MNO Synod
Volume 10, Issue 18 September 21, 2016
ALIGN Update
Welcome Baby Adeline
CLAY Update

Mission Grants Available
Reformation Commemoration
"Martin Luther" Bus Trip to Minneapolis
Be Part of a Network Interested in Issues of Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice
Canada Lutheran Debuts New Columns
Images for ELCIC Worship Bulletin Covers
Yooth Loops
Luther Village Update
What if I got Hit by a Bus?
ids Helping Kids Activities Report For July and August 2016
Winds of Change: Send an Electronic Letter to your MPP/MLA
Care for the Human Spirit in Times of Illness
Engage Difference!
Job Opps
ALIGN Update
It was very encouraging to engage with the 80 Lutherans and Anglicans who came together at Faith Lutheran, Winnipeg for the information meeting (September 14) with Dr. Roxburgh and the ALIGN team. In addition to those who gathered in the worship space, there were several more who attended online. At the end of the level of excitement in this response is an inspiration to us and the ALIGN team. At the end of the evening, more than 30 persons signed up indicating their interest to come along on this exciting new journey as we seek out where God is active among our neighbours and in the neighbourhoods we call home. Since last week, we have learned of several more persons who are interested in becoming involved. The level of excitement in this response is an inspiration to us and the ALIGN team.

For those who were unable to attend, videos of the event were posted at

As explained at the meeting, for the first stage of this experimental journey, the ALIGN team has now chosen four neighbourhoods from where the greatest interest was expressed.  These are:  
        Wolseley/West End of Winnipeg
        Selkirk, MB area
        Southwest Winnipeg (Whyte Ridge, Lindenwoods, Waverley West, Richmond)
        West and East Kildonan, Winnipeg
(If your neighborhood was not chosen, please know that we really value your interest and will seek to include you in further stages of this work.)

If you live in one of these four neighborhoods and did not yet sign up, please indicate your interest by emailing us ASAP at  Please use this email address as well if you wish to be regularly updated on what is taking place with ALIGN.

View Alan's Power Point production here

Welcome Baby Adeline
The staff members of the MNO Synod and the Diocese of Rupert's Land held a shower Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the arrival of baby Adeline. Mom Lisa Janke was excited to receive this handmade quilt, crafted by Isla Marsh who volunteers in the Anglican archival department.
CLAY Update

From August 17-21, almost 1000 youth, leaders and volunteers from both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) gathered together in Charlottetown, PEI for several days filled with worship, learning and servant events. Canadian Lutheran-Anglican Youth (CLAY) participants engaged in the Reformation theme of Not for Sale.

The highlights of the event included serving the wider community through servant events on the first day together; being entertained and challenged through the work of the Drama Troupe; singing worship songs together during the Large Group Gatherings; and meeting other youths and leaders from across the country as they learned about the National Youth Project, The Right to Water.

The next CLAY gathering will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, hosted by the MNO Synod of the ELCIC and the Diocese of Algoma of the ACC, and will take place in August 2018.

Mission Grants Available
Does you congregation have some dreams for an outreach project later this fall or early in the New Year?
And if you haven’t been dreaming, why not start? 

Each year 90% of the interest earned from the National Church’s “Extension and Capital Fund” (a fund that exists to assist new mission work here in Canada) is divided among our five synods, which means that the MNO Synod Committee for Mission is looking to partner with you. We may be able to assist you in Partnership Support (support for more than one year) or Project Support (normally short term or one year projects). 

Our next application deadline is September 30
If you are wondering if your idea qualifies, click a link below or contact Pastor Larry (
CECF Criteria
Application for Partnership Support
Application for Project Support

Reformation Commemoration
Synod office is willing to coordinate and promote a synod wide emphasis from November 2016 to November 2017. We will begin to post ideas or your events on the synod website and Facebook page should the information reach the Communications Coordinator by November 1, 2017. We would also encourage partnerships wherever possible, and for events to be ecumenical as well. We would like to ensure that there are no conflicts of dates for congregations/groups and would be especially excited if we had an event every week anywhere across the synod. Wouldn’t it be great to travel around our synod to a variety of events and activities? Click here for more information
MNO Synod’s Reformation Commemoration Kick-off Bus Trip to Minneapolis

Can’t travel to Wittenberg Germany to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses on the church door?

……. then join Bishop Elaine and other fellow Lutherans for a Bus Trip to Minneapolis to visit the Exhibit of Martin Luther artifacts that have traveled from Germany to North America for the first time ever.

The Bus trip will take place from November 10 - 13, 2016
Find more information on the tour here

Be Part of a Network Interested in Issues of Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice

The ELCIC is seeking to create a network of members who are interested in issues of criminal justice and restorative justice. Network members will receive periodic updates on resources available and may be invited to give input on this area of work.

If you are interested in being part of this network, please contact Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Paul Gehrs at In July 2015, the ELCIC National Convention adopted a Resolution on the Criminal Justice and Correctional Systems in Canada. For more information, please click on the following link:
Canada Lutheran Debuts New Columns

Have you noticed new content in Canada Lutheran, the magazine of the ELCIC?

We are always trying to bring you fresh new ideas and content, engaging you in the wider church. We have recently introduced two new areas to the magazine, including:

In Mission: profiling individuals from all expressions of the ELCIC who are inspiring others with their clear call to mission.
Of Note: quick facts, quotes and ideas. Perfect if you just want to have a quick read and great to save for later when you want to use the links and information to delve deeper.

Have you noticed these new pages?
Have a comment on other areas of the magazine? We want to hear from you. Email us at with your feedback or suggestion.
Not a subscriber to Canada Lutheran? Don't miss another issue, email to sign up today.
Images for ELCIC Worship Bulletin Covers
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the day Luther nailed his theses on the church door in Wittenberg calling for the Church to reform itself. The ELCIC Program Committee for Worship (PCW) has put out a call for door images evoking reformation from across the church to be used on worship bulletin covers for the 2016-2017 liturgical year. 

The images can be of doors of any sort. The church door in Wittenberg was the bulletin board of the day. Doors combined with other symbols of the church or the reformation can carry the reformation to us too.  Images of doors with notices attached, crosses emblazoned, trinity celebrated or doors that invite us into the light, into contemplation of stability and beauty and into transition and change are all welcome.    

Please send images attached to an email to indicating the PHOTOGRAPHER who took the image and the LOCATION where the picture was taken. Tell the STORY: say something about why you took the image. Include the name of the congregation if

The PCW has asked David Solheim who provided bulletin cover images for three years and prepared the cross images last year to select and prepare the set of images for the bulletin covers again this year. Since the bulletin covers require a square image (like Instagram), Dave will crop your image as needed.  Dave says that from a practical point of view any jpeg (.jpg) image that is 2.6 MB or more in size can work.
All images for the first half year need to be submitted before October 7, 2016.
Yooth Loops

MNO Fall Youth Retreat: "One in 7 Billion"
October 7-10, 2016
at Luther Village
Guest presenter: Jeff Buhse (member of St Mark's Lutheran Church, Winnipeg, ELCIC National Church Council, LWF delegation to COP)
Talk to your pastor or youth leader for more information.
Synod contact: Rev. Tyler Gingrich, email

Letter to Youth Leaders
Leader Registration
Youth and Parent information
Youth Registration
Print poster here
Youth Wanted for CLAY 2018 National Planning Committee
The National Planning Committee for CLAY 2018 is seeking two youth who would like to be part of the planning team. Interested youth can apply by filling out the form found through this link: Application deadline is October 11, 2016. Youth must be available to attend the first planning meeting in London, ON from Nov. 17-20, 2016. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about being involved in youth ministry and having previously attended a CLAY event is an asset.
More Yooth News
Campus Ministry find more
Youth Service information here
Contact Pastor Tyler
Rev. Tyler Gingrich
text 204.218.4823
Luther Village Update
lvSummer is ending on a quieter note at Luther Village and we are kicking into gear for a beautiful Fall at the lake. We are offering new and one returning retreat:

Personal Retreat, September 16-25 for $20 + hst per night, including continental breakfast (you pick from one to five nights during this time)
Photography in the Woods, September 23-25 for $149 + hst
Professionals in their fields will be teaching and leading the Weekend in the Wild and Photography weekends.

For more information click here
What if I got Hit by a Bus?

This seminar provides participants with a comprehensive resource for organizing their personal wishes and information in a non-threatening, user friendlily format. It is geared at helping a person collate their personal information and wishes, and by doing so, ensure that this information is
readily available at the moment it is needed, thus reducing stress at a potentially stressful time.

Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberly Ave, Winnipeg
Saturday October 15, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Registration due by: October 8
Register by September 30 for early bird discount
Print brochure here
Print poster here
Winds of Change: Send an Electronic Letter to your MPP/MLA

Education for Reconciliation: Call to Action #62

This year, the Winds of Change campaign will focus on TRC Call to Action #62.

KAIROS and the Legacy of Hope Foundation agree with the TRC that education is the key to reconciliation. #62 calls for the residential school legacy, Treaties and past and present Indigenous contributions to this country to be a mandatory part of the curriculum in each province and territory. This is crucial – without a shared understanding of how our collective past brought us to where we are today, we will not be able to walk together into a better future. As the campaign progresses, KAIROS will focus on additional Calls to Action.

What You Can Do

Download and circulate the petition for your province or territory calling for the implementation of Call to Action #62.
Send an electronic letter to your MP/MLA calling for implementation of Call to Action 62.1
Read the report card to see how close each province and territory is to making this change to the curriculum.
Host a workshop or event to bring you and your community into the Winds of Change campaign.
Meet with provincial representatives and education authorities. We’ll have more information soon.
Find out more
Kids Helping Kids Activities Report From Fanta (Cameroon)
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In July we had two meetings, the first was on the 10 during which we studied the documents given by Samaritan Purse. It was based on the gift of God and the life of Jesus Christ when he was on earth.

The second meeting was on the July 25 which was mainly for food distribution because we didn’t had enough time to do it on the 10 and the kids choose themselves the date of the 25 to come for their food.

During each meeting we prayed for the donators in MNO synod in Canada, for those who are ill, for the kids themselves and their different families. At the end of each meeting we sang and danced before everyone went back home.

Read more here
Care for the Human Spirit in Times of Illness

Spirituality, Illness and Health │Spiritual issues in the suffering related to illness│The Spiritual Care Visit: Listening, Empathy, and Communication│What you need to know about visiting in a health centre

$50 │$40 Early bird—before October 10th
Includes a light lunch │Dietary options available
To register : Fill out the registration form attached and send with your cheque to:
Peter Dyck, 505 - 11 Evergreen Place, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2T9
For questions or information contact Peter at: or 204-255-3826
Engage Difference!

Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry is coming to Vancouver this Fall

Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) is a 5-day interactive and engaging program with practical ideas for implementation in your own context. DUIM is for Christian ministry leaders nurturing cultural relevance, understanding, and awareness in their communities. Registration is open to anyone who is interested, or through Canadian Churches Forum partners.

Vancouver, BC October 17-21, 2016
Gilmore Park United Church, 8060 #1 Road, Richmond, BC
(Registration deadline is on September 19)

Course runs 9:00 a.m. Monday to 5:00 p.m. of Friday. Evening activities are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Program ends at 5:00 p.m. on all other evenings. Cost is $895 (non-residential program; $100 deposit to confirm registration). Suggestions for local accommodation will be provided for out-of-town participants. Bursaries are available. For more information and to register, please go to Details on future programs are also available on the website.
Job Opps
Here is a list of employment opportunities
CLWR - Administrative Assistant –Community Relations click here
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - Administrative Assistant - click here
Rupert's Land News is Hiring a New Editor click here


Empowered by God ~ Shepherding the church ~ Serving the world
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