Westminster News 
2 September 2018

Random notes …

  • This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember Crescent Fort Rouge United Church.
  • Rev. Sherri McConnell presided over the internment service for Alan Denton on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Old Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery. A Celebration of Life is planned for Wednesday, September 19, from 5 to 7 pm in the Lecture Hall.
  • Kudos to Dan and Jasson for steam cleaning the carpets and runners in the whole building this week. Great job!

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, September 2
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, September 3
    • Labour Day: Building closed
  • Tuesday, September 4
    • 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
    • Westminster Housing Society Tenancy Board: 5 to 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 5
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 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, September 7
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Wpg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 to 8pm
  • Sunday, September 9
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Welcome Back Congregational Lunch

September 16, after church: Welcome Back Congregational Lunch. Stay for buns, salad and conversation. All are welcome! (Silver collection). Watch for a sign-up sheet coming soon.

Westminster Fall Supper

Saturday, October 20th: Westminster Fall Supper at the church. Turkey and pie! Tickets will go on sale on Sept. 16. Adults $20/Children (5-12)$10/ Children under 5 eat for free.

Book Study Session

The Pagan Christ by Tom Harpur: It’s a bit controversial, some find The Pagan Christ inspiring and life changing; some find it questionable. Let’s talk about this book together, in an open and non-judgmental environment, and you can explore what you think! Same workshop, two dates to choose from:

  • Sunday Oct. 28, 2018 11:45 to 1:15 or
  • Thursday Oct. 25, 2018 1:30 to 3:00

Please call the church office to register: 204-784-1330

Mark Damisch, in concert

Mark Damisch, in concert, to benefit The Bell Tower Community Café and 1JustCity. Sunday, September 16th 7:30 pm, Westminster Church. Chicago based pianist Mark Damisch in concert performing a program of Gershwin and Copland favourites. All proceeds to be donated to The Bell Tower Community Café and 1JustCity. Tickets $15 at the door.

Church Board News

Decision regarding Solar Panels at Westminster Church

At a special meeting of the board of Westminster United Church on August 22nd, a motion was passed to not proceed with the contract with Blue Sky Solar. A letter has been sent to Blue Sky Solar indicating this decision, along with the Board’s thanks for their efforts with Westminster Church on this project.

This decision of the Board was based on reports supplied by the church’s structural engineers, plus 2 additional reports supplied by the contractor, as well as the advice of the insurer for Westminster United Church.

The report from Westminster’s Structural Engineering firm Accutech stressed that they did not recommend installing solar panels. Further, it was the opinion of our Insurance representative that should the church decide to undertake the construction of the solar panels as proposed anyways, it would likely result in the cancellation of our policy by our insurance carrier, and that securing a new policy from another carrier would be extremely difficult.

The decision to not proceed was made with heavy hearts by the Board after much thought and consideration.
Sincere appreciation is owed to the Property committee, and most especially to Brandon Johnston for all of the very hard work and dedication devoted to this project, and I would like to offer my personal thanks to the Board and to Brandon.

Carol Latter,
Westminster United Church Board