summer staff and the curriculum theme we will be following this summer. We ask that the attached video be played for your congregation during Sunday morning announcements and/or the link be shared through media channels (website, email list, facebook, instagram, newsletter, etc.) alongside the attached graphic. 

The video can be accessed through the youtube link here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FQRf4XFTAE  

If you have not yet been introduced to Mulhurst Camp, we are a community located on the north shore of Pigeon Lake near Edmonton. Mulhurst Camp abides by its Lutheran roots, providing an environment that fosters love, service and grace for all who come here. We believe in the power of fellowship and a strong community. Mulhurst Camp is a place for all. More information on our camp’s mission can be found at https://www.mulhurstcamp.ca/ 

We very much appreciate your support for Mulhurst Camp and the faith development of our young people. Thank you for your ongoing support of and prayers for summer camp ministries.

Contact us at: 780.439.2636 / 866.430.2636 / abtsynodoffice@elcic.ca 






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