Weekly News from MNO

November 29, 2017 


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Nominees needed for Lay and Youth Delegates to the next National Convention
"It's that time of year again!"
As we look towards a Synod Convention in April, 2018, we need to look beyond that to the National Convention in 2019 (exact date/location not released by ELCIC, yet) - and we'll need LAY and YOUTH nominees for the ballot that will come forward at the synod convention!
If you would let your name stand, please fill out this online form - no later than March 15, 2018.
Note that to be eligible to be a nominee on the ballot, you need to be nominated either a) by church council motion; b) by congregation's AGM motion; or, c) by ten (10) members of MNO congregations.


Bishop's Table Talk

The next table talk for rostered ministers will take place Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church (1311 Dakota St, Winnipeg)


- 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

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

View resources, pictures, along with links to videos, of Reformation Commemoration events on our synod website here.

ELCIC Reformation Challenge updates here.

MNO Youth News

For regular programming, check out our youth page on the synod website!

MNO Youth and Campus Services
We gather at 6:30 on December 3, 2017, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for a time of music, prayer, Communion and reflection! (For FB-event info, click here.)

CLAY 2018: "Threads"
August 15-19, 2018 at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON (see website)

MNO CLAY Bus Trip 2018 info will be available soon!

MNO Youth Curling Funspiel
Hosted by Trinity, Starbuck, February 3-4, 2018!
Registrations due January 15th!
Information and registration forms here.

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

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.

Around the Synod

Celebration of New Ministry - December 3, 3:00pm
St Mary Magdalene Anglican Parish celebrates new ministry with [Lutheran] Pastor Val From on Sunday, December 3 at 3:00pm - also a celebration of our Full Communion relationship with Anglicans! St Mary Magdalene Parish is located in the St Vital neighbourhood of Winnipeg. Rostered ministers are invited to vest if they wish. The colour will be blue.

Accessibility Act (Manitoba)
The Province of Manitoba is requiring that non-profit organizations fulfill the Accessibility Standard in customer service by November 1, 2018. MNO Synod and Diocese of Rupert's Land are looking at making a learning event available in early-2018, with follow-up resources available afterwards. Please look into it for your local congregation - see their website.

Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban)

For regular need at The Urban, see their website.
A 12-minute documentary about The Urban is available online, click here.
Available Meal Team Dates Still Open: December 3, 31; 2018 January 4, 7, 10, 18, 21, 25, 28, 31; February 1, 4, 14, 15, 22, 25, 28. For information about forming a meal team, ot to have your team added to the calendar, please contact Rhonda: rhonda@theurban.ca

Continuing Education for Clergy at LTS Saskatoon

For continuing education opportunities this academic year, please see the brochure online.
Contact the LTS Registrar, Colleen Rickard, at registar.lts@usask.ca; 306-966-7806

Trinity Food Pantry

Trinity Food Pantry continues to operate out of Trinity Place serving about fifty households. The Annual Christmas Dinner will be Saturday, December 16, at noon. A full turkey dinner will be served. All preteen children are given a Christmas present at an average value of $25.
Donations to help cover the cost of the gifts and Christmas dinner are gratefully received. Checks are made payable to Grace Lutheran Church and the envelope should be marked Trinity Food Pantry. For more information, contact Pastor Don Engel, pastordonengel@gmail.com or 204-663-5932. 

In Need of Music Stands

Eight music stands are needed for the parish churches of St James Anglican and St Stephen and St Bede. If you can help, please contact the church offices.

Stewardship Resource (study series for local use)

A seven session series entitled 'Encourage One Another' is available for download, and encouraged for local use! For more information, click here.

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 

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

New Year's Levee - Invitation to Clergy
The Honourable Janice Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, extends an invitation to clergy to be received at the New Year's Levee at Government House on Monday, January 1, 2018, from 1:00pm to 1:20pm.

Palliative Manitoba is selling Poinsettias

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

Employment Opportunities

Administration Assistant
Part-time position with MNO Synod - apply online.

Youth Ministry Leader sought at St Paul's Lutheran, Steinbach.
Applications due by December 22. See description on their website.

Submission Guidelines for MNO Synod Newsletter

News items should include the following:

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Please submit by 9am on Wednesday; newsletter is assembled and sent Wed aft.
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Our 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.

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