Weekly News from MNO

October 18, 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


Please note : a time-sensitive notice about the upcoming synod convention for retired rostered ministers can be found on our website: http://mnosynod.org/convention/2018-mno-synod-convention/

Bishop's Table Talks 


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.


Reformation Commemoration

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 . For more information:




Geneva, 11 October 2017
Re: Reformation is a global citizen!
Respected church leaders, dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
The Reformation is a global citizen today. I write this letter in order to offer resources to your church to convey this message as you implement your events, programs and services during or around the day of the Reformation anniversary.
1. A greeting on behalf of the LWF global communion Given the increased demands for greetings to be shared at worship services and other activities for the anniversary, we have developed a short video that could be used by local churches and congregations during their activities. It comes in English but offers subtitles in the other three official languages (https://vimeo.com/237103590/c2db79ca5c). A toolkit explains how to even produce subtitles in any other language (http://bit.ly/ReformationDayLive).
We are also offering a written greeting, which could be read during activities or services without video-broadcasting facilities (http://bit.ly/ReformationDayLive).
2. Live on Reformation Day I want to also draw your attention to the live-streaming of Reformation worship services across the globe which will take place on 31 October: (https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/live-reformation-day). Worship services from Hong Kong, Tanzania, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, Argentina and the United States will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Short versions of the ecumenical services in Lund (Joint Commemoration 2016), Windhoek (LWF Assembly 2017) and Geneva (September 2017) will also be featured.
While we are already sharing the news about this service through the news service and social media, I would very much appreciate your support to share this information with communication offices, where these exist. A kit for communicators can be found here (http://bit.ly/ReformationDayLive).

Yours in Christ,
Rev. Martin Junge
General Secretary

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

Please note: Monthly MNO Youth and Campus Services begin at Zion, Beausejour, on November 5th. Complete schedule on our website: http://mnosynod.org/ministries/youth-ministry/

MNO CLAY Bus Trip 2018 info will be out in November!

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


Around the Synod

Sincere Condolences

Our synod family shares prayers with the family of Pastor Paul Johnson as they mourn the loss and celebrate the life of his mother, Betty Johnson in Everett, Washington on Friday, Oct. 13. A memorial service will be held on Oct 31 at Central Lutheran Church, Everett.
Peace and comfort be with her family at this time.

Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban)

Lutheran Urban Ministry Corporation AGM: 3:30 PM, Sunday, October 22, 2017, Lower Level, Lutheran Church of the Cross, 560 Arlington St.
October 2017 Newsletter and Urban Needs:  http://www.theurban.ca

Available Meal Team Dates Still Open:  2017 November 5, 8, 29; December 17, 20, 21, 24, 28, 31; 2018 January 4, 7. 10, 18, 21, 25, 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. 

60th Anniversary Celebration

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

"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. 

 Epiphany Lutheran Church

Join us on Friday November 3rd at 6:00 pm, as we give thanks for 50 years of celebrating Gods faithfulness! Tickets must be purchased in advance either online or at the church office. Cost $35.00 per person for meal, wine, dessert and entertainment! Epiphany Lutheran Church 200 Dalhousie Drive Winnipeg, MB   R3T 2Z1 Bus: (204) 269-2661 

Cambridge Coffeehouse Returns to St. Mark’s 

St. Mark’s Lutheran (600 Cambridge St, Winnipeg) is hosting another in its series of Cambridge Coffeehouses on Saturday, November 4. Marvelous evening of pop/folk music performed by local artists gets underway at 7:30 PM. Free admission. Complimentary fair trade coffee and sweet treats. Free will donations welcomed in support of the evening’s designated cause: Pocket Suite Housing program – addressing the risk of homelessness in Winnipeg.  St. Mark’s is located at the corner of Cambridge Street and Corydon Avenue in the River Heights neighbourhood.  See you there.  For more info, see the Facebook event page: https://m.facebook.com/events/476067572778310?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2298%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&aref=98

 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. 

Luther Fest
at St.Stephen St.Bede  99 Turner Avenue (Mount Royal at Ness Avenue) 7 to 11 p.m.  Friday, November 10 with German Band of Winnipeg. Come celebrate Martin Luthers birthday with bratwurst, bier, polkas, waltzes and  birthday cake! Advance tickets  $15  (cash only)  call Carole at 204-831-8954   Cash bar. Lederhosen und dirndels welcome! Join in the celebration!

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


In Our Community 

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

Walking the Path to Reconciliation

Treaty Relations, Resource Sharing and Reconciliation
A 6-week Course for Learning and Action
This 6-session course will invite participants to explore the following issues:
• The numbered treaties: Missed opportunity for an honourable Settler-Indigenous relationship
• Economic analysis: How has 'settler colonialism' shaped the local economies of First Nations
communities in Manitoba?
• Case study: Manitoba Hydro development and impacts on Indigenous communities.
• The Treaty relationship: Can the spirit and intent of Treaties provide a foundation for social
and economic reconciliation that is ethical, honourable and practical?
• Case study: Restoring Indigenous Community Economies; from social assistance to social
investment - food, energy and livelihoods
• Action agenda: What can we do as non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples to decolonize our
Facilitators: Robert Miller has worked for over 25 years doing community economic and social
development in First Nations in northern Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Ellen Cook from Grand
Rapids, Manitoba is a retired educator, Cree language teacher, and co-chair of the Interchurch Council
on Hydropower.
Dates: Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9PM, October 31 to December 5
Location: West End Commons downstairs Drop-in Room, 365 McGee St.
@ St. Matthews Ave., basement of St. Matthews Anglican Church
Registration fees: $60 for 6 sessions, can be waived for low income.
To Register call 204-255-1131 or Email WalkingThePath2017@gmail.com
Sponsored by the Interchurch Council on Hydropower www.hydrojustice.org

Welcome Place

Maysoun Darweesh of Welcome Place (Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council) is trying to find groups of people to support the currently arriving government sponsored Yazidi families. There is no financial commitment...just one to provide love and care on minimally a weekly basis.  Maysoun is desperately trying to find some other groups that would be willing to take on a family.  Welcome Place is interested in having these families link to Canadian families to provide love and care, however also to help them with the adjustment to Canadian culture and life.  As you can imagine with any seriously traumatized group of people, there is a need to help in the adjustment.  As they are government sponsored, the Canadian government is paying for their support for the first year so there is no financial commitment.  

Maysoun’s contact info is as follows…

Maysoun Darweesh
Volunteers Matching Specialist
Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.
521 Bannatyne Ave 
Winnipeg, MB R3A 0E4
Ph.: 204- 977-1000 Ext (253)
Fax: 204-956-7548

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.


Employment Opportunities

 Winnipeg Mennonite Early Learning Centre is looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and

exceptional Child Care Assistant to join our team. WMELC is a 32 space Christian child
care program located in Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle School in the
Westwood area.
If you are this person this is what you should know about us.
• We are a Christian centre that integrates a faith based program along side an
Emergent curriculum
• We are a satellite centre of Crestview Park Day Nursery (CPDN) who has been
part of the St James community for 40 years.
• We are a strong centre that offers excellent salaries and benefits.
• We have a unique relationship with the school we are located in. We are an
integral part of the Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary School family and are
considered part of the school team and framework along with teachers and other
school staff.
If this sounds like a team you could be part of please send us a resume as soon as
possible. Send resumes to: Winnipeg Mennonite Early Learning Centre
250 Bedson St. Wpg, MB R3K 1R7 or email to wmelc@crestviewpark.ca


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