Weekly News from MNO (August 23, 2017)


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


Around the Synod




• Bishop's Table Talks

• Giving Thanks

• Statement Denouncing White Supremacy, Terrorism and Violence

• Vandalism at Baldur Church

• NEST (North End Sponsorship Team)


Bishop's Table Talks **Keep the Dates
Rostered ministers are welcome, via skype or in person, to come together for conversation and reflection at the synod office on the following dates. Bring a bag lunch; beverages will be provided.
Tues. Sept 26- Racism: What are we experiencing in our contexts? How can we support one another and our congregational members facing racism? What are we doing in our call to action to address racism?

Tues. Oct 17- Eco-Reformation: Challenges to our call to care for our world; Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril

Tues. Nov. 14- Topic TBA

Giving Thanks
Thank you to everyone who helped make my medical leave so manageable and for my recovery to be successful.

To the congregations and leadership: I have coveted your weekly prayers, your letters, notes and cards of encouragment. Your patience in waiting for things to get done as well as understanding how processes and policies needed to be learned in order to assist you in your ministries.

To Synod staff: you are an amazing group of people to work with and I appreciated how you managed the ministry of the synod office, made a safe and healthy space for my recovery and took on tasks that were otherwise not your regular "own". It is no joke to see the words "and tasks otherwise assigned by the bishop". It was your reality and I am so grateful with the way you accomplished these tasks of ministry.

To my bishop colleagues: your emails of encouragement and support was much appreciated. I know that some tasks were incomplete or ignored and I appreciated that you just "let it go".

To my family: I could not have done this without you working "on the ground" with me, making sure I was at medical appointments, preparing meals, generally dealing with my mobility issues etc. Thanks for your laughter and tears when I needed them.

Bishop Elaine

Statement Denouncing White Supremacy, Terrorism and Violence

August 22, 2017
Statement Denouncing White Supremacy, Terrorism and Violence
“My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent.” – Jeremiah 4:19
Such are the words of a Middle Eastern prophet some 2,700 years ago. During their time, ancient prophets exposed and challenged social injustice, abuses of power, and particularly violence against the less powerful and marginalized. They did so without weapon or armour – but with the words of truth.
The events in Charlottesville, VA, the anti-Semitic graffiti in Winnipeg, and all of the lesser-known acts of racial violence (including the “freedom of speech” demonstrations designed to legitimate such behaviour), demand a response, not just from law enforcement agencies or civil governments, but from all people who can clearly see the fear and hate that lies behind such actions.
We unequivocally denounce these actions and the attitudes that lie behind them. We call on the members of our churches and all those who embrace the inherent dignity of every human being to do likewise. The words we speak and the words we hear have power – both negatively to radicalize and engender misunderstanding and fear – and positively to create life-giving space and peace for all. To remain silent is to abdicate our responsibility to protect and support our fellow human beings.
We are not all biblical prophets, but we all have power to shape the beliefs, attitudes, and actions of the communities in which we live. It is imperative that we speak out strongly against these acts of violence; that we visibly support those being oppressed and excluded; and, in our own lives, that we continually challenge ourselves, through our attitudes and actions, to help build peaceful societies for all humanity.
+Bishop Donald Phillips +Bishop Elaine Sauer
Diocese of Rupert’s Land Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod

Vandalism at Baldur Church

The Grund Lutheran church north of Baldur was vandalized last week. The Glenboro congregation has been meeting at the Grund church through the summer as they prepare to decommission their building on September 3rd. Please keep the congregation in your prayers as they repair and heal from this unfortunate incident and prepare the decommissioning.

 NEST (North End Sponsorship Team)

 Wanted to rent:   4 or 5 bedroom house or duplex or townhouse with more than 1 bathroom   Why:  NEST  ( North End Sponsorship Team ) is expecting the arrival soon of a family of 9 who have been in the queue for over 9 years.   Where:   Preferably west or south of Polo Park as the caregiver team mostly lives in St. James although all possibilities/offers will be considered.   Thanks.      Jim Mair, NEST,   jimmair@shaw.ca





• Life Passage Pastor John Fullmer

• Prayer Request

• CLAY 2018 Band and Drama Team applications open http://claygathering.ca/basics/band-and-drama-applications/

• Life Passage Rev Don Miller

• Mission Grants

• MNO Youth News

• CLAY 2018 Theme Announced

• ELCIC Reformation Challenge

• Commemoration 2017 Stories - Share Yours!

• Synod News Pages in the Canada Lutheran

• Living Well Together - August 29th Workshop

• Images for ELCIC Worship Bulletin Covers

• Reformation 500 Social

• Youth Paint Night Fundraiser

• Reformation Commemoration 2017 Special Guest Lectures in November

• Lutheran Urban Ministry (the Urban)

Life Passage Pastor John Fullmer

It is with with sadness that we announce the death of Pastor John Fullmer.  He died peacefully in his home in Kenora in the early morning on Sunday, August 12th. 
The funeral service is being arranged  for early October in Kenora, and we will inform you of details once they are available. Please keep Pastor John's wife, Azalea, and family in your prayers.

Prayer Request

Michael Engel, son of Pastor Don and Donna Engel, had a massive heart attack in Costa Rica, where he lives. He had bypass surgery in San José, Costa Rica, and has returned home.  His recovery is going well. He needs a lot of rest as healing continues. The Engel family is thankful for all prayers. Please continue to hold the Engel family in your prayers. 

Life Passage: Rev. Don Miller

Pastor Don Miller (member at Grace Lutheran, Winnipeg) died on August 7, 2017. Funeral arrangements are being made, and the service will be at Grace Lutheran on Thursday, August 31, at 11am.

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 .    

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.  

CLAY 2018 Theme Announced!

CLAY 2018, which will take place a year from now in Thunder Bay, has announced the gathering theme: THREADS! (See announcement on Twitter

ELCIC Reformation Challenge

Please visit the Reformation Challenge page updates. 

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) 

Living Well Together - August 29 workshop

There will be 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! 

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 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. 

Youth Paint Night Fundraiser

October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm. Epiphany Lutheran Church, 200 Dalhousie.

www.paintnite.com/events/-1206838  or call  Vetta at 204-269-2661.Limited Seating, Get Your Ticket Today! 

Reformation Commemoration 2017 Special Guest Lectures in November

Commemoration  of Reformation guest lecturers
Dr.Timothy Wengert will lecture at 7 p.m. at Church of the  Cross, Arlington Street on Saturday November 18.
Dr. Dirk Lange will lecture at 2 p,m at St. Marys Academy 550 Wellington Crescent  on
Saturday, November 25.   

Lutheran Urban Ministry (the Urban)

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

Ride for Refuge for the Urban: 

Available Meal Team Dates Still Open:  August  27, 30, 31; September 3, 7, 13, 20, 21, 24, 28; October 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 26; November 2, 5, 8, 9, 15, 16, 23, 26, 29, 30; December 3, 7, 13, 14, 17, 24, 28, 31  For information about forming a meal team, or to have your team added to the calendar, please contact


In Our Community 

The Hidden Faces of Palliative Care

26th Annual Palliative Care Conference September 14 & 15, 2017 Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre


For more information, contact:  Tiana Pretula Program Services Coordinator

Phone: 204-889-8525 ext. 228  Toll-free: 1-800-539-0295

E-mail: Tpretula@palliativemanitoba.ca 


 Employment Opportunities

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.

Youth Leader Posting at Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church is seeking a part time Youth Leader to coordinate, communicate, encourage involvement in, and supervise youth programming. For more information : https://www.facebook.com/GraceLutheranChurchWinnipeg/

Chaplain - Luther Court Society

Luther Court is seeking a chaplain to be the pastor for this community. You will be someone who is a good worship leader, counselor, facilitator and someone who can provide a welcoming presence that supports residents, tenants, families, staff and volunteers in their spiritual journey. Reporting to the Executive Director, you will be a member of the Leadership team, and will provide direct care to their community. This is a Permanent Part-time Position of 30 hours per week (0.8 FTE) Please direct inquiries to: Karen Johnson-Lefsrud, Executive Director kjohnson@luthercourt.org