Westminster News 
3 June 2018

Today is Communion Sunday

Since the beginning of 2017, Welcome Place has provided assistance to over 200 refugee claimants including expectant mothers, children and infants from over a dozen countries. If these numbers simply stay the same, we’ll see 1000 refugee claimants needing assistance in the next year. Welcome Place staff have worked tirelessly to pick-up asylum seekers at the border. Staff ensure arrivals receive appropriate medical assistance, warm clothes, a meal and a place to stay.

The June Communion Offering will be forwarded to the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, for the work at Welcome Place. Communion offering envelopes can be found on the narthex or hall tables.

Thanks to our communion servers, Ted Barnett, Lynn E. Soens, John Grivell and Phillistina Howard.


You are invited to a free lecture on Workplace Safety led by the Winnipeg Police Service at 12:30 pm. This will be of interest to anyone who has an interest in workplace safety and dealing with difficult situations in the church, whether you are paid staff or a volunteer. A light lunch will be served. There is no cost to attend.

This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the congregation and staff of Windsor Park United Church.

Soloists and Choral Scholar Farewell

Sunday June 10: Soloists and Choral Scholar Farewell. Please join us on Sunday June 10, 2018 as we say goodbye to:

  • Cathryn Harrison, soprano soloist
  • Nicki Kirton, mezzo soprano soloist
  • Wes Rambo, tenor soloist
  • Nick Urquhart, choral scholar

Cathryn, Nicki, Wes and Nick: it is sad to see you go and we wish you all the best in your next adventures! We hope everyone can join us for a small presentation during the worship service, and cake and coffee to follow after the service.

Thinking about your summer reading list?

The Inner and Outer Connections committee will be offering 3 “book study” evenings this coming fall/winter (dates/times tba). Books that will be discussed:

  • The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light (2004), by Tom Harpur
  • Grounded: Finding God in the World – a spiritual revolution (2015) by Diana Butler Bass
  • Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks (2018), by Diana Butler Bass

Why not get a jump start on your reading, and do some spiritual exploring at the same time? Happy summer reading!

Westminster Open

The 21st Westminster Open Golf Tournament is scheduled for TUESDAY, June 5. Detailed information about the tournament can be obtained from Peter Macdonald, pmacwpg@gmail.com, (204) 889-6983.

Allow time for the Manitobe Marathon!

You may need to leave for church a little earlier on Sunday, June 17! It marks the 40th running of the Manitoba Marathon, the premier fund raising event for Manitobans living with an intellectual disability. For more information email Operations@manitobamarathon.mb.ca .

This Week (and more) at Westminster

  • Sunday, June 3
    • Morning Worship & Communion, Sanctuary 10:30 am
    • Police Safety Lecture, Lecture Hall 12:30 pm
  • Monday, June 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, Library 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 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
  • Wednesday, June 6
    • Families Anonymous, Library 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Westminster Housing, Tenant Relations Board, Library 5 to 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 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
  • Saturday, June 9
    • Bergen / Buchkowski wedding, Sanctuary 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 10
    • Morning Worship , Sanctuary 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • also on June 10 – baptism of Danika Rose Suttie (parents – Sandy and Shannon Suttie), Soloists’ farewell, and Special Guest – newly ordained Rev. Andrew MacPherson (nephew of Mary and Richard Scott)
  • Sunday June 17 –
    • Rev. Sherri attending meetings in London ON; Michelle Owens, Principal of the Centre for Christian Studies will be taking the service.
  • Sunday June 24
    • Baptism of Grayson Michael Mendres (parents – Jessica and Michael Mendres).

Sherri’s Summer plans

  • Continuing Education: Monday June 25 – Sunday July 1/18
  • Holidays: July 2 – Aug.6/18 inclusive (back on Tuesday August 7)

The Board met on Tuesday, May 15th

  • A Fundraising dinner at DeLuca’s is being planned for the fall by the Bell Tower Cafe – watch for details of how you can get on board and support them in the coming weeks.
  • Strategic Report – The Board has completed their work of going through the entire Report in the last 5 months, and concluded the meeting with a final review of the Vision, Mission and Values Statements. Watch for an opportunity to be involved as we seek the input from all to conclude this task.
  • The Winnipeg Police Services will be here on June 3rd, with a presentation on workplace safety. Look for details on how to sign up.
  • We discussed the ongoing assessment by the structural engineers for the Solar Panel project, to determine the ability of our roof to withstand the weight of the panels.
  • Since announcing that project, the need to replace the front steps has arisen and a ‘Community Places’ grant is being applied to for funding of the steps. It has the potential to cover a large portion of the costs involved.
  • A list of current, planned and future Property projects has been distributed to the Board, so that informed decisions can be made going forward. Although the challenges of managing an aging structure mean that surprises should always be anticipated, immense credit needs to be given to Brandon Johnston and the Property Committee for their effective and proactive handling of those ongoing challenges.
  • I am immensely grateful to the entire Board for their hard work, dedication and support.

— Carol.

From the front cover (above)

The logo is a stylized human figure leaping upward, like a butterfly in motion. The butterfly in Christian faith also being symbolic of resurrection and new life. The icon emphasizes forward thinking and optimism for the future. The rainbow colours used in the logo represent our Affirming Conference and ministries.

Dennis Tam graduated from Red River College’s Advertising Art program at 1992, began his career in motion graphic design at Global TV in Winnipeg in 1994 and formed Systematic Design Inc. in 1999 where he continues as Creative Director. Systematic Design Inc. is an international broadcast design company and Dennis is an Emmy and international award winning artist.

Now residing in BC and continuing to work internationally, Dennis was gracious enough to respond positively to the planning committee’s request for a logo for our last Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario meeting that would embrace who we are and moving into the future. He also accepted the request and offered his work without fee. We are grateful for his creativity and generosity!

Farewell Diane and Don

We have been attending Westminster for 38 years. We church shopped briefly before deciding to join this church and did so because of Bob Thompson; we stayed for the music and the people. It feels sad to be leaving our Sunday friendships, and we would love to take Sherri with us but her partner Beth said “NO!”

We didn’t always sit in the balcony but the view and acoustics up here are amazing, plus the anticipation of the occasional blast from the trompettes keeps us on our toes! Some of you will remember our 3 children who attended Sunday school and were confirmed … possibly even during Sherri’s original time here. And others spent time with Don as he enjoyed working with many of you on various committees over the years, as well as serving on the church board. Two of our children (Tom and Pam) presently live on Vancouver island and have been quite insistently asking us to join them for years. As Gord also lives in the west, the time to move feels right. So we pack … and pack and pack and pack!

Our very best wishes to each of and your families, and may God hold all of you in the palm of his hand … always. Cheers!

— Don and Diane Stewart