MNO Synod
Volume 11, Issue 2 January 11, 2017
Women in Ministry Request
Western Synods Lay Academy

ELCIC Women in Ministry Conference
It’s Budget Time at LTS

Compassionate Justice Devotions
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017Yooth Loops
Luther Village Update
Cambridge Coffee House Returns
A Baby Shower for Mary and Her baby, Jesus
Surplus Minolta Konica Photocopier Available Free of Charge
Job Opps
Women in Ministry Request
Tuesday, a group of us met to kick off a new project where women in ministry from MNO have been paired with women in ministry in Cameroon as conversation partners for the next year. This was a request from female pastors in Cameroon and we are excited to get started!

We talked about how nice it would be to send them clergy shirts and tab collars when Bishop Elaine travels to Cameroon at the end of this month. If you have any female clergy shirts that you can donate - please let Bishop Elaine know and get them to the synod office by January 25, 2017.

We are also looking for a pattern for a clergy "Janie" (the female version of a "dickey") so that they can have them made in Cameroon. If you have a pattern, or a Janie that you would be willing to give or lend - this could be taken to a seamstress in Cameroon. Please let Lisa Janke know: 204.330.5786


(from L to R) Deacon Kris Taylor, Rev Lynne Hutchison, Lisa Janke & baby, Rev. Annemarie MacIntosh, Bishop Elaine Sauer, and Rev. Laurel Seyfert (via conference call)
Western Synods Lay Academy
Lay Academy Sessions: January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11

Online Registration Now Open

Lay Academy Session "Galatians: Famous Lost Words" (Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11)

Join Bishop Marlin Aadland, first Bishop of the British Columbia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (1986 to 1998), for an exploration of the terms "Word", "Faith", "Law", and "Freedom". Rediscover the meaning of these four terms, (one per session), in light of the Lutheran understanding of the Gospel in the year of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Visit our webpage to register and for more details.

If you’re interested in growing your faith, learning more about the Bible and being Lutheran, and expanding your knowledge in leadership and service, consider participating in a Lay Academy session. We’re inviting some of the most talented, engaging speakers and teachers to provide education and training to you in a way never experienced within the church tradition.

The Lay Academy is a new collaborative program of the Lutheran Theological Seminary and four Western Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), that seeks to provide continuing education opportunities for lay people in the church and for those being prepared for the ELCIC’s National Authorized Lay Ministry program. The establishment of the Lay Academy is in response to the leadership needs of congregations and the interest expressed by lay people for a comprehensive program of study.

The 'LA' sessions are provided through a unique online format that allows multiple sites from across the four Western provinces and Territories to listen and interact with the presenter at the same time, while also enjoying discussion led by a facilitator within a local church setting. It makes for a collaborative teaching and learning experience.

From January 21 through to February 11, 2017 there will be 4 consecutive Saturday sessions in which you can partake in a series teaching on Galatians: Famous Lost Words​

Join Bishop Marlin Aadland for an exploration of the terms Word, Faith, Law, Freedom. Rediscover the meaning of these four terms in light of the Lutheran understanding of the Gospel in the year of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

Marlin Aadland was the first Bishop of the British Columbia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, serving in that ministry from 1986 to 1998.

He studied in both Canada and the United States, and has a passion for life-long learning. He was a Pastor in Alberta, Boston, Mass., and various parishes in B.C., currently being a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Surrey. Bishop Aadland is an advocate of adult education and believes it paramount to any who wish to grow in their spiritual life.

The sessions are slated to run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. MB Time.
Registration fees are $15 per session or $50 for the series of 4. Online registration to open January 9.

Sites of attendance include:
​Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario
Gimli Lutheran Church, 50 3rd Ave, Gimli

Mark your calendars and join us in this new venture as we continue the journey in our faith - a fantastic adventure in trusting Him.

For more information contact:
Lorene Jewitt
Lay Academy Coordinator
Lutheran Theological Seminary

ELCIC Women in Ministry Conference
There will be an ELCIC Women in Ministry conference on May 29-31 in Calgary AB. Our keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis, author of the new book "SHE - Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry", and scholar from Luther Seminary in Minneapolis. More information and a registration form will be available beginning in late January. Rostered Women in the ELCIC- Keep the date open to join your colleagues in study, worship, prayer, entertainment and love.
It’s Budget Time at LTS
Have you remembered LTS in your congregational budget for 2017?

Please consider supporting your Seminary’s mission and ministry of theological education and training of future pastors through finances and prayers.

Your continued support is vital to the future of LTS.
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Compassionate Justice Devotions
As we begin this year of commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we commend to you these devotions to be used in the month of January in your community. There are four devotions, and we hope you will use them as a moment for reflection in your gathered worship for Sundays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29. (If it is not possible to take a moment to use these devotions on these dates, please find another series of four Sundays to use them early in 2017.)

You will see that there is a brief reading from scripture, followed by a reflection-piece, with a prayer and an action to close each devotion. Consider taking a moment out of your announcements time - like a "temple talk," or a "minute for mission" - and share the devotion. Or you may work it into your worship service, around the time of the Hymn of the Day, or another time you deem appropriate.

Our hope is that these devotions will inspire your community to live the faith we share, and to actively engage Compassionate Justice and what it means for Lutherans to be part of a Reforming tradition.

Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel.

Download PDF of all four devotions
Devotion 1 (January 8)
Devotion 2 (January 15)
Devotion 3 (January 22)
Devotion 4 (January 29)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 
The Canadian Council of Churches has published a collection of resources for the January 18-25, 2017, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary year of the beginnings of the Reformation, the theme: "Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us" (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) has been chosen. The materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer have two accents: reflection upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther's Reformation and secondly recognizing the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the unity of the Church. The core material is a joint effort of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and, for 2017, is based upon the work of the Council of Churches in Germany. The Canadian resources are produced by an ecumenical writing team coordinated by The Canadian Council of Churches. Orders should be placed now for your community’s study and prayer. 

Helpful link: 
2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Resources 
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Services in Winnipeg
Wednesday, January 18 - 7:00 p.m. at St Mark's Lutheran, 600 Cambridge St, Winnipeg
Sunday, January 22 - 7:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran, 121 Kimberley Ave, Winnipeg
Wednesday, January 25 - 7:30 p.m. at John the 23rd Roman Catholic Church, 3390 Portage Ave, Winnipeg
Yooth Loops
MNO Winter Youth Retreat
February 18-20, 2017
St Paul's Lutheran Church, Steinbach, MB

Our theme is “In Another’s Shoes” What would it be like to live in another place? Can you imagine not living in Manitoba or Northwestern Ontario? …or even being from outside Canada? Questions like these will be part of our time together at the retreat.

Our presenters for the weekend will be artists, Andraea Sartison and Caroline Wintoniw. As Artistic Director of One Trunk Theatre, Andraea has been involved in writing and directing dramatic pieces on the Winnipeg artistic scene for several years. Caroline may be known to some of you as a member of the 2012 CLAY drama team; she is a photographer and videographer. Together, Andraea and Caroline have collaborated on a number of projects, and our time with them will include some of a project they’re working on, currently called “Refuge,” – come to the retreat to hear more.

A promotional clip featuring Andraea and Caroline:

Youth and Parent Information
Youth and Leader Registration form
Letter to Youth Leaders
Print poster here

MNO Youth and Campus Services
Find the upcoming youth service schedule by clicking here

Contact Pastor Tyler
Rev. Tyler Gingrich
text 204.218.4823
Luther Village Update
Ever thought of spending a season camping at Luther Village amidst the cathedral of pines close to the lakefront?
We have 17 seasonal sites; 14 in the main campground, 3 in the upper campground and 2 in the ballfield. Seasonal Site Applications for these sites are due Monday January 16, 2017. Find the forms here.
Please fax to office at 204.774.4420 or email to
Cambridge Coffee House Returns
Live music lovers – REJOICE!  Cambridge Coffeehouse is returning to St. Mark’s, Winnipeg, on Saturday, February 4. We are looking forward to presenting another great evening of entertainment featuring our very own “House Blend” band along with other local performers.

The coffeehouse gets underway at 7:30 p.m. and usually finishes around 9:30 p.m. – lots of time either to get home before your regular bedtime or, if you are younger at heart, head off to another event.

As always, there is no admission charge with complimentary coffee and treats. It’s “Coffee with a Cause” though and so, net proceeds from free-will donations will be designated to the St. Mark’s Refugee Sponsorship Fund and be directed to assisting locally-sponsored new Canadian families.
Thank you for your continuing support. Looking forward to seeing you on February 4.
A Baby Shower for Mary and Her baby, Jesus
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (637 Buckingham Road) is holding a baby shower for Mary and her baby, Jesus, on Sunday, January 15, beginning at noon, in support of the North Point Douglas Women's Resource Centre and the Lutheran Urban Mission. Please donate diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, baby formula and other baby or toddler necessities. Bring your gifts and join us as we shower Mary and Jesus with gifts of love. Donations can be dropped off at the church on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or Sunday morning.  Contact Kim at 204.889.1621 or church office at 204.832.4564
Surplus Minolta Konica Photocopier Available Free of Charge

St. Mark’s Winnipeg has a surplus Minolta Konica photocopier available free of charge to any congregation or non-profit organization willing to come and retrieve it.

The copier is in good working order but was a pre-owned model when St. Mark’s leased it in 2011. For more information, call our church office at 204.452.4326.

Job Opps
Find a list of employment opportunities below
Luther Village - Executive Director January 18, 2017 read more here
Luther Village - Camp Manager Applications will be accepted until the position is filled read more here


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