Weekly News from MNO

November 1, 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.

- Clergy Residence Deductions -
To Rostered Ministers and Congregational Treasurers:

If a Rostered Minister knows that they will be claiming their residence as a deduction when they file their tax return, they may wish to reduce the amounts withheld from their pay each month, as they anticipate that it will be refunded.  In order to reduce the withholdings the Rostered Minister will need to file a T1213 annually.  Note that the T1213 lists several possible deductions; clergy residence is at the top of the second page. Please advise them to enter the amount and attach a copy of their previous year’s T1223 Clergy Residence Deduction form to CRA.

Treasurers:  Do not reduce the withholdings until you have the Letter of Authority from CRA.

It is recommended that the T1213 be filed by November to allow sufficient time for CRA to issue the Letter of Authority for the following year.  Please note that filing the T1213 is not mandatory, and if not completed, the pay withholdings should not be reduced and the employee may get a refund accordingly when they file their return with a T1223 Clergy Residence Deduction form.


Reformation Commemoration

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 has made some videos available for this year's Reformation500 Commemoration!
See them here on our YouTube channel!


MNO Youth News

The youth page on the MNO Synod website is now updated with upcoming events.

MNO Youth and Campus Services

Please note: Monthly MNO Youth and Campus Services begin at Zion, Beausejour, on Sunday, November 5th, 6:30pm. Complete schedule on our website, click here.

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)

See The Urban's website for newsletter and other info.
Available Meal Team Dates Still Open:  2017 November 8, 29; December 3, 7, 17, 20, 21, 28, 31; 2018 January 4, 7, 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

Cambridge Coffeehouse - Live Music!

"Lutheran Pastors Got Talent" Pastors Paul Sartison (Epiphany), Jason Zinko (Sherwood Park) and Tyler Gingrich (MNO Synod) 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.


LTS Saskatoon Seminary President to be Installed on Sunday, Nov 5

An invitation 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 at LTS Saskatoon

Dr Timothy Wengert will be teaching at LTS in November!
For this, and other, continuing education opportunities, please see the brochure online.
Contact the LTS Registrar, Colleen Rickard, at registar.lts@usask.ca; 306-966-7806  

Workshop Presentation on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

From the Anglican Diocese of  Rupert's Land.
Saturday, November 18, 2017,1:00 – 4:00 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church 86 Mc Arthur Ave. Lac du Bonnet.
For further information, and to register, click here.

Youth 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 synod to join us for the ride! The cost is $10 per person, and RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, Decemeber 13 so that enough sleighs can be booked. For more information, click here.

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.  Please contact 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 

Course offering: Walking the Path to Reconciliation

A 6-week course on Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9PM, October 31 to December 5
Location: West End Commons downstairs Drop-in Room, 365 McGee St.
basement of St. Matthews Anglican Church
Registration fees: $60 for 6 sessions, can be waived for low income.
For more information, see their poster.
Sponsored by the Interchurch Council on Hydropower www.hydrojustice.org

Welcome Place - can you help a family of New Canadians with caring support?

Welcome Place (Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council) needs groups of people to support the government-sponsored Yazidi families who are arriving.
There is no financial commitment...just one to provide love and care on minimally a weekly basis.  Welcome Place would like to have these families link to Canadian families to provide love and care, and 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 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


World Premier of Documentary Film about Hospitality House Refugee Ministry

You are cordially invited to The World Premiere of the documentary film “While We Can” about the life and mission of Tom Denton and Karin Gordon through Hospitality House Refugee Ministry, produced and directed by Winnipeg filmmaker Leona Krahn, commissioned by and produced for BellMTS Stories from Home. Metropolitan Entertainment Centre Donald Street, opposite MTS Centre November 7. Doors open 7:30 p.m., screening 8:00. Because of the capacity of the Met, tickets will be required for admission.  Tickets are free and can be obtained by emailing Hospitality House office at hhouse@mymts.net or telephoning Lucie Besken at  204-589-2092. A donation bowl will be available for your gift to Hospitality House. Tax receipts provided for larger gifts.

Manitoba Multifaith Council presents a Workshop on Dementia

"Dementia: We All Have A Reason To Care"
Wednesday, Noveber 8, 8:30 AM - 4 PM
St. Marks Lutheran Church, 600 Cambridge St (at Corydon)
Registration (after Oct 25) is $50
See poster with information here.

Palliative Manitoba is selling Poinsettias

To support this organization, and to learn more about this campaign, see their website.


Employment Opportunities

Winnipeg Mennonite Early Learning Centre is hiring
See their website for information.


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