Weekly News from MNO

December 20, 2017 


MNO Synod Office hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 - 1:00
Office will be closed for Christmas and New Year's: December 22 - January 5
NOTE: The next Weekly News will be January 10, 2018

MNO News

Mark your calendars for next year's
See convention information in section below!

If you're calling the synod office, this month, you may be greeted by Pastor Courtenay! She is helping us for a little while as we go through some staffing changes!

Christmas Greeting from Bishop Elaine - click here
Post-surgery message from Bishop Elaine:
My surgery went well, with no complications so far. I was discharged from the hospital on Saturday just before noon and then spent most of my afternoon recuperating by sleeping the day away. It takes much energy and effort to shower, dress, ride in a car and travel an elevator, apparently. lol
My exercise regime is going well, mostly due to the extra pre-op physio I did, for which I am extremely thankful.
Today I will have my first "get out of jail free card" and travel to have supper with my granddaughters, which is always a blessing.
I am doing well with steps so am able to go back to my own condo on Friday, which is very exciting. Christmas eve gift opening comes early to the Sauers this year as we celebrate on Dec 22nd. So it will be good to be in my own home while we celebrate together.
I am very thankful for all of the prayers and gifts of time in visits and errands on my behalf. I seem to have a very large "village" provided by God and that has made a difference in my healing and recovery.  Thanks to all of you for picking up the slack as I prepped to do this medical leave. You are very much appreciated.
Peace, love  and joy for Advent and Christmas celebrations,

Synod Office Report available
As you prepare for your congregation's Annual General Meeting, the report from our Synod Office is available for your Annual Report here.

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)

Life Passages - Pastor Johann Kunkel
Johann Kunkel died peacefully, Saturday evening, December 16, with his family by his side.
Pastor Johann Kunkel’s Funeral will be at Lutheran Church of the Cross at on Friday January 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch.
Please hold his family in your prayers in this sad time.

- 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.

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.

Studies and Devotional Materials from MNO
Did you know that our synod has materials available for use in congregations?
There are a number of resources available related to Reformation 500
Are you looking for some Christian Education material, or some private devotional material, or a video for a small gathering to view and discuss? Check out these resources!

Synod convention
April 26-28, 2018

Things to know...!

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.

MNO Synod Nominating Committee Search
Will you serve at the Synod level?
See committee and nominations information on our Convention web-page for information, and please help circulate this request!

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 January 7, 2018 at St Mark's Lutheran Church, Winnipeg, for a time of music, prayer, Communion and reflection!
Come early for supper, hosted by St Mark's!
Pizza supper at 5:30pm! RSVP by January 5 to Matthew: matthewbkohli@gmail.com

More information forthcoming - check out FB event on MNO page!

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

CLAY 2018: "Threads"

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

Preliminary information is available! Find it here, and then check back for registration forms and additional information, coming soon!

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

Around the Synod

Service of Prayer for Christian Unity!
See information about January 21st service, and ecumenical choir invite, here.

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 for 2018: January 4, 7, 10, 18, 21, 25, 28, 31; February 1, 4, 14, 15, 22, 25, 28; March 1, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 29. For information about forming a meal team, or to have your team added to the calendar, please contact Rhonda: rhonda@theurban.ca

Narrative Lectionary Shared Learning and Preaching Workshops
Offered by Interlake Regional Shared Ministry, these workshops (happening on Sunday afternoons in Teulon on January 14, and Selkirk on February 18) are for people wanting to learn about relationships to Jesus and/or for folks willing to consider sharing a sermon with their congregation. From January to Easter Sunday, 2018, Narrative Lectionary texts will go through stories in the Gospel of John. For more information and to register, contact Pastor Mark Koenker at 204-275-3549 by January 7th.

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

Lay Academy - Coming up in January! Register soon!
"Welcoming the Stranger / Loving Our Neighbour"
With presenters from across western Canada (including MNO's Pastor Tyler Gingrich), you can connect online to take part in these two Saturdays and learn! January 20 and 27, 2018. Click here for more information, and to register!

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
If you wish to contribute to ELCIC bulletin covers, contact BulletinPictures@gmail.com
Images will be received until the beginning of April, 2018.

In Our Community 

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.


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.

Luther Village - Camp Manager (Term position)
Applications being accepted until January 5th. See their website.

Submission Guidelines for MNO Synod Newsletter

News items should include the following:

• location, date, time

• link to your community's website (where readers can find more information)

Please submit by 9am on Wednesday; newsletter is assembled and sent Wed aft.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to make this a user friendly e-newsletter!

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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