Weekly News from MNO

March 21, 2018

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

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! 
Make special note of the March 3 Synod Consultation event now posted!

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
The family of Stephen Wildfang, long-time ABT Synod Treasurer and Youth Gathering NPC Treasurer 1988-2002, died on March 15. We give thanks for his life, and offer our deepest condolences to Darla and the family. "Well done, good and faithful servant." Obituary found here.

The family of Alice Lang, former missionary to Papua New Guinea, died on March 18. Peace to Barry and family in their time of sadness and loss.

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

Mission as Hope Appeal
Since this annual appeal began in 2009, it has allowed us to continue funding ongoing mission in our Synod, ministries like Luther Village, Lutheran Urban Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Programming and Cameroon visits.
Perhaps even more significantly, it has provided resources to do some new things in our Synod each year, which would have not been possible with the regular benevolence dollars.
Please find further information, including letter to congregations and bulletin inserts, here.

Behold, I Do A New Thing: Emerging Perspectives on Ministry
A continuing education opportunity for rostered ministers. May 9th at Charleswood United Church. For more information, and to register, click here.

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 available here! Please note the deadline for registration has now passed, a late fee of $25 will be applied to all delegate and visitor registrations, until April 10, 2018.  No registrations accepted after April 10, 2018.

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.
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.

For what to know about being a delegate to National Convention, click here

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.

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 25, 29; April 1, 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

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.  Pre-registration due April 18, 2018.

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.

St Paul's, Brunkild, 50th Anniversary - April 15
Worship service at 10am, lunch and program to follow. Please RSVP by April 1 for lunch to 204-746-8368 or heabunk@gninc.ca
Messages of greeting and congratulations also welcomed! See FB-group for updates, please click here for the link. 

Quiz Night - April 29
St Mark's Youth Fundraising Quiz Night. Click here for poster with more information. 

In Our Community 

Cana Session for Couples
A “Come and See” meeting  will be held Sunday, April 8,  3:00-5:00 p.m. (childcare provided) at the St. Charles Retreat Centre, 323 St. Charles St.

Come and see what to expect from a Cana session (this year, it will be July 8-14).  Please  RSVP, 204-885-2260 or stcharlesretreat@hotmail.com.

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.

World Parliament of Religion - Nov 1-7 in Toronto
Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings. For more information 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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