Westminster News 
17 November 2019

Prayers & Praise

  • Please keep the congregation and staff of the Rock Lake Pastoral Charge and Crystal City United Church in your thoughts and prayers this week.
  • Birthday blessings to Bernice Mort as she celebrates her 92nd birthday this week!

The Children’s Table

The Children’s Table is on the move, and is now called Sunday School! Great news! Our Children’s ministry program has experienced a growth spurt — and has outgrown its space and its name. Effectively immediately, the Children’s Table, now called our Sunday School class, will meet in the Chapel for their time together on Sunday mornings. We at Westminster are grateful for the wonderful community of children and their families in our congregation, and for the excellent children’s programming made possible thanks to the leadership of our fantastic Children’s Coordinator Katelyn!

Mincemeat Madness!

Westminster choir will once again be preparing your favourite Christmas treat. Mincemeat will be on sale before and after church beginning Sunday November 10th. Stock up. Just $7.00 per tub. Don’t wait — from the Choir.

Moving forward in a tradition of service

From time to time, we place our mission, vision and values statements in our bulletin, just because it is good to remind ourselves of who we are and who we are striving to be as a community of faith. If you have any questions about Westminster’s mission, vision or values statements, please feel free to speak to a member of the Board.

Our VISION is to be a vibrant, diverse and sustainable community of faith that makes meaningful connections in the wider world

Our MISSION is to be a community of faith inspiring people to grow spiritually by loving others as Christ loves them through worship and music, study, community involvement, caring for one another and fostering a sense of belonging.

Our VALUES — Westminster is committed to being:

  • Intentionally welcoming and embracing
  • Celebrating in Worship and Faith development
  • Committed to Community engagement
  • Spiritually grounded in peace, compassion and generosity
  • Environmentally conscious

The above vision, mission and values statements from Revised Strategic Plan, approved by Westminster United Church Board, 15 January 2019

Coming up in Worship

  • November 24th: Stewardship 2 – Baptism
  • December 1st: Advent 1 – Communion
  • December 8th: Advent 2 – Baptism
  • December 15th: Advent 3 – Christmas Lunch after church
  • December 18th: Blue Christmas
  • December 22nd: Advent 4
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve Services at 7 pm and 11 pm

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, November 17
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, November 18
    • 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, Library: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Organ Series Committee, Board Room: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 19
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • 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, Library: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 20
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 21
    • 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, November 22
    • Rovers, Gym: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 23
    • Prairie Voices, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 24
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Children’s Christmas Sale

  • Sale date: Saturday, December 7th
  • Shopping Hours: 10:00 to 12:00 (children shop from 10:00 to 11:45)
  • Sale opens to adults: 11:45 – noon
  • Volunteers on the early shifts should arrive between 9:30 & 9:45

This sale gives children an opportunity to participate in the Christmas spirit of giving without their parents having increased financial pressure added at an already-expensive time of the year. Every item is nominally priced, and every child goes away with a million-dollar smile.
We are grateful for the support and donations we have received thus far. At this point we need the following:

  • Gift bags of all sizes, especially large ones
  • Gift wrap
  • Ribbons
  • Scotch tape
  • New adult scissors
  • Items that would make good presents for Dads

“Many hands make light work.” We need people to help:

  • Set-up the Sale (Friday December 6, 9:00 am – noon)
  • Clean-up after the sale (Saturday December 7, noon to 2:00 pm)
  • Assist children wrapping gifts
  • Make treats for the parent room
  • Young strong people to help move tables

If you are interested in volunteering, please look for the volunteer sign-up sheets or call the church office at 204-784-1330. Please drop off your donations at the Church office or leave them with a caretaker.

Mitten trees!

The mitten trees will be up soon! Your donations of new mittens, scarves, toques, gloves, socks and other clothing to keep folks warm, will be distributed to Westminster Child Care Centre, Mulvey School, West Broadway Community Ministry and others in the New Year.

Gifts with Vision

Gifts with Vision, a giving catalogue from the United Church of Canada, will soon be available. Here is just one way that you can make a difference in our province. Your gifts in increments of $10 will provide families with gift cards for their local grocery store.

Memory tree!

The Memory Tree will be up soon and at the front of the sanctuary until January 31, 2020. We hope you will consider purchasing a star to remember or pay tribute to a loved one. Order forms are in the narthex and the back hallway.

Council of Women of Winnipeg AGM

The Council of Women of Winnipeg (CWW) invites you to their 125th Annual General Meeting. Join us in celebrating this important milestone for the CWW which was established in 1894 and continues to work to improve the quality of life for women, families and the community.

  • Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Society of Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) building
  • 825 Sherbrook Street – **Free parking in side lot off McDermot Avenue

Special guest speaker Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg. All are welcome to attend, please RSVP: presidentcww@gmail.com or call 204 -589-6449 by November 26th. (Note: former members of Westminster, Babs Friesen and Irene MacKenzie were long time members of the Council.

Rose Window Restoration Capital Campaign

Time is almost up to bid on our eighth painting! The last day to bid is Sunday, November 17, 2019!

8. Horse and sun, matted white.
Technique – acrylic.
Approx. dimensions 22 x 18 inches.
Auction dates: Nov 4 – Nov 10, 2019
Winning bid will be announced Nov 17, 2019
Estimated value $450.

There are several ways to make a bid on the paintings:

  1. In person at the church by paper ballot. Ballots will be available in the narthex on Sundays or in the office during regular business hours.
  2. By email to Stewardship@WestminsterChurch.org, please include your name, phone number and the amount of your bid.
  3. By phoning the church office.
  4. By facebook message to the Westminster Church Facebook page.


9. Angel on bench, silver frame.
Technique – acrylic and oil pastel.
Approx. dimensions 16.5 x 23 inches.
Auction dates: Nov 11 – Nov 17, 2019
Winning bid will be announced Nov 24, 2019
Estimated value $450.

Thank you for your support, 80% of the proceeds of this auction go towards the Rose Window Restoration Project.

About the artist: Raymond Bartlett, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba 1953.

“I studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba from 1982 to 1986. Until 1996 I worked mainly in oil and acrylic. In 1996 I had a stroke, which changed the direction of my art forever. I started working in watercolour, gouache and sometimes acrylic and glass. I began to draw and paint angels, not really knowing why. My teacher Alex Bruning and good friend told me my paintings of Angels were different. Most Angels you see are in the sky. Yours are walking with you. I liked that. It’s “different”. I never thought of that I liked it as well.

“In time I am sure my art will change or evolve, as everything in life does. As long as I’m being true to myself, that’s what is important. It took me a long time to understand that.

“In 1963, when I was ten years old I did my first drawing. I showed it to my Sunday school teacher, as that seemed important to me to share it with her. She said that sometimes God takes things away from you, but gives you something else in return. At the time I thought she was referring to the fact that I was born with Spina Bifiida. Thinking back, she was perhaps speaking of the future as well as the past.

“In 1996 the stroke did change my life in a most profound way. I made new friendships, renewed old friendships and found within myself a new kind of strength and courage. I find my art much more than paint and brush. It is meditation, joy and like being ten years old again and finding art for the first time all over again. Painting for the joy of it, finding inner spirit, my soul, and my childhood.

“Before my father passed away in 1987 he told me to find something I love to do, then do it with passion. I love many things, family, friends and a good cup of tea, but my art keeps my spirit alive and joyful.”