Westminster News 
10 December 2017

Thoughts & prayers …

This week we hold in our thoughts and prayers, the congregation and staff of Kirkfield Park United Church.

Please also remember in your thoughts and prayers the Robert & Linda Campbell family on the recent death of Robert’s father, Frank Campbell who passed away in Roblin on November 30 at the age of 96. The family plans to hold a graveside service in the spring at Arrow River Cemetery where Frank’s parents and grandparents are buried.

White Gift Sunday

Today is White Gift Sunday. Your donations of new unwrapped toys / gifts or nonperishable food items will be donated to the Christmas Cheer Board.

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All children are invited to gather at the Children’s Table following the anthem for a quiet activity to help them engage in and experience the gospel message, while allowing them to move around and explore in ways that come naturally to them. Along with a craft activity they will find Children’s Bulletins in two different developmental levels containing activities relating to the day. Today we celebrate the second Sunday of Advent. During Advent we recognize that Christmas isn’t here yet and we celebrate the journey to Bethlehem and the manger. This week at the Children’s Table, create a donkey to help you mark your journey through Advent on your very own Advent colouring map. For more information about the Children’s Table, contact Teri Skakum, Child and Family Coordinator, at teri@westminsterchurch.org.

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Westminster News 
3 December 2017

Today’s Communion offering …

… will be donated to the Bell Tower Community Café. Please give generously to this work which is close to all of our hearts. We are all pleased with the work that they do, and the effort that is put forth by all involved for its continuing successes. Thank you.

Report from the Board

The Board met on Tuesday, November 21st, and spent some time reflecting on the weekend with Dr. John Pentland, and the number of useful ideas and enthusiasm that we took away from the experience. At the January Board meeting, we will spend time planning our next steps forward into our next 125 years, so look for notices about how to be involved. We’re getting a new music library! As part of the clean up project, the music in the main floor library was identified as a first step to becoming more organized, and the space formerly occupied by the Project Peacemakers group has been getting a refresh, with new shelving ordered, and dedicated music storage boxes for the music scores. We expect this project to be well under way before Christmas, with Nathan moving into this new space very soon. A huge vote of thanks to Shannon MacFarlane for her help in getting this project underway. If you’d like to help with assembling the shelving and moving a few boxes upstairs, please speak with Shannon or with me — Carol Latter.

This week we hold in our thoughts and prayers, the congregation and staff of Kildonan United Church.

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Westminster News 
26 November 2017

Celebrations

This morning we celebrate with Kevin and Brittany Bernier and their daughter Kinsley as they join the Westminster United Church family through confirmation and baptism. Kevin and Brittany were married at Westminster United Church. Kevin grew up in Fisher Branch and is an RCMP officer currently serving out of Portage La Prairie. Brittany grew up in The Pas, where she attended Westminster United Church (small world). Brittany was a teacher until the birth of Kinsley. Kevin and Brittany moved from The Pas to Oakville, MB in this past year, but said they don’t mind the commute to the church. Welcome Kevin, Brittany and Kinsley!

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You’ve been asking … the winning bid for the beautiful Dresden Plate quilt that was donated by the Westminster Quilters, was from Megan McLeod and Hedley Auld for $2,250.00. Thank you Megan and Hedley and thank you Quilters! Above: the Westminster Quilting group (photo Roy Halstead).

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Westminster News 
19 November 2017

Messiah Fundraiser

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s Messiah on Friday & Saturday, December 15 & 16. When buying tickets, use the code WESTUC and get a 20% discount on the ticket price AND Westminster will receive a donation of 20%. WSO box office (204) 949-3999.

Mincemeat

Mincemeat time of year again! Westminster choir is happy once again to continue this tradition. $6.00 a tub will get you the best mincemeat in town. Tubs will be for sale after church for the next few Sundays. Enjoy!

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Westminster News 
12 November 2017

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In recital: Joshua Stafford

On Sunday, November 12th, at 2:30 pm, you’ll want to be in the sanctuary to hear a fresh young organist, Joshua Stafford, in recital, as the Westminster Concert Organ Series opens its 29th season. Hailing from Jamestown, New York, Joshua is the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey. Tickets are $25, with reduced prices for seniors and students.

A very happy birthday to Bernice Mort who will celebrate her 90th birthday on November 17th.

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