Westminster News 
17 February 2019

Random notes …

  • This week in the prayer cycle we remember Peace Alliance Winnipeg
  • Rev. Sherri is on a week of continuing education Feb. 11 to 17, 2019. Please call the office in the event of a pastoral emergency.

Thank you Michelle Owens, for leading our worship service today

Michelle is the Principal of the Centre for Christian Studies, which is a national theological school based in Winnipeg (just up the street at 60 Maryland St). CCS has connections to the United Church of Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada, and provides theological education for those becoming diaconal ministers in the United Church of Canada, and educational opportunities for anyone interested in exploring leadership and faith/spirituality. CCS describes itself as a school, a community and a movement that seeks to educate leaders for justice, compassion and transformation. Michelle joined the Centre for Christian Studies as principal in August 2017. She is a graduate of the Centre and a diaconal minister in the United Church of Canada. Michelle came to Winnipeg from Ontario, where she served as London Conference’s Personnel Minister. Prior to that, she had served in a three point rural charge in Perth County, Ontario, and had been a candidate for ministry from Trinity St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto.

Nathan’s Notes

“In the Bulb there is a Flower” was written by Natalie Sleeth in 1986. It was dedicated to her husband, Ronald Sleeth, who was diagnosed with cancer soon after it was completed. It has since become one of her most popular hymns, along with “Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet”. Sleeth is well known for her ability to pair lyrics with a beautiful tune that is easy enough for anybody to sing, while covering a wide rage in the voice. If you find this tune sticking in your ear long after it is sung, thank Natalie Sleeth!


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.)


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.


Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Service March 6th at 6:30 pm. Join us.


This week at Westminster

  • Sunday, February 17
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Ken Cowan organ recital, Sanctuary: 2:30 pm
  • Monday, February 18 Louis Riel Day
    • building closed
  • Tuesday, February 19
    • 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
    • Board meeting, Library: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 20
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Inner & Outer Connections Committee, Chapel: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 21
    • “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
  • Friday, February 22
    • Congregation Care Committee, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Pathfinders, Gym: 5:30 to 7:00 pm
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 24
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Congregational Lunch, Lecture Hall: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, March 3
    • Westminster United Church Annual General meeting during worship
  • Wednesday, March 6
    • Ash Wednesday Service: 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 10
    • Lent 1, Sacrament of Baptism
  • Sunday, March 17
    • Michelle Owens, guest preacher/worship leader

Diana Butler Bass Book Study – Save the Date!

Sundays, March 10, 24, 31 and April 7/19 (after church – 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) – March 10 and March 24; and Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks (2018) – March 31 and April 7. Call the office to register. Watch for more details to follow.


West Broadway Community Ministry 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.


Meet and greet: Emmet Cahill

Emmet Cahill in Concert Westminster United Church 745 Westminster Avenue Wednesday May 1st, 2019 Meet and Greet: 5:45 PM Concert: 7:30 pm. Tickets: General Admission: $40 CAD Meet and Greet: $55 CAD. Tickets are available following our morning worship. You can also purchase tickets at McNally Robinson Grant Park, through the church office (204-784-1330), or online (prices in USD) at emmetcahill.com. To whet your appetite, check out Emmet singing the beautiful Wild Mountain Thyme. A fundraiser in support of the Rose Window Restoration Project.