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COVID-19 Updates

Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ.

It seems that there are updates and changes each day. Please continue to check the MNO Synod website and the ELCIC website for ongoing updates. If you think that other information should be added, please email us to let us know.

Please continue to pray.

Your clergy, leaders, communities, and countries across the world need others to hold them up in prayer during this time. Please know that others are praying for you as well.
Manitoba Health has released a new Public Health Order. All ministries, including the MNO Synod Office, are required to work remotely Apr. 1-14.

During this time, our staff will continue to work but will only be accessible through email:
Bishop Jason Zinko:  mnobishop@elcic.ca
Donna Jackson:  mnosynod@elcic.ca
Deacon Michelle Collins:  mcollins@elcic.ca
We have provided a solution for congregations to continue receiving your financial support. Through our webpage you are able to donate to your congregation or synod ministry by credit card or Paypal. Please continue to support your local congregation.
MNO Synod is compiling resources and materials for clergy, congregations, and members to use. It will be updated as we receive information. Click here.

The ELCIC National Office is maintaining a list of resources as well. Be sure to check the “Livestreaming Resources” link on the left side of the page.
The Lutheran World Federation is working on Holy Week resources including background resources and sample liturgies. They offer local communities the possibility to experience a deeper sense of the global nature of our Lutheran communion by jointly worshipping, while physically distant, and in many cases confined to their homes. Links will be shared when available.
Many have asked for guidance about liturgical practices like communion, funerals, etc. Our Bishops across the ELCIC are currently working on a joint statement with recommendations and guidelines. This will be sent to our rostered leaders and posted on our website.
Social isolation presents a significant mental health concern. Please stay connected with each other by phone, email, video, social media, etc. This is a crucial time for us to live out the gospel in our service to others. Please also consider how you can reach out to your neighbours, friends, and families – particularly seniors and other people vulnerable to infection.

Synod Staff Change

In the midst of all that is going on, we also say good-bye to Debbie Beyer who has decided that the time is right for her retirement. Her last day will be in mid-April, and we will have more information in a future newsletter.
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