Third Space at WLS

Ministry Area Gathering at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Jan 20

A conversation with Professors from the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary started our unpacking of “Salvation Not for Sale.” This is the theme for 2015 chosen by the Lutheran World Federation in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of Reformation in 2017. This conversation will continue in our next gathering and beyond. We are hoping to be an area active in our study and reflection, as well as our service/mission for others. #myELCIC
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From Eastern Synod E-Notes published Dec 16th

Waterloo North Ministry Area Worship
submitted by Rev. Elina Salonen

Member faith communities of Waterloo North Ministry Area worshiped together on the Feast of Reign of Christ, Sunday, Nov 23rd at St. James, Elmira. We poured water from the Grand River of the former KW conference into water of the Conestoga River of our new Waterloo North Ministry Area. Water symbolizes our baptism and this day reflected, as well, the birth of our ministry area. We intend to work together in ministry, strengthening each other and our Lutheran witness. Our area ministry leadership team was installed, following a message by our dean and two members of the congregation she serves.

As Paul explained, each part of the body of Christ is vital to good health and functioning and is valued. All were encouraged to let love flow to where it is needed in our community! Each 11 faith communities received some of the water and seeds to be planted. Seeds take root in good soil, such as our congregations offer. And so we began with thanks to God! The symbolic acts done this day and enacted later in our faith communities reflect the hope we intend with Christ’s help to make real in our lives and in those of our neighbours.FullSizeRender 39

New Beginnings Worship – We are on our way!

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We Worship Together Sunday, Nov 23rd at St. James, Elmira at 3pm

Come, get into the flow!  As we worship together Sunday, Nov 23rd at St. James, Elmira at 3pm, pouring water from the Grand River of the former KW conference into  water of the Conestoga River of our new Waterloo North Ministry Area.  Water symbolizes our baptism and this day reflects, as well, the birth of our ministry area.  We intend to work together in ministry, strengthening each other and our Lutheran witness. The committee planning our worship has done a fine job! Please come and worship! As Paul explained, each part of the body of Christ is vital to good health and functioning. Let your love flow, too, to where it is needed in our community! Take back to your home congregation some of the water and seeds to be planted. Seeds take root in good soil, such as your congregation offers.  We begin with thanks to God! The symbolic acts done this day and enacted later in your faith communities are intended to help us make real the hope that is ours in Christ.

WNMA Gathering will be hosted by Faith, Fergus on Tuesday, October 28th at 7pm.

Leaves are falling – there’s a chill in the air and a warm welcome awaiting you at Faith!

WNMA Gathering will be hosted by Faith, Fergus on Tuesday, October 28th at 7pm.

There is important news to be shared from the deans’ meeting with Bishop Pryse and decisions to be made coming from this news. Please make sure your faith community has representation in this meeting.

As always, the blessing we have as a community of churches will be evident in our fellowship and in our shared mission for others!

Study on Lutheran understanding of Word and Sacrament

Study on Lutheran understanding of Word and Sacrament – Sunday afternoons from 2-4 pm at Christ Lutheran Church in Waterloo, beginning October 26th and continuing on November 2nd, 9th and 16th.

Getting close to last call!

A woman shouted out to those who remained after worship for coffee, treats and conversation, “Last call for coffee!” I’d never heard that before, although in my own I’ve received similar notices to ensure that I’m not left out, as I’m often late for our coffee/fellowship time.

Please accept this as similar helpful notice not to miss out on a great opportunity. Even if your congregation is not one facing fiscal challenges to pastoral leadership, we are as a synod challenged to look at the question of lay/clergy leadership, especially as it relates to the sacraments. Help us help others, too.

And ourselves by becoming more knowledgeable about our Lutheran understanding of Word and Sacrament.

Besides, Jackie’s a great resource and teacher.

Come, have fun, learn and have some coffee with us at Christ, Waterloo (There will be coffee, James?). We’ll let you know when the coffee’s running low or out!

Please let Jackie know who is coming from your faith community!

 

Synod Gathering of Area Deans and Ministry Directors with Bishop Pryse and Pastors Riitta and Doug

Closing worship as Bishop Michael, synod staff, area deans and ministry directors concluded their meeting, focused on enabling us all to be in mission for others. I am thankful to the people of Faith for supporting me as dean of Waterloo North and thankful to all the people and pastors of Waterloo North, whom I represented there. We bring various gifts to our ministries and find added avenues for service and blessing when we work as one.IMG_1258

Women of Faith – Fall Event Oct 25 9:30am-2:30pm at St Paul’s Cambridge

Women of Faith

Study of Word and Sacrament Ministry

Study of Word and Sacrament Ministry

As congregations of the ELCIC face declining numbers and attendance, more and more of them also face financial difficulty; some can no longer afford to call a pastor. In small, rural, or remote congregations, supply pastors are not always available. The growing reality is that people in some ELCIC communities are unable to receive Word and Sacrament ministry as regularly as they would wish or at all.

In 2012 the Saskatchewan Synod in Convention asked the National Church Council to consider the question of licensing lay people for sacramental ministry. The question was later broadened to include preaching by lay people. A study resource was created to help the whole church reflect on this question.

How do we keep the Gospel central, while honouring the traditional Lutheran emphasis on well-educated, well-trained and well-formed leaders as we explore new ways of providing Word and Sacrament ministry? What sorts of options are possible? What do our sister churches do in these situations? Are there ecumenical considerations? These are the questions to be explored.

The study resource also provides a fresh look at how Lutherans understand ‘Word and Sacrament’, and ordained ministry today. It is an opportunity for all of us to deepen our appreciation and understanding of how the Gospel can be communicated through preaching and the sacraments.

There are four study sessions:

Context for Ministry in the ELCIC

Lutheran theology of Word and Sacrament,

Lutheran Theology of Ministry, and

Provision of Word and Sacrament Ministry

The sessions will take place on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 pm at Christ Lutheran Church in Waterloo, beginning October 26th and continuing on November 2nd, 9th and 16th. We are invited to offer feedback on the study through an on-line survey to be completed by Dec 15th. A recommendation on the original question will be coming to the ELCIC in Convention in July 2015.

Please let Jackie Nunns know of your intended participation by phone (519)885-6821 or email jackienunns@sympatico.ca before October 22nd.

Congratulations Pastor Anne! God bless you!

Installation of Pastor Anne Anderson as the pastoral ministry developer took place during opening worship at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, marking the beginning of the Academic Year 2014-2015. The new community, called the Third Space, has begun worshipping.IMG_7087 Welcome Pastor Anne and the Third Space Community to our Waterloo North Ministry Area!