Westminster News 
19 November 2017

Messiah Fundraiser

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s Messiah on Friday & Saturday, December 15 & 16. When buying tickets, use the code WESTUC and get a 20% discount on the ticket price AND Westminster will receive a donation of 20%. WSO box office (204) 949-3999.


Mincemeat time of year again! Westminster choir is happy once again to continue this tradition. $6.00 a tub will get you the best mincemeat in town. Tubs will be for sale after church for the next few Sundays. Enjoy!

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.


We offer continued prayers and condolences to Jack Lammens and his family on the death of Beryl Lammens who died last June, and whose interment service took place on Monday Nov. 13 at Chapel Lawn.

This week we hold in our thoughts and prayers, the congregation and staff of John Black Memorial 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. God give each of us talents and gifts that we can use to share God’s love. Everything we have is a gift from God! What talents has God given you? This week at the Children’s Table create a picture of yourself that shows all the wonderful ways that you can use the talents that God has given you. For more information about the Children’s Table, contact Teri Skakum, Child and Family Coordinator, at teri@


This Wednesday: Pilgrimage. 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, tags and jewelry boxes. 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 26 there will be another 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 19
    • Stewardship Sunday Worship, Sanctuary 10:30 am
  • Monday, November 20
    • 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
  • Tuesday, November 21
    • 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, “Bat Cave” 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    • Board Meeting, Library 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 22
    • Families Anonymous, Library 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Camino presentation, Lecture Hall 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 23
    • 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 24
    • Beavers Annual Sleepover, Concert Hall 6:30 pm – 11:00 am
  • Saturday, November 25
    • Westminster Housing Society “Bee”, library 9 am – 12 pm
    • Wedding, sanctuary 1 pm
  • Sunday, November 26
    • Baptism Sunday Worship, sanctuary 10:30 – 11:30 am

It’s Stewardship Time!

Dear Friends (November 2017): It’s Stewardship Time!

We are so thankful you are a part of the Westminster United Church family. We are grateful for your support this past year – your time and talent, your financial support and your prayers. We invite you to continue participating in the ministry and mission of Westminster this coming year.

Inspired by these powerful words – we love because we are loved (1 John 4:19) – Westminster United Church has been serving the community for over 125 years. Each week, hundreds come through our doors. Whether through Sunday worship, choir practise, book study, a baptism or bereavement visit, judo, tai chi, daycare, girl guides or scouts – our church is here for the community.

All that we do at Westminster is made possible by the generous annual gifts and contributions of our members and friends. Your gifts support our worship and music, outreach to our community, learning and spiritual growth, pastoral care and fellowship and our support to the wider church.

We hope you will join us on the journey again this year. At this time, we invite you to do the following:

  • Read the narrative budget intentionally, carefully and prayerfully
  • Think about Westminster, what it means to you and the path before us
  • Renew your financial commitment to Westminster for 2018

We invite you to take advantage of one of two opportunities to complete your pledge cards in-person during coffee time after Sunday morning worship, TODAY and Sunday, November 26. Alternatively, you can send your pledge by mail. Thank you sincerely for your ongoing support of Westminster United Church — your Stewardship Committee.

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.

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.

Urgent appeal from West Broadway Community Ministry

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, winter has arrived in Winnipeg! With the snow and low temperatures comes cold weather struggles for many low income Winnipeg. We are seeing a great need for mitts and gloves, and currently, we have nothing to give them. If you have any new or gently used mittens or gloves, we would be incredibly grateful to be able to help make sure that low income Winnipeggers don’t lose any fingers this winter. Many people are saving mitten and glove donations for the Christmas Season, but the need is great right now, and many cannot wait for Christmas to have warm hands. Thank you for your support!

Affirming celebration!

Sunday Nov 19, 10:30 Am Fort Garry United Church

This is a time of celebration for we will recognize our official status as an Affirming Congregation within the United Church of Canada. We welcome all to come to our Sunday Service at 10:30 am, and invite you to join us for cake and coffee after church. It would be our pleasure to have you visit with us at 800 Point Road, 204-475-1586, fguc@shaw.ca, or www.fortgarryunitedchurch.ca .

Future Present: An Elleston Liddell Mystery

Tickets on sale now for the radio play Future Present: An Elleston Liddell Mystery being performed at Westworth on November 24th 7:30pm, 25th 7:30pm and 26th 2:30pm. Cast includes some familiar faces/voices from Westworth and Young United. Ticket price includes tea/coffee and cookies at intermission. Pricing for children, adults and low income. Tickets $20 (Children & Students $10) Tickets available in the office during the week or at the
door. 1750 Grosvenor Ave.

Cookie Run!

Saturday December 2, 10 am – 12 noon; Fort Garry United Church, 800 Point Road. Buy an empty box & for $7 fill it with your choice of delicious homemade cookies! Check out our specialty baking table! Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or apple cider & a cookie in our café for $1.50! Best buy in town!


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!