Weekly News from MNO (May 31, 2017)


Please continue to keep Bishop Elaine in your prayers as she recovers from surgery.

Please contact Pastor Tyler Gingrich (beginning June 1st) who will be her commissary during her medical leave over the next couple months.

Just a reminder that Pastor Larry Ulrich is retiring from the MNO Synod today. 

New MNO Synod Website

Our Synod website is updated, and mobile friendly! Go to mnosynod.org to see it!


• Passing of Pastor Ron Grout

• 500th Commemorations of the Reformation 

• Winnipeg Pride Parade

• Indigenous Awareness Month- June Activities

• Gloria Dei Lutheran Church- Free Quilting Frame



• 2017 ELCIC National Convention - Volunteer Opportunity 

• MNO Youth News

• Lay Academy Sessions - POSTPONED 

• Luther Village News

• ELCIC Reformation Challenge  

• Gimli Lutheran Church Invitation

• Lutheran Urban Ministry (the urban)

• Lutheran Seminary 


Pastor Ron Grout

He died peacefully while visiting family in Texas.  Funeral service will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bergland, ON on Sunday, June 4 at 2:00 pm.  May our God of comfort, hope and peace uphold his wife, Lucy and their family.

500th Commemorations of the Reformation 

Synod Council is making available up to $250.00  from Mission as Hope  to each of our synod areas as well as to the north (Flin Flon and Thompson) for an area commemoration event. It is hoped that  such commemorations would draw participation from congregations in an area, but if a whole  area is not planning such an event, it can also be made available to a congregation or a small cluster of congregations.  It is also hoped that these commemorations would have an ecumenical component to them, involving local Roman Catholic, Anglican, Mennonite, etc. brothers and sisters. Please forward your area (or congregational) ideas to Pastor Tyler Gingrich (tgingrich@elcic.ca) by June 30, 2017.  Funds will be disbursed by September 1.

Winnipeg Pride Parade

On June 4th, MNO will walk in the Winnipeg Pride Parade. Please go to our Facebook page for more information.  

Indigenous Awareness Month Activities - June 

Epiphany Indigenous Anglican Church, 730 McPhilips Street, Winnnipeg, MB.  Ray St Germain in concert: Thursday, June 15 7:30pm Tickets are $10, at the door. To purchase in advance, call 204 - 475 9956. Doors open at 6:30pm. 

St.James Heritage Church, 525 Tylehurst St, Winnipeg, MB Wednesday, June 21
7:00pm  National Aboriginal Day Service of the Word: Guest Speaker ... Elder George Spence on the ‘60s Scoop. Please call 204-888-3489 for more information. 

The Winnipeg Foundation announces it's spring Winnipeg workshop series! Are you interested in hosting a informational Returning to Spirit workshops in your community? Contact us today at info@returningtospirit.org for all the details. 
Non-Aboriginal 4-Day Workshop June 16-19, 2017 Micah House, Winnipeg, MB                    Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Aboriginal 4-Day Workshop July 7-10, 2017 Micah House, Winnipeg, MB                          Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church was blessed with a quilting frame.  They no longer have use for it.  If there is anyone out there that would like this frame,  it is free for pickup.  Our last quilting date for the season is June 7,  2017;  after that it will be discarded.  Please let me know if there is anyone interested in it.

Lee Fischer   204-889-2020
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church   204-832-4564




2017 ELCIC National Convention - Volunteer Opportunity

This summer Winnipeg will host our National Church Convention at the University of Manitoba July 6-8th.  As the host synod the MNO is looking forward to welcoming around 200 delegates, visitors and guests from across Canada and around the world!

The Local Arrangements Committee is in the midst of attending to the many details, including recruiting volunteers! We have need for volunteers for the following areas:

-       Stewards,   Ushers,   Information Desk,   Registration,   Transportation ,    Office Support

No experience is necessary and the time commitment can be as little as a few hours. If you, or someone you know is available please let us know!

To sign up or for more information contact:

Norm Coull, Chair (204) 998- 1044 or email: ngcoull@mymts.net

Or Rev. Courtenay Reedman Parker, Vice Chair (204) 930-4634 or

Email: mailpastorcourtenay@gmail.com    


MNO Youth News

Prairie Fire is looking for guitarists! To apply and audition, contact Pastor Tyler at:


Lay Academy Sessions: June 3 and June 10 - POSTPONED 

Welcoming the stranger and getting to know one’s neighbors, be they inside or outside the pew, has never been the easiest of missions.  At first glance it may appear like we have nothing in common with some people but we need to commit to listening and connecting, to going a step beyond.  Join us for the LAY ACADEMY session on Saturday June 3rd and 10th as we discuss and learn about ‘loving others as ourselves’.  We feature speakers from across the four western synods for 2 x 2.5 hour sessions on Building Community: Welcoming the Stranger/Loving Our Neighbor, facilitated by Rev. Dave Saude of the Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Synod.  
The Lay Academy is a new program of the Lutheran Theological Seminary and four Western Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), that seeks to provide continuing education opportunities for lay people in the church and for those being prepared for the ELCIC’s National Authorized Lay Ministry program.
The 'LA' sessions are provided through a unique online format that allows multiple sites from across the four Western provinces and Territories to listen and interact with the presenter at the same time, while also enjoying discussion led by a facilitator within a local church setting.  It makes for a collaborative teaching and learning experience!
Please be advised that these sessions will be postponed to a later undetermined date. 


Luther Village News

Spring time at Luther Village!  The camp season is right around the corner.  Please consider including this information in your congregational newsletter, bulletin, or announcement time.

JUNE 2-4: For 30 years, we have hosted a fun-raising cycling weekend; this is our 2nd largest LV fundraiser. It’s a great way to combine exercise, fellowship & raising money for LV. Join us & ride; you can bring your family too.  Check out
luthervillage.ca/bikeathon for details.

ELCIC Reformation Challenge

Please visit the Reformation Challenge page updates.


Gimli Lutheran Church

52 THIRD AVE., GIMLI MB  204 642 5996 gimluth@mymts.net

We at Gimli Lutheran Church would like to invite you to join us in worship when you are out in Gimli or the surrounding areas this summer.

May & June we worship @ 11:00 a.m. ;July & August we worship @ 10:00 a.m.


Lutheran Urban Ministry (the Urban)

May 2017 Newsletter and Urban Needs;  http://www.theurban.ca/

Available Meal Team Dates Still Open:  June 4, 8, 14, 18, 21, 22, 29; July 6, 12, 13, 16, 19, 23, 27; August 16, 24, 30, 31; September 3, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 28.  Please contact rhonda@theurban.ca

Luther Seminary, St. Paul - Rethinking Church

Registration  is now open for: 

Rethinking Church!

Are you ready to ask different questions than simply how to get people to come to church? Than Rethinking Church is for you.

In the last century, Christian congregations in North America largely imagined their mission as attracting people to Sunday morning church. Congregations were taught to measure attendance and offerings. Things are changing.

In what ways have our worship, education and fellowship changed? How is the Holy Spirit forming community in our contexts in 2017? Mark your calendar for July 26-28, 2017 and explore these questions at Rethinking Church.