Weekly News from MNO

October 25, 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:   Luther asked the question "How do I find a Merciful God?" Our Question today is "Can we see God in the other?" What does it mean to be human today?  - Asking this question in light of some of the reading, movies and other posting that are testing our understanding of a Theology of the Cross. 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.


 Sincere Condolences

On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Rev. Adolf Manz passed away following a brief stay in hospice care. He leaves to mourn his spouse Marion, his sons Michael and David and their families, and many extended family and friends. Funeral services will be held at First Lutheran Church (5745 Wales St), Vancouver, on Saturday, Oct 28 at 10:30 am. Ordained on May 5, 1979, Rev. Manz served the parishes of Zion, Winnipeg MB; Peace, Abbotsford BC; Martin Luther, Vancouver BC; and Oakridge, Vancouver BC. Please remember his family as they mourn his death.

We have received word that Rev. Canon Robert S. H. Greene died peacefully in his sleep on Oct 16, 2017. Father Greene was a wonderful mentor to many in the parish of St. Bede's and St. Stephen's. Please remember his daughter Catherine and family as they mourn his death. Peace be to all.


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. 

MNO Youth and Campus Services

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/

Sleigh Ride

Sherwood Park Youth are again hosting their (almost) annual Sleigh Ride on December 22nd. This year, we are inviting youth and leaders from all congregations within the MNO Synod to join us for the ride. The cost is $10 per person, and we ask you to RSVP to Lisa by Wednesday, Decemeber 13 so that she can book enough sleighs. For more information: http://sherpark.ca/event/youth-sleigh-ride/

CLAY 2018 - August 15-19, 2018 Thunder Bay

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

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

Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban)

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

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 

Lutheran Pastors Got Talent!

Pastors Paul Sartison (Epiphany), Jason Zinko (Sherwood Park) and Tyler Gingrich (Synod Office) will be among those performing at the next Cambridge Coffeehouse at St. Mark’s Lutheran on Saturday, November 4 starting at 7:30 PM.  Come out and enjoy an evening of popular/folk music by ordained and other local musicians. Free admission. Complimentary fair trade coffee and 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.  More info on our Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/476067572778310/


 Installation Service  - An Invitation to Clergy

You are invited to the Service of Installation for The Rev. Dr. William Harrison As President of Lutheran Theological Seminary. Preacher:  ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson. Presiders:  Lutheran Bp. Sid Haugen and Anglican Bp. David Irving. This is an ecumenical event celebrating the Full Communion relationship between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada, with the first ever installation of an Anglican as President of Lutheran Theological Seminary. Zion Lutheran Church 323 4th Ave S, Saskatoon November 5, 2017 at 3 p.m. Reception to follow. Clergy are invited to vest and process.  Please arrive at 2:30 and follow signs to the vesting area.  The colour will be white, for All Saints Day. Those with academic roles are invited to wear academic dress and process as representatives of their respective institutions. In order for us to arrange seating, we would appreciate an RSVP by October 31.  Contact the Rev. Dr. Ann Salmon at ann.salmon@usask.ca .

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!

Continuing Education for Clergy (2017-18)

 The Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon (LTS) invites Clergy to consider courses that are being offered for continuing education: HL/SL 334 Contemporary Theologians/ Luther’s Reformation for the Whole Church. This course will be taught by Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, one of the world’s most eminent Luther scholars. He is the author of numerous books and is co-editor of a new translation of The Book of Concord. November 13-17, 2017. On site at LTS. Open to Diaconal and Occasional Students, along with Degree students. This course focuses on many of Luther’s earliest writings from 517-1520 in an attempt to understand how the main themes of his theology developed. Students will become familiar with Luther’s early biography and thought as they learn to read Luther’s writings (from the 95 Theses to Freedom of a Christian) in their proper literary and historical context.

BE 365 Gospel of Mark  January 8-12, 2018

PL 384 Outreach Ministry  January 29 – February 2, 2018 

BL 332 Intimacy with God: Faith and Piety in Biblical Tradition and Beyond  March 19-23, 2018 

For information regarding student enrollment and class registration, please read the LTS Continuing Ed Brochure on-line.  Visit http://www.usask.ca/stu/luther/index.html  For questions, please contact the LTS Registrar, Colleen Rickard, at registar.lts@usask.ca; 306-966-7806  

 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

 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. 

In Our Community 

Crossed Hands Refugee Committee

Crossed Hands Refugee Committee has actively participated in refugee ministry since 1979. The ongoing support work in caring for refugees continues long after a new person (or family) arrives in Winnipeg. As such the ministry raises thousands of dollars every year to meet the present needs.

My long-time friend, Tia McGraff, a Nashville folk recording artist, has graciously offered us a benefit concert this Saturday at St Paul’s Fort Garry, (doors open at 7pm). It is my hope that each of you would participate by purchasing a couple tickets, and enjoying a wonderful evening with a very talented artist. I hope that you would share this event with folk involved in your ministries, to the end that we all continue and enhance our support for on another and the good works already begun in you. There is a reception to follow, and an opportunity for you to speak with Tia. Her CDs will be on hand for sale and signing.

Tickets are $20 and may be ordered/purchased through Kathy Flemington: kflemington55@gmail.com or cell 204-226-7986

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

Interested in growing your congregation?

On Sunday Oct 29,2017 Rev Dr John Pentland will give a public lecture at 7:00 PM at Westminster United Church. Pentland is noted for his transformative work at Hillhurst United in Calgary. Should you wish to hear him preach he will give the sermon at the 10:30 AM service. He has written a book titled "Fishing Tips" and will no doubt draw on that to communicate workable ideas to help your church grow. For more information please contact Rev.. Bob Burton 204-253-3996 robertlburton@shaw.ca

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

2018-19 School Year

Kindergarten Information Evening, Monday, November 6, 2017, 6:30pm , WMEMS Katherine Friesen Campus (Ft.Garry) 26 Agassiz Drive ph. 204-261-9637 ;  Tuesday, November 7, 20176:30pm, WMEMS Bedson Campus (St.James), 250 Bedson Street ph. 204-885-1032. WMEMS provides quality education in a Christian environment. WMEMS.CA­

 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 andexceptional Child Care Assistant to join our team. WMELC is a 32 space Christian childcare program located in Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle School in theWestwood 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 beenpart 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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