Westminster News 
24 November 2019

Prayers & Praise

  • Please keep the congregation and staff of Knox United Church in Brandon, Manitoba in your thoughts and prayers this week.
  • Please keep Lynn and Roger Soens in your thoughts and prayers as Lynn recovers from a broken femur and a broken patella and surgery.
  • Thank you to Mosaic Funeral Home for the loan of their Remembrance Day quilt for the Remembrance Day service.
  • Thank you to those who purchased cookie dough and soup mix in support of Oak Table. – Don and Val McIntyre
  • Thank you to Patrick for folding bulletins this week and last week while Dawn was under the weather.


  • December 1 Advent 1 – Communion
  • December 8 Advent 2 – Baptism
  • December 15 Advent 3 – congregational lunch after church
  • December 18 Blue Christmas
  • December 22 Advent 4 – Jazz Christmas Carol Service
  • December 24 Christmas Eve Services at 7 pm and 11 pm

Children’s Table now Sunday School!

The Children’s Table has moved to the Chapel and is now called Sunday School! Great news! Our Children’s ministry program has experienced a growth spurt – and has outgrown its space and its name. We at Westminster are grateful for the wonderful community of children and their families in our congregation, and for the excellent children’s programming made possible thanks to the leadership of our fantastic Children’s Coordinator Katelyn!


Don’t miss the opportunity to buy Westminster Mincemeat during coffee time after the service. Not only can you use it to make tarts or pies, you can stuff cored apples with mincemeat and bake them for dessert or you can pour warmed mincemeat over ice-cream. Get your mincemeat tubs today – $7.00 each. (A Westminster fundraiser organized by the choir.)

WSO / Handel’s Messiah

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will be performing Handel’s Messiah coming up on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall! This will be a great way to welcome in the festive season, as Handel’s cherished holiday treasure is a regular WSO tradition. There will be guest soloists, as well as the CMU Festival Chorus to help make this experience unforgettable and breathtaking! Tickets start at $25 and you save 20% when you mention code WESTMIN at the boxoffice. And the best part? Westminster Church gets 20% back too!

Jazz Christmas Carols

Our annual Christmas Carol sing is taking place on Sunday December 22nd, during morning worship. Last year we welcomed Red Moon Road to our service, to great success- this year we are inviting the very same Jazz group that has provided the music for Jazz Vespers back to lead us in your favourite carols. Be sure to let Nathan (nathanpoole@westminsterchurch.org) know if you have a favourite- and we will do our best to make it happen!

Handel’s Messiah

Our very own Nathan Poole, Rebecca McIntosh, Susie Conrad, Dawn Beirnes, Helen La Rue, Roy Halstead and Len La Rue are singing in Handel’s Messiah in two concerts, December 20th, and 21st at 7:00 pm at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 653 Knowles Avenue. 125 voices, a full orchestra, and a rousing version of the Hallelujah Chorus all included. Tickets for this event can be purchased online, at covenantcrc.ca. All proceeds from the concerts will go to FORWARD HOUSE MINISTRIES, a Christian home in Elmwood that cares for men who want to start a new life free from addictions, mental health struggles or criminal activity.

Communion Offering December 1st

The December Communion Offering will be directed to “Just a Warm Sleep” program at Augustine United Church. Just a Warm Sleep is an emergency warming centre at 109-A Pulford Street at Augustine Centre in Oak Table’s space starting in January. Intake is nightly from 9-11pm. Guests are woken up at 6:30 am and asked to leave by 7am. Intake is first come first serve with a maximum of 25 people nightly.

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, November 24
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, November 25
    • 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, November 26
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Staff, Library: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    • Tai Chi, TBA: 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, November 27
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • U of M Orchestra, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 28
    • 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, November 29
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Rovers, Gym: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 30
    • U of M Choirs, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 1
    • Communion, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Women of Note, Sanctuary: 3:00 pm

Children’s Christmas Sale

  • Sale Date/Time – Saturday, December 7th
  • Shopping Hours: 10:00 to 12:00 – Children shop from 10:00 – 11:45,
  • Sale opens to adults: 11:45 – noon
  • Volunteers on the early shifts should arrive between 9:30 & 9:45

This 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. Every item is nominally priced, and every child goes away with a million-dollar smile. We are grateful for the support and donations we have received thus far. At this point we need the following:

  • Gift bags of all sizes, especially large ones
  • Gift wrap
  • Ribbons
  • Scotch tape
  • New adult scissors
  • Items that would make good presents for Dads

“Many hands make light work.” We need people to help:

  • Set-up the Sale (Friday December 6, 9:00 am to noon)
  • Clean-up after the sale (Saturday December 7, noon to 2:00 pm)
  • Assist children wrapping gifts
  • Make treats for the parent room
  • Young strong people to help move tables

If you are interested in volunteering, please look for the volunteer sign-up sheets or call the church office at 204-784-1330. Please drop off your donations at the Church office or leave them with a caretaker.

Mitten Tree

The mitten trees will be up soon! Your donations of new mittens, scarves, toques, gloves, socks and other clothing to keep folks warm, will be distributed to Westminster Child Care Centre, Mulvey School, West Broadway Community Ministry and others in the New Year.

Gifts with Vision

Gifts with Vision, a giving catalogue from the United Church of Canada is available. The catalogues should be arriving in your mailbox soon or pick one up in the narthex.

Rose Window Restoration Capital Campaign

Time is almost up to bid on our ninth and final painting in the series! The last day to bid is Sunday, November 24, 2019!

9. Angel on bench, silver frame.
Technique – acrylic and oil pastel.
Auction dates: Nov 11 – Nov 17, 2019
Winning bid will be announced Nov 24, 2019

There are several ways to make a bid on the paintings:

  • In person at the church by paper ballot. Ballots will be available in the narthex on Sundays or in the office during regular business hours.
  • By email to Stewardship@WestminsterChurch.org, please include your name, phone number and the amount of your bid.
  • By phoning the church office.
  • By facebook message to the Westminster Church Facebook page.

Thank you for your support, 80% of the proceeds of this auction go towards the Rose Window Restoration Project.

About the artist, RAYMOND BARTLETT, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba 1953:

“I studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba from 1982 to 1986. Until 1996 I worked mainly in oil and acrylic. In 1996 I had a stroke, which changed the direction of my art forever. I started working in watercolour, gouache and sometimes acrylic and glass. I began to draw and paint angels, not really knowing why. My teacher Alex Bruning and good friend told me my paintings of Angels were different. Most Angels you see are in the sky. Yours are walking with you. I liked that. It’s “different”. I never thought of that I liked it as well.

“In time I am sure my art will change or evolve, as everything in life does. As long as I’m being true to myself, that’s what is important. It took me a long time to understand that.

“In 1963, when I was ten years old I did my first drawing. I showed it to my Sunday school teacher, as that seemed important to me to share it with her. She said that sometimes God takes things away from you, but gives you something else in return. At the time I thought she was referring to the fact that I was born with Spina Bifiida. Thinking back, she was perhaps speaking of the future as well as the past.

“In 1996 the stroke did change my life in a most profound way. I made new friendships, renewed old friendships and found within myself a new kind of strength and courage. I find my art much more than paint and brush. It is meditation, joy and like being ten years old again and finding art for the first time all over again. Painting for the joy of it, finding inner spirit, my soul, and my childhood.

“Before my father passed away in 1987 he told me to find something I love to do, then do it with passion. I love many things, family, friends and a good cup of tea, but my art keeps my spirit alive and joyful.”

Memory Tree

The Memory Tree is up and at the front of the sanctuary until January 31, 2020. We hope you will consider purchasing a star to remember or pay tribute to a loved one. Order forms are in the narthex and the back hallway.