Westminster News 
14 October 2018


Special thanks to Lynda Trono, Ron Dunsmore and Anisha Saddler from West Broadway Community Ministry for leading our worship service this morning and teaching us about their work.

Nathan’s Notes October 14th

I have two pieces of homework for you this week. Can you define the word “contemporary” as it pertains to music? Even better, can you define it as it pertains to church music? There’s no need to write to me, or catch me after the service to give me your comments, just think about it. Spend some time this week really listening to the music that surrounds you, and decide for yourself. Listen to the music this morning. Save for the last hymn, all of the composers are still living, and active in the church music scene. Does this define contemporary? Secondly, can you define what is sacred? I remember a few years back when we invited Karl Stobbe to our service, to perform a violin solo. What he played was definitely NOT sacred, but did the beauty, and transcendent quality of his playing glorify God? I promise, no homework next week.

This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the congregation and staff of Gordon-King Memorial United Church.

Westminster Fall Supper!

Saturday, October 20th: Westminster Fall Supper at the church. Turkey and pie!

Tickets are available after church or from the church office. Adults $20/Children (5-12) $10/ Children under 5 eat for free. Volunteers are needed! The sign-up sheet and tickets are available after church in the Lecture Hall. For more info contact Helen La Rue (832-3448).

Book Study Session:  The Pagan Christ by Tom Harpur

It’s a bit controversial — some find The Pagan Christ inspiring and life changing; some find it questionable. Let’s talk about this book together, in an open and non-judgmental environment, and you can explore what you think! Same workshop, two dates to choose from:

  • Sunday, 28 Octtober 2018, 11:45 to 1:15
  • Thursday, 25 October 2018, 1:30 to 3:00

Please call the church office to register: 204-784-1330 Books are in stock at Chapters (St. Vital) or can be purchased from amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca. A few copies are also available at the Winnipeg Public Library.

Children’s Christmas Sale

Our annual Westminster Children’s Christmas Sale is happening on December 8. 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.

Taxi Fund

Westminster’s Taxi Fund provides transportation to our Sunday morning Worship services for those who are unable to get here on their own. Please remember this important ministry. Donations can be made in the offering plate or by calling the church office.

‘Mission, Vision and Values Conversation’

Come join us for an open, friendly conversation about who Westminster is as we work towards a promising future … October 21st and November 4th, from 11:45 to 12:45; hosted by the board of Westminster; watch for more details.

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, October 14
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, October 15
    • 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, Library: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 16
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10 am to noon
    • Staff, Library: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture: 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
    • Board, Library: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 17
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 18
    • Quilters, Library: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Choir, Sanctuary: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Friday, October 19
    • Bell Tower Café & Wpg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 20
    • Fall Supper, Gym & Lecture Hall: 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 21
    • Morning Worship/Baptism, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Westminster Centering Prayer – All are welcome!

Have you ever wished you had a little more stillness in your life? Maybe you have been searching for a new spiritual practice? Well, the Westminster Centering Prayer group might be the place for you! The Westminster Centering Prayer Group meets monthly from 6 to 7 pm in the Chapel. This is an open group and all are welcome! No previous experience is necessary. If you have ever been curious or interested in Centering Prayer, you are welcome.
Upcoming Dates for Westminster Centering Prayer Group:

  • Wednesday Nov. 14, 2018 6 to 7 pm
  • Wednesday Dec. 12, 2018 6 to 7 pm

Email or call the church office if you have any questions, to let us know if you plan to attend. Hosted by the Inner and Outer Connections Committee


Partners in Mission Gathering, October 20th, Atlantic Garden City United Church – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. You’re invited to continue or begin being a partner in mission with 1JustCity on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 am to 12 noon at Atlantic Garden City United Church (725 Atlantic Avenue). It will be a time of learning, sharing and planning for future opportunities to learn about social justice issues affecting all our communities. Please see the poster for more information. Partners in Mission Please RSVP to tessa@1justcity.ca by October 14.

Ft. Garry United Church Craft Sale

Saturday, October 20th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, at Fort garry Unted Church, 800 Point Road. A craft sale filled with 65 tables of fabulous all handmade crafts locally made by knitters, woodworkers, potters, painters, quilters, photographers, rock artists, jewelry makers, sculptors, beekeepers, soap makers, card makers,
seamstresses…and more! New & returning crafters, all different! Tasty Bake Sale treats & sweets at great prices! Face Painter! Balloon Artist! Kids Craft Corner! Something for everyone! Admission: Adults $2, Kids under 12 free!


Fundraiser concert

Saturday, October 27th, at 7:00 pm, at Fort Garry United Church, 800 Point Road. Come out and enjoy the sounds of our FGUC Choir, The Divas, & friends.
It’s a great community of music, great listening, free refreshments, prize draws. Get your tickets in advance, or at the door $20, children under 12 free. Everyone Welcome! Call the office 204-475-1586 or email fguc@shaw.ca to reserve your tickets!


  • Friday, October 26th a presentation by Joy Smith: Human Trafficking: Canada’s Secret Shame. There will be refreshments following the presentation, and a time to speak with Joy. There is no cost for this event, but there will be an opportunity to donate to Joy’s foundation. In addition, there will be a table display with books and video for sale. Men as well as women are encouraged to attend. Starts at 7 pm, in the sanctuary at Broadway-First Baptist church.
  • The Crescent Fort Rouge United Church Annual Fall Supper on Saturday, October 27th will be held at Churchill Park United Church, 525 Beresford Avenue, in their fully accessible upstairs hall. See the posters for more information.
  • You are invited to an Indigenous cultural event to be held in the sanctuary of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw on Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 pm. The event will feature performances by an Inuit throat singer, a women’s drum group and championship Metis dancers. Following the performance, there will be a time to find out more about Indigenous culture during a discussion with the performers. We hope you can join us and be part of our journey to reconciliation as we move through the second year of our partnership in the Mayor’s Indigenous Accord.
  • Saturday October 27th Ladies Conference hosted by Broadway-First Baptist church and Shalom on forgiveness, facilitated by Faith Holwyn. The conference is free and includes meals and child care. However, we do require ladies to register BY OCTOBER 15 so we can plan appropriately. Ladies from different churches will be attending.
  • The Crescent Fort Rouge United Church Annual Fall Supper on Saturday, October 27th will be held at Churchill Park United Church, 525 Beresford Avenue, in their fully accessible upstairs hall. See the posters for more information.
  • In Memoriam – RCCO Choral and Organ Evensong Celebrating the lives of Winnipeg organists on Sunday, November 4, 4 pm at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave. Presiding: Rev. Tanis Kolisnyk; Choir Director: Dietrich Bartel; Organists: members of the RCCO Featuring: Canticles by Charles Stanford – Anthems by Eleanor Daley and Gabriel Faure. ALL ARE WELCOME!