CrossWord --- The MNO Synodical Periodical
Volume 10, Issue 10 May 12, 2016
In This Issue  
CLWR Fort McMurray Appeal
Northern Justice and Reconciliation Tour
Cameroon Companions
Welcome Pastor Chris Bishopp
MNO Walks the Pride Parade
Disciple's Prayer Book
Faith Order and Doctrine
National Worship Conference
Truth and Love Rally
In the Next Canada Lutheran
Yooth Loops
Luther Village Update
Gloria Dei Garage Sale
Pathways to Reconciliation
WINNIPEG: KAIROS Mass Blanket Exercise
Mission Potluck Tour with Nuna(Now)
What If I got HIT by a Bus
Job Opps
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Thank you, God, for a meaningful synod convention, for those opportunities where your love has grown, where your Word has been heard, where the gifts for ministry have been strengthened through the work you have called us to do. Blessing to our former chair, Brian Lorch and treasurer, Allan Francis;  for their faithful presence and work among us; for their gifts of organization and "big picture" visioning that helped us as a synod this last decade. Be with each of our congregations as they minister in their local context. Strengthen the rostered ministers as they care for and lead your people.

It has been a week of heartache and anxious moments for many. Please remember the following:
Read Bishop Elaine's prayers by clicking here

CLWR Fort McMurray Appeal
SPECIAL APPEAL: Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief
The ELCIC, through our partnership with CLWR, issues an appeal for prayers and financial support for all those suffering loss due to the wildfires striking northern Alberta and the city of Fort McMurray in particular.
Appeal and donation information can be found here:http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=441
Northern Justice And Reconciliation Tour
June 28-July 5, 2016
Departure from St. Stephen and St. Bede, 99 Turner Avenue early morning on June 28
Registration $100
To register or for additional information contact 204.837.9812 or The Rev. Ted Chell (204.775.3536)

Featured Guests:
Bishop Mark Macdonald (National Indigenous Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada)
Bishop Elaine Sauer (MNO Synod of the ELCIC)
The Rev. Dr. Dirk Lange (Professor, Luther Seminary)

Participants on this tour will visit a northern indigenous culture, learn about the justice issues facing the north and ways to achieve reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people.
Print poster here
Cameroon Companions
In January, Peter Kostiuk and Pastor Lynne Hutchison of Zion St. Luke congregation and Pastor Katharine Bergbusch travelled to Cameroon for three weeks at the invitation of Bishop Ngozo of our global companion church and on behalf of MNO Synod. The purpose of the visit was to promote the leadership of women in the church. Our experiences included conversations with leaders, ordained and lay women, youth and councils as well as a baptism, an ordination service and the orphaned children program that MNO supports. We would like to share our visit with you. 

To book a presentation in your congregation or organization:
Contact Katharine Bergbusch at kamaber@gmail.com or phone 204.897.8622.

Welcome Pastor Chris Bishopp
Photos from the Installation Service for Pastor Chris Bishopp. 
MNO Walks the Pride Parade
You are invited to take part in the Winnipeg Pride Parade, Sunday, June 5, 2016, with others from the MNO Synod. This year’s theme is “Be Authentic.”

Register as soon as possible and we will keep you informed about pre-parade gatherings where we’ll talk about the theme and make posters, and share ideas about what to wear so we stand out as a unified group.

For more details and to register, contact Lisa Janke:lisajanke@hotmail.com
For more info click here
A Disciple’s PRAYER BOOK
“A Disciple’s PRAYER BOOK”, developed by the Indigenous Theological Training Institute in Minneapolis, was given to each delegate and visitor who attended the MNO Synod Convention in April. Some of our congregations have indicated that they would like more copies of this booklet.

If your congregation is also interested in receiving more copies, please email dbeyer@elcic.ca indicating the number of copies you wish to order by Wednesday, May 18. The cost is $15 per booklet. Each congregation will be asked to arrange for delivery of the booklets to their congregations.
Faith Order and Doctrine
So, why do you have a calling, but I have a job?
Intriguing question. Have we done enough to help our members understand that we all have a vocation? We all have a calling. Two papers have been prepared by the MNO Synod to aid in discussions around first our diaconal ministry and then our common calling by baptism.

The Committee for Faith Order and Doctrine has initiated conversations about the call to ordained and consecrated ministry. But is this discussion of “call” and “vocation” complete without a discussion of the universal call to discipleship we all have by virtue of our baptism?

The MNO Synod has prepared a paper to the Committee for Faith Order and Doctrine describing the impact of diaconal ministry in our synod. We researched our ministers, gathered information from their working partners, and consulted clergy colleagues to form a picture of diaconal ministry as we know it in MNO. The paper asks diaconal ministers how they came to discern their call; who influenced that discernment; how is diaconal ministry distinct from ordained ministry? Similar questions were asked of working partners and clergy colleagues, seeking to clarify the commonalities and the distinctiveness of diaconal and ordained ministries. Some very important, unanswered questions emerged for discussion within our congregations.

The second paper addresses the common call to discipleship. What is your vocation, your God-given calling, as a parent, spouse, truck driver, educator, or any other of our work lives? How does what we do contribute to God’s bringing about the kingdom of heaven among us? Does our calling change over time, as life stages change? This paper explores these questions and more and offers a study guide for congregational conversations. Please read it. Please use it.

You will find these papers attached below:
Our Common Vocation (
Document has been Updated)
Report to FOD Diaconal Ministry

Tell us what you think. Tell us how you have used either or both of these documents.
Contact Rick Scherger rscherger@elcic.ca with your comments.
National Worship Conference
Plan to be part of Formation and Reformation on July 24-27, 2016 in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, the Joint National Worship Conference of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

With an emphasis on justice and God’s mission, the National Worship Conference brings together presenters and participants from across Canada to explore diverse styles of worship. Discover how art, drama, food, fun, poetry, multimedia, music, movement, nature, spiritual elements, and story-telling can be interwoven with Anglican, Lutheran and cross-generational threads, to create meaningful and transformational worship.

10 important (and fun) reasons why you should attend the Anglican–Lutheran National Worship Conference

Find out more on the National Worship Conference website.

Truth and Love Rally
Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weberwith music by the Good Shepherd Worship Band
Memorial Auditorium, Concordia College,  Moorhead, MN
May 20 @ 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Buy Your Ticket Today – $10/Ticket!

(Tickets will be $15 at the door)

Teens and adults are invited to a night of praise, music and discussion all centered around speaking the truth in love, led by Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber.

She is the founding pastor of House for All Saints and Sinners in Denver, Colorado, and the author of the New York Times best-seller Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People.
More information here

In the Next Canada Lutheran - Coming in June

Youth Loops
yoothloopsRequest of pastors/congregations:
Do you have young people going to post-secondary schools?
Please let Pastor Tyler know, as best you can, who may be attending college/university this coming academic year.
Email: tgingrich@elcic.ca
Pre-CLAY Event
Sunday, May 29 - "Save the date" for a Pre-CLAY event in the afternoon and evening.
(See the FB-event page for more information) 
There will be activities, orientation information for leaders, and Prairie Fire will be playing music.
Wishing college and university students well with their exams and final assignments.
Congratulations to those who are graduating.
And, all the best with summer activities and work as that gets underway for many at this time of year.
Luther Village Update
lvWork Weekend
Last call for our work weekend coming up this weekend. Let us know if you are coming to help out so we can count you in. lv@luthervillage.ca or call 204.898.4052.

May Long Weekend
Stay for 3 nights and pay for 2. What a deal to spend the long weekend, our opening weekend out at Luther Village to get our 53rd season rolling. The long-range forecast is positive – looking sunny and warm, and there are some cabins still available. It’s time to book a cabin or campsite and head out to camp. #seeyouatLV

Bikeathon – May 27-29
Join us for our 30th Bikeathon. Registration forms and details on our website www.luthervillage.ca
Gloria Dei Lutheran Annual Garage Sale
Gloria Dei Lutheran (637 Buckingham Road in Charleswood) is having their annual Garage Sale (indoors) on May 13 and 14.

The Youth are also putting on a Bake Sale and BBQ. 

Please drop in and check out the lightly used items up for sale, the yummy treats at the Bake Sale, and have lunch or supper at the BBQ.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Faith Gardens Fundraiser Featuring REWiND
An invitation from Faith Lutheran Church and Faith Gardens Inc.

Many of you may not realize that Faith Lutheran Church, over the years, has formed arm's length corporations to facilitate our outreach ministry in the most efficient manner. One such entity is Faith Gardens Inc., which was formed to bring River Park Gardens PCH into existence. Faith Gardens Inc. is an integral part of Faith Lutheran Church. The primary purpose of FGI at this time is to support the ministry of Faith Lutheran Church at River Park Gardens. The Spiritual Care Program has become an important part of the lives of the residents and staff at River Park Gardens. Residents come from all over Winnipeg, and from varied ethnic and religious backgrounds. You may even have a direct or indirect connection to someone who lives or works there.

Faith Gardens Inc.

Saturday May 14, 2016 7:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, 1311 Dakota Street

The <<REWiND<< group puts on a marvelous performance of Pop, Rock and Doo Wop from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Check out their website,
www.rewindharmonies.com. We anticipate selling 300 tickets. Plan to attend, and you are guaranteed a fun evening, of music, humour, dance, refreshments and a silent auction. Invite your friends. Spread the word. This is open to all. Well worth the price of admission.

Contact Dan @ 204.254.4690 for information or tickets $25
Pathways to Reconciliation
A gathering connecting Canadians in conversations. 
June 15-18, 2016 - Winnipeg

Pathways to Reconciliation will bring a cross-section of Canadians together to examine work done to date and take steps towards reconciliation.

One year after the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this gathering will explore understandings of reconciliation and ways to implement and monitor reconciliation initiatives.
Find out more by clicking here

WINNIPEG: KAIROS Mass Blanket Exercise
Last year, during the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Closing in Ottawa, A7G along with KAIROS Canada, local Blanket Exercise facilitators and youth leaders, brought together over 400 participants to Parliament Hill for a Mass Blanket Exercise. 

This year there will be Mass Blanket Exercises led by Indigenous youth leaders and settler allies happening across the country, in honour of the TRC and the continued work that needs to happen in order to see reconciliation happen in Canada.

Reconciliation cannot begin unless the truth is heard. Come join us on the front steps of the legislative building on Saturday June 4, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine.
Find event details here
Mission Potluck Tour with Nuna(Now)
Touring Winnipeg and the Interlake in May/June 2016

One Trunk Theatre is pleased to be Nuna (Now)'s touring show for the 2016 Festival!

One Trunk’s hit Mission Potluck is back and more rambunctious than ever. Come and join us in Winnipeg or on the road this spring.

Mission Potluck flips history on its head in this play collectively created and performed by comediennes Claire Therese Friesen, Gwendolyn Collins, Andraea Sartison, Jacqueline Harding and Anna-Laure Koop.

A mashup of comedy, music and poetic monologues, Mission Potluck brings to the stage the story of a Lutheran Ladies League’s ill-fated fundraising efforts in Gimli in the 1920s. This perfectly devised ensemble piece is inspired by the true story of First Lutheran’s (Winnipeg) fundraising efforts to build Gimli’s first seniors home in the early part of the century. 

Find event details here
What If I got HIT by a Bus
The Parish of St. Mary Magdalene will be hosting the next "What If I got HIT by a Bus" Seminar
May 21, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This seminar will provide participants with a comprehensive resource for organizing one's personal wishes and information in a nonthreatening, user-friendly manual. This 2 hour seminar is geared at helping a person organize their personal information and wishes, and in turn ensuring that family members have this information at their finger-tips, thus reducing stress at a very stressful time.

Please see the links below for more information. St. Mary Magdalene's Parish would like to open this seminar up to neighbouring parishes.

If you are interested, please register using the brochure link below:
General Web page: http://www.rupertsland.ca/event/what-if-i-got-hit-by-a-bus-3/
Seminar Information: http://www.rupertsland.ca/wp-content/uploads/What-if....-Are-you-Prepared.pdf
Brochure Link: http://www.rupertsland.ca/wp-content/uploads/What-If-St-Mary-Mag-May-21-2016.pdf
Job Opps
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is seeking a full-time Communications
Manager at its Winnipeg office. Please circulate this job posting

Inspired by God's love for humanity, Canadian Lutheran World Relief challenges the causes and responds to the consequences of human suffering and poverty, through community development, emergency relief, refugee resettlement and other programs.

Reporting to the Community Relations Director, the Communications Manager, a key member of the Community Relations Team, will work closely with the Community Relations Director in developing and implementing the Community Relations Communications and Resource Generation Plan.

The Communications Manager is responsible for the communications and promotional functions of the team, providing management of web-based communication tools, social media, and the promotional and design needs of the agency.

Click here for the full job description.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to hr@clwr.mb.ca by May 19, 2016.



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