Westminster News 
27 November 2016

Thanks Ken!

Today we bid farewell to Ken DeLisle, who has been serving as our Gap minister through the fall. We’re grateful to Ken for his ministry with us, and wish him all the best in his retirement. After the service today, the Westminster family is invited to the Fellowship Hall to enjoy some treats as we wish Ken “bon voyage.”


We extend our condolences to Charles Huband and family on the recent passing of his brother, Rolph Huband. The memorial service was held this past Friday in Oakville, Ontario.


Westminster Mincemeat is on sale today! $6.00 a tub. Payment by cash or a cheque made out to Westminster United Church. In addition to using this delicious concoction in pies and tarts, you can heat and serve it over ice-cream, use it in stuffed baked apples or use it to make fruitcake. Make sure to get some today.

AED can save a life!

Prompt use of the Automated External Defibrillation (AED) can save a life!
The AED can save a life when an individual collapses due to sudden arrest of blood circulation to the brain caused by an abnormal heart rhythm. The Ministry & Personnel Committee wishes all Westminsterites to be aware that our AED is located in a box affixed to the wall outside our Minister’s office – check it out. If you wish to receive instruction on how to use the AED, contact John Graham, Red Cross First Aid Instructor, 204-775-2893 — Richard Scott and Fred Aoki, M&PC Co-Chairs.

Dear Members and Friends,

Stewardship is a way of life for Westminster supporters. The fall stewardship campaign deals with money. For 2017, we are seeking your financial support so that we can maintain and expand the mission of our church and fund increases in operation expenses. We require an increase in your financial support so that we can continue providing/supporting our worship services, music ministry, Christian education, outreach ministries and our ongoing support to the United Church Mission and Service Fund. We encourage as many members as possible to complete pledge cards Today to minimize personal calling on December 4, 2016. We look forward to seeing you.

Remember, your contributions make a difference.
Sincerely, Stewardship Committee

The Mitten Tree

The Mitten Tree is up in the Lobby of the Church and folks are invited to decorate it with your donation of new or gently-used mitts, gloves, tuques and scarves. The Outreach Committee will deliver your donations to the children and youth of Westminster Daycare, Mulvey and Gordon Bell Schools and to adults in West Broadway. There is also a need for shawls and lap covers at Fred Douglas Lodge to keep seniors comfortable.

Reminder: Bulletin submission deadline is Wednesdays at noon. The deadline for bulletins from December 18 – January 1 is December 14th .


Stars on the Memory Tree today have been purchased by: Patrick Chicoine Alice MacKenzie; Judy Hill; Val & Don McIntyre; Peter Macdonald; Phyllis Reader.

CGIT Alumnae and Friends

Sunday December 4 at 7 p.m. – CGIT Alumnae and Friends Vesper Service at Harrow United Church, 955 Mulvey Avenue. We had so much fun at last year’s 100th celebration that we’re doing it again! ALL ARE WELCOME and rrefreshments will follow the service.

Children’s Christmas Sale

Westminster Children’s Christmas Sale December 10, 10 am – 1 pm. Each year, the Children’s Christmas Sale provides an opportunity for kids to participate in the spirit of giving without spending more money than their parents can afford. Sadly, many families dread Christmas because of the economic strain it brings. When mums and dads can’t encourage children to be part of the generosity of the season, it adds to the heartbreak for families with little Christmas cash. Westminster provides an opportunity for children to shop and wrap gifts for everyone on their lists without spending more than a few dollars. Meanwhile, their adults can relax in the Library with refreshments and enjoy the serenity of our lovely church. And this all happens because of YOU!

You make it happen by donating items such as costume jewelry, toiletries, knitting, stationery, household items, cups and saucers, mugs, stuffed toys, books, perfume, games, puzzles, ties, ornaments, candles – anything you think a child might like to give to family members or friends. We also need gift bags, ribbon, and tags. Please be sure that your items are in new condition. Please drop off your donations at the Church SOON at 745 Westminster Avenue between 8 am and 6 pm, Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings, 9 am – noon. We also need volunteers for the sale for set-up, hosting, wrapping, and clean-up. Please call the church office 784-1330 if you would enjoy kicking off the Christmas season by volunteering in this fun and satisfying outreach initiative. Thank you!! Pamela McLeod

Blue Christmas

The Christmas season can be a difficult time for many. For a variety of reasons, many people have trouble feeling “in the spirit” of the season. This is particularly so for those who have suffered a recent bereavement. We invite you and your family to attend our annual “Blue Christmas” Service
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 in the sanctuary of Westminster United Church 745 Westminster Avenue
We hope that you will you will be able to join us in this reflective service which has proven to be a great source of comfort in years past. Following the service, please join us in the Library for refreshments and fellowship. If you plan to attend, it would help in our preparations if you could advise the office at 784-1330.

Gifts with Vision

Gifts with Vision is an excellent way to support the work of The United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service partners in Canada, Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Gifts with Vision catalogues are available on the tables in the narthex and hallway or shop online at giftswithvision.ca.

Handel’s Messiah

Nothing ushers in the Holiday season like Handel’s Messiah! Attending this annual favorite is a popular Christmas tradition for many Manitoban families. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Messiah, will be held on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd at 8:00pm. For every ticket purchased, you will save 20% AND 20% of all sales will go directly back to our church. If more than 100 tickets are sold, our church will receive 25% of sales. Purchase your tickets directly through the
WSO box office with the Coupon Code WESTUC. Our own Carol Latter and Susie Conrad are in the chorus!

Love Songs for Mary

Renaissance Voices presents: Love Songs for Mary, Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 at Young United Church, Furby at Broadway. Tickets at McNally Robinson’s Adults $25 Students/ Senior $15 Doors open 7:30 pm Concert 8 pm. Join Renaissance Voices in an exploration of the mystery, confusion and the joy we find in the Advent stories of the Virgin Mary. The choir, under the direction of Janet Brenneman, is delighted to partner with poet Sue Sorenson , who will read her poetic song cycle: The Mary Cycle throughout the concert.

Enjoy the music of Hassler “Missa Dixit Maria”, Part’s unparalleled “Magnificat”, and the world premiere of choir member Jess Krause’s “Acutely Life”. The choir will also sing some popular holiday favourites. As always, the concert will be presented café style, with mulled wine and hot apple cider available.
FOR INFORMATION BILL QUINN 204-296-8839 billquinn@shaw.ca


Parking is available in the Foodfare lot across from the church on Sundays, ONLY UNTIL 1:00 P.M.