Westminster News 20 October 2019

Prayers & Praise

  • Please keep the congregation and staff of Westminster Pastoral Charge in The Pas, Manitoba in your thoughts and prayers this week.
  • Please keep Murray Cheney in your thoughts and prayers as well. Murray is recovering at home after he had a fall while cleaning the daycare. Many thanks to Dan for patching Murray up and sending him to hospital in a cab, and thanks also to Dan and Ricky for filling in for Murray and making sure that Westminster is so well cared for.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Neil Craton

Guest Speaker: Dr. Neil Craton, writer of the book Wisdom from the Homeless: Lessons a doctor learned at a homeless shelter.
NEIL CRATON was born and raised in Winnipeg, where he has practiced medicine for 35 years. He has been involved in many aspects of the Winnipeg sport medicine community, including as physician for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Canadian National Women’s Volleyball team. Dr. Craton’s book, Wisdom from the Homeless: Lessons a doctor learned at a homeless shelter, was published in the fall of 2018. He writes, “The homeless men and women I have met at Siloam Mission have taught me profound lessons about perseverance through suffering, expressing joy in dire circumstances, and the rewards of service to those in need. I want to share those lessons with you.”

Dr. Craton will have his books for sale for $20 after the service. All proceeds go directly to Siloam Mission.

Thank you …

Dear Westminster Church, thank you so much for your support of us, your generosity knows no bounds. We are truly blessed to be a part of such a loving, supportive community — love, Nathan and Brandon.


Coming up in Worship

  • November 3 Anniversary Sunday and 7 pm Jazz Vespers
  • November 10 Rev. Don McIntyre
  • November 17 Stewardship 1
  • November 24 Stewardship 2

Fundraising dinner

Georgine and Jim Palmquist would like to invite you to a fundraising dinner for the Rose Window Campaign on Sunday, November 10th at their home, 48 Purcell Avenue. The cost is $35 per person (tax receipt issued by Westminster Church)
RSVP 204-775-1939 by October 30th. Limited seating, call early!


This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, October 20
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, October 21
    • Elections Canada, Lecture Hall & Library: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
    • Sparks, TBA: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Brownies, Concert Hall: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Guides, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Pathfinders, TBA: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, October 22
    • 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
  • Wednesday, October 23
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • University of Manitoba Orchestra, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 24
    • Quilters, Library: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Choir, Sanctuary: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 26
    • Fall Supper, Gym & Library: 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 27
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Westminster Concert Organ Series, Sanctuary: 2:30 pm

Westminster’s 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. 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. We would also appreciate donations of bags, tags, scotch tape, and new adult scissors!

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.


Job posting

Trinity United Church in Fort Richmond is looking to hire a casual, part time, administrative assistant to cover office duties during our regular office administrative assistant’s medical absence.  If you like connecting with people and have good computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, emails), please email your resume/cover letter to the TUC office at tuc@mymts.net . Please pass this announcement along to anyone you think may be interested.


Winter Blues

Winter Blues, presented by Kellie Williams, Canadian Mental Health Association, Wpg. Branch. The Community Health and Wellbeing Program will take place at Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Ave. at 1:30, Wednesday, Nov.6, 2019. All are welcome, especially those over 55. Entrance is free. Refreshments provided.


Westworth Annual Luncheon & Bazaar

This year the Westworth United Church Annual Luncheon and Bazaar (1750 Grosvenor at Lanark) is being held on Saturday October 26, 2019.  Join us from 11 am to 2 pm for lunch and some great shopping at our home baking table, the china cabinet, treasure table and general store with crafts, artisan pieces, gifts etc.  Turkey burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs and homemade desserts will make your lunch choice a delicious one. Bring your family and friends for a great experience.


Jazz Vespers Service

Sunday, Nov.3rd, 2019 7:00 pm, Anniversary Sunday @ Westminster United Church, Maryland and Westminster. A service of Jazz, Readings & Reflections. Refreshments served after the service! Join us!


Darnit! It’s a Doggone Dilemma

Oakbank United Church is proud to present their 27th annual dinner theatre production Darnit! It’s a Doggone Dilemma from January 16 to February 8, 2020.  Tickets are $50 (includes $25 tax receipt) and may be purchased by contacting Pam at 204.902.0731.  A full synopsis and available seating may be found at www.oakbankdinnertheatre.com.


Greening Sacred Spaces

‘Greening Sacred Spaces’ is an event being organized by Faithful Footprints and Purpose Construction (social enterprise trades training company) on Oct 20th at St. Mary’s Road United Church, 7pm. It brings in speakers from across Canada to talk about cost effective ways to sustainably steward faith buildings and reduce environmental impact, while working together with the social enterprise sector to maximize social impact as we work.