Westminster News 
16 February 2020

Prayers & Praise

  • Please keep the congregations and staff of The Northwest Interlake in your thoughts and prayers this week.
  • There will be a Pancake Supper at the church on Tuesday Feb. 25 starting at 5:30. Please see the sign-up sheet for opportunities to help.

Lenten Candle-lighting begins March 1st

For centuries, lighting a candle has been an important part of the spiritual journey — a way for pilgrims to remember, to pray for, to hope, to bless, to lift up or to honour or acknowledge fellow travelers, important moments, spiritual yearnings (like a prayer for peace), or other significant experiences.

Beginning Sunday March 1, 2020 and for the following four Sunday mornings, there will be tea lights available on the platform at the front of the sanctuary. Prior to worship, as you come into the sanctuary (and until the service starts) you are invited to light a tea light if you wish, in silence, as a personal remembrance, prayer, blessing, joy or acknowledgement/honouring during this Lenten time. Blessings to all of us pilgrims as we move through our spiritual journey this Lent.

Join us for the Lent 2020 Study at Westminster United Church

Questions of Faith, with a nod to Star Wars – led by Rev. Dr. Jim Christie

Three Evening Sessions exploring what we know in terms of current scholarship and research about Jesus’ life, death and beyond, and what it all means for our lives and faith today. All are welcome! Please call the church office to register!
Sessions are from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (in the Lecture Hall).

  • Wednesday March 4
    Session I: A New Hope: Jesus of Nazareth, what we know of him and how.
  • Wednesday March 11
    Session II: The Empire Strikes Back: The Passion Narratives and their Implications.
  • Wednesday March 25
    Session III: The Return of . . . : The Resurrection, in context, today and beyond.

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, February 16
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary & Chapel: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, February 17
    • Louis Riel Day, building closed
  • Tuesday, February 18
    • 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 19
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 20
    • Quilters, Library: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Centering Prayer, Sanctuary: 5:45 to 6:45 pm
    • Choir, Sanctuary: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Friday, February 21
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank :6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Rovers, Gym: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 22
    • Funeral, Jan Biglow: 11:00 am
  • Sunday, February 23
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary & Chapel: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Exciting news!

Heritage Winnipeg Conservation Award and Heritage Winnipeg Youth Award

The Congregation of Westminster United Church will be receiving Heritage Winnipeg’s Conservation Award for the Rose Window and Front Step Preservation projects. The judging committee thought the Rose window preservation in particular was spectacular. Brandon Johnston and Rebecca MacIntosh will be attending Heritage Winnipeg’s 35th Annual Preservation Awards on Feb. 18, 2020 to receive this award on behalf of the congregation.

At the same time, Brandon Johnston will also be receiving the 2020 Heritage Winnipeg Youth Award for his commitment to Westminster Church, in his ongoing volunteer role as Chair of Westminster’s Property Committee. Congratulations Brandon – this recognition is well-deserved!

Congratulations to the Property Committee, the Board and the congregation of Westminster for its ongoing commitment in preserving our heritage and this beautiful building.

Plant a tree!

You CAN make a climate-change difference. Plant a tree at home or at the cottage; give one as a gift. Go to https://ucim.org/tree-replanting-in-meadowood/ to see trees available half-price and learn more. ~ The United Church in Meadowood.

WSO offer

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is offering a special promotion for their next two events. See posters for more information.

  • Troupe Vertigo on Friday, 13 March 2020, and Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, 15 March 2020 at 2:00 pm.
  • Crazy For You: In Concert on Friday, 17 April 2020, and Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, 19 April 2020 at 2:00 pm.

There is a 25% off Promo Code – “FAITH” – for any seats from Section 1 to Section 4. Call the WSO Box Office at 204-949-3999 or go online at wso.ca .