An informational bulletin for members of the ELCIC Group Benefits Plan 
  April 2017   
In this Issue:
Looking for Board Members
Do you know someone in your congregation or organization that is interested in the care of those who serve in the ELCIC? If so, then please ask them to consider a position on the ELCIC Group Services Board.
Two directors' terms are ending in this fall and new four year terms will commence. We are searching for two energetic and knowledgeable people to fill those positions, in particular we are hoping to have a CPA or someone with a medical background join the board. Meetings are held semi-annually in Winnipeg. Anyone interested should complete a biographical data form found on our website and send it to our office.  For more information call the GSI office at 1-877-352-4247.
From this month's
Balance Newsletter
Making the Link: Digital Multitasking and Stress
It’s only 11:30 a.m. You’re trying to write your sermon for Sunday, schedule time to visit a church member in hospital and plan an agenda for a committee meeting. You’re working with multiple screens, reviewing documents, checking your emails for updates, doing last minute research online while participating in a teleconference with the conference area pastors. And don’t forget about  calling your council chair  and your son texting asking what time you’ll be home. You’re feeling unfocussed, exhausted, and stressed! Wasn’t technology supposed to make life easier?
Read the full article "Making the Link: Digital Multitasking and Stress"  in this month's Balance, a monthly newsletter from Shepell, your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).
More helpful articles from this month's Balance newsletter:
April Life Events
World Health Day
Friday, April 7th

Earth Day
Saturday, April 22nd

Remember how you played as a child? Did you spend a lot of time outside building forts, climbing trees, inventing new games and getting your hands dirty, without any grownups interfering? This type of play is rapidly disappearing from our world.
This year marks Canada's 150th birthday! Celebrations across the country are highlighting our great outdoors and Earth Day Canada is dedicating this year's campaign to outdoor play. At a time when most children spend less than an hour per day outside, everyone is being asked to EarthPLAY for Earth Day 2017: Connect to Your Nature!
Why does Earth Day Canada care so much, and why should you? Because kids who don't get outside, who aren't stimulated by their environment, won't grow up with any motivation to protect their environment and their planet. And kids who don't connect to their inner nature through creative play won't be as resilient as generations before them.
Seven CEP Advanced Study Grants Awarded for 2017
The ELCIC Program Committee for Leadership for Ministry (PCLM) is pleased to advised that the following members of the Continuing Education Plan have been awarded Advanced Study Grants for 2017 which will allow the recipients to pursue the study topics listed below:
Rev Anne Anderson - PhD at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary - Transformative Leadership for Emerging Missional Communities,  
Rev Lori-Anne Boutin Crawford  - Internship in Marriage and Family Counselling at Living Systems Society,  
Rev Mark Ehlebracht - PhD at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary - Pastoral Leadership and Social Media, 
Mrs Barbara Fortier - Certified Employee Benefits Specialist - International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists, 
Rev Ann Kruger - PHD at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary - Congregational Vitality, 
Rev Tanya Ramer- PHD at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary - Relationship Leadership and Developing Attainable Ministry Goal,  
Rev Kristian Wold - DWS (Doctor of Worship Studies) at Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies
New Mental Health Microsite Coming Soon!
Mental Health Week runs from May 1st to 7th, 2017
To raise awareness, Shepell will be launching an all-new mental health microsite:  
Be sure to visit on May 1st to learn more!
GSI administers pension and benefits plans that enhance the well-being of employees who serve in the ELCIC and its affiliates.

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