Weekly News from MNO

February 28, 2018

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

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!
Delegates: please attend the Saturday morning discernment consultation on March 3rd!

Installation of Pastor Debra Johnston - March 11
Rev. Debra Johnston will be installed as pastor of Trinity, Starbuck, on the afternoon of March 11. For more information, click here.

Healthy Boundaries Workshop - March 20
For rostered ministers. 9:30am-4:30pm at St Mark's, Winnipeg.
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.

Life passages - Norton Saude
Please keep Pastor David Saude and family in your prayers as they mourn the death of his father, Norton Saude. A memorial Service will be held mid-month in Minneapolis. God be with the family as they make preparations for this service of remembrance. May God bless the memories they have of Norton.

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 - funding available!
Engage your congregation in a project or process, and apply for support! For more information, click here.
Margie Kvern Scholarship - deadline for applications: March 31, 2018
Compassionate Justice Initiatives - deadline for applications: May 15, 2018
Mission Grants - deadline for applications: March 31, 2018

Synod convention
April 26-28, 2018

Things to know...!
A helpful convention info-sheet can be found here.

Make use of the Devotions for discernment! (March devotion now posted!)
Attend the Discernment discussion on Saturday, March 3 - information here.

Registration information is now available here! Registration deadline: March 15.

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!

Retired Rostered Ministers
Election for the retired ministers has taken place, names available on the convention web-page.

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. (FB-event here.)

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

Delegates to Convention
Let's show the Synod that Youth care!  Be a delegate to Convention!  If you are between the ages of 15 and 25, you can attend the Convention in Winnipeg April 26 to 28, contact Pastor Tyler. (Registration must be in by March 15 - so be in touch soon!)

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!

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

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

Around the Synod

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: March 21, 25, 29; April 5, 11, 15, 18, 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

Lecture series at St Paul's College, U of M (March 2)
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!).

Quilting - Denim workshop
Wednesday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the lower level of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 637 Buckingham Road, Winnipeg
For more information, and to RSVP, call 204-889-2020

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.

LTS Newsletter available now! 
Click here for more information. (Note the Study Conference in early-May!)

In Our Community 

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

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.

Family Film Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Protestantism
The film screens at 7:00 p.m. Sunday night, March 4th  (at CCFM, 340 Provencher Blvd), and  Wednesday morning, March 7th, at 10 a.m. $6/person, discount for groups of 25+.  Click here for more information.

Senator Murray Sinclair - Public Lecture at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU)
"The TRC, Calls to Action and the Mountain Before Us: Stories of Hope and Challenge," Marpeck Commons (2299 Grant Ave.) on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 PM. Admission is free. All are welcome to attend.  Click here for more information.

Mark Whittall, Anglican Priest and Author
ReInvention - Stories from an Urban Church - March 9, St Paul, Fort Garry
ReImagine - Book Launch and Conversations - March 10, St. John's Cathedral
For more information click here.

Building Bridges Together Towards Reconciliation and Healing
Conference about Awareness, Acceptance and Action held in Winnipeg March 13 and 14.  Click here for more information.

ELCIC/ACC National Worship Conference
A learning opportunity for rostered ministers and lay leaders! Learn about and engage in creative forms of worship!
July 16-19, 2018, in Victoria, BC. See website. For informational materials, click here.

Employment Opportunities

Luther Village
For staff positions, go here.

Luther Home Spiritual Care Coordinator
Contact: Pastor Don Engel for more info, email: pastordonengel@gmail.com
Luther Home Website

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