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Dear members  and friends of the Edmonton District Council of Churches,
 
You are cordially invited to the first meeting of the EDCC for the coming season. It will take place on September 18, 2018 at 12:00 noon at McDougall  United Church. Parking is provided so please come into the office and get your parking pass. As always, tea and coffee are provided, but plan to bring a bag lunch. We will be having a time of sharing and fellowship.  Our special speaker will be Evelyn Day. She is an indigenous elder who does spiritual ministry among her own people. Among other things she will be sharing how the wildfires of BC devastated many homes in her own village.  Discussion will also take place on how we can united together as churches to carry on effective ministries together
If you are already a member, welcome back. If you are new to the EDCC, come and check us out. We will be glad to have you come!
 
Sincerely,
Christina
Rev. Christina Bellsmith,
President, EDCC
 




Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Prayer Service
Celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Ecumenical Prayer Service celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 was held on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church (10014 – 81 Avenue NW, Edmonton). A reception followed the service.

Over the years we have deeply appreciated the participation of the leaders of the various Christian faith communities in the Edmonton area. It is our hope that you will be able to attend and share in the leadership of this service.

This year’s liturgy for the Week of Prayer had a particular reference to Ecumenism in Germany: The Land of the Lutheran Reformation. The theme for the week was Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us based on 2 Corinthians 5: 14-20.

“It was in the context of [the Reformation Anniversary in 2017] that the Council of Churches in Germany, invited by the World Council of Churches, took up the work of creating the resources for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” (www.councilofchurches.ca).

An offering was taken up in support of the EDCC’s annual No Room in the Inn Campaign, proceeds donated to ‘A Safe Place’.

No Room in the Inn, Christmas 2016

1. The 2016 No Room in the Inn Campaign is complete. NRII has raised $76,525.00. This is the second largest total in the history of NRII. The funds raised will support a Safe Place Women’s Shelter in Sherwood Park. An event was held to mark the conclusion of the 2016 campaign in Sherwood Park on Thursday, June 15. A list of potential affordable housing projects is currently being gathered for the 2017 NRII collection.
Reverend Marilyn McClung Memorial Award for Ecumenism: This year’s recipient of the Rev. Marilyn McClung Memorial Award is Mr. Jay D. Freeman, Executive Director-Housing & Homelessness, City of Edmonton. The EDCC acknowledges Jay’s role in helping to found the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative in Edmonton and inviting the entire Christian community to be part of the initiative from the start. Jay will be providing a brief update at our meeting re: the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness and how our churches can continue to support the City’s work on this front.