Weekly News from MNO

March 7, 2018

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MNO News

Mark your calendars for this year's
MNO SYNOD CONVENTION  WINNIPEG, MANITOBA  APRIL 26-28, 2018
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!

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
The report from our Synod Office is available for your congregation's 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.

Hold in Prayer
Please keep Pastor David Saude and family in your prayers as they mourn the death of Norton Saude, his father. 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. (Obituary here.)
We hold Pastor Terry Gudmundson (St Paul's, Steinbach) in prayer at the death of his mother.
We say a prayer of thanks for the safe arrival of Alexander Trueman Zinko in early-March, son of Pastor Jason Zinko (Sherwood Park Lutheran, Winnipeg) and Connor Trueman (Executive Director Luther Village)

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
Acts of the MNO

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!)
Discernment discussion materials from March 3rd also posted on that page.

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 April 8, 2018 at St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, Winnipeg.

Prairie Fire is looking for musicians!
Do you, or someone you know, play guitar, bass, keyboard, or...??
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 and are a member of a congregation in our MNO, you can attend the Convention in Winnipeg April 26 to 28 (other factors taken into consideration: regional representation, can have up to 12 youth delegates at convention), 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)
Registration now open!!

BUS TRIP 2018
"Wherever We Go, We Are MNO!" Click here for more information!
REGISTER THIS MONTH!

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

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 Friday evening, March 9, at 7:30pm; everyone welcome! Click here for more information (a poster and clips of previous coffeehouses are within!).

CLWR Evening of Farewell and Appreciation (Winnipeg)
Friday, March 16, come and greet Bob Granke, retiring Executive Director of CLWR!
For more information, and to RSVP, click here.

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

Unsettling news: break-in at Grace, Winnipeg
We remember the congregation in prayer as they experienced another break in, late-February. Should others want to know their cautionary tale in terms of safety for their congregation, they might contact Grace Lutheran.

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

LTS Spring Study Conference - Registration now open
"Singing Our Theology: How Hymns Shape Us For Mission" May 1-3 in Saskatoon, click here for more information and registration.

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 

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

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.

Local artists featured in new MHC Gallery exhibitions (CMU)
Opening on March 16, featuring Anthony Chiarella and Faye Hall, inspired by Malcolm Guite. For more information, click here.

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.

WCC Internship Positions for 2018
Application deadline is March 15. For more information, click here.

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

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