Weekly News from MNO (July 5, 2017)


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

Please contact Pastor Tyler Gingrich, Bishop's commissary during Bishop Elaine's medical leave: Pastor Tyler will be on holidays July 9-25.

The next Weekly News from MNO will be July 26

Note that, due to staffing changes, office hours will be limited during Summer. (It is recommended that you phone before coming to the office.)


News for this week

• ELCIC Delegates for National Convention 2017

• ELCIC National Convention - Volunteer Opportunity 

• 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Worship Night - July 7

• MNO Synod Office Job Opportunity

• Mission Grants

• "Living Well Together" workshop - August 29


• CLWR appeal

• MNO Youth News

• ELCIC Reformation Challenge

• Images for ELCIC Worship Bulletin Covers

• Indigenous Awareness - workshop opportunities

• Gimli Lutheran Church Invitation

• Reformation 500 Social

• Lutheran Urban Ministry (the urban)

• Lutheran Seminary 


ELCIC Delegates National Convention 2017

Please hold delegates to our ELCIC's National Convention in thought and prayer as the time approaches for our church to gather for business, fellowship, worship, and discernment!

Rev. Trudy Thorarinson - Manitoba South
Rev. Brian Keffer- Northwestern Ontario 
Rev. Tyler Gingrich- Winnipeg, MB
Deacon Hilde Vickers- Manitoba West
Deacon Michele Barr - Winnipeg, MB 
Rev. Melissa Frankland - Manitoba South 
Rev. Erik Parker- Manitoba Central
Rev. Chris Bishopp- Winnipeg South                                                                                            Rev. Michael Kurtz- Winnipeg Central 

Kathy Maxon - Manitoba West
Faye Goranson- Manitoba Central 
Karl Tuomisto- Northwestern Ontario
Jett Isleifson - Winnipeg, MB
Russ Skakum- Winnipeg, MB
Faye Schultz- Winnipeg, MB
Kim Knopf- Manitoba East
Harry Hopps- Manitoba West
Colleen Einarson- Winnipeg, MB
Maxine Clarke- Johnson- Manitoba Central
Neil Miller- Manitoba East
Norm Plato- Manitoba East
Devin Vermette- Manitoba South 
K.T. Werboweski - Winnipeg, MB

 ELCIC National Convention - Local Arrangements Committee

Greetings from the Local Arrangements Committee for the upcoming ELCIC National Convention.
Volunteers are still needed, especially greeters to welcome out of town delegates and visitors as they arrive, and direct them to transportation that will take them to the University of Manitoba where convention will take place. 
Greeters are needed Wednesday July 5th between 8:30am-8pm, and Thursday July 6th between 8am-11am. 
If you are able to assist with greeting please contact Allan Bischoff, Chair of Transportation, by phone 204-885-4086 or 204-791-1351 or email bish@mymts.net 

500th Anniversary of the Reformation Worship Night - July 7

At the 2017 National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, delegates and visitors, ecumenical and international guests, and people of local ELCIC and other congregations will gather for Holy Communion Worship at the beautiful and modern St. Gianna’s Roman Catholic Church in south Winnipeg for a National commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Bishop Susan Johnson will preside and preach. Convention musician Scott Weidler will lead the congregational music. Offerings received will support the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. A reception will follow hosted by members of St. Gianna’s. (FB post here)

Friday, July 7, 7 PM. St. Gianna’s Church, 15 Columbia Drive, Winnipeg, MB.

All are welcome to join in this festive and important worship and commemoration together.

MNO Synod Office Job Opportunity 

• Administrative support to synod staff, council and committees
• Maintenance of synod website and ELCIC database
• Maintain office in regards to communications, supplies, technology and equipment
• Work with Synod Archivist in regards to historical documentation
• Assist with planning, organizing, registration, and logistics for events and conventions
• Prepare and distribute an e-newsletter, in consultation with other staff
ACCOUNTABILITY TO: Executive Assistant
• Ability to work cooperatively in a team
• Ability to work without regular supervision
• Computer, word processing and filing skills
• Warm and welcoming manner
• Familiar with or willing to work in a Christian environment
• Flexible working hours between 9 and 3 pm, Monday to Friday
$17 hr plus benefits as per GSI requirements, Application close: July 15, 2017
For more information and to apply, contact Debbie Beyer: dbeyer@elcic.ca


Mission Grants

Please make a note that there is a deadline of September 30, 2017 for the mission grants. Information and the application can be found here . 


Living Well Together - August 29 workshop

There will be a workshop on Tuesday, August 29, 8:45am-4:30pm and the subject is "Living Well Together: reflecting well on history and healing between the church and Indigenous peoples." 

It's offered by the Anglican Diocese of Rupert's Land, and is free to rostered and lay leaders!
Interested? Please be in touch with Pastor Tyler! email: tgingrich@elcic.ca
It would be great to have a number of us from MNO Synod there - this is an excellent opportunity for new connections and learning!




CLWR appeal 

Canadian Lutheran World Relief is running an appeal to help those in countries struggling with famine. Please click the ELCIC page or the CLWR page. This is time-sensitive in that matching grant dollars from the government will be made available until the end of June 2017.


MNO Youth News

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

The youth section of the mnosynod website is now updated with upcoming events. Click here for more information. 


ELCIC Reformation Challenge

Please visit the Reformation Challenge page updates.


Images for ELCIC Worship Bulletin Covers

In Mission for Others. This theme of the ELCIC invites us to look out into our communities and see the people around us, loving our neighbours as ourselves. The ELCIC Program Committee for Worship (PCW) is putting out a call for images of doors and windows that look out and see in, evoking this mission that we all share across the church, to be used on worship bulletin covers for the 2017-2018 liturgical year.

The images can be of doors and windows of any sort. Doors are thresholds of welcome to invite people in. Windows see into the lives of our neighbors and inspire us to reach out. Images of doors and windows that invite us into the light, into contemplation of stability and beauty, and into transition and change are all welcome.

Please send images attached to an email to BulletinPictures@gmail.com indicating the PHOTOGRAPHER who took the image and the LOCATION where the picture was taken. Tell the STORY: say something about why you took the image. Include the name of the congregation if appropriate.The PCW has asked David Solheim, who prepared the current bulletin series, to select and prepare the set of images for the bulletin covers again for 2017-2018.

Since the bulletin covers require a square image (like Instagram), Dave will crop your image as needed. Dave says that, from a practical point of view, any jpeg (.jpg) image that is 2.6 MB or more in size can work. All images for the first half-year need to be submitted by September 30, 2017.

Please continue to send images for the second half until April 4, 2018.


Indigenous Awareness - workshop opportunities

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. 

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




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.


Reformation 500 Social

Social , Saturday October 14th 2017

(hosted by St. Luke's Zion, Abundant Life, Sherwood Park and Prince of Peace)

Transcona Country Club, 2070 Dugald Road

Come celebrate Luther's 500th anniversary of the Reformation!

Win some great prizes, dance the polka, raise a pint to Luther, and get together with some really awesome LUTHERANS.

The Oompah Band, Live Band starting at 8:30 pm, DJ Evan Irwin (Wavelength sound and Light)  

Proceeds will go to Reformation 500 challenge - LWF endowment fund

Sponsored by Faithlife Financial

Tickets Contact: Megan Schwartz: megs_schwartz@hotmail.com /(204) 995-0313  or Lisa van Dijk: splc-youth@live.ca / (204) 293-6357

Anyone wishing to donate a prize for the Silent Auction Contact Kim Gerbinski kim.gerbinsk@gmail.com, cell 204-799-5324 Donations will be acknowledged.

Lutheran Urban Ministry (the Urban)

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

Available Meal Team Dates Still Open:  June 18, 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

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.

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