MNO Weekly News - September 19, 2018

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Thank you Message
I want to offer my sincerest thanks to the people of MNO and beyond for taking part in my ordination service. Thanks to everyone who was involved in the planning, those who attended, those who took on leadership roles during worship, and those who have continued to pray for me and my family. I thank God for you and for your ministry across the synod. I am humbled and blessed to be able to serve our synod as your Bishop.

I also want to thank everyone for your generosity. The offering collected at the ordination service will be split between the ministries of Luther Village and Lutheran Theological Seminary. And I am happy to report that we are able to share roughly $3800.00 between them! What an amazing outpouring of support and care for those ministries.

God’s continued blessings to each of you and our congregations as we work to follow Jesus and serve God together.
Bishop Jason

Governance Matters - Updating Congregational Constitutions and Administrative Bylaws
Looking to update or change your church constitution or administrative bylaws? Please note, that these changes must be ratified by MNO Synod Council. Before Synod Council can approve such changes, there are a number of steps by which a congregational council must take prior to sending the revised constitution to Synod Council for approval. These steps have been laid out for you in the document “Constitutional Change Instructions” prepared by the Synod Governance Committee. Please see the PDF available on the synod website here.

If, after submitting your updated constitution and bylaws to the Synod, recommendations are made by the Synod Governance Committee, the congregation need only have one (1) congregational meeting to approve the Synod recommendations.

Yours in Christ,
Rev. Courtenay Reedman Parker
Secretary, MNO Synod Council

Updates: Congregations and Rostered Leadership
Click here to read the updates.
Lay Academy
Pathways to Prayer with Dr. Faith Nostbakken, November 17 and 24 a course that is available online. Click here for more information. Wondering about the Lay Academy? Click here.

** Updated** Prayer Concern - Pastor David Lowe
Pastor David Lowe appreciates all the visitors, cards, and prayers from everyone over the past six weeks while he is recuperating from his knee surgery . He is still in hospital for now and is looking forward to going home soon. Peace - Gloria Dei Office.

Accessibility Act (Manitoba)
The Province of Manitoba is requiring that non-profit organizations fulfill the Accessibility Standard in customer service by November 1, 2018. Please look into it for your local congregation. Click here for more information.

Mission as Hope Appeal
Since this annual appeal began in 2009, it has allowed us to continue funding ongoing mission in our Synod, ministries like Luther Village, Lutheran Urban Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Programming and Cameroon visits.
Perhaps even more significantly, it has provided resources to do some new things in our Synod each year, which would have not been possible with the regular benevolence dollars.
Please find further information, including letter to congregations and bulletin inserts, here.

Join in ministry in MNO - funding available!
Engage your congregation in a project or process, and apply for support! For more information, click here.
Acts of the MNO - Do you have a creative idea for ministry/service in your area?
Mission Grants

Eco-Reformation Project
Take a look at recommended resources and blog-posts! Click here for more information.
Did you know that there is a "Season of Creation" that is encouraged in our church-year? There are resources available; click here for more info. Click here for ELCIC's page.

MNO Youth News

For regular programming, check out our youth page on the synod website!
Thanksgiving Retreat
October 5 to 8, 2018 at Luther Village
Registration forms now available.
Click here for more information.

Post-CLAY Youth Event
Check out our Facebook Page for highlights. CLAY and Bus Trip video here.

2018 - 2019 Calendar
Mark your calendars for next year's MNO Youth Services and Retreats! Click here for more information.
CLAY 2018: "Threads"
Click here for photo highlights from the last week's gathering! Video clip here.

Youth Covenant
Please take a look, here, and respond and make use of this covenant!

Around the Synod

**NEW** "Shepherding of Souls"
Worship and keynote presentation on Sunday, October 7 at Zion Lutheran Church, Warroad, MN. Click here for more information.

Ride for Refuge
Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban) has joined the Ride for Refuge again this year! The ride/walk is on September 29, 2018. Looking forward to teams from congregations in support of the Urban! Click here for more information or here for the frequently asked questions page.

Luther Lecture - Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Rex Schneider Auditorium, Luther College at the University of Regina. Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb - "Faith in the Face of Empire: A Palestinian Christian Perspective." Click here for more information.

Human Trafficking: Canada's Secret Shame
Tuesday, October 2, 7pm at Abundant Life Lutheran Church. Click here for more information.

Emerging Perspectives
Rehearsing Scripture: Discovering God's Word in Community with Dr. Anna Carter Florence. Public Presentation October 2 at 7 p.m. and Workshop October 3 (registration required). Click here for more information.

Exploring Compassion, Accompanying Suffering
Sponsored by Manitoba Multifaith Council, this event (which requires registration) is happening Wednesday, November 14th, 8:30am-3:30pm. Click here for more information.

Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban)
Please consider supporting the Urban by donating to a walker or bike rider on one of the Urban teams in the September 29th Ride for Refuge, click here.

Fall 2018 Urban Needs, see their website.
Lutheran Urban Ministry Short Documentary Film (12 minutes): click here.
Available Meal Team Dates Still Open: September 23; October 7, 10, 28, 30, 31; November 1, 4, 14, 15, 18, 21, 25, 29
For information about forming a meal team, or to have your team added to the calendar, contact

In Our Community

International Global Health Field Experience Opportunity in Cameroon
There is an opportunity for Medical Personnel to travel to Cameroon for a Medical Conference. The intent is to connect with and learn about the Medical system and needs of the Lutheran Hospitals and Health clinics in Cameroon in 2019. Global Health Ministries works with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon (EELC) in this capacity and our MNO Synod is a Mission Companion with the (EELC). Click here and here for more information. For more information about Global Health Ministries, see their website.

World Parliament of Religion - Nov 1-7 in Toronto
Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings.
For more information click here.

Employment Opportunities

Luther Village - Fall Staff Member Position
Luther Village is looking for a fall staff member to join our team! We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible until we close for the season! Please email for more details!

Full-time Chaplain (Permanent Full-Time)
LutherCare Communities is seeking a Chaplain (clergy or diaconal minister) with a heart for pastoral care to serve at Luther Special Care Home, our long-term care home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The mission of LutherCare Communities is to provide excellence in care, shelter, and support in a nurturing Christian environment for all entrusted to our care. For more information on this position, visit: Please submit resume by September 28, 2018 to: Renita Falkenstern, Director of Mission, LutherCare Communities, 1212 Osler Street, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0T9. Email:

St. John's Lutheran Church - Organist or Pianist Position
Looking for someone to play at worship services every 2nd Sunday. Rate of pay would be $70.00/service (two services per Sunday = $140). If you are interested please call Doris 204-334-0374.
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