September 27, 2020

Flowers have been placed on the altar in praise of God’s created world.

MUTUAL MINISTRY MEETING: The Mutual Ministry Team will be meeting over Zoom soon. Should you have any comments or concerns that you would like to be addressed, please let either Sue Power, Gene Blishen or Elaine Sinton know and it will be brought forward in due course. 

LEARNING TO COPE DURING TOUGH TMES: Telecare Crisis & Caring Line is offering an online event on Saturday, October 24th at 10 am. The event features songwriter, storyteller and Troubadour Steve Bell, Clinical Counsellor and author Dr. Kirk Austin, as well as educators and authors Mona Stuart and Dr. Timothy Stuart. Click here for more details and to register for this free event.

URGENT APPEAL FROM CLWR: The COVID-19 pandemic is causing alarming levels of hunger for many of the world’s most vulnerable people. CLWR states that if we don’t act soon, the coronavirus pandemic could turn into a catastrophic hunger crisis that will last for years. CLWR is asking for your help to make sure fewer families in Burundi go hungry. For more information, please click here

SEASON OF CREATION: The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical emphasis that seeks to draw the attention of Christians world-wide to our common call to be stewards of our created world. It began on September 1 and continues until October 4, encompassing the five Sundays in between. We will be participating in this initiative this year for those five Sundays. But there are other ways for you to mark this season as well, such as:click here to visit the Season of Creation website for a bevy of other inspirational resources.

Pre-recorded creation-focused worship service for download. This service is offered by Lutherans Restoring Creation, a creation care network based in the ELCA. The service includes participants from all over the Lutheran church in the US, including Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the Rev. Barbara Rossing, the Rev. Lenny Duncan, Rebekah Bruesehoff, rostered ministers, and members of the Lutherans Restoring Creation Board of Directors. Music will be provided by Marty Haugen, the Rev. Leah Schade and Pastor John Tirro. To access their bulletin and their YouTube channel to view the service click here.

May this season inspire us all to deeper discipleship for the sake of this whole world God loves.

Ecumenical Faith Break Zoom Event: The BC Synod and the Archdiocese of Vancouver are hosting another collaborative event: The Ecumenical Faith Break 2 – Together in Thanksgiving! All are welcome to join via Zoom on Saturday, October 17th at 10 am for this special morning of community, conversation and reflection on the Eucharist. Please register for connection details.

Notice of the Lutheran Manor Society of Vancouver BC AGMThe Lutheran Manor Society of Vancouver BC will be having their Annual General Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 pm.  Please contact Pastor Clifford Reinhard at to register and a Zoom link will be sent to you. Click here to download the Official Notice of the Lutheran Manor Society AGM

A special presentation by Dr. Michal Fedeles will be held in conjunction with the AGM – All are welcome to attend. Click here to download the poster on the special presentation with Dr. Michael Fedeles.

ELCIC writes to the Minister of Justice on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson writes to the Minister of Justice in support of the Government of Canada’s commitment to pass legislation that creates a framework to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Declaration). Read the full letter when you click here. 
Advocating for Indigenous Rights: The ELCIC is working with ecumenical partners to encourage the Government of Canada to prioritize UN Declaration Legislation for the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is providing an online tool to assist you in sending a message to the Minister of Justice. Please click on the following link for details:

Orange Shirt Day – September 30, 2020: Please consider wearing an orange shirt on September 30th as a symbol

  of solidarity promoting anti-racism and anti-bullying in schools and the

 workplace and to inspire reconciliation work and how we can all become more

 involved in making a change. 

 What is Orange Shirt Day?
 A time to remember the lives of Indigenous children who attended residential

 schools in Canada 

 How did Orange Shirt Day originate?
 Phyllis Webstad was gifted an orange shirt from her grandmother to wear on her

 first day of residential school in 1973.  She was only six years old, and was very

 excited to be going to school.  READ MORE

In solidarity with people & churches of Zimbabwe: To read the ecumenical letter signed by the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches, the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the World Methodist Council, please click here.