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October 11, 2017 


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MNO News

Synod office had a sewer backup occur the week of Sept, 25. Due to clean up and then ongoing renovations the synod office lower meeting room will not be available for meetings through to the end of December.  Synod staff will be in contact with you or post in subsequent e-news where meetings have been moved to a different site. 

Mark your calendars for next year's


Bishop's Table Talks 


Tues. Oct 17- Eco-Reformation: Challenges to our call to care for our world; Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril. Venue changed to Abundant Life Lutheran Church, 3486 Raleigh Street, East St. Paul, MB. Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. No Skype available.

Tues. Nov. 14- Topic TBA. Venue changed to  Abundant Life Lutheran Church, 3486 Raleigh Street, East St. Paul, MB. Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. No Skype available.

 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


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. 

Vespers for Reformation

The Winnipeg Chapter of the Royal Canadian College of Organists invites you to Vespers for Reformation, a Service of Evening Prayer and Hymn Festival to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Messiah Lutheran Church 400 Rouge Road, Friday, October 27th at 7:30 pm. Reception to follow.

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 in Winnipeg 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. 

CLAY 2018 - August 15-19, 2018 Thunder Bay

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

CLAY band and drama troupe applications are being accepted: http://claygathering.ca/basics/band-and-drama-applications/

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)

Available Meal Team Dates Still Open:  October 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 rhonda@theurban.ca

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. 

Please continue to send images for the second half until April 4, 2018. 

"Who speaks for Indigenous people?"

Communication is part of the key to achieving reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous people, according to two Winnipeg churches in the St. James area. In order to explore the concept, St. James Anglican and the Church of St Stephen and St Bede are hosting a panel to discuss the topic, "Who speaks for Indigenous people". The panel will take place October 25 at St Stephen and St Bede, 99 Turner Avenue at 7:00 pm.. Panelists include elder Norman Meade, elder in residence at the University of Manitoba, Belinda Vandenbroeck, elder and community activist, Loretta Ross, Treaty Commissioner for Manitoba, Shauna Mulligan, Native Studies Masters student and Hanwakan Whitecloud, Indigenous business mentor. Panel moderator is Jim Compton from the Adam Beach Film Institute.A free will offering will assist in the Indigenous awareness program and support Indigenous mission. For additional information contact 204 837-9812 or email Dr. Still at mstill@mymts.net.

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. 

Workshop Presentation on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

 Saturday, November 18, 2017,1:00 – 4:00 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church 86 Mc Arthur Ave. Lac du Bonnet. 

The Parliament of Canada passed legislation in 2016 governing the provision of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).  This workshop will look at the current situation, how we got here, and some of the legal, ethical, and theological/spiritual issues surrounding MAID.  Information will also be provided about how the procedure is carried out in Manitoba.  Participants will have opportunity for individual reflection, small group sharing, and larger group responses.  Because MAID is a legally available medical service, we will not discuss whether it should be provided or not. 

The presenter, Mary Holmen, is a priest of the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land and a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner and Certified Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.  She served as the Interfaith Chaplain at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre from 1999 until her retirement in 2014, and during that time chaired the Centre’s Ethics Team.  Mary is currently an Honorary Assistant Priest and Pastor for Parish Caring Ministries at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg. 

TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP Contact Rev. Deacon Marline Wruck Phone: 204-345-2206 (leave a message please if no answer)……or E-mail:  marlinewruck@gmail.com  Please leave your name and phone number to register. (Registration closes November 13th

St. John’s Anglican Church is fully sponsoring this workshop, and our wish is that you would bring an item or two for our local Lac du Bonnet Food Bank. For questions or information please phone Marline at 204-345-2206.

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.

Personal Stewards Study

 Follow the link below to a seven week personal steward's study entitled 'Encourage One Another'. http://www.vancouver.anglican.ca/parish-development/stewardship-gift-development/pages/encourage-one-another


Coming Up In Our Community 

60th Anniversary Celebration

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

Positive Friction

October 29, 2017 | 2:00 pm Laudamus Hall, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg

500 years of Musical Revolution inspired by Martin Luther. Join us as we explore how the ripple effects of one idea inspired and changed Western music for centuries.Featuring works by Ambrosius, Praetorius, Josquin, Christian Erbach, Heinrich Schutz, Johann Schein, J. S. Bach, Johann Walter, and Isaiah Ceccarelli in commemoration of Luther's great act of rebellion. Tickets available at the door or from the web site   http://www.polycoro.ca/events

Dementia: We All Have a Reason to Care

There is a workshop entitled, "Dementia:We All Have A Reason To Care" on Nov. 8, 8:30 AM - 4 PM, at St. Marks Lutheran Church on Cambridge/Corydon. This multifaith workshop is for spiritual care volunteers and leaders of religious communities that is sponsored by the Manitoba Multifaith Council, Jewish Rady Ctr. and ICHAM. You can register through Peter Dyck. His email is kcdjrtp@mymts.net or 204 955 8545. The cost is 40.00 early registration before Oct. 25 and 50.00 after. If you wish to have more information you can call Ron Long at 204 489 6457 or email randjlong@shaw.ca.

Palliative Manitoba

By purchasing poinsettias, wreaths, holiday trees or gift certificates from Ron Paul Garden Centre, you will be supporting Palliative Manitoba’s very special Volunteer Visiting Service which provides trained compassionate care volunteers to support clients with life-limiting illness and their families and those who are grieving. Volunteers address practical, emotional and spiritual needs and help families through this most difficult time. Last year they raised over $4,500 to support this valuable work.The annual Poinsettias for the Holidays fundraising campaign runs until December 9th (for those wishing to have their order delivered the deadline is November 30). Poinsettias can be picked up during regular business hours or delivered directly from Ron Paul Garden Centre at 2641 St. Mary’s Road (with the exception of the Christmas trees which must be picked up at the greenhouse). For more information, call 204.889-8525 or email dkorade@palliativemanitoba.ca.

 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.


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