Weekly News from MNO (August 30 2017) 


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


Around the Synod



Service of the closure of  the Glenboro Lutheran Church building, 200 Christie Street will be held this Sunday, September 3rd at 1:30 pm in Glenboro Manitoba. 



• Life Passage Pastor John Fullmer

• Life Passage Rev. Don Miller

• Bishop's Table Talks

• Baldur Church

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

• Mission Grants

• MNO Youth News

• CLAY 2018 Theme Announced

• NEST (North End Sponsorship Team)

• 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

      Reverend John Edward Fullmer

                                             a.k.a “The Bishop of Favel” 

November 2, 1922- August 12, 2017. Our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle passed away peacefully at his home in Kenora, Ontario Canada. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Thomas; parents Howard and Rachel; brothers Don (infant), Arthur who died in Italy in WWll, Harold and William, Sister Fran and brother-in-laws Ernest and John, Sister-in-laws Marjorie and Mary, nephews Kevin and Greg; brother- in- law Fred. 

John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Azalee; along with their children, Timothy (Lorena); Rebekah; and Ramona (Dennis). Grandchildren Melody (Pete); Joel (Desirée), Janine (Razoul), Alita (Dan); Megan (Kyle), Jeremy (Hayley) and Aaron. Great-Grandchildren Elijah; Cameron, Caitlyn, Rylan, Rachel, Solar; Akaylia and Kreston. Missing him from the United States are brothers Martin and Carl (Jeanette), sisters Edith (Denny) and Louise, sisters-in-law Ellen; Paulette, Tess (Duane), Joan (Ron), Verne (Charles), many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, numerous friends in the United States and Canada. 

John was born in North Liberty, Indiana and grew up during the depression. He joined the United States Army to fight in WWll.  He was captured during the “Battle of the Bulge” and was interned in a prison camp (Stalag IVB) near Dresden, Germany from Dec. 21,1944 – May 13, 1945.  After his release, John began his post-secondary education receiving Bachelor degrees from Carthage College in Illinois, and Marion College in Indiana, and a Bachelor of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley, California. John married Azalee on April 11, 1954 and began over 60 years of ministry starting in Washington State, U.S.A. In November 1956, the family immigrated to Canada to serve churches in Gimli, Manitoba; Calgary and Evansburg, Alberta; Kenora and Bergland, Ontario.  John spent most of his ministry in Kenora and in particular was passionate about his time spent with First Nations people. He started the Amik Association which funded employment projects for the local Treaty Three Communities. John, along with others, was involved in helping in the revival of the POW WOW movement in Kenora and surrounding area in the early 1970’s. He was also instrumental in working behind the scenes to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Anishnawbe Park occupation in 1974. John’s other passion was being at his property on Favel Lake surrounded by family and friends enjoying the rustic beauty. No electricity, no phones, just the beauty of God’s creation. 

John was charismatic, a charmer, humble, strong and adventuresome. He loved to fish, sing in choirs, garden, read books and listen to classical music. John had a “twinkle in his eyes” and loved to tease. He was concerned about the way mankind treated each other and mother earth. Sometimes John’s decisions went against societal norms but he lived his convictions. He was a giver, always put others before himself and wanted to make things better for other people. He was a kind, caring, compassionate person who did not care about the colour of one’s skin or the amount of money they had. All were equal in his eyes. He knew when it was time to talk and respected times not to talk. He had magic and sometimes the magic worked and sometimes it didn’t. (His favourite saying from Chief Dan George in the movie “Little Big Man.”) 

The family would like to thank special caregiver, Jaki Marsh; Dr. Workman, Treena, Sheri, and all the homecare workers from Nils and Paramed. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at St. Alban’s Cathedral at 11:00 AM on Saturday October 7, 2017.  Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial donations can be made to The Fellowship Center, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, Bethesda Lutheran Church and Wesway. Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com. BROWN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER ENTRUSTED WITH ARRANGEMENTS. 


Life Passage: Rev. Don Miller.

REV. DONALD I. MILLER 1929 - 2017 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing after a short battle with cancer, of Rev. Donald I. Miller at Selkirk Regional Hospital on August 7. He was predeceased by his parents, Curt and Eva (Strayer) Miller, sister Mary Lou and husband Larry (Dennhardt), first wife Phyllis Miller, and second wife Theresa (Hammarstrand) Miller. He is survived by children, Tim Miller (Ann) and Margaret (Randy West), stepchildren, Bruce Armstrong (David), Karen (Doug Petrick) and Catherine King (Earl), grandchildren, Ava Miller, Tim Miller (Nicole), Zach, Alex (Ali), and Christian West (Ashley), Andrew King (Ashley), Anders (Jennifer), Monica, and Stephanie Petrick, and great-grandchildren, Emma and Vada MaeLee, as well as special son from Ghana, Jim Mensah and children, Mary, Sarah and Elizabeth. He is also survived by nephews, Gregg Dennhardt (Lori) and sons, Joel and Jeffery, and Paul Dennhardt (Jean) and daughters, Dehlia and Linnea. He will be very missed by special friend and love for the last three years, Diane Fiebelkorn and daughters, Sue (Guido) and Nan (Rodney) and families. Donald was born December 2, 1929 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the second of two children. In his youth, he studied dance with his sister, Mary Lou, and they performed at nightclubs throughout Pennsylvania (as "The Curtis Twins") and eventually New York City before Don received his calling to enter the ministry. Gene Kelly (yes, that Gene Kelly) was one of their dance teachers before he moved on to Broadway and Hollywood. Don attended Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, graduating with a History degree in 1954, then studied at the Lutheran Seminary there, graduating in 1958. He worked evening shifts to put himself through school, attending classes during the day. He served first in Oregon, but fell in love with Canada after being posted in Alberta, and was subsequently called to congregations in Meeting Creek, Camrose, and Edmonton, prior to moving to St. Mark's parish in Winnipeg in 1972. He had two children, Tim and Margaret, when he married Theresa Hammarstrand in 1977 (who had three children with her late husband Edward). With his beloved help-mate Terry, Don served many Winnipeg and rural Manitoba congregations over their 37-year marriage. He and Terry enjoyed the family cottage at Barrier Bay until her health became frail in 1997. They spent 17 years as snow birds in Mesa, enjoying community life and activities in their park. Trips south usually included stops in Illinois to visit "the kids" Tim and Margaret, their families and grandkids. Don was a kind man and beloved pastor and friend to many. He had a great sense of humour, loved golf and football (a Bomber season ticket holder for as long as we can remember), and could always be counted on to discuss Blue Bomber stats. He adored and cared uncomplainingly for his Terry in her final years struggling with dementia. For that, his family will always be grateful. He was lucky enough to find and enjoy a loving relationship with Diane (and her family) in his last three years, and our family is immensely grateful for their love for and care of Don, especially in his final days. We also wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Selkirk Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their compassionate, patient and professional care. A memorial service will take place on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberley Street. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Lutheran World Relief, the Alzheimer's Society or your charity of choice. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com

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 from 10:45 am - 1:00 pm.. 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

Baldur Church

The congregation wishes to thank everyone for reaching out with your prayers, your encouragement and generous financial gifts following the vandalism of the Grund Lutheran Church north of Baldur.  The Glenboro congregation has been meeting at the Grund church through the summer as they prepare to decommission their building on September 3rd.

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

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 

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) 

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)

Urban Needs:  http://www.theurban.ca

Ride for Refuge for the Urban: 

Available Meal Team Dates Still Open:   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

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/