MNO Synod
Volume 11, Issue 4 January 25, 2017
Farewell and Godspeed
Reformation Challenge Update
Winnipeg AREAS Development
Reformation Commemoration Planning Meeting Update
Request for Volunteers
Together In Christ

On the Trail of Martin Luther
Thank You from Trinity Food Pantry

Yooth Loops
Luther Village Update
The Urban Update
Cambridge Coffee House Returns
Live Music is Better, 20th Annual Coffee House

Farewell and Godspeed
The synod thanks Mr Rick Scherger for his work as Communications Coordinator for this past 10 years. Rick was always willing to allow us to experiment in new ways with communications- from learning Adobe Connect, to the live streaming process, to developing a stronger social media presence. He listened well to your stories and brought them to others to share. His dedication to his vocation as one who shared the gospel of Jesus Christ through technology never faltered. He supported his colleagues at the synod office through faith telling, prayer, laughter, stories about sports and much encouragement, as well as the occasional challenge. Mostly Rick was a faithful worker alongside of us and he support the team that works on behalf of the MNO synod. We have mixed feelings about moving on and changing the way we do things here at the synod office. Through this time of loss of a good friend and worker at the office we give thanks to God who continues to call Rick to new ways of living out his vocation. We send him off with our love and peace, knowing that God is with him. We participated in a farewell and God speed service yesterday. Please fee free to send your greetings and farewells to Rick.
Over the last ten years, a big part of my life was spent collecting and sharing the good news of the MNO and other Lutheran entities with the caring members of our synod congregations. It has been a great learning experience for me.

I remember sitting together as a staff in 2007, with a blank canvas and the trust of my colleagues, planning to change the way the organization shared the ministry with our members. Ten years has passed quickly and now as I head on to the next chapter(s) in my life, I would like to express gratitude for those that I have worked with over the past decade. Many of you have helped shape the synod and it's work and being a part of the amazing successes of this journey is very rewarding to me.

This is the last CrossWord that will be coming from my desk. All communications should now be sent to the email address. This includes items meant for Canada Lutheran as well.

If at any point, any of you would like to get in touch with me, I can be found at or on my cell at 204.293.7339. I am always open to taking a look at freelance opportunities.

Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
Rick Scherger

Reformation Challenge Update
This week’s ELCIC Reformation Challenge update focuses on the work of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

The LWF is a global communion of 145 churches, including the ELCIC, representing over 74 million Lutherans in 98 countries. The LWF has been in operation from 1947, and the Endowment Fund since 1999. The LWF Endowment Fund helps ensure the witness and ministry of the LWF is sustained and expanded for future generations. Projects supported by the fund include:

• Advocacy for peace with justice
• Community development
• Ecumenical and interfaith relations
• Human rights
• Humanitarian assistance
• Theology

You can find out more about the LWF here:

Supporting the LWF Endowment Fund is one of four areas of the ELCIC Reformation Challenge. Through your generosity and support, we are over a quarter of the way towards our goal of raising $500,000 for the LWF Endowment Fund.

As of January 25, 2017, our numbers for the four areas of the ELCIC Reformation Challenge are as follows:
Refugees sponsored: 536
Scholarships for students in schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land: 130
Trees planted: 60,071
Donations to The Lutheran World Federation Endowment Fund: $135,695

ICYMI (in case you missed it), here are two great stories on two different areas of the ELCIC Reformation Challenge:
Sunday school class inspired by ELCIC Reformation Challenge: click here
What it means to support scholarships in schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land: click here

Consider where you might be able to share these updates. If you are looking for further resources to assist in your Reformation Challenge initiatives, please visit our website.

Winnipeg AREAS Development
Winnipeg AREAS development will continue at a meeting on January 26, 7:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church.
Rostered and Lay leadership are invited to attend and be prepared to envision how the 3 AREAS in Winnipeg will be developed and where partnerships are possible. Each congregation was invited to submit a congregational survey in advance of the meeting.
Reformation Commemoration Planning Meeting Update
A Reformation Commemoration planning meeting for Winnipeg and synod office was held on January 10. The group shared congregational and synod events already in the planning stages. Those activities will be posted on the synod website and a request for participation, partnerships and volunteers will be listed. We invite your congregation to add their own events or participate/volunteer at other activities.

Lets get creative and lets do things together as we are able.
Contact Bishop Elaine if you want connections to what is already happening or you want to share what your congregation is going to do.
Here are some of the ideas put forth:
* Learning Luther hymns on a monthly basis
* Holding a joint choir cantata or choral festival
* Holding a social with a German band- including pretzels and beer
* Luther Movie Nights
* Hilldale Lutheran, Thunder Bay- Tour... On the Trail of Martin Luther
* Congregational anniversary celebrations with a Reformation theme
* Art Exhibits
* Joint Worship on October 30
Request for Volunteers
Our synod is hosting the 2017 National Church convention July 6–8, (Thursday to Saturday) at the University of Manitoba. This is in keeping with the new convention format, fewer delegates, no banquet and delegate departures on Saturday rather than Sunday.

However, volunteers are required to flesh out the Local Arrangement Committee (LAC) and to provide support for the many convention activities. We currently hold the convention every two years and the synods alternate hosting the event. Given the two year rotation, the format for support and running the convention has been established and the volunteers will be well briefed for their chosen activity. 

Volunteer positions for LAC:
Sub-committee chairpersons
Head Steward
Head Usher
Information Desk  
Worship Offering Counter

Consider volunteering and meet new acquaintances and possibly old friends. Experience the depth and commitment of your fellow church members as they work to move the church forward.

To volunteer or for further information contact Norman Coull at:
Phone: 204.885.1692

ELCIC Leadership Award
"I am the vine, you are the branches." - John 15:5

The ELCIC In Mission for Others Leadership Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of rostered and lay members in service to the wider church.

This award will be introduced at the 2017 ELCIC National Convention as part of our commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and will be presented to individuals committed to advancing the mission and ministry of the ELCIC and demonstrating leadership In Mission for Others.

This award will be given to a person who has:
· Made an outstanding contribution over several years to the life and work of the wider church;
· Gone the extra mile to serve both community and church;
· Demonstrated a life of spirited discipleship;
· Modelled for others one or more of the ELCIC's strategic priorities.
Award recipients cannot be currently service as National Office Staff or on National Church Council.

Nominees must be an active member of an ELCIC congregation. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.

Use the following Nomination Form or include the following with your submission:
· The name of the nominee, their home congregation, their contact information
· The name of the nominator, their home congregation, their contact information
· How long have you know the person you are nominating and in what capacity?
· A brief summary (MAX 200 words) indicated the reasons for the nomination
· You may also include supporting testimonial letters, publications, media pieces.
The submission and any supporting documents should clearly demonstrate how the individual lives out the criteria for the award.

Nominations are to be forwarded as follows:
ELCIC National Office
ATTN: ELCIC Leadership Award
600-177 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 6E2

Nominations must be postmarked or emailed by February 15, 2017.
Together In Christ
Together in Christ is a five-session study which offers Canadian Catholics and Lutherans an opportunity to get to know one another through Bible study, prayer and reflection.

The 5 sessions cover the 500-year arc of history from 1517 to 2017. Each session requires about two hours.

To begin, read the Cover Letter and familiarize yourself with the Leader’s Guide so as to best prepare your congregation/group for the possibility of a joint study with Catholics–and other ecumenical partners!–for sometime in 2017. The whole study would fit neatly into the period of Lent, 2017. A homily resource is provided for January 29, 2017, the
launch date for Together in Christ.

1 - Together in Christ - Cover Letter
1 - Ensemble dans le Christ - Lettre d'accompagnement

2 - Print the Winnipeg sessions poster here.

3 - Together in Christ - Leader's Guide
3 - Ensemble dans le Christ - Guide d’animation

4 - Together in Christ - Participant's Guide
4 - Ensemble dans le Christ - Guide du participant

5 - Together in Christ - Homily Resources
5 - Ensemble dans le Christ - Ressources homilétiques

6 - Together in Christ - Video scripts
6 - Ensemble dans le Christ - Scripts vidéo

Rural venues are currently being planned for the studies. Once schedules are set we will post in e-news and the synod website.
On the Trail of Martin Luther
11 Days 14 Meals
Join us this year as we follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther marking the 500th anniversary of the day of the Reformation.

Begin in Mainz, home to the Gutenberg Museum and famous printed bible. Come to know Worms, and the very spot where Martin Luther refused to recant before the Imperial Diet on a guided walking tour. Visit Wartburg castle, Luther’s sanctuary after being “outlawed.” Here he spent his time translating the Bible into German. Enjoy a musical performance played on medieval instruments inside the home Johann Sebastian Bach. Discover Leipzig’s St. Thomas Cathedral. Visit Eiselben where Luther was born and died and explore the museum inside the home he was born in. Tour the Augustinian Monastery where Luther studied, and enjoy a prayer service. Travel to Wittenberg to visit the grounds of Wittenberg University with its Luther house, the city church where Luther offered services, and the Castle Church where he set off the reformation by nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door. Have services in one of the medieval churches from Luther’s time. Spend two nights in the lovely old town of Dresden along the banks of the river Elbe. Enjoy unique dinners, including a cellar dinner and a brewery tour, where you sample beers before a typical German meal. This epic journey takes you across Germany and deep into the history of Lutheranism.
Click here for more info
Thank You from Trinity Food Pantry
The Trinity Food Pantry regularly adds to the delivery from Winnipeg Harvest to make the hampers more generous and healthful. The January delivery from Harvest was very meager. The Food Pantry was able to substantially enhance the hampers thanks to the donations faithfully received from individuals and congregations.  
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.

Registration deadline is January 31.

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
Staff Positions Available – Apply Now
Too early to think about a job for this spring or summer? NOPE!
BEST. JOB. EVER. That’s working at LV. It gives incredible life experience, is hard work, is extremely meaningful, has you meeting many people and probably life-long friends and even pays better than working at Disney. (Yep, it does!)

Luther Village is the place.

You will be educated and learn more than you ever expected. You will be working and living in the great outdoors, having opportunity to canoe, kayak, SUP board, fish and hike, be involved in the programs of LV and work among other Christians sharing God’s love with everyone. It’s pretty much a dream job really.

We are accepting applications now until February 28, 2017 for all areas: Kitchen, Program, Maintenance, Lifeguard, Office – a variety of jobs in each department. See links to all job descriptions

Talk to our 2016 staff to hear about their incredible experiences whilst working at LV.
Staff hoping to work at LV again have a separate application to fill out. Interviews will take place early March with hiring completed by March 20

Luther Village AGM
February 16, 2017, 7 pm at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 560 Arlington St., Winnipeg. All are welcome.
The Urban Update
Happy New Year from the Urban

Meal Team Dates Open for January, February & March 2017:
January 29;
February 2, 8, 9, 15, 23;
March 2, 8, 9, 16, 23, 29 30.
For more information about meal teams or to add one to the calendar please contact

Winter Needs: blankets/sheets/pillows, sleeping bags for the homeless, long johns, warm sweaters, wool or warm socks, regular socks (men's, women's, children's), underwear (men's, women's, children's), towels, facecloths, coats any size with all buttons and/or working zippers (particularly men's large or extra-large), boots (any kind), slippers (handmade or otherwise), used backpacks (especially for adults - any condition as long as the zippers work) are always welcomed.

Need for Emergency Food at the Urban: Pasta (macaroni, spaghetti, egg noodles, Side Kicks, rice); canned meat (salmon, tuna, ham, Klik or Spam, ravioli, zoodles); instant noodles (beef, chicken, mama noodles); cereal; soups (tomato, vegetable, chicken noodle, mushroom, Campbell's chunky soups); Kraft Dinner; peanut butter; jams; crackers; cookies; jarred baby food; baby formula; diapers (sizes 4 & 5); baby wipes; shampoos; socks (men's, women's & children's); toilet paper; sanitary pads/tampons, and tooth brushes.

Also needed: empty margarine/yogurt containers; plastic grocery bags. Coffee for the coffee urn and powdered creamer are always welcomed donations as the coffee is always on here for those who attend!

Please contact for drop off times. Thanks so much.
Read the January newsletter here

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 to FaithLife Financial who will be matching the first $300.

Like us on Facebook and share the event. Looking forward to seeing you on February 4.
Live Music is Better, 20th Annual Coffee House
The 20th Annual Live Music is Better Coffee House returns to St James Anglican Church, 195 Collegiate Street Feb. 8, 2017. This coffee house
features cherished local performers who acted on a vision to promote Winnipeg Harvest and raise funds and interest. For 20 years, this coffee
house has played to packed audiences and given voice to many varied artists.

Winnipeg Harvest matches the amount of food brought in and the event brings in needed cash donations. Winnipeg Harvest was created to bring relief to those who have trouble making ends meet and who live paycheque to paycheque. Churches and agencies partner with Winnipeg Harvest as locations where clients pick up their groceries. Many live in the neighborhoods of the church. Both St. Stephen and St. Bede, 99 Turner Avenue and St. James Anglican, 195 Collegiate Street, host food banks that serve about 25 clients. Admission to the coffee house is $5 and there are many silent auction prizes available. For additional information contact Paul Hazelton at 204.888.3489.

Doors open at 7:30, admission $5,00, silent auction, and free donuts and fair trade coffee and tea. The poster with lineup is attached. As always, we hope Harvest will provide someone to speak about Harvest, what it does, and how important it is to the community. Because this is a special anniversary we are hoping that David will be able to attend and say something on behalf of Harvest.




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