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Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
302-393 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg Manitoba
R3B 3H6
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada's largest Lutheran denomination with 182,077 baptized members in 624 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.

From the Waters of Creation" Now Available Online

The winning entry from the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission's Hymn Text competition is available online from June to October 1. Author Keri Wehlander has provided permission for congregational use during this period and posted her hymn on her website: www.creativeworship.ca

Hymn Text Competition Winner Announced

Keri Wehlander of Nanaimo, British Columbia has been named the winner of the Hymn Text Competition. Wehlander's submission, "From the Waters of Creation", set to the tune of Nettleton, was selected by the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission (JALC) following the review of almost one hundred submissions. The competition was created to develop a new tune, familiar to both the traditions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) who will be gathering for a joint day together while in Winnipeg in June for their respective National Convention and General Synod meetings.

Read the full release here.

CONVENTION NOTES: Information and Highlights on the ELCIC's 2007 National Convention

In less than two months, delegates representing the parishes of the ELCIC will gather in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the 11th Biennial National Convention of the ELCIC. Over the next few weeks, CONVENTION NOTES will share information and highlights on the upcoming gathering. The following are the first two articles in the series:

-A Walk Through the 11th Biennial Convention
-ELCIC and ACC Joint Day on June 21, 2007

A Call to Action on Earth Day - April 22

On Earth Day, we join with people from around the world to remember our responsibility to care for the environment. Our responsibility for the earth isn't limited to just one day. At the 2007 National Convention, the ELCIC will be launching the Stewardship of Creation Initiative through which we will reflect on and begin to live out what it means to be stewards of Godís creation. As a part of this initiative, ELCIC members and congregations will be asked to take concrete steps in their own life to practice their Stewardship of Creation.

Read the full story here.

Lutherans Celebrate 60th Anniversary of LWF

View highlights and reflections on the
ELCIC's participation at the 2007 LWF Council meeting and 60th Anniversary celebrations

GHDA Issues Appeal to Assist with Relief Efforts Following Severe Flooding in Mozambique

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada's Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) is accepting donations to support relief efforts in Mozambique after weeks of heavy rains in the central Zambezi River valley caused severe flooding to the area. Further flooding is feared with the arrival of Cyclone Favio, a powerful tropical cyclone with reported winds of up to 230 km per hour, which hit southern Mozambique on Thursday morning.

Donations can be made to the GHDA - Mozambique Appeal as follows:

Designated funds received through GHDA will be sent on to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) which is already engaged in relief efforts in the region, including the evacuation of low-lying areas and the distribution of immediate shelter materials, blankets, clothing, food and cooking utensils.

Read the full release here.

Hymn Text Competition Announced

In celebration of six years of full communion between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission has announced a Hymn Text Competition. The winning entry will be sung at the ELCIC National Convention and the ACC General Synod, when delegates to each meeting gather together for a full day of worship on June 21, 2007.

ELCIC NATIONAL BISHOP RAYMOND L. SCHULTZ ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Winnipeg, January 2, 2006–Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s National Bishop Raymond L. Schultz has announced that he will retire as of September 1, 2007 following the election of a successor at the 2007 National Convention. Bishop Schultz, who was elected to his first term as ELCIC National Bishop at the 2001 National Convention in Waterloo and re-elected at the 2005 National Convention, issued a letter to the ELCIC's National Church Council (NCC) on January 1, 2007 advising the council of his decision and asking that council begin the process to have an election for his successor take place at 2007 National Convention. Read the full release here.

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN WORSHIP

Several years in the planning, Evangelical Lutheran Worship - the new hymnal of the ELCIC and ELCA - is now physically here! With orders now reaching 600,000 copies, Evangelical Lutheran Worship - also dubbed the "new cranberry book", is in its fourth printing.

As workshops on the new worship book continue across Canada throughout November, organizers report that registration levels for the introductory workshops have been high.

"By the end of November, we figure 3000 or 4000 people will have attended one of our events." said Rev. André Lavergne, who, along with Karen Johnson-Lefsrud and Debbie Lou Ludolph, is one of the coordinators for the introduction of Evangelical Lutheran Worship. "Probably closer to 4000. We've never had such a large, far-ranging and all-encompassing endeavour in the history of the ELCIC!"

Read more about the ELCIC's new worship book by visiting the ELCIC Worship website pages - just click on the graphic of the new Evangelical Lutheran Worship book (on the right side of this website) or look under the "more choices" selection and click on "worship".

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