Weekly News from MNO

September 20, 2017 


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MNO News

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Bishop's Table Talks 

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 

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 .   

Lay Academy Fall Session - Nov. 18th and 25th 

Expectation. Preparation. Anticipation. Hope. Longing. And then, Good News! 

We have all gone through the process of waiting for something yearned for. It is no different now than it was in days past. Today, as is then, there is the hunger for good news. And finally it arrives - Christ is Coming!  

Advent – the season where the we prepare not just for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, but also for Christ’s second coming, as we remember how our Lord comes to us in our daily lives.  

The Lay Academy presents CONNECTING CONVERSATIONS: THE ARRIVAL “Our Bishops on Advent” 

Join Bishop Sid Haugen of the SK Synod, Bishop Larry Kochendorfer of the AB & Territories Synod, Bishop Elaine Sauer of the MNO Synod, and Bishop Greg Mohr of the BC Synod, as they discuss the Advent texts and help us to ‘get ready and remember’. Our four Bishops of the Western Synod will be conversing together with us and one another on the Readings of Advent. Mark your calendars for November 18th and 25th and save the dates! It will be a time of illuminating insights, learnings, dialogue and more.  Bring your Bible and rediscover “The Arrival” again.  

The sessions will run from: 8:30 am to 11:00 am BC/Yukon Time; 9:30 am to 12:00 pm AB/NWT Time; 10:30 am to 1:00 pm SK/MB Time; 11:30 am to 2:00 pm ON Time.  

Registration fees are $27 per session or $52 for the 2 dates. Further information on Registration and Sites of attendance can be found on the Lay Academy website.


MNO Reformation Commemoration

MNO Reformation Commemoration Worship Service

Monday, October 30, 7:00pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross
Congregations around the synod will be asked to help with hospitality and leadership - look for communications in the coming days and weeks!
Contact: tgingrich@elcic.ca

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. (info on synod website here)
Dr. Dirk Lange will lecture at 2 p,m at St. Marys Academy 550 Wellington Crescent  on
Saturday, November 25. (info on synod website here


MNO Youth News    

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

Thanksgiving Youth Retreat

Registration for the Thanksgiving Youth Retreat is now online! Download forms from our website: http://mnosynod.org/event/thanksgiving-youth-retreat/

CLAY 2018 - August 15-19, 2018 Thunder Bay

CLAY 2018, has announced the gathering theme: THREADS! (See website

Interested in taking the stage at CLAY 2018 as a member of the band or drama troupe? Applications are due October 13, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.

Prairie Fire is looking for guitarists! To apply and audition, contact Pastor Tyler at: tgingrich@elcic.ca 


Around the Synod

Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban)

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

Ride for Refuge for the Urban: 

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

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. 

Life Passage: Pastor John Fullmer

A memorial service will be held at St. Alban’s Cathedral, Kenora, 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. 

ELCIC Reformation Challenge

Please visit the Reformation Challenge page updates.  


Coming Up In Our Community 

Spirit Path Ecumenical Ministry in SW-Winnipeg

Spirit Path is a new ministry venture in the southwest part of the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba. We seek to build up a community of faith and build relationships with other seekers in this new and growing part of the city (and beyond). Spirit Path began in 2012 and is now partnered with both the Anglican and Lutheran churches.

• September 24 House Gathering

• September 30 Meyers-Briggs Workshop

For Facebook event-info, click here.

A  Messy Church event is being planned for October.  

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. 

60th Anniversary Celebration
of Faith Lutheran Church
October 21 & 22, 2017 - Men's Breakfast, Open House, Guest preacher Sunday morning

Reformation Celebration

You are invited to a special commemoration service for all denominations on Sunday, October 29, 2017 2:00 pm at Lac du Bonnet Community Hall. Refreshments will be served following the Service. The offering will go to Mission as Hope, the ongoing ministry of Manitoba Northwest Ontario Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada