MNO Weekly News - November 21, 2018

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Prayer Concerns
We hold in prayer the Lorch family as they mourn the death of Rev. Ab Lorch. Rev. Lorch was a pastor in the Eastern Synod, and the father of Brian Lorch (member of St Mark's, and long-time synod council chair). Click here to view obituary.

We also hold in prayer the Hesje family as they mourn the death of Rev. Johan Hesje. Pastor Hesje served as pastor in Melville, Cabri, and Elbow, SK as well in Prince Rupert and Mission, BC. Click here to view obituary.

Accessibility Act (Manitoba)
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Luther Village - Disaster Assistance for our Synod Camp
Click here for the latest update (good news!). Help still needed to recover from the storm in September 2018. To make a donation click here. Please continue to keep Luther Village in your prayers.
Advent Open House
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 3 to 6 p.m. 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.

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!
Young Adult Pub Night
December 1, 2018, 6 to 9 p.m. at One Great City Brewing Company.
Are you a young adult, university or college student, or someone interested in or curious about church leadership? Great! Come and hang out at our Pub Night. This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn a little more about what it is like to Be Challenged through studying theology as you prepare to serve the church either as a lay leader or pastor. First round and appies on us! Click here for more information, Facebook event here.

Youth and Campus Service
December 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church. Click here for more details.

2018 - 2019 Calendar
Mark your calendars for MNO Youth Services and Retreats! Click here for more information.

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

Around the Synod

**NEW** CLWR's Gifts from the Heart
From CLWR: The Advent season is almost upon us! We’re so grateful for all of you who make generosity part of your December through the Gifts from the Heart catalogue. Due to ongoing strikes within Canada Post, delivery of the catalogues may be significantly delayed to many homes and churches in parts of the country. But you don’t need to wait to start picking the right gift for your loved ones! Click here to view CLWR's online catalogue. You can also call CLWR's office at 1-800-661-2597 to place an order. Thank you for choosing to share hope this Christmas!

Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban)
Fall 2018 Urban Needs, see their website. REDESIGNED WEBSITE: Check out new photos and happenings at the Urban!!
Hope is Never Lost: Lutheran Urban Ministry Short Documentary Film (12 minutes) click here..
Available Meal Team Dates Still Open: 2018: December 2, 12, 16, 19, 23, 27, 30. 2019: January 3, 6, 9, 17, 24, 27, 30, 31; February 7, 13, 20, 21, 24, 28.
For information about forming a meal team, or to have your team added to the calendar, please contact
Advent Lunch - Retired Rostered Ministers, Church Workers and Spouses
December 4, 2018 at noon - Green Room, Maxime's Restaurant, 1131 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg. Order from the menu of the day and pay separately. Good handicap parking.
RSVP Pastor Don Engel at 204-663-5932 or

Volunteer Mission Opportunity
In 2005 New Orleans and area were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Over the last 13 years, the Lutheran Men in Mission of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Steinbach have organized more than a dozen trips to help rebuild homes in that area. They are planning to return to New Orleans March 22-30, 2019 and invite volunteers to join them. Cost: $450/person. Travel is by bus, with a limit of 25 volunteers. For more information contact Ben Nickel, 204-371-5104, email Click here for more details.

Lutheran Theological Seminary
Fall Newsletter now available, click here.

Study Tour to Cameroon in the spring of 2019. It can be taken by audit or for course credit, please click here for more information.

In Our Community

Panel on poverty including keynote by Full Communion partner Bishop Jane Alexander, co-chair End Poverty Edmonton. Thursday November 29, 2018 7 to 9 p.m.
The Power Corporation Atrium, University of Winnipeg, Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex, 599 Portage Ave. Click here for more information and registration.

**NEW** ReNew - Resourcing Pastors for Ministry
February 12-13, 2019 at Canadian Mennonite University
Click here for more information and registration.

Restorative Justice Week
Restorative Justice Week is November 18 to 25, 2018
Public event - "Four Stories of Restorative Justice," Friday November, 23, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 340 Provencher Blvd, Winnipeg. For more information and to register click here or call 204-925-3410.

Vocal Ensemble Nonet Donum at St. Boniface Cathedral
Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. The vocal ensemble consists of nine talented young musicians. Nonet Donum is originally from Varazdin, Croatia and is currently on tour in Eastern Canada. Donations gratefully accepted for local charities - The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and St. Boniface Hospital Clothing Drive.

Trinity Food Pantry
Operates out of Trinity Place on Flora Avenue. Monthly hampers are provided for 150 clients and a high protein lunch is served. The Annual Christmas Party will be December 15 at noon. A full turkey dinner will be served and each child 13 and under will receive a Christmas gift. Donations toward the gifts ($25) or the Christmas Dinner or the monthly hampers and lunches are greatly appreciated. Send donations to Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberly Avenue, Winnipeg MB R2K 0X3 For more information contact Don Engel 204-663-5932 or

Prepare for Christmas with an email prayer, every day!
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