Westminster News 
30 September 2018

Nathan’s Notes

“One little word shall fell him.” That’s the line that ends the third verse of today’s opening hymn. Which word can fell the Prince of Darkness? “Jesus” is a good fit, as is the word “Love”, or maybe even the word “Bible.” But, according to Martin Luther, the composer of both the text and the tune, that one little word is “Liar.” The truth of the gospel was so compelling in his mind that it was the only answer to the greatest darkness in the world.

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

This week in Westminster

  • Sunday, September 30
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, October 1
    • 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, October 2
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10:00 to noon
    • 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, October 3
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Westminster Housing Tenancy Board, Library: 5:00 to 6:30 pm
    • Scouts, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 4
    • 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, October 5
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Food Bank: 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Sunday, October 7
    • Communion, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Westminster Fall Supper

Saturday, October 20th: Westminster Fall Supper at the Church. Turkey and pie! Tickets are available after church or from the church office. Adults $20/Children (5-12) $10/ Children under 5 eat for free.

Taxi Fund

Westminster’s Taxi Fund provides transportation to our Sunday morning Worship services for those who are unable to get here on their own. Please remember this important ministry. Donations can be made in the offering plate or by calling the church office.

Upcoming Worship Services

  • Sunday Oct. 7 2018
    Thanksgiving and World Wide Communion Sunday
    — food donations will be gathered for West Broadway Community Ministry Food Pantry
  • Sunday Oct. 14 2018
    Special Presentation by Lynda Trono and Friends from West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM)
    — food donations will be gathered for WBCM Food Pantry

West Broadway – Top Ten Most Wanted Items

  1. Canned tuna or salmon in water
  2. Canned chicken or turkey
  3. Canned fruit and vegetables
  4. Canned stew, chili, brown beans
  5. Peanut butter and jam
  6. Pasta (family and individual sizes)
  7. Rice (brown, converted, parboiled)
  8. Canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes
  9. Canned soup (lentil, pea, vegetable)
  10. Kraft Dinner

Front Steps Update

We know it seems like it’s taking forever, but progress is being made on the front step rebuild. MCR Masonry has been doing a great job and have been excellent to work with. They have been crafting new foundations for the limestone steps that are currently being cut at Gillis Quarries. The stonework on the sides of the stairs has been repointed and repaired. Another step in the project is to replace the central railing that was not salvageable.

2nd update!

The stone is ready and installation will begin this coming week!

Westminster Centering Prayer

All are welcome!

Have you ever wished you had a little more stillness in your life? Maybe you have been searching for a new spiritual practice? Well, the Westminster Centering Prayer group might be the place for you! The Westminster Centering Prayer Group meets monthly from 6 to 7 pm in the Chapel. This is an open group and all are welcome! No previous experience is necessary. If you have ever been curious or interested in Centering Prayer, you are welcome. Upcoming Dates for Westminster Centering Prayer Group:

  • Thursday October 11, 2018 6 to 7 pm
  • Wednesday Nov. 14, 2018 6 -7 pm
  • Wednesday Dec. 12, 2018 6 to 7 pm

Email or call the church office if you have any questions, to let us know if you plan to attend. Hosted by the Inner and Outer Connections Committee.

What will happen at the Centering Prayer group?

The group begins at 6pm, and the facilitator will share some kind of gentle, initial reading, followed by a practice that will calm our minds and bodies and bring us into the present moment. This helps us to make space and creates the ambiance for us to welcome the presence and action of God within us.

When we are settled, we will ring a bell to begin the twenty minute Silent Centering Prayer period. To end the Centering Prayer period we will ring the bell once, pause, then again, pause, then one last time.
Lectio Divina: Next we will read a passage from the Bible or a Love Poem From God (Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and the West). We will ask you to pay attention to a word or phrase that grabs your attention or touches you in some way.

After everyone has spoken their word (or not as the case may be), we will ask another reader to read the same passage from the Bible or Love Poem from God. You will then be asked, if you so desire, to very briefly (one minute or less) tell us what the word or phrase meant to you or how it affected you. Silence is respected as well.

After the third reading of the same passage or poem, a silent prayer or spoken prayer is welcomed.
We then close with the Lord’s Prayer (various versions) at 7 pm.

Thanksgiving Sunday World Wide Communion

Sunday, October 7th, 2018
Service time 10:30am

Our October Communion Offering will be forwarded to Morberg House, a place for the Homeless in St. Boniface. Morberg House is a 10-bed facility offering transitional housing in a supportive, room and board environment. Staffed 24/7, residents of Morberg House benefit from a range of client centered, strength based case plans designed to improve personal circumstances. Most graduates of the Morberg House Program move on to permanent housing.

Others will return to their communities and families of origin. Morberg House must rely on the generosity of people just like you to help fund our operations. Please help us end homelessness. Communion Offering Envelopes may be found in your envelope box or on the tables in the Narthex and hallways.

Mission, Vision and Values Conversation

Come join us for an open, friendly conversation about who Westminster is as we work towards a promising future…..October 21st and November 4th, from 11:45 – 12:45; hosted by the board of Westminster; watch for more details.


Partners in Mission Gathering – October 20 Atlantic Garden City United Church 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. You’re invited to continue or begin being a partner in mission with 1JustCity on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 am to 12 noon at Atlantic Garden City United Church (725 Atlantic Avenue). It will be a time of learning, sharing and planning for future opportunities to learn about social justice issues affecting all our communities. Please see the poster for more information >> Partners in Mission Please RSVP to tessa@1justcity.ca by October 14.

Bullseye: Aiming to Follow Jesus

Are you looking to deepen your relationship as a disciple of Jesus? Harrow United Church (955 Mulvey Avenue) is offering a 6 session study/discussion/practice using the resource
Bullseye: Aiming to Follow Jesus. Meetings will be at 7 p.m. Mondays: October 15, 29, November 5, 12, 19, and 26. Participant books are available in print and digital format. Please register by calling 204-284-0079 or email: secretary@harrowunited.ca.

Transcona Memorial Quuiz Night

Quiz Night at Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Ave. W., Saturday, Oct 13 at 7 pm. Tickets $15 per person; 6-8 people on a team; bring your own snacks! Contact Adrian at 204-298-7487 or measner@shaw.ca.


  • The Bell Tower Community Cafe has enjoyed a summer of beautiful BBQs and now that the leaves are beginning to fall, it’s time to move inside for a meal of delicious soup, stew, chili and meatballs! You are invited to come and join the Bell Tower. Come for dinner or come to lend a hand. We are looking for more people to help unload and sort our food delivery from Winnipeg Harvest at 2PM, folks to cook a pot of soup or chili, hands to help build food hampers for the evening, drivers to assist with rides home and many other opportunities. Contact Meaghan Pauls at meaghanpauls@belltowercommunitycafe.org or 204-250-6768 if you would like to learn more or join in. The next Bell Tower is Friday, October 5th. All are welcome!
  • …..and you are invited to join us for dinner at De Luca’s in support of the work of the Bell Tower Community Cafe on Wednesday, October 10th. Tickets are $80 ($40 will be tax receipted) and are available for purchase online at www.picatic.com/belltower2018 or by cheque. Contact Meaghan Pauls at 204- 250-6768 or meaghanpauls@belltowercommunitycafe.org if you would like to pick up your ticket. All are welcome and invited to join.
  • Friday, October 26th a presentation by Joy Smith: Human Trafficking: Canada’s Secret Shame. There will be refreshments following the presentation, and a time to speak with Joy. There is no cost for this event, but there will be an opportunity to donate to Joy’s foundation. In addition, there will be a table display with books and video for sale. Men as well as women are encouraged to attend. Starts at 7 pm, in the sanctuary at Broadway-First Baptist church.
  • You are invited to an Indigenous cultural event to be held in the sanctuary of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw on Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m. The event will feature performances by an Inuit throat singer, a women’s drum group and championship Metis dancers. Following the performance, there will be a time to find out more about Indigenous culture during a discussion with the performers. We hope you can join us and be part of our journey to reconciliation as we move through the second year of our partnership in the Mayor’s Indigenous Accord.
  • Saturday October 27th Ladies Conference hosted by Broadway-First Baptist church and Shalom on forgiveness, facilitated by Faith Holwyn. The conference is free and includes meals and child care. However, we do require ladies to register BY OCTOBER 15 so we can plan appropriately. Ladies from different churches will be attending.

In Memoriam

RCCO Choral and Organ Evensong

Celebrating the lives of Winnipeg organists on Sunday, November 4, 4 pm at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave. Presiding: Rev. Tanis Kolisnyk Choir Director: Dietrich Bartel – Organists: members of the RCCO Featuring: Canticles by Charles Stanford – Anthems by Eleanor Daley and Gabriel Faure. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans!

Have you heard? Our Annual Faith and Football Game in support of Athletes in Action is coming up on Saturday October 13th Investors Group Field vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders at 1:00PM. It’s not too late to secure your spot!

Seats are filling up very quickly this year as we are not only playing our rival but it is also our CFL Family game day with special guests from Family Channel in attendance. Come out with your community for an afternoon of Football, player meet and greets, autographs and hear amazing testimonies of faith from our athletes after the game!

Athletes in Action kindly put together an email chain with all the information you will need in regards to the game and booking your seats. https://mailchi.mp/ed9ca724a14b/aia-blue-bomber-church-night-coming-in- october?e=59a61b7978.

If you have an estimate or would like to put a tentative hold, please email gcharr@bluebombers.com or call 204-784-7665. I am really looking forward to having you and your community join us this 2018 season!

— Genadyne Charr, Account Executive Group & Corporate Tickets, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Thanksgiving Display

The Worship committee is asking for donations of garden produce like squash, corn, pumpkins, root vegetables etc. for their Thanksgiving display. Please drop your items off to the church before Saturday, October 6.

Did you know?

Did you know the United Church is trying to become more green, and reduce its carbon footprint? Our Property Committee is trying to help Westminster do that too! Here is info on two programs the Property Committee is currently working with to help make this happen …

National Heritage Trust Workshop

On November 3, 2018 the National Heritage Trust of Canada is hosting a full day workshop at Crescent Fort Rouge on issues that affect places of faith in Winnipeg. This event is currently in the planning stages and more details will be available soon. If anyone wants to know more or is interested in attending, please see Brandon Johnston.

Faithful Footprints

At the 43rd meeting of general council the goal was set to reduce the carbon emissions of the United Church 80% by the year 2050. To help with accomplishing this the national church has partnered with a nonprofit called Faith and the Common Good and are offering a grant program called Faithful Footprints to aid with energy efficiency upgrades. There are two types of grants available. One is a grant up to $5000 where the grant will cover 30% of the project costs. The second is a grant up to $30,000 where the grant will cover up to 50% of the project costs. As you can only apply to this grant once, the property committee is currently working on having the building tested for air leakage and heat loss. This will help with making an energy efficiency improvement plan for our building.

In addition, Faith and the Common Good has partnered with the National Heritage trust and will be offering their own work shop on Friday November 2, also at Crescent to present more information on the new grant. For more information or if you would like to attend this portion of the workshop please contact Brandon Johnston.

Today is Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is an invitation for everyone to wear an orange shirt to remember and honour all the Indigenous children who went to Residential School and those children who died at school. On Sunday, September 30, wear an orange shirt and attend worship filled with compassion and the spirit of truth and reconciliation. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Sara Stratton/The United Church of Canada.)