Weekly News from MNO

January 10, 2017 


MNO Synod Office hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 - 1:00

MNO News


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

Devotions for Discernment
Congregations, councils, and all members of MNO Synod are invited into a process of discernment as we look to the election of a new bishop at our April synod convention. Please look at these devotions (which will be updated as convention approaches and as new devotions are made available) and prayerfully consider leadership in our synod!

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)


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...!

Make use of the Devotions for discernment!

Nominees needed for Lay and Youth Delegates to the next National Convention
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
The next service will be March 4, 2018 at First Lutheran, Winnipeg.

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)

"Wherever We Go, We Are MNO!" Click here for more information!
*We ask that home teams let us know which option they plan to choose by January 31, 2018, so we can get a sense of numbers on each route!

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!
Special ecumenical service coming up on Sunday, January 21, at 7:30pm, at Westworth United. Click here for more information!
Also, an ecumenical choir is being assembled for the occasion, with a rehearsal this Sunday afternoon, January 14. (Click here for more information)

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: January 18, 21, 28, 31; February 1, 4, 14, 22, 25, 28; March 1, 18, 21, 22, 25, 29; April 5, 11, 15, 18, 19, 26, 29 For information about forming a meal team, or 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

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!

Lay Academy of Preaching (Feb 20 - Apr 24)
Coming up in February, a series of online sessions for lay leaders. Click here for more information and to register. Registration is due February 5.

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 

Canadian Lutheran World Relief - new Executive Director
The Board of Directors of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter has been appointed CLWR’s incoming Executive Director. For more information, click here.

Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Delegation (Christian Peacemaker Teams)
An opportunity to become informed and involved. For further information, click here.
Inquiries can be directed to:
ips@cpt.org  OR 1.204.599.6521

Employment Opportunities

Working Group Assistant, Sexual Exploitation in Canada [Contract Position]
Part-time; agreed-upon location within Canada. Click here for more information.
Posting closes on January 15.

Program Assistant, Refugee Resettlement
CLWR is seeking a part-time Program Assistant, Refugee Resettlement at its Waterloo office. Click here for more information. Posting closes January 19.

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 until further notice.  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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