Westminster News 
10 February 2019

Random notes …

  • This week in the prayer cycle we remember our Overseas Personnel.
  • Our condolences to the family and friends of Forrest Hetland who died February 2. A Family Service was held here in the Chapel this past Thursday. Please remember the family in your prayers.
  • Sherri will be on a week of continuing education Feb. 11 to 17, 2019. Please call the office in event of pastoral emergency.
  • Sunday, 17 February 2019: Guest Preacher/Worship Leader, Michelle Owens, Principal of the Centre for Christian Studies. We look forward to welcoming Michelle as guest preacher on Sunday February 17.

We are trying something new!

Coffee and Conversation with the Minister – Rev. Sherri invites you to stop by for a time of informal conversation along with some coffee, tea and goodies – no agenda, no expectations, just a time to visit.……coming Wednesdays mornings, 10 am to 11 am; March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10….attend one, two, three or all four! No need to call ahead, just drop by! (however we will need to end at 11 am)

An afternoon of Gospel music

Today, The Alleluia Singers present “An afternoon of Gospel music” at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church on Sunday, February 10th at 2:00 pm. Come and enjoy a relaxing, uplifting afternoon of beautiful music. Tickets are $10 and available from a choir member or at the door.

Congregational luncheon

This is an invitation from the new Congregational Care Committee (formerly known as the Fellowship Committee): Please join us for a congregational luncheon after church on Feb. 24 (instead of a Pancake Supper this year). Check out the sign-up sheet in the Lecture Hall.

Diana Butler Bass book study … save the date!

Sundays, March 10th, 24th, 31st and April 7th (after church, from 11:40 to 1:00, in the chapel). We will be exploring two books written by Diana Butler Bass: Grounded: Finding God in the world, a spiritual revolution (2015) on March 10th and March 24th; and Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks (2018) on March 31st and April 7th. Call the office to register. Watch for more details to follow.

This Week (and beyond) at Westminster

  • Sunday, February 10
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Monday, February 11 Sparks, Lecture Hall: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Brownies, Concert Hall: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Guides, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Pathfinders, Board Room: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Ministry & Personnel Committee, Library: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 12
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10:00 to 12:00 am
    • Staff, Library: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Beavers, Concert Hall: 6:30 to 7:45 pm
    • Cubs, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Venturers, Board Room: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 13
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Centering Prayer, Chapel: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Inner & Outer Connections Committee, Chapel: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 14
    • “Interior Castle” book study, Chapel: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Quilters, Library: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • Worship Committee, Chapel: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Choir, Sanctuary: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Sunday, February 17
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Ken Cowan organ recital, sanctuary: 2:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 3
    Westminster United Church Annual General meeting during worship
  • Wednesday, March 6
    • Ash Wednesday service

Vision, Mission and Values Statements

Thanks to all those who provided feedback during the two sessions on our Vision, Mission and Values Statements late last fall. It was a real congregational effort. Here’s the final version as approved and passed by the Board in January:

  • TAG LINE: Moving forward in a tradition of service
  • 1. VISION
    To be a vibrant, diverse and sustainable community of faith that seeks to make meaningful connections in the wider world
  • 2. MISSION
    Westminster strives to be a community of faith inspiring people to grow spiritually by loving others as Christ loves them through worship and music, study, community involvement, caring for one another and fostering a sense of belonging.
  • 3. VALUES
    a. Intentionally welcoming and embracing
    b. Celebrating Worship and Faith development
    c. Committed to Community engagement
    d. Spiritually grounded in peace, compassion and generosity
    e. Environmentally conscious

— Carol Latter, Westminster Church Board Chair

West Broadway 40th Anniversary Gala

West Broadway Community Ministry will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a Gala on Saturday, March 23rd at 6:00 at the Viscount Gort Hotel. We will be honouring founders Bishop Eric Bays and Rev. Bill Cross. Speakers panel will feature Rev. Barry Morris from Longhouse Ministries in B.C., Aileen Urquhart, WBCM Community Minister (1987-1993) and Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud from 1JustCity. Join us for an evening of food, music and conversation. Tickets $100. ($70 tax receipt) To buy tickets call 204-774-2773 or email wbcm@mymts.net or connect with your congregational rep.

The Fabulous Fifties

The St. Andrew’s Annual Choir Show “The Fabulous Fifties” will be on March 8 & 9, 2019. There will be a 7:30pm performance both nights, as well a 1:30pm matinee on March 9, 2019. Tickets are $20 with reserved cabaret seating; snacks and punch provided. Wine and beer will also be available for purchase by the glass. Tickets are available from either from the church office (255 Oak St) or on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-fabulous- fifties-tickets-54553179027). Contact the church office for more information @ 204-488-1130.

Augustine United fundraiser

Augustine United fundraiser: Al Simmons performs on March 3, 2019 at 2:30 pm. See poster for more details.