COVID-19 and Phase 3 decisions re reopening worship spaces

With the provincial government’s announcement in June 2020 of re-open Saskatchewan phase 3, the decision regarding whether to reopen worship spaces has come to our congregations. Engaging that question brings with it necessary questions of what specific preparations are required of congregations considering reopening physical worship. Synod has brought in Rev. Dr. Ali Tote–a member of our roster and an epidemiologist– to consult with the roster of ministers and the roster of congregations and to produce with Bishop Sid. These guidelines are related to the Continue reading →

COVID-19 and Gathering for Worship

Our Saskatchewan Synod (ELCIC) churches will follow the direction of our Health authorities and will not be gathering for worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. But we will still be the church. We will still worship together. Your congregation may be livestreaming their services through the internet. Often you are invited to join breakout rooms for virtual ‘coffee time’ afterward. Or your congregation may have decided to invite members to join one of the services offered online. National church has collected that list. Online worship services Continue reading →

COVID-19 and Passing the Offering Plate

Our churches have always depended on funding the ministry of the congregation by gathering 52 Sundays each year and ‘passing the plate’. During COVID-19 we will not be able to gather together in our churches for an extended period of time. During that time we will need to find alternative ways of funding our congregations. Our national and synodical treasurers met by video conference to discuss this. They produced a concise, practical guide to “Giving Alternatives” during COVID-19. The treasurers also provided  a sample template Continue reading →

COVID-19 Resources from the ELCIC

National church has collected a webpage of resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The page includes joint letters posted during the COVID crisis from the ELCIC national bishop and synodical bishops. The page includes resources for worship by posting links to congregations that are posting services online. It includes letters from the National and synodical treasurers on giving alternatives when ‘passing the plate’ is not an option. The treasurers also provide an update for congregations on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The page also includes letters Continue reading →

Year-end letter from Bishop Sid Haugen

Grace to you and Peace, As you gather this winter for your annual meeting, with the various reports from rostered leaders, council, treasurer and committees in front of you, let me share just a few words from our synod. A word about the work of our Synod Synod council developed a strategic plan in 2014 for its work with our 115 congregations and various church related ministries. The focus of the strategic plan is, “Strengthening Faith Communities for Service.” The three main work areas for Continue reading →

ELCIC Women of Faith Fund

ELCIC Women of Faith Fund The ELCIC Women of Faith Fund provides annual grants that encourage and facilitate the Christ-centered ministry of women within the ELCIC and In Mission for Others. This fund was established in 2011 in recognition of the “significant contribution of the women of the Evangelical Lutheran Women (ELW) of the ELCIC. The fund came from the monies remaining after the dissolution of the ELW.  Individuals or groups may make additional donations to the fund. Grants from the ELCIC Women of Faith Continue reading →