Westminster News 
23 February 2020

Bouquet for the Bells

I took a phone call on Friday just as I was going for lunch. A woman called to thank us for the bells. It sounded like she was crying. She said she had been sitting in her car at the red light, seething with anger, when our bells came on and completely changed her perspective. She was so thankful and asked that we never stop the bells. Just thought I should share — Marilyn Thiessen, Office Administrator.

Please keep the congregation and staff of Knox United Church, Winnipeg in your thoughts and prayers this week.

Heritage Winnipeg Awards

The Congregation of Westminster United Church received Heritage Winnipeg’s Conservation Award for the Rose Window and Front Step Preservation projects. The Judging Committee thought the Rose window preservation in particular was spectacular.

Brandon Johnston, Rebecca MacIntosh and Ted Barnett attended the Heritage Winnipeg’s 35th Annual Preservation Awards on February 18, 2020 to receive this award on behalf of the congregation. At the same time, Brandon Johnston received the 2020 Heritage Winnipeg Youth Award for his commitment to Westminster Church, in his ongoing volunteer role as Chair of Westminster’s Property Committee. Congratulations Brandon—this recognition is well-deserved!

Congratulations to the Property Committee, the Board and the congregation of Westminster for its ongoing commitment in preserving our heritage and this beautiful building.


Plant a tree!

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This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, February 23
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary & Chapel: 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • Monday, February 24
    • 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
  • Tuesday, February 25
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10 am to 12:00 pm
    • Staff, Library: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Pancake supper, Gym & Library: 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 26
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Organ student practice, Sanctuary: 5:00 to 6:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 27
    • 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
  • Friday, February 28
    • Quilting, Library: 9:30 to 12:00 pm
    • Organ student practice, Sanctuary: 5:00 to 6:00 pm
    • Guides sleepover overnight
  • Saturday, February 29
    • Organ lessons, Sanctuary: 3:15 to 4:15 pm
  • Sunday, March 1
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary & Chapel: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Lent at Westminster 2020

There will be a Pancake Supper at Westminster United Church on Tuesday, February 25 starting at 5:30. Everyone is welcome.

Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7:00 pm, at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton Street (two blocks north of Portage Place)
A service hosted by Knox, with shared leadership from the Ministers of Knox, Young and Westminster United Churches. All are welcome!

Lenten Candle-lighting beginning March 1, 2020

For centuries, lighting a candle has been an important part of the spiritual journey – a way for pilgrims to remember, to pray for, to hope, to bless, to lift up or to honour or acknowledge fellow travelers, important moments, spiritual yearnings (like a prayer for peace), or other significant experiences. Beginning Sunday March 1, 2020 and for the following four Sunday mornings, there will be tea lights available on the platform at the front of the sanctuary. Prior to worship, as you come into the sanctuary (and until the service starts) you are invited to light a tea light if you wish, in silence, as a personal remembrance, prayer, blessing, joy or acknowledgement/honouring during this Lenten time. Blessings to all of us pilgrims as we move through our spiritual journey this Lent.

Join us for the Lent 2020 Study at Westminster United Church

Questions of Faith, with a nod to Star Wars – led by Rev. Dr. Jim Christie. Three Evening Sessions exploring what we know in terms of current scholarship and research about Jesus’ life, death and beyond, and what it all means for our lives and faith today. All are welcome! Please call the church office to register! Sessions are from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (in the Lecture Hall).

  • Wednesday March 4
    Session I: A New Hope: Jesus of Nazareth, what we know of him and how.
  • Wednesday March 11
    Session II: The Empire Strikes Back: The Passion Narratives and their Implications.
  • Wednesday March 25
    Session III: The Return of . . . : The Resurrection, in context, today and beyond.

Lenten Challenge — Faith in Action

Collecting Food and Hygiene Basics for West Broadway Community Ministry and Bell Tower
Beginning Sunday March 1, 2020 and throughout the six Sundays of Lent, the Worship and Inner and Outer Connections Committees are collecting food staples and hygiene basics to donate to West Broadway Community Ministry (our community ministry partner) and to Bell Tower Community Café (which meets in our building every other Friday). Please see the following list of high need items from West Broadway Community Ministry.
This is a great way to support these important ministries and to put our faith into action!
We also seek donations of pet food, meal replacement drinks/bars, toques, mittens & gloves.


Food Pantry Needs

  1. Canned fish
  2. Canned meats
  3. Canned fruit and vegetables
  4. Canned stew, chili and beans
  5. Peanut butter & jam
  6. Pasta (family & individual sizes)
  7. Cereal (family & individual sizes)
  8. Canned spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce
  9. Canned soup (lentil, pea, vegetable)
  10. Boxed mac & cheese

Hygiene cupboard needs

  1. Tootbrushes & toothpaste
  2. Deodorant
  3. Travel size shampoo/conditioner
  4. Bar soap
  5. Pads, tampons
  6. Depends, Poise pads
  7. Razors
  8. Socks
  9. Underwear
  10. First aid supplies

We also seek donations of pet food, meal replacement drinks/bars, toques, mittens & gloves.