Westminster News 
12 November 2017


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.

Seniors Transport

Westminster Church is using a new taxi service called Seniors Transport. For more information contact Dawn Beirnes or the church office. Donations to the Taxi Fund are always welcome.

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

Memory Tree

Last fall, 24 Memory Stars were purchased and placed on the Memory Tree. The new (larger) tree is at the front of the sanctuary. As we approach this Advent and Christmas Season, please support this project by purchasing a star to remember or pay tribute to a loved one. Order forms and instructions are on the tables in the narthex or back hall.


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 you will also find Children’s Bulletins in two different developmental levels containing activities relating to the day. Would you be ready if Jesus walked in today? What would we need to do to be ready? Today, November 12th, at the Children’s Table, create a Welcome Mat as a reminder that, ready or not, Jesus is always with us!
For more information about the Children’s Table, contact Teri Skakum, Child and Family Coordinator, at teri@


For over a thousand years, Christians have undertaken the pilgrimage to Northern Spain. This 789 kilometre journey, known as the ‘Camino de Santiago’ or ‘The Way of St. James’, commemorates the apostle James, the first disciple to preach the Word of Christ in Europe. Westminster’s Pat Miles and Carol Harvey are among those who have travelled this ancient pilgrim path in recent years. On Wednesday November 22nd at 7 p.m. (in the lecture hall) They will share their experiences with an illustrated presentation and discuss the spiritual, religious and physical dimensions of their individual pilgrimages. This presentation is an Inner & Outer Connections fundraiser in support of Westminster Church.
Tickets are $10 and will be available in the church office and today after church.

Children’s Christmas Sale

Our annual Westminster Children’s Christmas Sale is happening on December 9. You make it happen by donating items such as costume jewelry, toiletries, knitting, stationery, household items, cups and saucers, mugs, stuffed toys, books, perfume, games, puzzles, ties, ornaments, candles—anything you think a child might like to give to family members or friends. We also need gift bags, ribbon, and tags. Please be sure that your items are in new condition.

Please drop off your donations at the Church office or leave them with a caretaker. Thank you for your support in this Outreach to our community.

Coming services

  • November 19
    • Stewardship Sunday (and after church on November 19 & 26 there will be opportunity to fill out your pledge cards)
  • November 26
    • Baptism Sunday
  • December 3
    • Advent 1, Communion
  • December 20
    • Blue Christmas
  • December 24
    • Morning Worship, 10:30 am
    • Family Christmas Eve service
    • Candlelight service, 10:30 pm

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, November 12
    • Sunday Worship, Sanctuary 10:30 – 11:30 am
    • Westminster Concert Organ Series 2:30 pm
  • Monday, November 13 Westminster Housing Society, Library 5:15 – 6:30 pm
    • Sparks, Lecture Hall 6:30 – 7:30 pm
    • Brownies, Concert Hall 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Guides, Gym 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Pathfinders, Library 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    • Ministry & Personnel, Chapel 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 14 Knitters, Chapel 10:00 – 12:00 am
    • Staff, Library 12:00 – 1:00 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall 5:30 – 6:30 pm
    • Beavers, Concert Hall 6:30 – 7:45 pm
    • Cubs, Gym 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Venturers, Library 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 15 Families Anonymous, Library 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 16 Quilters, Library 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall 5:30 – 6:30 pm
    • Judo, Gym 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    • AlAnon, Library 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Choir, Sanctuary 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Friday, November 17
    • Bell Tower Community Café 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 19
    • Stewardship Sunday Worship, Sanctuary 10:30am

The Little Boy from Jamaica

Devon and Perlene Clunis’ book, The Little Boy from Jamaica, will be on sale after the service in the lecture hall. Proceeds from this book support the Bearclan, a scholarship for schoolteachers in Canada and also allow the Clunis’ to take books to schools in Jamaica. All the books have been personally signed and would make a great Christmas gift.
Please see Lynn E. Soens in the lecture hall after worship.

Grobbits, Wizards, Ogres and Elves

Grey Street Players present a hilarious, original dinner theatre production, The Grobbit, a musical theatre fantasy spoof of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and other fantasy works. Dinner Theatre: (at 6:30 each evening; dinner, refreshments, dessert and show) Friday, November 24 – $40.00 ($20 charitable donation receipt) Saturday, November 25 – $40.00 ($20 charitable donation receipt) Sunday (Matinee) November 26 (dessert, refreshments and show – Family Pricing Call Grey Street United Church @ 204-667-9413 to reserve your seats.


1JustCity is an organization that supports four member charities working in Winnipeg’s core neighborhoods via Oak Table, West Broadway Community Ministry, St. Matthews-Maryland, Northend Stella Community Ministry. 1JustCity giving brochures are available on the Narthex and hall tables.

Gifts with Vision

The new 2017-2018 cycle of Gifts with Vision has been launched with a new gift catalogue and renewed website. Are you looking for a meaningful gift to give someone for Christmas, or their birthday, or just because? Gifts with Vision is a great way to make a difference and show someone that you care. Watch for a special gift drive for Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017!


The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is presenting the Messiah on December 15 and 16. As in the past, they are offering Westminster folks a 20% discount and 20% of sales as a donation will be given to Westminster. When you call the box office quote code WESTUC. WSO box office (204) 949-3999.

Being The Church—Learning About Diversity Together

Westworth Community events is very excited to host Jazz Haz Productions play ‘Tales of Foreign Lands and People’ on Friday, November 17th at 6:45pm. A storytelling performance about diversity geared for ages 4-12 and their families.
Westworth United Church. 1750 Grosvenor Ave.

Christmas carol singing, craft and bake sale

On Saturday, December 2, 2017 all are invited to Broadway-First Baptist Christmas carol singing/craft and bake sale for a wide selection of baking while quantities last. New this year, meeting the neighbourhood and surrounding community singing Christmas carols in the lounge while sipping apple cider by the fireplace. The bake sale will have scrumptious Christmas baking of all kinds and a table of crafts for your Christmas shopping enjoyment. Of course coffee & samples also available. The Baking Sells Fast So Come Early For Best Selection.

  • TIME: 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
  • WHERE: 790 HONEYMAN AVE. (Use The Walnut Street Entrance) You Won’t Want To Miss This GREAT Sale.

Responding to the Rohingya Crisis

The United Church is accepting donations to help Mission & Service partners provide relief to the Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar. The Canadian government is matching eligible donations designated for responding to needs of the Rohingya people until November 28.

Thank you FoodFare!

Parking is available in the Foodfare lot across from the church, on Sundays UNTIL 1 pm.

The deadline for bulletin submissions is Wednesday at noon.