Weekly News from MNO (July 26, 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.

Note that, due to staffing changes, office hours will be limited during Summer.


News for this week

• Commemoration 2017 stories - share yours!

• Synod news pages in the Canada Lutheran

• Life passage: Pastor Frank Schmitt

• Church office admin assistant - job opportunity

• LWF Secretary for Diakonia - job opportunity

• Mission Grants

• "Living Well Together" workshop - August 29


• MNO Youth News

• ELCIC Reformation Challenge

• Images for ELCIC Worship Bulletin Covers

• Reformation Commemoration events - Wengert & Lange in November

• News from Around the Synod


MNO had excellent participation in the ELCIC Anniversary of the Reformation Worship on July 7th! Here is a highlights video from the celebration service, and here are some post-service reflections on the evening!


Commemoration 2017 Stories - Share yours!

We're looking for MNO stories about this year we commemorate the Reformation. Have you traveled somewhere special? Have you done something intentional? Send us a message so we can compile some of these! Photos are great, too! Email: tgingrich@elcic.ca (Get your stories and photos in ASAP, please!)

Synod News pages in the Canada Lutheran

We would love to hear stories from around the synod! If you have stories and pictures to share, please send them in by September 5 to mnoeditor@gmail.com

Thank you, Joanne Janzen (Synod section editor)


Life passage: Pastor Frank Schmitt

Our brother in Christ, Rev. Frank Schmitt, died on July 11 after enduring years of ill health. He served congregations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. A celebration of his life will take place at Living Faith Lutheran, Sechelt, BC, on August 9th. Online obituary here.


Church office admin assistant - job opportunity

Administrative Assistant, St Mark's Lutheran, Winnipeg
Reporting to the pastor of the congregation, the administrative assistant’s primary responsibilities will be to collate, edit, layout, and print the weekly service bulletin, provide reminders to those serving at upcoming worship services, and support the production and distribution of our weekly e-newsletter. Other general office duties may be assigned depending on time constraints.
This is a part-time position consisting of two one-half days per week. For more information on job qualifications and how to apply, follow this link.


LWF Secretary for Diakonia and Development - job opportunity

Job opportunity with Lutheran World Federation (full time, based in Geneva). Application closing date: August 31, 2017. Click here for more information.


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!




MNO Youth News

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

The youth section of the MNO Synod 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.


Reformation Commemoration 2017 Special Guest Lectures in November

Dr. Timothy Wengert will be giving a lecture on Saturday afternoon, November 18, at Church of the Cross. (Click here for more information)

Dr. Dirk Lange will be giving a lecture on Saturday evening, November 25, at St Mary's Academy. (Click here for more information)



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 on 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)

The Urban is closed for holidays from July 28 to August 15.

July 2017 Newsletter and Urban Needs: 

Ride for Refuge for the Urban: 

Available Meal Team Dates Still Open:  July 27; August 16, 24, 30, 31; September 3, 7, 10, 13, 17, 20, 21, 24, 28; October 5, 8, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 26.  Please contact