Westminster News 
10 June 2018

Welcome to the Suttie family

Danika’s oldest sister is Yarah who is 18 and graduating high school this year. Her other sister Leah is 12 and has a love for musical instruments and art. Danika is a very energetic 7 year old who loves the outdoors and sports. Their mother Sandy, is an office manager at a dental office, who was born in Canada, spent some of her childhood in Portugal then returned to Canada as an adult. Danika’s father Shannon, was born and raised in Australia, worked as a Laborer, and moved to Canada 8 years ago.

We offer our condolences to Marnie Bolland on the death of her father Ralph De La Mare. The funeral service was held this past Monday in Roblin, MB.

This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the congregation and staff of Windsor Park United Church.

Welcome Rev. Andrew MacPherson!

This week we welcome as a special guest the newly ordained Rev. Andrew MacPherson, nephew of longtime members of Westminster, Mary and Richard Scott (please see Andrew’s bio and photo further in the bulletin). Mary and Andrew come from a long line of ministers; as well, their family has longstanding connections through the generations with Westminster United Church.

Mary’s grandfather, Rev. Robert MacPherson, was a Presbyterian Minister. His first church in Manitoba was at Cartwright, and later he taught at what was then Manitoba College (which later joined with Wesley College to become United College, and eventually the University of Winnipeg). Rev. Robert MacPherson and Mary’s grandmother, Effie MacPherson, were long time members and supporters of Westminster Church, and it was Effie who introduced Mary to Westminster, when she accompanied her to Sunday services a child.

Mary’s oldest brother, Rev. Harry MacPherson (Andrew’s father), graduated from U of Winnipeg, and while in India, met and married Camilla — Andrew’s mother. Rev. Harry served at the church in Woodstock, Ontario, where Andrew was raised. Harry actually officiated at Mary and Richard’s daughter’s wedding at Westminster in 1990.

Sharing in the worship leadership this morning is one of Andrew’s first official acts as an ordained minister, and it seems fitting that it happen here at Westminster United Church.

Andrew and his wider family are here in Winnipeg to help Mary and Richard celebrate their joint 80th birthdays! Welcome Andrew and family! And Happy Birthday Mary and Richard!

Thinking about your summer reading list?

The Inner and Outer Connections committee will be offering 3 ‘book study’ evenings this coming fall/winter (dates/times tba). Books that will be discussed:

  • The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light (2004), by Tom Harpur
  • Grounded: Finding God in the World – a spiritual revolution (2015) by Diana Butler Bass
  • Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks (2018), by Diana Butler Bass

Why not get a jump start on your reading, and do some spiritual exploring at the same time?Happy summer reading!

Sunday June 10: Soloists and Choral Scholar Farewell

Today we say goodbye to: Cathryn Harrison, soprano soloist since 2001; Nicki Kirton, mezzo soprano soloist since 2008; Wes Rambo, tenor soloist since 2013; and Nick Urquhart, choral scholar this year. Cathryn, Nicki, Wes and Nick — it is sad to see you go and we wish you all the best in your next adventures!

Andrew Macpherson

Andrew Macpherson graduated from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto in the M.Div., MPS in Muslim Studies Program, and Buddhist Studies Mindful Meditation program (or trinity Program:) Andrew was recently ordained in Port Elgin, ON and is the fourth generation serving in the Ministry. He is the third Rev. Macpherson in his family, and his father was born in Winnipeg and was a graduate from the University Winnipeg. He will begin his first pastoral charge at Saint Luke’s United Church in Toronto, ON and is currently completing the requirements to be a Registered Psychotherapist.

Andrew loves inter-religious/secular dialogue and participating in projects with this goal. Andrew is a voracious traveller and has photographed his journey through numerous countries as he experienced and participated in a diverse set of religious rituals, cultural practices and music. Andrew was recently in Myanmar exploring the role of Buddhism and its culture. He just returned from Bolivia where he was spending time with local indigenous communities. Andrew credits his Mother and Father as being the most influential teachers in his life.

Thank you!

The Local Arrangements Committee for the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Annual General Meeting held May 24-27th, wishes to thank all those congregations who contributed muffins and cookies for the nutrition breaks and the Sunday reception. There was a wonderful variety and everyone enjoyed and appreciated having a snack at their breaks. Also benefiting from your contributions were St. Matthews-Maryland Community Ministry and West Broadway Community Ministry. We also wish to thank all those who worked in Book Sales.

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, June 10
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, June 11
    • Ministry & Personnel, Chapel: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 12
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10:00 to 12 noon
    • Staff, Library: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 13
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Foundation Board, Library: 4:30 to 6:00 pm
    • Inner & Outer Connections, Chapel: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 14
    • Quilters, Library: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Friday, June 15
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Wpg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 to 8pm
  • Sunday, June 17
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Maggie’s Quilt Show, Lecture Hall: 11:30 am
    • Nathan Poole’s Studio Recital, Sanctuary: 2:00 pm


  • Sunday June 17
    • Rev. Sherri attending meetings in London ON; Michelle Owens, Principal of the Centre for Christian Studies will be taking the service.
  • Sunday June 24
    • Baptism of Grayson Michael Mendres (parents Jessica andMichael Mendres).
  • Sherri’s Summer plans: Continuing Education: Monday June 25 to Sunday July 1/18; Holidays: July 2 to Aug.6/18 inclusive (back on Tuesday August 7). Thanks to Rev. Don McIntyre for providing the services of worship and pastoral care while Sherri is away.

You may need to leave for church a little earlier on Sunday, June 17!

It marks the 40th running of the Manitoba Marathon, the premier fund raising event for Manitobans living with an intellectual disability. For more information email Operations@manitobamarathon.mb.ca .


Back for the Fourth Year in Winnipeg! From June 1 to September 1, 2018, Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg has volunteers standing by to pick up any art that people find sitting in their attic, or art they want to have someone else enjoy while they get new pieces for display. We appreciate donations of any hangable art in good condition. Grands ‘n’ More is an organization of Winnipeg of grandmothers and community members who support African grandmothers who are caring for the 17 million children orphaned by AIDS. Anyone who wants to donate can call 204.599.8787 or email: gnmAFTA@gmail.com. A Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg volunteer will arrange to pick up donations. All proceeds go to the Grandmothers Campaign which is part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The sale of donated art will be on Sunday, September 30, 10:30 am � 4:00 pm, at a Norwood Community Centre at 87 Walmer Street, off St. Mary’s Road. To learn more about Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg, please visit our website or find us on Facebook.

Rock Lake United Church Camp

Rock Lake United Church Camp is slowly coming to life as we prepare for another fantastic summer of fun. The dining hall and cabins are clean, the campfire circle is ready, the dock,
buoys and waterfront equipment are being inspected all to make sure it will be a safe and fun-filled time at camp! If you haven’t gotten your registration in, be sure and go on line and sign up right away! You can also call (204)825-2553 or email for more information. You can register by snail mail by writing to Box 395, Crystal City, MB R0K 0N0. We are almost ready. All we need is you!

Help wanted!

It’s been called the best job in the world. Rock Lake United Church Camp is looking for youth from 14 to 18 to be Camp Counsellors. If you are fun, enthusiastic and energetic, and love kids and the outdoors you could have the best summer ever! Counsellor applications are available online or email. Join the fun and learning!

Saturday Oct. 20, 2018

Westminster’s Fall Supper here at the church. Planning is underway! See Helen La Rue for more info.