MNO Synod
Volume 10, Issue 28 November 30, 2016
Convention Fees
Advent Open House
Final CrossWord for 2016
Commemoration Events in the MNO Synod
Bishop Elaine Visits Thunder Bay
Compassionate Justice Devotions
Yooth Loops
Urban Update
Luther Village Update
Sunday School Class Inspired By ELCIC Reformation Challenge
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017
Orders Of Ministry Study Guide
CLWR Update
Introducing Instant Advent: Free Daily Advent Activities for Kids
To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves

Job Opps
The MNO Synod Council has worked hard to ensure that appeals to congregations are limited to specific periods of time during a year. Here is how that distribution occurs annually. We hope it will assist congregations in their planning for the year, in terms of budget and support for the wider church

The MNO Synod Mission as Hope Appeal is usually forwarded to the congregations in the first two months of the year and is approved annually by the Synod Council. This appeal is mainly to support synod ministries and new initiatives that address our changing context. Congregations may choose to promote the appeal any time during the year.

The ELCIC Praise Appeal is promoted annually as well. This is an opportunity to give second mile gifts to the national expression of the church. Materials are sent through electronic means from the National Office or a congregation may receive materials directly from the ELCIC Orders desk. Congregations are encouraged to set aside a minimum of one Sunday per year for this appeal.

The Reformation Challenge is also a unique way to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Many congregations have responded to the promotion through on-line communications or in the Canada Lutheran. It is hoped that the Reformation Challenge will continue on for another biennial as it addresses our responses to our global partnerships- Lutheran World Federation and the Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, as well as pertinent needs today with respect to refugee sponsorships and tree-planting. The ELCIC has met the refugee sponsorship goal and we hope to meet the other goals as soon as possible.

From time to time our partners also seek approval for Appeals. In the past those have come from Lutheran Theological Seminary, The Lutheran Urban Ministry or Luther Village, our church camp. The appeals are promoted during a specific three month period, unless otherwise indicated and they must be approved by the synod council before communication is sent to the congregation. Congregations are invited to support those appeals directly.

Thank you for your support of each of these important appeals and ministries. We are encouraged by your partnership and look forward to these ministry opportunities being supported into the future.

Convention Fees
Most congregations are preparing their 2017 budgets in preparation for their annual general meetings. The MNO Synod Council has recently approved a schedule for convention delegate fees that combines both national and synod convention fees into one levy for congregations. The 2017 National Convention fees will be paid by synod funds. In 2017, however, congregations will be invoiced for one-half of the 2018 synod convention costs based on their membership. Information will be sent to congregational treasurers, chairs and pastors this week regarding the fee structure for the coming years.
Advent Open House
Final CrossWord for 2016
Just a note to anyone wanting to share their news or events prior to Christmas, the final CrossWord for 2016 will be
published December 7.

Coming out of the break, the first issue of 2017 will be released January 4.

All items should be in to Rick Scherger no later than noon on January 3.
Commemoration of the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation
2017 Reformation Commemoration Events
On Oct 31, 2016 we rejoiced as the LWF and Vatican leadership joined together in a Service of Common Prayer in the Lund Cathedral. Watch the recording of the Livestream here.

The CCCB and the ELCIC will jointly release five studies for 2017
Some congregations may want to do the studies with their local Catholic church colleagues. The MNO Synod and the Roman Catholic Dioceses of St. Boniface and Winnipeg have set monthly dates for gatherings around the five studies. The three bishops will be in attendance at those gatherings and we will be coordinating facilitators of the studies in the coming weeks.

Please put the following dates on your Winnipeg and area calendars. We hope you will join your Roman Catholic and Lutheran neighbours in some or all of these gatherings. Winnipeg Host congregations will be contacted in the next week to confirm their participation in the gatherings.

Feb 28- Shrove Tuesday - we are looking for 3 Men's groups to help us provide a pancake meal. Perhaps your men's group would be interested in assisting the host congregation in providing the meal.
March 16
April 19
May 23
June 20- BBQ supper with assistance of Knights of Columbus groups
Each of the gatherings will include worship, study, presentations and small group discussions. We look forward to your participation.
Commemoration Events in the MNO Synod
The Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede announces two events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses of Martin Luther in Fall 2017:
November 18, 2017 Professor Timothy Wengert
November 25, 2017 Professor Dirk Lange
St. Stephen and St. Bede is also looking for volunteers who can assist promoting and running these events
Click here to find out how to get involved
Bishop Elaine Visits Thunder Bay
MNO Synod-ELCIC clergy gathering in Thunder Bay. What a great group of leaders, both active and retired, who serve the flock in the NWO AREA.

Breakfast was served at Cindy Loohoos cafe, a wonderful gathering place where Alpha groups meet and where Hilldale's 20th anniversary dinner was prepared.

Compassionate Justice Devotions
Compassionate Justice Devotions for the Season after Epiphany from MNO to be used by congregations in the month of January - look for it soon
Yooth Loops
MNO Youth and Campus Service
Sherwood Park Lutheran Church, Winnipeg
7 Tudor Cres., Winnipeg, Manitoba R2K 2A5
Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Our Monthly Youth and Campus Service will be Sunday, December 4
Hosted by Sherwood Park Lutheran Church, with music by Prairie Fire synod youth band.

All youth groups are invited for supper at 5:00 p.m.
$5.00 person all included

RSVP with numbers to Lisa at 204.293.6357 or by
Thursday, December 1
More info
MNO Youth and Campus Services
Find the upcoming youth service schedule by clicking here
Winter Youth Retreat in Steinbach
Set aside time for the Louis Riel (Family Day in ON) weekend, February 18-20, and plan to have your youth group there.
Registration materials will be out (and available on the synod website) before Christmas.
Contact Pastor Tyler
Rev. Tyler Gingrich
text 204.218.4823
Urban Update
Meal Team Dates Open for January 2017
January 4, 5, 11, 12, 15, 25, 26, 29 (please contact

Winter Needs
blankets/sheets/pillows, sleeping bags for the homeless, long johns, warm sweaters, mitts/hats/scarves, wool or warm socks, regular socks (men's, women's, children's), underwear (men's, women's, children's), towels, facecloths, coats any size (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; and colouring books (can be partially used, we tear out the pages for Urban kids to colour here) and used crayons/pencil crayons. 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.
Read the Ministry Manager November Newsletter here

Luther Village Update
What is Giving Tuesday?
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday. You can still join the national movement dedicated to giving back. There are two days good for the economy; now there is one day that is good for the community too.

Luther Village’s Giving Challenge goal is $40,000 and we are working toward that goal with your help. You can still give online via our website right now Just a few clicks, or mail a cheque, or call in a credit card to give to the place that changes lives, one camper at a time.

Sunday School Class Inspired By ELCIC Reformation Challenge
“Where does my offering go?” 

For one certain group of Sunday School children from Winnipeg, Manitoba, that thought has never even crossed their minds.

“We had heard about the different areas of the ELCIC Reformation Challenge, and felt as though raising money for scholarships for children in Jordan and the Holy Land would be a nice way to get the kids of our church more involved with their giving,” said Messiah Lutheran’s Co-Sunday School Coordinator and Christian Education Coordinator, Teri Skakum. 

“We switched over our offering goals for the two years leading up to the reformation, and created this big chart for the kids. We thought that $1,500 (the cost of approximately one scholarship) over two years with our 20 Sunday School kids would be a great number to work towards, so we broke it down into three more manageable $500 chunks.”

To say that the children of Messiah Lutheran fully embraced the idea of bringing their money every Sunday would be an understatement. According to Skakum, most of the kids just couldn’t get enough of the idea. 
Read more

You can find out more about the ELCIC Reformation Challenge at

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
Orders Of Ministry Study Guide
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) invites members and congregations to participate in a church-wide study and reflection surrounding the Orders of Ministry Study Guide.

The study was produced by the Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD). In May 2015, the ELCIC's National Church Council (NCC) asked FOD to study orders of ministry with particular attention to diakonia and Diaconal Ministry.

Rev. André Lavergne, Assistant to the Bishop, ecumenical and interfaith, believes this work will not only be beneficial for the ELCIC and NCC, but also for members of the church who want to share a deeper understanding of the roles of their ministers. 

The study guide can be found online and downloaded by individual congregations to use as they are able. The due date for responses is April 17th, 2017. Access to the material can be found at
CLWR Update
We Care Quick Kit
Christmas is quickly approaching, and CLWR has a variety of options available for those wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle of the local shopping centres. The We Care Quick Kit is a great option for those wanting to support children in need, but don't have the time to shop around during the busy holidays.

The quick kit is an ideal choice for those wishing to contribute a tangible gift instantly during the holidays. For every pledge a We Care Learning and Living kit will be assembled at our Winnipeg warehouse location to be included in a future shipment.

Please also see our Gifts from the Heart catalogue for many other great Christmas ideas.
Gifts from the Heart are meaningful and tangible gifts that will share God's love with the world.
There is something to inspire and delight your friends and family members on any special occasion.
No matter which you choose, the gifts you give are saving and changing lives.

Learn more about Gifts from the Heart
CLWR Sunday Worship Resources
CLWR Sunday is an opportunity for congregations to celebrate the church's international humanitarian work undertaken by CLWR. The worship resources include reflections on scripture passages, music selections and prayers. To these, we've added stories about aid and development work that Lutherans like you are supporting, and suggestions for activities and further resources for your congregation.

Download the ELCIC worship resources

Introducing Instant Advent: Free Daily Advent Activities for Kids
Add faith and meaning to your child’s holiday
As we near the time of Baby Jesus’ birth, the Sparkhouse Family team has been brainstorming about how to help families engage the Advent season in new and meaningful ways. To provide a simple and quick way for parents to infuse faith into their daily holiday rituals, we’ve created a series of FREE daily devotionals complete with videos and activities for kids. Bonus? It takes only a few minutes a day.

You can see a sample video and activity here. But before printing those, make sure to click the green “sign up” button to receive these FREE daily devotionals in your email from November 27 - December 25.
To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves
The Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) has released To Love Our Neighbours As Ourselves: A Study on Orders of Ministry in the ELCICTo Love Our Neighbours affords the whole church an opportunity to think about diakonia -the servant-ministry of the baptized - as we collaborate to uphold God's mission in a changing Canadian context. To Love Our Neighbour includes a survey in which ELCIC members are asked to help shape FOD's September, 2017 word to National Church Council. Make this study part of your congregation's January adult learning program. 

To download the Orders of Ministry Study Guide, please click here 
Job Opps
Find a list of employment opportunities below
Lutheran Theological Seminary - President - click here
Development and Peace - temporary part-time (28 hours/week) Animator at the In-Canada Programs Department - click here


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