MNO Weekly News - July 18, 2018

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This Summer at Synod Office
Bishop Elaine concluded 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.

**NEW** 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

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

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

**NEW** Ordination of Rev. Jason Zinko
It is with great delight that we invite you to the ordination of Rev. Jason Zinko as Bishop of the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod. The ordination service will take place on September 8, 2018 at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 560 Arlington St., Winnipeg, MB starting at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow.

Please pray for Bishop-Elect Jason and for our whole synod as we prepare for this celebration.

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

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.

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

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

Around the Synod

LTS graduate program for Parish Nursing and Health Care
The Lutheran Theological Seminary is pleased to offer a new graduate degree program for health care professionals, parish nurses, and those with theological, pastoral and personal interest. The program is MASTER OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES IN HEALTH CARE AND PARISH NURSING. Click here for more information.

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 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: July 22, 29; September 6, 12, 16, 19, 20, 23, 27, 30; October 4, 7, 10, 21, 25, 31; November 1, 4, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 29.
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

Summer Concert Series
Wednesday evenings at St James Anglican, Winnipeg. $10 admission. For more information, please click here.

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.

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.

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

St. Mark’s, Winnipeg – Office Administrator
We are searching for a part – time office administrator to provide support for our professional staff and ministry activities. Click HERE for more details about the position and instructions on how to apply.

Youth and Family Worker - Zion Lutheran Church, Saskatoon SK
Initially a term position from August 2018 to June 2019, renewable annually. Some flexibility with hours up to 50-60 hours/month, balancing seasonal demands of position and needs of worker; significant evening/weekend hours; some travel, eg. with youth to retreats. For full job description or to submit a resume please contact Zion Lutheran Church - 323 4th Ave S., Saskatoon SK S7K 1N3;; 306 653-2442

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 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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