MNO Weekly News - June 27, 2018

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*NEW* This Summer at Synod Office
Bishop Elaine concludes her term as Bishop on June 30. Bishop-elect Jason begins his ministry in the synod on August 7. Between this time, synod staff is available to assist you during regular office hours, or you may contact Heather Howdle, chair of synod council, at, at any time during this period for assistance.

Please note that the synod office will be closed July 20 to August 6 inclusive, during which time Heather Howdle is available for assistance.

Please find more information relating to the transition in the letter here.

Cameroon Encounter 2019
Have you ever wanted to travel to Africa? Do you want to meet Lutherans in another part of the world? Click here for more information and to apply to join in the Cameroon Encounter 2019 next March! Applications due June 30th!

*NEW* Synod Council - next mtg
Synod Council meets next on the evening of September 14th and all day September 15th

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

Updates: Congregations and Rostered Leadership
Click here to read the updates.

Eco-Reformation Project
Take a look at recommended resources and blog-posts! Click here.

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 document “Constitutional Change Instructions” prepared by the Synod Governance Committee. Please see the PDF available on the synod website here.

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

MNO Youth News

For regular programming, check out our youth page on the synod website!
2018 - 2019 Calendar
Mark your calendars for next year's MNO Youth Services and Retreats! Click here for more information.

Prairie Fire is looking for musicians!
Are you, or someone you know, a musical person?
To apply and audition, contact Pastor Tyler at:
Click here for application form.

CLAY 2018: "Threads"
August 15-19, 2018 at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON (see website)

"Wherever We Go, We Are MNO!" Click here for more information!
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Youth Covenant
Please take a look, here, and respond and make use of this covenant!

Around the Synod

*NEW* Erickson Lutheran 50th Anniversary
Banquet on Saturday, August 18
Worship service on Sunday, August 19
Email Sharon for banquet tickets:
See website for more information, poster, and Facebook.

Lutheran Theological Seminary
Late Spring Newsletter featuring the Grad Class of 2018 along with details for our Spring Appeal. For your interest, click here.

Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban)
Spring 2018 Urban Needs, see their website.
A 12-minute documentary about The Urban is available online, click here.
Available Meal Team Dates Still Open: June 24, 28; July 5, 11, 15, 18, 22, 29; September 6, 12, 16, 19, 20, 23, 29, 30.
The Urban is closed in August except for our Sunday worship service with a light lunch afterward. Please save August drop-off donations of groceries, etc. for September. For information about forming a meal team, or to have your team added to the calendar, please contact

In Our Community

*NEW* Accessibility - apply for funding to enable accessibility!
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding for eligible capital projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces, creating more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities. Deadline: July 26th. Click here for more information.

Learn About New Canadians (Migrants and Refugees)
This Canada Day in Osborne Village (at the corner of River and Osborne), Migrant Worker Solidarity Network and Migrante will help Winnipegers better understand the experience of refugees. Click here for their website.

For many Canadians, being forced out of their home and community is unimaginable. The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has worked with a multi-media firm to develop an innovative and interactive experience that simulates the global displacement crisis on familiar soil.

Join us at the CLC’s tent, where you will put on virtual reality goggles and be taken on an emotional journey that you will never forget. Our hope is that people will gain a better understanding of why Canada should be accepting and welcoming people seeking refuge.

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

Faith Lutheran Church - Organist/Pianist Position
Looking for someone to play at Sunday worship services on a casual basis. Rate of pay is $100.00/service. Call Cathy at 204.253.1491 (ext. 20) for more information.

St. John's Congregation - 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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