Weekly News from MNO

September 27, 2017 


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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. 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.

 2018 MNO Synod Convention News

Dear Retired Rostered Ministers:

MNO Synod Bylaws Part V, Section 3c makes provision for retired rostered ministers to comprise up to 10% of all rostered delegates to a synod convention. As per Part V Section 3B, rostered ministers are defined as those under call or appointment or on leave from call. At the present time there are no retirees under call or appointment or on leave from call by the synod bishop so none are therefore eligible for the active roster of delegates to a synod convention.

However, as per the Retired Rostered Ministers convention delegate protocols, you are eligible under the 10% caucus of retirees. Rostered Retired Ministers are elected by their peers through a nomination and balloting process. This letter is a call for nominations of retired rostered delegate positions to the 2018 MNO Synod Convention.
Retired Rostered ministers willing to serve as delegates must indicate so in writing or by electronic messaging to the MNO Synod Office no later than five months prior to the opening of convention. The next MNO Synod Convention will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, Winnipeg, April 26-28, 2018. It is therefore important for you to notify the synod office no later than Nov 25, 2017 your intention to let your name stand in nominations for the Retirees delegate Caucus at the 2018 convention.

After nominations have closed on Nov. 25, the secretary of the synod shall prepare a ballot listing all those who have indicated a willingness to serve as a delegate. The ballot shall state that electors may cast multiple votes on the same ballot, with the number of votes equal to the number of delegate positions. Ballots shall be sent to retirees no later than 90 days prior to the opening of convention, Jan 26, 2018. Balloting will close 60 days prior to the opening of convention, Feb 26, 2018. Successful delegates will be notified by the synod office and results will be posted on the synod website.

We thank you for your interest in the work of the synod and the ministry that occurs through our biennial convention and look forward to your participation in this balloting process. There will be an election of a new bishop at the 2018 convention, so we expect some great movement of the Spirit among us.

Yours in Christ

Rev. Carol Janke
Secretary of the MNO Synod


MNO Reformation Commemoration

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. 

Reformation Celebration

Reformation Celebration, 500 years, 1517-2017:  You are invited to a special commemoration service for all denominations on Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at the Lac du Bonnet Community Hall.  Refreshments and a time of fellowship will follow 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.

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

Sincere Condolences

It is with great sadness that we hear news of the death of Bishop Sid Haugen's brother, Curt Haugen, on Sunday, Sept 24, 2017. Curt died in a tragic car accident near Prince Albert SK. Please be with SK Synod Bishop Sid and his family during this time of mourning and loss. Our prayers are with him and his family.

Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban)

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

Last week to donate to a participant or team in support of the Urban in the Sept 30th Ride for Refuge:   https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/theurban

Available Meal Team Dates Still Open:  October 11, 19; November 2, 5, 8,  26; December 3, 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.  

 Installation Service

We are pleased to announce the Installation Service for the Rev. Dr. William Harrison as President of LTS on Sunday, November 5th at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson will preach at this auspicious event - the first time that an Anglican priest and scholar has been appointed President of Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon.  
We wish to extend an invitation to  congregations, constituency, and rostered leaders and we encourage congregations to copy and share the announcement in their church bulletins.  
Lastly, we ask your prayers for President Harrison as he begins his ministry and work among us. 

In Need of Music Stands

Eight music stands are needed for the parish churches of St James Anglican and St Stephen and St Bede. The two churches have need in the music ministries.  Responses can be sent to either Rev. Canon Dr. Murray Still or to the church offices.


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 30 Meyers-Briggs Workshop

For Facebook event-info, click here.

A  Messy Church event is being planned for October. 

 2017 Restorative Justice Lecture Series

Mark your calendars for October 5th at 6:30 pm at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights...

Mediation Services Winnipeg's October speaker features Tom Denton, the godfather of the refugee settlement sector in Canada on the topic of
"The Rule of Law, Immigrants & Refugees: A Discussion of Civility, Rights and Values." His lecture will be followed by a moderated discussion with audience Q&A, led by
Winnipeg Free Press columnist Dan Lett.

This lecture is the second in the series and is part of a fundraising initiative of Mediation Services.

For more information, or to register for this event: https://mediationserviceswpg.ca/restorative-justice-lecture-series/

60th Anniversary Celebration

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

Dementia: We All Have a Reason to Care

A Multifaith workshop for spiritual care volunteers and leaders of spiritual and religious communities. Wednesday, November 8th, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 600 Cambridge St at Corydon

 Fall Suppers

Ardal-Geysir Lutheran Church, 301 River Road, Arborg, Manitoba.  October 15, 2017 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Everyone welcome. Free Will Offering. Come join us for fun, food and fellowship. Pastor Gary's last service 11:00 am.  Join us for supper and a special farewell.