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Wednesday's Word

June 15, 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 Monday, prior to the publication date.  Therefore submissions for inclusion in the next edition of Wednesday's Word must be received by noon, Monday, July 4, 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.  June monthly message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders
  3.  Synod Staff Calendar Highlights
  4.  Congratulations Pastor Bill Bulger
  5.  National Indigenous Peoples Day
  6.  VBS - St Paul's Ellerslie
  7.  CBC Report:  Spirit of Grace, Brooks
  8.  Closing of Edberg Lutheran Church
  9.  ABT Congregations Seeking Pastors
  10.  The Larger ABT Synod Community - Inner City Pastoral Ministry Appeal
  11.  Educational Opportunities
  12.  For Further Thought
  13.  Affirming Diversity Ministry Team
  14.  CARe Ministry Team
  15.  Care of Creation Ministry Team
  16.  Worship and the Arts Ministry Team
  17.  ELCIC
  18.  LWF
  19.  Ecumenical and Interfaith Opportunities 
  20.  Ecumenical Prayer Cycle
  21.  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.  January 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
 
JUNE 12, 2022:  Trinity Sunday
  • for Bishop Kathy Martin of the BC Synod, and for the synod staff, rostered ministers, and people of the BC Synod
  • for all Area council members and [your congregation] council members
  • for our synod candidates for ministry
  • for the pastors and chaplains of health care institutions, correctional institutions, and other specialized ministries
  • for Bethany, Hughenden, and Peace Lutheran, Innisfail                            
  • for the pastors, pilots and staff of the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots
  • for the bishops, priests and people of the Church of Iceland
  • 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 pastors and people of the Mennonite Churches of Canada
JUNE 19, 2022: Second Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 12
  • 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. Trish Schmermund, Dean, and the Northern Area Leadership Team, rostered ministers, and people of the Northern Area
  • for church camp ministries across our synod
  • for Jasper Lutheran, Jasper, and Rainy Hills Lutheran, Iddlesleigh
  • for The National Indigenous Day of Prayer: for healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples
  • for the pastors and people of the Lutheran Church in Namibia
  • for the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church in Canada, and the Primate's Office staff
  • for the pastors and people of the Pentecostal Churches in Canada
 JUNE 26, 2022: Third Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 13
  • for Bishop Sidney Haugen of the Saskatchewan Synod, and for the synod staff, rostered ministers, and people of the Saskatchewan Synod
  • for Rev. Matt Lyseng Dean, and the West Central Area Leadership Team, rostered ministers, and people of the West Central Area
  • for retired bishops, pastors, deacons, and other retired church leaders
  • for Vacation Bible School ministries throughout our synod
  • for our nation and our elected leaders
  • for Calvary Lutheran, La Glace, and Lord of Glory Lutheran, Lac La Biche
  • for the bishops, pastors, and people of the Lutheran Churches of Germany
  • 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 ministers and people of the United Church of Canada
JULY 3, 2022: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 14
  • for Bishop Jason Zinko of the Manitoba/ Northwestern Ontario Synod, and for the synod staff, rostered ministers, and people of the MNO Synod
  • for Rev. Julianna Wehrfritz-Hanson, Dean, and the East Central Area Leadership Team, rostered ministers, and people of the East Central Area
  • for spouses and families of rostered ministers
  • for Grace Lutheran (Gnadenthal), Leduc, and Peace Lutheran, Leduc
  • for all who work toward building interfaith relationships
  • for the pastors and people of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession in Hungary
  • 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 the ministers and people of the Evangelical Churches in Canada


New Invitations to Prayer:
1.  Prayer for those recovering from surgery:  Bishop Larry invites your continued prayers for Pastor Howard (interim at Good Shepherd Moravian, Calgary) and Joan Mastin.  Pastor Howard recently underwent extensive surgery Monday for a rare cancer, and he says that the three surgeons and the nursing staff are amazed at his progress.  He and Joan are grateful for your continued prayers. 

Almighty and gracious God, we give you thanks that you have protected Howard during surgery.  Enable him to trust in your goodness, to find comfort in your abiding presence, and to praisse your holy name; 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 Howard whole in body, mind and spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 286)

2.  Prayer for those who mourn:  Bishop Larry invites our prayers for the family and friends of Pastor Harry Kapeikis (retired, Penticton) who died Friday, June 10, 2022.  A notification from BC Synod, which includes information about the funeral service and an obituary,  is available here

Bishop Larry invites your continued prayers for the family and friends of Pastor Corliss Holmes (retired, Calgary), who died May 26, 2022.   

Perhaps the following might guide our prayer:

Almighty God, we give you heartfelt thanks for the grace you have granted to Corliss and to all who have finished their course in faith and now rest from their labours.  Raise us with them from death to life, that when we die we may rest in our Redeemer, receive the inheritance prepared for us from the beginning of the world, and find perfect fulfillment and joy in your everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.    (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 352)

God, the generations rise and pass away before you.  You are the strength of those who labour; you are the rest of the blessed dead.  We rejoice in the company of your saints.  We remember all who have lived in faith, all who have peacefully died, and those most dear to us who rest in you, especially Corliss.  Give us in time our portion with those who have trusted in you and have striven to do your holy will.  To your name, with the church on earth and the church in heaven, we ascribe all honour and glory, now and forever.  Amen.  ( EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly page 353) 

3.  For those in hospice:  Bishop Larry invites your prayers for Sally, wife of Pastor Greg Anderson (Trinity, Grande Prairie), who moved to hospice on May 13.  Pastor Greg requests prayers for peace, calm, and courage during these difficult days, for Sally, for Pastor Greg, for their family and friends, and for the congregation at Trinity.

Perhaps the following might guide our prayer:

Holy and life-giving God, whose mercy is without end, look with grace upon Sally, Greg, and their family and friends as they face the future. Guide those who will accompany them in the days to come, so that Sally and Greg will be cared for and comforted.  Uphold them all in your abiding love, and sustain them with your peace, which surpasses all understanding; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.   (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 289)

Loving God, in every age you listen to the cries of lament and the questions about your wisdom from your servants who face suffering and death.  In this time of distress and despair, hear the cries and questions of Sally and Greg and their family and friends.  Stand with them in their suffering, that they may face the future with the confidence that nothing can separate them from your love in Christ Jesus, in whose name we pray.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 289) 

4.  For those undergoing testing and treatment:  Bishop Larry invites your prayers for Pastor David Friesen (Calvary, La Glace and St. John's of Northmark, Woking) who has begun chemo and is pleased to report that tests show the cancer has not spread.  Pastor David writes, "Because Christ lives we have forgiveness of sin.  Because Christ lives we have the promise that Christ is with us and will never leave us and forsake us.  Because Christ lives we have the hope of eternal life.  Praise to you, O Christ."

Perhaps the following might guide our prayer:

God of grace and comfort, enfold David and his family with your mercy.  Strengthen them with the shield of faith, and enable them to trust you in all that lies ahead;  heal them and bear their pain, keep them in peace and fix their hearts on you; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 286)

Holy and compassionate God, you send to us in our need those who care for us and look out for our lives.  Bless them in their love for us.  Bless the hands of those who work for our health.  Bless the minds of those who search for our healing.  Bless the feet of those who come to us in our need.  Bless the eyes of those who look after us.  Bless the hearts of all who serve; fill them with compassion and patience; and work through all of them for the betterment and well-being of all your children, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (EvLW:  Occasional Services for the Assembly, page 298)

5.  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)

6.  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)

7.  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



May monthly message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders
June 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.
 

June 6 - 14 - LWF meetings in Geneva - +Larry
June 15 - Synod Staff - Dwelling in the Word, Prayer, and Eucharist
June 16 - IELCO Women - Rev. Prema
June 16 - ABT National Delegate Orientation - +Larry & Rev. Prema
June 19 - +Bishop Larry in Yellowknife
June 21 - West Central cluster - +Larry & Rev. Prema
June 22 - Synod Staff - Dwelling in the Word, Prayer, and Eucharist
June 23 - Northern Area Cluster - +Larry & Rev. Prema
June 26 - Area-led Worship - Northern Area
June 28 - CECF - +Larry
June 29 - Synod Staff - Dwelling in the Word, Prayer, and Eucharist
June 30 - July 6 - +Larry holidays
June 30 - Joint Camp Staff installation - Rev. Prema
July 1 - Synod Office closed
July 6 - West Central cluster - Rev. Prema
July 7 - Meeting for Rostered Leaders
July 7 - Synod Staff - Dwelling in the Word, Prayer, and Eucharist
July 8 - Synod office closed
 
                          See the full calendar here.


Congratulations to Pastor Bill Bulger
We join in congratulating Pastor Bill Bulger, who was recently presented Hinton's 2022 Seniors Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of humanitarian service in the community.  We give thanks for Pastor Bill's faithful witness and work building community over the years in Hinton.  Read more about Pastor Bill's award here.
 

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21st, 2022,  is National Indigenous Peoples Day across Canada, a day to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Indigenous peoples of Canada.
It is a step on the path to building and renewing nation-to-nation relationships:  learning and unlearning, living out our commitment to reconciliation in worship, in prayer, and in intentional acts of solidarity.

We invite you to join with others in acts of reconciliation this June 21st.
Suggestions for activities may be found on the Synod's Facebook page and Twitter.
See some suggested activities here from the Affirming Diversity Ministry Team. 


Register here.

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:
       
26-Jun-22 Northern Area    
31-Jul-22 East Central Area     
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    
 

CBC News:  How a Lutheran and a United Church Ended Up Sharing Sunday Service
Congregations are working together in a small city in Southeastern Alberta.  Instead of focusing on what makes them different, Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church (Brooks, Alberta) and Brooks United Church are keeping their eyes on their shared faith.  Read their story from CBC News here


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


 



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 - July 6 and August 2, 2022.
Register here.

Closing of Edberg Lutheran Church
On June 12, 2022, Edberg Lutheran Church (Edberg AB) met for a closing service.  Present for the service were Pastor Prema Samuel (Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life), Pastor Jeff Decelle (former pastor at Edberg, now pastor at Unity, Medicine Hat), Pastor Julianna Wehrfritz-Hanson (Dean of the East Central Area) and Pastor Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson (Consultant Related to Church Property and Dissolution of Congregations) along with current and former members who celebrated communion together at Edberg one final time.

              
 


     
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
                        Inner City Pastoral Ministry Launches Spring Appeal  
 

                    Launch of Spring Appeal     

           

                      The Inner City Pastoral Ministry has launched a spring appeal to help ensure the continuation of ministry to people living in poverty in Edmonton's urban core.
                      Pastor Quinn Strikwerda (icpmpastor@gmail.com) says the number of people living on                               downtown Edmonton streets has more than doubled since the start of the COVID                                                       pandemic.  He invites you to consider making "a special financial contribution this spring to help ICPM continue to provide hope-filled worship with coffee, lunch and smiles at the Bissell Centre West; emergency grocery aid, bus tickets, snacks, and seasonally appropriate clothing to those on the street and in shelters.  
You may give through e-transfer to icpmgiving@gmail.com, through Canada Helps, or by mailing a cheque to Inner City Pastoral Ministry, 10527 - 96 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 2H7.  Any donation over $20 CAD will receive a charitable tax receipt.

Read the letter here.
Educational Opportunities


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Register here:  https://www.convergencecolab.org/p/hidden-spirituality



This course explores the development of a ministry that is practice-based and embodied.  Read about the course and register here.
 





FaithLead offers a chance to wrestle with the complexity of trauma-informed conversation and the challenges posed when walking alongside those who have been victimized.  How do we take care of ourselves and coach others to action in the face of sources of ongoing trauma?  Join for a free discussion on June 16th, 2022; read about it and register here.



 On June 27-July 1, 2022, Rev. Jim Keat and friends will be hosting a FREE 5-Day Online Summit on Digital Ministry. The Digital Ministry Summit provides an in-depth look at hybrid worship, online church, virtual community, and more.

Pastors and congregational leaders did a great job navigating their congregations through the radical transition to online worship and community connection during the pandemic. Now we recognize that the changes we beta-tested during that period are here to stay. We have learned that connecting in Christian community online is not a lesser experience or a substitute until we get together for “real” church. We now understand that connecting online IS real church just as much as in person. Both are wonderful experiences when done well. That’s the key.

During the summit, we will explore how to do online digital ministry well. You will hear from 20 of our leading digital ministry experts who will share practical, tactical insights that you can apply in your own setting. “We are leading in such an exciting time in ministry,” says Convergence CEO, Rev. Cameron Trimble, “and I hope that our congregations embrace the opportunities that digital community now affords us for shaping a more just and generous world.”

To be a part of this summit, you simply need to sign up and show up. It’s free to register. If you wish to have lifetime access to the recordings, you can purchase them anytime for $149. We hope to see you online.

For Further Thought

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.


Pentecost Transformation

"God is all about change and transformation....", says Jessica Noonan, Associate Director of Lead.  Read her article here.

Art Circles
Helping Youth Express Themselves after Trauma

FaithLead, from Luther Seminary:  Chaplain Howie Dotson talks about Howie's Art Circles, and using art to cope with significant illness and exposure to traumatic acts of violence.  Read his article here

Guns.  A Failure of Leadership.  A Spiritual Issue.

Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD, responds to the recent school shooting in Texas.  Read her blog here.
Synod Ministry Teams
Affirming Diversity


Pride Month - Find resources here:  https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:308dbd05-9f8d-3104-82b7-0d176834847f


                                      
National Indigenous History Month - Find resources here: https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:ea3fc919-025d-3805-a9ea-a74c355bb96e 


One year later...  
 

One year later...

One year after the discovery of 215 remains on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, British Columbia, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba has released this brief video with stories from four residential school survivors. Learn more on the NCTR website. Scroll down to sign up for their newsletters. 

Watch the Video
CARe Ministry Team
Congregational Action and Response for Mental Health Ministry Team

Sanctuary ambassadors John Swinton and Isabelle Hamley will join Chris Cook online this Thursday to answer these questions and more. Together, they’ll share insight gleaned from their backgrounds in mental health and theology. Participants will learn about surprising sources of strength when it comes to recovering from the pandemic. You can find more details below.

Wisdom Lab: Strength in Weakness (Virtual Event)
Thursday June 16 at noon in Alberta

Hosted by the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity 
Learn more and register at https://licc.org.uk/events/wisdom-lab-strength-in-weakness/

 

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

Worship Planners:  From September 1st to October 4th, we will celebrate the Season of Creation, a time of grace that the Church, in ecumenical dialogue, offers to humanity to renew its relationship with the Creator and with creation, through celebration of prayer and action for our common home (seasonofcreation.org).  The Care of Creation Synod Team is currently preparing a resource to share with your congregation for this season.  In collaboration with confirmands from across the synod, we are preparing a set of short videos to "Listen to the Voice of Creation", which is 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.
 




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 avail of 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


See information about this workshop and others in the MMC newsletter here.

Experience Music the Makes Community in "Weep like Rachel, Weep for the Children", a call to weep, grieve, and rage--to protest the pandemic of gun violence, written by Amanda Udis-Kessler, performed in a round by Conie Borchardt.  Find it here:  https://mixcord.co/acapella/p/0xi-u9igzEREO3u3c5MxSg/?fbclid=IwAR1ZNmWZUMKs2RHzzuRpK2RkEyLAf36cCPF7yLl89GJLg6T8FUXuz06AEKQ




Find information 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/





 
Youth Ministry Team


SYNOD YOUTH EVENT
NOVEMBER 25 - 27, 2022
Mulhurst Camp




 




Bios available here.

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
COVID-19 Resources



COVID AND THE NEW OPEN-DOOR POLICY
Dr. Mike Wood Daly reminds us in his blog of the opportunities handed to us by COVID, opportunities to ask ourselves which way our church doors should swing.  Read his blog here.
 


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
                         

World Refugee Day - Monday, June 20

On Monday, June 20, we lift up World Refugee Day. Our partner Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) has developed resources for prayer, meditation and action about the plight of displaced people around the world, and God's call for us to respond. Find these resources here.  

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It is a time to celebrate the strength and courage of people who have been forced to leave their home country due to conflict and persecution. It is a time to build empathy, awareness and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.



Serve with ELCIC's Ecumenical Justice Partners

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) reviews appointments after every convention. Individuals appointed are normally members of the ELCIC. Currently we are aware of several opportunities to serve with the following ecumenical partners engaged in work for compassionate justice:

Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN)
Commission on Justice and Peace
Addressing Human Trafficking in Canada 
KAIROS Ecological Justice Circle
KAIROS Indigenous Rights Circle
KAIROS Partnership and Rights Circle
Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada
Project Ploughshares  

If you are interested in serving as our ELCIC representative with one or more of our partners, please complete this form. For more information, please send an email to Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop for Justice and Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.



2021 ELCIC Annual Report

From ELCIC News
The  2021 ELCIC Annual Report is now available! This publication of the ELCIC provides you with a summary and highlights of the work of the church and various initiatives, which are a reflection on the many ways that we have come together and the many partnerships that help enable us to carry out our mission. The 2021 ELCIC Annual Report focused on ELCIC's Vision Priorities which are:  Courageous Innovation, Reconciled Relationships, One Body Working Together, and  Empowered Disciples. Go ahead and download your copy today when you  click here.
 


Employment Opportunity:  William Hordern Chair in Theology (Tenure Track)
Applications are being accepted until July 4, 2022, for the William Hordern Chair in Theology at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon.
Details 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.




An update on Assembly 2022 was shared to both churches in January in which planning for the much anticipated gathering between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years. The Assembly 2022 Planning Committee has been trying to navigate the difficult decision whether a gathering can be held in-person. On Friday, February 18, the Assembly 2022 Planning Committee has decided to postpone Assembly 2022 following prayerful consideration. To read the full announcement, please click here.

Registration information will be available in early 2022.  Watch for further details as they appear on the Assembly 2022 Website.


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.


Members arrive at the Conference Centre in Geneva for meetings of the LWF Council.

The LWF Council is the highest authority of the LWF between Assemblies. It consists of the President, the Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and 48 members from LWF member churches in seven regions. The current governing body was elected at the May 2017 Twelfth Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia. The 2022 meeting takes place, 9-14 June, at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva.
Read more about the Council meeting 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

 


Join us on Tuesday, June 28 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST for our virtual (online) KAIROS Blanket Exercise (vKBE). It will be the largest public vKBE to date, accommodating up to 70 participants! Registration is $35. Approximately 50 spots are left. Book today!

Register here: https://us-west-2.protection.sophos.com?d=bit.ly&u=aHR0cHM6Ly9iaXQubHkvM3htTXZTNA==&i=NjE3NmY3MTgwZTI4Y2MwZmQ2OWE2YTFm&t=YkpoN3F4R0VwaUJqMlc3b3BzMCtVVXhYeVpCd1JuMVN2YVpGcDUvejNaST0=&h=b22782e278c0422ba85af9f29129b307

#IndigenousRights #kairosblanketexercise #KAIROS #vKBE



Funds raised will be used for church repairs needed due to two incidents of water damage during the pandemic.
 


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



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



Register at 780-701-1852  www.providencerenewal.ca
 
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. Early bird deadline is midnight on July 5, 2022.

 

                     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...

June 12 - June 18 we pray for Botswana, Zimbabwe
June 19 - June 25 we pray for Malawi, Zambia
June 26 - July 2 we pray for Kenya, Tanzania
July 3 - July 9 we pray for Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda
Job Opportunities

 
The Wider Community
                

Service of installation of the Rev Dr Ali Tote as Assistant to the Bishop

 

 Saturday June 18, 2022
4 pm
 Resurrection Lutheran Church
310 Lenore Dr, Saskatoon, SK
 In-person and online via Zoom

 

 

Zoom log-in information: 
Computer or Smartphone: 
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/877941727  
Meeting ID: 877 941 727 
Phone: 
1 647 558 0588 Meeting ID: 877 941 727 
1 778 907 2071 Meeting ID: 877 941 727  
 

 

Outdoor Ministry




Find information here.


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
"Dear Synod Family, 

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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