MNO Synod
Volume 10, Issue 22 October 19, 2016
Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in Lund Cathedral (Live streaming)
ACTS of the MNO Synod
Living Generously
Wedding Licensing
Make Room at the Table
Collecting Herstories to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation - Deadline October 31, 2016
Yooth Loops
The Urban Update
Cambridge Coffeehouse
Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation, and Spirituality
Job Opps
Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in Lund Cathedral (Live streaming)
Lund Service of Common Prayer in Winnipeg
October 31 at St Mark's Lutheran Church, Winnipeg. Please note a time change in the event as we received an apologetic note from one of the organizers indicating we had been given the wrong starting time for Winnipeg.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., with the service beginning at 8:30 a.m. We shall enjoy extra hours of sleep that day. Please remember to RSVP by October 27 to so that we know you will join us for breakfast.
Lund Service of Common Prayer in Thunder Bay
On Monday, October 31, we welcome you to share in watching the live-streaming of the Common Prayer Service from Lund, Sweden, the first part of the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation being held that day by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic Church in Lund, Sweden.

The gathering here is being held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Farrand and River Streets, downstairs in Immanuel Hall.

You are invited to gather for refreshments beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The service itself is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Please RSVP to Pastor Matthew Diegel,, 807.344.1926, by October 30, so that we can prepare to welcome you.
ELCIC, CCCB Release Joint Material To Commemorate 500th Anniversary Of The Reformation
In January 2017, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will release joint material entitled Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

Together in Christ -- Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation includes a five-part parish study guide that may be used in individual segments or as a whole series by any Lutheran, Catholic, or ecumenical study session focusing on the Reformation.
Read more here

Commemoration of the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation
2017 will be a significant year in the life of our church. Special events are planned to commemorate the reformation and we want to hear what is planned by and with your congregation. Do you need assistance in planning? What about bringing together congregations from your AREA. Are you designating an annual event like your fall suppers, spring teas, etc as a Reformation event, with special emphasis on the theme "Liberated by God's Grace"? The Augsburg Fortress "Sourcebook for Reformation" is an excellent resource for ideas as well. The synod will also be planning a worship service in the fall of 2017. Perhaps you would like to be part of the planning for such an event? Let's share ideas and events.
For more information, click here
ACTS of the MNO Update
Welcoming creative initiatives, experiments, dreams, or visions
ACTS of the MNO synod is accepting applications.

Taking a look at the current realities and context, how might you respond to what the Holy Spirit’s calling in a way that’s totally outside the box in terms of what you’ve traditionally or habitually done?

Projects we have partnered with already include:
ALIGN (Anglicans and Lutherans in God's Neighbourhoods) - take a look at this exciting project
Interfaith Habitat Build - more info and pics of the build can be found here
The house was built in St. Vital on the St. Vital Evangelical Mennonite Church parking lot at
2005 St. Mary's Rd. After the build, it was moved to its site on Ross Avenue in Winnipeg.

For more information, click here
For the funding application form, click here
Living Generously
What moves you/us to generosity?
Interested in speaking about generosity and stewardship differently in your congregational setting? Come to LIVING GENEROUSLY, our third annual MNO Synod/Diocese of Rupert's Land Stewardship event featuring video presentations from the 2016 TENS Conference (The Episcopal Network on Stewardship), complete with discussion and conversations around applicable learnings for our settings.

When: November 4 (6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) and November 5 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Where: St John's Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave., Winnipeg
Cost: $25.00 (includes Saturday lunch)
Two or more from a single congregation - $15.00 per person

Cheques should be made payable to "Diocese of Rupert's Land"
Register: Via email ( by the Feast of All Saint's (November 1)
Please indicate any food sensitivities in your email.

Wedding Licensing
It has come to the bishop's attention that some rostered ministers are unaware of changes to their provincial licensing in regards to weddings. Please note the following practice for the MNO Synod.

Only those under call, serving active congregational ministry, have a regular license to do weddings. If you do not have licensing but will be doing a wedding, please let Debbie Beyer in the synod office know whether you need a temporary license for the event. Applications for temporary licensing take up to 6 weeks to complete, so give yourself plenty of time to apply through the synod.

Thanks for your understanding in this regard.
Make Room at the Table 
Make Room at the Table is a way for you to "make a place" at your table and connect with refugees-to "invite" them as guests, and to "share" a meal with them. It is an opportunity to "welcome the stranger" into your home. 

Click here to download the resource.
Collecting Herstories to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Herstories is a project related to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Herstories is an initiative developed through the Lutheran World Federation to tell the stories of women who have reformed and continue to reform the church.

Within every region of the Lutheran World Federation, churches are collecting stories of women past and present who have made a difference. As the LWF webpage describes it: Our women’s networks are uncovering the stories of women who played important roles during the Reformation or in the years since. We want to get to know these “forgotten” women, who have been agents for renewal in their communities. Both the ELCIC and the ELCA are collecting stories that will be used on our respective websites with links to each other.

We would like to have you submit stories to serve as inspiring examples as others throughout North America. We are looking for a story of 400-600 words with a photo (if at all possible). Consider using some of the following questions to guide you:
· Name—of the individual woman or group
· Date(s) of birth (and death if applicable)
· Place—congregation, city, country, member communion
· Describe three or four major events that took place in your congregation in the last years
· What are the main contributions of the individual woman or women’s groups to the lives of the people in the congregation/community?
· Describe the main contributions of her faith life to the church and/or society
· Highlight one or two important moments in her life
· What or who contributed to the development of that woman or group’s experience of faith in a Lutheran community?
· Describe the experiences that contributed to who the woman is (was) in her church, congregation, group today. Is there someone who helped her, who mentored her?
· Our Lutheran identity is based on always being in re-formation, constantly being in movement. What did the woman do to bring about reform in her congregation, church, community, or society?

So whose Herstory do you want to tell? Your grandmother’s? The first woman pastor you met? Your own?

Please submit a story to Trina Gallop by October 31, 2016. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Bishop Susan at or Trina at

Yooth Loops
MNO Youth and Campus Service - Trinity, Starbuck
43 River Ave, MacDonald RM, MB Show map

Sunday, November 6 at 4:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Our monthly Youth and Campus Services start up for the 2016-2017 year. Thank you to Trinity, Starbuck, for hosting in November, and for organizing an activity and supper for us. Make sure to RSVP (see below).

The plan:
4:45 - everyone arrives 
5:00 - Group activity
5:45 - Supper
6:30 - Worship service (with Prairie Fire leading the music)

Cost: $2.00 each 

*Please bring salad and cookies for your group 
(example: if you have 15 in your group bring salad for 15)

Starbuck and Brunkild churches will bring Lasagna or spaghetti bake. Drinks will be provided.

Please RSVP by October 28
Find the event on Facebook here
Trinity Lutheran Church's website:
Have you been to Cameroon YET?
The dates for YET (Youth Engagement Trip) are now set for July 2017. If you are between the ages of 16 and 25 and would like to have a cross-cultural experience while developing relationships with others from the MNO Synod and Cameroon, why not consider applying?
Application form
Application deadline is November 7.
Contact Pastor Tyler
Rev. Tyler Gingrich
text 204.218.4823
The Urban Update
Urban Update
Lutheran Urban Ministry Corporation AGM
7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 23, 2016. All are welcome to attend. Please join us at 560 Arlington St., (basement of Lutheran Church of the Cross) to learn more about the Urban and meet the board. We have room for two additional board members for those who might be interested in joining the LUM board.

Click here to find out more of what's going on at the Urban, including new classes, winter needs, food and emergency needs and available Meal Team dates.

Cambridge Coffeehouse
Coffee with a Cause
Saturday, November 5 7:30 p.m.
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Winnipeg

All are welcome for a fun and casual evening of great local music, fair-trade coffee and sweets.
We invite free-will offering at the door. Net proceeds will be directed to St. Mark's Community Garden Project - helping new Canadian families access fresh food.

To get a spot on our stage or for more information contact Melissa Gingrich at
Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation, and Spirituality
This course introduces students to the historical, theological, and social contexts in which the work of diaconal ministry has been expressed throughout the church’s history and asks how that history continues to impact the present. This course also explores a theology of spirituality based on the Lutheran confessional writings and provides opportunity for the discussion and development of a baptismal discipline and vocational discernment, particularly as it pertains to the diaconal calling.

In the past, students taking this course have come from both those in the Word and Service and Word and Sacrament tracts; they have called this a very valuable experience and some have gone so far as to suggest it should be a required course for all who are thinking about entering any form of ministry.
Read more here
Job Opps
Find a list of employment opportunities below
CLWR job posting - Community Relations Director - click here


Empowered by God ~ Shepherding the church ~ Serving the world
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