Westminster News 
2 December 2018

Random notes …

  • Today is Communion Sunday. Our December Communion Offering will be forwarded to the West Broadway Community Ministry to help with the costs of providing a Christmas Day Dinner, responding to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people of the community. Thank you to the following who are serving communion this morning: Philistina Howard, John Grivell, Lynn E. Soens, Shannon MacFarlane.
  • Westminster’s famous mincemeat will be on sale today following the service. Don’t miss the opportunity to get your supply. Price remains unchanged at $6.00 a tub … and pick up your United Church calendar at the same time for just $5!
  • This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the congregation and staff of John Black Memorial United Church.
  • The New Year edition of These Days is available on the hallway or narthex tables. Don’t forget to pick up your copy before you leave on your winter holiday!

Children’s Christmas Sale

Westminster’s Children’s Christmas 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. Each year, about 100 children purchase and wrap about 600 gifts for their families and friends – all donated! Every item is 25 cents and every child goes away with a million-dollar smile. In recent years, we have welcomed adults from Bell Tower to shop when the children are finished. This helps them, and it helps us minimize the amount that we have to deliver to Goodwill, too. Please donate anything you think a child might like to choose for someone special – pretty teacups, mugs, dishes, vases, candles, glasses, ties, scarves, costume jewelry, books, toys, puzzles, stuffed toys, games, Christmas decorations, dolls, make-up, nail polish, and stationery, to name a few! Please be sure to include only new and like-new items. And thank you for your generosity and compassion. Please drop off your donations at the Church office or leave them with a caretaker. To volunteer, please call the church office at 204-784-1330.

Nathan’s Notes

“Creator of the Stars of Night” is an 8th century hymn that has been traditionally used on the first Sunday of Advent, at a Vespers service, a service of evening prayer. The text is beautiful, and captures the essence of Advent by preparing us for the coming of the baby Jesus, while focusing on the second coming. The melody is an example of plainchant, and just like our opening hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” it was not meant to be accompanied, or have any harmony. Incredibly, this plainchant was all that the church used for centuries. Can you imagine an entire church service, using only a single melody line- and can you imagine the outrage when the traditional music started to change!

Congregational meeting

The Ministry Profile Team is calling a congregational meeting on Dec. 9, 2018 immediately following the worship service to present the recommendations made and approved by the church board concerning our pastoral relations after June 30, 2019. Material from the Ministry Profile Team will be available on Sunday Mornings as well as at the meeting. Ministry Profile Team members are: Rebecca McIntosh, Grace Aoki, Cheryl Drachuk, and Brandon Johnston.

Upcoming Worship Services

  • December 16th – Carol Sing and White Gift Sunday with special guests Red Moon Road
  • December 19th / Blue Christmas Service, 7 pm
  • December 23 rd / after Church Congregational Christmas Lunch
  • December 24th / Christmas Eve Services @ 7 & 11 pm
  • December 30th / Rev. Don McIntyre
  • January 6th / Rev. Don McIntyre

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, December 2
    • Communion, Sanctuary: 10:30 traditionally 11:30 am
  • Monday, December 3
    • Women of Note, Sanctuary: 3:00 pm
    • 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
  • Tuesday, December 4
    • Property Committee, Library: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
    • 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, December 5
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 6
    • 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, December 7
    • Canzona, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 8
    • Children’s Christmas Sale, main floor: 10 am to 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 9
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Westminster Centering Prayer

All are welcome! 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. The next Westminster Centering Prayer Group is on
Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 6:00 to 7:00 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.

Weathering the Storm: Faith Communities in the Age of Trump

Join us for a panel discussion as Sheema Khan, Pastor Bill Millar and Rabbi Bill Tepper speak about Weathering the Storm at Grand Mosque Gym, 2445 Waverley Street on Thursday, December 6th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All are welcome. For more information go to our Conference website www.mnwo.ca or www.miaonline.org.

Enjoy a Winnipeg Holiday Music tradition!

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Handel�s Messiah Saturday, December 8th, at 8:00 pm. Mention WESTUC19 at the box office when ordering and you will receive 20% off tickets, and Westminster will receive a 20% rebate for all tickets sold.(using our code) tickets on sale at wso.ca.

Ecumenical Advent Taizé Service

Ecumenical Advent Taizé Service: ecember 10 at 7:30 pm. Come for a quiet, meditative service with Taizé chants on Monday, December 10 at 7:30 pm at Westworth United Church. Our Taizé services are expanding as more people hear about them. We now have an amazing cantor, along with our excellent flutist. If anyone would like to practice singing parts or playing an instrument, please let Loraine know. Our practice will be Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 pm at Westworth. If you would like to read scripture in another language, please let Loraine know at 204-489- 6974 Ext 22. 1750 Grosvenor Ave.

Westworth’s Lessons & Carols Service

7:00 pm, Sunday, December 16th, at 1750 Grosvenor Avenue. Includes our Senior and Cherub Choirs plus Westworth Winds. Please join us!

Memory Tree

The Memory Tree will be in the sanctuary from early November to January 31, 2019. Order forms, to purchase Memory Stars, are in the narthex and the back hallway.