Weekly News from MNO

February 14, 2018

 "Happy Valentine's Day!"
 "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

MNO Synod Office hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 - 2:00

MNO News

MNO Staff
We welcome Colleen Dacquay to our synod staff as Administrative Assistant! Perhaps you have already spoken with her on the phone or communicated by email; she began on February 1st. "Welcome aboard, Colleen!"

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!

Ordination of Lisa Janke - February 18
3:00pm on Sunday, February 18 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Winnipeg
More information here.

Installation of Pastor Debra Johnston - March 11
(Note that the date has changed to March 11)
Rev. Debra Johnston will be installed as pastor of Trinity, Starbuck, on the afternoon of March 11. For more information, click here.

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.

Anglican/Lutheran Residential Study Conference
Mark your calendars, rostered ministers!! Clergy Residential Conference will be June 4-7, 2018, Southport Conference Centre, Portage la Prairie, MB. Registration forms now available here. Please note that MNO Synod will be handling registration this year.

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 Spring, 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!

Join in ministry in MNO!
Engage your congregation in a project or process, and apply for support! Click here.

Synod convention
April 26-28, 2018

Things to know...!

Make use of the Devotions for discernment! (February's is posted!)

Registration information is now available here!

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.

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

Follow-up to 2017 Youth Gathering in Steinbach...!
Remember the project our presenters shared at St Paul's, last February...? See "Boundary Avenue" notice, below, with play information and how to audition!

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!

Opportunity for Grade 9, 10, 11 students!
"Science Camp" in the Summer in Minnesota!
Click here for more information

CLAY 2018 Band
The music leaders for "Threads" will be leading songs in worship at Sherwood Park Lutheran Church on Sunday, February 25.

Luther Village - apply now for Summer work!
See website: https://www.luthervillage.ca/staff/

Around the Synod

Luther Village - AGM
The Luther Village Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 15th.  Please join us at Lutheran Church of the Cross at 560 Arlington, Avenue in Winnipeg at 7pm.  Check www.luthervillage.ca for a bulletin of reports over the next few days.

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: February 25, 28; March 1, 4, 21, 22, 25, 29; April 1, 5, 11, 15, 18, 19, 26, 29; May 3, 6, 9, 16, 17, 20, 24, 27, 30, 31. For information about forming a meal team, or to have your team added to the calendar, please contact Rhonda: rhonda@theurban.ca

North End Sponsorship Team (NEST) Flapjack Fundraiser
Proceeds will be donated to NEST. Tickets are $10.
Saturday, February 24, 2018. 8-10am. Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 1596 Regent Ave. For more information, contact Jim: (204) 632-4757

Lecture series at St Paul's College, U of M (Feb 2 and after)
A luncheon seminar series held on designated Fridays during the regular sessions from 12:00 pm - 12:55 pm in the Mauro Centre Boardroom, 252 St. Paul's College.
The lectures are approximately 30 minutes in length, followed by a discussion period. The lectures are free to attend and open to students, staff, faculty and members of the public. Don't forget to bring your bagged lunch! More information here.

Cambridge Coffeehouse - March 9
Come out for a Friday evening of live music, and support a worthy cause! St Mark's hosts this coffeehouse in Winnipeg; everyone welcome! Click here for more information (a poster and clips of previous coffeehouses are within!).

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

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.

LAMP ministry "love letter"
Hold Esther and Howard in prayer as they journey to Pikwitonei, Manitoba (at Mile 214 or about half way between The Pas and Churchill on the Hudson Bay Railway) to minister to the people there, Feb 17, through LAMP (www.lampministry.org).

In Our Community 

Boundary Avenue - audition call
Audition requirements: actors will be asked to prepare two scenes from the script, portraying two different characters from the play.
Boundary Avenue is a new theatre production, created in collaboration with community members about asylum seekers crossing the USA/Canada Border at Emerson in 2016/17. We are looking for a strong, diverse ensemble who can play multiple characters in this documentary-style production. We wish to build a company with a broad range of ages, genders, ethnicities and cultures.
CAEA and non-union actors both invited to apply. Contact onetrunkcollective@gmail.com this week!

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

Manitoba Multifaith Council
There will be a Leadership Breakfast at 7:30am on Tuesday, February 27th. Tickets are available at eventbrite for $30.

Workshop in Lent: "The Generosity of Christ"
Led by the Ven. Geoff Woodcroft, archdeacon for Stewardship in the Diocese of Rupert's Land. Each workshop will be held at 1:15 p.m. Feb.25 at St James, 195 Collegiate Street and March 4 at the Church of St Stephen and St Bede, 99 Turner Avenue
Freewill offering will be received. For more info, contact 204-837-9812 (St Stephen and St Bede)

Sisterhood of St John the Divine - Monastic Community
An opportunity for women aged 21 and up to spend a year living alongside the Sisters – building community, learning from a healthy traditional community, and developing spiritual disciplines. Click here for more information.

Employment Opportunities

Luther Village
Camp Manager - Term Position. Apply here.
For other staff positions, go here.

Secretary for Youth, Lutheran World Federation
Location: Geneva, Switzerland. Candidates for this position require an endorsement from an LWF member church.
Click here for more information. Closing date: February 15, 2018

Youth Leader for Fort Richmond (Winnipeg) congregations
We are seeking an experienced Youth Leader to provide weekly programming to youth ages 12-17 from a group of 4-5 churches.
Email your resume and 3 references to: youth.tuc@mymts.net by February 28th, 2018

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