Weekly News from MNO

April 25, 2018

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

MNO News

Devotions for Discernment Available
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 synod convention. Please look at these devotions and prayerfully consider leadership in our synod!
Make special note of the March 3 Synod Consultation event posted!

**NEW** Cameroon Encounter 2019
Have you ever wanted to travel to Africa? Do you want to meet Lutherans in another part of the world? MNO is seeking participants to join in a trip to Cameroon to build relationship with our companion synod. Proposed travel dates will be in February or March, 2019. If interested, please email Pastor Tyler at tgingrich@elcic.ca by May 15. An information meeting will follow.

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.

Accessibility Act (Manitoba)
The Province of Manitoba is requiring that non-profit organizations fulfill the Accessibility Standard in customer service by November 1, 2018.  Please look into it for your local congregation - see their website.
People with responsibility for church buildings and property are encouraged to attend a seminar on the evening of May 9, 2018 in Winnipeg.  Click here for more information and registration.

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.

Join in ministry in MNO - funding available!
Engage your congregation in a project or process, and apply for support! For more information, click here.
Compassionate Justice Initiatives - deadline for applications: May 15, 2018
Acts of the MNO - Do you have a creative idea for ministry/service in your area?

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.

*Synod Convention
April 26-28, 2018

THE TIME HAS ARRIVED!

Things to know...!
The Bulletin of Reports is available online.  Click here
Parliamentary procedure for our convention follows Burinot's Rules of Order

**NEW** Opening and Closing Worship Services on Thursday and Saturday are open to everyone! Plan to join in! (See here for information)

Convention Information Sheet and What to bring, can be found here.

Make use of the Devotions for discernment!
Registration is closed!

Updates during Convention
Please see MNO’s FACEBOOK Page (accessible with or without an account). We encourage convention-goers who use social media to use the hashtag, #MNOconv2018 for convention-related posts. We will post highlights from the convention on our synod website soon after convention.

MNO Youth News

For regular programming, check out our youth page on the synod website!

**NEW** Youth Covenant
Please take a look, here, and respond and make use of this covenant!

Prairie Fire is looking for musicians!
Are you, or someone you know, a musical person?
To apply and audition, contact Pastor Tyler at
: tgingrich@elcic.ca
Click here for application form.

**NEW** A bursary is available to go towards a youth from MNO attending the ELCIC/ACC National Worship Conference in July in Victoria (see here for information on the conference) - note that registration fees go up on May 1st. Contact Pastor Tyler if interested in attending!

Pre-CLAY Event
Sunday May 6, 2018 - Amazing Race, Dinner and Youth Service with Prairie Fire Band.
Cost: $10/person
Make sure to RSVP  to Lisa van Dijk by Friday, May 4, at 204.293.6357 or splc-youth@live.ca For more information click here.

CLAY 2018: "Threads"
August 15-19, 2018 at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON (see website)
Registration is open!
Note that the cost goes up from $595/participant to $635/participant on May 1

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

Around the Synod

**NEW** Ascension Day Festival - May 10
St Mark's Lutheran Church, Winnipeg, is hosting this musical event on Thursday, May 10, at 7pm. Everyone welcome! For more information, click here.

Quiz Night - April 29
St Mark's Youth Fundraising Quiz Night. Click here for poster with more information, and the event-page.

Event on Faith and Science - Open to Everyone
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Abundant Life Lutheran Church, 3486 Raleigh St, East St. Paul, 7:00-9:00 pm.  For more information and registration, click here.

Gloria Dei Annual Sale and BBQ
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 637 Buckingham Road, Winnipeg will hold their annual Garage Sale, Sport Card Sale and BBQ & Bake Sale on Thursday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Phone:  204-832-4564,  email: gdeiwpg@gmail.com

Lutheran Urban Ministry (The Urban)
Spring 2018 Urban Needs, see their website.
A 12-minute documentary about The Urban is available online, click here.
Available Meal Team Dates Still Open:  April 26, 29; May 3, 6, 9, 16, 17, 20, 24, 27, 30, 31; June 3, 7, 13, 17, 20, 21, 24, 28; July 5, 11, 15, 18, 19, 22, 29. For information about forming a meal team, or to have your team added to the calendar, please contact Rhonda: rhonda@theurban.ca

ELCIC - Faith Order and Doctrine
In May 2015, the ELCIC's National Church Council (NCC) directed the Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) to study orders of ministry with particular attention to diakonia and Diaconal Ministry. FOD surveyed recent and historic literature, consulted ELCIC scholars, spent a day with our diaconal ministers, and in 2016 released a study guide entitled To Love Our Neighbour as Ourselves: A Study of Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. Since then, FOD has considered responses and has now produced a paper which builds upon its earlier work. It is called Public Ministry in the ELCIC - A Preliminary Draft will be available on their website.

In Our Community 

The Lutheran World Federation Statement
LWF issued a statement regarding  the escalation of military conflict in Syria.  Click here to read the statement.

Liberation Theology - Author Speaking Tour - April 25, 2018
Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek will be launching his latest book “A Palestinian Theology of Liberation:  The Bible, Justice and the Palestine-Israel Conflict.   This event will be held at Canadian Mennonite University (Marpeck Commons) 2299 Grant Avenue on Wednesday, April 25 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  For more information click here.

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.
**NEW** A bursary is available to go towards a youth from MNO attending the ELCIC/ACC National Worship Conference in July in Victoria (see here for information on the conference) - note that registration fees go up on May 1st. Contact Pastor Tyler if interested in attending!

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
Property Manager (Lead Maintenance Person)  Click here.

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