Westminster News 
3 February 2019

Random notes …

  • This week in the prayer cycle we remember Oak Table Community Ministry.
  • February 17 we welcome Rev. Michelle Owens to our pulpit.
  • Today’s Communion offering will be designated for the work of the Minister’s Discretionary Fund (formerly the Session Fund). Money to this fund is used to offer bus tickets and other forms of support to individuals in cases of urgent and/or serious need, at the discretion of the minister. Small brown envelopes may be found in front of your envelope box or on the narthex or hallways tables. If you use an envelope from the pew rack, please mark it Communion offering.

Nathan’s Notes

If you did your homework a few weeks ago, you discovered that the tune “Thaxted” is from the town of Thaxted, in England. Many hymn tunes are named after significant places in a composer’s life, and our last hymn this morning is no exception. Cwm Rhondda is named after the Rhondda valley, a region of valleys within the country of Wales. The first word, Cwm, is pronounced as “koom.” Welsh words are well known for their lack of vowels, so let’s be thankful we don’t have hymn tunes named for the towns “Cwmystwyth,” “Bwlchgwyn,” “Ysbyty Ystwyth,” or “Ynysybwl.”

The town of “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch” does have a tune named for it, good luck attempting that one!

An afternoon of Gospel music

The Alleluia Singers present “An afternoon of Gospel music” at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. Come and enjoy a relaxing, uplifting afternoon of beautiful music. Tickets are $10 and available from a choir member or at the door.

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, February 3
    • Morning Worship (Communion), Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, February 4
    • 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, Board Room: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Property Committee, Library: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 5
    • 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
    • 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, February 6
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:15 to 3:00 pm
    • Westminster Housing Society Tenancy Board: 5:00 to 6:30 pm
    • University of Manitoba Orchestra, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 7
    • 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, Feb. 8
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Sunday, February 10
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am

The Clock Struck One

Mark Your Calendars … The Clock Struck One, The Caught In the Act Co.’s 9th Annual Dinner Theatre performance: April 25 – 28, 2019 (Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27th at 6:30 pm, and Sunday, April 28th at 4:30 pm.) Tickets on sale Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9 am to 11:30 am in Transcona Memorial United Church’s Yale Hall. Tickets are $45.00 each; a $20.00 donation receipt will be issued at the time of purchase. After Feb 23rd, contact Frank & Carol Favoni at 204-222-1475 or favonifc@mymts.net for tickets.

Congregational Lunch

This is an invitation from the new Congregational Care Committee (formerly known as the Fellowship
Committee): Please join us for a congregational luncheon after church on Feb. 24 (instead of a Pancake Supper this year). Check out the sign-up sheet in the Lecture Hall.

Real to Reel Film Festival 2019

Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival 2019 – Cool clean and compelling feature films, documentaries and shorts from around the world in a multi-theatre style format. Tuesday, February 19 to Sunday, February 24 – full details at www.WinnipegFilmFestival.com – schedules and posters in the Narthex and back hall. Proceeds from the festival support inner city youth projects.

The Interior Castle – A Book Study/Spiritual Pilgrimage

Written in the 16th century by St. Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle guides the spiritual seeker through each stage of development until the soul’s final union with the divine. St Teresa writes that “if you want to make progress on the path and ascend to the places you have longed for, the important thing is not to think much but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens you to love. If you fall sometimes, do not lose heart. Keep striving to walk your path with integrity. God will draw out the good even from your fall.”

On seven Thursdays (Feb14 to March 28) from 10 am to 12 noon, at Westminster Church, Pat Miles will facilitate a small group on your very own pilgrimage toward the One. To register (Limited to 8) please phone 204 784- 1330 to leave your name. Free will donation to Westminster Church. Books can be purchased through Amazon.ca or chapters.indigo.ca A project of Westminster’s Inner and Outer Connections Committee.